July 14, 2020

Ice Harvesting

The bitter cold weather we experienced a few weeks ago didn’t seem good for doing anything outside.  But 100 years ago it would have been perfect for producing a summertime necessity: ice!    Until mechanical refrigeration in the home became commonplace in the early 20th century, housewives kept their food preserved and their lemonade cold […]

The Planes Are Back!

    Getting the second floor of the Canal Museum open for displays caused lots of shake, rattle and rolling. The model airplane display was the most shaken.  Now, thanks to Dick Oder, who is retired from the military, the planes are all back in order. The wheels, wings, struts and other assorted parts and […]

Rich History

            The Delphos Rotary Club has conducted an historical tour for the Senior Classes at Jefferson and St. John’s schools for many years.  These tours focus on what was in the city and what is left to appreciate from years gone by.  The Canal is a focus because the building […]

The Eagles Band

  Canal Days is fast approaching and one of the big events is the parade.  And what would a parade be without bands marching and playing?  From 1901 until 1971, one group that could always be counted on to participate in local parades was the Eagle’s Band.  It was over 100 years ago, in 1901, […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Lincoln Highway

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway, the first coast to coast road in America.  Beginning at Times Square in New York and ending at Lincoln Park in San Francisco, it was formally dedicated October 31, 1913, making it  America’s first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of […]

The Iceman

  As summer intensifies, one way to seek relief is with ice-cold drinks.  It is very easy to go to the refrigerator and get ice cubes from the freezer or crushed ice from a dispenser on the door of the refrigerator.  And for times when more ice is needed to fill ice chests for picnics […]

Swimwear through the Ages

As the weather warms, we start to think of what to wear to the pool, lake or ocean.  Swimming and swimwear have changed with the times although not in the sequence you might expect.  Cavemen swam but probably not so much as a leisure activity than as a means of getting somewhere or as a […]

Command Sargeant Major Leon Van Autreve

The military collection at the Delphos Canal Commission provides a history of the Delphos area men and women who have served our country since the Civil War. One of our newest donations is the uniform of retired Command Sargeant Major of the Army, Leon Van Autreve. We thank his wife, Rita, and his brother, Edgar, […]

Beauty or Torture?

  In the early 1900’s a woman who desired curls either had to heat curling irons over a flame or sleep with rags and pins in her hair.  But a new machine promised to change all that.  Enter the permanent wave machine which used a combination of chemicals and clamps heated by electricity. The machine […]

The Monitor Top Refrigerator

        General Electric did for the refrigerator what Ford did for the automobile.  Believe it or not, in 1922 a Model-T Ford cost about $450 while an electric refrigerator cost $714, putting it out of the reach of most people.  In 1927, General Electric changed that with a refrigerator which sold for […]