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DELPHOS — The building that housed the C. Scherger Monument Company, which was started in 1874 by Constantine Scherger, is being torn down this week. When the business began, stones were cut using hammer and chisel. Eventually more modern methods were adopted, with pneumatic tools being used for the carving, lettering and tracing.

The current building at 507 N. Main St. stands in the same spot the original building stood. In 1914, the first building was moved back toward the Miami and Erie Canal to make room for the new building, which would’ve been 100 years old in 2014.

In the beginning, the firm was named Delphos Marble & Granite Works until Scherger’s oldest son John joined the company in 1892. The name was changed to C. Scherger & Son. In 1905, the name was changed again to C. Scherger & Sons with the addition of Scherger’s younger sons Barney, William and Joseph. When Constantine died in 1917, the company was changed to C. Scherger’s Sons. For 96 years, C. Scherger Monument Co. was a family business.

John Scherger was manager until 1939, when his son-in-law Henry J. Lange took over. Lange was in charge until 1965, when his son Thomas Lange took over. He held the reins until 1970, when it was purchased by Lloyd Bros. Walker Co., a firm in Toledo. At that point, it was managed by Donald Nath, who had no desire to change the name from C. Scherger Monument Co.

Present-day owners of the property, Ken and Diane Langhals, purchased the building from Lloyd Bros. Walker in December 1996. The Langhals donated the contents of the building, which included old photographs, ledgers and the company safe, to the Delphos Canal Commission Museum. Diane Langhals says they had intended to use the building for the expansion of their business, K&M Tire.
“We had planned to expand our business and the Scherger building was an adjoining property,” she said. “Eventually our business grew to the point where we had to move, so the building has been used mostly for storage. We did have some offices in there at different times but it was mainly storage space.”

Langhals says they decided to take the building down because it has disintegrated over the years. “It’s just old and deteriorating, the roof leaks and it’s just falling apart,” she said. “There aren’t really any plans for putting anything in there now, most of it will probably be used for parking space. It might be paved over or there might be some grass planted, we’ll see.”

 

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