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Monday, March 14, 2011 5:27 AM

Jane Sadler, one of our local librarians, recently presented me with some historic papers to be passed on to the Delphos Canal Commission for their library collection.

They found these papers in the belongings of her mother-in-law, Edna Jane Sadler, who recently passed away. 
Among these papers was a clipping from The Delphos Herald entitled “Towns Named for Our City”.

Thanks to Edna Jane for saving this clipping. Maybe someday, someone will discover something of value in my collection of newspaper clippings.  I hope that day is a long way off.

As of today, here are some quotes from this undated article saved by Edna Jane.

“The name of our city, ‘Delphos,’ is rather out of the ordinary. So far as is known this was the first town by this name in the United States.”

It goes on to describe that what is now first ward was, at first known as “Section Ten.” Second ward was “East Bredeick”. The third ward, not including the south portion was “West Bredeick” and the fourth ward was a separate settlement known as “The Town of Howard.” Later Section Ten was applied for a time to the entire town.  In 1851, when the four towns were combined for incorporation, Father

Bredeick suggested Delphos, from the Greek word, “Adelphos”, meaning brother.

At one time there were towns of Delphos in Kansas, Iowa, New Mexico and Ohio. Two have survived……..Delphos, Ohio and Delphos, Kansas.

The postmistress, Nettie M. Seaton of Delphos, Iowa stated that their town was founded in 1880. They selected the name “Delphi” but the name was changed to “Delphos”, upon discovering that there already existed a Delphi, Iowa. She said she knew of no connection with Delphos, Ohio. No information could be found on this Iowa town in 2011.

Delphos, Kansas, however, was named for Delphos. Their postmaster, H. C. Cain submitted the following to The Herald at the time the story was printed.

“From newspaper clippings taken from the Delphos Republican written by an early settler, Mr. Ed. Hardy, I note that the town was founded by W. A. Kiser in the spring of 1870. It was named for Delphos, Ohio, because of the fact that the Levi Yocky family came from Delphos originally. From information at hand it seems that the Yocky family lived in or near a creek that still bears that name and which is about ½ mile west of town and that Levie Yockey was the first Postmaster and that his office was at his farm on that creek. This was in the year 1867 or 68. Mail arrived about once per week by horseback……As to why the town was located on the present site I don’t know but have an idea that Mr. Kiser noted the fine farmland in the Solomon Valley and possibly was motivated by that fact.”
The article went on to state that Delphos, Kansas, is located in Ottawa County and a town name Ada is just a short distance away.
Delphos, New Mexico was located in Roosevelt County, approximately fifteen miles from Portales, the county seat. According to a story in the Clovis News-Journal of 31 May 1949 “Named after Delphos, Ohio at the request of Ed McMahon, engineer on the construction engine during the construction the line (Santa Fe Railroad) Mahon was from Delphos……At present there is nothing at all there except a railroad sign with the name Delphos on it.”  It was noted that Harry Emshoff, of the New Delphos Manufacturing Company, recalled a railway engineer by the name of Ed Maham, who left Delphos many years ago.

A recent search on “Google” turned up the following about Delphos, New Mexico….. “Comments…..No residents, No ruins, No nothing’…..Climate Snow in the winter (sometimes)….Sun in the summer (Always)……..Best time to Visit….All year except February 29 we are closed………The post office at Delphos was commissioned 2 March 1905 on US Highway 70 and the AT & SF RR. The post office remained in operation until 1940 when Portales acquired mail routes in the surrounding area. …..The sign, Delphos, is still on the railroad right of way.”

There once was an Elida, New Mexico, about 12 miles from the former site of Delphos. A Mrs. White said this town was named for Elida, Ohio. Elida, New Mexico, still shows up on mapquest but not on the Rand McNally road atlas.

A search on Google states that Delphos, Kansas, is located 5 miles west of I-35 and KS-41. It is the Pride of Solomon Valley. The population, as of the 2000 Census, was 469. This included 200 households and 137 families. Of the 200 households 26.0 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them.

Delphos, Kansas, has a UFO Landing as their claim to fame.  ………”A very credible UFO encounter occurred in the small town of Delphos, Kansas, in 1971. This case has never been debunked and is still considered as one of the very best physical trace cases involving a UFO landing……Sixteen year old Ron Johnson, along with his dog Snowball, was tending the family sheep when his attention was suddenly drawn to a mushroom-shaped UFO appearing in the night sky. The flying object, metallic with multi-colored lights, was hovering approximately 75 feet away from Ron among some trees.  Johnson estimated the craft was only a few feet above the ground. He estimated the craft diameter at 6-8 feet. ……Ron would later state that he was temporarily blinded by the brightness of the craft as it ascended. …..After he regained his sight and composure, he ran back to the family house to alert his mother and father.  …….They arrived just in time to see the object… it disappeared from view.  ….The three Johnsons were shocked to see a glowing ring on the ground, right below where the craft had hovered. There was also a glowing material on some of the trees nearby. At dawn they went to the site and found the ring was still there.” The newspaper reporter and the Sheriff also reported that the ring was still there when they visited the sight. Another witness, Lester Ensbarger of Minneapolis advised the Deputy Sheriff that he had observed a bright light descending in the sky in the Delphos area on 2 November 1971.  The experience of Ron Johnson is still considered as one of the best documented “ground trace” UFO cases of the past century, and is still unexplainable by any conventional of earthly means.
It might be interesting to visit Delphos, Kansas, to see if the ring is still visible.


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