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Monday, February 27, 2012 6:21 AM

Karen Lucke Heitmeyer of Fort Jennings, along with her siblings, can claim ancestors with names like Tebeck and Wink; names that have disappeared as time has passed.  Their many descendents just didn’t carry on those family names.

Karen’s mother, Mary (Ricker) Lucke’s mother was Mary Tebeck and her mother was Maria Wink, daughter of John Wink.
Karen’s father, Ferd Lucke’s mother was Catherine Fanger. There once was a Fanger’s Restaurant in Delphos. The name can still be found in Kalida. One of the Fanger ancestors is credited with inventing a piece of farm equipment for harvesting sugar beets. Sugar Beets were once a good crop in the area until the Sugar Beet Factory went bankrupt a few years back.
Karen is blessed to have in her possession several old scrapbooks made by her mother, Martha Lucke. Martha saved many interesting newspaper articles on people and places she was interested in and she was interested in everything and everyone, not just family and friends.

One article featured Fred Buettner and his wife, the former Johanna Frombaugh. Fred came to America from Sacksabyron, Germany in 1835.  At the age of 17 he started a shoe cobbler’s business in Delphos. Johanna passed away in 1904 and Fred died in 1912 at the age of 93. Both are buried in the Walnut Grover Cemetery.

The story in Martha’s scrapbook was written when BiRite was holding its grand opening in the building which is now the home of The Delphos Canal Commission Museum.

Buettner leased the land to Busch Bros. to build the building, which was leased to the Grant Company in 1930. The building remained in the Buettner family until purchased by the Delphos Canal Commission.

The Buettner brick home on N. Canal Street was one of the first homes in Delphos. Max Roberts owned the house and his carry-out next door at the time this article was written. He purchased it from F. J. Schaffer. It was then remodeled and made into apartments.
Another interesting clipping in Martha’s scrapbook featured a well-known Fort Jennings woman, Mrs. Verena “Franey” (Schuerman) Minning, who was everybody’s friend when she was working at Meyers IGA in Fort Jennings at the age of 84. Franey treated the little kid buying his “penny candy” just as nice as a customer, purchasing a large order. As a young woman, Mrs. Minning ventured into her first job at the former Raabe’s Grocery in Fort Jennings.

Leona Backus, of Delphos was featured in an article in Martha’s collection. Many young people (especially those in their 50’s) have fond memories of Leona, as the head cook in the St. John’s School cafeteria. She also served as head cook of the big St. John’s Fall School Festival for many years. Leona was recruited into cooking for weddings by another famous cook, Lulu Wahmhoff. Leona began her next occupation, cooking for weddings, when most weddings were held at the home of the bride, possibly in a large tent. At the time this story was written by Ruth Wrasman, Leona commented that she probably had more than 500 weddings and anniversary parties to her credit.

Still another story in Martha’s scrapbook was written by Marguerite Calvin in her Personally Speaking column in the Putnam County Sentinel. This story told of the Ricker Genealogy, written by Frances Christen Ricker. Her husband, Edward J. Ricker, was born near Glandorf. His grandfather, John Bernard, more commonly known as Barney Ricker was born in Schaffen, Hanover, Germany. He came to America with his family at the age of 4. His brother, Herman was 5. Their father was Bernard Herman Ricker. A family legend tells that Bernard Herman Ricker came home one day and told his wife, Catherine Knieper, that they were leaving in three days for America. She spent two of those days in the church, praying. The family landed in New Orleans and went to Cincinnati before coming to Glandorf. Barney was buried in the old Glandorf Cemetery. His wife later died at the home of a daughter in Ottoville and is buried in Ottoville. Most of the Rickers settled in Fort Jennings, Ottoville and Delphos.

Frances, the author of the Ricker Genealogy, stated that Bernard Herman Ricker and his sons helped build the Glandorf churches and the Miami and Erie Canal. Barney’s brother, Herman, was captain of a canal boat traveling between Cincinnati and Delphos. He later became a carpenter and owned a business in Delphos. The Delphos Canal Commission Museum proudly displays a beautiful, ornate buffet built at the Ricker factory. The author of this Ricker History presented a copy of her manuscript and documents to the local history room of the Putnam District Library.

This brings us to the suggestion of keeping a scrapbook to save your family and local history.
In Scrapbooking II, it was suggested you start with an acid free scrapbook, along with some supplies such as a small paper trimmer, acid free adhesives, such as photo splits, double sided tape or glue stick. The most important thing is to use acid free materials.

Naturally, a good sharp scissors is very important, and use only acid free pens. You can start with black but you will find many colors to choose from. Store your pens horizontally. Journaling is a very important part of scrapbooking — to tell your story and identify people in the photos.

You can enhance the photos on your scrapbook pages with card stock to match the colors in your pictures or the theme of the page. Use only acid free card stock not regular construction paper. Stickers or other embellishments help to enhance your pictures, adding to the theme.

Start simple. Some of the scrapbook magazines use a lot of printed theme papers but some of them just look too busy, making it difficult to show off the pictures. Just make a trip to the Delphos Public Library to find a book on scrapbooking. Enjoy!

The Wink photo album

Two men making apple butter

The second St. John’s state tournament team leaving for the state championship game in Cleveland. Pictured are: Ralph Elwer, Ed Utrup, Ron Grothouse, Rudy Grothouse, Chuck Geise Coach Bob Arnzen, Bob Pothast, Joe Youngpeter, Gerald Wannemacher, Francis Nomina, Bob Kill, Gib Pohlman, Mike Wulfhorst, Barney Altman and John Nijasen, the band director. Note the long overcoats and the hats on the players, all dressed up to go to the city.


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