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Commission bringing the Marguerite back to life
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Friday, April 18, 2014 9:06 PM | Updated ( Friday, April 18, 2014 9:09 PM )
The oak remnants of the Marguerite — bottom ribs, side rails and keel — that were pulled from the canal in 1987 stayed in the museum until they are used in the reconstruction of the boat. The pieces were numbered as they were pulled from the canal so each could be laid out in the order they were found. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)


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DELPHOS — The Delphos Canal Commission members have been busy this past year reorganizing their exhibition space, restoring historical architecture and implementing lighting enhancements within the museum. The biggest project on their agenda this year is bringing the canal boat the Marguerite “to life” through reconstruction of the vessel itself and a visual depiction of what life on a canal boat was really like.

Trustee Linda Baker said the tentative plan is to build a frame of the Marguerite with a cross-section of one end replicating the design and size of the original boat so visitors can understand the concept of how large the boat is. The remaining square footage of the boat — originally 70-80 feet long and close to 14 feet wide — will be an open display of the primitive construction and showcase furniture, equipment and other items that would likely be found on board.

Optimists ready for ‘Egg’stravaganza
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Friday, April 18, 2014 9:04 PM
In preparation for Saturday’s Easter Egg hunt at the Stadium Park, members of the Delphos Optimist Club and Junior Optimist Club stuffed candy into close to 3,000 colorful plastic eggs on Friday morning. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, approximately 25 Jefferson and St. John’s High School students worked together to fill the eggs with candy donated by club members and a local merchant. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Welsh Society to hold tea party
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Friday, April 18, 2014 9:03 PM | Updated ( Friday, April 18, 2014 9:10 PM )
J. Jay Brook

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The Gomer Welsh Society of Northwest Ohio will hold a Welsh Tea Party at 2 p.m. May 2 in the Gomer Congregational Church Fellowship Hall.

Welsh musician and entertainter J. Jay Brook from Cardiff, Wales, will appear.

On the Banks of Yesteryear — George Kihm and the Delphos Reds
Written by Delphos Canal Commission   
Friday, April 18, 2014 8:56 PM | Updated ( Friday, April 18, 2014 8:58 PM )
George Kihm

“Strike one,” the umpire shouted. Only the batter didn’t hear him. Four pitches later the batter launched the ball over the centerfield fence for the longest hit ever seen on the Clay Street Grounds. As he rounded the bases the home fans roared in appreciation. Only the batter didn’t hear them. The batter was George Kihm, star catcher for the semi-pro Delphos Reds. And George was deaf and mute.

George Pius Kihm was born August 31, 1873, in New Washington, one of seven children of Nicholas and Katherine (Lux) Kihm. George grew up in various parts of Ohio. Nicholas, a school teacher, taught in a number of schools across the state. Katherine died when George was 8 and Nicholas remarried to Magdalina Leng. The couple together had four children giving George 11 siblings.

Curator's Corner — The Columbians
Written by Gary Levitt   
Friday, April 18, 2014 8:54 PM

Those of you who know me well are aware that there is usually a good explanation for the things that I do that at first glance, don’t always appear to make sense. A good example is coming up in June – our trip to Chicago. We did a short weekend trip to Chicago in December of 2012 and we had a fabulous time. So why go back? Those who have traveled on our tours of American cities have not only enjoyed the entertainment values but they have learned aspects of our culture, our roots and how American life has evolved over time.

This trip is no different. There is a direct tie to our museum and the study of postal history, as well as architecture and their fabulous park system. Of course, we’ve thrown in some excellent places to eat, a rip roaring time at Tommy Guns Garage, a special trip to the Field Museum, lake and riverboat cruises and a little time for shopping and gambling. Just as a note: we still have seats available for our trip where we will have luxurious accommodations at a Hilton Garden Hotel (complete with a great breakfast). If you have questions, please give me a call and you too, can be entertained. My number is 419-303-5482.