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Monday, March 12, 2012 11:08 AM

Scrapbooking can be loads of fun. It’s fun for those putting these memory books together and fun for those who get to look at them and relive the many good times preserved on those pages.

Another local historian, Bob Holdgreve, lives just across the road from me. He is also my second cousin. Bob and his wife, Donna (VonderEmbse), have three daughters and seven grandchildren. Cindy Kastoff and Maria Powley live in Ft. Wayne. Chrissy Elwer and her husband are both teachers. They reside near Delphos.
Bob has always been interested in family history and local history. Many of you read his historical column in the Delphos Herald. He began writing “Window to the Past” back in 1998
Several years ago, after the Delphos Herald was put on micro-film, the Delphos Public Library gave Bob the old bound volumes of the local newspaper. They were beginning to crumble and the library had no place to store them. These papers were dated from 1872 to 1908.  For old news since that date Bob goes to the library and uses the micro-film. Bob cut many interesting articles from those old tattered papers and pasted them in wall-paper books.

One popular topic in the Herald was the horse racing in Delphos. The Delphos Driving Park Association was very active in 1877. The race track was across the road from where Delpha Chevrolet is now located. The winners of these races collected a pretty good “purse.” First place for trotting better than three minutes was $30. Other categories were running and racing. This race track was often referred to as the fair grounds, with many picnics held there. The following is a quote from an 1878 race: “The racer ‘Sleepy George’, the fastest pacer in the world, has been entered for the Delphos races to take place on the 30th and 31st. The announcement of this fact will add largely to the interest of the occasion and will bring out a large crowd to see the wonderful performance of this famous horse. Already between 20 and 30 entries have been made in the several purses, and it is believed that no less than 50 entries will be booked. The indicating point to the most successful races ever held on the Delphos Track.”

Other interesting stories included: 1877 – It is somewhere related that a poor soldier, having had his skull fractured, was told by the doctor that his brains were visible. The soldier replied to the doctor, “Do write and tell father of it ... for he always said I had no brains.”
In July, 1877 - R. B. Jervis, Proprietor of the Grand Orient ... PS …For the mutual benefit of myself and customers I publish a newspaper, The Delphos Grocer. This paper is published the first and third Thursdays of each month, and contains all the important local news in this section, also general news and reading matter, market  reports,  railroad time tables  etc. Scece, 52 x 31  inches;  price,  only 25  cents per year,  which  makes  it  the cheapest paper in America.
From the Herald of 15 February 1877 – During the past year the Commissioners of Putnam County have established 67 county ditches, making an aggregate length of 170 miles of ditches.

From 8 March 1877 – Two large wolves, one black and the other gray, were killed by a Paulding County man recently.
Also from 1877 – Yesterday Frank Dannacker killed a blue-racer on the bank of the canal, which measured 5 feet and 7 inches in length.
Another wildlife story of 1879 was – A wild panther is roaming the woods and fields a few miles north of town.

From the Herald in 1877 – The citizens of Paulding are trying to have a plank road laid to Charloe. It would be a good improvement.
For more interesting stories from the “old days” just read:  “Window to the Past” on Saturdays in the Delphos Herald.

There are many types of scrapbooking. Some call them themes. I’m thankful to my mother for getting me started in the hobby when I was in junior high. Some of the unusual items in my scrapbooks from the early 1940s include war ration stamps, old sales tax stamps, a V-Mail Christmas card and letter that Mom receive from her cousin, serving in the WACS in Australia during World War II.

During the past week, I paged through my old tattered and torn scrapbooks. My favorite is from 1951, which  includes  our marriage certificate, invitation, all the beautiful wedding cards that came with the gifts and  the  newspaper  clipping. It was especially touching when I found the road map from our honeymoon and the post cards and other memorabilia. We visited Niagara Falls and several of the New England States in Hups’ 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible. That was a car way ahead of it’s time.
Compiling a Christmas scrapbook is very interesting because you see how everyone changes through the years.

At present, I am compiling Heritage scrapbooks for all my children and grandchildren. These include newspaper clippings, charts, certificates, etc.  (Just a note:  It’s advisable to have the newspaper articles photo copied because there is a lot of acid in the newspapers.) These memory books include all sides of the families; including those of their spouses as far back as I can find the pictures and info. My first venture into albums for each of them included the early years of each individual. I started out with the following greeting:

“Some grandmas make afghans or quilts for their grandchildren. This grandma just ran around with a camera around her neck, capturing your lives in pictures.”

In the past articles I gave you a list of some of the tools of the trade. You can make your scrapbooks as simple as can be or you can use all kinds of embellishments. I like to do a lot of cropping of pictures and use colored card stock to accent at least one or two photos. There are so many stickers or embellishments to go with any theme you choose. You can also use rubber stamps or paper punches to make embellishments. The Delphos Public Library has an Ellison Machine available to patrons for making die cuts.

The Delphos Library also has a large selection, possibly 20 or 30 books on scrapbooking. Two of my favorites are: The Ultimate Scrapbooking Book and Scrapbooking Basics.


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