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Monday, April 30, 2012 11:59 AM

Doug and Alice Hoehn raised their family in the state parks of Pennsylvania.  What a wonderful environment. Doug’s last assignment as Park Manager was at the Ohio Pyle State Park. He served in the park service for 32 years.  As retirement was drawing near they built a log home on a hill at Ohio Pyle. The town of Ohio Pyle is inside the park and shares the same name.
Ohio Pyle is from the language of our Native Americans, meaning White Frothy Water. The Youghigeny River runs through the park. The river falls are also located in the park. This river is a favorite spot for white water rafting.

Doug and Alice were both 1963 graduates of Fort Jennings High School. Doug’s parents were Vic and Leona Hoehn and Alice’s parents were Joe and Martha Hellman. Alice passed away 29 August 2010. They had three children: Mark, Brian and Vicky and three grandchildren.

When Doug retired from the park service, he took up the hobby (or second career) of wood carving with a chain saw. He has done over 200 carvings, which can be found in several states. Many of you have seen the large ear of corn in the front yard of Rick and Cheryl Hellman’s home on Route 190, just north of Delphos. This is the Hellman home place and Rick sells Pioneer Seed Corn. One of Doug’s carvings of a bear holds his mailbox at the entrance of his driveway.

He said two of his greatest challenges is the huge carving of Paul Bunyan and one of mama bear with two cubs in a tree.
Doug has been commissioned to do two carvings for the upcoming Fort Jennings Bicentennial Celebration. He has been working on this project in Rick Hellman’s barn. One is of Col. William Jennings and the other is of a Native American Indian. Both statues are 12-13-feet tall and each one weighs about three-fourths ton.

The logs were purchased from the Siefker Saw Mill, east of Delphos. Col. Jennings is made of white oak and the Indian is carved from red oak.

The paint job on both characters will be done by Kyle Hellman, as an Eagle Scout project. The Colonel’s coat and helmet will be done in blue. The Indian will be done in bright colors. Doug used 8 x 10 pictures of his characters as models. He uses the chain saw just like a carving knife. Then he finishes it off with an electric sander, making his carvings as smooth as satin. Doug has several chain saws of various sizes in his collection.

The carved figures will be given a place of honor in Fort Jennings.
The Bicentennial will be celebrated August 17, 18 and 19.


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