Oral Histories are both one of the oldest forms of recording history and one of the newest! Long before the written language, stories were passed down orally from generation to generation to share the history of families and culture.Read More
This cemetery, on the property of the Sisters of Charity behind the Pristine Riverview Retirement home, is the only known family graveyard in Delhi Township. It holds the marked headstones of two families, six belonging to the Lees, six belonging to the Darbys, and one belonging to baby Margaret Anderson (daughter of J & E), who died in 1841.Read More
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati archives houses a wealth of local, national, and international historical resources in its collections just waiting to be discovered! The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is an apostolic Catholic community of women religious that exists to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service and prayer in the world. Since the Community was founded in 1852, the Sisters of Charity have sponsored hundreds of schools, hospitals, orphanages and social service agencies throughout the United States as well as many countries including China, Peru, and Guatemala. In the past two years, the department has made accessibility a top priority for its collections through a variety of endeavors.Read More
Golfers at Western Hills Country Club sometimes stumble upon a plaque on the course honoring one Captain James Fitzmorris, RAF, who died when he crashed his Sopwith Camel aeroplane on takeoff from the Club.
By Peg Schmidt, Delhi Township Historian, and DHS Trustee.
In August, the Delhi Historical Society will go visit an old friend at Heritage Village in Sharon Woods. Few know that the Myers Schoolhouse, which stood on Neeb Road south of Delhi Pike for more than 100 years, almost became a part of the DHS family in 2004.
A little history first...
The Myers Schoolhouse now at Heritage Village was the third school on the site. The first school was a log building that was also used for meetings of the first trustees of the western section of Cincinnati as early as the 1830s. The second building was handmade brick, probably constructed around 1843, which was the year that District School #3 opened with 19 students and one teacher.
The current Myers School was constructed in 1891 and opened for class on October 4 of that year. It was named for Cornelius Myers, who was a longtime school trustee, as well as a township trustee. It was a fine building for its time, with a pyramid-roofed bell tower at the front of the gable peak. The peak contains a date stone inscribed “1891 Dist. School No. 3”
Alas, it was only to serve Delhi students until 1926, when modern motorized transportation allowed for the consolidation of all Delhi one- and two-room schools into the new Delhi School at Anderson Ferry and Foley roads. The Myers Schoolhouse was auctioned at public sale and purchased by Henry and Emma Backus, who just happened on the auction while taking a ride in the country.
The Backus family built a white cottage attached to the back of the school. The three-room addition included a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. In 1932, they built a colonial home behind the schoolhouse that now serves as the Sisters of Charity Earth Connection ministry.
In 1958, the Backus’ son Harry moved his interior design business into the old schoolhouse. He retired the business in 1986 and sold the property to Charles and Pauline Johnson for $107,000. Once again, the schoolhouse was used for educational purposes. Pauline was a vision therapist who specialized in reading problems for students with dyslexia. Four years later, the Johnsons sold the property to the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University). Two parcels of land adjacent to the school, still owned by Harry Backus, were also sold to the college.
The college used it for a pre-school, and once again the walls of the old building contained the laughter and chatter of students. It eventually became a daycare facility for children of Mount adult students.
In 2004, Sister Barbara Hagedorn of the Sisters of Charity met with then DHS president Don Blaney, consultant Sue Ann Painter and Peg Schmidt to see if we would be interested in using the building with the stipulation that we would need to make some structural repairs. After having a structural engineer estimate $60,000 to $70,000 in repairs, we suggested they contact Historic Southwest Ohio, which operates Heritage Village in Sharon Woods. HSO set about raising the money needed to deconstruct, move and reconstruct the building - brick by brick - from Delhi to Sharonville.
Today, the building is undergoing continuing restoration in order to reopen to visitors to the living history village.
Explore the History of the Myers Schoolhouse in Person!
Join us Monday, August 6th for a field trip focused on the Myers School House. Delhi participants will meet at the Delhi Historical Society at 9:30 am for a short talk on early schools in Delhi. Then they will depart by bus to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse to hear about the Sisters’ part of the story and tour the Motherhouse. Afterward, the group will travel to Heritage Village for a catered lunch and tour of the Myers Schoolhouse and the village. The group will arrive back at DHS around 4:30 pm.
The Early bird rate is $35/member, $40/non-member and includes travel, admission, and lunch. Prices go up after July 30. Reservations Required. Reserve your spot by calling 513-451-4313. Mail checks to 468 Anderson Ferry Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45238 (Must be received by August 1) or visit our click here to pay via credit card.
Yearbooks from the Myers Schoolhouse.
Anita Klawitter’s story of how she found her great-grandmother Kate’s real name and biological father. Kate and her husband, Eduard Klawitter owned the Klawitter’s General Store and Saloon which used to sit on Neeb Road just across the street from Our Lady of Victory Church.Read More
Who maintains the Farmhouse Museum Gardens? The Western Hills Garden Club! Learn more about all that they do for us!Read More
A Prescription for Genealogy
Warning: It May Be Habit Forming!
JoAnne Fischesser's Genealogy Adventure.Read More
As the congregation marks its bicentennial, it might be good to recall Judge Doan's words in a speech to his fellow parishioners...
"I'm really attempting to demonstrate here is that our predecessors in this venerable old congregation gave their time and their resources to provide for us. They had faith in us and in the future of Shiloh back then."Read More
By Alan March
DHS Trustee and Collections Volunteer.
Family photos and documents are treasures to be handed down from generation to generation. We can preserve and protect those treasures two ways. Protect them using archival quality storage materials, such as folders or envelopes, sleeves, and boxes (See January's post for more details). Preserve them through digitization.
Put simply, digitization is scanning photos and documents into a computer. Delhi Historical Society has been actively digitizing its collections so they can be used by researchers and visitors without exposing the originals to potential damage through handling. Delhi Historical Society scans photographs and slides at 1200 DPI using the TIFF format. Those are the standards for digital archives. The high resolution (1200 Dots Per Inch) allows higher quality enlargements. TIFF files can be opened repeatedly without losing image quality.
Delhi Historical Society has digitized thousands of images but has only just begun digitally preserving its large collection of photographs. Many of the images are simple family photos from years ago.
Others are more formal family or business portraits. Through the DHS' Scanning Station project, Delhi residents have shared their family photos with the historical society. Those images are now preserved for researchers and family members for generations to come.
Don't think your family photographs and documents are "not historical." Today's snapshots are tomorrow's history. Documents such as personal letters, newspaper clippings, high school yearbooks, and many other items are treasure troves to historians. Preserve them by scanning them at home. Or, contact Delhi Historical Society to arrange to have your photos and documents scanned. You will keep the originals while donating the digital images to DHS. That way you are preserving your family treasures and sharing them at the same time.
- Scan the entire image. (Also scan back if it includes information relevant to the photograph)
- For preservation [Master File]:
- Scan as a .TIFF file
- 1200 DPI
- 24-bit color
- For sharing:
- Scan as a .JPG file
- 300 dpi
- 24-bit color
- Save as: year_month_day_descriptive_title (ex: 1953_09_23_Jane_Doe_age_17.tiff)
- Save a Master File and back it up. Preferably back up on a cloud drive or at another location.
- DO NOT alter your master copy (adding text, color correcting, etc)
If you have photos related to Delhi Township, we would love to add them to our digital collection!
Please contact us for details.
Help us preserve Delhi's treasures.
For more information view our slideshow from our January 2018 lecture:
Delhi Historical Society's collections priority over the last few years has been to properly organize and preserve the Delhi Township photo collection. Photos are our most requested object from the public so we want to make sure we have them easily accessible and protected for our researchers and volunteers. We hope you made it out to our January 8th lecture, but if you could not, we are happy to share some resources and our slides with you. Enjoy!
Where to Buy Archival Supplies
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Be sure to check back next month for scanning tips!
The worst natural disaster in the history of Cincinnati left families without homes and without basic needs such as food, water, and electricity. However, it is remembered through the way the community came together to overcome the flood and help their neighbors.
1. Funds were collected to rebuild and repair damaged homes and public structures, and volunteers teamed up to bring the city back.
2. Nearly one of every eight people in the tri-state were left homeless.
3. At least 10 gas tanks exploded and there were oil fires on the Ohio River.
4. Rainfall fell in just a 12 day period, from January 13-24, with a total of 80 inches.
5. Today, a scale marking the heights of floodwaters that have reached its walls since 1800. The flood of 1937 stands the highest at 80 feet, with the flood of 1884 coming in at a close second at 71 feet.
6. Seventy-five million dollars in damages had been caused, and that was in 1937 when one dollar was equivalent to twelve dollars now. The damages would be equal to nearly one billion dollars today.
7. The home plate at Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds, was submerged 20 feet during the Ohio River flooding.
8. When Duke Energy was going around the tristate to fix power outages and gas leaks, they consumed 3,000 sandwiches daily and 200 gallons of coffee.
Delhi Historical Society's exhibit, United by High Water: The Great Flood of 1937 opens Friday, April 28 at 7pm.
For more amazing pictures and documents relating to the 1937 flood visit one of the sources below!
We are excited to announce that our new website got a makeover! We hope this new site gives us new ways to connect to our community and make our collections more accessible to researchers. Right now, we are focused on getting the basics together and working out design glitches, but we will continue to constantly add new things so keep checking back!
Our newest addition is an events calendar! This will allow us to post our events months in advance to assist with marketing.
Some of our future plans include:
- Photo Galleries: Historic photographs, and present day events
- Blog: where we will post DHS news, history articles, genealogy research tips and preservation techniques.
- Research resources: scans of documents in our collection that can be useful to researchers.
- Anything else we can think of!
We are open to suggestions. If you'd like to share your ideas, please email us via the form on the contact page. http://www.delhihistoricalsociety.org/contact/