Saturday, May 27, 2006

Moder-Kreutzer Bottling Co. in Peru

John J. Kreutzer attended St. Mary's Institute in Dayton, Ohio and studied at the the university of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He worked with his father in the mercantile business, then held a position at the First National Bank of Peru, and then assumed a position of clerk and bookkeeper in the offices of the Cole Brewery. In 1889, John he became interested in glass manufacturing. When the natural gas failed and it became unprofitable he then became an active executive of the Peru Grocery Company until 1908.
John J. Kruetzer married Rosa Ebah, of Stuebenville, Ohio in 1885. From that union they parented thirteen children.

Friday, May 26, 2006

John J. Kreutzer of Peru

John Kreutzer was born in Peru on December 16, 1857, He is the son of Jacob and Margaret(Lang) Kreutzer. John's father Jacob, was a child at the time of the family immigration to America from Germany.
In 1889 John became interested in establishing a glass manufactory in Peru. The enterprise was successful for a period of ten years. The failure of the supply of natural gas rendered the venture unprofitable which resulted in the closing of the factory. The factory was situated on the river bank next to the depot.
In 1909 Mr. Kreutzer was elected to the position of mayor. He brought about numerous public improvements and gained unequivocal popular approval.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

IDOL season over

Wow! Sixty-two million fans called in to pick their favorite American Idol. Unbelievable!! That is more votes than any U.S. president has ever received. The "soul patrol" Taylor Hicks is the new American Idol.
Thinking about the voting, I may have a solution for the next presidential race---they can go on idol and sing their way to the presidency.
Some songs the song writers could produce for the candidates would be:
"Bring the Boys Home"
"Tears at the Pump"
"South of the Border"
"School House Blues"(no child left behind)
"Please Protect Me"(insurance for everyone)
"The Older I Am"(save social security)
"Where oh Where has my Money all Gone"
Good Luck Candidates!! May the best person win!!!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Cole Porter Festival Car/Truck/Bike Show

More on the Cole Porter Summerfest--On Sunday June 11, 2006 , downtown Peru, car enthusiasts are invited to the Cole Porter Festival Car/truck/bike show. I am excited about seeing the antique maxwell car that will be there. The Maxwell was built by a man, that in his youth and young adulthood had lived here in Peru. He married Nora Cockley of Peru. Two of their children were born in Peru. Jonathan Maxwell had the very first 4-cylinder engine. The cars were custom made and very expensive, so they could not compete with Henry Ford and his Model T. Therefore, Maxwell reorganized the company with Hugh Chalmers, and their company was later to become Chrysler. Corp. From the time the first Maxwell was built in 1904 until the last one was produced in 1925, over 600,000 Maxwell vehicles had been produced.

A 2006 Viper Coupe and a 2006 Gt40 will also be displayed. Awards will be given--Top 50 awards, door prizes and grand prizes. I don't want to sound sexist but you can check out the boys and their toys on June 11th downtown Peru.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Something for Everyone-Cole Porter Summerfest

The Cole Porter Summerfest will be in full swing starting Thursday evening, June 8th. A black tie dinner to raise funds for the restoration of Cole Porter's birthplace will be held at Westleigh Farm. Tim Noble and Mark Nadler will entertain the guests.
On Friday evening, June 9, a "Cole Reception"will be featured at the Peru Mannerchor. The entertainment will be performed by the Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre group.
Live musical performances will begin at the Miami County Museum on Saturday, June 10, beginning at 9:00 and continue until 3:00.
The musuem will host a young people's art show. The event will feature original art by the youth of Miami County to be held at the Miami County Museum.
The Peru-Miami Co. Chamber of Commerce's Summerfest will be centered around the Courthouse and Museum on Saturday from 3:00 to 11:00. You won't have to cook that day because you will find food, drink, and entertainment. There will be children's activities in the afternoon and evening. There will be a "garage"band competition at the Circus Building. The winner of that competion will play on the big stage at Summerfest. Any information on these events -contact the Miami County Museum or the Peru Chamber of Commerce. More Later---