The following article was written by Pat Goebel, Co-VP of the Williams County Genealogical Society.
The Williams County Genealogical Society met on Monday, May 9, 2011at the Harmon Room of the West Annex to the Bryan Public Library. Rev. Dale Kern was the guest speaker for the evening. He portrayed Adam Detzer, who was a Circuit Rider Preacher for the German Lutheran Church in northwestern Ohio. Adam Detzer was born in Weidenberg, Oberfranken, Bavaria in 1817. He was caught up with the missionary zeal under the leadership of William Loehe and went with him to America. Beginning in 1845, Rev. Detzer did establish congregations in Fulton, Williams, Henry and Defiance Counties. He married Charlotte Niedhardt in 1846 and over the years they had 12 children. In 1872 Detzer accepted a call to Des Plaines, Illinois and established more congregations in the greater Chicago area. Then he moved to Nebraska to start churches there and in Iowa. Many of the churches he started are still active today.
The next meeting will be the Annual Banquet on June 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm to be held at Rita’s of the Square. They will be open for our banquet even though they are closed to the public on Monday evenings. The Guest Speaker will be Roger Lash with “Trash or Treasure” program. Recognition of WCGS Officers and First Families of Williams County Recipients will be honored. There will be door prizes and lots of fun. Dinner will be banquet style, all you can eat. Cost $16 per person (current member in good standing of WCGS) and $19 per person (non-member of WCGS) registered. Menu: Baked Chicken, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with 2 kinds of gravy, California Blend Vegetables, Tossed Salad (lettuce with assorted toppings), Ranch, French and Poppyseed Dressings, Rolls, Pies, French Crème and Sugar-Free Apple for sure, and other assorted variety, Beverages: Coffee, tea and pop. We will ask for reservations to be made by Tuesday, May 31 with Jane Kelly at the WCPL. No money will be taken at the door, as we must pay in advance for meals. No refunds will be issued.
The purpose of WCGS is the preservation of county records and family research. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library.
For further information concerning WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to WCGS, P.P. Box 293, Bryan Ohio 43506.