GLANDORF — In 1834 a group of farmers left their home land in Glandorf Germany
to establish a new life in the wilderness of Northwest Ohio. Lead by the
Reverend John William Horstmann they purchased land in Putnam County
Ohio for $1.25 per acre. They started a community and called it “New
Glandorf” later shortened to”Glandorf”. Many families still trace their
roots back to Glandorf Germany. In 1975 a group of Glandorf, Ohio,
residents with the encouragement of Pastor Raymond Seifert traveled to
Germany to reconnect family ties. For almost forty years there has been a
unique relationship between the Village of Glandorf in Ohio and the
community of Glandorf in Germany and many friendships were established.
year the Village of Glandorf, Ohio, will be hosting 54 guests from
Glandorf, Germany. There will be a welcoming ceremony on Wednesday
Evening June 25th.at 7:oo PM in front of the Glandorf Village Hall.
Saturday, June 28, at 2:00 pm, in the new Glandorf Elementary School,
140 Church Street, there will be an opportunity to listen to stories
recited in the Low German dialect. This was the common language that was
spoken by our German ancestors when they immigrated to the United
States in the early 1800’s. Although Low German is no longer commonly
spoken in Germany or the US, there is a strong desire to preserve this
once common language. A group of the German visitors will be reciting
stories in Low German, and also present to the Village of Glandorf a
book containing the stories in Low German with an English translation
for the enjoyment of future generations.