March 4, 2011

The Delph Brothers - Cecil Benjamin

Before having her last child, Cecil Benjamin, at the age of 45, Elizabeth Witzgall Delph gave birth to a son, Orville D., in 1888. 
Orville was listed in the June 16, 1900 census, but died sometime later that year at about the age of 12 of pneumonia.  Orville is buried with his parents in Hoy Cemetery.

Marie Ordway, Philip Ordway, Cecil Delph, Lemuel Ordway

Cecil B. was born July 12, 1894, in Monroe Township, Henry County, OH.  Cecil's life was a little different than all of his siblings, as Cecil left home and furthered his education at  Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
While there, he joined the Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity

On May 25, 1917, while at Wittenberg, Cecil registered for the World War I draft.  On his draft registration, he described himself as tall and slender with brown eyes and light hair.
Cecil graduated in the Wittenberg class of 1918, and apparently right after graduation, on May 24, 1918, he enlisted in the National Army at the age of 24. He was assigned to the 159 Depot of the National Army until August 1918, and was sent eventually to Field Artillery Central Officers Training School at Camp Zachary Taylor in Kentucky.  He made Private First Class on June 19, 1918, and was honorably discharged on November 26, 1918 from the Officers' School, having not had to go overseas.  One Wittenberg publication announced, "Between 1917-1918, more than 400 students served in the armed forces.  Nine made the supreme sacrifice."

By December 1928, Cecil was in Lawrence, Cloud County, Kansas where he married Susie Lucille Loomis on Christmas Day.  Cecil went west to teach at the Haskell Indian School, a boarding school arrangement where the children were brought to the school from the reservation and lived there until the parents picked them up at the end of the school year.  At that time, the school taught many practical arts, such as homemaking and agriculture.
Eventually, Cecil and family moved on to Pierre, South Dakota where he taught at the Pierre Indian School.  
 In the Pierre, SD 1930 census, Cecil at 35 was at the Indian Industrial School as a teacher, living with his wife of two years, Lucille S., 28 and his young son, Wilbur, 2 1/12.  Also living with them were two lodgers, one a Cherokee man from NC and the other, a woman from Illinois, both teachers.

Cecil taught at Napoleon either before or after the experience in Kansas and South Dakota, as he is named in an article about new teachers at the high school.  The article was undated, but home economics and agriculture had just been added into the curriculum, so new staff had been hired for these.  He also had experience in other high schools in northwest Ohio.

Cecil returned home by 1934 and began farming and working in various positions in the agricultural field.  He registered for the World War II draft as a self-employed farmer in Portage Township, Wood County, Ohio.  His family expanded to three sons and one daughter.

Cecil died of a heart attack on June 5, 1961 in Wood County at the age of 66.
Lucille lived until October 26, 1980 when she died in the hospital in Bowling Green.

"Bowling Green, Ohio
Cecil Delph, 66, Dies Unexpectedly

Cecil Delph, 66, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon at his home on Route 1, Mermill Rd., Portage.  Sunday he had attended the graduation of his son, James E., from Bowling Green State University.
Mr. Delph, a grain inspector for Wood County under the Agricultural Stabilization Committee and the Production Marketing Association for the last 10 years, was born in Malinta July 12, 1894.  His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Philip Delph.  After graduating from Wittenberg University in 1918, he taught in Haskell Institute and Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas, and also in Pierre, S. D.  He became a farmer after moving to Portage in 1934.  He also taught in the Veterans Farm Program in Portage and Perrysburg High Schools.  He was a veteran of World War I and a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Bowling Green, Portage American Legion Post and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Dec. 25, 1928, he married Lucille Loomis in Lawrence, Kansas.  She survives with three sons, Wilbur E., Columbus; Robert R. at home, and James E., Bowling Green; one daughter, Mrs. Wade (Joanne) Shinew, Portage; seven grandchildren; a brother, George R., Malinta; and three sisters, Mrs. Julia Spangler, Bowling Green; Mrs. Elizabeth Ordway, Malinta; and Mrs. Sue Robinson, Portage.
Three brothers and one sister died earlier.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Mark's Lutheran Church.  Rev. Loyal Bishop will officiate.  Burial will be in Portage Cemetery.  A Legion service will be held at the grave.  Friends may call at the Deck Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon and evening."

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