Friday, August 01, 2014

Historical site damaged in break-in

1/15/2014

Vandals damaged a pottery jug inside Dietrich Cabin, as well as hardware on the back door where they gained entry, sometime over the weekend in Ottawa City Park.

Otherwise, the pioneer cabin in the 500 block of South Main Street remained unscathed, Deb Barker, executive director of the Franklin County Historical Society, said Tuesday. Barker reported the break-in to Ottawa police at 10:48 a.m. Monday.

Vandals damaged a pottery jug inside Dietrich Cabin, as well as hardware on the back door where they gained entry, sometime over the weekend in Ottawa City Park.

Otherwise, the pioneer cabin in the 500 block of South Main Street remained unscathed, Deb Barker, executive director of the Franklin County Historical Society, said Tuesday. Barker reported the break-in to Ottawa police at 10:48 a.m. Monday.

The unknown suspect or suspects tore apart the back door’s hasps — hinged metal plates secured by a padlock — to gain entry into the cabin, Barker said. Once inside, vandals broke a pottery jug hanging from a leather strap, she said.

“We surmised that perhaps they didn’t see the jug in the dark, and the noise of it breaking scared them off,” Barker said. “We have installed heavier hasps on the door.”

An original pioneer cabin from the early Princeton area, Dietrich Cabin was donated to the Franklin County Historical Society in 1959 by Mrs. Robert Gault, a granddaughter of Jacob and Catherine Dietrich. The cabin was moved to Ottawa City Park and restored through volunteer efforts in 1960-61 and is maintained by the historical society.

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