Jacob Doremus was the original settler of what is now Delhi.

Jacob's son James Doremus (b. 1809, Romulus, Seneca Co., New York) moved to Delhi with his father in the spring of 1831, and moved to Jackson County in 1840 where he settled near Parma.

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The first to see the possibilities of the location was Jacob Doremus, a shoemaker who emigrated from New York state in 1831. He bought a tract of land along the river, built a small sawmill, and started clearing the land and selling rough-cut lumber to local farmers. In 1836, he platted a town, which he called Michigan Village, and began selling lots. He built a primitive dam with timber, stone, and earth. A local resident, Isaac Place, built a millrace on the north side of the river to channel the water.