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Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:48 PM

One Year Ago
• Fire Tuesday destroyed the 113-year-old First United Methodist Church in Ada, roaring through stained-glass windows and caving in the roof, leaving only some of the stone masonry standing. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said.

25 Years Ago – 1988
• Someone sprinkled some magic dust on Kalida last week. Before the dust had settled Saturday night, the Kalida Wildcat boys were crowned district champions at Findlay after their 70-63 victory over Sandusky St. Mary’s. Three Wildcats scored in double figures. Dave Hovest was the leader with 19. Brian Vorst followed closely with 17 and Keith Nartker added 15.

• St. John’s eighth grade students who participated in the regional competition of the national Mathcounts program in March at Apollo Career Center, Lima, were awarded fourth place trophies, certificates and Mathcounts T-shirts. Team members are Mike Gable, Tracy Grothouse, Mike Kroeger and Alan Rees. Scott Schwinnen participated as an alternate.

• Elida won its first trip ever to a regional tournament Saturday night defeating Lima Bath 66-56 at Ohio Northern. The Bulldogs, 17-6, will play Elyria Catholic Thursday at Centennial Hall on the University of Toledo campus. Chad Jostpille and Jason Good led Elida with 20 points each. Mike Moskwinski added 10.

50 Years Ago — 1988
• At Wednesday’s Rotary meeting at NuMaude’s, John Horine, program chairman for the day, reviewed Rachel Carson’s controversial new book, “Silent Spring.” Paul Harter, Jr., club president, presided, and J. Frank Shumaker gave a report on the coming annual Rotary conference to be held April 20 and 21 in Sylvania.

• Thomas H. Kinstle, formerly of Gomer, recently received his doctor’s degree in physics at the University of Illinois and has accepted the position as assistant professor in the physics department of the university there. At present, Kinstle is on a six-week tour of the laboratories in the cities of France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and other countries.

• The Bossa Nova dance lessons being taught at the Delphos Country Club will resume again this Saturday night. Because of icy road conditions last Saturday the dance class session was not held but spokesmen for the club have announced that all ice chunks will be removed from the road before the weekend.

75 Years Ago — 1938
• An interesting relic has been uncovered by workmen who are razing the Birkmeier building at the corner of Canal and Second streets, a broadaxe blade used to hew heavy timber was found and is estimated to be approximately 150 years old. It is believed the axe dropped down between the walls and could not be recovered. The building is being torn down and the timber will be used in the construction of a new Pilgrim Holiness Church.

• Delphos people will again have an opportunity on Thursday to aid the needy of this community. Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day and the St. Elizabeth’s Benevolent Society will conduct their annual St. Patrick’s Day collection. Officers of the society will be at the city building all day Thursday to receive any donations which may be made.

• Pauline Schwinnen entertained the members of the Chummy Girls Club at her home on South Pierce Street Saturday afternoon. In addition to the members of the club, Norma Schwinnen and Helen Flurry were present. In hearts, the honors were awarded to Coletta Gremling in a contest. Thelma Kindley was most successful.


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