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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:20 PM

One Year Ago

• WORTH Center Executive Director Mark Fuerstenau was the guest speaker at the 74th annual Past Commanders-Past Presidents Banquet at American Legion Post 268 Saturday evening in Delphos. Americanism Test winners were honored at the banquet with Nick Bockey, Samantha Bonifas and Julie Bonifas receiving certificates, checks and savings bonds.


25 Years Ago – 1988

• Ottoville Ohio Child Conservation League Growing Together chapter held a Ladies Night Out at the home of Marilyn Ricker. New officers were elected. They are president Bonnie Turnwald, vice president Ann Hemker, secretary Martie Grote, treasurer Connie Ricker and historian-reporter Marge Kehres.

• The Ohio Department of Transportation, Auglaize County employees and members of Allen County Historical Society recently removed the aluminum historical marker at the Deep Cut rest area along State Route 66 south of Spencerville. The Allen County Historical Society will restore the plaque. It will be relocated overlooking the deepest excavation site on the old Miami-Erie Canal, located at the back of the rest area.

• The magic number for Kalida’s Lady Wildcats is “one.” With their 52-46 victory Thursday evening at St. John Arena against Zanesville Rosecrans, only one game remains to be played, and won, before they can wear the Division IV girls’ basketball crown for the 1987-88 season. Leading scorer for the Wildcats was Marci Bendele with 15 points, Mary Peck hit for 13 tallies; Sondra Ehrnsberger, 11; Annette Trenkamp, 10.


50 Years Ago – 1963

• Delphos Jefferson High School has been presented a special recognition certificate by Harold J. Bowers, chairman of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Certificates were presented to member schools which have held continuous accreditation by the association for 50 or more years. Delphos Jefferson was accredited in 1910.

• An Allen and Auglaize County Spelling Bee will be held in the auditorium of Elida School March 22. Elida representatives include sixth-grade student Sharon Bailey representing the elementary grades, and seventh-grader Ed Layman representing grades 7-8. Mary Beth Scherger, local fifth grader, will represent St. John’s in the spelling bee.

• Joe Kimmet, M. F. Osting and Charles Bilimek assisted in the releasing of rabbits in a one-mile radius of Delphos for Delphos Coon and Sportsmens Club, Inc. The group every year releases eight dozen rabbits and 100 pheasants. The project is financed by various merchants turning over the writing fee from fishing licenses. Local merchants who have license agencies and supported the project are Burkholder Grocery, Niedecken’s Carry-Out, East Side Grocery, Tri-County Hardware and Delphos Hardware Co.

75 Years Ago – 1938

• A large number of members of the Delphos Civic Club met Thursday night at the Phelan Hotel. The annual election of directors took place and resulted in the following being elected to the board: Frank Scherger, Anthony C. Weger, J. V. DeWeese, Joseph Weisgerber, Paul Henry, Russell Critchett, Walter P. Rosselit, J. Howard Apger, Jerome Schmit and Frank I. Niedecken.

• In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the students of the seventh and eighth grades, housed in the portable building at St. John’s, presented a pleasing program Thursday afternoon. The classroom was decorated with green crepe and shamrocks. On the blackboards were drawings of the flag of Ireland, Round Tower Castles and Murphy lollipops. The drawing was done by Irvin Grothouse and Charles Niedecken of the eighth grade.

• Delphos basketball fans will go to Van Wert Friday night to attend the semi-finals session of the Gold Medal tournament being staged there at the YMCA gymnasium. The Ottoville Merchants will play the Central Welders of Van Wert. It is announced that Claude “Tweet” Swartz, Delphos Recreation team star, has been selected by the tournament officials as one of the outstanding players in the first round play.


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