|It Was News Then|
|Monday, March 25, 2013 1:35 PM|
One Year Ago
• As in the past, cultural exchange students from Delphos’ sister city, Verle, Germany, are looking forward to spending the latter part of the year in Delphos, attending school, participating in extra-curricular activities and spending time with their host families. Ten students have expressed interest in visiting Delphos.
25 Years Ago – 1988
• Naturalist and properties manager of Appleseed Ridge Girl Scout Council Phil Hugo was speaker at the spring meeting of Green Thumb Garden Club. Secretary Viola Schmidt read a thank you note from Tom Hoersten, secretary of Delphos Public Library Board, expressing thanks to the club for its gift to the library of permanent Christmas roping and wreaths for exterior decorations. This gift to the library was the first activity to recognize the 40th anniversary of the club which was organized March 2, 1948.
• A Van Wert County farmer recently received a distinguished sales achievement award from Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Melvin Martz of Delphos received a $75,000 life-time sales award from Pioneer District Sales Manager Gene Neiling during a winter sales meeting.
• Landeck students recently participated in “Can You Help the Farmer?” contest in celebration of National Agriculture Week. The Delphos Young Farmers and Young Farmwives sponsored the contest. Winners were Denise Hammons and Kim Kiracofe, first graders; Jill Norris and Chrissy Schwinnen, second graders; and Jim Rode and Patrick Kleman, third graders.
50 Years Ago – 1963
• Pushing a moving van slightly more than 10 miles was the feat performed Sunday afternoon by a group of sophomores from Delphos St. John’s. The youngsters, spurred by a report that high school seniors in Fort Wayne had pushed an automobile 2 ½ miles, started their own pushing from Don’s Drive-In on Route 30, into the south part of Delphos, north along Main Street, to Fort Jennings and back. Boys who took part in the push-a-thon are Jim Wilcox, Jim Smith, Mike Van Autreve, Gregg Miller, Dennis Patthoff, Dick Bendele, Larry Grothouse and Mike Koester.
• Bonnie Ellerbrock, a 13-year-old eighth grade student of the Landeck Local School, won the Semi-Final County Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, which was held March 22 at Elida. Bonnie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ellerbrock.
• Alfred “Pat” Fetzer was elected president of the Dads of Foreign Service Veterans during a meeting of the group held Sunday afternoon at the VFW club rooms on West Fourth Street. Other officers chosen were John Miller, senior vice president; Ray Baumgarte, junior vice president; Lawrence Etter, secretary-treasurer; Homer Sterling, chaplain; William Grunden, sergeant at arms; and August Utrup, guard.
75 Years Ago – 1938
• The Mile of Pennies contest remains the subject of much interest in St. John’s School. To date the students of the grades have gathered 1,296 feet, or about ¼ mile, of coins. Jack Myers, Grade 6, is the champion having attained 45 feet. Betty, his sister, in Grade 7 and 8, has 34 feet. The students are making this drive in order to aid the parish in erecting new class rooms.
• Richard Wulfhorst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wulfhorst, is again making a good record as regular catcher on the Ohio State University baseball team. The team, on the annual spring training tour, defeated Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday by a score of 9 to 2. It is Wulfhorst’s second season with the Ohio State University.
• Forest Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brown, and well known showman, will leave April 3 for Valdosia, Georgia, to join the Bill Roys Comediana. The show will open in Georgia early in April and start north. They will go as far as the state of Main. Brown has been away from this show for two years. The present season is his 13th with the Bill Roys.