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Sunday evening about 7 o’clock, west bound train P.F. No. 75 pulled into town and stopped, the train extending from the Franklin street crossing to the east switch.

Shortly after stopping, a shot was heard, followed by another, and another, until five shots had been heard, accompanied by loud yelling. The disturbance seemed to be at about the middle of the train. The trainmen investigated but found nothing except one fellow who had fallen into the creek. They were unable to get anything out of him, however.

They did not notify the officers of the trouble and the train again started up, but was stopped at State street, where it seems that the trainmen started out to eject the tramps from the train. There was more swearing and yelling and rocks flew through the air. The tramps were not dislodged and the train pulled out with them.

Shortly after the train had left, it was reported to police that one of the shots had entered a lower floor window at the residence of the Sister of Charity on east First street. (This was the old residence located on the corner of First and Pierce St. R.H.) The ball, a 38 calibre had passed through one of the south windows into a room occupied by one of the Sisters, thence through the transom and lodged in the wall in the hall, where it was afterward found.

It seemed as it was a battle among tramps who were on the train. A look over the ground at the railroad track this morning failed to reveal anything.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 21, 1897


Canal Ice Gives

Way With a

Crowd of Skaters

An accident occurred on the canal about 5 o’clock Monday, but for timely aid presence of mind of those on terra firma, might have resulted in several drownings.

A crowd of skaters were on the ice above the Second street bridge. There were some 15 or 20 of them skating in a bunch at the time, when the ice gave way opposite H.J. Wulfhorst’s store and 12 of the skaters were precipitated into the water about eight feet deep, two small girls being in the number. Almost simultaneously with the breaking of the ice, the air was rent with screams from those in the water and on the bank. Pandemonium reigned for a time, after which the work of rescuing the hapless victims began.

They held on to the edges of the ice until a large wooden crate was pushed across the ice for them to hold onto. A bystander and two others who were attracted by the cries, came to the rescue and pulled them out one by one, the girls first. After all were safe, they ran home for dry clothing. It was a narrow escape, especially the little girls; one of them and also one of the boys went completely under the water once or twice before being rescued.

Those who took an unwelcome midwinter bath were: Celia Stump, Beulah Pennell, Syl and Will Walsh, Alfred Oberwagner, Carl Roth, Ed Searing, Roy Wagner, Alex. Stallkamp, Art Moon, Claude Fast, and a small son of Chas. Danials.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897


Cutting In Delphos Saloon

Several people were in John Recker’s saloon on Canal street Tuesday night, and C. Hummer and J. Pohlman got into an altercation over a game of dice. Pohlman is said to have been intoxicated, and to avert trouble, Hummer called him aside to smooth his ruffled feathers, when, without warning, Pohlman whipped out a knife and made a slash at Hummer.

The keen edged blade caught Humemr in the right leg, halfway between the hip and knee, cutting an ugly looking gash, six inches long and nearly an inch deep. Pohlman is a farmer living east of town. “Doggie” refused to have him arrested, but says he must pay the doctor bill.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897


Horse Thief?

Last Tuesday, a well-dressed man called at a farm house near the home of Mr. Sherrick, east of town, driving a fine looking horse, which he claimed was a 2:20 pacer. He gave the name of Haynes, and asked to stay a few days to allow his horse a good rest. Haynes remained at the farm house and the horse was quartered in the barn. Wednesday night the animal got into the manger and one of its forelegs was broken. Haynes had the animal shot. Thursday he gave the buggy, harness and lap robe to the farmer for burying the animal. Haynes disappeared and now the farmer fears that the property was stolen.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897


Horribly Burned

at Brewery

Late Friday afternoon, Jacob Werner, about 20 years old, an employee of the Delphos Brewery, went into the cellar where a small gasoline stove had been placed in one of the 100 bbl. beer casks to dry it thoroughly after being varnished, an operation which occurs yearly.

Werner saw that the blaze had gone out and pulled the stove from the cask and went upstairs to get a cover for the hole. He took a brewer’s lamp along, and in stooping down to adjust the cover, the gas which had accumulated in the cask ignited from the lamp and before Werner could move, the flames rushed out and almost enveloped him. His hair was almost burned off, and the skin on his face and hands hung in shreds. His clothing took fire but he hastened to a nearby valve and obtained water to douse the flames.

He then walked upstairs and made known his injuries by simply remarking, “I got it.” A hurry up call was sent for physicians and Drs. Marsh and Williamson were soon at the brewery and administered relief, the burns by that time having become very painful. The doctors do not think Werner’s eyesight is injured. He was removed to his home on east Third street, where he is now resting as easy as can be expected.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897


Ladies Night Out

Eleven of our most prominent married ladies deliberately entered the handsome home of Dr. and Mrs. A. Borman Monday night and proceeded to conduct affairs after plans originally arranged by them, to the complete surprise of Mrs. Borman, who for the time being, forgot that it was the forty-second anniversary of her birth, and did not comprehend the meaning until her memory was refreshed.

After Mrs. Borman had recovered from her surprise, arrangements were made for the entertainment of the ladies. They did not come unprepared, however, as each carried a basket of good things, which were soon spread on the table, and after the evening was most enjoyable passed in conversation, games, vocal and instrumental music, including German songs by Mrs. Fannie Reul and Mrs. Felix Steinle, the ladies repaired to the dining room where the table was groaning under the weight of good things.

The ladies lingered at the table and animated conversation ruled supreme. There was not a dull moment during the entire evening, and the plans of the ladies were successfully carried out. As souvenirs of their unexpected but nevertheless welcome call, the ladies presented Mrs. Borman with a handsome jardinier and calla lily and also a beautiful Japanese flower vase.

The invaders were: Mesdames Felix Steinle, Kellar, Fanny Reul, John Hotz, Frank Stump, John Roth, H.L. Leilich, B.F. Marshal, Frank Burger, A. Bormuth and Marie Jettinger.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897


J.H. Lange and

Family Caught in

Terrific Storm

A storm of exceptional severity swept over the country south and southeast of Delphos Monday evening. While a part of the storm could be noticed from this city, the most destructive portion of it passed between Lima and Wapakoneta.

Mr. J.H. Lange with his family was motoring from Cincinnati to Delphos and was caught in the storm just north of Wapakoneta. It was a wind and electrical storm of considerable violence accompanied by a tremendous downpour of rain.

Mr. Lange says that the rainfall was so heavy that the water flowed over the road at a point where, according to a farmer living nearby, it had not been known to reach that level within the last thirty years. It continued to rise at this point until the stream crossing the highway was fully two feet deep. Mr. Lange says that it was the most terrific storm from every standpoint he has ever witnessed.

Traffic on the Western Ohio electric line between Lima and Wapakoneta was held up by the storm, twenty-one trolley poles being blown down.

Trees were uprooted, one whole orchard being destroyed. Mrs. Lange and family had a narrow escape as a large tree was blown down within a short distance of their car.

At two-thirty Tuesday, a telephone call from the Idlewild club house, northeast of Delphos on the banks of the Auglaize river, where A.B. King and Jos. Jettinghoff, with their families are spending the week, informed the Herald that the river had risen two feet in ten minutes at that point. The roar of the waters could be heard before the flood reached the vicinity of the club house.

Delphos Herald,

July 20, 1919


Improvement at

Depweg Tailor Shop

The Depweg Tailor Shop on East Second street is being improved. The interior is being repainted and other improvements are being made.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 20, 1925



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