|From the Archives — Dec. 26|
|Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:00 PM|
One Year Ago
Since returning home on leave from the Army, Mark McElroy Jr. has married his girlfriend, vacationed with his family and is looking forward to sharing Christmas with all of them. In December 2011, McElroy was deployed to Afghanistan. In February, he was severely injured and airlifted to a medical facility. McElroy was later transferred to Fort Richardson, Alaska, in September, where he will complete the remaining 15 months of his enlistment.
25 Years Ago – 1988
United Methodist Women held their annual silver tea recently. The Rev. John Hoover installed the 1989 officers. The officers include Mildred Rozelle, president; Evelyn Hoover, honorary vice president; Edna Jane Sadler, vice president; Margaret Ditto, secretary; and Jo Linder, treasurer.
Five St. John’s High School graduates recently completed their collegiate cross country seasons. The five, Steve Hellman, Matt Scarr, Kevin Hellman, Brian Warnecke and Mike Schlereth, competed against one another in the all-Ohio Collegiate Cross Country Championships in Delaware. Steve Hellman is a senior at Bluffton College. Scarr was a member of the Miami University team. Kevin Hellman and Schlereth ran for the Findlay Oilers. Warnecke ran for Defiance College.
Ladies auxiliary of Ottoville Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jacob P. Smith Post 3740, held its annual Christmas party in the post clubrooms. Forty-year pins were presented to Madonna Reinemeyer, Rita Ricker and Martha Ruen. Barb Wannemacher said the auxiliary is again presenting fruit plates to members in nursing homes at Christmas.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Members of the Pilgrim Boosters Class of the Pilgrim Holiness Sunday School met Monday evening at the home of Paul McKee on Carolyn Drive and from there went to the Del-Ward Nursing Center, Clay and Second streets, where they sang Christmas carols for the patients. Each patient was presented a Christmas card and a handkerchief from the class.
The Phi Delta Sorority has completed its plans for the annual Charity Ball to be held Dec. 28 at the K of C hall, Elida Avenue, according to Mrs. Thomas Eilerman, general chairman. Bonnie Nesbitt, Mrs. Robert Fischer and Mrs. Thomas Lange were part of the decorations committee who prepared candles and angels to be used throughout the hall during the dance.
Members of the Nifty Sixties Club held their annual Christmas party recently with dinner served at a restaurant in Lima. Later, the members attended a movie. Christmas gifts were exchanged and Silent Sisters were revealed. The next meeting will be Jan. 21 at the home of Nedra McWhinney.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Delphos Recreation Center teams won and lost Friday night in games played at Van Wert. The Delphos Recreation Juniors were defeated 31 to 15 by the Van Wert YMCA team. The Delphos Recreation team defeated Daake’s Café by a 26 to 14 score. The Delphos team was made up of Swartz, O. Erickson, Gil Peltier, J. Peltier and Osting.
Between 450 and 500 children of Eagles and needy children of Delphos were in attendance at the annual Christmas party given Friday night by Delphos Aerie of Eagles. The Delphos Eagles band, under the direction of William G. Point, played a number of selections. Supt. E. W. Bell of the Delphos public school, gave a short address and the Rev. Clarence Swearingen, pastor of the Methodist Church, gave the story of the birth of Christ.
Basketball as it should be played – that was the reward given fans who went to St. John’s auditorium Friday to witness the contests between the Decatur Catholic High forces and the St. John’s cagers. The Blue and Gold made a double win of it, the Best Evers defeating the Decatur reserves in the preliminary 35 to 13; and the St. John’s Varsity winning the main event 31 to 22.