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Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:00 PM

One Year Ago

Mayor Michael Gallmeier presented a plaque to retiring firefighter Dennis Hageman, who has 44 years of service to the city. Bob Jettinghoff also received a plaque from Gallmeier noting his 27 years of service to the city as a firefighter.

25 Years Ago – 1989

The Jefferson Wildcats, using strong play at the start of both halves and a slowed-down offense in the finale, held off an Ottoville squad 56-50 Saturday night to spoil the Big Green’s homecoming activities on a cold and snowy February evening. A 20-point effort from junior Jon Boggs and 10 each from senior Mike Minnig and junior Chris Renner led Jefferson as they raised their record to 10-6 overall on the season.

Spencerville Police Department has been checking into alternatives to replace a volunteer dispatcher who resigned Jan. 31, after manning the phones 24 hours a day for seven years. According to Police Chief Harold Z. Zinsmeister, a tape-recorded message has replaced the dispatcher for now. The callers are being told to report their problems to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, which will in turn dispatch Spencerville’s officers by radio.

St. John’s gymnasts closed their regular season with a 5-3 record by downing Coldwater 182.57-126.9 Saturday at Coldwater. St. John’s Julie Hanser won the floor exercises with 9.0. Nikki Wellmann was second at 8.9. Katie Hanser and Carmen Bruns of Coldwater tied for third at 8.8 and Cindy Alder took fourth with 8.6.

50 Years Ago – 1964

There was good news Thursday for farmers and plant workers from St. Marys Foods, Inc., of Delphos. The company announced a pilot project for purchasing cabbages and peppers locally. Effective Monday, St. Marys will go on a two-shift schedule until at least well into March. The Delphos plant produces some two dozen meat products under the Krey Packing Company label.

The Delphos Kiwanis Club held its regular weekly meeting Thursday evening at the House of Vogts with the club president, Gene Hayes, presiding. During the meeting Hayes presented a one-year perfect attendance pin to Harry Gessner. Membership pins were also presented to Edgar Van Autreve, William Broaddus and William Corran, new members recently taken into the club.

Mrs. Albert Herman was hostess to the members of the Del-Otto Club Wednesday in her home on North Main Street, with cards forming the evening’s entertainment. First prize was awarded to Mrs. Albert Grothouse, second and traveling to Mrs. Elmer Beckman and low to Mrs. Harry Backus. Mrs. Paul Kaverman will be hostess to the club on April 1.

75 Years Ago – 1939

At a meeting of the Altar Society of St. John’s Church conducted at the school Sunday afternoon, officers for the local unit of the National Council of Catholic Women were chosen. The following will serve during the ensuing year: Mrs. A. C. Sendelbach, president; Mrs. N. J. Schmit, vice president; and Celina Birkmeier, secretary treasurer.

Rose Fast and Mrs. Barney Eickholt are preparing for an opening of their place of business on Wednesday of this week. Mrs. Fast is assisted in the Vogue Hat Shop by Cecelia Mollenkopf and Clara Eickholt. Rita Druckemiller is manager of Margie’s Beauty Shoppe, owned by Mrs. Eickholt. Juanita Nollan is employed as operator.

At a special feature, Ralph Marshall of Lima, former Allen County Sheriff, will demonstrate his skill as a pistol shot at the regular weekly meeting of the Delphos Kiwanis Club to be held Tuesday evening at the Beckman Hotel. Marshall is widely known as a pistol expert and was captain of the pistol team at the Olympic games.


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