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There were only a few “must see” items at Sunday’s Indian artifact show at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

One was a 5-inch blade, fashioned centuries ago from rare purple flint and still in one piece when Don Marchal plucked it from a Shelby County bean field this spring.

Mel Winkler turned it slowly in his hands before issuing an opinion.

“Hopewell blade,” he said, pegging its age at perhaps 1,800 years.

“That’s the third theory I’ve heard so far,” Marchal said. “I had one guy tell me it’s paleo.”

If Marchal’s find goes back to the paleolithic period, it’s more like 10,000 years old. That would make it once-in-a-lifetime discovery, Winkler said. Marchal isn’t sure.

“It’s a knife blade,” he said, and left it at that. But he added, he already turned down an offer of $300.

Most exhibitors could remember when a relic hunter could pick up arrowheads and other Indian artifacts almost by the handful in Ohio farm fields.

Today, finds like Marchal’s have become increasingly rare. The age of the relic hunter is passing.

Winkler, who has hunted and collected relics for 64 of his 71 years, and said it’s not unusual to arrive at a likely field and find, “there are already half a dozen guys in it.”

Modern farming techniques contribute to the relic hunter’s problems.

“When I started, they were still plowing with horses,” said Winkler, a Delphos native who now lives in Lima. “Now they go down through a field 90 miles an hour and three feet deep,” crushing or breaking anything in their path.

Collectors and dealers also encounter escalating criticism from Native Americans, who feel their burial grounds have been looted and sacred artifacts reduced to objects of curiosity or commerce.

Mike Lackey

Lima News, 6-3-93



One Pound Honey Free

5 Lb. pail of Honey, $1.00.

One pound section of honey free with each 5 lb. pail bought before Thanksgiving Day.


810 E. Fifth

Delphos Herald,

Nov. 24, 1928




Chrysler Trade-ins

1927 Nash Special four-door Sedan, good rubber, looks like new, mechanically A1

Willys-Knight 70 four-door Sedan in first class shape and priced to sell.

1926 Ford 2-door, good rubber and a wonderful good buy.

Buckeye Motor Sales

206-208 West Third

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 7, 1928




120 East Fourth St.

C.C. Merritt, Mgr.


8 varieties to select from

$1.59 to $1.98 a basket

From 6 lbs., 24c to 5 lbs., 28c


100, each … 5c

216, dozen … 39c

252, dozen … 29c


Large ripe, 4 lbs. … 30c

Head and Leaf lettuce

Potatoes pk. .. 20c

Onions, 10 lbs. … 25c

We deliver all orders of 50c.

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 7, 1928


Largest Distillery

Found at Tiffin

The largest distillery ever uncovered in this section, consisting of three 300-gallon stills, 600 gallons of liquor and about 6,000 gallons of mash was seized near Fostoria early today.

Two state officers and a deputy sheriff swooped down upon the distillery, arresting Thomas Knox whom they charged with making the liquor and maintaining the place.

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 5, 1928


Abandoned Car Found

near Delphos

A Studebaker roadster which had been abandoned on the Lincoln Highway, about two and a half miles west of Delphos, was picked up by the local officers Wednesday morning. The machine had been standing there for about 48 hours, residents of the vicinity stated.

Sheriff Fleck was notified of the finding of the car. The license plate was issued in Van Wert County.

Delphos Herald,

Nov. 21, 1928


Pupils Who “Earned

a Book” to be Guests

of Capitol Theatre

Tickets have been awarded by F.H. Staup to pupils of the Delphos Public and Parochial schools who qualified in the “Earn a Book” movement which was conducted during book week.

These tickets are for the theater performance on Friday night and the kiddies will be guests of the theater.

There were 77 pupils in the first six grades who qualified by reading a book each.

Delphos Herald,

Nov. 29, 1928


Santa Not On

Hand at

Council Meeting

Santa Claus was not on hand for the city firemen and members of the police department Tuesday night and they failed to get the Christmas present for which they had been hoping — an increase in salary.

An ordinance which had been placed on two readings at previous meetings providing for an advance in pay for members of these departments was placed on its third reading and was then voted down, four councilmen voted against and three voted for the increase.

The police and firemen are now receiving $115 a month each. The ordinance proposed to advance their pay to $125 a month each.

Delphos Herald,

Nov. 28, 1928


Injured When

Trailer and Auto

Part Company

C.L. Stiverson and Gorden Walters, Ridge Township, escaped serious injury while riding on a trailer, attached to an auto driven by L.H. Adam, vocational ag. teacher of Ridge school, when the trailer came loose from the auto and they were thrown to the roadway suffering minor injuries.

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 10, 1928



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