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One Year Ago

The Village of Fort Jennings was honored by the Purple Heart Association as the first Purple Heart Village in America during a banquet held Tuesday at Fort Jennings American Legion Post 715. Fort Jennings Mayor Jim Smith, Jim Dickman and members of the community have worked diligently to honor local Purple Heart recipients, as well as all veterans from all branches of the service from any conflict.



25 Years Ago – 1989


President of the Elida Local Board of Education Lynn Metzger will present diplomas to 256 graduating seniors May 27 at Kraft Memorial Stadium, Elida. Participating in the graduation program will be seniors Gordon Bowman, Sandy Brenneman, Jodi Brown, valedictorian Jill Etgen, Kyle Hanser, Angie Lloyd, Stacey Manley, salutatorian Anna Mueller, Gina Rainey, Donna Shepherd and Mindy Thomas.

Repairs on Ottoville’s “cathedral like” parish church continue on schedule. Repairs on the two steeples will cost approximately $220,000. Estimated cost of replacing the two separate clock mechanisms will be $79,355. The cornerstone of the Immaculate Conception Church was laid in 1885 and in September of 1888, Bishop Gilmour of Cleveland came to Ottoville to dedicate the church.

Sixty-five students from Jefferson High School participated in the “Wildcat Buck Scholarship Incentive” field trip to Columbus. Students visited the Columbus Zoo, French Market Place and Son of Heaven exhibit. The scholastic incentive program was started during the 1983-84 school year.


50 Years Ago – 1964

“It’s a Small World” was the theme used for the formal installation of officers for the four chapters of the Delphos Child Conservation League. The tea was held at the Franklin School cafeteria Tuesday evening and members of the Junior Mothers Chapter served as hostesses. Presiding at the tea table were guest clubs’ presidents Mrs. Ralph Craig and Mrs. Roger Briggs.

Delphos American Legion Auxiliary announced Monday the election of new officers for 1964-65. Ellen Rekart was chosen president; this is her third term. The group also named delegates and alternates to the summer conference and department convention. Delegates are Ellen Rekart, Gabrielle Van Autreve, Catherine Bair and Naomi Cochensparger. Alternates are Clara Eickenhorst, Dorothy Hotz, Clara Tilton and Ila Munday.

The Delphos Lions Club Tuesday night installed officers for the coming year. Officers are president, Junior Hinton; first vice president, Earl Boyers; second vice president, Mickey Vondran; third vice president, Richard Schmelzer; lion tamer, C. M. McKinney; tail twister, Rod Tiernan; secretary, Owen Grubenhoff; treasurer, Gene Buettner; director, Max Roberts, and project chairman, John Pitsenbarger.


75 Years Ago – 1939

Senior Day was observed Friday at Jefferson High School. In the afternoon, a program was presented by members of the senior class and a number of awards were given. Superintendent E. W. Bell presented the awards to a group of seniors who have distinguished themselves in various fields during their four years in high school. A letter from DeSales College of Toledo was read concerning Evelyn Pothast, who was named as the student winning highest honors at Jefferson this year. The letter stated that Pothast has been named one of the upper 24 in a scholarship contest.

Battery trouble proved the undoing of St. John’s in a baseball game which was played at Ottoville Friday afternoon, the Ottovillians taking the locals into camp to the tune of 11 to 5. The Delphos boys showed improvement at bat in this game. Rahrig, Ditto and Link led the hitting column, each securing two hits, Rahrig out of five trips to the plate and Ditto and Link, two of three each.

The May meeting of the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Church was conducted Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. George Gilpin, East Fifth Street, with Mattie Alexander acting as assistant hostess. Mrs. Thomas B. Snow, vice president, presided at the meeting. Ada Thornell was in charge of the program.

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