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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:06 PM

One Year Ago

From growing up through the Depression era to seeing the incredible technological advancements of the past century, Bernice Dupler has seen it all. It was July 4, 1912, when this little firecracker came into the world. She now resides in Vancrest Health Care Center and loves having people drop by to reminisce about working at Gressel’s, the Thrift Store or any other topic of interest.


25 Years Ago – 1989

In the junior fair rabbit show at the Putnam County Fair, Nathan Meyer, 13, won a trophy for showing the grand champion rabbit. He was awarded a second trophy for presenting the champion rabbit of other pedigrees. Nathan, son of Don and Kay Meyer, has been a member of the Fort Jennings Showmen for five years.

A teen dance Monday night and Jaycees’ annual fishing derby will kick off July 4 festivities in Delphos. The fishing derby will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Miami-Erie Canal from 10th Street north to the lock. Games, rides and food concessions will open at noon and continue until midnight. Co-chairmen of events are Dave Garza, Deb Talboom and Gary Nusbaum.

A Fort Jennings family will host an exchange student through the Youth for Understanding International Exchange. Lynne Vonderwell will host Marianella Fein, a student from Uruguay. During her stay, Fein will attend St. John’s High School. Students arrive in August and spend a year with host families in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


50 Years Ago – 1964

Newly-elected officers of the Breakfast Optimist Club of Delphos were installed Thursday morning at the Towne House where the members met for breakfast. Incoming officers are Mack Endsley, president; Mel Pohlman, vice president; Bob Nartker, sergeant-at-arms; and Bob Shenk, secretary. Vernon Kill was presented the past president pin by the new president at a banquet Tuesday night when the members entertained their wives at the Steak House.

Completing a successful bicycle jaunt from Akron, Jim Studer, 14, is visiting his grandmother, Margaret Studer of Delphos. He said his reason for riding here was to prove to his father that it could be done. Now that he is here, he plans to paint his grandmother’s house. Jim’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Studer. His father is a former resident of Delphos.

Janet Scherger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Scherger of Delphos, was named second runner-up in the annual Van Wert Miss United Fund Pageant Wednesday night. Scherger represented St. John’s High School. Jane Branfield was crowned Miss United Fund. Linda Albright placed fourth, Beverly Feasby, third, Scherger, second and Julie Droll, first. All the girls except Scherger reside in Van Wert.


75 Years Ago – 1939

A group of five from Delphos left Sunday night for Fort Benjamin Harrison, near Indianapolis, Indiana, for a month’s training period in the Citizens Military Training Camp. Those who went from Delphos this year are Ralph H. Grothouse, Beryl Barnes, Carl W. Core, Robert E. Wiechart and Gene Dray. The first four enrolled from Allen County and Dray from Van Wert County.

A deal was completed July 1 whereby F. H. King, dean of Ohio druggists, became the sole owner of the Walter P. Rosselit Drug Store. King stated he will not be actively engaged in the business but that Rosselit will continue in the store as manager. King started his career in the drug business Jan. 31, 1883, and has been interested financially in the business in Delphos since April 3, 1887, when he and his brother, Arnold, purchased a drug store and engaged in business under the name of King Brothers.

Burglars were operating in Delphos Sunday night. Two filling stations were entered and the burglars made their escape with a considerable amount of cash. The Morris Super Service Station, corner of Main and Fourth streets, was entered between midnight and 12:30 a.m. Monday. The burglary was discovered by Art Kohn, merchant policeman. The Shell Station, corner of Fifth and Fort Jennings Road, was also entered Sunday night.


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