The local Diesel-Wemmer factory loaded 150,000 San Felice cigars Monday as their share of a car-load of cigars that is bound for overseas. The cigars were packed in 6,000 boxes of 25 each. Other factories added more cigars to the car-load.
March 4, 1919
School sells W.S.S.
The pupils of the schools in Delphos have been working hard during the past weeks selling War Savings Stamps. Each weekly report has shown a material increase over the previous week’s sales and there is no doubt but that many of the juvenile salesmen and sales ladies are going to try for a complete set of the stamps.
March 6, 1919
Get Letter from
Son in Training Camp
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilkins, South Cass street, are in receipt of a letter from theirs on, Melvin, who enlisted in the United States Aviation Technical Training school, Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill.
He states that there are 5,300 recruits at the field and between 11,000 and 15,000 enlisted men and officers stationed there.
He is stationed in the field’s tent city but will soon be assigned to a permanent barrack.
Mr. Wilkins stated that on Saturday he attended the Illinois-Bradley football game at Champaign, Illinois. About 5,000 enlisted men were guests of officials.
Oct. 9, 1940
Excerpt From a
Jan. 23, 1919
Machine Gun B.W.
American E.F. Arzbach, Germany
General Order No. 1
The Battalion Commander cites as a group for their gallantry in action and devotion to duty under most difficult conditions, the officers and enlisted men who participated in the offensive near Exermont between the Argonne and Mense, Oct. 4th to Oct. 12th, 1918, as follows: Headquarters Detachment, Company A. Company B. Medical Detachment.
The following officers and men are personally cited for their especially meritorious conduct during the operations mentioned above.
Pvt. Med. F. Granger, Co. A.
“As runner performed his hazardous duties four days and in a most praiseworthy manner, crossing and recrossing heavily shelled areas in order to accomplish his missions, at Exermont while the town was receiving a terrific bombardment remained in the open in order to direct an ammunition train to a forward position.”
Signed G. M. Gillett Jr.
Captain Cavalry, Commanding
Mar. 5, 1919
Twice Reported Dead
“Woke up in the hospital,” says Jos. Niemeyer, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Niemeyer, east of Delphos, who recently returned from overseas. It will be remembered that Mr. Niemeyer was twice reported dead. “I don’t know how the report happened to be made,” says Mr. Niemeyer, “unless someone saw me fall and thought I had been killed.”
Mr. Niemeyer spent about two and one half months in Alsace-Lorraine and two weeks at Verdun. He saw considerable fighting and considers himself fortunate in being alive today. He went “over the top” on September 26th and was wounded in the head on the next day. He was carried from the field in an unconscious condition, not recovering consciousness for about twenty-four hours. He remained in the hospital for two months. It was during this period in the hospital that he wrote the letter which brought hope again to the loved ones at home and also during this time that the second report of his death was sent out. It was around this time that St. John’s Catholic Church offered a Requiem Mass for Mr. Niemeyer.
Jan. 2, 1919
Civil War News
The following is a list of soldiers graves, unmarked in Allen County as reported to the Adjutant-General:
Jacob Bussart, Co. A, 74th O.V.I. killed at Murfreesboro, buried in Berryhill’s Cemetery on Sugar Creek, Bath Township on John Miller’s farm; Wm. McGraw, Corp., Co. A. 118th. O.V.I. buried in the Catholic Cemetery, Lima; Alexander B. Maxwell, Co. A. 118th O.V.I. buried in township cemetery, Lima; Nathaniel G. Franklin, Co. B, 81st O.V.I. buried in the Danials graveyard near Perry Chapel, Perry Township; Ancel B. Caddy, member of McAllister’s Battery, died at Fort Donaldson, Tenn., March 3, 1862, buried in Lima Cemetery; Robert Dyer Caddy, Captain, Co. C, 90th O.V.I. killed at Chickamauga, Tenn., Sept. 20, 1863; Patrick May, Co. C. McLoughlin Squadron, buried in Baptist graveyard.
Delphos Herald, 1878
New Civil War Industry
Among the newest industries developed by the Civil War, that of gathering lead from Southern battlefields is a novel one. Nearly a half million pounds of lead bullets have been gathered near Marietta, Ga., and sold.
Aug. 9, 1878
“The Squirrel Hunters”
In September 1862, it looked like Cincinnati was in danger of being attacked by John Morgan’s Confederate raiders. The Governor called for volunteers and there being no arms, each volunteer was required to bring his own arms and ammunition. Thus the rifles of the early settlers with their powder and bullets were brought into requisition. The company hastened to Cincinnati and was there placed upon a steamboat with steam up, ready to go to any point needed.
Various headgear, from coonskin cap to the homemade straw hat was in evidence; as to the clothes, from the homemade jeans to the cast-off dress suit; and as for footwear, from the homemade moccasin and the gum boot to the congress shoe, (thus the reason they were called “The Squirrel Hunters”.)
Thorough preparations with the troops placed in position behind breastworks and in trenches, caused General Heath, of the rebel forces, when he drew up before this array of determined citizen soldiers, to give the matter serious consideration before making an attack. After viewing the situation from all points, he decided to withdraw while he could, under the cover of darkness and a violent thunderstorm.
Of the company from Van Wert County, only two made any display of cowardice and they had been the loudest in their talk of what they would do saying they had come to defend Cincinnati and not go to Kentucky to fight. But when placed in the ranks with comrades they knew had been selected for the occasion, their opposition was confined to grumbling.
Van Wert’s roster consisted of 17 officers and 76 privates.
From History of
Van Wert County
Inside Story on
Battle of Gettysburg
The charge of Picketts division in the battle of Gettysburg has often been described by war correspondents and others who witnessed the memorable conflict, but perhaps no one has more correctly portrayed the situation than General Longstreet, who said the following:
“Pickett said to me: ‘General, shall I advance?’ My feelings had so overcome me that I did not speak, for fear of betraying my want of confidence to him. I bowed my affirmation, and turned to mount my horse. Picket immediately said, ‘I shall lead my division forward sir.’ I spurred my horse to the woods, where Alexander was stationed with artillery. When I reached him, he told me of the disappearance of the seven guns which were to lead the charge with Pickett, and that his ammunition was so low that he could not properly support the charge. I at once ordered him to stop Pickett until the ammunition was replenished. He informed me that he had no ammunition to replenish. I then saw there was no help and that Pickett must advance under his orders. He swept past our artillery in splendid style, and the men marched in splendid style, and the men marched steadily down the slope. As they started up the slope, over one hundred canon from the breastworks of the Federals hurled a rain of canister, grapeshot and shell down upon them; still they pressed on until halfway up the slope, when the crest of the hill was lit up with a solid sheet of flame, as the masses of infantry rose and fired. When the smoke cleared away, Picketts division was gone. Nearly two-thirds of the men lay dead on the field, and the survivors were sullenly retreating down the hill. Mortal men could not have stood the fire. In half an hour the contested field was cleared and the battle of Gettysburg was over.”
Jan. 17, 1878
10 to 20 Million Bushels
of Grain Will Be Saved
The food conservation program’s eggless and poultryless Thursdays began today amid reports that the “eat less poultry,” appeal soon may be eliminated from the campaign.
A high government food expert said that officials are studying the poultry situation and may discontinue poultryless days if the Agriculture Department report next Wednesday shows sufficient stock in storage.
This disclosure came as Charles Luckman, chairman of President Truman’s Food Conservation Committee, predicted that the entire distilling industry would shut down for 60 days to save grain for western Europe.
Luckman made the forecast after 18 of 30 major distillers voted to accept the President’s request for a two month shutdown. The other distillers have asked for more time to consider the proposal.
Spokesmen for Luckman said that they anticipate more public cooperation in saving poultry and eggs today than the nation showed for the first meatless day, Tuesday.
Oct. 9, 1947
(Repeat of a Poem about the Kaiser in W.W. I - R.H.)
The Kaiser William called the devil up on the telephone one day.
The girl at central listened to all they had to say.
“I was running things to suit me.
Till a year or so ago,
When a man named Woodrow Wilson
Wrote me to go more slow.
“He said to me: Dear William,
We don’t want to make you sore,
So be sure to tell your U-Boats
To sink our ships no more.
“We have told you for the last time,
So dear Bill, it’s up to you,
And if you don’t stop it,
You have got to fight us too.
“I did not listen to him,
And he is coming after me
With his million Yankee soldiers
From their home across the sea.
“Now why I called you Satan,
For I want advice from you,
I knew that you would tell me
Just what I ought to do.
“My dear Kaiser William,
There is not much for me to tell
For the yanks will make it hotter
Than I can for you in Hell.
“I’ve been a mean old devil,
But not half as mean as you
And the minute that you get here
I will give my job to you.
“I’ll be ready for your coming,
I’ll keep the fires up bright,
And I’ll have your room all ready,
When the yanks begin to fight.
“For the boys in khaki will get you,
I have nothing more to tell;
Hang up your phone and get your hat,
And meet me here in Hell.”
Oct. 17, 1918
Spanish American War - 1898
The little puns published in last Wednesday’s Herald regarding the soliciting of recruits to go to Cuba to fight Spain, by Charley Davies, was taken in earnest by two Fort Jennings patriots who read the account. Letters came to Charley from them Tuesday, offering their services in which they would furnish their own guns and pay their own expenses to Cuba. It was only a joke but the Fort Jennings boys took it in earnest and by their offer, demonstrated the loyalty and ever-readiness of a true American in a just cause.
With the sinking of the Maine, a western Congressman wrote home: “I’ll tell you this means war with the Spanish ... even if the President’s commission clears them of all blame, it will make no difference ... the people are bound to have a war, and that business in Havanna Harbor’s excuse enough to start one.”
The Spanish authorities, disavowing any responsibility for the sinking of the Maine are offering to make public apology, as well as monetary compensation for the damage, and in short, to do anything to prevent war.
In the opinion of the court, the Maine was destroyed by a submarine mine which caused the explosion of two or more of her forward magazines. The court has been unable to fix the blame upon any person or persons.
The investigation cleared up nothing. Some experts believed that a mine, torn loose from a floating minefield, had drifted against the Maine.
A contemporary writer had the following to say, “We don’t like foreigners, but invite them to come here. We treat them badly, poke fun at them, insult them, but after a while don’t give a hoot where they came from, or how rich he is, as long as he pulls his own weight. Our main trouble is that we grew too fast, and we are still learning that democracy includes everybody, no matter his name, origin, religion or color.
Feb. 25, 1898
Cannonading the Clouds
In France, the hailstorms have done great damage to the vineyards, fields and orchards, but of late years the damage has been much reduced by cannonading the clouds. When a storm is rolling up, it can be almost determined whether it is full of hailstones or not. If it is concluded the clouds are so charged, the artillery is brought out and the clouds are banged at, so as to create vibrations that will paralyze the moisture before the hail is formed.
In order to do this, the air strata has to be well shaken and the damage-bearing cloud has to be broken up. In this way, the condition, which changes the raindrop to hail, is so shattered as to prevent the freezing; and thus, the grapes and fruits are protected from the hail. Human genius has not been successful in stirring up clouds to bring us rain, but it has succeeded in changing the character of the clouds and keeping the raindrops from turning into hailstones.
July 24, 1912
Ceremony Held At
Grave of Revolutionary War
Patriot, William Richardson
Approximately 65 persons were present at a dedication service held at Fought Cemetery, near Mandale, with a short service at 11 a.m. for Paulding County’s only known Revolutionary Patriot, William Richardson.
He was born in 1763 in Montgomery County, Virginia, and died in his daughter’s home at Hamer at 109 years of age, trying to ride a colt. It was said he had been captured by the Indians and had married an Indian princess.
His parents were immigrants from Ireland and he had at least two brothers, Dave and Perry. They settled near Spencerville. William fought two years in the border wars of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, fought two years on the skirmish lines in the Revolutionary War, and also fought in the War of 1812 with General Henry Harrison. He also served as officer flogger at the Marietta Penitentiary and it was said that he converted many of his victims so he probably was a minister also.
His nickname was “Rowdy” and he possessed great strength and endurance. He was a cousin of Mad Anthony Wayne and their mothers were Nancy and Mattie Hiddens.
His first wife was Miss Mary Adney whom he married in 1784, and his second wife was Catherine Millhouse whom he wed in 1815. Her sister and family were killed by three Indians and William Richardson tracked them down and killed two near Piqua and one near Buckland in Auglaize County.
Fifteen members of Horatio N. Curtis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Paulding were present and gave part of the program. All gave the pledge to the flag and sang two verses of “The Star Spangled Banner,” and one verse of “America”. Prayer was by Regent Caroline Longardner and the Chaplain and response by all present. The chaplain of the DAR gave benediction.
Ohio Honorary State Regent Mrs. Norman DeMent of Defiance, was present as was Mrs. Donald Mansfield, Regent of the Defiance Chapter.
Twelve members of Grover Hill VFW Post No. 2873 were present with a color guard and gave a three gun salute over the grave of William Richardson. A flag and flag holder and several wreaths were placed on his grave. An American flag was folded and presented to John William Richardson, one of the great-grandchildren present.
By Mae Richardson
The Van Wert County Commissioners have appointed committees in the various townships and wards to look after the burial of indigent soldiers. Upon the death of an indigent soldier, the committee in the precinct in which the death occurred should be notified. Note the following:
J.M. Geise, Ross Rader, Frank Lidneman.
Delphos, Third Ward: J.L. Fortner, B.J. Brotherton, J.M. Laudick.
Delphos Fourth Ward: W.T. Evline, C. Scherger, W.T. Mills.
Apr. 4, 1901