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Alex Odenweller proved a poor marksman Thursday night when he shot at a fleeing thief. Alex and Mike Hempfling discovered two fellows loading iron into a spring wagon at Louis Odenweller’s grist mill at Ottoville at about 12 o’clock Thursday night and endeavored to capture them.

One of the fellows disappeared in an apple orchard while the other had a horse tied nearby and when surprised, jumped into the saddle and galloped off. Alex shot at him but missed.
The thieves left their team, a small gray horse and a small brown horse. They had a pretty heavy load of iron when detected. The outfit was taken in charge and an effort is being made to locate the owner. Suspicion is directed toward a party of men in a houseboat four miles north of Ottoville.
Delphos Herald,
Dec. 1, 1899

Kenton man arrested
here for stealing
Acting on instructions received from Officer Wingate of Lima, Marshal O’Neill arrested one W.H. Rice here this morning, at 11 o’clock, when he went to the post office to get his mail.
Rice is a Kenton man and came here with a horse and buggy. He is charged with stealing some chickens near that place, and it was learned that he would come to Delphos today to pick up his mail.
After being locked up for a short time, and putting up an improbable story, Rice finally admitted that he was guilty of the Kenton charge. He also admitted stealing 22 chickens near East Town, near Lima, Thursday night, which he sold here. They were found at one of the poultry houses here. Marshall O’Neill telephoned the Marshall of Kenton that he had Rice. The Kenton officer answered back, “Hold him, I want him very badly!”
Delphos Herald,
Dec. 1, 1899

Delphos Mfg. Co.
Will Use Old German
Department School
The Delphos Manufacturing Company is planning to convert the old German Department school building to be used in the manufacture of brooder coops and other sheet metal specialties. The siding on First street has been extended in front of the building to Franklin street to allow rail cars to be run up to the building for the convenient handling of freight.
They have purchased the stoves formerly used in heating the school rooms, from the school board and will use them in heating the building next winter. The company is now manufacturing a large number of brooder coops and other sheet metal specialties for which they have no room in their present quarters. A freight elevator to be operated by electricity will be erected outside of the building to be used in carrying raw material to the second and third floors and also to carry the finished product down to the cars.
General Manager Leilich stated that its the intention of the company to use this building for the manufacture of these products temporarily until the business grows enough to warrant the erection of a large building for that purpose west of the Swink Printing Press Company’s plant. (The Swink Printing Press building is the present building, located on the S.W. corner of Pierce and First streets. R.H.)
The company is now occupying the second floor of the Swink Printing Press company’s building for the manufacture of steel drums which are used in shipping asphalt. Every department of the plant is now working full force and the prospects for a big business during the coming fall and winter are good.
Delphos Herald,
July 9, 1912

Has Given Up
The confidential clerk of a Boston financial establishment explained thus to a party of friends the other evening, why for two months he has confined his drinking to the consumption of buttermilk and other innocuous beverages:
“I hit it up pretty strong one week in March,” he said, “and when I came to, I was in Providence, broke. I hadn’t the heart to wire home for money, and set out to walk the forty-four miles between me and Boston. I got lifts from farmers and slept in a barn one night and the next day got as far as Stoughton. I was passing a humble home in the woods when I smelled corned beef and cabbage cooking. I simply couldn’t pass that house without eating.
“Resolved to send the housewife a dollar if she fed me. I made known my almost agonizing hunger. She promptly set me down to the best tasting meal I had ever known and I was working at it man fashion when the young one of the house, about 4 years old, began a dismal wailing. “Keep still Mikey,” said the mother, “or I’ll have the bum ate you.” I felt a lump in my throat that stopped the passage of food for more than a minute. I then realized just what my spree had done to my appearance.
“Mikey immediately checked his grief and was maintaining perfect silence when his mother addressed me, saying, ‘If Mikey cries again you’ll ate him, won’t you, Mr. Tramp?’ ‘I would if you’d wash him,’ I answered.
“I’ve been on the wagon ever since.”
Delphos Herald,
July 22, 1912

Delphos Man
Has Novel Patent
E.L. Welch, of Delphos, is the patentee of a small device to be attached to brooms and brushes for the purpose of disinfecting floors while sweeping. The article is a small tank which can easily be attached to a broom or brush. The receptacle is filled with disinfectant, which begins to flow slowly as soon as air is given at the top, and which is easily shut off by closing the air vent.
The article is inexpensive as is the fluid used. The object of the device is to kill germs which are prevalent on duty floors and carpets. Mr. Welch is now manufacturing his patent on a small scale and expects to place it on the market soon.
Delphos Herald,
Jan. 19, 1911

Brave Girl to
Get Reward
Miss Hester Ross, daughter of W.G. Ross of Ross Spur, a Mississippi flag station, will receive a Carnegie medal and a purse of money for her bravery in saving the lives of a dozen or more men on a freight train some few days ago. A telegraph operator and a young woman telephone operator each played an important part in the story.
As No. 72, fast freight, pulled out of Noxapator, the depot operator at Louisville flashed to Dispatcher Stepp at New Albany the following: “Long cut cars broke loose here. Are on main line.”
Dispatcher Stepp, realizing that a crash on the main line was almost inevitable, called Miss Mary Monday, long-distance operator of the Cumberland Telephone company, saying, “Get whoever you can on the phone at once and tell them to flag No. 72. There’s one chance in a hundred. Hurry.”
Not losing a moment, she called the Ross home at Ross Spur. It was then about 1 a.m. At 1:10 the freight was due to pass the little town. No answer to her frantic rings was obtained for nearly five minutes. Finally, a drowsy voice answered at the Ross home. Learning of the terrible situation, and without waiting to arouse any of the family, and having but five minutes to reach the station, Miss Ross, in her night clothes and bare feet, armed herself with a lantern and dashed down to the depot.
No. 72 whistled and was about half a mile down the track. The cut of runaway cars could be seen coming in an opposite direction to the fast freight. Standing in the middle of the tracks, Miss Ross swung the lantern desperately and jumped aside as the freight rolled by, coming to a stop a few feet further on. The cut of runaway cars bumped into the engine, but did no damage. The cars had run away for about five miles.
Delphos Herald,
July 30, 1912

Painfully Injured
Theodore Wiechart, residing on a farm about four miles north-west of Delphos, met with a painful accident Saturday afternoon, while assisting in placing hay in the mow at his farm. A double harpoon carrier fork was being used in elevating the hay from the wagon to the mow. Mr. Wiechart was working in the mow and when the fork was directly above him it let loose from the pulley, falling six feet and striking him in the back. One of the points of the forks penetrated the left shoulder making a severe wound.
A physician was called and gave attention. While Mr. Wiechart’s injury is not necessarily serious, it is quite painful and will keep him from work for some time.
Delphos Herald,
July 22, 1912

Confidence Game
The Van Wert Bulletin has the following concerning a matter that people of this section may know a great deal about:
“A party of strangers are making headquarters in this town and are working a shrewd game on the country folk of this vicinity. They offer for sale at the door of a farmer a cream separator. It is a standard make, guaranteed in many respects to those of other factories. They do not ask the victim to buy the creamer without trial and willingly grant thirty days free use of the machine. This is a reasonable proposition, one that has caught a large number of country housewives. Just before the fellows depart they state that the company requires a receipt for each machine — a document that shows who possesses it. This is reasonable and meets no objections. This is the last seen of the sales agent, but the little piece of paper turns up in due time in the form of a promissory note. The price charged for creamer is usually sixty-eight dollars. The same machine has been sold in this town for thirty years for thirty three dollars and a better one at thirty five. It is a smooth confidence game, but the operators will sooner or later come to grief.
Delphos Herald,
Sept. 6, 1901

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