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Noisy demonstrations while hauling newlyweds about the streets of the city are taboo in Delphos in the future.
The city council at its meeting Tuesday night, decided that these demonstrations are degenerating into the nuisance class.
The city dads requested that they be stopped at once and asked the police to take a hand in the matter if the demonstrations are continued.

The reason for the action was the frequency with which the demonstrations  have been staged here in the past several days.
Each evening now finds strings of automobiles parading the streets with newly married couples holding the place of honor and bells, auto horns and other noisemakers creating a din designed to attract attention to the bride and groom
It is the modern version of the old-fashioned “belling”, but the police are of the opinion that is has been carried to the extreme and the time has arrived to put a stop to it.
Delphos Herald, July 13, 1947
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Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette Article about Ralph Westrich
An item that appeared in that paper Monday will be of interest to the many friends of Ralph Westrich formerly of this city, but now a resident of Ft. Wayne.
The article was as follows: Seventeen years ago, when Ralph (Whitey) Westrich was a lad in Delphos, Ohio, he shot and killed a white cat owned by the chief of police. Overcome with remorse, he took the animal to a taxidermist and had it stuffed.
For years the stuffed cat has cluttered up one Westrich household or another. When Ralph married, the cat moved with them to Ft. Wayne. Mrs. Westrich has had trouble keeping moths out of Kitty. She sprayed it regularly. Once she event sent it to a dry cleaner.
At their apartment house at 710 West Wayne Street, the Westrichs found pigeons making the usual nuisances of themselves. In a stroke of genius, Westrich decided to make the cat earn its rent.
He placed the tired old thing out on a ledge under the cornice and let it go as a scare-pigeon. The birds took one look and left for more friendly quarters. In time the Westrichs moved, but left the cat in its crouch up under the eaves.
Last week a crew of painters moved on the building. Scaffolding was erected, and Gerald Donaldson was the first man up on the roof. He raised his head even with the ledge and let out a wild yowl. He was face to face with a glaring cat. That he didn’t lose his balance wasn’t entirely his fault.
Anyone desiring a slightly weather-worn off white cat of Ohio lineage can have it cheap.
Delphos Herald, Oct. 21, 1947
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Wheat Threshing Will Begin
The greater share of the wheat in the country about Delphos has been cut. The shocks in the field give the impression of a bounteous harvest but the farmers are reporting that smut and intense heat are damaging the crop.
Threshing will begin about the middle of the week and the toot-toot of the steam whistle will again remind us of the days when we love to go to “thrashers” and watch the grain spout at one point and the stacker building its mountain of straw. It was a scene of intense activity and caught the imagination of the boy. And what sport it was to slide down the stack! Did you every sit down to one of those old-fashioned threshing dinners? (R.H. Did sit down to one of those dinners.) Oh boy, wasn’t that one of the greatest experiences of your life? To the boy a threshing was at its highest and best.
I wonder, though, do threshing engines, whistle today as they did in former years or has whistling gone out of style with the new gasoline driving threshing outfits? Modern invention is destroying some of the most pleasing experiences which can come to a boy. How can a boy enjoy a ride on the water tank down to a nearby stream when no water is needed for the gas engine which has replaced the old steam monster whose blazing furnace formed another of the great attractions! Is threshing time the holiday affair it used to be or has it become just another one of the dull grinds of the workaday world? What about it boys?
Delphos Herald, July 7, 1919
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Local Farmer Injured Monday
Michael Kimmett, 67, Route 1, Delphos, sustained a deep scalp laceration and a right arm injury when he attempted to stop a tractor as it began rolling down a hill as he was waiting to unload wheat at an elevator, Monday afternoon.
Seeing his tractor beginning to move, he ran to it and was attempting to set the brakes when his arm was caught in a wheel and he was thrown under the tractor. It passed over his head.
He was taken to St. Rita’s hospital, where his condition was reported as being fair.
Delphos Herald, July 21, 1948
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Delphos Elevators Busy
Delphos elevators as well as those in surrounding towns, continue to be very busy places these days.
The Equity Elevator was busy receiving wheat until around 8:30 Tuesday night and handled over 90 wagon loads of wheat, about four carloads, on that day.
The Delphos Grain and Milling Company is handling grain at a rate of a wagon load every three and a half minutes and grain was being received at that elevator up to 11:00 o’clock Tuesday night.
The rain of Wednesday halted the harvest but wheat was still being brought to the elevators.
Delphos Herald,
July 21, 1948
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