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On April 11, Eugene Pohlman, school bus driver for Delphos City Schools found the body of Rosalie Crider, 46, of Rt. 1, Venedocia, in a ditch. She was alive when found, but died at St. Rita’s Hospital about 13 hours later.

Warren Sherrick, 32, Elida, who confessed to the murder of the Alpine Village waitress yesterday told officers it was a crime of passion.
Sherrick, during a lie detector test, said Mrs. Crider had agreed to run away with him but changed her mind. He said he became angry when she refused to go with him and shot her.
He told police, after he shot Mrs. Crider, he dumped her body down an embankment along Bliss Road, drove her car back to Lima and then drove his own car home.
Sherrick will be tried in Phoenix, Ariz. for the robbery slaying of tavern owner Louis Taylor.
Ohio probably will not have a chance to prosecute Sherrick. Sherrick admitted the slaying of Taylor because, “he was the only witness,” to the $300 robbery and “he had to be eliminated.”
A companion of Sherrick’s, William Reed, 27, Lima, also was held in connection with the Taylor slaying. However, police in Phoenix said Reed was charged as an accessory because he was not present at the holdup, only shared in the money from the Green Goose Tavern, Taylor operated.
Delphos Herald, June 1, 1962
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Thirty-three nurses graduated at St. Rita’s commencement
Thirty three nurses, including eleven from Delphos, Ottoville and Fort Jennings, will receive their diplomas from St. Rita’s Hospital School of Nursing, Lima, during annual commencement exercises.
The local and area graduates are:
Virginia Lee Williams, Elizabeth Ann Wrocklage, Emogene Catherine Allemeier, Jeanne Gertrude Kaverman, Gloria Lavon Kill, Alfreda Elizabeth Lindeman, Virginia Ann Reindel and Elizabeth Jeannette Miehls, Delphos; Carol Catherine Gorden, Ottoville; Edna Marie Herman and Elizabeth Joann Luebrecht, Fort Jennings.
Delphos Herald, Aug. 26, 1955
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“Old Timers” vs. Legion Junior Team
With the big annual “Old Timers” ball game only days away, the Delphos Old Timers Manager, Paul Clinger, has only one thing to say, “Those young whippersnappers don’t stand a chance.”
He said, with a slicker like “Old King” Wulfhorst handling his talented pitching staff, everything is under control. With my guy, Carl Imber, snooping around short their wouldn’t be a chance for these kids to avoid hitting into double plays, and for speed on the base paths. I have this ‘young kid I got out of an old refrigerator box’,” Mel Westrich.
Between chews on his tobacco “old” Paul kept raving about the shape Len Swick is in. He said Len hasn’t looked so good since they bought his contract from Vogts Vermin.
A talk with Dick Wulfhorst about the mound staff brought forth only the statement, “You bat.”
The local “Old timers,” will clash with the Delphos League Rotary Junior team in one of the features at the big Delphos Athletic Day next Sunday afternoon and evening at the city recreation field. In addition to seeing a couple of good ball games, you can help in the buying of a new water heater to be installed at the stadium for use by our local grid teams.
Delphos Herald Aug. 17, 1955
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Railroad speeders come together
Injuries were sustained by four employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad signal and section departments Thursday afternoon when two motor cars on which they were riding were involved in a collision and were wrecked near the overhead about half a mile west of Delphos.
C.E. Miller, signal maintainer, sustained a fracture of the right collar bone and received a number of cuts and bruises.
John H. Flanagan, assistant maintainer, suffered a badly bruised left foot, injuries to the back and scratches and bruises.
A.H. Bonifas leaped from one of the cars when he saw that the collision could not be avoided. He sustained bruises and cuts about the forehead and face.
Frank Dancer, section hand, also escaped with minor cuts and bruises.
The speeder used by the signal men was considerably damaged, while that used by the section man was not damaged to any extent.
Delphos Herald, March 18, 1927
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“Fast Express” new gram model is ready
A new Gramm model, the “Fast Express,” a companion to the Gramm, “Fast Freighter, which went into production in January, is announced by B.A. Gramm, president and treasurer of Gramm Motors, Inc.
The Fast Express is a 2 1/2 ton chassis low bed, mounted on a 32x6 pneumatic tires, dual rear wheels and rated at a maximum 45 miles per hour sustained speed.
It is powered by an 80 horsepower six cylinder engine, is equipped with four forward speeds and has an oversize, full floating rear axle. The radiator is unusually large and a new hood design blends perfectly to the cab.
The new truck is now being built at the Delphos plant. It is somewhat in a class by itself.
Truck and coach orders received in February, 1927, showed an increase of 400 percent over February, 1926. Of the orders for February, 68 were for Gramm vibration-proof coaches.
Another good reason why Gramm Motors is rapidly becoming a most important industry is that the officers and directors are men of known ability, integrity and good business judgement. B.A. Gramm is president and treasurer, Williard J. Gramm, vice president and factory manager, Eugene Lippincott, secretary and counsel and the other directors are Jos. Jettinghoff, Arnold King, H.S. McLeod and H.M. Davies.
Gramm Coaches are now in use in all parts of the United States. All the busses for the Great Eastern Lines, running from St. Louis to New York, will be manufactured in Delphos. Half the busses used on the Yelloway Lines between St. Louis and Los Angeles, will also be built here.
Delphos Herald, March 18, 1927
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Delphos Bending Company makes parts for automobiles
Delphos’ importance in the motor industry is not limited to the actual manufacturing of high grade trucks and coaches. A concern which is one of the most important in the city, and which furnishes parts for most of the high grade automobiles in the United States, is the Delphos Bending Company.
This concern for many years manufactured only rough bows for open cars, but with the advent of the closed car, demand for this product has greatly decreased.
The company is now producing many finished bows for sport model cars as well as for the ordinary touring car. In addition the company is also engaged in the manufacture of additional bent wood products of various types.
As a result of their production of these necessities, parts manufactured in Delphos will be found in cars all over the world. H.S. McLeed is president and general manager of the company.
Delphos Herald, March 18, 1927
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Manager Gorden Gengler lists games for St. John’s
The season’s schedule for St. John’s basketball team is rapidly being filled out by manager Gorden Gengler. Up to this time, eight games have been booked, four at home and four abroad.
The first three games of the season will be played on the local floor. Glandorf will be here on Nov. 26, and Ohio City on November 30.
The locals will go to Decatur for a return game on Dec. 2. Ottawa will come to Delphos on December 10. On Dec. 21, the locals will play at Glandorf.
Two games have been booked for January up to the present time, one with Ft. Wayne Central Catholic at Ft. Wayne on January 8 and one at Ottawa on January 14.
Manager Gengler is in correspondence with a number of other schools.
St. Rose, Lima, one of the favorite enemies of St. John’s High, will likely be booked for two games, one in Delphos and one in Lima. St. John’s Lima, will also likely be taken on for a game or two.
Delphos Herald, Sept. 24, 1926
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New Director of Youth Center
At a meeting of the board of trustees of the Delphos Youth Center, Inc. Wednesday night, Charles Laudick, East Seventh Street, was employed as director of the Youth Center.
Mr. Laudick has had extensive experience and training which will aid him in his work as director. While a high school student at St. John’s, he made constant use of the center under the direction of Don Pathoff, then director. He also served nine months as an assistant to Mr. Pathoff. He was in the military service for two years and for one year of that time was in charge of a recreation unit. For the past year he was a student at Ohio State University taking training in physical education. While in Columbus, he also assisted in recreation work at settlement houses and city recreation parks.
The Center will be reopened when the schools open in September. He is now engaged in redecorating the first floor of the institution.
Delphos Herald, Aug. 11, 1955
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Lima man tries out new speedway here
As an appreciation for being saved from possible death by the local police, Henry Clay, Lima, left a “gift” of $15 to be placed in the Delphos City Treasury.
At 12:20 Sunday morning, the Lima man drove south on Main as far as the Pennsylvania Railroad. He then decided to try “something different” in the way of driving and started east on the eastbound track, but soon stalled his engine.
He sat in his car, quite unconcerned, when a westbound freight rumbled past him on the north track.
Fortunately, eastbound passenger train No. 84, which is scheduled to pass through at 12:33 but does not stop here, was running late.
The local police were called and went to the rescue of Henry, it was found impossible to start the car but it was pushed from the track before the fast train passed by.
Mr. Clay was released later after posting a $15 bond to answer a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct.
He failed to appear and his bond was forfeited.
Delphos Herald, March 14, 1927

Will greatly hamper mail service here
Postmaster Ed Truesdale and his assistants are fearing that the local mail service will be seriously hampered in the near future as a result of a change in the handling of the mails at the Pennsylvania.
A notice has been received, stating that, beginning March 15, the service of a station employee for the transfer of the mail at the Pennsylvania station will be discontinued after midnight.
This will discontinue service for Pennsylvania westbound No. 113 and mail on that train will likely pass through Delphos and then will have to be returned from Ft. Wayne.
If this is done, it will greatly hamper the distribution of mail in Delphos.
Employees of the local office start at 4 o’clock each morning on the working up of the mail which has come in during the night. The change will greatly delay the arrival of this mail and it will be necessary to delay the route service, both city and rural, at least one hour each day if all the mail is to be ready for the carriers by the time they leave.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 15, 1927
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Old timber in good condition after 70 years
Frank Hupley, acting Lincoln Highway consul for Ohio, was a visitor in Delphos Sunday and with Arnold King, local highway consul, took a trip over the new concrete pavement on the Lincoln Highway east of Delphos. While making their inspection, their attention was called to a number of pieces of timber taken from the roadbed. This timber was used in the old corduroy road, and it is said was placed there more than 70 years ago. The timber is still in a fine state of preservation, a portion of the old corduroy road left in place and now forms a foundation for a portion of the concrete road east of the river. The timber which was removed from the roadbed was at a point about one mile east of the river, at the Bebb farm.
Delphos Herald, Aug. 30, 1926
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One injured in crash on Lincoln Way
One man was injured and two cars were badly wrecked in an accident just west of the Mox bridge on Lincoln Highway west of Delphos at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A Willys - St. Clair, owned and operated by a student at Ohio Northern University, Ada, was going east on the Lincoln Way, following a Chrysler. As they came around a bend in the road west of the Mox bridge, they noticed that the Chrysler had stopped to allow a westbound car to cross the bridge.
Harrison applied his brakes and the Willys skidded and turned sideways on the road.
The car from the east, a Peerless, belonging to C.O. Griffin, Ft. Wayne, struck the Willys. The Peerless was turned over by the impact.
One of its occupants sustained a severe cut on his hand. The Peerless had been damaged at Lima, Sunday, and had been repaired, and it was being driven to Ft. Wayne by a mechanic who was accompanied by two other garage employees.
The Willys bumper and headlights were damaged The front axle of the Peerless was bent, the rear axle damaged, one door glass and the windshield broken and three fenders were damaged.
Both cars were brought to a Delphos garage for repairs.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 15, 1927
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Ghost car is operated in city traffic
A driverless radio controlled “ghost car” known as the “American Wonder” automobile that does everything but “hit and run” sass the traffic cop and change tires, will make its first appearance in the Central States at Indianapolis during the week of Oct. 18 to 24 under the auspicion of the Indianapolis Radio Exposition.
The “American Wonder” automobile treads its way without a driver or passenger, through congested traffic, starts, stops, turns corners and sounds its horn, just as the ordinary car responds to the driver’s touch. Daily demonstrations will be given on the downtown streets during its stay in Indianapolis.
Pedestrians will be astonished to see this empty car, parked at the curb, suddenly start away under its own power and move off down the street responding to the invisible impulses transmitted from a radio pilot or control car, several hundred feet away, on a wave-length of 109 to 120 meters and operated under a special government Portable Mobile Radio Station license as “Experimental Station 2XAX.” The control car is able at a distance to start and stop the motor of the “ghost car,” shift its gears at all speeds, retard the spark, and gas controls, blow the horn, operate the clutch and brakes, steer the car, ring a bell and turn five separate sets of lights “on” and “off”, all by radio energy transmitted from a radio sending set in the control car either in a still or moving position.
Delphos Herald, Oct. 4, 1926
(and I thought this was a recent invention. R.H.)
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Three schools likely to have special tournament competition
Competition is the life of trade. The powers that be in school affairs in Allen County, however are not anxious to encourage competition and have taken steps to close out some of the threatened competition in basketball.
Four schools which might have been included in the county tournament have been frozen out this year and have been told that, if they desire a tournament, they will have to arrange their own.
Delphos High and St. John’s High of this city and St. John’s and St. Gerard’s of Lima are the four schools which were left out when plans for the tournament were made.
Van Wert County displayed a more considerable spirit and Delphos High has therefore been able to enter a county tournament in spite of the attitude of the Allen County school authorities.
The other three schools mentioned, however, will have to arrange a tournament of their own if they desire to find their way in the district tournament by way of a preliminary meet.
It is likely that such a tournament will be held and that the local school along with the two Lima schools will participate.
There is much criticism of the action of the school authorities.
The people whose children attend the schools mentioned are residents of the county and should be given the same consideration which is accorded to others, even though their schools are not part of the county system.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 4, 1927
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Ice causes electrical display here
Electrical displays were in order here, Sunday night. The sleet and rain had covered the trolly wire of the traction line with ice and the trolly working on this, caused vivid flashes of light, which were mistaken by many for lightning.
The ice on the line interfered with traffic to such an extent that the 8:37 car failed to arrive in Delphos Sunday night, arriving here Monday morning.
As a result of the trouble on the traction line and the bad driving conditions, the Pennsylvania saw an increase of business with people going to Lima.
The Pennsylvania section and signal men were kept busy keeping the interlocker free of ice.
Business continues to improve on the Northern Ohio railroad. Two more local trains have been placed in service.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 4, 1927
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St. John’s High Cage Artists
The Lima News says: “Before one of the largest crowds that ever assembled to see a basketball game in Allen County, the St. John’s Hi team of Delphos had their eleventh consecutive victory on Wednesday night when they triumphed over Gomer by a score of 25 to 17.”
“Lima Central Hi only beat Gomer by a few points and this shows that Delphos is stronger than Central.”
“Delphos has one of the best Hi quintets in the county. Their team is composed of husky players who make basketball a part of their life.”
“St. Rose Hi held Delphos to a 16 to 14 score here a few weeks ago.”
The news failed to state that Delphos held the long end of the 16 to 14 score. It also failed to recall the St. John’s-St. Rose game which was played in this city on Friday, January 6, in which the locals won a decisive victory, defeating St. Rose cage men by a score of 20 to 9.
Delphos Herald, Jan. 20, 1922

 

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