BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — In 1945, when a weekly subscription for the paper was only 12 cents, 14-year-old Jim McKowen began helping his brothers Bob and Dan with their routes around town.
McKowen was in charge of passing 75 papers to customers on Routes F and J, which included South Canal, South Jefferson, Bank, Cleveland, Bredeick, North Main and Washington streets.
“I rode my bike and had a canvas bag that said Delphos Herald on the side of it,” he said.
McKowen remembers his friends, their paper routes and time spent at The Pool Room, which was next to Lion Clothing, vividly. McKowen said he had been friends with Red Humpert since he was 7 or 8 years old and he passed papers on Route G, on and around West Second Street.