May 3, 1918

Under the auspices of the ladies of Ottawa, the local chapter of Red Cross will hold an Auction and Bazaar in Ottawa, Saturday, May 4th. The ladies have worked hard and the people have gladly and willingly responded to their appeal for articles for the sale.

All people who have donated to the cause, will bring their offering to the room formerly occupied by the First National Bank. Stands serving sandwiches, ice cream and soft drinks will be erected on the street. The auction will be on Main street in front of the Court House. The Auctioneers of Putnam County have volunteered their services. Heifers, calves and shoats weighing from 50 to 150 pounds have been donated. Several broods of pedigreed chickens will be offered, together with grains of all kinds, valises and suit cases, rugs, needle and art work, canned goods and fruit and among other articles too numerous to mention, dressed and undressed chickens. The chance to stock the farm, equip the home and automobile, prepare for the Sunday dinner. You just can’t afford to miss it. What you need will be offered for sale. You can satisfy your wants and at the same time do a patriotic service by contributing to the Red Cross Fund. And then to bring the day to a joyful close, a good orchestra has been provided for a big dance in the evening at the Armory. Everybody is going. Do not be the only stay-at-home. Join the Crowd. Do your “bit” and enjoy yourself. Come to Ottawa, Saturday, May 4th.

April 30, 1943

Putnam County law enforcement officials are on the look-out for twelve stands of honey bees stolen from George Morrison near Mandale. Sheriff Potts was notified of the robbery over the week-end. Morrison reports that he had the bees on the John Schnipke farm, south of Cloverdale, and that he valued them at $15 per stand or a total of $180. He informed the sheriff that he would pay $100 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the thieves. He stated that the white hives were filled with bees and cans of syrup on which the bees were feeding.

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Word has been received in Ottawa that John Quinn, son of M. J. Quinn of Ottawa and Columbus, has been missing in action since April 17th. Mr. Quinn has been notified by the War Department, but no definite details were given. The War Department in its message stated that any future word of the young man would be relayed to the father immediately. John Quinn is a native of Ottawa, was educated in the local schools and is well known in this community. He was a radioman on an army bomber and since late last year has been located in England. It is presumed by local relatives and friends of the young man that his plane was brought down in one of the raids in enemy territory. It is a known fact that he was on the bombers which had been making regular raids on occupied France and Germany. The many local friends of the young man are hoping for his welfare.

May 2, 1968

Mr. Schroeder, of near Leipsic, was plowing in a nearby field when a fire broke out in his barn. Mrs. Schroeder and the children were able to drive 36 cows from the burning barn, but one cow and nine calves perished in the blaze. Also lost were two wagons and a feed chopper, and a quantity of hay and straw. The milker and a bulk milk tank were saved. Favorable winds blew the heat and sparks away from the other farm buildings, however , several of the buildings were scorched.

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The three junior high track teams from Ottawa and Glandorf schools participated in the annual Bath relays Saturday afternoon and Sts. Peter and Paul’s Jeff Huggins set a new meet record in the pole vault.

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Ottoville scored six runs in the fourth inning and then went on to a 9-6 victory over Columbus Grove in a county league game at Vaughnsville Tuesday afternoon.

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Craig Sakemiller parked a homer on top of the Ft. Jennings school Wednesday afternoon and the Columbus Grove Bulldogs were off to an 8-3 victory over the Musketeers to hand Jennings its first loss in league play.

May 5, 1993

Mary Ann Stechschulte, Glandorf, entered her mother, Dorothy Wagner, Leipsic, as the Mother of the Year. Dorothy and her husband Paul have raised eleven children and now have 36 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two on the way. Paul and Dorothy have been married 52 years.

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Jeffrey Pietrango was crowned as Buddy Poppy and Tasha Cervantes was crowned as Miss Poppy during Loyalty Day banquet last Saturday sponsored by Ottawa VFW Post 9142.

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The Putnam County League baseball race is heating up as the season draws to a conclusion in the next couple of weeks. As of Tuesday morning Miller City and Kalida share the PCL lead with perfect 3-0 marks.

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Pandora-Gilboa students receiving outstanding achievement awards for the school year include: Kris Snavely. Social studies; Jason Stall, English and Business; Shannon Grismore, German; Brian Hermiller; industrial arts; Missie Unterbrink, computer science; Kim Phillips, art and home economics; Ben Schroeder, mathematics; Ryan Stokes, French; Nicole Higginbotham, instrumental music; Laura Quint, vocal music; Alisha Niswander, health and physical education; and Liz Schumacher, science.