Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • 50 years later, Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon still inspires
    50 years ago this week, one of Ohio’s greatest sons, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to walk on the Moon.
  • July 18, 1919: On last Thursday, the large six ton truck of Henry Lanwehr was hit by a north bound Ohio Electric passenger car at the Main street crossing in Ottawa.
  • Wherever two or more are gathered in earshot of a weather forecast, there is a Chicken Little. If snow is imminent, there will be a blizzard. If rain is on the way, the hatches must be battened down and lifeboats shall be inflated. If 90-degree temperatures are predicted, 10 more degrees are on the rise.
  • “What attacked you?” isn’t the first thing that you hope to hear when running into an acquaintance at the Ottawa Mall. My friend, Ron, took note this week — the peak of the 2019 wild black raspberry season — when my appendages were speckled with bites, bruises and bumps.
  • July 11, 1919: On the afternoon of the Fourth, three prisoners confined in the County Jail attempted to make their escape. The prisoners are Walter Sprow, Edwin Shoemaker and Dewey Siebert, the first named being charged with stealing an automobile, the second is charged with nonsupport, while the third was arrested for stealing chickens.
  • July 4, 1919: Attorney Leroy Eastman, member of the emergency police force, who shot and killed Walter Haas, member of a gang of a dozen men who attacked and beat up Eastman and two other emergency policemen in front of Babe Johnson’s place on Adams St. a week ago, was completely exonerated by Coroner Walter Hartung on Friday.

  • There’s this new recreational pastime out there, one that’s riding a wave of youthful enthusiasm.
  • Facebook presented me today with a photo taken during the 2015 Putnam County Fair. The image is of a boy grinning through a soap bubble stretched from a a wand across the midway.
  • June 27, 1919

    Three cases of typhoid fever have developed in the home of Mr. Chamberlain on East Main Street.
  • Thanks to Mrs. Okuley and Williams, the high school media center was a place to escape for intellectual pursuits, quiet, and inspirational quotes on posters (beyond the ubiquitous squirrels gripping birdfeeders with “Hang in there!” printed somewhere in the background). Thanks to social media, we have memes to plaster to our virtual walls.
  • June 23, 1944: Edward Kerner, farmer of near Kalida, and clerk of Union township, suffered a multiple fracture of the left leg when he fell while loading hay on the Ignatius Rieman farm west of Kalida, Friday. He was removed to St. Rita’s hospital in the Fischer and Sons invalid coach. Hospital attaches report that his leg is broken in two places, but his condition is very good.

  • California is on fire again. The bucket brigades from Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas haven’t connected yet. This could perhaps not be a joke if commemorative t-shirts are exchanged for water-filled buckets, e.g. Hands Across America.
  • You’ll excuse the headline. What with a new Elton John biopic in commercials now, the play on this song kept looping though my brain as another thunderstorm hit in the last minutes of last week.
  • Sergeant Herbert E. Alstaetter, twenty, of Columbus Grove, is missing in action over Germany, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Alstaetter, from the War Department. Sgt. Alstaetter has been in the service since March 15, 1943, and presumably was on a bombing mission over Germany from which he failed to return.
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