August 16,1918

On Thursday of last week, fire destroyed the large bank barn and feed barn and granary on the Val Mack farm about two miles north of Ottawa. Mr. Mack had been threshing and the machine had moved to one of the neighbors when the barn was discovered on fire. It is thought that a spark from the engine had been blown into the barn and had smoldered until it finally broke out into flames. Phone calls for assistance were made to the neighbors and Ottawa and it was not long until the highway was blocked with automobiles which had brought in the volunteer help. The barn was filled with hay and feed and was quickly enveloped in flames which rapidly spread to the adjoining feed barn. Several of Ottawa’s firemen who were present soon organized a bucket brigade and by hard work succeeded in saving the dwelling and other out-buildings which were in the direct range of the fire. The loss to Mr. Mack will amount to about $5,000, as all his grain, hay and farm machinery were destroyed. His insurance amounts to about one third of the loss. Henry Mack, a son, who had stored his wheat, oats and barley in the barn, was also a heavy loser, as it also burned. Mr. Mack has asked the Sentinel to express his thanks to the Ottawa firemen, citizens and neighbors for their assistance in fighting the fire.

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Mrs. Cathrine Beckman is one of the pioneers of Putnam county. Her ancestors lived in the city of Metz, Alsace Loraine, until the territory was taken by Germans at which time her parents moved to Paris. She then came to this country and has resided in the county ever since. During the early childhood of Edward Beckman, her grandson, she entertained him with stories of the French people, their habits and customs and instilled in him a desire to visit the home of his ancestry. He joined the Colors and is now with the boys in France. Upon his arrival there the stories told him in childhood were vividly recalled and some of the old places were recognized.

August 13, 1943

According to word received by Mrs. Dolores Chamberlain, of Columbus Grove, her husband, Cpl. Donald F. Chamberlain was seriously wounded in action in the South Pacific area on July 19th. The message was sent by the war department. Cpl. Chamberlain is the son of Mrs. Ralph Stump of Columbus Grove.

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LeRoy Barnett, seventy-nine resident of Columbus Grove, died Thursday morning of last week. Mr. Barnett was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Barnett and was born on October 19, 1863. He is survived by his widow; Carrie; three step-children, William Marks, of Lima; Glen Marks, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Mrs. Anna -Belle Shirtz of Frankford, Ind. And two brothers, J. Milton Barnett and Joseph M. Barnett, both of Lima.

August 15, 1968

Bill Nartker, owner of Bill’s Sohio station, Kalida, reported to the Sheriff’s office on Wednesday of last week that an automobile, a 1965 Mustang had been stolen from the parking lot at his station sometime after 11:00 p.m. the previous night. Nartker stated that four Spanish men had made inquiries about the car early Tuesday evening and had asked permission to test drive it. Nartker had refused to let the men try out the auto because it had no mufflers but promised to have the vehicle ready to test early the next day. The four, who had said they would return for the test, did not come back on Wednesday. The Sheriff’s department has been unable to find a trace of the automobile and is still investigating the case.

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A 17-year-old Continental youth was pulled from a ditch and saved from drowning after he lost control of his car at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, on Route 108, north of Miller City, and rammed into a tree. The boy, Michael Burkhart, route 1, was traveling north on 108 when he ran off the road to the left for 225 feet, crossed over the highway, and slid another 195 feet before hurtling into the ditch against a tree. Burkhart was thrown 25 feet from his vehicle and landed in the ditch water where he was completely submerged. Two young men from Columbus who were driving along the road got the unconscious youth out of the water and, according to the sheriff’s office, prevented him from drowning. He was taken to Defiance Hospital with neck and shoulder injuries. His auto, a 1952 Chevy, was demolished.

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Leipsic won the Putnam County Little League tournament Wednesday night by defeating Ottawa in the finals of the meet held at Continental. The score was 5-2. Ottawa reached the finals Monday when they downed Continental 9-4 in a semi-final contest.

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Five Boy Scouts of the Ottawa Troops were awarded the Order of the Arrow while at Camp Berry, near Findlay last week. Order of the Arrow is the National Brotherhood of Scout Campers, and the honor of becoming a member of the O. of A. is one you cannot earn on your own. It is bestowed on a scout by fellow campers when he has proved himself worthy of being an outstanding scout in his patrol and troop. Reecieving the honor at the Findlay Camp were Mack Wilson, senior patrol leader; Chuck Schroeder, Beaver Patrol; John Brown, Hawk Patrol; Tom Ahman, Fox Patrol; and Steve Budd, of the Wolf Patrol.

August 18, 1993

Former Columbus Grove High School classmates and their families had twice the fun at the recent Twin Days Festival in Twinsburg. They included Rose (Verhoff) Hovest and twins Kara and Kyle; Teresa (Williams) Dunlap and her twin sister Lisa (Williams) Kershner holding Teresa’s twins, Kellie and Kendra; and Sherry (Halker) King and her twin daughters, Kelsy and Kayla.

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The Kalida Girl’s A softball team captured their third consecutive Putnam County League county softball crown on August 1 in Kalida. Members of the winning team were: Tracy Vorst, Gina Wurth, Anita Maag, Jen Meyer, Gina Wagner, Rikki Dauer, Deb Karhoff, Jill Foppe, Melissa Laudick, Audrey Maag, Laura Hanneman, Jen Klausing, Stacie Unverferth, Heather Miller, Heather Horstman, Kari Bockrath, with Kris Stechschulte and Rick Kortokrax, coaches.