August 22, 1919

What was looked upon as impracticable several years ago and highly hazardous prior to the war, has now become a reality. Flights in aeroplanes can be taken at a price of one dollar a minute. Last Friday Lieutenant Ronen visited our County and made numerous flights carrying one passenger, his charge was fifteen dollars for a fifteen minute flight and one dollar additional for each minute of flight. The Lieutenant believed that the American people were ready to try the flight in the clouds and purchased a Curtis machine and securing the service of a mechanic, determined to tour the country offering the people an opportunity to ride in the clouds. Among the number who experienced flight were Edwin Hipkins, Elden Powell, William Ruch, Elmer Unverferth, Ralph Roose, Oscar Nienberg, Arnold Halker, Fred Edelbrock, Dick Lanwehr and J. W. Ossege. The day before visiting Ottawa Lieutenant Ronan gave several flights at Leipsic and on Saturday gave the people of Delphos a chance to try air voyage. Several of our people are advocating a landing place for aeroplanes, believing that in the near future they will come into common use and that the boys of the county and adjoining towns will be coming to our village through the air rather than by auto or traction.


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On last Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, Frank Schmeidebush, aged sixty-four years , and his son Edward, aged twelve years, were instantly killed by coming in contact with an Electric current carrying twenty-three hundred volts. A guy wire running from a telephone pole south of the Ohio Electric extended over the road and electric line to another pole and thence was anchored in the ground. A wire of the Northwestern Ohio Light company had become loose and sagged on to the guy wire charging it with full voltage. The son , Edward, had been herding cows along the highway and in some manner touched the guy wire and was instantly killed. About ten minutes later Mr. Schmeidebush, missing the son, went to look for him and saw the boy lying on the ground. Apparently believing that the boy was sleeping he was seen to go over to the body and shake it gently. Arising he took hold of the guy wire and immediately dropped upon the body of his boy, electrocuted. The Coronor, Dr. A. F. Sheibly, was called and established the facts as above stated from personal investigation. Mr. Schmeidebush leaves a widow and nine children, three of whom are married. He formerly lived on a farm in Union Township, moving to Ottawa several years ago.

August 25, 1944

Cpl. Charles Blosser, a former resident of the Columbus Grove and Pandora communities, was killed in action in France on August 5, according to a telegram received by his wife, who resides in Cortland, Ohio, Sunday. He entered the service in Cortland. Cpl. Blosser and infantryman, had been overseas since February of this year. Details of his death were not contained in the message. He is survived by his wife, a son Jerry Earl, of Cortland; his mother Mrs. D. L. Blosser, of Columbus Grove, and the following brothers and sisters; Gerald Blosser, with the U. S. Navy in the Pacific; Lucille Blosser, with the army nurses corps, somewhere in England; Max Blosser, stationed with the U. S. navy at New Orleans; Joseph Blosser, with the army air corps at Houston, Texas, and Miss Betty Blosser, who resides with her mother at Columbus Grove.

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Mrs. Blanche Marriott, Of Continental, received a letter from her husband, Staff Sgt. Lewis F. “Mike” Marriott, this week in which he states that he has been injured in action in France for the second time. A member of the U.S. infantry, Sgt. Marriott was first wounded in action in France on June 12th, shortly after the invasion of Normandy. He stated that he was again wounded in the big drive in France on July 23rd, during which battle the Yanks shattered the German lines. Sgt. Marriott did not reveal the nature of injury, but stated that it was not serious. He is the son of R. J. Marriott of Cloverdale.

August 21, 1969

Two cars were entered Sunday evening at the Glandorf Rod and Gun Club. Both cars were locked and entry was apparently made with the use of a wire hanger. John Schroeder reported that about $10 and some change were taken from a purse and a billfold which were locked in his automobile. Wayne Hemiller of route 1, Ottawa, reported that $30 was taken from a purse in the glove compartment of his car. Sheriff’s deputies have also been busy investigating a number of minor thefts and break-ins.

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About $17,000 damage was done by fire which destroyed a barn and a shed on the Roger Horstman farm five and one-half miles west of Kalida Sunday afternoon. Firemen from Kalida and Ottoville fought the blaze which was reported at 4:20 p.m. Kalida Fire Chief Paul Kahle reported that the 100 by 60-foot barn and a 20 by 30-foot shed were completely destroyed by the flames which were not brought under control until 6:20 p.m. Firemen were on the scene for nearly seven hours. The fire started in the upper part of the barn but the cause of the blaze was not determined. The house, which is approximately 50 feet from the barn, was threatened by the heat and flames but firemen kept iit from damage. Lost in the fire were four calves, a grain drill, hopper wagon, a two-wheel trailer, some small machinery, 1,200 bales of hay, 700 bales of straw, 200 bushels of oats. About 3,000 bushels of wheat in a nearby storage silo were partially destroyed.

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The Ottawa Knights of Columbus team won the state K. of C. softball championship. Members are: Jerry Stechschulte, Columbus Grove, Jerry Lammers, Bob Kleman, Karl Kleman, Dick Siefker, Howard Brickner, Mel Kreinbrink, Willie Selhorst, Elmer Lammers, Jerry Inkrott, Larry Burkhart, Elmer Meyer, Jake Koenig, Ken Kuhlman, Jerry Stechschulte, Bat Boy Roger Applegate, Ottawa.

August 24, 1994

Members of the Kalida FFA recently picked up trash along a three-mile stretch of Road N-17 near Kalida. The students participated in the activity as part of their Building Our American Communities (BOAC) project. After the members collected the garbage the township disposed of it. Members are Brian Erhart, Paul Nienberg, John Schnipke, Shawn Moening, Josh Kahle, Tracey Schroeder, Jamie Averesch, Susan Metzger, Billy Jerwers, Craig Warnement and Bob Foppe.