August 29, 1919

The Pioneer picnic on last Tuesday was attended by more then two thousand people. The committee on arrangements had provided a good program that was enjoyed by all. The address was delivered by G. A. Stauffer, who paid a tribute to the memory of the pioneers to whose hard work, industry and courage we owe what we are and have today. A ball game, races and other sports furnished amusements for the crowd. The ball teams of Kalida and New Cleveland crossed the bats and after an exciting nine innings the score was nine to five in favor of the Kalida team. First Novelty Horse Race — Barney Goecke took first money, $15.00 Jacob Tenwalde second, $10.00 and Homer Rogers third, $5.00. The time for the half mile was: First heat 1-16, second 1-12. Second Novelty Horse Race — Was won by Fred Stauffer, $10.00, Felix Ellerbrock second, $5.00 and William Radabaugh third, $5.00. The time for the mile, First Heat, 3-5 and second 5-1. The bicycle race one half mile was won by Harold Fenbert, first money, $2.00, George Borchers, second $1.00 and Edwin Fenbert third, 50c. The prize for the oldest married couple was given to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyer of New Cleveland. The oldest gentleman present was David Beckman of Ottawa. The oldest lady, Mrs. Giesken of Ottawa. Music for the occasion was furnished by the Juvenile Band of Glandorf.


September 1, 1944

Pvt. Harold R. J ”Jess” Worline, 20, died August 9th of wounds received in action August 8th in France, according to word received from the War Department Wednesday. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Worline of Dupont, and had spent his entire life in that community. A previous telegram received Monday, reported him as seriously wounded. He had been overseas since May, being inducted last November and sent to Camp Blanding, Florida, for training. Besides his parents, he is survived by six brothers, Clifford and Kenneth, of Dupont; Coy of Swanton. Ohio; Floyd of Continental; Darol, with the Seabees in the Pacific; Coral, with the Seabees in England, and Randal, at Fort McClelian, Ala.; and three sisters, Mrs. Clista McClure of Toledo; Mrs. Bessie Cable and Mrs. Mary Hazelton of Inkster, Michigan. In his last letter to his mother written two days before he was wounded, he told her, “Keep your fingers crossed, Mom, and keep praying, as I am in the front line now and I am afraid I am going to get it.”


The Ottawa firemen were called to the property of Norbert Ellerbrock on East Fourth street on Monday at one o’clock when it is believed that small children playing with matches set fire to the barn at the rear of the lot. Neighbors discovered the fire immediately and extinguished the flames by forming a bucket brigade. The loss was of a minor nature.


August 28, 1969

A horse crashed into a utility pole injuring the rider Tuesday morning. Yes, a horse. The Putnam County sheriff’s department was informed by Lima St. Rita’s Hospital that Ronald Hilvers, 21, of rural Delphos, had been admitted to the hospital with inuries received in the mishap which occurred about 9:00 a.m. According to information given the department, Hilvers was riding the animal at the intersection of routes 634 and 224 two miles north of Ft. Jennings, when it hit the pole, throwing him to the ground. Hilver’s injuries were not believed to be serious.


The Daisies, winners of the Ottawa girls’ softball league are: Kim Horstman, Sara Bolinger, Kathy Cavanaugh, Kathy Michel Karen Wood, Barb Weis, Joni Wood, Diane Hamilton, Linda Schmiedebusch, Theresa Nussbaum, Pat Lanwehr, Lynn Cavanaugh, Lisa Bollinger, with Coach Mary Falk and Manager Kathy Klass.


August 31, 1994

On August 28, according to the Lima Post #2 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Keith L. Elliott, 33, Findlay, was eastbound on St. Rt. 613 when the left rear tire blew out causing his van to skid off the right side of the road and roll. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident which occurred in Van Buren Township at 1:02 p.m.


Five students from the Ottawa School of Karate placed at an open Tae Kwon Do tournament in Van Wert on August 14. Placing were Mike Maag, with a second in weapons forms and a third in fighting, both in the black belt division. Jason Boydston, Ottoville, with a first in KATA and a second in sparring. Deb Cornelius, Ottawa, with a first in open hand women, and a first in women’s sparring, and Kyle Maag, Glandorf, a second in KATA, in his first tournament. Greg Schulte, Kalida, with a second place in open hand KATA forms, black belt division.