August 8, 1919

The drought of several weeks was broken on last Monday evening by a severe rain, wind and electrical storm which seemed general throughout the county and damaged property to the extent of several thousands of dollars. Shortly before 8 o’clock the sky was darkened by storm clouds and peals of thunder were heard followed by vivid flashes of lighting and heavy winds. The path of the storm was marked by fallen and broken trees, wrecked barns and sheds. The heaviest toll to the wind and electrical storm was in Ottawa and Monroe Township.. One of the first bolts of lightning struck a telephone wire of The Putnam County Telephone Company, following the wire into the Ottawa exchange and setting the office on fire and causing one of its toll lines to become crossed with the high tension wire of the Ohio Electric Railroad Company. As the lightning struck the exchange became fairly a blaze with electric sparks and display, which were continued by the high voltage from the electric railroad. The operator, Miss Tet Roof, braving contact with the electrical wires and possible death resulting from the shock, remained at her post, and by her prompt and brave action in summoning the manager of the company and the fire company saved the company a loss of several thousands of dollars. Though the storm was at its height, with heavy winds and terrible flashes of lightning the fire boys responded the call and soon had the fire under control, though they were unable to completely extinguish it until the high tension current was shut off from the electric line. Owing to the large number of wires down on the streets, the residential part of the village was in darkness the remainder of the night. Several chimneys and trees were struck by lightning and many shade trees were damaged by the wind. The large barn on the farm of Peter Hummons in Riley township was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, as was also the barn on the property of Recker in Glandorf. In Monroe township the barn of Charles Johnson, about two miles west of Continental was blown down. Mr. Johnson and his two daughters were in the barn at the time milking the cows, but escaped without injury, though one of the girls was pinned under debris. Several cows and horses that were in the barn were uninjured. Many acres of growing corn over the county were blown flat by the force of the wind and rain.

 

August 11, 1944

Private First Class Eugene Hohlbein, twenty-two, member of the U. S. Infantry, was seriously wounded in action in France, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hohlbein, of near Ottoville. He is hospitalized in France, according to the report received from the American Red Cross. Pfc. Hohlbein was born in Jackson township on November 12, 1921 and was inducted into the armed services on September 26, 1942. He was employed by the Delphos Bending company prior to his induction.

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Mrs. Emma Kulhman has opened a dress shop for women on North Walnut street in the rear room of the Putnam House. The business establishment was opened to the public this week. Mrs. Kuhlman expects to handle a complete line of dresses for the women folks and states that she will specialize in the sizes for the larger women.

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August 7, 1969

About 400 bales of straw stacked on the farm of Thomas Siefker on old Route 224 one and one-half miles east of Ottawa was were destroyed by fire Wednesday evening. Ottawa firemen were called at 8 p.m. and flames were threatening a nearby barn when they arrived. The barn was not damaged but firemen had to remain on the scene for several hours scattering the straw and extinguishing the stubborn blaze. Damage was estimated at about $320.

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Jana Spyker, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Spyker, Ottawa, is reported improving in Lima Memorial Hospital where she was taken Saturday evening after fracturing a vertebra in her neck at the Ottawa swimming pool. The mishap occurred at 8 p.m. Saturday when Jana dived into the pool and struck another girl in the water. Although she is expected to be in the hospital for several weeks and a cast for several months , doctors expect her to recover fully. Jana’s father was at the pool when he accident happened and the pair walked three blocks to their home. She was examined by a local physician and then taken to the hospital where X-rays revealed the fracture.

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Leipsic rammed home four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to deprive Ottawa-Glandorf of undisputed possession of the championship of the Putnam County Acme League Tuesday night. The Vikings won 6-5.

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August 10, 1994

Dan Webb, manager of the Putnam County Airport, advised the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department at about 2:26 p.m. August 7, of an aircraft that was down in a cornfield off of Road 11. The plane was piloted by Randy Moore, 37, when the aircraft lost fuel pressure and began to look for an area to land in. Moore landed the aircraft in the field by Ron Leopold’s farm landing strip 1 ½ miles north of Glandorf at 9464 Rd. 11 on the north side