December 20, 1918

J. W. Slusser of Columbus Grove, received word from the government that his son, Private Dewey Slusser, was killed in action on November 9. Private Slusser was a member of the United States Marine Corps that have made themselves famous by turning the tide of battle in favor of the allies at Chateau Thiery. Word was received by Mrs. August Weiller of Holgate, that her brother, Private Sylvester J. Diemer, was killed in action on October 23 Private Diemer was inducted into service through the Putnam county draft board and entrained at Ottawa, September 5, 1917, being one of the first contingents to leave from this county. He was sent to Camp Sherman and after several months training, left with the 83rd Division for France. This division was on the frot line driving the enemy back when Private Diemer met his death. Both of these young men had faith in the country and institutions under which they were born and lived; both offered their lives that they might prevail and justice and right be triumphant in the great struggle; both made the supreme sacrifice for their country and flag and the loved ones at home have the sympathy of their friends and our people in the bereavement they have suffered. Private J. H. Sager, of Continental, was reported severely wounded, while Private Vern Settlemire, of Ottawa, was reported slightly wounded and Private Alfred J. Beck, of Continental, was reported wounded, degree undetermined.

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Dear Santa--I am nine years old. I go to school every day. I am in the fourth grade. I have a little sister. She is four years old. Her name is Ruth. My name is Esther. I would like to have a wagon for Christmas. My sister Ruth would like to have a baby buggy. If I get a wagon, I don’t want anything else. Well, this is all, so goodbye. Your friends Esther and Ruth Buckingham.

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Dear Santa Claus---As Xmas is coming soon, I thought I’d write you to let you know what I would like to have for Xmas. I would like to have a rain coat and a rain cap, and I would like to have some good stout hair ribbons; and I would like to have some doll clothes; and I would like to have some clothes for myself; and I would like to have some doilies because I am trying to sew. We have the “flu” at present, but we hope to be free by Xmas time. And don’t forget my brother and my little sister. Your little girl. Margaret Borchers.

December 17, 1943

Captain Sheldon O. Hall, who qualified as a U. S. Marine air ace by shooting down six Japanese planes in the South-west Pacific war theatre has been awarded he Air Medal for “meritorious achievement.” Captain Hall has stopped over for a threeweek visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. U. Hall, east of Ottawa, while enroute from California to Florida. He is to report for duty in Jacksonville Christmas Day. He previously spent a month’s leave with his parents this fall. Upon his return to Oakland, Calif. Naval hospital late in November following a month’s leave, Captain Hall was presented with the Air Medal.

December 19, 1968

Kenneth A. Dukes, a 1952 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant with the State Highway Patrol, and has been placed in command of the Medina Post. Sgt. Dukes graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy on June 27, 1956, and at that time was assigned to the Turnpike Post at Swanton. On August 1, 1960, he was transferred to the Lima Post, and in 1965 he was promoted to the rank of corporal and transferred to the Post at Akron. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Dukes, of route 1, Leipsic, Sgt. Dukes is the husband of the former Sue Pierman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pierman, Ottawa. They have four children, Bradley, Craig, Douglas and Sally.

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Mrs. Margaret Morman, secretary in the Ottawa- Glandorf school superintendent’s office, picked up the phone in her office about 12:30 p.m. Monday and a man’s voice said “There’s a bomb in your building. It’s in a box.” and then he hung up. With that a bomb scare was set off which cleared the building in just a few minutes and the students waited outside in the cold for over an hour while police and volunteers made a thorough search of the building but found nothing. Etc.

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Winter will not be officially ushered in until this weekend, however, the weather man this week gave us a fair sample of what he may have in mind for the several months ahead. Sunday and Monday had low readings of 6 and 7 degrees above, the coldest of the season; Wednesday morning we had .4-inch of snow which immediately turned to slush, and that by the way, was also the heaviest snow so far this season, and for a brief period Wednesday night we had fog, rain intermingled with snow. Ray Burkholder, official weather observer in the county, reports an even inch of snow so far this season.

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Defending champion Ottoville shot to the lead in the Putnam County League again Friday night as they opened their league season with a resounding 99-82 win over Kalida. Nine players scored in double figures as the Big Green ran away from the Wildcats in the opening minutes and led throughout the contest. Ottoville had six players in twin digits and Kalida three.

December 22, 1993

Until last Wednesday, it had been more than 20 years since a bridge collapsed in Putnam County. About 10:42 a.m. Wednesday, a small pick-up truck caused heavy damage to the bridge which crosses the Blanchard Rive on County Rd. 6, just north of County Rd. L in Ottawa. According to witnesses, shortly after the accident the south side of the bridge silently collapsed and dumped the pick-up truck into the river. The driver of the truck, Gerald Ricker, 35, Columbus Grove, was not injured in the accident. Ricker told police officers at the scene that he was driving southbound on Rd. 6 when he saw a deer on the roadway and swerved to miss the animal. His truck hit the end post of the right side of the bridge and turned the truck onto its side, causing heavy damage.

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On Tuesday, December 14, the Ottawa Police Department received a call regarding a burglary in progress. Police Chief John Kottenbrock said that a call came in at about 12:13 a.m. asking the department to go to G’s Place on E. Main Street for a burglary in progress. “Two juveniles were apprehended shortly after we arrived.” Kottenbrock stated. “one of the juveniles was apprehended at the scene of the burglary and after a short foot pursuit the other was captured. The money bag and money were found in their possession.” He said that the teens were 17 and 15 years old and from Gilboa. They were held in the DYS juvenile center in Bowling Green until their arraignment Tuesday afternoon. The youths have been charged with breaking and entering with other theft charges throughout the county.

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Glandorf Fire Chief said his men could not believe they were called to assist in rounding up 30 to 40 head of cattle on December 19. At 4:38 p.m. the fire department responded to assist the sheriff’s office with 8 men and two trucks at Roads 11 and M. “We walked the cattle with our trucks and used portable radios to communicate during the two hours it took to herd the cattle.” Halker said. Since the owner, Paul Kleman was not at home at the time of the incident, the animals were taken to neighboring farms.