November 29, 1918

E. A. Norcross, of Deshler, received word from the Government that his son, Second Lieutenant Terry D. Norcross, was killed in action on September 4th. Lieutenant Norcross was a sergeant in Company M, and during their encampment at Ottawa he was in charge of the company during the period devoted to drilling. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Norcross, who formally resided in Ottawa, and while in Ottawa Mr. Norcross was foreman of the Gazette Publishing company. The lieutenant was a member of Company M for several years, and was well acquainted among the young people in our village. In private life, Lieutenant Norcross was a genial and jovial companion, making many lasting friendships in life’s journey, while in the army he adhered strictly to military discipline and won for himself promotion from sergeant to second lieutenant. Without thought of self, he led his men against the Hun in defense of the Flag and Government under which he had lived, making the supreme sacrifice in their cause. The sympathy of every loyal American will go to the bereaved family in the loss they have sustained.


The fire boys were called into action on last Sunday afternoon by the alarm of fire, when the Ellis homestead along the B & O railroad was discovered ablaze. The fire was caused by sparks falling on the roof and before our fire boys could get to the scene the entire roof was a mass of flames. A line of hose was soon laid and the fire brought under control, but not until the entire roof and frame work above the second story was destroyed. During the fire an immense cedar tree standing near the house caught fire, sending the flames more than a hundred feet into the air, making a beautiful sight for those who witnessed it. The residence is now owned and occupied by Otha Rogers and family, who suffered considerable loss to their household furniture through the fire and water damage.


December 3, 1943

Cornelius J. Niese of Continental, home on furlough from Camp Haan, California, escaped injury Friday night when the car he was driving collided with a cow on Route 65, one mile north of Lima. The cow, owned by David Edwards of near Lima, received slight injuries and the car received minor damages. Officials from Allen County investigated the accident.


December 5, 1968

A Norfolk and Western Railroad train had to be stopped for a while Monday evening when an auto-carrier truck got stuck on a crossing and blocked the tracks. The truck, driven by Warren Scheidt, 46, Cincinnati, became stuck between the tracks as it was crossing them on Road 13 a mile east of Miller City. The county sheriff’s department was called , which in turn called the railroad tower in Leipsic, and the tower operator halted the approaching train while a wrecker came to the scene to free the truck.


Extensive damage was done to a car owned by Robert C. Reed when it caught fire while parked at his home at 1045 East Fourth Street in Ottawa about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday. The motor, hood and front fenders of the 1964 model vehicle were badly damaged, and Fire Chief Guy Kersh estimated the loss at $500. He said the blaze probably started from a short circuit. The car had not been driven for about eight hours.


The home lanes were not very friendly to the Raye Clinic bowling team Saturday night as the local team lost all three games in its bid to overtake league leading Western Ohio Lumber in the Milano Travel League.


December 8, 1993

The Putnam Association of Railfans sponsored their annual train show held Saturday, December 4 at the Ottawa K of C Hall. The Putnam Railfans and the Lima Locomotive Works Club both had large train displays up for viewers. Those attending had the chance to browse, buy or trade locomotives as well as tractors that are collectors items, train sets, t-shirts, buttons, pins and art that were also on display.


A solo student was practice flying prior to being signed for a private license when he lost control of the Cessna 172 plane during a cross wind landing. Danny Webb, manager of the fixed-base operation at the Putnam County Airport, said the EAA has investigated the mishap and it is now classified as an incident not an accident. “The Cessna 172 nose gear collapsed and some wingtip damage occurred.” Webb said. “No one was Hurt.”