February 28, 1919

The pupils of the Ottawa Public Schools bought and sold $803 worth of W. S. S. during week ending February 21. The freshman-sophomore high school room won the honor banner for the week. W. S. bought or pledged through school children will count in every quota and will be accredited to the district in which the purchaser lives.


A week ago Sunday evening, Mrs. Frank Schroeder née Anna Schmidabush, died at the St. Rita Hospital, Lima, where she was operated upon. She was 56 years old and was married to Frank Schroeder six years ago. She was well liked by all who knew her and besides her family a lot of friends mourn her loss.


February, 25, 1944

Mrs. Marvin James Thornton, of Columbus Grove, received a telegram from the War Department, Sunday, stating that her husband, Pvt. Marvin Thornton, twenty-four, died at Churchwood, England, on February 6th. No other details were included in the message which stated that a letter would follow. Pvt. Thornton, known to his many friends as “Red” was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Worth Thornton of Columbus Grove. He was born in that village on October 29, 1919, attended the public schools in that village, and entered the military service on March 31, 1943. He left for overseas last September. Since landing overseas he has been stationed in England where he was a member of an engineering battalion. He was a member of the Columbus Grove Congregational church where memorial services will be held. Pvt. Thornton is survived by his wife; three children, Janis, aged five; James, four, and Carol, two; three brothers, Don, at home; Edward and Richard, both members of the U. S. navy; a sister, Mrs. Helen Adair, and his parents.


Fire resulting from a coal oil stove explosion caused the little one-room house, occupied by Frank Taylor, an aged man, who lived alone in Continental to burn to the ground about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Taylor was preparing his evening meal and upon lighting the oil stove the explosion took place. However, he managed to get outside, though crippled, and called to neighbors for help who called the Continental fire department. By the time neighbors arrived it was too late to enter the burning structure and none of the contents were saved. No insurance was carried. Mr. Taylor is staying in the home of a neighbor.


February 27, 1969

A fire, caused by an electrical tape used to keep water lines from freezing, did about $200 damage to a house trailer owned by Edward Mullet in the Beutler Trailer Court on State Route 15 at the north edge of Ottawa at about 3:45 Wednesday. Fire Chief Guy Kersh said the electrical tape shorted, starting a fire under the utility area and the blaze burned up between the outside wall of the trailer. The trailer is occupied by the James Rice family who recently moved here from Lima.


County winners have been announced in the annual Americanism contest sponsored by the Putnam County American Legion Council. Contests were held in local communities in December by various American Legion Posts. Names announced are seniors: Daniel Kidd, Kalida High School, Marjorie Siebeneck, Fort Jennings High School; juniors, Tom Parsons, Columbus Grove High School, Marg Schroeder, Fort Jennings High School; sophomores, Joey Begg, Columbus Grove High School and Barbara Erhart, Fort Jennings High School.


Fire damage amounted to between $400-$500 at the Joe Meyers property three miles east of Columbus Grove when a propane gas leak caused a fire in the barn Sunday afternoon. According to Fire Chief Bill Bogart of Columbus Grove, the fire was confined to the first floor of a bank barn but destroyed approximately 200 bales of hay. Firemen from Columbus Grove and Pandora fought the blaze for three hours before bringing it under control. A flock of chickens housed on the ground floor of the barn were uninjured in the conflagration.


March 2, 1994

St. Mary’s Elementary sixth grade students recently produced their own edition of the 10 minute television newscast “News Six” at WBGU-TV 27 in Bowling Green. Kristy Kreinbrink was interviewed on her gymnastic skills, Don Bogard on his collection of model trains and Larry Bracken on his responsibilities as the administrator of Otterbien Leipsic Retirement Community.


Miller City took to the basketball court Saturday evening with a chance to do what nearly everyone thought impossible- go undefeated in the Putnam County League. Attempting to stop the Wildcats was Columbus Grove, a team playing some very good basketball at this point in the season. And for a while Saturday it looked like the Bulldogs might stop Miller City. However, the Wildcats were able to put on a late charge and clinch an undefeated league season as they defeated the Bulldogs 65-63.