February 7, 1919

Like the proverbial Snowball, “Ghost” stories and their uncanny doings, loses nothing in the telling, or in their travels. Stories of cows climbing a twenty foot ladder and frolicking in the haymow, carrying a heavy breaking plow around in its mouth; mules doing the turkey trot and pulling thee teeth out of harrows with teeth and retargeting them on the grind stone, caused the curious and believers in Ghost lore to travel to the farm of James Miller, living about three miles east of Ottawa. The stories began to be circulated on last Saturday evening, and Sunday and Monday saw a couple thousand people out to the Miller farm to see animals cavort in their wild, fantastic and undomesticated ghost dance. The animals refused to forsake their gentle and docile habits for the plaudits of the mighty host of dubious people who had gathered from miles around. All were compelled to go away disappointed, and to preserve their property and escape annoyance the Millers were compelled to erect signs asking people not “to trespass.” The foundation for the wonderful and supernatural events were founded in fact that the stock in the barn were being untied and in their exuberance and joy in their freedom and liberty would knock the harness from the wall and tumble over farming tools and implements that were on the barn floor, and even this uncanny action has ceased and the animals are now once more well behaved, respectful farm animals.


On last Monday at noon, Leon Miesse was instantly killed at Leipsic, when the rear wheel of a National Refining Oil truck passed over his chest. He was the 11-year-old son of William Miesse, dry goods merchant, at Leipsic, and was roller skating home from school, the truck traveling at about four miles an hour, came out of an alley. The boy’s feet slipped out from under him, and he fell under the truck, meeting instant death. . L. Gordon and William Bish of Findlay, were driving the truck and on being signaled, stopped within three feet of where the boy was struck. The coroner exonerated the drivers. The parents and two older sisters survive to mourn their loss.

February 4, 1944

Our friend and co-publisher of the Miller City “Blabber” William Okuley, on Saturday evening presented us with the finest specimen of citrus fruit grown in any of the “sunny” climates, and this particular lemon is prized more highly, for it was grown right in the Okuley basement at Miller City. Bill has a lemon tree which he cultivated and nursed in the basement of his home and which has brought forth crop of more than a dozen lemons this year. The lemon brought to this office measures twelve inches in circumference, three and fourfifths inches in diameter and weighs fourtee and one-half ounces. Most spectators mistook it for a grapefruit. He added that this was not one of the largest harvested this year. In addition to the lemon tree,

February 6, 1969

Miss Joyce Ann Killen, a senior at Columbus Grove High School, has been notified that she is one of only a few students who have been selected as freshmen honor scholars at Ohio State University. OSU Pres. Novice G. Fawcett informed Miss Killen of her selection, which is regarded as an extraordinary distinction, and carries with it a number of special privileges at the university. Honor scholars take accelerated courses at the school. Miss Killen is the daughter of Mrs. Robert Killen and the late Mr. Killen.


Ottoville remained in second place in the Putnam County League race last Friday night by whipping Leipsic 72-55 for their fifth victory against only one defeat.

February 9, 1994

St. Anthony’s students Linda Kamphaus, Kelly Schroeder, Emily Koch and Michelle Kissell expressed their individuality by dressing up on “Backwards Day” during Catholic Schools Week. Other activities included participation in two special Mass’s, DARE graduation, parent and grandparent day, a staff appreciation luncheon and student exchange day.