December 31, 1943

This does not come as a criticism from the officials of the Ottawa fire department or the Ottawa telephone company, but as a friendly reminder to the citizens of the community to continue to cooperate when the fire siren sounded. The telephone and fire department officials have requested in the past that citizens refrain from calling central to inquire the whereabouts of the fire when the siren is sounded. This will permit the volunteer firemen a chance to secure the needed information and respond to the call more rapidly. It will also permit other emergency calls to cleat the wires. The people have cooperated in the past, the officials stated this week, but as time goes on they forget and rush to the phone and flood the operators as soon as the siren sounds. So, as a friendly reminder, they again make the request to wait at least five minutes before placing calls for information only.


Mrs. Barbara E. Kolhoff, one of the aged and esteemed pioneer residents of the Glandorf community, died at her home in that village Sunday morning at five fifteen o’clock after a long illness. Mrs. Kolhoff suffered a stroke of paralysis some years ago and had been an invalid since that time. She suffered another stroke on Monday night of last week from which she failed to rally. Mrs. Kolhoff was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on February 18, 1856, the daughter of George and Mary Miehls. She came to this county with her parents and resided in the Glandorf community since childhood. She was married at Glandorf to William Kolhoff, well known cabinet maker of that community. He preceded her in death in 1924. Mrs. Kolhoff was well known and highly respected throughout the community. Mrs. Kolhoff is survived by 3 daughters, Miss Frances Kolhoff of Toledo; Sister Mary Florence of Dayton and Mrs. Laura Hurtibis at home and two sons, Harry and Walter Kolhoff of Toledo. A son, George, and a daughter, Mrs. Mona Phillips preceded their mother in death, and two children died in infancy. She also leaves ten grandchildren; a brother, Ben A. Miehls of Fort Jennings, and a sister, Mrs. Teresis Rower of Toledo.

January 2, 1969

Continental and Kalida firemen battled a fire at the Edwin Dukes residence near Continental at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday. The fire fighters, who were on the scene for nearly two hours, were hampered by strong winds and extreme cold which covered the mid-west on New Year’s Day. Mr. Dukes and his son, Duane, were in the home at the time the blaze was discovered. The family dog awakened the men by barking. An electric heater being used to keep pipes from freezing was believed the cause of the fire. Flames from the heater spread through the walls of the home and through the roof causing extensive damage. The amount of the loss has not been estimated. The home, owned by Mrs. Ethel Dukes, mother of Edwin, was partially covered by insurance. Continental firemen were on the scene of another fire at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday when a fuel oil stove exploded at the Bill Rhodes home in the southwest portion of Continental. There was little fire reported with damage mostly due to the smoke. The stove was located in the living room of the residence.


Miss Paulette Deters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Deters, Ottawa, graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., on December 21st, when she received her bachelor science degree in speech therapy. A graduate of Ottawa High School, Miss Deters has accepted employment as speech therapist in the Kenosha Public Schools at Kenosha, Wis.


A poor shooting Ottawa- Glandorf five was no match for the Napoleon Wildcats last Friday night as the Titans went down for the fifth time in seven starts for the season by a score of 89-56.

January 5, 1994

Matthew Ryan Gerding, son of Mike and Karen Gerding, Rt. 4, Ottawa, was born at 11:58 a.m. on Saturday, January 1, at the Bluffton Hospital, making him the first baby born in Putnam County in the New Year. He surprised his parents with his early arrival over the New Years Day weekend because he was not due to be born until January 26. Matthew’s father said Monday that he weighed six pounds at birth. He has two older brothers, Rob and Jeff, both at home and his grandparents are Bob and Theresa Gerding, Ottawa; and Karl and Betty Schumacher, Columbus Grove. Matthew is currently receiving special infant care at The Toledo Hospital since he was born early. Mike said the doctors are monitoring his progress and that they hope he will be coming home soon. For being the “First Baby of the Year” born in Putnam County, he and his parents will receive a basket full of prizes from area businesses including gift certificates and baby gifts which will be presented when he arrives at home in Ottawa.


Josh Carpenter, Ottawa, dropped an eight point buck during Ohio’s gun season for deer in November. The 14 year old Carpenter was a first time hunter this season.