January 21, 1944

Two Continental youths were injured late Sunday night when the car in which they were riding crashed into a tree at the dead end of a street in South Ottawa. Sheriff Potts investigated the accident. Willard Cass, the driver, suffered lacerations on the head and possible internal injuries and after receiving treatment from a local physician was removed to St. Rita’s hospital in Lima in Fischer’s ambulance. Carl Cober, a passenger in the automobile, suffered cuts and bruises, and was removed to his home after receiving treatment. Another accident investigated by the sheriff’s department, involved C. C. Courtwright, of Deshler, whose car was struck by a switch engine at the Nickel Plate crossing north of Leipsic on route 65. Courtwright, who resides in Deshler escaped injury.

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The famous Blackhawk Valley Boys and their talented girl friend, Penny West, radio stars, will appear in person at the Ottoville parish hall on January 17th at eight p.m. The program will be sponsored by the Ottoville Band Parents association. Connoisseurs of harmony, the Blackhawk Valley Boys are adept at original novelties, cow country and western ballads. Instruments featured by this capable crew are Spanish and Tenor guitars, accordions and bass.

January 23, 1969

A bridge in Greensburg Township was closed a day after a farmer reported that the floor was sagging about a foot. Repair work will take several months yet. Plate on top of bridge indicates it was originally built in 1885.

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Two hunters aren’t claiming any records, but their kill one day last week must be close to one. Ralph Knepper, Pandora, and Lonas Frey Jr., Ottawa, killed eight foxes within a four-hour period while hunting with an airplane. Frey piloted the plane while Knepper shot the animals with a single shot 12-guage shotgun. Although there is no closed season on foxes and fox hunting has become quite a sport in this area in recent years, the predators are believed to be growing in numbers and more of a threat to farm animals and game birds. The hunters also reported seeing a herd of deer in their flights over woods in the Pandora and Gilboa areas.

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The county sheriff’s department is investigating two similar break-ins which occurred in the county last week. Thieves broke into the Bradford Garage, Continental, last Friday night and made off with about $75 worth of tools and a small radio. They pried open a door to gain entry. This was similar to a break-in which occurred at the Rosebrook IGA Mrket in Pandora on Monday night of last week in which 30 cartons of cigarettes were stolen. In neither case was any attempt made to steal money.

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The Euchre team of Leo Moening and Richard Hoehn, of the Kerner-Slusser American Legion Post, No. 63, Ottawa, walked away with honors at a 1st District tournament held in Pemberville on Sunday, January 12th.

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Suzanne Recker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Recker, Leipsic, was crowned the 1969 Dairy Princess of Putnam County at the 19h annual Putnam County Dairy Service Unit Banquet January 15 at the Fort Jennings School.

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Ft. Jennings stayed unbeaten in Putnam County League action last Friday when they putdown the Kalida Wildcats 77-67 for their second straight league victory

January 26, 1994

Wildlife officer Garth Goodyear made a donation of approximately 140 pounds of deer meat to the Ottawa Food Pantry. The meat came from two deer confiscated during the shotgun deer season in November after they were illegally taken.

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Second grade students at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Ottawa, made their own hats to celebrate National Hat Day on January 21. The students listed all of the jobs they could think of in which people wore hats and they made up riddles about hats.