January 31, 1919

Whiting Luther Robbins was born in Falms, Maine, April 15, 1859, and died in Boston, Mass, January 23, 1919, at the age of 59 years. His father was born near London, Eng. And his mother in Liverpool. In babyhood he came with his parents to Boston, Mass., where he grew to manhood and early engaged in the work of buying horses, making Boston his headquarters for many years. He then came to Lima, Ohio remaining there for five years and the spent the next seventeen years in Ottawa. On April 15, 1893, he was united in marriage to Miss Mabel Lauck of Lima, O. Mr. Robbins was a business man of rare talent, being recognized as one of the finest horsemen to be found anywhere. He was known far and wide. A man of the strictest integrity, he was held in high esteem by his associates. He was one of the kindest hearted and most generous men. His devotion to his wife was all but ideal. A true friend, a neighbor of the highest quality, this good man has gone home to his reward.

January 28, 1944

First Lt. Paul F. Dobmeyer, of Miller City, was reported killed in action on July 5, 1943, by the United States War department this week. The message was received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Dobmeyer. On August 4, 1943, the parents received their first message from the U. S. War department stating that their son was missing in action since July 5 and that further word on the young man would be relayed to the relatives as quickly as it was received. Lt. Dobmeyer enlisted in the army air corps at Ft. Hayes, Columbus, on January 21, 1941, and was inducted for training service at Maxwell Field, Ala. He was a navigator with a bombing crew and had been in the Africa area since the first of last year. Shortly before Paul was reported missing he was awarded a medal of honor for “deed Done” and about the same time had been promoted to the rank of first Lieutenant. On June 21st of last year he wrote a letter to his parents stating that he had seen action in North Africa nd had twenty- two raids to his credit up to the first of June. A letter dated July 4th, stated that “that day had went off with a bang” Paul was also given credit for bringing down a German Messersmitt in that campaign. Lt. Dobmeyer was born at Miller City on February 20, 1920, the son of Michael and Emma Dobmeyer. With the exception of the time spent in the armed service, he resided in that community all his life. He was well known and was regarded as one of the fine young men of the community. In addition to the parents he leaves three brothers, Rev. Cornelius Dobmeyer, assistant pastor of the Catholic parish at Sandusky; Raymond, of Detroit, and Arthur, of Defiance, and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Ball, Toledo, and Miss Marie, at home.


In probably one of the most hectic and exciting games played at the Ottawa gym this season, the Sts. Peter and Paul varsity defeated the Fort Jennings five Friday evening by a score of 31-30. This was the first league defeat for the Jennings team this season.

January 30, 1969

Farmers south of Kalida have become concerned about a huge log and brush jam that dammed up the Ottawa River just at the south edge of that village. The jam has been piling up for several years and has caused much unnecessary flooding.


Jim Spencer, 15, Ottoville, was accidentally shut in the left side of the neck Tuesday in Ottoville. He was examining a new gun when it accidentally discharged. He was treated and released from St. Rita’s Hospital.


Captain Robert D. Eversole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Eversole, Columbus Grove has been recognized for helping his unit earn the U. S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. An instructor in the Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas, Captain Everrsole, will wear the distinctive service ribbon as a permanent decoration. Captain Eversole is a graduate of Bowling Green University. His wife, Judith, is the daughter of Mrs. Rudolph Selhorst and the late Mr. Selhorst, of Route 1, Columbus Grove.

February 2, 1994

Ft. Jennings Elementary School students in fourth through sixth grade recently participated in the school level of the National Geography Bee. Winner of the geography bee is Nathan Utrup, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Utrup; and first runner up Scott Gasser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Gasser.


Ottoville doubled up on Delphos Jefferson in the second half Saturday as the Big Green recorded a 62-34 nonleague win.