July 4, 1919

Attorney Leroy Eastman, member of the emergency police force, who shot and killed Walter Haas, member of a gang of a dozen men who attacked and beat up Eastman and two other emergency policemen in front of Babe Johnson’s place on Adams St. a week ago, was completely exonerated by Coroner Walter Hartung on Friday. The coroner rendered a verdict of “justifiable homicide.” The testimony showed that Eastman with David Robinson and Joseph Galloway, policemen, were assaulted without provocation by a dozen gangsters from Babe Johnson’s soft drink parlor. The testimony showed that the gangsters first began to kick and beat Galloway and when the other two men tried to rescue him, the gang jumped on the three officers. The officers were outnumbered four to one. The testimony showed that Eastman did not draw his gun until his life was in danger. The men beat him and knocked him to the ground. The gangsters then began to kick him on the head and body. Then Eastman drew his revolver and fired it from his prone position into the crowd of gangsters. The bullet struck Haas in the lung, causing his death a short time later at Mercy Hospital. Every bit of evidence showed that Eastman fired in self-defense. The three emergency policemen had been following a speeding auto. The auto stopped at Johnson’s place and the occupants went inside. When the police began to investigate the attack started.


Mrs. Elizabeth Gerding, a pioneer woman of Putnam County, died at her residence in Ottawa on last Tuesday, July 1st, 1919, at the advanced age of 84 years, 9 months and 23 days. She was the widow of Mr. Joseph Gerding, who died 23 years ago. She was born in Germany, Sept. 8th, 1834, and came to this country with her parents, when she was but six years old and grew up in Glandorf. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Ellerbrock, and she was married to Joseph Gerding in Glandorf, in 1855. By this union five children, three daughters and two sons were born, only two of whom — Messrs. John Gerding of Ottawa, and Joseph Gerding of Lima, —survive her, also four grand children, Glenn and Wauneta Gerding and Oscar and Lillian Schierich. Twenty years ago she met with an accident by falling and breaking her left hip, which caused her to live a quiet life until the time of her death. She has made her home in Ottawa for the past fifty years and was highly esteemed by all who knew her and greatly beloved by her family. Her funeral took place this Friday morning at 9 o’clock, at St.’s Peter and Paul’s Church and her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery of this place.

July 7, 1944

The Leipsic firemen were called to the country home of Henry Zeller, north of Leipsic, Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a fire which threatened to destroy a field of standing wheat. The fire originated as a result of sparks from a passing train. The Leipsic department made a hurried run and extinguished the flames. Before the fire was brought under control, two acres of the standing grain were destroyed.


Mr. and Mrs. Ed B. Knueven, of Liberty township, received a letter from their son, Pvt. Thomas Knueven, stating that he was a patient in an army hospital somewhere in England. Pvt. Knueven stated that he took part with his unit in the invasion of France and that he suffered a chest wound. He did not express the type of injury received or how slight or serious that the wound might be. Pvt. Knueven is a radio operator in the field artillery. He has been in the army service since November 7, 1942, and has been overseas and stationed in England since April of this year. His many friends in this community and county hope that he will experience a speedy and complete recovery. Mr. and Mrs. Knueven received a telegram from the War Department Monday morning stating that their son was seriously wounded, and on Tuesday received another letter from their son saying that his injuries were not too serious and that he was getting along fine. He also added that he had been awarded the Purple Heart.

July 3, 1969

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department was called to the County Airport Sunday at 8:15 p.m., when a single engine, 1948 Navion airplane was severely damaged when the pilot neglected to lower the landing gear in an attempted landing. Richard Rader, 40, Findlay, was making an instructional flight and demonstrating a crosswind landing when he failed to lower the mechanism. The plane skidded 375 feet on the runway, went off the south side and skidded another 21 feet. With Rader was Duane Ollendorf , of Van Buren, the student. Damage was set at $500 and to a marker light at $35. Neither man was hurt.


Ottawa-Glandorf made the most of three hits on Tuesday night to down Columbus Grove 8-4 and move into first place in the Putnam County Acme League.


Tim Mershman, a 1969 graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School has been granted a partial athletic scholarship to Findlay College. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mershman, route 3, Ottawa, Tim will report to the football squad at Findlay the third week in August.

July 6, 1994

Abbie Wenzinger, Continental, daughter of Rick and Dawn Wenzinger, and James Berger, Leipsic, son of Cher Berger, were named the 1994 Little Miss and Mister Putnam County Fair last Friday. James is three and Abbey is four. This year there were 47 entries in the competition. The children were judged on the way they talked, walked, reacted with the crowd and looked among other things..


Bob Kamphaus, Columbus Grove, and Sue Schroeder, Leipsic, were named the 1994 Junior Fair King and Queen during Wednesday night ceremonies. Bob is the son of Rich and Jane Kamphaus. Sue is the daughter of Dan and Nancy Schroeder.