Evelyn Martin
Evelyn Martin

March 7, 1919

A teachers examination was held in the Ottawa High School Building last Saturday. Three applicants took the examination. This is a decided contrast from five years or more ago when teachers were never through taking examinations. In the good old days before the new school code was in effect, the March examinations always had 150 applicants. Examinations were frequent, expensive and a decided strain on the nervous energy of the applicants. Examiners fees and expenses amounted to more than the sum paid by the County to the County Superintendent. Under the present law, teachers are required to be graduates of a first grade High School and if they have one year of Normal training, certificates are issued to them without examination. Practically all teachers certificates issued in Putnam County today, are issued upon High School and Normal credentials, and it is the consensus of opinion of the teaching profession that the new plan in this respect is decidedly more satisfactory than the old.

March 3, 1944

Ottawa officials have received several complaints in recent weeks about small boys entering the vacant and former Masonic temple building. They warn the boys and their parents that if this practice is continued stronger methods than a warning will be used. The boys have been forcing or breaking windows to gain entry and then go to the second floor where they force windows and climb to the top of the Methodist church—a very dangerous undertaking for anyone, especially children who are around ten years of age and under.

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The Ottawa firemen were called to the John Collins home on West Third street twice in less than twenty-four hours, when sparks from the chimney ignited the shingle roof over the kitchen. The damage in each case was small.

March 6, 1969

A number of homes in the county have been entered over the past few weeks including several unoccupied residences. Marshal Steve Morvay of Pandora reported that tools in the amount of $124 were taken sometime Sunday night from the Phillip Shafer home in Pandora. Most of the tools were electric hand tools. Eugene Meyer, route 1, Ottawa, reported the theft of a tool box from the garage at his residence sometime during the past week. Value of the tools was around $60. The Davy Jacobs farm at Wisterman was entered over the week-end but it could not be determined what, if anything, was taken until the Jacobs could be contacted. They are at present in Florida. Bill Gasser, route 2, Cloverdale, reported a breaking and entering last week. Various items, including a transistor radio, were found strewn over the house and grounds. Some clothing and an electric razor apparently were missing. Silverware and electric appliances plus several small items have been taken from the Alvan Erford estate near Miller City over the past few weeks. Discovery of the missing items was made when preparations were begun for a public sale. The county sheriff’s department is investigating all the break-ins.

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Lima Central Catholic blasted Ottawa-Glandorf’s game plan in the first 30 seconds of play and then went on to knock the Titans out of tournament play 92-67 last Friday night at the Bowling Green State University Anderson Arena, before about 3,800 fans.

March 9, 1994

Lisa Horstman, a former Ottoville resident, was busy last Monday as she autographed books for students from Putnam County School. Horstman, the winner of the first ever Dr. Seuss picture book award spoke in the Putnam County Schools as part of their Right to Read activities.

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Ottawa Pack #224 recently held their Pinewood Derby. Winners of the derby included Wolves Joshua Williams, first; Adam Rosengarten, second; and Justin Drerup, third. Joshua Williams also won the grand champion award. Winners of the Dad’s Race were Glen Beutler, first; Mark Rosengarten, second; and Dale Drerup, third.