October 22, 1943

With the first snow flurries of the season visiting the community the latter part of last week, the balmy Indian summer days gave way to the cooler fall temperatures which brought on the first killing frost of the season Tuesday morning, when thermometers registered an official thirty-two degrees. Rain last week, the first in a three-weeks period, totaled a small fraction over one inch. The week had three clear days to four partly cloudy. The high temperature for the week was eighty-six degrees on Tuesday, Monday was a close second with eighty-five. The low was thirty-four on Saturday.

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Leipsic and county officials were called to aid in the search for John Bunn, seventy-four, of Leipsic one evening late last week, when the aged man failed to return to his home after going on a hunt for walnuts. Mr. Bunn, who was afflicted with rheumatism was not found until nine o’clock the next morning, when he was discovered lying along the fence in a soybean field. It seems that on his return home the evening before, he fell and was unable to regain his feet. He spent the night in the rain and cool temperature. Marshal Harold Wank and Mr. Bennett of Leipsic, were assisted in the hunt by Sheriff Potts, Deputy Geckle and Chief Klausing of Ottawa. After failing to find the aged man at a late hour that night, the officials abandoned the hunt until the next morning. When found Mr. Bunn was taken to the office of a Leipsic physician where he was treated for exposure and later taken to his home.

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Teen-aged youths went on a pre-Halloween spree one evening early this week, and visited several corn fields on farms east of Ottawa where they threw over approximately thirty-five shocks of corn. They then sit back enjoying their trick, their secret and private laugh. Not for long, however, as the farmers informed the sheriff’s department and the guilty boys were located. The farmers had the last laugh when the boys were sent to the fields to re-shock the corn.

October 24, 1968

Extensive damage was done to a 1 1/2 story frame house on the east edge of Cloverdale by fire at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Firemen from Kalida and Ottoville fought the blaze for about three hours. It is believed to have started near a coal heating stove in the kitchen and spred through the upper walls and into the attic. Kalida Fire Chief Paul Kahle estimated damage to the building at $6,000 and to the contents at $1,000. No one was injured. The home is owned by Nolan Matson and was occupied by the Jose Guevera family.

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Rick Scheckelhoff, Miller City High School senior, has been named the first place winner in the recent Ohio History test, sponsored by Ohio University, Athens. The 110 county and at-large winners from the total of 6,500 who took the test will be guests at the university on November 8th and 9th, for the final essay tests. Awards for the final winners will include partial scholarships to Ohio University and cash prizes. One of the alternate winners in Putnam County is Charlotte Kuhlman, also a senior at Miller City High.

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Ottawa-Glandorf’s freshman football team was struggling through its second straight season without scoring a touchdown when Coach John Cunningham decided it called for drastic action. Prior to a game with Wapakoneta last week, Mr. Cunningham informed his team that if they didn’t score in that game every member of the squad would have to get a crew cut. That did it! On the second play of the game Ron Nordhans tore loose for a 50-yard touchdown run, thus saving some of the boys a fate worse than death -- at least temporarily.

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Four hundred interested cattle producers converged on the cattle country of western Nebraska recently to see a new method of feeding cattle “without” the use of roughages -- quite a departure in an area of hay stacks. Fourteen Putnam County men were part of the group who toured cattle lots northwest of Omaha, Neb., and the stockyards at Omaha. In the Putnam County group were Al Recker, Oscar Vennekotter, Stanley Siefker, Don Alt, Virgil Meyer, John Hermiller, Norm Maag, Albert Krietemeyer, Sylvester Liebrecht, Guy Long, Victor Kleman, Milt Nichols, Charles Schierloh and Don Kimmett, county agent. The trip was made on a company charted DC-6 to Nebraska.

October 27, 1993

Several local residents were given their gallon pin during the Bloodmobile held October 18 at Kalida High School. They include Arnold Verhoff, 4 gallon; Lynn Schnipke 1 gallon; Norman VonderEmbse, 6 gallon; and Kathy Unverferth, 2 gallon. A total of 102 units was collected during the blood drive sponsored by the Senior Class.

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The Kickers won the regular season soccer championship of the 12 and 13 age division of the Putnam County West Division. They ended the season with a 8-0-0 record. Members of the team included; Kay Siefer, coach: Michael Killion, Darrin Niemeyer, Eric Brinkman, Gregg Unverferth, Andy Buss, Matt Goedde, Tim Remlinger, Scott Buss, Jody Selhorst, Keith Fortman, Eric Hanneman, Doug Siefer, Kyle Anspach and Jeremy Jerwers, coach.