November 1, 1918

On last Saturday morning, Mr. John F. Cover, died at his residence in Lima. The deceased was a prominent business man of Ottawa many years ago. About 18 years ago, Mr. Cover disposed of his Hardware store in Ottawa and went into the same business at Lima. As he was widely known throughout Putnam County, his death will be regretted by a very large circle of friends. At the time of his death he was 64 years. Besides his wife he leaves three daughters and one son---the latter J. Franklin Cover, has been in France with the American army for six months. The daughters are-- Mrs. Walter S. Jackson, 1007 West Market street, Miss Elsie Cover at home and Mrs. Charles G. Spencer of Carey.

October 29, 1943

The records in the county sheriff’s office this week showed that a coal scuttle had been stolen from a purchaser at a local auction sale. And, Sheriff Potts and Deputy Ralph Geckle have started to scour the county sides for its recovery. The coal scuttle was highly prized by the purchaser because he had been looking for just such a thing at sales in recent years, and this was the first that he had discovered. After making the purchase for $1.25 the scuttle was set aside while the new, lucky owner mingled with the crowd and looked over other items offered for sale. When he went to get the newly acquired property it was gone. Deliberately carried away. Don’t tell anyone, but the purchaser was Deputy Sheriff Geckle.

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Four youths were given a hearing and a warning when they appeared before Juvenile Judge W. M. George Wednesday afternoon, after they had been arrested by Sheriff Arnold Potts for breaking and entering. Potts charged the youths broke a window in the home of A. B. McDowell in Leipsic, on October 14th where they took three watches, old coins, a jewelry box and other property. Two were from Townwood and two reside in Leipsic. The lads were arrested last week, and on questioning implicated a total of eleven lads who had been shoplifting in Leipsic stores. They admitted taking items from groceries, drug stores and other business laces. No charges were filed against the group when they all consented to go to the places of business and make payment for the articles taken. They were given a severe lecture by the officials.

October 31, 1968

Burglars broke into six business places in Continental and were unsuccessful in entering two others early Wednesday morning. In most cases property damage amounted to more than the amount the burglars were able to make off with. Sheriff James Ruhe, who is investigating said that the Okuley Drug Store, H and K Chevrolet Garage, Shafer Oldsmobile Sales, Beadford Garage, Rockhold Market and Tucker Paint Shop were all burglarized. Attempts were made to enter the Ace Hardware and Paul’ 5c to $1.00 store but no entry was made there. The Rockhold Market, about two miles north of the village, has been the scene of numerous burglaries in recent years. There the thieves entered a rear window and took about $20 from a desk and about $5 from a pop machine which they pried open. Many grocery items were strewn on the floor. The Tucker Paint Shop next to the grocery was entered by forcing a west door, but nothing was taken from the building. However, it is believed that the thief filled the gasoline tank of his automobile from a pump in front of the shop. Two chrome wheels and good tires were taken off a car inside the H and K garage which was entered by forcing a door in the shop. A hasp was pried off a rear door at the Bradford Garage and a safe door chiseled open. The thieves took $100 from the safe. A door leading from this garage to the Schafer Oldsmobile Sales was used to gain entry into the latter business place. And between $75 and $100 was taken from a small safe in the latter place. At the Okuley Drug Store there were eight watches, 10 cigarette lighters and several cameras stolen, valued at about $200. Also $20 in cash was taken from a cash register and the store was ransacked. Entry was made through the front door.

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Western Ohio Lumber maintained its game and one-half lead over Diller Insurance, and Diller stayed a game ahead of Raye Clinic in the Milano Travel League last Friday as all three teams won two games apiece over the last three teams in the loop.

November 3, 1993

Rev. Charles Knippen, 85, a former area resident died Monday, October 25, 1993, in West Pointe, NE. He was born December 14, 1907, in Cloverdale, to George and Caroline (Miller) Knippen. He is survived by three brothers, Sylvester and Joseph, Delphos, and George, Ottoville; and five sisters, Sr. Mary Berchmans and Sr. Mary Clara, CPPS, Agnes Kehres, Lucille Pohlman and Mrs. Gilbert (Margaret) Hessling, all of Delphos. He was preceded in death by a brother, William; and a sister, Sister Mary Vita. Rev. Knippen attended Cloverdale and Ottoville grade schools. He studied for the priesthood at Josephinum, Pontifical College at Columbus and was ordained May 25, 1933. He said his first Mass at Ottoville on May 28, 1933.