October 4, 1919

Paul Eugene, youngest son of Cloid L. and Eunice Schmidt was born near Continental, Ohio, Jan. 16th, 1918 and died near Morenei, Mich. October 2nd, 1919, age one year, eight months and sixteen days, being sick only a few hours. All that faithful loving hands could do was done for the little sufferer, but of no avail and the end came about tten o’clock Thursday morning. Besides the grief stricken parents he leaves one little brother Furl and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schmidt of Ottawa and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Quaintance of Miller City. Mr. Schmidt and his family have lived in Southern Michigan only a few months but have won many friends who extends there heartfelt sympathy.

September 29, 1944

John Ball, ninety, pioneer resident of North Creek, died at the home of his brother, Martin Ball, Sunday afternoon. Mr. Ball had resided one mile southeast of North Creek for a large number of years. He was born on January 20, 1854, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Ball. Two years after his birth he came from Drake county with his parents and settled in the virgin forest in the North Creek vicinity, his father clearing the land and building the family home from the timbers. Mr. Ball, who was never married, resided his entire life on this one farm. For a number of years he was a prominent breeder of Belgian horses. He is survived by a brother, Martin, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Engeman of North Creek. Three brothers; William, Henry and George, and two sisters, Anna and Kate, preceded him in death. Mr. Ball’s father held the grant to the land which later became the site for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in North Creek. His brother, sister and Ed. LaFountain are the only living charter members of the church.


Mr. and Mrs. David Leffler and sons, of Continental, are grateful to the group of neighbors who called at their farm last week and cut corn on their farm. Mr. Leffler is recovering from a fractured spine and has been unable to assist with the farm work. In the group of charity workers were Alva Wolff, Ernest Prowant, Emery Prowant, Floyd Etter, Wilbur Bidlack, Noah Snitt, Louisa Ridenhour, Montell Bibler, Walter Vennekotter, Gene Kessler and Leander Brinkman.

October 2, 1969

A tray of 36 matched wedding rings valued at $900 was stolen from a display window at the Hilvers Jewelry Store in Leipsic early Saturday morning. Police reported that a blunt instrument was used to break a large plate glass window and the tray of rings and a lady’s watch were taken. Other jewelry in the window was not touched by the thief who apparently hit and swiftly left the scene. Sheriff James Ruhe said that the burglary was committed by a transient


Two men, who turned out to be escapees from the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kan.; were arrested south of Miller City Tuesday night. The arrests were made by Deputy Sheriff Robert Beutler and deputies from Defiance County who were chasing the men after they had stolen a car in Defiance a short time before. At the time of the apprehension it was not known they were prison escapees. Apprehended were Royal E. Williams, 46, and Wendell I. Taylor. They had been using aliases of James R. Conway and Lyle Barber, respectively. Defiance County officers were trailing the pair after they had stolen a car in Defiance. It was seen in Holgate and Henry County officers radioed to this county that they were headed south on route 108. Deputy Beutler waited for them in Miller City, while a Defiance County car came into the area on route 613. After the pair went through Miller City the two police cars trapped them at the intersection of routes 108 and 613. The men were taken to Defiance County jail where it was later learned their real names and that they had escaped from an honor camp connected with Leavenworth.


Donald Bruskotter, of Fort Jennings, received a two-gallon pin when the bloodmobile made its scheduled stop at the Sylvania Electric Products plant on Tuesday. Two pins were given to one-gallon donors, Dick Quinn, of Findlay, and Carl Westrick, Of Ottawa.

October 5, 1994

The Ottoville fire chief has indicated last Thursday’s fire at Bill’s Lock 16 started inn the basement. A gaping hole was left in the first floor following the fire. No cause of the fire has officially been released.


The class of 1947 of Sts. Peter and Paul High School held a 47th anniversary reunion on September 17 with a special Mass and then a dinner at Henry’s. Class members and their spouses attended. Class members are: Martha Kahle Shenking, Patrica Doepker Macke, Kathleen Lause Rayle, Ruth Beutler Hohenbrink , Eileen Gable Kohls, Jack Kohls, James Yaufman, Richard Laudick, Thomas Unverferth and Robert Gable. Unable to attend were Leonard Kruse, Columbus Grobe; Francis Lammers and Robert Goedde, Indianapolis; Rudy Roof, Houston, TX; Ada Ruhe Miller, Mesa, AZ; and Elaine Lanwehr Schroeder, Ottawa. Six members of the class are deceased.