September 6, 1918

The sad news of the death of Samuel S. Stoufer, for over forty years a worthy and esteemed citizen of Columbus Grove, was announced that his demise occurred at eleven o’clock August 25, 1918, Sunday night. Samuel S. Stoufer, son of Rev. John E. and Mrs. Margaret Stoufer, was born in Newburgh Pa. February 11th, 1854, being one of a family of eleven children. After reaching mature age he came to Columbus Grove in 1875 and engaged in the cabinet business which he followed for several years, and then engaged in the grocery business for some sixteen years, when he became a manufacturer of rugs, continuing in the work eight years to the close of his life. On October 4, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Jack, and to this union eleven were born with one dying in infancy. The ten of whom survive to morn their loss are: John E., of Columbus, O. Mrs. Tilman Basinger, Mrs. E. J. Porter, Columbus Grove; Mrs. W. J. Dolan, Gouveneur, N. Y..; Mrs. F. J. Danner, Bluffton, O.; Rex Stoufer, U.S.N., Bert Stoufer, U.S.N.; Edna, Alice and Gladys, residing at home. Nine grandchildren, 4 brothers and 4 sisters also are left. His wife passed to her home beyond 19 years ago, leaving her ten children to the care of her husband, the youngest, Gladys being only eight months old.

September 3, 1943

Mrs. Helena Maag, wife of Henry Maag of south of Glandorf, died Wednesday morning. Mrs. Maag was born on February 21, 1878, near Glandorf, the daughter of Theodore and Mary Meyer. On November 27, 1907, she was married to Henry Maag at Glandorf. The husband survives with three children, Mrs. Andrew Horstman of Cloverdale; Peter Maag of Kalida, and Thomas Maag at home. She also leaves four sisters and two brothers


Among fishermen you often hear the expression “get them from the blind side.” Ralph Reed of the West Ohio Gas company did that very thing Wednesday evening while casting in Riley Creek. Reed was using surface bait and on a cast brought out a 14-inch black bass which he had “snagged from the blind side.” This particular bass was totally blind in one eye, and the eyeball of the other eye was hardly visible. Ralph has the head of the fish on display at the Gas office.

September 5, 1968

Fire, presumably caused by defective wiring, was responsible for a complete loss of stock in the Western Auto Store, Leipsic, and damage to the building last Thursday evening. The fire was discovered at 9:30, and when the Leipsic Volunteer Firemen arrivd, Chief Bob Meyers immediately issued a call for assistance from the Ottawa firemen, fearing the blaze might get out of control. The firemen confined the blaze to the office area of the store, however, Elmer Schroeder, owner, states that the entire stock in the store was damaged either by the intensive heat, smoke or water. The loss was partly covered by insurance. The building is owned by Guyer Bean, and he and his wife have a newly remodeled and furnished apartment on the second floor. Extensive smoke damage was also caused to that portion of the building.


The Miller City Golf League finished its season on Labor Day with a golf match at Kildaire Country Club followed by a steak fry at the Miller City Sportsmen’s Club hall. Bill Lammers was presented a trophy for first place, and Bill Zeigler one for second. Glen Noon and Herb Wagner were given golf balls for third place. Virg Zeigler was given a gift for serving as secretary. Ladies were invited to the steak dinner which was prepared by the men.

September 8, 1993

The Ottawa Lions Schol;arship Fund awarded Ottawa students Barb Recker and Lori Niese with scholorship money to be used this fall at their respective universities. Niese is a graduate of O-G High School and will be attending Ohio State university. Recker is also a graduate of O-G High School and she will be attending Ohio Northern University this fall.


Scot Keck, Leipsic, received first place at the Ohio State Fair for his 4-H project in the Ohio Mammals-deer division on August 12. He won a clock trophy and also received an award for Outstanding of the Day 4-H projects. His young Fallow deer was part of his 4-H project. Scot is the son of Gary and Marty Keck.