September 12, 1919

While assisting her husband in the corn field, Mrs. Jos. Niese sustained very painful injuries by being thrown from the corn binder she was driving. As she reached the end of the row and prepared to turn, the horses became frightened and she was thrown to the ground. She fell in such a position that the heavy binder passed over her hip and body. The fingers of the right hand were badly lacerated and it became necessary to amputate the ring finger. She was very severely bruised about the body and probably internally injured.


By forcing a window to the engine room, thieves were able to gain entrance to the storage room of the Riverside Creamery, on Wednesday of last week. They loaded up eleven hundred pounds of butter valued at about six hundred dollars, into an automobile and made their escape. The robbery was not discovered until the next morning, when the auto tracks were discovered. No trace or clue to the thieves has been found.

September 8, 1944

Funeral services for Pfc. Carl Leis, member of the U. S. Marines and located in California, were held in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Ottoville last Wednesday morning. The young man was killed in an automobile accident in California on Sunday, June 25th. The body of the young service man was accompanied by U. S. Marine Corps, J. W. Curtin, who brought with him a signed statement concerning the accident. The statement was as follows: “While returning from an official run with supplies on a government truck, the vehicle skidded on a curve and went off the road between Felicita Park, four miles south of Escondido, Calif. And Camp Miramar, San Diego, Calif. He was taken to Community hospital, Escondido, where he died about ten minutes later. Cause of death, multiple injuries. Death was not the result of misconduct and is in the line of duty. Lt. Commander H. Schwartz.”


Between fifteen and sixteen acres of ripened wheat on the Clarence Diemer farm, north of Leipsic, were destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon of last week. The flames in some manner started in the combine which was also destroyed. Mr. Diemer states that the wheat was harvesting approximately forty bushels per acre. The Leipic firemen were called and brought the flames under control. Two members of the department, Harold Wank and Bruce Bennett, were overcome by the heat while fighting the blaze. On Tuesday of last week two acres of wheat on the Harry Zellers farm, nearby, were destroyed by fire started from a spark of a passing locomotive. The exceptionally dry weather during the harvest season helped to increase the loss. The straw ignited easily and burned rapidly. Reports that several other fields of wheat in the county burned last week-end could not be confirmed.

September 11, 1969

A 17-year-old youth was electrocuted at 3:15 p.m. Saturday while working at a new home of his future brother-in-law. Cleo U. Hermiller, son of August and Cecelia Hermiller, was stapling insulation under the house when he came in contact with a live wire. He was lying on the damp ground which provided sufficient ground for the electricity. The mishap occurred at the home of Thomas Warnecke who is engaged to be married to the boy’s sister in a few weeks. Warnecke was also under the house at the time and he was also knocked unconscious by the mishap. The house is located on route 224 about one-half mile east of Kalida. The Kalida fire department rescue unit attempted to revive the youth but efforts failed. Cleo was born November 17, 1951, in Ottawa to August and Cecelia Hermiller. He was a senior at Kalida High School and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Kalida Catholic Youth Organization, and an Altar Boy of the parish. Surviving besides his parents are sisters, Theresa, Helen, Mary Ann, Rosemary and Betty, and brothers, Edward and Leroy, all at home, and Anthony, with the U. S. Navy in Vietnam.


Ottawa-Glandorf cross country runners whipped Bluffton in their opening meet Tuesday afternoon at Bluffton by a score of 21-38.

September 14, 1994

The Columbus Grove golf team picked up a pair of wins last week in Northwest Conference action. On Tuesday the Bulldogs defeated Delphos Jefferson by the score of 157-170. Medalist for the Bulldogs was Mike Meffley with a 37 and Neil Schaublin with a 38. On Wednesday the Bulldogs met Paulding and Allen East in a three team match at the Auglaize Country Club. Grove shot a 163 to just edge Paulding, which shot a 164. Allen East was third with a 175.