September 5, 1919

On last Saturday night, Fred Hoke or Hoag, a soldier who returned from France, met with a painful accident while in Ottawa. While crossing the B & O R. R. bridge he fell between the ties of the bridge, a distance of 18 feet, and landed in the edge of the water. His jaw was broken and his face bruised. When found a pint of whisky and a gallon of home made booze wine was found upon his person. He was taken to the office of Dr. Shiebley who dressed his wounds, after which he was sent to his home in Leipsic.


Putnam county was represented at the Ohio State Fair with exhibits of livestock. They made up part of the largest and strongest displays of livestock ever shown on the Ohio State Fair grounds. The buildings were filled and tents had to be erected to accommodate the exhibits. Some valuable prizes were taken by Putnam County breeders. Collar Bros. of Vaughnsville, who exhibited Short Horns took 4th prize on aged bull in class of 11; 6th on cow and calf in a class of 12; 14th on Jr. yearling heifer in class of 31. Kohli Bros. of Pandora, on their exhibits of American Merino sheep took 5 firsts, 1 second, 1 third, 2 fifths, 4 sixths, 1 seventh, 2 eight and in addition received reserve Grand Champion on Ewe lamb. There were 18 exhibitors from Michigan, New York and Ohio. C. E. and Everett Nash of Leipsic, in exhibiting their Duroc Jersey hogs took first prize on aged boar in a class of 21, this same pig was pronounced senior champion and also received the honor of grand champion. Putnam county farmers are proud of the honor brought in by these exhibitors. Every occurrence of that kind is a boost to the livestock interests of the county.

September 8, 1944

Four Putnam county young women have joined the Air Service Cadets and have started their training preparation for entering military service at Patterson Field, Dayton. In the quartette are Rosemary Schumaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Schumaker, Ottawa; Eleanor L. Goedde, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goedde, Ottawa; Joan Kramer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kramer, Ottoville and Ruth J. Giesken, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Giesken of Glandorf.


A large barn and tool shed on the farm of Byron E. Varner, west of the Cuba Church in Greensburg township, were destroyed by fire Wednesday morning. The flames, of unknown origin, were discovered at seven o’clock. The barn , approximately 40 x 80 feet, was completely destroyed with its contents, which included 3000 bales of hay and straw, 25 tons of loose hay; 200 bushels of wheat, 200 bushels of oats, 150 bushels of soybeans and four tons of fertilizer. The tool shed was approximately 40 x 40 feet. In addition to the above, a power mower, tractor, manure spreader and a variety of smaller farm implements were destroyed. The loss is estimated between five and six thousand dollars and was only partly covered by insurance. The Kalida fire department was called and with the aid of neighbors kept the flames from spreading to other buildings on the farm.

September 4, 1969

Arson is suspected in the burning of an old abandoned house about four miles southwest of Kalida early Sunday morning. The house, which was owned by Victor Fortman, route 1, Ottawa, was discovered ablaze by neighbors, who called Harry Fortman, a nearby resident. Harry Fortman told the county sheriff’s department that when he arrived the house was beyond saving and the fire was not threatening anything else so he did not bother to call a fire department. He said he stayed around until it was burned to the ground. The fire broke out about 3 a.m. Car tracks were found on the property and officers suspect that the fire was deliberately set.


It has been another hot, dry week. Crops are being hastened to the ripening stage because of a lack of moisture. No precipitation was recorded during the week, and August, with only .92-inch of rainfall, according to Ray Burkholder, was the fourth driest August in the 75 years of county weather history. Normal precipitation for the month is 2.49 inches.

September 7, 1994

Crowds enjoyed events of the 32nd annual Ottoville Park Festival last weekend. The 1993 King and Queen, Nick Langhals and Michelle Calvelage crowned Jonathan Langhals and Molly Jo Knippen as the 1994 Park King and Queen.


He’s an author, a historian, a teacher, and has lived in Glandorf since he was a young child. Last Saturday he had one more title added to his name. Michael Leach was named the distinguished citizen for 1994 during Glandorf’s annual park festival.