May 10, 1918

The United States Fuel Administration is urging every consumer in the country to buy their coal now. There are two reasons for early buying. One is selfish the other patriotic. You will save money by buying arly and you will save your family the hardships of last winter. One hundred million people must be kept warm next winter. Hundreds of thousands of factories must be supplied with coal for the successful prosecution of the war. The industrial activity of the nation is producing more goods than the railroads can carry. Less freight is moved in the summer months than any other time. The coal must be moved this summer. If you do not buy now you may not get it.

May 7, 1943

Kay Ann Miller, three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller of Lima, route five and granddaughter of Mrs. Grace Jones of Columbus Grove is improving in memorial hospital, Lima, following a harrowing experience, Tuesday morning. The child was playing in the back yard at the Don Lacke home, while Mrs. Lacke was working outside. When the latter missed the child, she found that she had fallen through the cover of the cistern, and was holding to a pipe about six or eight inches above the water. The child was given artificial respiration by a Lima ambulance driver and was removed to the hospital. Mrs. Miller, the mother is the former Mildred Jones of Columbus Grove.

May 9, 1968

Officials are investigating two burglaries which took place in Columbus Grove early Tuesday morning. Burglars took $148 from the Eagles Hall, after breaking out a door glass on the north side of the building to obtain entry. The money was taken from a filing cabinet and from vending machines, according to Columbus Grove Policeman Owen Klinger. Thieves obtained about $40 in cash from the To-Mac Club. The county sheriff’s department reported that burglars broke through a rear door and then got money from a juke box and cigarette machine.


With the temperature dropping to 29 degrees Monday morning, tender farm crops such as tomatoes, along with garden crops and some fruit were killed by the heavy frost. It was the coldest May 6th on record, according to Ray Burkholder, the official weather observer. The previous low for that date was 31 degrees in 1910. Many acres of tomatoes had been planted in the county last week, most of which were snuffed out by the freeze. What and how much damage was done to the fruit crops remains to be seen. Freezes of less serious nature were also reported Thursday morning of last week and again on Saturday morning.


Ft. Jennings set nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning and scored four runs to knock off Leipsic in a count league game Monday afternoon. It was the first loss in league play for the Vikings who had won four straight victories. Jennings marked up its third win against one loss.


Leipsic’s Vikings lost their first game in the Putnam County Baseball League this week, but they have wrapped up at least a tie for the championship. Ottoville, Ft. Jennings, Continental and Columbus Grove all have 2-2 records. If Ottoville can beat Leipsic next week, it will mean that at least three teams will tie for the championship, with the Big Green moving up to a tie with the Vikings. The other team that would share the title then would be the winner of a game between Ft. Jennings and Continental.

May 12, 1993

The Leipsic Vikings looked to be in big trouble Saturday as Columbus Grove scored five times in the first inning. But after the first the Vikings were the ones in control as they held the Bulldogs scoreless over the next six innings, while rallying for a 6-5 Division IV sectional title.


Recently, on April 30, two brothers, Donald and Art Turnwald, retired from Ford Motor Company, Lima. Both had 36 years in at Ford. Donald was a gauge inspector and repairman. Art was a part receiving inspector. Art started at Ford in July 23, 1957. Don started April 30, 1957. Don will devote his time to farming, while Art will continue his small engine repair business in Ottoville. Art married Joan. They live in Ottoville and have four children. Don is from Kalida. He is married to Martha and has eight children.