Evelyn Martin
Evelyn Martin

March 28, 1919

Last week a large barn on the farm of Jesse Blakely, one and a half miles north of Ft. Jennings, this county, was destroyed by fire, together with a large amount of grain and hay and many agricultural implements. The family were away from the home when the fire occurred. The blazing barn threatened, for a time, to ignite the residence, but as the wind was blowing in a direction from the house it was saved. The neighbors did what they could do to save the live stock.

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Mrs. Barbara Roder Miller, one of the pioneer residents of this part of Ohio, died at her home four miles south west of Columbus Grove, on March 20th, 1919. At the age of 88 years, 3 months and 2 days. The maiden name of the deceased was Barbara Keller Roder and she was born in Offenburg, Baden, Germany, Dec. 18, 1830, and came to America with her parents, landing here in the spring of 1837. On the 6th of March, 1857, she was married to Jacob Miller and with her husband went to housekeeping on the farm upon which she died having resided there for sixty-two years. She was the mother of twelve children of whom six sons and one daughter survive her, her husband having died July 30th, 1898. She was the mother of County Clerk, I. E. Miller of Ottawa. Her funeral was held at the country church near her home, Rev. Eckhart of Lima officiating, and her remains were laid in the burial grounds connected with the church.

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Elizabeth Sophia Maidlow, daughter of John and Lucinda Maidlow, was born in Putnam county, Ohio, at the Maidlow homestead, near the Infirmary, on November 25, 1838. She was united in marriage to Norman Conine on March 22, 1859, to which union were born eleven children: John S., living at the old home, Charles, deceased, Mrs. Annie Crawfis of Toledo, William, residing near Ottawa, George of Gilboa, Samual, deceased, Mrs. Clinton Clark of near Riley Creek, Alice, who passed away in infancy, Mrs. Wilbur Patrick, Mrs. Charles Payne and Mrs. Ora Firestine, all living in this neighborhood. There also survive her twenty-seven grand children and nine great grand children, three brothers, James Maidlow of near Ottawa, Spencer living at the Maidlow homestead and Putt of Ottawa; three sisters, Mrs. George Huntsman, Mrs. Herman McDougle and Mrs. Alice Phillips all of Ottawa.

March 24, 1944

Mrs. Albert Wieging, of near Fort Jennings, has received a telegram from the War department stating that her husband Staff Sgt. Albert G. Wieging, was wounded in action in Italy on February 25th. Staff Sgt. Wieging is a radio operator on a Flying Fortress.

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Spring was officially ushered in Monday noon at 12:49 o’clock, and its welcome in this community included a brisk final battle by King Winter which brought a snow blanket four and one-half inches in depth and a temperature of seventeen degrees. It was a real winter day.

March 27, 1969

Miss Erin Kohls was chosen queen of the Kerner-Slusser American Legion Post 63 50th Anniversary celebration Saturday evening. She was chosen from among nine contestants who were all daughters of Legion members. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kohls, route 3, Ottawa, Erin will represent Post 63 at the district queen contest and other events during the anniversary year. First runner-up was Miss Nancy Schweller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schweller, route 4, Ottawa; and second runner-up was Miss Ruth Erhart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Erhart, route I, Ft. Jennings.

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Delegates and alternates to the annual Buckeye Girls State sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary have been named by the auxiliary of Post 63 in Ottawa. Delegates are Christine Beckman and Beth Howell from Ottawa-Glandorf High School, and Beth Fuerst from Kalida High School. Alternates are Diane Rosenberger and Debra Morman from Ottawa-Glandorf and Anne Wurth from Kalida.

April 6, 1994

Miller City High School seniors were awarded the top three scholarships from the Ottawa Knights of Columbus at a recent scholarship competition. Recipients include Lisa Schumaker, Mark Kohls and Beth Inkrott. Lisa is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schumaker, Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kohls and Beth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Inkrott.

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Kalida CYO #2 recently competed at the CYO state tournament in Toledo. Members of the team are: Brad White, Denny Hoffman, Craig Czubik, Mike Knueve, Nate Warnecke, Jaimey Karhoff, Greg Bockrath with coaches Chris Miller and Bruce Warnecke.