July 11, 1919

On the afternoon of the Fourth, three prisoners confined in the County Jail attempted to make their escape. The prisoners are Walter Sprow, Edwin Shoemaker and Dewey Siebert, the first named being charged with stealing an automobile, the second is charged with nonsupport, while the third was arrested for stealing chickens. Sheriff Lammers and family had gone to Leipsic to spend the afternoon, and left alone in the jail the prisoners started to work with tools they had secured and secreted in the jail. The alarm was given by Francis Heckford, who heard pounding in the jail, notified Deputy Miller. Upon his arrival he found they had chiseled around the bricks and had one removed from the inner wall and would soon have had an aperture through to the outer wall. It is not known how they secured the chisel, but they had broken a chair and was using the arm for a hammer. From one of the rounds of the chair and a safety razor blade they had fastened a knife , to be used no doubt, in defending themselves. Upon discovering the damage to the walls, the prisoners were locked in the inner corridor from which they could not hope to escape.


Last week one of the oldest buildings in Ottawa was torn down. It was located on the north side of what is now Main Street between what is now Elm and Perry Streets and was built by John Cox and for a number of years occupied as a store. It was a log structure with thirty foot frontage, and built about the year 1835, and was many years ago sided with boards. The logs used in its construction were hewed and squared , some being a foot square and the timber was of walnut and oak, and is still in a good state of preservation although 84 years have passed since it was put in the building. The old building was bought by two Glandorf men who tore it down in order to use the timber for other purposes. The building now used as the Marble Woks was also built of logs some few years previous and was first occupied by Michael Row as a tavern, which was widely known up to but a short number of years ago.


Edwin Drerup, the eight year old son of August Drerup met with a peculiar and painful accident on last Saturday afternoon. He was in the hay field with his father, when they noticed a storm approaching and the youngster ran for shelter under the hay wagon. When near the wagon, a whirlwind caught the boy and threw him violently to the ground and also over turned the wagon, tossing the hay rack across the fence. When the boy was reached by his father he was found to be unconscious and bleeding from the right ear, which upon examination was found to have the ear drum ruptured. He remained in a semi-comatose condition until Monday morning, and remembers nothing of the accident except that of being thrown violently to the ground.

July 14, 1944

Frank Studenka, Jr., a former resident of north of Ft. Jennings, and son of Frank Studenka, of Delphos, was killed in action in France on June ninth according to a telegram received by his father from the War Department early this week. Pfc. Studenka was born in Czechoslovakia and came to America with his parents in 1927. He was thirty-five years of age and had resided on a farm six miles north of Ft. Jennings prior to entering the armed services. He was in the Airborne Division of the U. S. Army Air Corps and served in the glider unit. He had been overseas for a year and served in the North African campaign and later fought in Italy. He was transferred to North Ireland and then to England. He is survived by his father and the following brothers and sisters, Joseph, of Flint, Mich.; John, of Ft. Jennings; Charles, in the Air Corps at Greenville, Miss.; Louis, of Delphos, Steve, of Ft. Wayne, and Mrs. Anna Yuetsi of Van Wert.


Thieves took ten “I” beams from the site of the Hedrick bridge on U. S. route 224, west of Kalida, over the week-end state highway officials reported to Sheriff Potts, Monday. The steel beams were to have been used in the repair of the bridge which collapsed over a year ago into the Auglaize river. A span of the Waterville bridge is being removed to this county to replace the fallen structure. It was part of the former span that has been stolen. The western span of the bridge remained intact when the bridge collapsed and can be repaired for future use. Officials are unable to state when the bridge will be repaired and the highway opened for traffic.

July 10, 1969

Three Putnam County residents were slightly injured in a head-on collision on route 65 about one-half mile north of Cairo at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Buescher, Ottawa, and Jean Wreede, Columbus Grove, were taken to Lima St. Rita’s hospital for treatment and released. Mr. Buescher received a head laceration, and Mrs. Buescher body bruises. Miss Wreede also had body bruises. Highway patrolmen from Lima said that Miss Wreede was southbound and pulled out to pass another car and drove into the path of the car driven by Mrs. Buescher. Extensive damage was done to the cars.


Ottawa-Glandorf took a firm hold on first place in the Putnam County Acme League last Thursday night with an 8-3 victory over Leipsic behind the five-hit pitching of Gary Leatherman.

July 13, 1994

A July 7 barn fire south of Ottawa caused over $30,000 in damages and is still under investigation according to Ottawa Fire Department Chief Bert Diemer. No one was injured during the fire at the Jack Mead residence at 14392 Rd. 8-N. The barn which was on fire collapsed, a 1993 car was destroyed and about $8,000 to $10,000 in damages occurred to the owners house siding as a result of the blaze. Although still under investigation, fire officials believe the fire started in the loft of the barn.