August 4, 1944

Private First Class Wilfred A. Wehri, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wehri of near North Creek, was killed in action on July 12th, in France, according to a telegram received by the parents from the War Department Monday morning. Pfc. Wehri was born at Kalida on November 22, 1921, and until the time of his induction resided with his parents in this county all of his life. He entered the service on January 21, 1943, and at that time was living on a farm near Ottawa. He would have been twenty-three years of age next November. Pfc. Wehri left for overseas in June, and it is presumed that he was enroute to England on D-Day. From England he left for the front in France. He was a member of Co. L. 320th Infantry. The young soldier was well known throughout the county and was held in high esteem by all of his acquaintances. The family, in their bereavement have the sympathy of the entire community. Pfc. Wehri is survived by his parents; two brothers, Pvt. Alexander Wehri, a mechanic in the armored division, in France; Wendelin, of Ottawa, and a sister, Mrs. Henrietta Brown, of North Creek.

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August came in with a bang insofar as torrid temperature was concerned. For a short time Tuesday afternoon The Sentinel thermometer registered an even 100 degrees, and then fell back to 97 and 96 where it remained throughout the remainder of the afternoon and early evening. The mercury was in the high nineties most of Wednesday. At ten-thirty this morning “Old Sol” was bearing down again, with a temperature of ninety-one degrees. Rains distributed over four days last week totaled one and one-third inches. They were a boon to crops, but as dry as the ground was at that time, and with the high temperatures that followed, the benefits were of short duration. Rains are badly needed again as the effects of the drought and heat are becoming more noticeable on crops in general with each passing day.

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Mr. and Mrs. Harry Potts of near Kalida received a telegram from the war department Thursday morning stating that their son, Harold W. Potts, was reported missing in action on June 12th in France. The many friends of the young man and the family hope that word will be received soon, stating that he is well and safe. Harold, who is twenty-six years of age, is a nephew of Sheriff Arnold Potts and has been in service since January 8, 1942. After receiving his preliminary training in this country he was sent overseas and was stationed in Ireland and England before going to France to take part in the invasion. He is a Technician Fifth Grade with the Army Signal Corps.

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July 31 1969

A 1966 automobile, driven to the bank of the Blanchard River north of Main Street in Ottawa, was practically destroyed by fire at 10:25 Tuesday night. The Ottawa firemen were called, but the flames had advanced to the extent that the vehicle could not be saved. Harold Maag, of Route 2, Ottawa, owner of the car, was fishing at the river, when he discovered the car in flames. It is believed that flames from a camp fire, started by Maag, may have ignited fumes coming from a can of gasoline Maag had in his car, causing the can to explode. The damage was estimated at $1600.

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The Putnam County Sheriff’s department is investigating the theft of a power riding mower belonging to the Monterey Township Trustees. The mower was taken from a shed behind the Antioch Church north of Ottoville last week-end. The mower was used to mow cemeteries. Sheriff James Ruhe said that a number of such thefts have been reported in Paulding and Van Wert Counties recently.

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Ottawa opened with six runs in the first inning and scored four more in the eighth to chalk up a 10-6 victory over Wauseon in the loser’ bracket Sunday afternoon. The slugfest was featured by a three-run homer by Kevin Dickey in the first inning, and a last-inning rally by Wauseon which netted them three runs to make it close. Wauseon had the potential tying runs on base when the game ended.

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Nate Ganger, Ottawa, was one of the finalists in the Ohio State 55 Seniors singles tennis tournament at Lakeside last week-end. This will qualify him for the national senior tourney which will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., later this year. There were representatives from all over the state in the Lakeside event which was won by Ted Vechey of Canton.