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THURSDAY, AUG. 31, 1939
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Safety Precautions For
Midget Racers
Coroner Burt Hibbard last week
held assurances from operators of
an automobile race track near Lima
that additional precautions will be
taken to safeguard lives of racers
and spectators
He returned a verdict of accident
al death for Mark Morgan, 32, Co
lumbus driver, who was the fourth
to be killed in mishaps at the one
third mile track this year. One
other midget automobile racer and
two motorcycle racers have been vic
All contestants in the future will
undergo examinations to determine
their physical fitness and exper
ience as racers A four-foot fence
will be erected to protect spectators.
Triplet Sons Die Soon
After Birth
Triplet sons died in oxygen tents
in St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima last
week, within a few hours after their
birth to Mrs. Joseph Bishop, wife
of a baking company salesman.
The smallest, weighing one pound,
nine ounces, died within two hours,
and the largest, weighing two
pounds, fixe ounces, lived slightly
more than seven hours.
Tot Dies After Eating
A 17-months-old Lima boy died
last Wednesday afternoon in Me
morial hospital after swallowing 28
“body building pills” left in his home
by a saleslady, according to the at
tending physician. William Henry
Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Sullivan was the victim.
The mother had just purchased
the pills when she was called from
the room. She placed the pills on
her sofa, and when she returned
28 were missing.
Possibility Of Double
Suicide Probed
The possibility of a double suicide
was advanced by Coroner Burt Hib
bard in his investigation of the
deaths of two unidentified men whose
mangled bodies were found along the
Nickel Plate railroad tracks, four
miles northeast of Lima.
Hibbard said scraps of paper con
taining two addresses were found on
a big rock nearby. The paper was
weighted down to prevent blowing
away, Hibbard said.
Plenty Of Apples From
60-Year-Old Tree
Ten bushels of large, delicious
Summer Pippin apples were picked
from an apple tree 60 years old by
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Evenbeck, in
the yard of their home in Spencer
ville, the past week.
Twenty-two years ago the heart
of the tree decayed and a tree sur
geon made a new heart out of spe
cial cement.
The tree at the present time is in
splendid condition and looks like it
might reach the century mark.
158 Industrial Acci
dents In July
Allen county workers filed a total
of 158 claims with the Ohio Indus
trial commission during July!
This was disclosed Friday in the
monthly report issued by Thomas P.
Kearns, superintendent of the com
mission’s division of safety and hy
Of the 158 claims, only one in
volved a fatality. There were no
permanent partial disability cases.
Lima Man Gets State
School Post
H. C. Roberson, head of the man
ual training department of South
high school, Thursday was appointed
to the state board of school exam
iners for a five year term
Announcement of the appointment
was made by E. N. Dietrich, state
director of education, at Columbus.
The board passes on teachers’ quali
fications and certifications. Members
serve without salary.
100 Pigs Loose On
Lima Street
Anyone passing through south
Lima Thursday afternoon probably
would have thought that a fair was
in progress or that Main street had
been transformed :nto a stockyards.
Nearly 100 full-grown hogs scam
pered about in a panic over lawns
and sidewalks in the vicinity of 8.
Main and Vine streets after the
double-decker stock truck in which
they were riding overturned.
All available Lima police and fire
men were called to the scene to help
in the “hog round-up”. After more
than 30 minutes of chasing and
“sooie calling”, tired police officers
and firement had the stock corralled
in an alley.
Heir To Estate Is
Police are seeking traces of a man
named Kemper who once lived in
If and when they find him, they
will tell him he owns several valu
able pieces of land in Kansas.
John Kemper, Gugoton, Kansas,
died recently and bequeathed his
estate to his only brother, but neg
lected to give the brother’s name.
The two men, according to a Hugo
ton banker, lived in a convalescent
home in Lima for a short time after
the death of their parents, and John
then moved to Kansas while the
brother remained.
Pioneer Grocer Is Dead
Frank Bonanno, 70, pioneer Lima
merchant and well known North
Lima resident, died at 9:30 a. m.
Friday in his home, after a five
days’ illness of heart disease.
Bom in the Province of Cusenza,
Italy, Bonanno spent his early life
and was educated in that country.
Starting on a military career, he at
tained a commission of major in the
Italian regular army.
Ultimately realizing a desire to
come to America, Bonanno, his wife
and a six months’ old son settled
in Lima in 1891.
Drops Dead At Fair
Anthony Lerch, 58, Van Wert res
taurant proprietor, died suddenly of
a heart attack last week while at
tending the Delphos Street Fair.
Excellent Soy Bean
Crop Reported
Allen county’s 1939 soy bean crop
is up to par, Clay Miller, chairman
of the county sail conservation com
mittee, announced Saturday. There
are more than 50,000 acres of the
crop, he said.
Miller also announced that he re
ceived word from headquarters of
the Soil committee in Columbus that
he should warn growers of soy beans
that it is not permissable to cut
their crop with a binder.
Orphans Guests At
More than 40 inmates of the Allen
County Children’s home will be
guests of the Auglaize county fair
board at the opening session of the
76th annual county fair. Their
trip is sponsored by the Lima Elks
under supervision of Roy Bower
Civil Service Posts
Several opportunities for govern
ment employment were announced
Saturday by the U. S. Service
Board of Examiners.
Examinations will be held next
month for positions as junior public
health nurse, Indian field service,
department of the interior, at an
annual salary of $1,800. Applica
tions must be filed by Sept. 11.
Sept. 18 has been set as the dead
line for filing application for the
following positions: junior engineer,
$2,000 a year junior marketing spe
cialist, $2,000 psychologist, $3,800
associate psychologist, $3,200 as
sistant psychologist, $2,600, and as
sociate physical oceangrapher, $3,200.
$20,691 Paid To Un
Some 600 unemployed workers reg
istered at the Lima office of the
Ohio Unemployment Compensation
bureau received $20,691.93 in com
pensation benefits through 2,634
checks during July, the state bureau
announced Saturday.
The payments brought the total
benefits through the Lima office
since last January 1 to $258,072.09.
Delphos May Have 15
Man Commission
Delphos electors will vote Nov. 7
whether they should have a commis
sion of 15 men to frame a non-par
tisan charter for the city of Delphos
and also for the members to form
the proposed commission.
This action was made possible
when city council Tuesday night
adopted an ordinance certifying the
proposal to the Allen county board
of elections, with the request that
legal plans for such an election be
No More One-Room
For the first time in the history
of Allen county, one-room school
houses will be a thing of the past
when the county schools throw open
their doors Tuesday, Sept. 5, for the
first day of the 1939-40 term, ac
cording to plans revealed Saturday
by Dr. Herschel Litherland, county
Nine of the 10 county buildings
will be in use on that day, the open
ing at Elida being postponed until
Monday, Sept. 11, to allow comple
tion of an addition started last fall.
With the opening of the new ad
dition to the Elida school, the last
one and two-room schoolhouses in
the county will disappear. These in
clude the Allentown and Homeacres
two-room buildings and the West
Camelback and Dilsaver one-room
structures, operated last year as part
of the Elida school district.
Drys Press Fight In
Bath Township
Second local option election in Al
len county since the return of liquor
and beer may be held in Bath town
ship in November.
This was forecast Saturday when
petitions were placed in circulation
in Bath township with a view of ad
ding that community to the “dry”
districts in the county.
The move is said to be under the
direction of the Anti-Saloon League
which has a representative in
charge of circulating the petitions.
The election would involve the
future status of almost a dozen
night clubs, country clubs and beer
establishments now selling beer and
liquor in Bath township.
To Vote On Special
Relief Levy
A second attempt will be made
to have Lima voters approve a spe
cial half mill tax levy for poor re
lief at the November election, city
council voted at their session last
week. The issue lost at the August
primary by a margin of almost two
to one.
The move is designed to aid the
city’s relief situation next year. If
the special levy is approved, it was
pointed out that the 1940 relief pic
ture would be somewhat brightened.
It is estimated that the levy would
produce $26,000.
Auto Fires Are
There were thirty alarms for
automobile fire in Findlay in 1938,
according to Fire Chief Ray Long.
More than ten per cent of all fire
alarms in the country today are for
automobile fires, according to Fred
Sheppard, manager of the Interna
tional Association of Fire Chiefs.
1671 Fair Memberships
Are Sold
The sale of memberships in the
Hancock County Agricultural society
closed Thursday with 450 more mem
bers this year than last, according
to reports made at the directors’
meeting recently in the agricultural
One thousand, six hundred and
seventy-one memberships at $1 each
were sold for this year as compared
to 1,221 for 1938.
188 Illiterates In The
According to figures compiled by
the Works Project Administration
adult education program, there are
188 illiterate persons in Hancock
county, Mrs. Eleanor McGuire,
Bowling Green, supervisor, said on
a visit in Findlay.
In the four counties in this area
over which Mrs. McGuire is in
charge, there remain 375 illiterates
in Seneca, 207 in Putnam, 566 in
Wood and 885 in Allen.
Painting Presented To
Rawson Church
Mrs. M. L. Crist presented a
large oil painting “Christ in the
Garden of Gethsemane” to the
Methodist church of Rawson. It was
painted by her nephew, Dan Palmer
of Rawson.
Will Fly Upside-Down
A new stunt of Michael Murphy,
Findlay, Ohio, aviator, will thrill
the crowds at the National Air
Races in Cleveland Sept. 2 to 4. The
plane is designed with landing gears
at the top and bottom and Murphy
will take off and land upside down
while strapped in the lower cockpit.
In practice trials, another pilot oc
cupied the upper cockpit, but at the
air races, Murphy said he will pilot
the ship alone and use only the
landing gear which necessarily will
leave him hanging downward with
his head a few feet off the ground.
In other stunts, he has landed a
small plane on the top of a small
automobile, and floated a plane to
earth with a parachute. He is man
ager of the Findlay airport and
manages the Marathon Flying Aces
who will present other stunts at the
air races.
Four Rescued From
The story of how two Findlay
fishermen rescued four Fremont per
sons from drowning in Sandusky bay
after their boat capsized last Sun
day, was disclosed last Friday when
Robert Seigried and Albert T. Glea
sffn returned from a fishing trip on
the bay near Crystal Rock.
The modesty of the Findlayites
and the fact that they just returned
home, prevented the story from be
coming known earlier. The victims
of the accident themselves do not
know their benefactors.
600 In County On
Only two persons have been drop
ped from Hancock county WPA rolls
because of the new Works Projects
Administration provision requiring
layoffs for persons on WPA continu
ously for 18 months. Dr. Carl Wat
son, state administration, said.
The dismissals were as of Aug. 16.
Total employment in Ohio on that
date was 146,141 compared to a
peak load of 277,000 employes in
October, 1938.
Rolls in Hancock county, stand at
approximately 600 employes includ
ing all city and county-wide projects.
Rejected Project Now
City of Findlay has been granted
permission to proceed as originally
planned with its proposed nine-mile
sidewalk building program which
was drafted last spring, approved
by the WPA and later rejected on
an order of W. B. Schmuhl, Toledo
district WPA administrator.
To Resurface Section
Of Dixie
Bids will be taken by the state
highway department in Columbus on
Friday, Sept. 8, for resurfacing the
30-foot Dixie highway for a distance
of 1.83 miles from Van Buren north
to the Wood county line.
The contract will require that the
work be completed not later than
Nov. 30.
The present concrete surface will
be covered over with several inches
as asphalt concrete in a treatment.
Has Good Hatching
Jay Radabaugh is proprietor of
an extensive poultry' hatchery in
North Baltimore. He says the past
season was the best in volume of
business transacted in the 38 years
he has conducted the hatchery. Dur
ing the entire season his day-old
chicks were called for as rapidly as
they were ready to be removed.
Hessian Fly Infesta
tion Heavy
The Hessian fly has increased so
sharply in abundance this season
that it now constitutes a serious
menace to the 1940 wheat crop.
From figures just released by T. H.
Parks, extension entomologist of
Ohio State university, Hancock
county appears to be the center of
the highest infestation in Ohio.
Falls Into Mower,
Is Hurt
Paul Beach, 10-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beach, Arling
ton, received a severe cut on his
right leg when he stepped in front
of the cutter bar on a mowing ma
chine on the Henry Beach farm,
southwest of Jenera.
Both bones in the leg were pene
trated and the flesh was cut three
fourths of the distance around the
limb. The injury is tbout three
inches above his ankle.
The boy, a fifth grade pupils this
year, was riding on the mower while
his father was operating the tract
or. In turning around, he jumped
or fell off, landing in front of the
cutter bar.
Suit Against Officials
Judge W. T. Copeland, of Wapak
oneta, was in Findlay Friday to
hear a further demurrer to the $50,
000 claim of Mrs. Hattie Cheney
against the sheriff and other Han
cock county officials, who maintain
that Mrs. Cheney has shown no
cause of action.
The plaintiff *‘ks damages be
cause she says she was unlawfully
committed to the Hancock county
home and later to the Toledo State
hospital for the insane where she
was a resident f■’ more than three
Grasshopper Hopping
Contest Held
When Rex Flanagan, of Findlay,
picks up a grasshopper to hop, he
picks a hopper. At least the one he
entered in a grasshopper hopping
contest at Rawson park hopped four
feet, four inches, while its nearest
competitor spanned only two feet,
nine inches.
Child Caught In
William Roger Long, little three
year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen
Long of west of Ada is suffering
from painful injuries he received
when he caught his left hand and
arm in the wringer. His mother
had left the kitchen for a minute
and when she returned he was hang
ing in the wringer. Flex and liga
ments were badly torn.
Hog Cholera Breaks
Out In County
Hog cholera has become serious in
several sections of Hardin county, it
was revealed by veterinarians. It
has appeared in particularly serious
form in the last four days. It was
Four cases now in the county are
scattered over the area.
14 Arrested For
Drunken Driving
Kenton police, in a drive against
drunken driving in the city, last
week made their 14th arrest so far
in August of “tipsy drivers”.
Wayne Carpenter of West Mans
field was the 14th arrest. He was
fined $50 and costs when arraigned
before Mayor Ellis H. McFarland
on charges of operating a motor
vehicle while intoxicated.
23,908 Acres Of Wheat
Hardin county’s wheat acreage al
lotment for 1940 is 23,908 acres, J.
O. Sherrick, chairman of the county
agricultural conservation committee,
announced last week.
Setters setting forth individual al
lotments have been mailed to farm
ers as the first step of the 1940 pro
gram, Sherrick said. Township com
mitteemen will contact signers with
in the next two weeks to further
line up the coming season’s program.
Approximately $7,000 in wheat
parity checks have been received at
the local office and will be distribut
ed to 485 Hardin county farmers
this week.
Prize Cattle Taken
To Fair
F. H. Steiner and sons of north
of Kenton have gone to Columbus
with a prize carload of their Here
ford cattle which will be exhibited
at the state fair this week. The
Herefords will be entered in carload
competition and will be judged Wed
nesday. Following competition they
will be offered for sale at the cattle
auction on the fair grounds.
Two years ago the Steiners en
tered the fair competition and cop
ped first prize top sale price for
their cattle.
Setter Breaks Litter
The unusual is attracting many
visitors to the Ewing M. Bonnell
home, Dunkirk, where twelve “pur
ple-ribbon” puppies disport them
selves about their blue-blooded
The mother is an English Setter
of the famed Mallaw Hawk strain
and the sire was Prince Mohawk
Redfield. Dog fanciers say it is
very unusual for an English Setter
to have litters of more than six or
eight pups.
Seven of the puppies are colored
white and orange while the other
five are a mixture of black, white
and tick.
Gets Post In Panama
Lawrence Ruhlen, Kenton business
man, was enroute to Cristobal-Colon,
Panama Canal Zone, last week to
accept a position as maintenance
engineer on the canal locks, under
the federal civil service. Mrs. Ruh
len is accompanying her husband.
New Ada Roofing Firm
Incorporation of the Turnerised
Interlocking Roofs has been an
nounced by Perry T. Turner and
Mary H. Turner of Ada and Wil
liam P. Henderson and Harry I.
Kaylor of Kenton. They said they
will manufacture a new style roofing
designed to prevent rain from seep
ing around nail heads and joists.
Hay Bailer In Fed
eral Suit
A temporary injunction was grant
ed Jesse Morgan of Dunkirk in com
mon pleas court against M. I. Evans,
deputy collector of internal revenue,
and Charles W. Graves who holds a
similar position.
The order temporarily restrains
the defendants from selling an auto
mobile of Morgan’s now being held
in the alleged failure of the plaintiff
to pay $46 in social security taxes.
Morgan’s suit claims exemption
from the security act since he is en
gaged in bailing hay and straw, set
forth as an agricultural pursuit in
his petition.
Ton-Litter Every Year
Loren Temple of near Kenton, a
former vocational agriculture pupil
at Kenton high school, has reported
his sixth ton-litter of hogs in the
last five years. Young Temple raised
one litter each year for the last five
years and a year ago he produced
The present ton-litter consists of
10 Duroc Jersey pigs which have
reached the weight of 2,008 pounds
in the alloted six-month period.
Scarlet Fever Reported
One case of scarlet fever, reported
last week in Dudley township, Hard
in county, is the only case now in
existence in this health district, it
was reported by county health offi
Grange Endorses Rural
Fire Protection
Rural fire protection in the vicin
ity of Kenton received the favor of
members of the Hardin county Po
mona grange when members voted
to support the movement.
It was planned that further action
in the matter will be held in the
near future. The move of the
grange followed a movement which
was started several weeks ago in the
rural areas surrounding Kenton
which are not protected from fire.
The Kenton fire department does
not answer calls outside the city
limits but recently set up a program
by which the rural areas could fur
nish the equipment which would be
housed in the Kenton fire hall and
be available for use at all times.
Breaks Jail At Meal
Officials in neighboring communi
ties were joining with Hardin coun
ty authorities in the search for Hol
lis Caldwell,. 23-year-old inmate of
the Hardin county jail who made
his escape by bolting through an
open door as meal trays were being
removed from the cell block.
Caldwell made his escape as
Vaughn Lowery, acting deputy dur
ing the vacation of Sheriff Lloyd
Norman, entered the cell block to
remove the trays after the supper
hour. As Lowery bent over near
the floor to pick up the tray full of
empty dishes, the young prisoner
sped behind him through the un
latched door, it was reported.
Ada Twins 81 Years
J. D. and W. W. Huber, promin
ent Ada twins, celebrated their 81st
birthday Monday. Both men, who
are in good health, won prizes for
being the oldest twins at the Farm
ers’ and Merchants’ picnic held in
Ada recently.
The brothers are the oldest sur
vivors of the oldest Hubers who
originally came to America from
Germany in 1833. They were born
and reared eight miles northwest of
Ada. Both are successful farmers
although they now reside in Ada.
William owns and operates a thresh
ing outfit.
Quick Action Prevents
Train Wreck
Clear thinking and quick action
on. the part of H. V. Shaffer, night
tower operator on the Pennsylvania
railroad at Dunkirk, probably pre
vented a serious train disaster.
Shaffer found a defect in one of
the rails just ahead of No. 154, a
passenger train which passes thru
Dunkirk at about 3 a. m.
When a freight train went thru
Dunkirk, Shaffer noticed an un
familiar sound. Upon investigation
of the tracks he found a rail brok
en apart about six inches.
T. B. Exams For All
Working In Schools
All school employes of Hardin
county will have tuberculosis exam
ination before they will be eligible
to work, as a result of a resolution
passed by the county board of
The resolution which requires the
X-ray examinations follows:
“Re it resolved that all superin
tendents, school teachers, school of
fice help, janitors, bus drivers and
cooks in school lunch rooms who
have been in direct contact with
tuberculosis or are themselves ar
rested cases of tuberculosis, must
submit to an X-ray before the be
ginning of each school term.
The general wage level in the
United States up to July 1 was 207
per cent of the 1910-14 level, indus
trial production was at 86 per cent
of the 1923-25 level, and prices re
ceived by farmers were 95 per cent
of the 1910-14 prices.
Judge Changes Menire
Judge A. A. Slaybaugh of common
pleas court has authorized a revised
method of selecting jurors for duty
in the Putnam county courts.
He instructed the jury commission
to select 500 names of suitable jurors
evenly divided as possible among the
various villages and townships in
Putnam county.
He aso instructed the commission
not to pick persons whom they be
lieved incompetent to serve on a jury.
Births Exceed Deaths
In County
The birth rate exceeded the death
toll in Putnam county by 600 per
cent during July, figures released at
the Putnam county health office today
Of the 48 births in the county last
month 26 were girls and 22 were boys.
Pandora Rates As
Honest Town
Rows of keys stuck in lock boxes
at the post office in Pandora was a
sight which surprised a passing visi
tor recently. “How come?” he asked
Postmaster Hiram Basinger.
“Well,” came the answer, “people
here are honest and they don’t want
to bother with fishing around for a
key,” he replied. Even the First
National bank does not bother to lock
their box. ’•T
School To Open
Sept. 5
Practically all the schools of Put
nam county will open on Tuesday
morning, September 5, according to
County Superintendent C. D. Vermiya.
Teachers have been employed for the
new term and members of the facul
ty, pupils and parents are now turn
ing their thoughts toward the school
season ahead.
Grove To Vote On
Sewerage Disposal
Members of the Columbus Grove
village council in regular session last
week passed a resolution requesting
the county board of elections to place
a $22,000 bond issue proposal before
the electorate of the village in Novem
Voters will be asked to approve
(Continued on page 6)
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