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Three Local Option
Elections Sought
Petitions for local option elections
were circulated in three townships
of Allen county after residents of
Shawnee and American townships
following the example set 10 days
ago by Bath township citizens in an
effort to outlaw liquor.
Bath and Shawnee townships pe
tions seek elections in November on
banning of both liquor and beer but
American township petitions seek
only to do away with liquor.
Shawnee Country club is in
Shawnee township and Springbrook
Country club in American township.
Several night clubs also would be af
fected if local option were voted in
the three townships.
Use Of Tear Gas
State Welfare Director Charles L.
Sherwood last week recommended
purchase of tear gas for protection
against riots at the Lima State hos
pital for the criminaly insane and at
the same time revealed an attempted
outbreak on Aug. 17 by nine Lima
Sherwood said nine inmates made
a savage attempt to overpower a
guard and to escape from the insti
tution by forcibly beating their way
cut with home-made crude weapons.
The escape was repulsed by other
guards. One inmate suffered two
fractured ribs during the scuffle,
Sherwood said.
As a result of the unsuccessful
atterppt, Sherwood recommended the
purchase of tear gas to check such
outbreaks in the future.
Mail Pouch Theft
J._ Probed
Theft of a pouch containing 70
pounds of first class mail, including
nine registered letters, was investi
gated at Lima last week by Post
office Inspector J. F. Cordrey.
The pouch disappeared from the
Pennsylvania station, but Cordrey
was not convinced it was stolen un
til he questioned railway employes.
Search of several miles of roadbed
failed to show traces of the pouch.
Only small quantities of money were
in the registered letters, Cordrey
Tomato Plant Employs
Three Hundred
With the peak of the tomato har
vest imminent employment at the
Delphos plant of the St. Marys
Packing Co. has been boosted to
nearly 300. An excellent crop meant
the calling of additional employes,
factory officials report.
Caught Tampering
With Railroad
Dallas H. Stewart, of Elida, Route
2, pleaded guilty to a charge of ob
structing railroad property in muni
cipal court Monday afternoon and
Judge Jenkins ordered him bound to
the Allen county grand jury. He is
at liberty under $100 bond.
Stewart was arrested Sunday
afternoon by Erie Detective R. W.
Steen after he had allegedly placed
a three-inch iron bolt on a Penn
sylvania rail near Elida.
Lima Will Vote On
New Charter
Lima council voted a complete re
vision of the city charter for sub
mission to the electorate at either
the primary or general election in
The action followed withdrawal
of a request by the A. F. of L.
Municipal, County and State Em
ployes union for a vote on its pro
posed amendment of the civil service
action of the charter at the No
vember election.
Burns Are Fatal
To Tot
Three-year-old Katherine McEvoy,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. G.
McEvoy, of near Wapakoneta, died
in St. Rita’s hospital in Lima last
week uf burns suffered when she
pulled a bucket of water on herself
while at play.
Her mother had been preparing to
wash and was called away for a
moment while the child played alone
on the back porch.
Being Helpful Results
In Injury
The Superior Body company of
Lima was named defendant in a
$25,000 damage suit filed by Mrs.
Ella Daisden, Lima, who claims her
helpfulness caused serious injuries
to her Sept. 8, 1937.
Her petition says a new school
bus enroute from the factory to a
purchaser was stopped while the
driver inquired directions of her.
She said after she gave the direc
tions the bus was backed over her
leg and foot, fracturing both.
Ouster Appealed By
Cop Who Fought
Brady Gang
Edward C. Swaney last week filed
with the city civil service commis
sion an appeal from his dismissal
from the Lima police department.
He was dismissed after a hearing
before Mayor A. L. Metheany on
charges of conduct unbecoming to
an officer. He had been under sus
pension since July 29.
Swaney was injured seriously
three years ago in a police car col
lission during pursuit of Alfred
Brady and his bandit gang after a
holdup in Lima. Swaney a few mo
ments earlier had shot Charles Gie
seking, one of the gang.
Pay less Vacation For
Members of the Lima union of
WPA workers, affiliated with the
A. F. of L., will discuss the im
pending 30-day “payless vacation”
during their meeting Thursday in
the J. O. A. M. hall.
Approximately 300 families in
Lima are faced with the prospect of
having no income during September
or longer, under a recently an
nounced ruling, according to Grover
Goodwin, business representative of
the union
“This condition calls for deep con
cern on the part of the city, county
and relief officials as well as busi
ness men,” Goodwin declared.
“The ‘payless vacation’ will mean
that incomes totaling $15,600 will
not be spent here during September.
It also will mean that the families
affected may be forced to endure
hardships unless the city or other
agencies make some provision to
care for them.’
66 Buses For County
A fleet of 66 modern buses, cap
able of handling the transportation
facilities of many large cities, will
travel approximately 391,680 miles
during the next few months trans
porting Allen county children to and
from school during the 1939-40 term.
This fleet, largest in the history
of the Allen county system, will
travel approximately 2,448 miles per
day during the 160 days of the
school term, transporting approxi
mately 3,350 pupils from their homes
to school and back home.
The average cost in Allen county
for the past year of transporting
each pupil during the school year
was $12.68, which was the second
best in the entire state, according to
Dr. Herschel Litherland, county
superintendent. And that county
carried more than Allen county’s
average of 51 to each bus, the school
official explained.
The buses are all owned by the
various school districts and are
manned by trained and experienced
drivers under rigid rules set down
by the state and by local school offi
Tax Deadline Next
Allen county residents have only
a few more days in which to pay
last-half 1938 real estate taxes,
Treasurer Byron H. Dershem warned
Tax books will be closed Monday,
Sept. 11, and no further time ex
tension will be granted, he declared.
Real estate taxes collected Satur
day amounted to $2,978.88, bringing
the total for the week to $23,834.93
and for the entire collection to date
$626,796.72, Dershem revealed.
Sales tax collections Saturday to
taled $1,271.50, bringing the week’s
figure to $6,598.75 and for the year
Sheep Win Prizes At
State Fair
Rambouillet sheep from Hancock
county won their share of prizes at
the Ohio State fair.
The sheep are owned by M. S.
Alge and sons and Bame and son,
both of Arlington.
Contest For Hancock
County School Board
A contest for the two places on
the Hancock county board of educa
tion which are to be filled at the
coming November election, is evi
denced by a petition being circulated
in behalf of Homer Michell of Port
age township and Floyd Stoner, of
Washington township, as candidates
for the two seats.
Perry Beard, of Vanlue, and
Ellsworth D. Powell, of Liberty
township, whose terms on the board
will expire at the end of 1939, have
petitions in circulation as candidates
for re-election.
Significance is regarded as attach
ing to the fact that the two new
candidates’ names appear together
on one petition, as a slate, recalling
the keen contest two years ago when
two new members, J. T. Crites and
Mark Bishop, were elected in a
sharp contest founded in the long
drawn out redistricting controversy.
135 Want Loans To
Buy Farms
One hundred and thirty-five farm
tenants in Hancock county have ap
plied for funds from the Farm Se
curity administration with which to
purchase farms, H. E. Slagle, coun
ty supervisor, said Friday.
Of this number only a small per
centage will be granted loans which
will run for 40 years with three per
cent interest.
No more applications are being
Police Stop Speeding
Car, No Driver
Motor officers stopped a speeding
automobile on North Main street in
Findlay early Friday morning but
found nobody in it.
A police cruiser, manned by Police
men Kope and Thomas, overtook the
car just north of the state highway
patrol barracks and gave a siren
blast ordering it to halt.
The police car didn’t stop as sud
denly as the other machine and the
officers coasted on down the high
way about 500 feet expecting, of
course, the person at the wheel of
the other car to follow, pull up
along side them and inquire the rea
son for the interruption.
But the speeding car didn’t pull
up and so the officers went back.
They couldn’t find a trace of anyone
in the car or near it. They learned
the car had been stolen earlier in
the day.
Few Laid Off From
WPA Want Relief
Only a few of the 221 WPA em
ployes released Monday from the
Hancock county rolls because of a
current 18-month lay-off rule ap
plied for relief, Mrs. Jane Fronefield,
county relief director, announced.
Mrs. Fronefield said this probably
was due to the fact that workers
who were laid off still have the last
half of the current pay coming.
They are paid the first and middle
of the month, their second half’s
pay coming due about Sept. 1.
$4,990 Paid In L^nem
ployment Claims
A total of $4,990.32 was paid in
unemployment compensation benefits
through 539 checks for the month of
July on claims filed at the Hancock
county office of the Ohio Un
employment Compensation bureau,
according to the monthly report of
the bureau. Checks are issued week
The figure brought to $42,836,69
the amount paid unemployed work
ers on claims filed through the local
office since the first of the year.
Heads National Monu
ment Organization
Chester P. Smith, Findlay monu
ment dealer, was elected president
of the Memorial Craftsmen of
America at the national convention
of the organization just closed in
Payment Of Taxes Is
A noticeable lagging in payment
of taxes on the June installment was
noted by County Treasurer Tell
Thompson, who announced that there
are only four days before the dead
Last week’s collection amounted
to $31,293.63 as compared with $50,
434.92 in the corresponding week a
year ago.
Total collection so far in the
June installment had reached a total
of $268,259.24 when the office closed
Monday as compared with $281,
500.52 on the corresponding date
last year. Approximately $400,000
is due in the current collection,
Thompson said.
School Area Transfer
E. E. Ray, county superintendent
of school, announced last week that
he had been presented a petition
asking the Findlay board of educa
tion to transfer a small tract of the
western edge of the city from
Findlay school district to the Han
cock county school district. Eleven
persons signed the petition.
Ray said the area involved
amounts to slightly more than 83
acres. It lies adjacent to the Find
lay corporation, extending north
ward from Sandusky street to and
across Main Cross street. If de
tached from Findlay the area would
become a part of Liberty township.
The area lies little more than a
mile west of the Findlay courthouse.
Thieves Active At
Ball Park
Thieves have been active along
‘automobile row’ at Ohio State
league park in Findlay for several
nights and Police Chief Leo M. Lar
kins said he hoped to catch some of
them red-handed with plain clothes
men “planted” on the grounds.
Unique Race Planned
For Fair
A new feature of the Hancock
county horse show Sept. 6 at the
county fair will be a potato race as
observed in the western states by
Marcus C. Downing, chairman of the
horse show committee. Any rider
in the county will be eligible to en
The riders will be required to
carry half a dozen potatoes each
from one end of a 150-foot course
to the other end on a pointed stick.
Spearing the potatoes from atop a
horse and carrying them on a point
ed stick should be easy for most
riders and so to make it a little
tougher, the rules say the horse
men may attempt to knock the
“spuds” off each others sticks.
Railroad Seeks Greater
Train Speed
Possibility that flasher lights will
replace watchmen at all New York
Central railroad crossings in Find
lay was seen in a letter received by
city council from the transportation
Another stipulation contained in
the communication was that council
give permission to operate trains
through the city at a speed of 25 to
30 miles per hour. The city already
has an ordinance on the books hold
ing the speed down to 15 miles per
hour. v
Snowballs Bloom Out
Of Season
Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Wiler, of
Findlay, reported that they have a
snowball bush which bears a cluster
of snowballs. As the snowball bush
is one of the earliest to bloom in
the spring, they feel that it is per
forming an unusual feat.
Escaped Bank Robber
Is Caught
The capture of Raymond McMa
hon, 24, Kenton farm youth, in
Logansport, Ind., as one of four who
escaped Aug. 21, from the London
prison farm, was reported to prison
farm officials.
McMahon was sentenced to from
20 years to life in 1935 for his com
plicity in the daring $1,833 day
light holdup of the Mt. Blanchard
bank. Harold Carmean, also of
Kenton, is serving a similar sen
Abandoned Cemeteries
Being Checked
Any persons knowing of aban
doned cemeteries in Hancock county
should communicate immediately
with Sheriff Lyle Harvitt, represen
tatives of the Legion reported in
Findlay Friday.
Such information will be forward
ed to the Veterans’ Graves regis
tration project so that a more accu
rate check can be made for deceased
soldiers whose graves are not
marked in some manner.
Englishman To Teach
In Kenton
Norman Hidden, English exchange
instructor who will teach at Kenton
high school this season, will arrive
Thursday with his wife at the home
of Hardin county Auditor and Mrs.
W. B. Wilson of Ada, a letter re
ceived by them stated. They will be
guests of the Wilsons until time for
Hidden to assume his duties.
Hidden will teach English in place
of Harold Wilson, son of Auditor
Wilson, who will remain in Eng
land to replace Hidden for the year
at his teaching post there. Wilson
has been in England studying dur
ing the summer.
Feeds Three Ton Lit
ters In A Year
Lauren Eibling, son of Mr. and
Mrs. G. P. Eibling of near Dola,
and a graduate of Dola High school
with the class of 1939, aspired to a
new pork-raising record, after he
qualified for the ton-litter club with
his third ton litter of the year—his
sixth of his high school career.
Next year re plans to qualify four
ton litters.
Eibling said that the cost of feed
ing the 30 pigs in his three-ton lit­
ters this year averaged 4*4 cents a
pound, including payment for his
time in caring for the parkers.
170 WPA Workers
Laid Off
The number of WPA workers in
Hardin county who have been laid
off for one month after having been
continuously employed by the WPA
for an 18-month period reached 170,
it was announced by Morton Ansley,
local relief certifying agent.
Trainman Fined For
Blocking Crossing
Charles Varner, Columbus, en
gineer of a New York Central
freight train that stood across three
Kenton crossings for 20 minutes,
became the first victim of Kenton’s
drive to keep traveled crossings
free of obstruction. He was fined
12 and costs. A city ordinance per
mits a train to stand across a high
way for five minutes, Police Chief
R. R. Clark said.
Ada To Get Sidewalk
Program After All
An extensive sidewalk project is
being set up in Ada under the NYA
to supplant work originally planned
under a county wide WPA project.
Fearing that delay over the WPA
program would end up in no work
here this fall Ada council author
ized the sidewalk committee to plan
for an NYA program under the su
pervision of Mrs. A. R. Webb, head
of the organization in this district
Property owners are to pay at the
rate of three cents per square foot
for supervision and to furnish ma
terial Total cost is estimated at
nine cents per square foot.
Stolen Car Is Wrecked
Andy Puckett, 22, of Michigan,
and Ollie Bailey, also 22, of McGuf
fey were bound over to the Hardin
county grand jury by Justice of the
Peace Roy Haudenschild under
charges of automobile theft filed by
Jack Risner of near McGuffey.
Bond which was not furnished, was
set at $300 in each case. Both
pleaded guilty. The automobile,
which is alleged to have been stolen
Sunday, was wrecked between Alger
and McGuffey on that night, Deputy
Sheriff Homer Radcliffe who made
the arrests, said.
Verdict Against Rail
road Appealed
The Pennsylvania railroad com
pany has filed an appeal in state
supreme court in the accident suit
brought by the estate of Anna Fay
Getz, killed July 25, 1937, at a rail
road crossing in Dola, Hardin coun
Mrs. Getz was riding with her
husband and five children when a
Pennsylvania train struck their auto
tomobile on the crossing, killing the
entire family. The common pleas
court returned a verdict of $2,544
for the plaintiff and the appellate
court upheld the verdict.
Dola Youth Wins Fair
Paul Kraft of Dola won grand
championship prizes in the open
heavy market class of crossbred
barrow hogs at the Ohio State fair
with nine Hampshire and Berkshire
animals weighing from 210 to 250
Besides winning the grand cham
pionship of the heavy crossbred bar
row class with his pen of three ani
mals, Kraft received the reserve
title in the single heavy barrow
Cement Mixer Engine
A fire at the fireproof Kenton
High school building, now under
construction, caused negligible dam
age, Fire Chief Asa T. Columber
reported last Friday.
The gas line on a cement mixer
in use at the 300,000 structure broke
and caught fire The fuel tank ex
ploded, scattering flaming gasoline,
which caused minor damage before
a Kenton fire truck reached the
scene. No one was injured.
Hardin Group Has Best
Fair Booth
When the Hardin county Farm
Bureau Cooperative association took
first prize at the State fair in Co
lumbus on Monday, it took for first
prize the sum of $115, according to
W. H. Kelley and William Wyss of
the local organization, both of whom
were present. The award was made
for the best booth at the fair.
These Boys Can
Raise Pigs
The ton-litter of pigs recently an
nounced by Edwin Steiner, Jr., and
his brother, George Steiner, which
reached the desired ton mark in
three months and 22 days now weigh
3,000 pounds despite the fact that
they will not be five months old un­
til Aug. 24, D. B. Robinson, local
vo-ag teacher, said.
The two youthful raisers have
not yet decided whether or not they
will try for the 4,000 pound mark
in six months or will sell before
that time.
Take 100 Sheep To
George Heiser, and son Kinsey of
four miles west of Ada will leave
Thursday with 100 purebred Merino
sheep for sale at Brady, Texas.
Heiser observed his 50th year as
a breeder of Merino sheep this year
and is believed to be the dean of
producers of this breed in Ohio. He
recently was host to the Ohio Me
rino Breeders’ organization at their
annual picnic
NYA Training School
In Ada
A 14-room brick dwelling within
three blocks of Ohio Northern Uni
versity here has been acquired by
the National Youth Administration
for establishement of the first NYA
girls’ resident training center in
Mrs. Alice E. Webb, Ada, area
supervisor for the administration,
said two groups of 25 each would
alternate in spending two weeks at
the center and two weeks at home to
learn home management, home nurs
ing, sewing and allied services. Each
will work 56 hours a month and be
paid $19, Mrs. Webb said.
Girls will come largely from Hard
in county.
Writes Relatives Of
London Situation
A first-hand view of the situation
in England is given in an air-mail
letter written by Harold Wilson in
London on Aug. 25 and received this
week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. B. Wilson of Ada.
Mr Wilson, a teacher in Kenton
High school, is under an exchange
contract to teach for one year in
the schools at Mackelsfield, England.
Concerning the people themselves,
Wilson writes:
“This world in which they (Lon
doners) find themselves is the imme
diate and the physical. The people
are not flocking to theaters, their
emotions are too tense. Instead they
gather in huge crowds at the ‘pubs’,
cafes and restaurants. They meet
in the streets, many highly ineb
riated and display friendship in
laughter and noisy gaity.”
An advertisement leaflet which he
inclosed describes a domestic air
raid shelter manufactured by an ar
tificial stone company.
Junkman Fined For
Short Weight
Howard Carter, Dupont junk
dealer, was found guilty of short
weighting John Connor, Gilboa black
smith, in the purchase of some scrap
iron, after a hearing before a jus
tice of the peace Tuesday afternoon.
He was fined $25 and costs, the fine
to be remitted if he settled with the
Connor charged that the commun
ity scales were tampered with dur
ing the weighing in of the junk, and
after Carter drove off, they were
found to be 255 pounds short.
Possible Train Wreck
A possible railroad wreck or dis
aster was averted by the quick
thinking of Frank Pitson, Contin
ental railroad employee, Monday.
Pitson noticed that one end of a
mammoth steel girder, being trans
ported on the Nickel Plate railroad,
and which occupied three flat cars
had become loose. He gave the
train crew signals to pull on a sid
ing where the end of the dangling
steel beam was made more secure.
W. C. T. U. Meeting
At Pandora
The Putnam County W. C. U.
convention will be held Thursday,
September 7, in the Grace Mennon
ite church at Pandora. Afternoon
and evening programs have been
arranged and Miss Graccio Houider
of Australia, prominent foreign mis
sionary and speaker of extraordin
ary ability will address both ses
Bull Killed By Auto
Dick Grotte and a Fortman lad
escaped serious injury Sunday even
ing when the automobile in which
they were riding struck a fifteen
hundred pound bull at the Henry
Knippen farm in Jackson township.
Deputy Sheriff Ralph Geckle made
an investigation and was informed
that the bull, ownec* by Mr. Knip
pen, had unknowingly gained its
freedom and journeyed down the
lane. He ran from the lane into
the path of the approaching car.
The bull was killed outright, it
suffered a broken neck and one leg
was torn from the body. The ma
chine was badly damaged.
Commissioners Must
Buy Sheriff’s Uniform
Whether or not Sheriff Arnold
Potts and his deputy, Ralph Geckel,
should wear uniforms has been a
question in Putnam county legal cir
cles for several weeks but to date
both officers are still wearing civil
ian clothes despite a new law re
quiring that officers making traffic
arrests cannot testify if they were
not wearing a uniform when making
the arrest.
Both officers have objected to buy
ing uniforms on the grounds that
their cost would take close to a
month’s pay but that obstacle was
overcome when Attorney General
Herbert of Ohio issued a ruling that
county commissioners have the au
thority to buy the necessary uni
forms for sheriffs and deputies.
Pandora Man Sheep
Shearing Champion
Ronald Burkhart, 24, of Pandora,
is Ohio’s sheep shearing champion
having won the title on the closing
day of the state fair Friday in
Burkhart won the state cham
pionship by defeating George Balsey,
Marion Nathan Shearer, Ridgeway
and Darrel Stoops, Charpsville, Ind.,
in the finals His time was seven
minutes and 20 seconds for two head.
The Pandora man was awarded a
gold medal and a complete shearing
outfit valued at $90.
Invent Beet Blocking
Leo Wortkoetter, farm implement
dealer and Hubert Schmitz, Putnam
county farmer, are co-inventors of a
new type of beet blocking machine
which beet company officials believe
is highly practical.
Although not completely perfected
the new machine was highly suc
cessful in blocking several fields
when tried out this summer.
Fined $50 For Car
Herbert Moser, 22, of R. D. 2, Co
lumbus Grove, was fined $50 and
costs on a charge of reckless driv
ing after a hearing before a justice
of the peace. Of this amount $40
will be remitted if his “foot does not
get heavy during the next year,” the
youth was informed.
Moser admitted speeding on the
Columbus Grove-Kalida road on the
night of August 16 when he and
Emerson Lugibihl were involved in
a two-car crash. Lugibihl received
a similar penalty last week.
New Highway Nears
Five miles of the new cement sur
face of State route 224 between
Findlay and Ottawa have been com
pleted and although not officially
opened is being used by the public.
The road is open to a point north
of Gilboa where a slight detour south
is required. Engineers in charge
say the new road, which is substan
tially shorter than the old one, will
be completed in time for the Ottawa
Fair traffic, early in October.
Motorist Crashes Into
Standing Train
A B. and O. freight train re
mained on the track and the crew
blissfully w'ent about their duties
unaware that Sam Beckman, of
near Ottawa, ran into the train at
a rural crossing while traveling
south, one-half mile north of Ot
The train had halted at the cross
ing and Beckman, failing to see it
in time, hit a freight car and stop
ped with his motor almost in his
lap. He was only slightly injured.
The train moved on with the crew
ignorant of the accident.
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