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THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 1939
$100 Offered For Hal
loweeners Arrest
A reward of $100 was offered Fri
day by Henry G. Wemmer, of Lima,
for information leading to the ap
prehension of persons responsible for
damage done to his property at
Jameson and Market streets, Hal
loween night.
Wemmer reported the incident to
police, saying that damage estimated
at $100 was done when several per
sons, believed to be Lima youths,
broke several stone caps off the brick
wall surrounding his property dur
ing their prowlings Halloween night.
He said the incident occurred
about 9:30 p. m., and occupants of
the house saw a group of about six
youths fleeing from the scene.
Baby Slayer May Gain
Velma Baker Fink, 22-year-old
Clyde divorcee acquitted six weeks
ago on first-degree murder charges
in the slaying of her 10-weeks-old
baby, will face her final obstacle to
freedom Nov. 15.
On that date she will be given a
sanity hearing before Judge Neal L.
Lora in common pleas court. The
medical staff of the Lima State hos
pital, where Mrs. Fink has been un
der observation since Sept. 25, re
ported the woman sane last week,
according to Supt. H. M. Turk. Dr.
F. L. Bateman, Ohio psychiatric com
missioner, concurred in this decision
Should the court rule her sane
after an examination which will be
conducted by Lima State hospital
physicians in the presence of her
attorneys, Ben H. Dewey, of Fre
mont, and Francis W. Durbin, Mrs.
Fink will be released from custody.
Lima Square Traffic
Changed Again
Lima motorists start this week to
learn another method of navigating
the city’s public square, that ex
panse of asphalt which has proved
a headache for motorists, pedes
trians and policemen since the de
cline of horse and buggy days.
Changes will route all traffic thru
the center of the square, with only
narrow parking lanes on each side.
Chief Taylor and Traffic Sergeant
Don Miller reported the new setup
will eliminate one of two traffic
lights, provide more parking space
and be less confusing to strangers.
Sentenced For Beaver
dam Holdup
Paul Shaffer, 20, who was found
guilty by a common pleas court jury
recently on a charge of robbing, was
sentenced to the Mansfield reforma
tory for from one to 25 years when
Judge Neal Lora denied a motion
for new trial Monday afternoon.
Shaffer was convicted on a charge
of participating in the hold-up of the
Blue Bell restaurant at Beaverdam
last August 21.
Radio Script Contest
For Students
Plans for the 1939-40 radio script
contest in which more than 5,000
Lima and Allen county pupils have
been invited to participate will be
advanced Friday at a meeting of the
Lima Automobile club’s committee
in charge of the event.
The contest is being sponsored by
the Lima Automobile club in co
operation with the American Auto
mobile association.*
Held On Manslaughter
Quentin Ferguson, 20, of Lima
Route 3, who waived a preliminary
hearing in municipal court Wednes
day in connection with a second de
gree manslaughter charge has been
removed to Allen county jail.
Municipal Judge M. B. Jenkins
bound him to the grand jury and
set his bond at $300. The charge
is the outgrowth of an automobile
accident in which Mrs. Gertrude M.
Lindemann, 54, of Toledo, lost her
life October 25.
Delphos Gets State
Liquor Store
Delphos will have a state liquor
store within the next two or three
weeks, according to J. Howard Ap
ger, who conferred at Columbus with
W. D. Dunifon of Van Wert and
Fred Milligan of the department of
liquor control.
Gomer The Goal For
From Saturday afternoon until
Tuesday noon it was estimated that
125,000 people saw Admiral Byrd’s
snowmobile which went into Pike
Ruh, just east of Gomer, on its trial
cruise from Chicago to Boston.
The accident happened alter the
cruiser passed through Gomer. De
fective parts in the 35-ton monster
caused the wreck.
Rat Campaign A
A great number of Allen county
farmers, who participated in a one
day rat eradication campaign spon
sored by the federal government and
Allen county extension service, was
busy Saturday gathering up dead
Red-squill bait, prepared at the
Bureau of Biological Research at
Purdue university, Lafayette, Ind.,
was used in the campaign. This
poison is prepared by mixing red
squill powder with freshly ground
The bait was sold to county farm
ers at cost price. Approximately
400 pounds were sold, James H.
Warner, county extension agent, re
Boy Scout Meet Set
For Lima
More than 300 Boy Scout and ag
ricultural leaders of this section will
attend the annual Scouters’ conven
tion to be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, in
the Barr hotel, at Lima.
Wheeler McMillen, editor of The
Farm Journal, the world’s largest
rural magazine, will be the principal
speaker. McMillen also is president
of the National Chemurgic Council.
His message is expected to deal
with rural youth and will be of vital
interest to thousands of people in
Northwestern Ohio.
McMillen is a native of Hardin
$11,473 Paid In Taxes
Sales, personal and classified tax
collections Saturday amounted to $1,
180.30, bringing the total for the
week to $11,473.72, it was reported
by Allen County Treasurer Byron
H. Dershem.
Collections Saturday were: Sales
$1,148.49 personal $8.91 classified
Vacant Houses At
Low Mark
Vacant houses in Lima hit a new
low Saturday.
A total of only 160 vacancies were
reported by Postmaster Rarl R.
Leach in his department’s quarterly
survey. The check includes apart
ments and halves of double houses.
Farmers Act To Con
trol Hunting
Sixty farmers from Van Buren,
Madison, Eagle and Orange town
ship met last Wednesday evening in
the Jenera town hall and formed
the Hancock County Game Protective
association to function during the
hunting season which opened Wed
Edgar Wilson was elected presi
dent, Ivan Winkler, secretary, and
Orvell Crates, treasurer.
The farmers agreed that all their
lands would be uniformly posted
and that no hunting would be al
lowed without permission of the land
owner. No charge will be made for
hunting privileges.
The group attending the session
control approximately 5,000 acres
between the Dixie highway and the
Hardin county line.
Post Office Record
Best In U. S.
Receipts at the Findlay post office
showed another increase during the
month of October to extend to 35 the
number of consecutive monthly gains.
The record exceeds all other post of
fices in the country, according to
Postmaster W. T. Ault.
Receipts last month amounted to
$13,472.18, an unusual figure for
October. In fact it is the highest
October figure in the history of the
Last month’s figure was an in
crease of $1,720.28 or 14.6 per cent
over the $11,751.90 for October, 1938.
Group Hospital Plan
The Findlay hospital board is
studying possibility of joining a hos
pital plan which would include in
stitutions in Lima, Kenton, Van
Wert, Sidney, Celina and Bluffton.
Under the terms of such a plan,
groups of workers could obtain hos
pital insurance at a nominal rate,
payable monthly. Such insurance
would cover room cost in the hos
pital as well as a number of other
customary hospital items specified
in the subscriber’s contract. Wives
and children within certain ages
could be covered at an increased
Catfish Released In
One thousand channel catfish were
released this week in the Blanchard
river east of Riverside park in
Findlay by the state division of
The fish averaged between one
and one-and-a-half pounds in weight
and all were 12 inches or better in
length. They were purchased by the
state from commercial fishermen at
Sandusky who had seined them
from Lake Erie.
Fifty of the fish were tagged and
fishermen catching any of the tag
ged fish are asked to return the
tags to the department.
Flood Control To Be
City Engineer Otto C. Gohlke has
received from Captain Homer B.
Pettit of the war department at
Detroit, official notice of a public
hearing on the subject of flood con
trol for the Auglaize, Blanchard and
Ottawa rivers and tributaries, to be
held in Findlay at 1 p. m., Nov. 15
in the First National Bank auditor
The flood control act approved
Aug. 11, last, which provides for the
preliminary examinations and sur
veys for flood control, was cited in
the official notice.
$19,804 More For
Five hundred and eighty-four com
price adjustment checks totaling
$19,804.06, will be distributed to
Hancock county farmers beginning
Saturday, R. M. Traucht, chairman
of the agricultural conservation com
mittee, said Thursday.
The checks will be distributed at
various community centers in the
county. Each person will be notified
and they may call at whichever place
is most convenient.
According to Miss Goldie E. Wilch,
treasurer of the county conservation
association, a total of $65,222.81 in
1939 price adjustment payments has
now been received. Of this amount
$20,653.47 was for wheat and $44,
569.34 for corn.
Cornerstone Laid For
New Building
Somerstone ceremonies in connec
tion with the new Young Men’s
Christian Association building in
Findlay were conducted Sunday
afternoon. An appropriate program
was arranged for the occasion.
Two Killed In Cross
ing Crash
Two Findlay young men died in
the Findlay hospital Friday after
noon within two hours after their
automobile was hit by a passenger
train at the Putnam street crossing
of the Nickel Plate railroad at 2:55
Emmett Hall, Jr., 21, of 120 Lo
cust street, died at 4:15 o’clock from
concussion of the brain and skull
Paul W. Ward, Jr., 19, of 818
West street, died at 4:45 o’clock of
similar injuries.
Finds He Crowded
Wrong Car
Ralph Metzger, of Lima, paid a
fine of $25 and costs all because he
chose the wrong time to pass an
auto in the North Dixie highway in
Findlay. Metzger was arrested by
State Highway Patrolman A. E.
Mercer, who charged the Lima man
forced him from the highway. He
was arraigned before Squire J. C.
Finds New Lake Floods
They’ve run into a snag at the
Van Buren lake and it isn’t any
snag caused by the fish nests which
were constructed on the lake bottom.
The difficulty lies in the fact that
when the lake is flooded the water
backs up onto private property east
of the area purchased by the state
for the conservation lake.
Heavy rains of last week-end
filled the lake for the first time and
caused the water to overflew the
banks of Rocky Ford creek which
feeds it. The overflow flooded the
woods owned by Mrs. Dora Flana
gan, a mile east of of Van Buren
and just east of the lake.
No Hunting Near
WPA Projects
Warning signs will be posted with
in a half mile in all directions of
CCC camps and federal work pro
jects in the state of Ohio during the
hunting season wrhich will open Wed
nesday, according to Don Waters,
conservation commissioner.
Hunters must refrain from hunt
ing within rifle range of any such
camps or projects and absolutely no
hunting will be allowed within the
half mile area posted around the
camps, Walters said.
Former Findlay Tenor
Gains Prominence
Dale Marshall, formerly of Find
lay, and now of Redondo Beach,
Calif., is making a name for him
self in the world of music, accord
ing to word received by friends in
Mr. Marshall won first place in
the tenor solo competition in a Gold
en Gate International exposition
eisteddfod held on Treasure Island.
This was one of the largest affairs
ever held in that vicinity, with
about 500 competing in the contest,
and more than 25,000 in attendance
at the two-day festival.
Lieut. Governor Calls
At Findlay
Lieut. Governor Paul Herbert was
an evening caller at the country
home of J. C. Kissel, near Findlay,
calling on his mother, Mrs. Laura
Herbert, who is ill.
Farm Institute Plans
Are Laid
J. P. Schmidt, state supervisor of
farmers’ institutes, and County
Agent Forest G. Hall addressed rep
resentatives of six of the eight Han
cock county institutes this week on
plans for the 1940 farmers’ insti
Mr. Schmidt discussed the purpose
of industries and suggested a large
participation on the part of commun
ities as a method of planning for the
effective use. He also urged more
use of the discussion method of sub
ject matter.
Findlay Police Arrest
The Findlay police department in
October duplicated the 122 arrests
and 52 accident investigations of
Wreck Stolen Auto
Caught By Police
Three Wyandotte, Mich., youths,
all about 14 years old, were being
held in the Hancock county jail this
week for Michigan authorities. They
were arrested in Arlington Friday
after they wrecked their stolen auto.
The youths were reported to have
admitted the auto theft in Michigan
and w’hile enroute thru Findlay had
stopped long enough to steal a pea
nut vending machine, fire extinguish
er, oil and soda pop at a local fill
ing station.
The best safeguard for the younger
generation is a good example by the
older generation.
During This Sale
Crash Suit Review
The Ohio supreme court refused
last week to hear arguments in the
$2,544 damage suit against the Penn
sylvania Railroad by Floyd Getz,
administrator of the estate of Anna
Fay Getz.
Hardin county common pleas court
gave a judgment of the sum against
the railroad for damages received
by Mrs. Getz when she, her husband
and children were killed on July 25,
1937, when a railroad train struck
their automobile at Dola.
Accuse Each Other In
Asbury Collins, of Marion town
ship was bound over to the Hardin
county grand jury on his own re
quest and furnished bond of $500
pending grand jury action when ar
raigned before Justice of the Peace
Roy Haudenschild. Charges of cut
ting with intent to kill, were filed
by Robert Johnson, also of Marion
Collins had filed a similar charge
against Johnson and hearing will be
held before Justice Haudenschild.
Armistice Observance
The Hardin County Men’s chorus
will furnish music for the Armistice
day program, which will be held at
the National Guard armory' in Ken
ton, on Saturday, Nov. 11, it was
announced by the local American
Legion committee in charge of ar
rangements for the service.
To Discontinue Rural
Fires have been started in the
furnaces of the newly constructed
Hardin Central elementary school,
just east of the Kenton corporation
line, and all is in readiness for
holding classes as soon as desks
which have been ordered are received
and installed.
Seats for the auditorium-gymnas
ium have not arrived but can be
installed after classes are opened.
The district includes all territory
surrounding Kenton. Pupils from
the district attended Kenton high
school on a tuition basis. When the
new school is opened it will elimin
ate 11 of the one-room schools now
in use in the district.
28-Inch Pike In Hog
A condition which killed numerous
fish in the Ottawa river, north of
Ada, revealed to Hardin county res
idents that the stream, also known
as Hog creek, has contained some
large fish for some time.
Among the dead fish found by
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Deputy Game Warden Frank “Pete”
Ramge of Hardin county was a 28
inch Northern pike. They also in
cluded fish of the same species which
measured 25 to 20 and 18 inches.
Other dead fish were big mouth bass,
crappies and suckers.
Specimens of the water and the
dead fish have been sent to the
state conservation department for
analysis to determine what has been
killing the fish in the stream.
Choir To Give Thanks
giving Concert
The Ohio Northern university
choral society and a capella choir
will be heard in a Thanksgiving con
cert on Nov. 19. More than 120
voices from Ada and the university
will take part with Haydn Ow’ens
Gaines’ “Russian Fantasy” will be
among the numbers. Mrs. Floyd
Latimore, soprano soloist, will sing
the “Italian Street oSng” accompan
ied by a male ensemble. The pro
gram will be open to the public with
out charge.
Granges Have Basket
ball League
The Hardin grange basketball
league will start its annual season
at the National Guard armory in
Kenton, Saturday night, Nov. 11,
Paul Kraft, Dola, newly elected pres
ident of the group announced.
Play Day Held At
O. N. U.
The Women’s Athletic association
of Ohio Northern university were
hostess Saturday to senior girls from
150 high schools for the 10th annual
“Play Day”. The program included
contests in various sports, a luncheon
and a song contest at noon, and
attendance at the Northern-Mus
kingum game.
Schools Get Rental
From Land
The amount of $1,000 in school
land rentals collected from Section
16, Marion township, Hardin county,
was distributed to the local district
by Joseph T. Ferguson, state auditor.
It w’as the first distribution made
since 1932, the auditor who is also
state supervisor of school and minis
terial lands, said.
The Alger and the McGuffey-Mc
Donald school districts participate in
the distribution. Parts of Section
1 lay in each of the districts of the
Hardin county school system.
72 Cemeteries In
Putnam county has 72 cemeteries,
active and inactive, which averages
4.8 burying grounds per township.
Of these, only a few are still ac-
tive and many of them were family
plots, used by but one or two family
Thus far the WPA w-orkers have
found the grave of one Revolutionary
war veteran, Isaac Hubbard, whose
remains lay in Mallahan cemetery,
near Pandora in Riley towmship.
They believe there are at least two
other veterans of the nation’s u’ar
for independence buried in Putnam
county soil. Additional research,
however, will be required to deter
mine names of the men and location
of the cemetery in which they are
The men have conservatively esti
mated that more than 50,000 persona
have been buried in Putnam county.
Strawberries Still
Grow At Grove
Even though snok flurries have
been seen in this vicinity, we still
have reports of strawberries growing
in Columbus Grove.
Mr. Albert Wood states, for their
Sunday dinner dessert at his home,
fresh strawberries were served. He
has a large patch of Everbearing
strawberries on his lot and says
there are a large number of blossoms
remaining. If no heavy frost comes
in the near future, he will have ber
ries until Thanksgiving.
Family Controls Store
136 Years
Even though snow flurries have
paper store in Kalida which waa
started by his grandfather Harrison
Lee, followed by his father Frank,
on land entered by Moses Lee, his
great-grandfather 136 years ago.
The original building was erected
100 years ago by Harrison Lee. It
was burned and a brick structure
replaced it.
Attorney Sues Colum
bus Grove
Judge A. A. Slaybaugh in com
mon pleas court has under advise
ment a $500 action for attorney
fees in which the village of Colum
bus Grove was the defendant
The suit was brought by Walter
Rusher, Columbus Grove attorney,
for fees based on services two years
ago on a referendum ballot proce
dure. Attempts were made then to
obtain approval of the electorate for
spending $66,000 to equip the village
municipal power plant with Diesel
engines. It was defeated six to one
and since that time virtually the en
tire village administration has been
Ruther asked the money for serv
ices performed on behalf of the vil
lage at that time.
Charged With Arson
In $20,000 Fire
Word was received in Ottawa last
week, that George W. Miller, 53,
former farm manager, had signed a
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