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THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 1939
Former Sheriff Balks
Ralph S. Marshall, former Allen
county sheriff, turned police officer
again Thursday evening and single
handed captured a thief.
He was Bryan Sheets, 21, who
Marshall said was stealing gasoline
from automobiles in the old A. & P.
parking lot, in Lima.
According to the ex-sheriff, he was
looking out of his apartment win
dow shortly after 10 p. m. when he
spied several persons loitering
around automobiles in the lot. He
called police headquarters and went
to the lot where he accosted three
persons, one being Sheets.
Lima Schools Within
Despite the critical financial con
dition of schools in many parts of
the state, necessitating the closing
of some, Lima schools will continue
operations for the rest of the 1939
40 year uncurtailed in any way.
This was the announcement by
Supt. J. McLean Reed.
“Lima public schools are operat
ing within the balanced budget set
up by the board of education, and
all salaries and invoices are being
paid on time,” Reed declared.
Rookie Cop Kills
A man identified as Harry
O’Leary, 24, of Lima route 4, was
shot and killed and another man
was being held in the Auglaize coun
ty jail Thursday after a rookie cop
surprised the pair while they were
attempting to rob the William Mack
cnbach, Jr., meat market in St.
O’Leary was killed by Officer
Harry Critten, who ordered the two
men to surrender. When he ordered
O’Leary to put up his hands the lat
ter grabbed a meat cleaver, he re
“When the burglar was about to
hurl the cleaver at me I shot.”
Broadcasting License
Radio station WLOK, Lima, has
been granted a renewal of its license
for a year’s period, the Federal Com
munications Commission said last
Renewal of the station’s license
came after an examination of its
activities during recent months by
commission engineers.
Trucker Dies In Crash
Lima’s first traffic fatality since
April 22 brought death last Thurs
day to Glen Brown, 24, of Spring
field, an employe of the Wenosha
Driveaway company.
He was crushed to death beneath
a truck after he had leaped or had
been thrown from the cab by the
impact of a collision with an auto
mobile driven by Donald S. Leach,
of Lima, at a street intersection.
Mr. Leach suffered a wrenched back.
Police Chief Goes On
Chief Ward Taylor will vacate
his post as head of the police de
partment Thursday. Taylor made
this announcement after his pension
had been granted by the police pen
sion board at a special session, ef
fective Dec. 1.
Although Chief Taylor had ex
pressed desire to serve as police
chief until Jan. 2, he said he will
accept his $75 pension beginning
Dec. 1, the date fixed by the pension
board. Action of the board was
Prisoners Get Turkey
For 11 inmates of the Allen county
jail, spending Thanksgiving Day
away from home wasn’t so bad after
For they too had roast turkey,
with all the trimmings, including
dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed
potatoes and gravy, candied sweet
potatoes, celery, mince pie and cof
After eating, the grateful and
very stuffed prisoners wrote a letter
of thanks to the sheriff’s wife, Mrs.
William V. Daley, who prepared the
$694 Redeemed In
Tax Stamps
Increased dividends await Allen
county organizations participating in
the program of redeeming sales tax
This announcement was made Fri
day by L. WT. Mannon, manager of
the Better Business Bureau, as
heavier buying began Friday with
the official opening of the Christ
fas shopping season in Lima.
The Christmas buying season,
Mannon said, offers a splendid time
for charitable groups to cash in on
the state’s redemption plan.
Magnitude of the program was
disclosed Friday in announcement
that some 70 Lima and district or
ganizations have received $94.63 thru
the plan during the last six months.
Candidates Spend
Candidates and organizations which
backed the office seekers at the
Nov. 7 election spent more than
$4,000 during the recent campaign.
This announcement was made Sat
urday by Allen County Board of
Election officials as the deadline fell
for filing expense accounts.
The Motter-for-Judge Committee
headed the list of expenditures with
$838.79. The Allen County Emer
gency Committee, which conducted
the local fight against the Bigelow
amendments, listed $736.21.
Fireman Misses Pole,
Is Hurt
Harry Randall, Lima fireman at
Station No. 2, was confined to his
home Wednesday with a sprained
left foot and a jaw injury received
about 11:30 p. m. Tuesday at the
Randall, who was sleeping up
stairs, said he attempted to slide
down the pole to answer the fire
alarm indicator when he fell.
Lima Faces Relief
Blocked by provision of the Lima
city charter, the proposed plan to di
vert $6,000 from the waterworks
fund for relief purposes was a dead
issue Thursday as city officials con
cerned themselves about finding some
new method of raising additional
money to care for the city’s needy.
The discovery was made Wednes
day afternoon at a three-hour con
ference of city and state officials at
which general relief conditions were
Pickpocket Gets $50
Police records reveal that a pick
pocket worked in Lima Wednesday
and thieves stole automobile acces
sories, two bicycles and cash.
W. D. Harner, of Crestline, com
plained to police that his pockets
were picked Wednesday afternoon
while he was walking in the 200
block of North Main street. His
billfold containing $50 and valuable
papers were stolen, he said.
Death Takes Promin
ent Oil Man
Michael J. Lynch, 67, prominent
in Lima oil circles for the past 39
years, died early Friday morning in
Memorial hospital following an ill
ness of a year.
He was a native of Titusville, Pa.,
and came to Lima a number of years
ago. He was one of the best known
oil men in the mid-continent fields
and was associated with Mack Colt
and W. L. Parmenter as vice presi
dent of the OKO Oil company, and
the Maire Bros, company.
Lima Man Noted
A former Lima man is inscribing
his name upon the annals of the
U. S. Navy flying service as com
mander of the Navy’s most famous
aviation unit.
He is Lt. Com. L. A. Moebus, son
of L. F. and Norma Moebus, of
Lima, and is stationed at the San
Diego, Calif., naval base.
Moebus is chief of Flying Squad
ron Two comprising 15 enlisted men
with the Navy’s best reputation.
On their planes is inscribed “Ado
Rimini” a Latin expression which
means, when translated, “Up and
at ’em”.
Accidents Show
The completed report for the first
four months of the Allen county in
dustrial safety campaign shows an
increase in both the accident fre
quency and accident severity when
9,497 employes worked 6,458,11 man
hours and reported 35 less than
seven days lost time cases, 48 com
pensation cases, 14 broken bones,
three amputations and one death for
an accident frequency of 15.65 and
an accident severity of .03329.
Allen Will Not Share
In Relief
Allen county will not share in the
distribution of $1,878,420.26 for
poor relief under Attorney General
Thomas J. Herbert’s ruling author­
izing cities to tap surplus excise tax
collections, it was revealed Saturday
by State Auditor Joseph T. Fergu
Among the counties which will
benefit, and the amounts they will
receive, are: Hancock $10,764 Hard
in $6,366 and Putnam $7,981.
Advance Made In
School Funds
Lima will receive $53,637 and Al
len county $39,798 from the distri
bution announced Saturday of $10,
922,332 in school foundation funds
advanced to subdivisions by the
state board of control.
The distribution originally was
scheduled for Nov. 30 but was made
a week early because some school
boards have reported they were hard
pressed for operating funds.
Hancock County Gets
Health Nurse
Mrs. Vesta Humberstone has been
employed as Hancock county health
nurse, filling a need which Dr. Senn
F. Whisler, county health commis
sioner, described as definite and
Employed by the Hancock county
board of health, the cost of Mrs.
Humberstone’s services will be paid
by the state department of health
with the aid of federal funds, Dr.
Whisler said.
Man Damages Auto
In Crash
Believe it or not, a man ran into
an automobile and damaged it in
Findlay Wednesday night.
“It’s one for the book,” commented
Police Chief Leo Larkins.
Floyd Shafer, 17, a CCC camp
enrolee, ran between two parked
cars and slipped. He fell against a
machine belonging to Paul Fooley
of Marion and knocked the lens out
of a headlight.
Christmas Decorations
Are Planned
Plans have been completed for the
Christmas decorations which will
adorn Findlay’s Main street during
the coming holiday season.
The decorations will vary some
what from those of recent years as
a result of a decision reached by the
executive committee of the retail di
vision of the Chamber of Commerce
which arranges for the decorations
each year.
Trustees Group To
The biennial banquet of the Han
cock County Association of Town
ship Trustees and clerks will be
held at 7 o’clock Wednesday evening,
December 13, in Trinity Lutheran
Blondes Poor Third
On Campus
If gentlemen prefer blondes, then
the Findlay college men have ad
mitted that they are no gentlemen,
In their balloting for their “Ideal
Giri”, they put blondes in the show
money and red heads placed but
brunettes went over the winning
line far in advance of their nearest
In commenting on how a girl
should dress for a date, one answer
which spoke with conviction uf ex
perience was given: “In less time.”
Deputy Sheriff Bags
Deputy Sheriff Sam H. Frye and
his family will have plenty of veni
son to eat for the next few days.
For hanging in the backyard of
Frye’s home, in Findlay, is a 185
pound deer which he shot last Thurs
day in Michigan while hunting with
O. E. Wilford, Toledo, former Han
cock county sheriff.
Pioneer Business Man
Charles A. Karg, 79, well known
Findlay sportsman and former meat
market proprietor, died at 5 o’clock
Tuesday afternoon of last week.
Mr. Karg retired from the meat
business in 1935 when the Karg
brothers firm, in which he was asso
ciated with two brothers, Fred J.
Kark, and the late A. E. Karg, was
The firm was in business 84 years
and for over 50 years he acted as
the buyer.
Civil Service Exams
Are Set
Examinations for a number of po
sitions in the state and county serv-
ice in highway work and for a num
ber of positions in the department
of agriculture have just been an
nounced by the state civil service
Dates for the examinations are
December 12, 13, 14 and 15, to be
conducted in Athens, Canton, Cin
cinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and
Toledo for the following positions:
Assistant engineer, bridge inspector,
highway inspector, instrument man
and timekeeper, all in the highway
department and for inspector, food
and dairy inspector, feeds and fer
tilizers, and deputy inspector, nurs
ery and orchard, all in the state de
partment of agriculture.
Births Exceed Deaths
By One
There was one more birth than
there were deaths in Findlay and
Hancock county during October, ac
cording to reports of Miss Edith
Houseman, registrar of vital sta
tistics for Findlay, and Dr. S. F.
Whisler, county health commissioner.
There were 35 deaths and 36
Surplus Relief Fund
Hancock county is due to receive
$10,764 in current relief funds as
a result of an attorney general’s
opinion freeing excess utilities ex
cise tax funds.
The money was released under an
opinion by Attorney General Thomas
J. Herbert that surplus utilities
taxes in excess of amounts pledged
on poor relief bonds might be used
immediately for current relief ex
O. P. Van Schoik, chief relief ex
aminer in the state auditor’s office,
estimated that $1,878,420 would be
available for the state as a whole
to pay current relief costs as result
of the ruling.
Amounts were certified by Van
Schoik as available in various coun
ties as follows: Hardin, $6,366 Put
nam, $7,921.
Man, 96, Husks Corn
One of Union township’s oldest
residents is J. U. Keyser, whose
home is in Mt. Cory. Believe it or
not, Mr. Keyser at the age of 96,
was in the cornfield every day last
week except Saturday, husking corn
along with his neighbor, W. D.
More Have Christmas
Fifty-five thousand dollars will be
released to 1,500 Christmas club
members in Findlay next Friday by
three banking institutions.
This year’s figure is exactly twice
the amount mailed out to Christmas
club members in 1936 and $5,500
better than last year. In fact an
increase has been shown in both tl^e
total amount and the number of
members for the past several years.
Many Go To Livestock
Hancock and Putnam counties will
be well represented at the annual
Cleveland livestock show to be held
Wednesday and Thursday in the
equestrium at Cleveland union stock
Grand Jury Has Long
Completing one of the longest ses
sions ever held the Hancock county
grand jury last week indicted six
persons, all true bills being for
charges of a minor nature. The body
reviewed 19 cases, continued four
and ignored nine in the five days it
was in session.
Highway Dept. To Re
surface Street
Announcement was made that the
state highway department will ac
cept bids in Columbus on Friday,
Dec. 8, for resurfacing Findlay’s
North Main street from Swing ave
nue at Howard Run, north to Bell
avenue, or the north city limits.
The stretch is 1.266 miles long
and the pavement will be 50, 55, and
60 feet wide. The entire width of
asphaltic material, according to
The total estimated cost is placed
at $38,690.43.
Loses Arm In Shredder
Jacob H. Shafer, 60, lost an arm
in a corn shredder last week on the
Della Roller farm. He was treated
at Findlay hospital. It was be
lieved that he tried to straighten a
stalk of corn in the shredder when
his sleeve became caught in the ma
Man Crushed By
Falling Log
William Ingmire, 28, Lima, was
killed near Roundhead last Friday
when a large log fell from a wagon
and dropped on him. His chest was
crushed, Coroner Kenneth W. Pres
ton, said.
178 Families On Relief
One hundred and seventy-eight
families consisting of 712 persons
and in addition 38 single persons
were on the relief rolls of Hardin
county the past month. The total
cost was $3,954.02. On direct relief
were 26 families of 104 members for
whom $233.10 was spent. For 28
single persons $315.45 was expended.
Youth Dies In Picker
Richard Berwill Kipker, 13-year
old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Kip
ker of near Roundhead, met sudden
death Monday afternoon when he
was caught in the mechanism of a
corn picker at his home.
The youth, a junior at Roundhead
high school, was believed to have
been reaching into the machine to
make minor repairs when he was
caught in gears and pulled into the
moving mechanism^ His neck and
jaw were believed fractured.
Injuries In Fall Prove
George F. Stambaugh, 69, promin
ent Ada race horse breeder and ex
tensive land owner, died shortly be
fore midnight last Wednesday in
Lima Memorial hospital from in
juries suffered Nov. 14 when he was
thrown from a horse.
Mr. Stambaugh was mounting one
of his prize animals preparatory to
exercising it on the racetrack at his
farm at the edge of Ada, when the
thorobred reared, throwing its owner
to the ground. He suffered internal
injuries and had been confined to
a Lima hospital :lnce Wednesday,
November 15.
The Stambaugh family was found
er of the steel industry in Youngs
town and the Ada man owned ex
tensive holdings in the Youngstown
Sheet and Tube company as well as
the Stambaugh and Thompson Hard
were company of Youngstown.
He was one of the promoters of
the Scioto marsh in Hardin county
and was one of the most extensive
operators in the area.
Accidents Hound Ill
Starred Car
The gods that control traffic acci
dents must have had the giggles
near Kenton last week.
Miss Cleo Katterjohn, deputy
Hardin county auditor, lost control
of her car. It went into the ditch
where it was struck by another auto
mobile. Two wreckers had trouble
reaching the scene, and on the way
to Kenton, the Katterjohn car was
struck by another car, ruining the
only unmarred part of the auto
Man Dies In High
way Crash
John Tschudy, 74, Kenton farmer,
was killed and Guy B. Warren, of
Swanton, was injured slightly last
week when Mr. Tschudy’s automobile
crashed headon with Mr. Warren’s
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loaded coal truck, four miles south
of Kenton on State Route 31.
Coroner Kenneth W. Preston said
the force of the collision, which oc
curred while mist and fog obscured
the vision of the drivers, shoved the
automobile’s motor back to the front
seat and scattered coal over the
highway. Deputy Sheriff Homer
Radcliffe exonerated Mr. Warren of
Unused School To
Be Sold
The Kenton board of education will
sell the old South school building at
public auction at the courthouse on
Friday, Dec. 22, at 11 a. m., it was
announced by Boyd W. Geiser, clerk
of the board.
The sale will include two tracts
of land which in turn include both
the plot on which the building
stands as well as where the play
ground was formerly located.
90 4-H Steers Are
Being Fed
Ninety steers have been distributed
to 4-H club members in Putnam
county as a start for the 1940 steer
feeding program, County Agent
Ralph Dush announced.
Any boy or girl between 10 and
20 years of age is eligible to enter
the program if entry is filed before
January 1, the agent explained.
Game Warden Spoils
Thanksgiving Meal
Hen pheasant would have been the
main course of A. B. Scheele’s
Thanksgiving dinner if Deputy Game
Warden George Treece hadn’t appre
hended the man with the bird.
Scheele, 26, of Ottow’a, Route 3,
was arraigned before a justice of
the peace on a charge of shooting
an illegal bird. He was fined $25
and costs.
Putnam Taxes Are
Real estate tax rates for Putnam
county for 1940 collections have been
approved by the state tax commission
and were released by County Audi
tor Carl D. Frick Tuesday.
A summary of the rate sheet
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shows that increases ranging from
.05 mills to 13.45 mills have been
made in 42 sub-divisions while de
creases from .05 mills to 2.80 mills
were made in 10 districts.
Flood Data Is Sought
State Representative T. F. McElroy
is making a tour of Putnam county
to obtain data for a federal flood
control project He is soliciting in
formation from all citizens who have
suffered flood damage during the last
30 years. Army engineers are work
ing on a proposed project for thia
Log Sawing Contest
At Fair
The mid-winter fair which is an
annual event at Columbus Grove,
will be held Dec. J9 to 22 as an
nounced by the fair board.
At a meeting of the board held
recently plans were made for adding
new classes in live stock and grain.
A log sawing contest also is planned
as a feature event and other free
entertainment will be added, board
members said.
Christmas Seal Sale
Opens Dec. 1
The sale of Christmas seals thru
out Putnam county will open on
Friday, Dec. 1, and continue until
New Credit Bureau
The Putnam Credit Bureau, re
cently organized by and under the
management of A. L. Kahle, is now
in full operation. The bureau is
conveniently located on the second
floor of the former Bank of Ot
tawa building in Ottawa. John
Doepker, Jr., is assistant to Mr.
Hatchery Announces
Promising an expansion of the
business, the Neuhauser Chick Hatch
eries of Napoleon have purchased the
Master store in Ottawa from Gideon
Niswander, who has operated the
business for the last three years,
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