Lima Insurance Man
Authorities Saturday were hunting
a man who kidnapped Benjamine F.
Seitz, of Lima, at the point of a gun,
forced him to drive out of town, rob
bed him of $10 and then drove off
with his car.
Seitz, operator of the Seitz Insur
ance Agency, was not injured. He
was freed about five miles north of
Lima in Route 25. Less than three
minutes later he had furnished police
with a description of his kidnapper.
Mr. Seitz said he left his office
shortly after dark, walked to a park
ing lot across the street ,and had just
entered his car when the bandit ac
Pioneer Lima Baker
Jacob F. Renz, 75, founder of the
J. F. Renz and Sons Bakery, of Lima,
died last week in Memorial hospital
of complications. In ill health for one
year, the pioneer baker was taken to
the hospital, Tuesday night from his
home, 320N. Main street.
Born in Pfullingen, Wurtenberg,
Germany, the deceased landed in
America in 1880 and started to work
in Bucyrus at the age of 16,He served
an aprenticeship there in a bakery for
three years and after spending a year
in Upper Sandusky he moved to Lima
in 1885. On June 1, 1887 he pur
chased the Ed Maxwell bakery at 827
N. Main street.
Police Open Anti
Burglary confessions by two juven
iles led directly to an anti-gambling
crusade by Lima police.
The first arrest was that of Elmer
Gilleland, 42, operator of a cigar
counter in a downtown hotel. The
boys, 15 and 16, were quoted by De
tective Chief Ross Lanfair as admit
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NEWS NOTES FROM FOUR COUNTIES
ting burglary of about 15 business
places to provide funds to play games
of chance operated by Gilleland.
Gilleland pleaded not guilty in mu
nicipal court, and was released under
$500 bond for hearing.
Hunters Shoot Farm
Some Hunter fired at a rabbit or
pheasant and hit a fat steer on the
John Mueller farm, near Spencerville,
one day last week.
The steer died from the effect of
the gunshot wound later. Eight shot
had entered the steer’s body.
Aged Woman Killed
Mrs. Jessie Gray, 65, was injured
critically last week when she was
struck by an automobile as she cross
ed a rain-swept street instersection
after leaving the Deisel-Wemmer- Gil
bert Corp, cigar factory, in Lima,
where she was employed.
Police said the car was driven by
Nicholas Bowers, Lima. Mrs. Gray
was taken to Memorial hospital.
$10,000 Slander Suit
The $10,000 slander suit of Isaac F.
Judkins against O. C. Kohli, Lima di
vision engineer of the State Highway
department, was dismissed last week
by Judge Neal L. Lora on motion of
Judkins filed the suit last March
30, charging that his good name and
reputation as clerk in the Lima divis
ion garage had been damaged as a
result of being accused by Kohli of
engaging in political activities in vio
lation of civil service laws.
Police Chief Appoint
ment Raises Question
Detective James Goodwin took over
the post of Lima police chief last
Swing Out Broiler
That opens out away from the flame for
turning or removing foods.
Automatic Top Burners
That light automatically without matches.
For extra fast cooking.
The Gift she’ll always treasure!
Special Holiday offer—brand new 1940 model—a genuine MAGIC CHEF with
exclusive advantages at a sensational sale price. See it on display at our show
room and let us explain it’s exceptional economy features. Buy during this sale
LOOK AT THE CONVENIENCE FEATURES
OF THIS NEW 1940 MAGIC CHEF!
WEST OHIO GAS COMPANY
With high speed burner that seals in juices
—makes steaks lucious and tender.
That will not clog. Easily cleaned and
guaranteed for life.
Life Time Burners
With timer and Red Wheel heat regulator
week by appointment of Mayor Frank
McClain, with the mayor still uncer
tain whether a civil service promotion
al examination is necessary before
the office is filled permanently.
The possibility arose that a state at
torney general’s ruling will be requir
ed to decide whether city statutes take
precedence over state civil service
laws. A city statute gives the mayor
power to appoint any department
member to the post. State law calls
for a promotional examination ,to be
taken by ranking officers.
Burns Fatal To Aged
Burns suffered when his night
clothing caught fire from a gas
heater in the bathroom of his home
proved fatal in Findlay Hospital to
Samuel Cunningham, 81, retired
Coroner Harold O. Crosby gave a
verdict of accidental death. He said
Mr. Cunningham’s body was burned
from his head to his ankles. He
lived six hours after the accident.
Prefers Sleeping Out
side To Bath
Officials of the Findlay Salvation
Army post last week found a person
who would “rather sleep in a gutter
than take a bath just so he could
sleep in a bed.”
He is a transient who sought a
night’s lodging at the citadel the
He was asked to aid with the
evening chores, such as cutting wood,
doing dishes, etc., and responded
with such alacrity Army officials
almost were frightened.
As it usually is just before the
“visitors” go to bed, they began com
paring the advantages of a bed over
a damp, cold ditch, when one of the
oldtimers and a frequent visitor,
said that “all had to take a bath be
When last seen, the transient in
question was going “gutter bent”
out the front door muttering some
thing about, “not taking a bath in
two years and I ain’t gonna start
now. I’d rather sleep in a gutter.”
Postal Receipts Gain
For Three Years
Post office set a new record for
the month of November at Findlay
and extended to three full years the
period in which monthly gains have
been recorded, Postmaster W. T.
Ault at the close of business Thurs
Receipts for the month just ended,
amounted to $15,201.14 to top the
previous November high of $12,408.
06„ set last year, by $2,793.08. The
gain represents a 22.5 per cent in
Hunter Loses Self
A hunter from Strasburg, Ohio,
lost his way and the place where he
had left his car in Portage town
ship last week. He did not know the
name of the mar near whose home
he had left the vehicle and had
tramped many a weary mile in
search of it.
Finally he accosted Ray Rayle who
was husking corn in a field near by.
“I’ll give you half a dollar if
you’ll find my automobile for me,”
said the stranger who proceeded to
describe to the best of his ability
the appearance of the farm where
he had left his car.
“A red barn and buildings”, he
ventured, which didn’t help much
since most farm barns are red. But
from the description Rayle figured
it was the Ruse farm on the. town
ship line a mile east of McComb, a
mile and a half away.
Findlay Trucker Loses
James Townsend, 45, Findlay,
World war veteran, died in a hos
pital at Union City, Ind., last Fri
day from injuries suffered when the
truck he was driving left a road and
struck a tree near Lightsville, Ohio.
Mr. Townsend was employed by the
Dealers Transport Co., Detroit.
11 One-room Schools
To Be Closed
The Hardin County Board of Edu
cation has authorized the sale of 11
rural one-room school buildings De
cember 28 as plans were laid to open
classes in the recently completed
Hardin Central consolidated school
Schools to be sold include Green
leaf, Grey Eagle, Pfeiffer, Espy
Grove, Enterprise, Scioto Valley, In
dependent, Lynn Valley, Garwood,
Shingle and Liberty. They have
been in use this fall while con
tractors were completing work on
the new building.
Thieves Butcher Heifer
Dow Ramge of east of Kenton last
week reported to Deputy Sheriff
Homer D. Radcliffe that a heifer had
been butchered in a field of Ramge’s
tenant farm, located on the Miller
pike near Kenton. The crime was
believed to have been committed some
time during the night on the farm
which is at present untenanted.
The heifer had been killed and its
two hind quarters removed, Ramge
reported. The rest of the carcass,
unskinned, was left in the field.
Radcliffe is investigating.
May Adopt Boy Who
The parents of Arthur J. Combs,
Jr., of Hepburn, wso was killed in a
hunting accident, said they were will
ing to forgive the youth who shot
their son—even to adopt him if pos
Buford Loney, 15, who accidentally
killed Arthur, was held by authori
ties for investigation.
Coroner Kenneth W. Preston was
told that the boys were running when
a shotgun over Loney’s arm dis
charged, blowing away the top of his
Ada Dedicates War
A grey granite monolith, eight
feet in heighth, honoring the soldiers,
sailors and nurses of all U. S. wars
has been erected on the American
Legion lot in Wtodlawn cemetery in
The memorial was made possible
The Amstutz Cannery
will operate after Novem
ber 1 on Wednesday only
until further notice.
Delicious Canned Peaches
North of Bluffton on College Rd.
Bluffton Phone 635-Y
through a G. A. R. fund and the
aid of the Foss-Agin-Meyer post of
the American Legion, Mrs. Frank
Price, one of the few surviving
members of the disbanded W. R. C.
chapter in Ada, turned the Carman
post fund over to the Legion.
Two Diseases Fought
With one case of diphtheria report
ed in Hardin County, Kenton school
authorities acted last week to pre
vent the spread of the disease to
public school children by having 170
Scarlet fever cases increase to 11
with Mrs. Albert Sheldon and her
five children ill of the disease in
their home west of Kenton.
“Messiah” In Ada On
The Christmas presentation of
Handel’s “Messiah” by the Ohio
Northern Choral society will be giv
en on Sunday evening, Dec. 17, it
was announced by Professor Haydn
Owens, head of the music depart
ment. The singing of the famous
oratorio is a traditional event.
Mows Lawn In Snow
The calendar said Dec. 1, but W.
A. Smith, of Kenton, said his grass
had grown so much he thought the
season was spring. So he oiled his
lawn mower and cut the grass. He
said it was the first time in his life
he ever had to cut grass so late.
Dangerous Crossing To
The Purdy Construction Co. of
Mansfield has been awarded a con
tract by the Ohio Highway Depart
ment to construct an overhead cross
ing in U. S. Route 30S at the New
York Central Railroad, west of Ken
ton on its bid of $113,342. The pro
ject is to be completed by June 30,
George Baus, Democrat, was due
to become the next trustee of Buck
township after he won the third
round in his fight to determine whe
ther he or Harold Richards, Republi
can incumbent, was elected Nov. 7.
Richards and Baus tied at 549
each on the official count and Rich
ards won the toss of a coin to break
The Baus asked for a recount of
ballots cast in three precincts. Rich
ards sought a recount in the other
precinct of the township.
By a quirk of fate, Baus was trail
ing, 547 to 545, when the elections
board officials started counting bal
lots in the precinct for which Rich
ards had demanded a recount. When
they ended Richards had lost the
election, 547 to 545. He lost four
votes in the precinct.
Columbus Grove Fair
Following a meeting of the Mid
Winter Fair Board, Wednesday even
ing, plans were practically completed
for the annual fair which will be held
on the street and in buildings in the
Columbus Grove business district.
It will run for four days, Dec. 19
$28,581 Given To
Another $28,581.51 were thrown in
to the business channels of Putnam
county when 270 checks for that
Condition your laying flock
with Turners Products.
The remedies that produce
Feed our O. K. or All Pur
pose Concentrates, and fill
your basket with eggs.
For Vigor and Health—
include meat in your menu.
Always ready to serve you.
Fresh and Salt Meats
amount were distributed to farmers
at agriculture conservation signup
meetings in the various townships.
This is the third consignment of
checks to be received on the 1939 crop
control program. The first two
grops were 713 and 590 for a total of
$139,271.11. Those checks, along with
the latest consignment, bring the total
for the year to 1,573 and $167,852,62.
Columbus Grove Youth
Has Champion Steer
Winner for the second year in suc
cession of the Cleveland Livestock
Show grand championship, 12-year
old Robert Griffith of Col. Grove, Put
nam county, possessed a $585 check
and a gold cup.
The check was the price Robert’s
shorthorn steer, Strowan Roan Knight
brought from Swift & Company at the
auction which climaxed the show. The
boy also received $25 from the Amer
ican Shorthorn Breeders’ Association.
The auction price for Robert’s steer
was 65 cents a pound. Walter Lar
son, 16, of North Royalton, Cuyahoga
county ,who was runner-up with a
beautiful black Aberdeen-Angus steer,
got 23 cents a pound for his cham.
More Funds Sought
The Putnam County Library Asso
ciation has opened a branch at Leip
sic but needs additional funds to pur
chase new books for the branch, it
has informed the Putnam County bud
To expand the county library sys
tem and to improve its services the
association has requested the commis
Bixel Motor Sales
Authorized Ford Dealers
THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 1939
How Much Does Safety COST?
Much or little, depending on
how much precaution, you take
right now. By calling us in for a
free inspection of your furnace
now before winter starts, safety
will cost you nothing. Later it
may cost a great deal more. Play
safe! Find out now about our
special fall heating offer. Save
tnis ad—It’s valuable!
sion to approve an amended 1940 bud
get providng for $6,000 in come in
stead of $3,500, as originally request
ed. Since tax rates have been es
tablished for 1940, it is unlikely that
any increase can be made at this time,
County Auditor Carl D. Frick said.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Frantz are
the parents of a baby boy. Mrs.
Frantz was removed from the Bluff
ton Community hospital to her home
NEW RIDE STABILIZER
You get it in a
A shower was given at the home
of Miss Juanita Weis of Bluffton,
Wednesday evening honoring Mrs.
Dale Moore, formerly Miss Jean
Zimmerly of this place.
E. A. Altman of Bellingham,
Washington, spent Monday in the
Mrs. Samuel Rickly home. In the
evening they called on Mrs. S. P.
Hummon and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Short of Bluffton.
Mr. and Mrs. Reno Oberly and
family are moving this week from a
farm near Ottawa to the Miss Zanna
Mr. and Mrs. Nile Newton and
family spent Sunday in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Craty Worley of
W. W. Hummon of Los Angeles,
Calif., who spent the past two weeks
visiting relatives in this vicinity left
for his home on Friday.
The Hancock County Christian En
deavor Union officers were entertain
ed in the home of Miss Mildred Wyn
koop, Monday evening.
The members of the Ladies Har
mony Circle spent Thursday in the
home of Mrs. Pearl Doty of Mt.
Cory. The day was spent in making
a comforter for a needy family.
Rudy Coal Air Condition*-
Cast or steel coal, oil or gas Furnaces and Air Conditioners
REPAIRS FOR ALL FURNACE MAKES
Stauffer Plumbing Shop
$ THIS AD WORTH ONE DOLLAR-ASK US $
ALL WEEK SPECIALS
32% Dairy Supplement........................................... $2.25
40% Hog Supplement.............................................. 2.75
18% Banner Egg Mash.......................................... 2.10
34% Egg Mash Supplement.................................. 2.85
40% Egg Mash Supplement.................................. 3.10
44% Soy Bean Meal................................................ 2.10
Pure Bran.................................................................. 1.50
Winter Wheat Midds.............................................. 1.60
Meat Scraps .............................................................. 3.35
Tankage .................................................................... 3.35
100 lbs. Fine Salt.................................................... 1.00
Rock Salt ........................................................................ 50
Rabbit Salt, per spool.................................................... 05
Feed Grinding 5c per sack—2 sacks or more
The Bluffton Milling Co.
WE PAY TOP CASH PRICES
Horses $3.00 Cows $2.00
Small Stock removed free of charge.
Telephone Findlay, MAIN 475, Reverse Charges
BUCKEYE REDUCTION COMPANY, Findlay, Ohio
“Branch, Fostoria Animal Products, Inc.” ________
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