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THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1940
ALLEN COUNTY
Sewing Center Closed
By Surplus
Over-production of garments on
Lima’s WPA sewing project Thurs
day resulted in an announcement
from William B. Schmuhl, district
WPA director from Toledo, that the
project will be closed down indefi
nitely.
Closing of the project, which will
result in dismissal of 131 women
workers, followed a personal investi
gation by Schmuhl.
It was found that the project
workers have made enough gar
ments, which are given to needy
and relief people thru the city, to
last for at least two months. This
surplus was built up thru efficient
operation of the project, Schmuhl
said.
Police Radio Power
May Be Boosted
Mayor Frank McClain is awaiting
approval of the Allen County com
missioners for a formal application
to the Federal Communications Com
mission for authority to increase the
power of Lima’s police radio station
at a cost of $11,000 to the city and
county. City council has sanctioned
the proposal which would enable the
station to provide emergency service
to surrounding communities and im
prove communication facilities with
the Ohio Highway Patrol station at
Findlay.
Hen Lays Four-Ounce
Eggs
An eight-pound pullet on the farm
of George F. Boyer, near Lima, de
serves some sort of a title. Every
second day for two months the
chicken has laid eggs which weighed
one-quarter pound.
FBI Seeks Fake Fac
tory Exploiter
The Federal Bureau of Investiga
tion has taken over the case of the
man who was in Delphos last week
representing himself as wanting to
obtain a site for a hinge factory and
foundary. He is wanted in New
York for bank robbery, according to
FBI agents. The man was shown
several potential factory sites by
public-spirited citizens.
Before coming to Delphos, the im
poster was in Dundee, Mich., and it
was there that his identity was re
vealed by a Detroit FBI agent who
took fingerprints of a drinking glass
used by the man in a Dundee res
taurant.
New Oil Line Under
Construction
Construction of a new 12-inch
crude oil pipe line from Hagers
town, Ind., to Lima, Ohio, will be
started at Lima this week, the Stand
ard Oil company, of Ohio, an
nounced. The new line will con
nect with the line from Stoy, Ill.,
to Hagerstown, Ind., and will enter
Lima from the southwest, connect
ing there with the Sohio refinery
and the Buckeye Pipe Line tank
farm.
Two Old Bridges To Be
Replaced
Allen County Commissioners an
nounced last week their agreement
to share equally with Van Wert
County and the city of Delphos in
construction of two new bridges
across the old Miami and Erie canal
in downtown Delphos at a cost of
about $7,000.
The present bridges, on Cleveland
and Clime streets, have been called
unsafe for heavy traffic for several
years. The canal divides Delphos in
half and forms the Allen-Van Wert
County boundary.
Pheasants Are
Imported
Chas. Croft, president of the
Northwest Ohio Field and Stream
Association, Spencerville, has re
ceived a shipment of 75 pheasants
from the State Conservation Depart
ment.
In the shipment were four roosters
and two hens of Black Mongolian
pheasants.
The pheasants were released in
the country' around Spencerville.
Abandons 1927 Stolen
Car For New One
Not content with a 1927 sedan
which he had stolen from the 900
block of South Main street, a Lima
auto thief abandoned it about 8:30
p. m. Tuesday and stole a coach
which was nine years newer.
Police expressed opinion Wednes
day that the “hard-to-please” thief
is the same one who has Stolen three
other automobiles in the past week.
NEWS NOTES FROM FOUR COUNTIES
HOLC Borrowers
May Gain
Allen County HOLC borrowers
will be saved $21,711 annually if con
gress approves a bill introduced by
Sen. W. Warren Barbour (R) of
New Jersey.
The bill calls for extension of time
for repayment of HOLC loans, and
reduction of interest rates on such
loans from 4H to 3 per cent.
Pointing out total HOLC loans
closed in Allen county equalled $2,
030,697 at the time the Home Own
ers Loan Corp, stopped lending
money in June, 1936, Barbour said
repayments since that time by Allen
county borrowers have totaled slight
ly over 20 per cent This leaves a
balance of about $1,608,000 still due
on Allen county loans.
Bus Drivers Get
Pay Boost
Announcement was made last week
that 36 bus drivers from the Lima
City Lines, Inc., has received a
three-cent per hour pay increase un
der a new agreement reached by
company officials. The agreement
also carries a week’s vacation each
year with pay.
Crash Injuries Fatal
To Autoist
Robert Bishop, 26, Johnstown, Pa.,
an Ohio Power Co. lineman, died last
Wednesday night of injuries suf
fered in a collision between two
trucks on a snow coverel highway
five miles north of Lima.
Witnesses reported that Mr. Bish
op’s truck skidded into the path of
the approaching vehicle. He died
without regaining consciousness.
County Gets $36,117
For Relief
Allen county’s share in the $4,472,
975 distribution of public utility tax
poor relief funds, announced Wed
nesday by State Auditor Joseph T.
Ferguson, will be $36,117.
The annual poor relief distribu
tion represents an increase of
$319,212 over last year, Ferguson re
ported. The funds are to be used
in 71 counties for retirement of poor
relief bonds issued in 1935 and 1936,
but in 17 counties—including Al
len and Auglaize—which did not
issue bonds in those years the money
may be used for matching purposes
and current welfare needs.
To Start On $272,000
Road Program
A force of 100 Lima and Allen
county men will start work about
April 1 on a $272,000 highway pro
ject calling for relocation of Route
30 in the vicinity of Delphos. This
announcement was made Thursday
by O. C. Kohli, Lima, division en
gineer of the state highway depart
ment.
Bids on the improvement, 5.72
miles in length, will be received at
Columbus Friday. The project in
cludes a new pavement, roadway,
roadside improvements, detours and
structural work.
Frightened By Light
ning, Woman Dies
A flash of lightning during Sat
urday’s freak winter storm induced
a heart attack which claimed the
life of a 59-year-old woman.
The victim was Mrs. Grace Leona
Mann, of Lima Route 1, who fell
unconscious as lightning flashed while
she was working in a Lima cafe
operated by her brother, Earl Spees.
Durbin May Enter
Senate Race
Atty. Francis W. Durbin, chair
man of the Allen County Democratic
executive committee, Saturday an
nounced he is “considering very ser
iously” getting into the Democratic
senatorial race left wide open by U.
S. Senator A. Vic Donahey’s decis
ion to retire from office.
He said he would make a decision
the first of the week.
Finds Son After 22
Years
Twenty-year-old Challis Weirman
of Lima, and his father, William
Wallace of Kenton, met for the first
time in a Lima restaurant recently,
the father still bewildered by the
discovery that his son had not died
in infancy as he had believed.
The youth, adopted when a baby
by Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Weirman,
learned only two years ago that he
was an adopted child, and started a
search for his parents. He knew
he had been born in Foraker, Hard
in county. A check of families
named Wallace in Kenton, finally led
him to his father. The father could
give no information as to the where
abouts of the mother.
The youth was born after his par­
ents became estranged and while
Mr. Wallace was serving in the U.
S. Army.
March 20 Tax Deadline
A reminder that March 20 is the
deadline for payment of first-half
1939 real estate taxes without pen
alty was issued Saturday by Allen
county Treasurer Byron H. Dershem.
Realty tax collections Saturday
amounted to $3,344.86, bringing the
total for the week to $49,416.42 and
for the collection to date $496,567.27,
Dershem reported.
A total of $612.52 in sales tax
stamps was sold Saturlay and $3,
049.54 in personal and $1,898.67 in
classified property taxes was collect
ed during the week.
Vertner Seeks County
Nomination
Stanley M. Vertner, widely known
Beaverdam contractor and mayor of
that village, Saturday announced his
candidacy for the Republican nom
ination for recorder of Allen county.
Vertner has had considerable ex
perience in public affairs. He was a
trustee of Richland township for
many years and for 16 years was
clerk of the school board. He has
engaged in several successful busi
nesses and for several years has
been operating as a contractor and
drainage engineer.
A graduate of Bluffton High
school and Ohio Northern university,
Vertner is married and has two
children.
Bible Helps Identify
Mishap Victim
A Bible from the Lima Rescue
Mission helped officials identify a
hitchhiker killed by an automobile
near London early one day last week
as Taylor Holland, about 60.
It was written in the Bible, found
in the victim’s pocket, that it had
been presented to him by Rev. A. D.
Welty of Lima.
When notified of the accident, Rev.
Welty said Holland had visited the
mission several days ago and had
asked for a copy of the New Testa
ment. He did not tell Welty where
he was from of his destination.
Lima High In Business
Gain
Lima again took the business
spotlight Friday as the Forbes sur
vey for March 1, placed the city
among the first 10 in the nation for
favorable comparison with general
conditions of a year ago. Lima was
ninth.
Leading the last was Minneapolis,
followed in order by Toledo, Berke
ley, Calif., Lansing, Mich., Bing
hamton, N. ¥., Mobile, Ala., Topeka,
Kansas, Chester, Pa., Lima and
Bloomington, Ill.
Income Tax Due
March 15
Some 350 Lima and Allen county
public employes will be obliged to
dig down in their pockets and pay
federal income taxes before the dead
line falls March 15.
Under the new’ provisions, which
become effective with the calendar
year of 1939, every single person,
or married person not living with
husband or wife, is required to file
an income tax return, if their in
come amounts to $1,000 or more for
the calendar year.
Existing income tax laws provide
that every married person, or in the
case of husband and wife whose
combined income totals $2,500 or
more during the calendar year, is
also required to file an income tax
return.
Divorce Actions Are
Parallel
Cases of marital discord run in
pairs, judging by records in Allen
county common pleas court.
A wife and a husband were grant
ed divorces Friday by Judge Neal L.
Lora, and a wife and a husband filed
new’ suits.
The wife who w’as granted a di
vorce was ordered restored to her
former name of Florence Shafer,
and the wife w’ho seeks a similar
decree asks to be restored to her
maiden name of—Florence Shaffer.
HANCOCK COUNTY
Fakes Official Lands
In Jail
Cloyce Conine, 27, of Norwalk,
said by authorities to have imper
sonated a justice of the peace, was
held in the Findlay jail last week in
default of payment of a $100 fine
imposed for reckless driving.
The reckless driving charge was
filed by George Rader of Oakwood,
who told the court Conine forced
his automobile off the highway,
stopped Rader, and told him he was
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an officer. Rader quoted him as say
ing: “Do you want to settle now or
go back to Findlay?”
Rader and his wife testified that
Conine chased their automobile w’hen
they tried to get aw’ay. He allegedly
rammed the rear of their car and
forced them to stop again. Rader
said he turned into a driveway west
of Findlay and telephoned Conine’s
license number to the state highway
patrol.
Hit By Two Autos,
Unhurt
Earl Kirkendall, 21, of Findlay,
w’as apparently little hurt last w’eek
when he was struck first by a taxi
and then a private automobile as he
crossed Main street at Center street.
Police said he was w’alking across
the street and that he wras struck
first by a Home Cab driven by Paul
Thomas, 22, and then by an automo
bile operated by Theodore Palmer, 32.
Ohio Oil Declares
Dividend
The board of directors of the Ohio
Oil Co. last week declared the regu
lar quarterly dividend of $1.50 per
share on preferred stock of the com
pany, payable March 15 to stock
holders of record March 5.
485 On WPA In County
Employment strength on WPA
rolls in Hancock county numbers 485
persons, both men and women, ac
cording to figures announced by Mrs.
Jane Fronefield, county director.
She said that in contrast to many
Ohio counties who have many of
their w’aiting lists, this county has
few’, if any, who are eligible, who
are not employed on various pro
jects here.
New $50,000 Van Buren
Park Approved
Plans for the construction of a
new park at Van Buren, Ohio, and
the improvement of Riverside Park
in Findlay, Ohio, were announced
last week.
William B. Schmuhl, Toledo Dis
trict WPA Manager, said the Van
Buren State Park will become a
reality this summer and should be
open for visitors about July‘1. He
said the WPA will spend $24,878
and the State Bureau of Conserva
tion $25,403 to improve the park
area and a lake along Rocky Ford
Creek for public recreational use.
Fish shelters also will be erected.
At Findlay, Mr. Schmuhl said,
the WPA will spend $35,089 and the
city $32,421 for the construction of
11 picnic shelters, sidewalks, roads,
a retaining wall along the Blanchard
River, concession buildings, sewers, a
poolroom and bowling alley, and
other improvements in Riverside
Park.
$169,936 Paid To AAA
Signers
One hundred and forty-five more
AAA checks amounting to $15,068.42
were received Wednesday by the
Hancock county agricultural conser
vation committee. Chairman R. M.
Traucht said.
The checks representing the fifth
group received here, bring to $169,
936.31 the amount paid Hancock
county farmers in benefits on the
1939 program. A total of 1,664
checks have now’ been received with
still a 100 more to be issued.
Bank Robber Is
Paroled
Abbey Fleming, w’ho was sentenced
to the Ohio penitentiary in January,
1930, for robbery of the old Vanlue
Banking Co., was given a parole, ef
fective April 15, it was learned here
this week.
Fleming, whose home was in Fos
toria, and Arthur Burkhart, of Up
per Sandusky, were sentenced to 25
years each by Judge George Scho
field, of Marion.
Fashions Donald Duck
In Snow
Dr. Maurice Kirsten, Findlay
dentist and sculptor, fashioned an
effigy of Donald Duck, famous Walt
Disney character, out of snow in his
front yard last w’eek.
Cooperative Shows
$3,933 Profit
Experiencing its best year in the
six years of its existence, the Han
cock County Farm Bureau Cooper
ative has announced total sales dur
ing 1939 at $176,806.46 for a net
profit of $3,933.98. John C. Burk
hard is manager of the organization.
A six per cent dividend amounting
to $1,003.80 was paid on common
and preferred stock and another one
and a half per cent dividend totaling
$2,850.09 was paid on patronage.
County Gets $22,560
From State
Hancock county shared to the ex
tent of $22,560 in the distribution of
$4,472,975 in one per cent utility tax
poor relief funds and 65-100 per cent
public utility tax funds, as provided
for under house bill 501 and senate
bill 462 respectively, announced
Tuesday by State Auditor Joseph T.
Ferguson.
By counties, with the funds re
leased under senate bill 462 listed
first, the distribution included: Han
cock, $11,117 and $11,443 Allen,
$16,322 and $19,795 Putnam $6,057
and $7,524.
Letter Describes War
Overseas
First-hand information on the
European w’ar in u’hich Germany is
involved, is contained in a letter re
reived by Mrs. Mary Traucht of
Findlay, from a sister, Mrs. Cather
ine Shumacher, of Bach, Luxemburg.
Mrs. Shumacher lives only a short
distance from the German border
and wrote that she could hear the
roar of cannons and that hand gre
nades and bullets landed so close to
the Shumacher home the family was
almost afraid to venture outside.
She said her countrymen fear the
Germans will come over and take
possession of the country.
Mumps Has Perfect
Score
One hundred per cent through!
That is the record the mumps have
in the Chester Fast household near
North Baltimore. Mrs. Fast, the
fifth and only member of the fam
ily to escape the ailment in the past
ten w’eeks, now has it.
The Fasts are not bragging of
the record Mr. Mump has brought
to them, since at least 10 w’eeks will
have been “taken out” by the family
to get over-’ the ailment.
No Leap Day Marriage
In County
Not one prospective bridegroom
took advantage of February 29 this
year, according to Probate Judge
Paul R. Capell of Hancock county.
He said that couples with matri
mony in mind either forgot all
about it or they w’ere just afraid
they would never be able to stay
married 200 years so they could
celebrate their golden wedding an
niversary.
He|ld For Stealing
Chickens From
Employer
Ray Sullivan, 37, employed on the
Raymond Wiler farm south of the
Findlay airport, was arrested Thurs
day at a Clinton court address by
Officer Homer Johnston of the po
lice department, on a charge of
stealing chickens from his employer.
Police Chief Leo M. Larkins in
a checkup of his Bertillion record
learned that he served 13 months in
the Ohio penitentiary in 1922 for
the theft of an automobile in this
county. He originally came to these
parts from Providence, R. I.
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Four Violent Deaths
In County
Births, with 49, led deaths in
Findlay and Hancock county for Jan
uary, according to the report of
Miss Edith Houseman, registrar of
vital statistics for Findlay, and Dr.
S. F. Whisler, county health com
missioner.
Of the 36 deaths in the county,
four were of a violent nature. On
Jan. 16, Charles W. Lent, 59, of
Toledo, became Findlay’s and Han
cock county’s first traffic victim when
his auto crashed into a train at a
crossing here. He died from a frac
tured skull.
The second fatality w’as recorded
the next day when an auto in which
five youths were riding to a basket
ball game, skidded from the icy
highway killing one of the boys,
Harry Lauck, 15, of Mt. Blanchard.
Two men died from gunshot
wounds.
Bear Is Sought Near
Findlay
Farmers and CCC w’orkers be
tween Fostoria and Findlay are won
dering what has happened to the
bear that make the tracks along
Muskellunge creek during the past
w’eek.
Frank Firestone and Walter Frost,
foremen in CCC camp here, returned
to work on a project recently with
details of enrolles after having been
in camp since Monday due to snow
and bad weather.
They found the tracks and farm
ers nearby told them the tracks first
w’ere noticed Wednesday. They were
larger than a man’s hand and ob
viously were made by a heavy ani
mal due to the depth they were
pressed into the snow. The tracks
were followed along the creek, then
across a bridge and further along
the stream until they were lost in
the water and slush.
Two enrolles, Ed Barger and Rob
ert Hadding, who formerly w’ere in
camps in the Rocky mountains, Bar
ger in Montana and Hadding in
Idaho, also were sure the tracks
were those of a bear. They said
they had seen many of them out
west.
$7,500 Jewelry Theft
In Findlay
J. Frank Kissick, Massillon, Ohio,
a salesman for a Chicago company,
reported to police that thieves stole
jewelry valued at from $7,500 to
$10,000 from an automobile which
he parked in a street in Findlay last
week while he made a call. A
ventilator window of the car had
been pried open, police said.
Cannonsburg Now
Part Of Farm
Harry Thompson, a Union tow’n
ship farmer, believes he has more
road fence to maintain according to
his acres than any other man in his
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township. With a farm of 160 acres,
he has two miles of fence along
roadsides to keep up. His farm is
80 rods wide and one mile long. It
is intersected by a road cutting it
in the middel and here is a half mile
of road. It faces a road for one
mile on the west and another 80
rods on the north end of the area
and still another 80 rods at the
south end.
Part of Cannonsburg w’as platted
on Mr. Thompson’s land and the
last brick block to be torn down a
quarter of a century ago stood on
the west side of this farm. The old
post office building still stands, sag
ging and sorrowful looking, on
ground once part of the farm ow’ned
by Thompson. The Cannonsburg
school house occupied an acre in
the northwest corner and the United
Presbyterian church is still sunning
itself in a nook in one of his fields.
Boy Is Caught In
Turntable
Eugene Bauer, 7, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Bauer, suffered a frac
tured pelvis and internal injuries
w’hile playing at the Baltimore &
Ohio turntable in Findlay.
The lad become wedged between
moving parts of the turntable when
he fell into the pit. His playmates
w’ere unable to extricate him from
the device and he was hurt ser
iously before adult aid arrived.
HARDIN COUNTY
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Re-Forestation Pro
gram Under Way
More than 100,000 trees will be
planted in Hardin county this year
in renew’al of a drive for restoration
of forests, and control of erosion.
J. H. Allen, Jr., owner of a farm
w’est of Kenton, is seeking 26,000
trees to place on his farm, w’hile sev
eral other farmers have requested an
additional 75,000 trees of the Ohio
forestry service, County Agent B. E.
Bradford said. y
Schools In Debt
$660,585
Bonded indebtedness of Hardin
county and taxing subdistricts to
taled $799,250.45 at the start of 1940,
it w’as revealed by County Auditor
W. B. Wilson, who said that schools
led the way in debts with $660,
585.45.
Two WPA Workers
Injured
Two persons were injured while at
work on relief projects in Hardin
county last week.
Victor McCann of Dunkirk, a
WPA employe on a project three
and a half miles southwest of Ken
ton on Route 67, suffered a frac
tured shoulder and ruptured mus
cle, when a derrick, used in raising
a large tile, broken and struck him
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