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Wind Wrecks Shelter
When three employes of the Thom
as Coal Co., of Lima, speak of “hav
ing the roof blown off”—you may bet
they know what they’re talking
They stood in a 30 by 100 foot
tile and concrete building at the coal
company yards at 6:45 a. m. Friday
when a tornado gust of wind ac
tually lifted the roof off the struc
The walls then collapsed,
The three—all escaping
were Wilson Jones, office
they re-
and well-known singer, and Cal
Eugene Hadding, truck drivers.
Tax Deadline Is
Extension of the deadline for pay
ment of last-half 1939 real estate
taxes from June 20 to July 20 was
announced by Allen County Treas
urer Byron H. Dershem and the
board of commissioners.
Sheriff Daley Resigns
Guard Post
Allen County Sheriff William V.
Daley has resigned from the Ohio
National Guard, of which he was a
captain attached to the adjutant gen
eral’s staff. He had been in the
service for 30 years.
His reason for resigning, he said,
wras the staff duties would require
him to be in Columbus too often and
that it would keep him away from
his duties in Allen county.
Loyalty Oath Required
to the
to some
Statements of loyalty
United States government
day had been distributed
800 Lima and Allen county WPA
workers for their signatures before
they could go to work on July 1.
The affidavits require an oath that
the signer does not belong to the
Communist party or a Nazi Bund,
that he does not subscribe to any
political party seeking to overthrow
the government of the United States
and that he affirms his loyalty to the
U. S.
More Fire Equipment
Last of the money voted for the
Lima fire department under a special
half-mill tax levy a year ago had
been spent with purchase of 4,200
feet of fire hose for $5,588. Two
new fire trucks, also made possible
by the levy, already are in use.
Relatives In Poland
In Need
Suffering and privation of war
refugees “came home” to Benjamin
J. Rakowsky, of Lima, on Friday
when he learned after a lapse of
about 10 months that several of his
nieces and nephew’s in Nazi-overrun
Poland are alive but in dire need of
When the Germans invaded Poland
last September, Rakow’sky appealed
to the Allen county chapter of the
American Red Cross for assistance
in learning whether his relatives in
Europe were safe.
Two Industrial
Announcement wras made last week
that two fatalities marred Allen
county’s industrial record during
May when 140 claims were filed with
the Ohio Industrial Commission.
The commissions’ report showed that
during the month, no accident was
revealed which involved permanent
partial disability.
Attorney Loses 6-Hour
Traffic Battle
Attorney Elmer
Route 6, was the
case in municipal
afternoon and it
when it was all over.
days in the Auglaize county jail
w’hen arraigned before Justice of the
Peace R. G. Herrmann.
Justice Herrmann suspended $24
of the fine and the jail sentence on
condition that Penner remove the
in the
he dumped along a highway
northeastern part of the
near Holden.
Hurt When Bicycles
Eugene Gross, 18, of Lima, last
week was in Memorial hospital with
serious head injuries suffered when
his bicycle collided with another bi
Summerless Summer
In 1816
One hundred and 24 years ago
was the first year without a sum
mer, according to a clipping from
the Detroit Free Press of 1895,
owned by Mrs. Ida Ritenour, of
In 1816 there was frost every
month of the year. Ohio was cov
ered w’ith a half inch of ice in
May, w’hile New York and Massa
chusetts were blanketed under a
three-inch snowfall in June.
Indian com was so frozen that the
greater part was cut in August and
dried for fodder, according to the
Dedicate New Park
July 4
Already filled with water and a
few finishing touches needed on the
bathhouse, the new Schoonover Park
swimming pool will be a popular at
traction for swimmers during the
park dedication activities on July 4th
and for the remainder of the sum
mer. It will be one of the finest
pools in the state and is equipped
with an elaborate lighting system
for night swimming.
Blitzkrieg On Bicycle
Mrs. Esther Jordan, of Lima, re
ported to police that she suffered a
fractured wrist and face cuts when
she was struck by a bicycle. Oper
ator of the bike did not stop to
offer her aid, she said.
Seeks Release From
Insane Hospital
The Third District Court of Ap
peals last week considered the plea
of Clyde Brenneman for release from
the Lima State Hospital so that he
may st^nd trial for first degree
Brenneman’s habeas corpus peti
tion contends he has been restored
to sanity, is being held unlawfully,
and is mentally fit to face trial in
Trumbull county for the slaying of
Mrs. Hazel Miller. He was com
mitted to the Lima institution in
1935 after the slaying, which hos
pital records show was attributed to
jealousy. Brenneman told the court
he has carried a bullet in his brain
for five years, the result of his
tempt to commit suicide after
slaying of the woman.
him $11.50
found him
a red light
Judge M. B. Jenkins
guilty of running thru
and fined him $1 and costs of $10.50.
Police charged
light at Main
June 20.
that he ran thru a
and Elm streets on
trial, which lasted
During the
nearly six hours, Attorney McClain
and Police Prosecutor Lee Van
Blargan staged several heated argu
Fined For Dumping
Martin Penner, 52, of Lima, plead
ed guilty to a charge of dumping
rubbish on highways and was fined
$25 and costs and sentenced to 30
Tax Payments On
Real estate tax receipts Saturday
amounted to $9,192.61, bringing the
total for the week to $39,364.11 and
for the last-half 1939 collection thus
far $148,237.66, Allen County Treas
urer Byron H. Dershem reported.
The tax books will not be closed
before August 1, Dershem said.
Sales tax collections Saturday
were $1,680.05, for the week $8,042.91
and since Jan. 1, $134,896.99, he re
Maker Shoots
McClain, of Lima
loser in a traffic
court Wednesday
H. Schulenberg, 54,
prominent Lima violin repairman
and inventor w’as found dead in a
chair in his bedroom by his wife at
9:30 p. m. Saturday with a bullet
wound in his head.
Dr. Burt Hibbard, Allen county
coroner, who returned a verdict of
suicide by shooting, said the man
fired a .32 calibre pistol bullet into
the left temple. The pellet went
thru the head and lodged in the wall.
Cannonballs Are
A communique to the office of
Sheriff William V. Daley Saturday
sent his deputies into action with all
the earnestness of a war depart
Its origin was Spencerville, and
the sheriff had visions of a new
blitzkrieg, some unusual preparations
for the Fourth of July, or the work
of ambitious gangsters or pranksters.
The fact that 20 huge cannonballs,
part of Allen county’s large and
valuable collection of Civil war rel
ics, have vanished from the Spencer
ville cemetery.
Missing Colts, Heifers
Sheriff Lyle A. Harvitt had a re
port Wednesday of two mares
suckling colts being found and
he’s looking
mals in his
w’ould keep
could be located.
for their ow’ner.
said he found the
corn field and that he
them until the ow’ner
A farmer
The sheriff also had a report the
other day of five heifers being found
but they apparently have not been
missed by their owner for no report
of lost, strayed or stolen heifers
has been received.
Strengthen Findlay
Guard Unit
Capt. Clay P. Edie, commanding
Co. C, Findlay National Guard unit,
announced last week he has been
authorized by the War Department
to form a trench mortar and light
machine platoon in his organization.
Organization of such a unit will
require possibly 12 new enlistments
in the company Captain Edie said.
Latest National Guard regulatijns
require each company to enlist to
full peace-time strength of 114 men.
This is the greatest strength for
guard outfits since the World War,
was stated.
More Deaths Than
Births In May
38 births
and Han
month of
Edith M.
Forty-tw’o deaths and
w’ere reported for Findlay
cock county during the
May, according to Miss
Houseman, registrar of the bureau
of vital statistics for Findlay, and
Dr. S. F. Whisler, county health
Helps Draft G. O.
Farm Plank
A Hancock county man summoned
to Philadelphia to help draft the
Republican party’s attitude toward
agriculture, arrived in the national
convention city to find he was one
of only seven men entrusted with the
responsibility of writing the party’s
farm plank.
He was N. G. Bennett, manager of
the McComb Farmers’ Co-operative
elevator, who is president of the
Ohio Farmers’ Co-operative company,
both of Fostoria. Mr. Bennet repre
sented the co-operative organization
of Ohio.
Findlay Stores Close
On Thursday
The retail stores of Findlay will
inaugurate generally this month the
observance of weekly half holidays.
The stores will close each Thurs
day afternoon in July and continue
through to the last Thursday in
Wrigglers In Water
Gus Bosler, president of the North
Baltimore board of public affairs,
announced this wreek that all in the
board’s power is being done to rid
the village water of “wrigglers”
which have been the cause for many
complaints in recent weeks.
Various complaints told of persons
finding the wrigglers ranging from
almost invisible size to half an inch
in length in the municipal water.
The larvae are almost transparent
in smaller size, but in the larger
size, they taken on a reddish or
brownish hue and are very active.
Students Selected For
Flying Course
The quota of students for
free summer course in flying
Findlay Airport under the Findlay
College charter has been reached,
it was announced. Fifteen students
were selected and have passed their
physical examinations.
New Band Shell In
Work is expected to be completed
by the middle of July on the new
band shell at Riverside park in Find
lay, bringing to completion the ex
tensive program of reconstruction at
the municipal recreation center along
the Blanchard river.
The construction of the band shell,
to be one of the finest in this sec
tion of Ohio, is being accomplished
through WPA and city funds. The
labor is being furnished by the
Works Projects Administration.
Charged In Negro’s
Oscar Lee, 47, of Greensboro,
N. C., w’as bound over to the Han
cock County grand jury in the fatal
shooting of Willie Mitchell, 46,
A Long Range Prediction
On July 2, 1776, the delegates from
the 13 colonies, meeting Phila
delphia, voted to separate from Brit
ain. On that day, two days before
the Declaration of Independence was
signed, John Adams, later to become
second President of the United
States, wrote to his wife, Abigail:
“I am apt to believe that it (the
day) will be celebrated by succeed
ing generations as the great anniver
sary festival. It ought to be com
memorated as the day of deliver
ance, by solemn acts of devotion to
God Almighty. It ought to be solem
nized with pomp and parade, with
shows, games, sports, guns, bells,
bonfires, and illuminations from one
end of this continent to the other,
from this time forward evermore.
“You will think me transported
with enthusiasm but I am not. I am
well aware of the toil and blood and
treasure that it will cost to defend
these States. Yet through all the
gloom I can see the rays of ravish
ing light and glory. I can see that
the end is more than worth all the
means and that posterity will tri
umph in that day’s transaction, even
though we should rue it, which I
trust in God we shall not.”
Adams predicted pretty well the
nature of the celebration, although
Miami, Fla., at the carnival show
grounds in Findlay last Wednesday.
The specific charge was for having
a concealed weapon in his possession.
He pleaded not guilty and waived ex
amination. His bond was placed at
1,1,000, which he could not provide,
and he was committed to the county
jail to await action of the jury in
told authorities he shot Mitch
self defense when he threaten
stab him with a knife.
Highway To Be
Bids are being taken in Columbus
by the state highway department for
removal of the old street car rails
from the Main street of Van Buren
and resurfacing the entire street
thru the length of the village.
After removal of the track, the
center section of the street will need
a base pavement, and a new bitum
inous surface will be applied ovei
the entire
project is
width of the street,
estimated to cost a
2000 Expected At
Lodge Meet
Two thousand visitors are expectec
in Findlay for the state convent'oi
of Patriarchs Militant and Women’
Auxiliary, Independent Order of Od
Fellows, during the week of July 7
Preliminary to the business meet
ing, the Odd Fellows will hold
public memorial in the First Luth
eran church, July 7.
Woman Dies In Find
lay Crash
Miss Thelma Davis, 22, of Toledc
was killed instantly at 4:30 p. n
Saturday w’hen she lost control o
her auto and it crashed into a cu
vert near the Findlay city limit.
She received a fractured skull.
Fete At Ada On
Hundreds of persons are expectc
to spend the Fourth of July at Ad
with picnics in Community park f.
noon, a water carnival at 2 o’clocl
softball game at 4:30 o’clock,
water fight at 7 o’clock and a bar
concert immediately following. Cl
maxing the eventful day will be a
elaborate fireworks display.
Details Of Wedding
Every detail of the wedding
Juanita Burdge, daughter of Mr. a
Mrs. Roy Burdge of near Fort
and Harold B. Rosenberger of M.
ion, June 23, was preserved for
terity. A recording machine v
used to take down the music of
cessional and recessional, and cs
the vows of bride and groom w
recorded in an effort to retain sole
nity of the occasion.
Log Sawing Contest
The Fifth Annual Coon Dog Fie
Trial will be held at Dunkirk, Ohi
Thursday, July 4.
Dogs of all breeds may be enten
for a fee of 25 cents. No pedigre
are required and ribbons will be gi
en for all classes.
There will be a log sawing co
test to determine the champion tea
of Ohio.
Mexican Fiesta In
A Mexican Fiesta will be held
Ada, Sept. 14, 15 and 16, Char
Patterson, president of the Ada Bu
ness association announced after
meeting of officials of the assoc
tion and representatives of the
ican people in northwestern 01
Wednesday evening.
Abigail Adams, who had the
lique distinction of being the wife
one President and the mother of
aother. John Adams, second Pres
ent, was her husband. John Quincy
dams, sixth President, was her
did think we would be celebrating
s second of July instead of the
An official holiday season for the
lexicans, the three-day program will
iclude native dances in costume,
roup singing, plays and speeches by
lexican officials in the United
on Woman Officer
Of Magicians
Miss Hazel Miller of Kenton, who
eceived her tutelage in the black
from the hands of a past master,
late William W. Durbin, has been
ted treasurer and executive sec
iry of the International Brother
of Magicians, which is to hold
1941 convention in Cincinnati.
Civil War Veteran
Albert Anderson, 92-year-old Civil
/ar veteran of Kenton, died at the
ome of his son, W. C. Anderson, at
Richwood. His death left but one
ivil War veteran in Hardin county.
Two Saved From
Von Spellman and Howard Elzay,
ida fishermen vacationing at Indian
Liver, Mich., rescued Roy Briggs and
'. H. Wegman of the Toledo fire
lepartment, from drowning at the
nouth of Indian river, it was learned
ast week.
Moving down the river in wind
.nd rain, the Ada men saw the
leads of the fellow’ fishermen bob
ing about a waterfilled boat drifting
nto Mullet lake. Briggs had fallen
werboard when the boat struck a
og. Wegman wras afraid to jump
s the boat began to sink. Both men
vere helpless, dressed in heavy cloth
ng and wearing boots.
Sidewalks In Ada
National Youth Administration of
:ials said last w’eek that a sidewalk
instruction and repair project will
opened in Ada this week. Final
ipers for the work were signed by
YA officials, Mrs. R. A. Webb,
rea supervisor said.
At least 20,000 square feet of
»w sidewalk will be constructed.
Strawberry Crop Best
In Years
More than 15,000 quarts of straw
berries have been picked and sold by
commercial growers in the Ada dis
trict in addition to thousands more
from private patches, a checkup de
The crop is one of the best in
years, according to B. W. Mathew
son, who has been in the strawberry
business on his farm northeast cf
Ada for fifty years.
Win In Pig Farrowing
have re
a pig far
by a feed
Notification that they
ceived $5 prices each in
rowing contest conducted
company throughout the
was received by Charles and Sylves
ter Verhoff of Ottaw’a and Lawrence
Verhoff of Continental. Each of the
farmers entered five sows in the
Putnam Population
Is Lower
The population of Putnam county
dropped from 25,074 in 1930 to a
total of 24,996 in 1940, according to
the preliminary census figures re
leased by Martin W. Feigert, dis
trict census supervisor.
$19,200 Road Program
About 60 miles of roads in the
Putnam county highway systems are
to be resurfaced under a $19,200
program during the next couple of
months, county officials disclosed last
The average cost per mile for this
work will be $320, it was learned
from County Engineer L. H.
Schmenk. He said work will begin
Church Consolidation
Steps are being taken for a con
solidation and re-arrangement of
Methodist churches of the Pandora
and Gilboa area. The consolidation
plan is the result of a union of the
Methodist Episcopal church, both
north and
Protestant church and the
Under the new plan, the two Gil
boa churches would have only one
pastor. However, for a year or two,
the churches will hold services in
their separate buildings at different
hours. The Pandora pastor
have charge of the Riley
Ottawa Man Gets
The War Department announced
last week the selection of 69 air re
serve officers for appointment as sec
ond lieutenants in the regular army
air corps. Commissioned from Ohio
was Ralph Monroe Fawcett of Ot
Slippery Highway Is
Cause Of Mishap
Slippery pavement caused a freak
accident at a bridge on route 224,
two miles west of Ottawa last week.
Glenn W. Smith, of Topeka, Ind.,
was traveling east in a gasoline
truck and Charles E. Gerde, of
Brighton, Mass., was driving his
automobile west. As they approached
a bridge both drivers applied their
brakes which caused the tractor
pulling the truck to jacknife and
come to a halt while the passenger
spun around and crashed into
guard railing along the side
Hurt In Fall From
Load Of Hay
Samuel C. Irwin, of near Columbus
Grove, w’as injured last Friday after
noon while loading hay. He was on
the wagon when the horses started
up suddenly and he lost his balance
and fell to the ground, landing on
his head and hand. He received
painful but no serious injuries.
To Build Grandstand
Alva Lehman of Pandora has been
awarded the general contract for
construction of the 60-foot addition
to the east end of the grandstand at
the Putnam county fairgrounds, of
ficials announced.
Kalida Driver Out
On Limb
Only the limb of a sturdy oak
tree saved Kenneth Bowersock, of
Kalida, from serious injury and pos
sible death last week.
Driving eastward on Route 224
west of Kalida, Bowersock applied
his brakes just before he reached
the Hedrick bridge, he related. His
car skidded on the wet pavement
across to the left side of the road
and into the path of a westbound
truck driven by Henry Simbler, of
would have
The passenger car
stopped on
bumped it
across the
sock said,
came to rest with the front wheels
lodged on the tree limb and the rear
wheels caught on the bridge
the berm but the truck
and the vehicle coasted
bridge abutment, Bower
By some trick of fate it
Bowersock was able to step
the car onto the limb and
the road.
Prime Minister Churchill announc
ed June 8 that 2,000,000 acres of
former grass land in England had
been plowed and planted to crops to
increase the national food supply.
Olive Willeby is spending her
summer vacation in Fostoria.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miles of Toledo
were Saturday evening supper guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Thomas.
Miss Bertha Little and friend
Lester Allen of Cleveland were week
end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Mr. and Mrs. Harley House were
Saturday evening supper guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Miller and family
of near Fostoria.
Mrs. A. W. Sherick and Mr. and
Mrs. William Bemestedfer of Fos
toria were Saturday afternoon call
ers on Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willoby.
Mrs. Roy Cramer and family are
spending the week in Columbus
where Mr. Cramer is enrolled in
Ohio State University.
Mr. and Mrs. Tad Keller and son
Leland were Sunday dinner guests
of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Myers.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Peterson and
family of
guests of
Lima wrere week-end
Mr. and Mrs. William
Mrs. Harold Schryer and
Upper Sandusky and Mr.
Mr. and
family of
and Mrs. L. R. Forsyth were Sunday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Rus
sell Neighswander and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carrick, Lila
and Ruth Moon will return home
Tuesday from Decator, Ill.
Mrs. Dale Bowers and son Carol
spent Thursday in Toledo.
Horace Shaw is spending the week
in Greensboro, N. C. Mrs. Shaw and
daughter will return home with him.
Earl Weisel of Loa Angeles, Cal.,
calle don Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Elmer Huss
Lowell Thomas
the week-end in
and Mr. and
and daughter
Streator, Ill.
Woodrow Little and
Mr. and Mrs.
Miss Marjorie Blauvelt of St. Peters
burg were Sunday dinner guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Little.
noon callers were Mr. and
Little of Ottawa.
Mrs. Bert
and lime­
Ohio farmers who were
to obtain superphosphate
stone and charge its cost against
conservation payments to be earned
in the 1940 agricultural conservation
program bought 1,553 tons of phos
phate and 39,849 tons of lime up to
May 31. These soil building ma
terials, in many cases, could not
have been purchased without the
grant of aid feature of the farm
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