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184 Pheasants Released
Members of the Northwestern Ohio
Field and Stream Association re
leased 184 young pheasants on farms
around Spencerville. The nine-week
old game birds were received from
the State Conservation farm, locat
ed close to Urbana, Ohio.
Sheriff Called To Golf
Links Row
Sheriff’s deputies were called Wed
nesday afternoon to the caddy house
at Shawnee Country club to quiet a
disturbance among caddies. When
Deputy John Carder arrived in re
sponse to a call from Al Polagyi,
club golf professional, the trouble
had subsided.
Carder said a few of the caddies
were fighting among themselves. The
disturbance threatened to interfere
with Shawnee’s team match with
Marion Country club but was quelled
before the contest started.
Good Samaritan
Harmon Zuber told police of Lima
he won’t be so obliging next time.
He said a wallet containing $30 was
taken from his pocket while he gave
traffic directions to a man and wom
an. He discovered his loss after
they had gone, he said.
Effinger’s Attorney
J. K. Rockey, co-counsel for Virgil
H. Effinger, once indicted for “Black
Legion” activities, was fined $100
and costs for contempt of court last
week the aftermath of an unsuccess
ful $250,000 libel suit brought by
Effinger against the Lima News.
Common Pleas Judge F. H. Wolfe
of Fulton county, sitting by as
signment, said Rockey was “lax” in
not reading and affidavit which he
notarized. The affidavit, signed by
Effinger, charged Allen County Com
mon Pleas Judge Neal M. Lora with
attempting to strike Effinger dur
ing the libel trial.
Lima Higher In Postal
Lima’s post office entered the gov
ernment’s new fiscal year, which be
gan July 1, ranking 231st in the na
tion, rising from 235th place the
previous year, according to a dis
patch from Washington.
For the fiscal year ending June 30,
Lima post office did a gross business
of $307,148, as compared with $289,
047 in 1938.
Relief Funds Allocated
Lima was allotted $1,282 and Al
len county $649 by the State Wel
fare department Thursday as the
state’s share for financing June poor
relief costs, according to an an
nouncement by Welfare Director
Charles L. Sherwood.
The total distribution to cities and
counties: Auglaize, $513 Hancock,
$900 Hardin, $2,223 and Putnam,
Police Shun Bee
Pedestrian and vehicular traffic on
Lima’s public square were normal
again last Thursday after a hectic
afternoon caused when a swarm of
bees chose a parked automobile about
which to gather.
Police refused flatly to charge the
humming swarm, and called apiarists
in an effort to draw the bees away
from the car of Miss Leia ShidecKer
of Sidney. Meanwhile merchants
watched through closed doors the
pedestrians who carefully crossed the
street to avoid the bees.
Bee experts lured some of the bees
into boxes, but could not catch the
queen bee. They drove them from
the car, however, and the swarm
moved to the gable of a nearby
building, where they remained until
Highway Improvement
The Spencerv\lle-Lima highway or
state route 117, east of Spencerville,
will be improved this summer and
fall, according to the state highway
“Third Term” Troubles
J. Leon Lazerowitz is having his
“third term” trouble.
Lazerowitz, serving his second
term as president of the Rambling
Fellowship of America, a national
hobo organization, must decide before
September whether or not he’s going
to run for a third term.
The hobo president who stopped in
Lima recently said he also is wor
ried about alleged Nazi subversive
activities in the United States. He
claimed to have learned of such ac
tivities and organizations in 149
Out Of Wrong Side
Of Bed
Mike Plavi, 22, of Masontown, Pa.,
hopped out of the wrong side of bed.
He wasn’t cross for the rest of the
day but he was considerably em
barrassed, perplexed and slightly in
The youth was one of 500 CCC
enrolles enroute through Lima on a
Pennsylvania westbound train. He
was having a disturbing dream, and
shattered the window beside his
lower berth. The next thing he
knew, he was wide-awake and lying
along the railroad right-ofway, and
clad only in his underwear.
He was taken to a hospital for
treatment of a cut on his left arm
and bruises on both feet. His
clothes were returned to Lima after
police notified railroad authorities.
He continued on his way to the CCC
camp in New Mexico.
Cigaret Prices Down
Lima cigaret dealers reduced the
price of most brands to 16 cents
Shortly after the reduction was an
nounced, the U. S. Treasury de
partment issued a bulletin warning
merchants iagainst excessive price in
creases on commodities subject to in
ternal revenue taxes for national de
The bulletin said reports had been
received that some dealers had rep
resented to their customers that cer
tain price boosts were due solely to
the imposition of defense taxes. Such
misrepresentation would cause a
dealer to be liable to a $1,000 fine,
the bulletin stated.
Escape—But No Need
Within half a block of each other,
the Nickel Plate and Pennsylvania
railroad tracks run parallel crossing
S. Main street in Delphos, and the
nearness caused a scare among pas
sengers in an auto and trailer.
The vehicle was traveling east and
the auto was on the Pennsylvania
tracks when the driver heard an en
gine whistle souding nearby. Yelling
a warning, he and four other auto
and trailer passengers—men and
women—scrambled to the ground and
off the tracks.
Another whistle was heard and the
five were relieved when they saw a
locomotive crossing the street—on
the Nickel Plate tracks.
Shoes For WPA
WPA workers may have aching
backs and calloused palms but the
district office in Toledo made cer
tain that none of the Lima and Al
len county employes will have sore
feet from wearing shoes that are
too tight.
Harry R. Corwin, Allen county
area relief supervisor who has
charge of distributing food and
clothing in both the city and county,
has received 165 pairs of shoes
ranging in size from 9-E to 12la-EE.
some have hobnails and others do
Loses Hands In Plant
Earl Hetrich, 23, of Lima, was in
a critical condition Friday in St.
Ritas hospital from injuries re
ceived in an industrial accident
Thursday evening at the S. and S.
Products Co.
Hetrich, operating a cutting ma
chine, suffered amputation of the
right arm between the wrist and el
bow and the left arm at the wrist.
Rides 300 Miles In
23 Hours
Sixteen-year-old Lester Shanklin,
Jr., thinks he has set a record. He
rode a bicycle 300 miles in 23 hours,
He reported by mail to his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Shanklin. He
rode from Lima to Charleston, W.
Va., practically non-stop, he said.
Conscription Estimates
Passage of the pending Burke
Wadsworth bill, with accepted
amendments, will result in conscrip
tion of approximately 100 young
men from Lima by October 1, a like
number by April 1, 1941, and an ad
dition 170 on October 1, of that
year, it was estimated last week.
30,000 Sheep In County
With sheep increasing steadily
year by year in Allen county, con
trol of stomach worms and other in
ternal parasites is becoming one of
the greatest problems facing district
farmers, according to a study made
by James H. Warner, county ex
tension agent.
This summer there are approxi
mately 30,000 sheep in Allen county
compared with 15,000 in the 1920’s.
“Sheep raising gradually is becoming
one of the better livestock enter
prises in the country,” Warner re
Corn Loans Being Paid
Farmers who have 1937 and 1938
corn stored under the AAA loan
program may now redeem their loans
and make room for the 1940 corn
crop, it was announced Saturday by
Clair A. Patterson, chairman of the
Allen county AAA committee.
Farmers may redeem their 1937
and 1938 loans at 58 cents net per
bushel until Oct. 1.
“This adjustment will strengthen
the Ever-Normal Granary by enab
ling farmers to redeem their older
corn for feeding of livestock and to
retain in storage on their farms
corn which was produced more re
cently and which has better keeping
qualities,” Chairman Patterson said.
Tussles With Gypsies
Jeff Farling, 78, of near McComb,
last week was showing friends a
woman’s large hat knocked off one
of two dark-skinned nomads who,
Mr. Farling said, robbed him of
$1.50—and a plug of “eatin’ terback
Hijacker Is Paroled
George Young, 45, of Lima, sen
tenced from Hancock County to the
Ohio Penitentiary for his part in the
hijacking of a truckload of eggs
east of Findlay, was granted a pa
role in Columbus last week. The
parole is effective Oct. 1.
Young, Gerald (Jack) Vorhees, 35,
and Paul Strome, 40, all of Lima,
were sentenced here in 1933 on
charges of armed robbery. Vorhees
was paroled from the Mansfield Re
formatory in 1938.
$50,000 Case Is
Mrs. Hattie Cheney has given no
tice of appeal to the Ohio Supreme
court in her suit against Sheriff
Lyle A. Harvitt, the Hancock county
commissioners, Judge Paul R. Capell
and Fred N. Price, superintendent of
the Hancock county home.
Her claim for $50,000 damages
for what she claims was a forcible
and illegal committment first to the
County Home and later to the Toledo
State Hospital, was denied to her in
the lower courts which held the offi
cials were within their rights in the
Appeal to the higher court is be
ing taken on questions of law.
Overpass Claims Sec
ond Life
In just one month to the day, the
second carpenter on the overpass
project at the intersection of the
Baltimore and Ohio railroad and the
Dixie highway, east of North Balti
more, met death in a fall from a
The second victim, Henry William
Hunger, 54, of Dunbridge, Wood
county, was killed Wednesday of
last week when he fell 12 feet into
a hole at the base of a large con
crete column from which he had
been removing wooden forms.
A month ago, on June 17, L. S.
Bowerman, foreman of corpenters on
the project, who was making his
home in Findlay, fell from a scaf
fold and was killed instantly. Sev
eral days later, another worker was
slightly injured.
Beef Calves Gain
Beef calves belonging to boys in
the county 4-H club sponsored by the
Findlay First National bank have
gained from 410 pounds to 685
pounds in the 261 days they have
been on feed, according to a survey
started Thursday.
Half of the club members were
visited by a group of members and
adults and the other half will be
visited soon. The heaviest calf found
belonged to William Norris, of Cass
township. It weighed 1,125 pounds
as compared to its 440 pounds at the
start of the feeding period.
Sues For Fall In
Beer Parlor
Vesta Saloum, of Findlay, filed
suit in common pleas court against
Boyd L. Wagner, proprietor of the
W. and S. Brunswick Night Club, of
the same town, for $1,185 damages
for alleged injuries received when
she “fell into the beer parlor".
The night club is located in a
basement room at Main and Craw-
c^ve in
pH i
Nine townships in Hancock county
have increased their cattle popula
tion to such an extent a nine per
cent increase is noted for the county
figure over that of 1937, according
to County Agricultural Agent Forest
G. Hall who has been given the re
ports of the veterans who were in
charge of the tuberculosis testing.
Car Overturns, Man
Seriously Hurt
Grover Louden, 40, of north of
Van Buren, is in Findlay Hospital
with a possible skull fracture, broke*
jaw and a serious head cut suffered
when his automobile overturned in a
ditch near North Baltimore.
Mr. Louden, an oil worker, was
enroute home when he said another
automobile crowded him off the high
94 New Jobs Found
Ninety-four persons were placed
in private employment during June,
it was announced by Edwin L. Wis
ner, manager of the Findlay Em
ployment Security Center. He said
this is an increase of 16.4 per cent
over the number placed during May.
Applications for employment were
received from 116 persons during
500-Pound Safe Stolen
Hardin county authorities last
week were searching for clues in
connection with the theft of a safe
weighing between 500 and 600
pounds from the Louis Conklin safe
on Main street in Dunkirk some time
early Tuesday morning.
Mr. Conklin told sheriff’s deputies
that the safe contained between $40
and $50 in cash and all his papers
in connection with the business. The
safe also contained 12 quarts of
wine and three boxes of cigars,
Conklin said.
Press Work On Candy
With work progressing rapidly and
according to schedule in the recon
struction of the factory building of
The Runkle Co. in Kenton, it was
expected that the structure would be
ready for occupancy by the manu
facturers of candy and cakes on
September 1. The building was
badly damaged by fire on last Nov. 5.
County Has $5,048
An estimated deficit of $5,048.79
will exist on Jan. 1, 1941 with total
anpmonsoua cms/nep, larger
"TH AH[THE U'S., HAVE lEtf THAN 9000 V
253.OQO miles
this country
ford streets. Mrs. Saloum says she
had descended the steps at the side
entrance from the Crowfard street
Fewer Of School Age
In County
County Auditor Frank H. Huffman
said last week that there are 166
fewer school age youths in Hancock
county now than there were in 1939.
This was shown in a report made
out for the state department of edu
The reduction applied to every
school district in the county includ
ing Findlay, and excepting Arlington
and McComb. The report shows
there is a total of 8,477 boys and
girls in Findlay and Hancock county
of the ages of 5 to 17 inclusive as
compared with 8,643 for 1939.
More Cattle Reported
In County
hours -roMy/A
Ohe out of every three
T/M£ SINCE 1890—
estimated receipts during 1941 of
3200,211.21 leaving another deficit of
3214.03 on Dec. 31, 1941, the annual
1941 budget, released by the Hardin
county commissioners, reveals.
In the general fund, a comparison
shows balance on Jan. 1, 1938 of
$20,259.90 and on the same date of
1939 of $6,251.88. The actual de
ficit as of Jan. 1, 1940, was $6,757.35
while as of the same date in 1941
the estimated overdraft will be $5,
048.79, it is computed in the budget
Relief Load Lighter
In County
The relief case load in Hardin
county shrunk slightly during June
as compared to May, figures released
by Hardin county Relief Director
Morton Ansley revealed. In May
there were 400 families containing
1,127 persons while that total was
lessened to 474 families with a total
of 1,085 members in June, Ansley
Tells Of Nazi Bombing
i Attacks
Norman F. Hidden, who was a
teacher in Kenton high school during
the last term, said last week he
hopes to leave his wife in America if
he is called back to England for de
fense service.
Mr. Hidden, a citizen of England,
said he was informed that his
mother’s hair turned gray as she
waited alone in the darkness of her
home while Nazi and British fliers
battled overhead for four hours. He
said his father and his brothers, 10
and 21 years old, are in different
parts of England.
The elder brother was evacuated
safely from Dunkerque, France, after
serving with the British forces in
Chattel Mortgages
Altho chattel mortgages filed dur
ing 1940 in the office of the Hardin
County Recorder Tell Kennedy were
$492,346.93 more than in 1939, there
were $120,783.43 less cancellations in
the year which ended June 30, 1940
than in that which ended June 30,
1930, an annual report of the fiscal
year’s activities released revealed.
In the year ending in 1940 there
were 3,332 chattel mortgages filed in
the local recorder’s office with a
total consideration mentioned of $1,
505,129.91. Over the same period of
time a year ago chattel mortgages
with a value of $1,112,82.98 were
Lightning Wrecks Fire
The Kenton city fire alarm sys
tem was out of order for several
days following a heavy electrical
storm during which it was struck by
lightning, Fire Chief A. T. Columber
announced. All but two of the city’s
alarm boxes were placed in use, he
Ada To Buy Police
Purchase of a police cruiser for
patroling Ada streets has been au
thorized by the council in an effort
to halt traffic violations. The car
is to be operated by the regular
Two Men Die In Crash
Two traveling salesmen were killed
and the son of one critically injured
in a head-on collision about 5:30
p. m., Thursday in the Lincoln high
way four miles east of Forest
John E. Hayes, 35, of LaGrange,
Ill., died about 8:30 p. m. in Mar
ion City hospital of numerous frac
tures and internal injuries.
William J. Kutchera, 55, of Phila
delphia, Pa., died about 3:30 a. m.,
Friday in the same hospital of a
fractured skull and other injuries.
^andora Doctor Health
Dr. Harry Neiswander of Pandora,
last Friday was appointed Putnam
county health commissioner to suc
ceed Dr. L. M. Piatt whose resigna
tion was accepted by the county
board of health.
Dr. Piatt’s resignation takes effect
Aug. 1. The board named Dr. Neis
wander to begin his duties on that
date. The new commissioners will
receive $1,800 annually of which
$480 is for expenses.
Shot To Death In
Odd Mishap
Gordon Carroll, 22, of near Ot
tawa, met his death last Friday in
one of the strangest accidents on
record in Putnam county.
Sheriff Arnold Potts reported the
youth apparently shot himself acci
dentally when he attempted to pull
a rifle from a rear seat of his auto
mobile to shoot at some stray dogs
that had been molesting farm ani
mals. The car coasted into a shal
low ditch and overturned where it
was discovered by the victim’s bro
ther, Leon.
Two Hurt In Combine
Lloyd Samsel of near Columbus
Grove, was in Memorial hospital
Tuesday suffering from loss of part
of a finger. The accident occurred
when Samsel caught his hand in a
combine while cutting wheat.
Kenneth Irwin of near Columbus
Grove, also caught his hand in a
combine while at work. He was tak
en to a physician for treatment.
Teachers’ Institute
August 29 And 30
Teachers in the Putnam county
school system will gather in Ottawa
Aug. 28, 29 and 30 for their an
nual institute, County Supt. Carl D.
Vermilya announced.
He has not completed details of
the institute program but said that
speakers will be obtained to discuss
teaching methods and the various
subjects which will be taught in the
county during the 1940-41 term.
Relief Load Drops
Direct poor relief expenses con
tinued to decrease for Putnam county
for the first half of 1940, it was re
ported by County Director Bonnie
B. Corns.
She said that during the first six
months of this year the costs to
taled $17,149.40 for a decrease of
$6,834.96 from the total of $23,
984.36 spent during the first half of
last year. This is a saving of ap
proximately 25 per cent.
The case load also dropped 23 per
cent from 1,342 during the first half
of last year to 1,022 this year.
County Hospital
A movement for Putnam county to
purchase the Crawfis college prop
erty near Gilboa, east of Ottawa, for
the establishment of a county hos
pital is slowly gaining momentum,
reliable sources revealed last week.
Members of the board of Putnam
Beller Limestone
for Your Fields
Ground limestone from our quarry
has a neutralizing power
of 98.75%.
This report from the Ohio Agricultural Experi
ment Station at Wooster was made following an ex
amination of our limestone. The report is on file at
our office.
county commissioners, the Putnam
county Township Trustees and
Clerks association and the Putnam
county Medical Advisory board have
been called to a meeting Wednes
day at 2 p. m. in the courthouse in
Ottawa to officially consider the
It was learned authoritatively that
these groups favor buying the college
property but it is not certain wheth
er a county hospital can be set up
at this time because of the expense
of operation which it would incur.
A. C. Trumbo In
“Who’s Who”
A. C. Trumbo, former resident of
near Columbus Grove, former teach
er in the Monroe township school
and later a teacher in the Columbus
Grove school has had the honor of
receiving a lengthy write-up in
“Who’s Who in America.”
Trumbo is now in the Investments
Royalties business in Muskogee,
Father Of 28 In Court
If reproduction of the race is any
measure of true patriotism to ones’
country, Steven Lee, 81, of near Ot
tawa, can be crowned champion
He and two wives have been the
parents of 28 children.
This was brought to the attention
of officials when they brought him
to Ottawa to answer to a charge of
non-support filed by his second wife,
Mrs. Sarah Lee of Cloverdale.
Agricultural Agent
Ralph Dush announced that he is
resigning, effective Aug. 15, as Put
nam county agriculture extension
agent to accept a post with the Ohio
Sugar company. He will succeed Lee
Van Derlinden who announced his
resignation effective July 31.
A third resignation announced is
that of John Finn as manager of the
Putnam county Farm Bureau Co
operative Association, Inc. His be
comes effective Aug. 1.
Lawrence Holtkamp of Auglaize
county has been hired to replace
Dush and the new agent will begin
his duties Aug. 1.
Increase In Old Age
A total of 23 new cases have been
added to the old age pension rolls of
Putnam county as a result of recent
ly enacted legislaton of the Ohio gen
eral assembly, it was learned from
T. W. McCaw, chief of the pension
He reported that this makes a to
tal of 573 pension recipients in the
county with payments for July
scheduled to amount to $12,933.50
which will be an increase of $353.92
for the month.
At Fish And Game
Howard Langstaff, supervisor of
District No. 1 of the state division
of conservation and natural resources
with headquarters in Ottawa, is in
Columbus this week attending a
training school for officials of the
Buy Bluffton limestone and save expensive
freight charges.
Our service includes hauling to your farm and
spreading on your fields.
Phone us today for prices.
Several fish and game management
agents from Langstaff’s district also
are at the school, which is being op
erated for several weeks to give
training to all supervisors and
agents in the state.
Dairy Day at Ohio’s Experiment
Station, Wooster, will be Friday, Aug.
9. One section of the program pro
vides for the discussion and demon
stration of making grass or legume
Bluffton Stone Co.
Phone 142-W

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