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THURSDAY. FEB. 20, 1941
Lima Loco Has Busy
Net profit of The Lima Locomotive
Works, Inc., for 1940 was $87,007,
it was reported Friday in an Asso
ciated Press dispatch from New York
City, where the company’s main offi
ces are located.
This compares with a net loss of
$134,326 marked up in the firm’s
1939 financial report, the dispatch
Company officials attributed the
profit report to the fact that the
firm booked orders for 51 locomotives
during 1940 against only 14 in 1939.
At the close of the year, there was
a backlog of 32 engines on order
with 19 having been delivered during
the year. Since the first of the year
orders for 18 other locomotives have
been booked—four for the Detroit,
Toledo and Ironton, 12 for the Pere
Marquette and two for the Chesa
peake and Ohio.
The plant is now operating at
capacity production with close to
1800 employes, the highest payroll
in the past 10 years, officials have
stated, and indications are that 1941
earnings will be the best in several
Holdup Man Gets
Only $3.30
Lima police are searching for the
armed bandit who held up the Green
Lantern Tea room there late Mon
day night and escaped with $3.30.
Judge Crow Begins
Sixth Term
Judge Phil M. Crow, of Kenton,
Monday began his sixth term in the
Third district appellate court seat
ed in Lima.
The veteran jurist has rounded out
30 years of continuous service on
the appellate bench. His 30 years of
service is believed to set a record
for continuious service on one bench
in Ohio.
Judge Crow was first elected to his
present office in 1910 when the court
was known as a circuit court.
County Has $237,056
On Hand
Allen county started the year with
balances in all funds totaling $237,
056.66, according to the annual finan
cial statement prepared by Deputy
Auditor L. E. Zimmer and mailed tc
State Auditor Joseph T. Ferguson.
The Jan. 1 balance compares wit!
$281,233.07 available at the start of
the previous year, Zimmer announcec
Tuesday afternoon.
Resort Operators Buy
Lima Hotel
The Norval Hotel, one of the larg
est in Lima, was purchased last
week by J. R. Beatley and Tom C.
O’Connor, proprietors of vacation re
sorts on Indian Lake, Ohio.
The purchase price was not dis
closed. The hotel was bought from
heirs of the estate of J. C. Linneman,
after the third district court of ap
peals ordered postponement of an
auction of the hotel equipment.
Widow Gets Steiner
Filed in Allen county probate
court,Friday, the will of Noah Stein
er, co-founder of the Steiner Bros.
Machine Shop, provides that his
widow, Mrs. Minnie Steiner, shall
receive all of his real and persona)
property and the entire proceeds
from sale of his interest in the com
pany to the other partners.
Steiner, who resided at 914 Richie
avenue, died January 31.
Lima Whittles $276,900
From Debt
Lima whittled its bonded indebted
ness by $276,900 during 1940, City
Auditor Clyde Welty reported in an
annual statement.
The debt now stands at $2,806,500
and present schedules call for pay
ment of $277,400 on the debt dur
ing 1941.
The city has no special assessment
debts, and the largest single totals
still owed are for a sewage disposal
plant and Memorial hospital.
Lima Loco May Build
Confirmation of rumors that the
Lima Locomotive Works is preparing
to switch at least part of its activi
ties to defense production was seen
Saturday in announcement that the
industry has under construction a
new $290,000 factory building.
Reliable sources in New York
credited the Lima plant’s expansion
to the defense program of aid to
Great Britain.
While it was rumored that Lima
Locomotive will build at least 300
medium tanks at a cost of several
millions of dollars, inquiries to the
British purchasing departments in
Washington and London met with a
statement that “no comment is advis
able at this time”.
Study Truck Routing
The committee of Lima and Allen
county officials appointed recently to
investigate the possibility of truck
Americans are going places these days—
all over America, in fact—by Greyhound
Super-Coach. And they’re saving 2/3 of
the cost of their trips since Greyhound
fares are only 1/3 of the cost of driving
even a small car.
Warm, well-ventilated Super-Coaches
leave when it’s most convenient for you—
and you /eave behind all driving worries
and cares. You have your choice of scenic
routes—returning a different one at no
extra cost, thus doubling your sightseeing.
See How Much You Save!
One Way Rd. Trip
Clearfield. Pa........................ .........$ 6.90 $12.45
Elkhart, Ind........................... ........ 2.80 5.05
Gettysburg, Pa..................... ........ 7.80 14.05
Hamilton, Ont....................... ........ 5.90 10.65
St. Louis, Mo....................... ........ 6.40 11.55
Montreal, Quebec .............. ........ 12.90 23.25
Mackinaw City, Mich........ ........ 8.05 14.50
Los Angeles, Calif............... ........ 34.75 62.50
Coffeyville, Kans.................. ........ 11.65 21.00
St. Petersburg, Fla............. ........ 15.00 27.00
One Way Rd. Trip One Way Rd. Trip
Chicago ............ ... $ 3.25 S 5.85 Louisville, Ky. .$ 4.15 $ 7.50
Flint. Mich. .... 3.30 5.95 Norfolk, Va. ... .... 11.80 21.25
Olean. N. Y. .... 6.60 11.90 Ottawa. Ontario .... 11.40 20.55
New York City .... 10.80 19.45 Richmond. Va. .... 10.45 18.85
Harrisburg, Pa. .... 7.95 14.35 Shreveport, La. .... 13.90 25.05
Leave 4:48 p. m. 1:38 a. m. 12:13 p. m.
Leave 12:02 p. m. 7:26 p. m.
Ask About Time-Saving Florida Service
Pine Restaurant
N. Main St. Phone 368-W
1:39 a. m.
route around the edge of tnc city
began work Saturday.
At the call of O. C. Kohli, d!vision
engineer of the State Highway’ de
partment and chairman of the com
mittee, the five members spent two
hours Saturday afternoon touring 35
miles of roads on the outskirts of the
city in search of a suitable route.
The tour disclosed one important
fact, that the committee will con
cern itself with immediate steps to
ward eliminating thru Dixie highway
truck traffic from Lima over an
auxiliary Dixie route to the east and
south of the city’.
Aged Cyclist Exhaust
ed In Snow
When 87-year-old Zack Fields, col
ored, failed to return home late
Monday afternoon, his granddaugh
ter Emma Ballard, became alarmed.
She notified police headquarters of
his disappearance after leaving the
home of a neighbor, George Tombs,
at 5 p. m. Fields had ridden away
from the Tombs home on his bicycle.
That was the last any of his kin
saw the aged man until the marshal
of Bloomdale found him shortly after
4 a. m., Tuesday lying in the snow
exhausted near that village with his
bicycle nearby.
$121,306 Paid By AAA
Checks for 1,225 Hancock county
farmers totalling $121,306.94 are now
in the hands of the county AAA
committee for distribution this week.
The checks represent the first
transmittal of benefit payments for
those who complied with the 1940
conservation program. The present
batch of checks represents 75 per
cent of the total to be received. The
remainder are expected later.
Puzzle Of Skull Is
Findlay police had a mystery on
hands Tuesday, but it didn’t last
Central Ohio Light and Power Co.
linemen, digging a utility pole hole
at the rear of a North Main street
dwelling, believed they had unearthed
the corpus delecti and promptly re
ported it to police.
Recalling that Dr. Tom Betts had
lived nearby at one time, Police
Chief Leo M. Larkins called him and
learned the skull was a relic of the
physician’s medical school days.
Chemistry Blast In
jures Youth
Richard Kemerer, 17-year-old Find
lay high school junior is in the
Findlay hospital with badly lacerated
hands, face and injuries to both eyes
as the result of an explosion in the
laboratory of the high school Tues
day afternoon.
Kemerer, who had been absent re
cently, had been granted permission
to make up his laboratory work. He
was afforded the opportunity to make
an experiment of his own, a mixture
of sulphur and potassium chlorate,
which exploded.
Mackey Ferries Bomb
ers To England
The Findlay airport is buzzing
with praise for Lt. Joseph Mackey,
former manager of the port, who
now is reported reliably to be flying
Glen Martin bombers from Canada
to England.
Several months ago it was rumor
ed the the former Findlay flyer was
“in the thick of things” for the
British, but the fact Mackey is said
to have made five roundtrips to
England during December, alone,
disqualifies this rumor.
For these trips across the broad
Atlantic, a pilot is said to receive
$250 cash.
Rescuers Have To Be
A Good Samaritan” act backfired
and the rescuers become the rescued
in a dramatic, but dampening scene
enacted in the Blanchard river.
A small “pooch” of uncertain pedi
gree and unknown identity wandered
out on the weakened ice of the river
and fell in. His struggles in the icy
waters apepared to weaken him, so
Bruce Houser and Bert Longbrake,
who were watching the episode, went
to the rescue.
They laid planks out on the ice
and just as they were about to reach
for the dog, both fell into the water.
About that time the dog, unaided,
scrambled to safety and scampered
The two men were left in the
water and had to be rescued by city
Soybean Special To
Stop In Findlay
The soybean special, a six-coach
train being operated by the Balti
more and Ohio railroad in the in-
terests of the soybean industry, will
visit Findlay Saturday, March 1, as
one of 15 stops scheduled for the
state of Ohio.
The train will he located on the
B. & O. tracks along High street
west of the north side depart
ment. It will be there f.om 9 a. nt
until 4 p. m. and will be open to the
public throughout that time.
Ohio Oil To Expand
The Ohio Oil company has ac
quired ownership of additional Maia
street frontage north of its present
buildings and plans are underway
for the erection of additional office
facilities in Findlay.
The property just purchased in
cludes the two buildings at 523 and
525 South Main street, giving the
Ohio Oil company ownership of the
entire frontage between East Hardin
street and the first alley north.
Corn Donations To Fi
nance Institute
A bushel of corn or its equivalent
will be solicited from each farmer in
the Mt. Blanchard school district to
finance the farmers’ institute to be
held there Wednesday and Thursday,
February 19-20.
C. O. Tippin, member of the
finance committee, said the committee
has made arrangements to visit
every farm in the school district.
The corn will be used to finance the
$2,463 Raised In Seal
The Christmas health seal sale in
Findlay and Hancock county exceed
ed its quota of $2,300 and topped
last year’s figure by more than $400,
according to Mrs. J. E. Ranes, execu
tive secretary of the drive. The
amount raised in Findlay was $1,
797.48 while contributions in the
county reached $665.80 for a total
of $2,463.28.
Catches Gum-Chewing
William Bish, of Findlay, whose
recreation consists in sitting by the
banks of the Blanchard and fishing,
relates this story of his experience in
catching the finny tribe. “One day I
baited my hook with a doughball
wrapped in cotton. By way of ex
periment I placed a piece of chewing
gum in the dough. The first fish I
caught in this manner got away in
the landing. Just 10 days later
while fishing in that locality I caught
this fish and he was still chewing
that piece of gum.” Mr. Bish’s ver
acity usually is unquestioned but you
can take it or leave it.
Guy Anderson Heads
Mt. Cory Institute
Guy Anderson, of two miles north
of Bluffton, secretary of this year’s
Mt. Cory farmers’ institute, was
elected president for 1942 at the
closing session Tuesday afternoon in
the school auditorium.
Lloyd Arnold was named vice
president C. D. Reiter, secretary
L. W. Dukes, Sr., treasurer, and
Mrs. Ray Bowersox, hostess.
WPA To Spend $162,
510 In County
Word was received that WPA and
sponsor expenditures for construction
improvements and community service
programs in Hancock county will
total $162,510 thru June 1, 1941.
It is estimated that WPA will
provide $95,400 for labor on con
struction jobs while furnishing
$1,497 for wages on “white collar”
projects. Sponsors are expected to
provide $38,400 for supervision,
equipment and material on construc
tion jobs and $3,043 for community
service programs.
Ada Water Battle
Okey Van Dyne, Ada attorney, has
filed answer to a taxpayer’s man
damus suit against village officials
in the tangled legal actions in con
nection with the village’s purchase
of the now privately-owned water
The suit, filed last week by Wil
liam J. Tietje, calls for Mayor
Charles Collet and Clerk Rodney Ho
ver to order the sinking fund officer
to offer the mortgage revenue bonds
for sale in order to buy the water
an Dyne will ask that Tietje’s
suit be denied since there is a peti
tion signed by ten per cent of the
village citizens on the purchase plan
be held at the next general election.
Post Office Closes
After 60 Years
After more than 60 years of exist
ence, the Foraker post office was
discontinued Wednesday and persons
living in that territory will now be
served by rural routes out of Alger
and Kenton. Robert Chalfin, post
master since Feb. 1, 1940, has re
County Once Had Fine
Walnut Trees
The section of Hardin county
some twenty miles east of Kenton,
was once famed for its fine walnut
trees. An old Indian scout named
Johnson, reported that a walnut was
cut in 1789 by a white man for bees
or honey, and that the stump was
standing in 1879. The tree was four
and a half feet in diameter and was
probably the first tree cut by a white
man in Hardin county.
Thief Not One-Legged
Discards Loot
The thief who stole a case of shoes
from Walter Watkins, Toledo sales
man, apparently gave up in disgust,
as the loot was recovered by Kenton
police a short time after the theft
was reported.
In the case were 25 shoes—all for
the right foot.
Population Of County
With the entire population of
Hardin county set at 27,061 persons
in the 1940 census, announcement
has been made of the populations of
the various townships in the county.
The figures include any parts of
municipalities in the townships.
Liberty township, with Ada, has a
population of 3,448.
Ada Army Deserter
Clarence Downing, a private in Co.
H, 148 Infantry, of Ada, was ar­
NEW COMFORT was the keynote as
we made plans for this year’s Ford.
Get in, through the new wide doors
Stretch out, in room to spare! Seating
width has been increased as much as
7 inches. Knee-room and inside length
are greatest in the low-price field.
Then take the road and try its ride!
rested by Kenton ‘police lart week on
charges of being absent from his
outfit, now in training at Camp
Shelby, Miss., without leave. He has
been gone from the southern camp
since Feb. 3, officers said.
Downing claimed he wanted to
come home to see his mother, who
was ill, and that was his reason for
leaving his duties with the army.
1914 Motorcycle Saved
From Fire
Altho Mark Cessna, 75, recovered
his 1914 motorcycle from his burn
ing home near Foraker, he received
minor burns when he again attempt
ed to enter the blazing two-story
frame structure to rescue his pet
dog. It later was discovered that
the dog has escaped.
Alger May Take Over
School Buses
That the Alger hoard of education
take over the operation of its own
school buses to slash expenses was
the recommendation of C. H. Hutch
ins, auditor of the state department
of education, who met with the board
last week. Hardin County Superin
tendent Frank C. Ransdell also was
at the meeting.
School finances have become a vital
mattei' in the Alger district and it
was necessary to close the school
for a period of a week recently
when a 3-mill special levy for oper
ation expense was voted down by
electors of the district. The school
was opened last Monday following a
conference of the Alger board with
state officials.
Vilages Can’t Pay For
The question of whether State
Route 65 is to he rerouted through
Putnam county was placed in the
hands of state highway department
officials last week as the Putnam
county commissioners flatly refused
to pay a “large percentage” of the
cost of purchasing a right-of-way
for the road through four villages,
unofficially estimated at $25,000.
The commissioners declined to dis
close the exact percentage that they
were asked to pay.
The state department lias proposed
to reroute the highway along the
former Cincinnati & Lake Erie Trac
tion Co. right-of-way to provide an
improved road from Lima to Toledo.
It holds an option on this property
outside the villages, and asked the
four villages to provide right-of-way
inside the municipalities.
Columbus Grove, Ottawa, Leipsic
and Belmore are the villages affect
ed. None feel that they can pur
chase the right-of-way, the com
missioners reported.
Death Follows Influ
enza Attack
Funeral services were held in
Leipsic last week for James Kuhl
man, year-old son of Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Kuhlman, who died of spinal
meningitis, contracted after an at
tack of influenza.
Mattress Project Goes
“Up In Smoke”
Two representatives of the Farm
Securities Administration came to
Ottawa last week to teach the first
group in Putnam county to make
A soft, steady, gliding new Ford ride
that takes good road or bad in a sat
isfying new kind of stride. And notice
the quietness of this big Ford!
There’s news at your Ford Dealer’s
that’stoo good to miss! News in com
fort. News in value. And news in a
“deal” that you’ll find easy to take!
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mattresses but one of the instructors
himself learned a valuable lesson.
The instructor struck a match to
light a cigaret after a bale of cotton
had been fluffed in the south room
of the Trading Post here. A bat
of cotton was ignited.
Blazing instantly, the cotton fire
spread to two tables and a sewing
machine, a leather davenport and
various articles in the room made
by relief workers.
Ottawa volunteer firemen ex
tinguished the blaze. They said it
was impossible to estimate the loss
because so many small items were
destroyed. The building was not
damaged. It is owned by John
Influenza Gets More
According to the announcement of
Carl D. Vermilya, county school
superintendent, three schools, Miller
City, Continental and New Cleveland,
have been closed indefinitely because
of influenza.
T. B. Testing In Schools
The main part of the tuberculosis
testing program in the Putnam coun
ty schools has been completed, it was
reported by Dr. Harry A. Neiswand
er, county health commissioner.
A total of 808 pupils have under
gone the tests in the 12 high schools.
Results of the tests conducted on 417
pupils last week showed 22 positive
cases, it was reported. The tests
given 391 pupils this week will be
read Friday.
Welfare Needs Are
Application for $4,875 for aid to
dependent children and $1,300 for
blind persons was made last week by
the board of public assistance to the
Putnam county commissioners.
This is a reduction of $5,125 from
the request made in 1940 for depend
ant children funds r^,d $3,700 from
the blind application last year, ac
cording to County Relief Director
Bonnie B. Corns.
Decline in applications came as a
result of the study made during 1940
of needs, she explained. By study
ing individual cases more completely,
it was possible to reduce the expend
itures for these two groups in the
county, the director reported.
Morphine Stolen From
Theft of 388 quarter grains of
morphine from his office in Contin
ental was reported by Sheriff Arnold
Potts by Dr. H. J. Wenzinger.
The physician said that a tramp
called on him Thursday shortly be
fore noon and requested some mor
phine. The doctor refused the man
who left the office. When Dr. Wen
zinger returned from lunch he found
the morphine missing, he told the
sheriff, leading him to believe that
the tramp returned during the noon
hour and took the drug from his
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