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3 Children Lose Lives
By Fire, Lightning
Three Lima area children lost their
lives in tragic accidents. Chas. Rob
ert Little, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Little, Lima Route 2, and
a Shawnee high school student, was
killed when struck by lightning while
fishing in the Auglaize river near
Ft. Amanda State park. His sister,
Evonda, was knocked unconscious but
was revived, while a brother, Ken
neth, was uninjured. Sarah Marie
Hamrick, 5 months, and her brother,
Forest Eugene, 2’i, were burned to
death when fire destroyed the home
of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. For
est E. Hamrick, Willshire township,
Van Wert county, while the parents
were in the fields working. The
children were asleep when the fire
started from water boiling over on
a coal oil stove.
Runs Hand Laundry In
New Guinea
Sgt. Pierre Sorgnard, Jr., former
Lima painter, now is running a
laundry as a sideline to his army
duties in New Guinea, according to
a letter to his wife, Rhea, assistant
manager of the United Press bureau
in Lima. Pierre wrote that his busi
ness was suffering because of four
days of rain. He does the washing
of other soldiers’ clothes in a nearby
stream. He also reported seeing two
Is a present-day necessity. High
Speed travel and the use of power
machinery has greatly increased
hazards. Farm Bureau provides
Accident and Health, Hospitaliza
tion, Home and Farm Liability,
Burglary, Robbery, Theft and
other casualty policies.
245 W. Grove St. Phone 350-W
Bluffton, Ohio
Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile
Insurance Co.,
Home Office: Columbus, Ohio.
Lima-made power shovels on an air
port construction job in New Guinea.
Boy Drowns In Coal
Yard Pit
Donald Lyle, 6, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Lyle, of Lima, was
drowned recently when he fell into
five feet of water in a coal pit con
veyor at the Fidelity Coal and Sup
ply Co. yard, E. High street, where
he was playing with some other
children. He was unable to reach a
ladder running up out of the pit,
into which he had descended by
climbing down a cable. He is sur
vived by his parents, four sisters
and a brother.
Tot Hurt By Tractor
Lary Alan Taylor, 2, of Lima,
was bruised about the body and cut
about the head when he was pulled
75 feet under a heavy drag attached
to a tractor. He fell under the drag
while trying to retrieve a toy and
was dragged some distance before he
rolled from beneath the implement
when it was raised going over a
manhole cover.
There’s a big difference in chick feeds and it pays
to insist on starter mash of known quality.
Inmate Escapes From
Make sure your chicks get in proper balance the
vitamins, proteins and minerals they require by ask
ing for
The third inmate to escape from
the Lima State Hospital in recent
weeks is being hunted. He is Rob
ert Lanning, 51, Zanesville, who
eluded a guard during a walk, ac
cording to Supt. R. E. Bushong.
Lanning, charged with kidnapping, is
not considered dangerous, Dr. Bush
ong said.
Autoists Save Invalid
From Burning Home
Passing motorists carried Mrs.
David Shatto, an elderly invalid,
from the bedroom of a blazing farm
home near Lima recently. The 10
room structure, three miles east of
Lima was destroyed.
Mr. Shatto and Mrs. Lillie Howells
Starting and Growing Mash
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of Lima, sister of Mrs. Shatto, were
performing farm chores when pass
ersby attracted their attention.
May Drain Quarry To
Find Body
Officials are pondering desirability
of draining the millions of gallons of
water from the Dunkirk quarry in
an effort to locate the body of
George Benjamin Hager, 22, former
ly of the U. S. Army, who has been
missing from home for over two
With his death in the pool purely a
matter of conjecture, officials direct
ed a search earlier that included the
use of the professional diver, grap
pling hooks and setting of dynamite
charges. Hardin county Sheriff R.
R. Clark then discontinued active ef
forts to find Hager but instructed
volunteers to make periodic patrols
so as to find the body if it should
Blanchard township trustees ex
pressed favor to the plan for drain
ing the 50-acre pond, which ranges
from 40 to 70 feet deep.
“Write-In” Official Still
A year after a half dozen friends
wrote in his name on primary ballots
for ward councilman without his
knowledge, Emil L. Kemph became
president of Lima’s City Council. He
succeeds W. L. Ferguson who became
mayor after the death of Mayor A.
L. Metheany. Mr. Kemph is a bar
$141,898 Tax Collection
Is Distributed
Distribution of $141,898.46 collect
ed from tangible and intangible per
sonal property taxes for the first
half of 1944 was made by County
Auditor Floyd W. Griffin of Allen
Plan Scout Camporee
Plans have been completed for the
Allen District Boy Scout camporee
to be held June 2, 3 and 4 in Faurot
park, with some 200 district scouts
expected to attend.
Bluffton boy scouts are making
plans to attend.
Disclose Church Plans
For D-Day
Rev. Paul H. Graeser, newly-elect
ed president of the Lima Ministerial
association, revealed that plans have
been made for church prayer and
meditation services at Lima when D
Day is officially announced.
Guard Mustered In
Lima’s new Ohio State Guard unit,
known as Co. H, 4th Infantry, was
mustered in with a complement of
three officers and 42 enlisted men in
ceremonies at the state armory. The
first official drill was held recently.
Former Findlay Resi
dent Breaks Neck
Lieut. William F. Shaw, former
Findlay college student and graduate
of Findlay high school, is in an un
disclosed army hospital, suffering
from a neck fracture. He received
the injure somewhere in eastern
United States. Lieutenant Shaw’s
home now is in Bellefontaine. He is
married and has a son, Mical. He
has been in service since November,
Gen. Sherman Tank
Attracts Crowds
Findlay residents in general and
war plant workers in particular were
impressed when a huge 45-ton M-4
tank, known as a “General Sherman”
visited the city.
The tank was brought to Findlay
in connection with a production in
centive tour sponsored by the Cleve
land ordnance district. In charge
were Capt. Edwin Plock, ordnance,
and Charles N. Demian, of the public
relations staff. The wounded veter
ans from Fletcher General hospital,
Cambridge, addressed the workers on
both day and night shifts.
At the close of the talks an in
spection of the tank, which mounts
a 75 mm cannon, was permitted.
Later the “General Sherman” was
parked on South Main street in front
of the Elks home where it attracted
crowds of interested men. women
and children.
$91,767 Collected In
Personal Taxes
County Treasurer Boyd G. Hutson
said Monday that personal property
tax payers of Hancock county have
paid $91,767.43 for the first half of
1944. This includes $53,188 in gen
eral personal property tax and $38,
579 in classified taxes.
There were 5,600 returns mailed
out by County Auditor Charles E.
Simpson and 5,020 have been filed.
The law provides for a five per cent
penalty from now to May 31 and a
ten per cent penalty from June 1
to October 31.
Loses Foot Under
The quick action by Theodore
Frey, 64, of Findlay in throwing
himself from the path of a New
York Central freight train recently,
possibly saved his life. He was un
able to hrow himself clear, however,
and the train wheels several his
right foot above the ankle.
Frey had left the Buckeye Trac
tion Ditcher plant after his night’s
work and was walking south along
the New York Central track just
west of the foundry when he heard
a northbound freight train approach
ing. He stepped onto the siding and
continued walking.
Doubtless the noise of the freight
train muffled the sound of an ap
proaching southbound train which
was traveling about five miles an
hour ,trainmen said.
Knight Petitioned
Court Of Appeals
The Third District Court of Ap
peals of three judges at Kenton
heard a petition for a writ of ha
beas corpus for Richard Knight, in
the Hardin county court house.
Knight, 38, sentenced in Kenton
in 1934 for holdup murder of Loyal
W. Bean, Dunkirk grocer, was order
ed released in March from Ohio pen
itentiary after the Second District
Court of Appeals ruled he was sen
tensed without trial to his guilty
pleas. He now contends he was held
continuously in prison without trial
for more than two terms of court.
Train-Auto Crash
Kills Child
Norma Louise King, two-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
King, of near Alger, died from a
fractured skull sustained when the
car in which she was riding wras
struck by an eastbound Erie rail
road freight train.
The car, occupied by Mr. and Mrs.
King and six children, stalled on a
street grade crossing in Alger. All
of the family except Norma Louise
got out of the car and attempted to
push it from the railroad tracks.
It is believed that in the excite
ment due to the approaching train,
the family did not realize the baby
was still in the automobile.
Hardin County Date
Gang Paroled
Six juveniles and their 18-year-old
leaders were free on parole after
reprimands issued by Mayor Leroy
Hoppe and Juvenile Judge G. B.
DeWitt at Kenton.
The nine made a practice, for the
past three months, of beating and
terrorizing other youths they accused
of attempting to “date” their girl
friends, officials were told.
Vote Half-Holidays
At Kenton
Kenton business places will be
closed each Thursday afternoon dur
ing the next four months, the Ken
ton Business Club decided.
Class Night Held
At Ada
Class night, annual mid-week event
of the graduating season held
in the Ada high school auditorium,
presented a burlesque trial, “Seniors
at the Bar”, which included: Saluta
tory, Patricia Focht class history,
Robert Elliott and Howard McBride
class poem, Dorothy Saum and Paul
ine Binkley class prophecy, Faye
Moore and Dorotha Baker class
will, Shirlene Kuehne and Jean Ann
Tremain valedictory, Herbert An
Class advisors are Miss Mabel
Crawford and Alvin Augsburger.
Class Honored In Bond
and Stamp Sale
Recognition of the achievement of
Arlington high school freshmen in
selling a total of $4,500 war stamps
and bonds since Jan. 13 was made
in chapel services at the school build
Col. R. R. Groves, veteran of
World War I, addressed the class,
and had a display of war materials
from World War I and World War
Forest G. Hall, chairman of the
rural section of the war bond or
ganization, Lester Fink, southeast
chairman, and C. H. Smith, south
west chairman also attended the pro
Col. Groves presented an official ci
tation from Henry Morgenehau, Jr.,
secretary of the treasury.
Members of the class designated
equipment they wished purchased
with the proceeds from the sale.
Two Hurt In Falls
Mrs. Anna Kahley and Mrs. Melt
Everhart, Kenton, each fell in their
homes and suffered fractured hips.
Ottawa Men Organize
Organization of a new firm to be
known as the Ottawa Tile and Brick
Co. was announced at Ottawa by
Neal Hornung and Albert Roof. The
company will manufacture concrete
drain tile for farm drainage.
It is the hope of the pair that
production can be started by June
15 in buildings owned by Albert
Kersting. The necessary machinery
has been purchased and will be in
stalled at once.
Hornung will manage the plant.
He said that a small crew of work
men has been engaged to begin mak
ing the tile. The plant will make
tile in 12-inch lengths and in four,
six, eight, 10, 12 and 16-inch widths.
The firm is considering the addi
tion of other concrete products later
but no decision has been reached on
this matter.
Putnam County Tax
Lands Sold
Bringing prices that ranged from
25 cents to $425, forfeited land has
been sold at public auction to clear
the Putnam county tax duplicate of
all delinquent tax properties that
could be sold this year, it was
learned from Countv Auditor Carl
D. Frick.
A total of 20 tracts were sold.
The last was located in all parts of
the county but bidding was light so
that none of the parcels of real es
tate with the exception of one lot in
Ottawa drew more than a nominal
The Ottawa lot, located near the
fairgrounds, brought a top price of
$425 after spirited bidding between
three prospective buyers, the auditor
Bike Mishap Breaks
Boys Arm
Howard Hunter, 15, son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Hunter of Leipsic,
suffered the fracture of the radius
bone of his right arm by being
thrown from his bicycle at a point
about five miles south of Leipsic on
route 65. He and Junior Wyant had
decided to take an afternoon ride
on their bikes and just how the ac
cident occurred is not known.
He w’as taken to the office of Dr.
W. D. Hickey and from there to the
Lima Memorial hospital where an X
ray was taken which revealed the
nature and extent of the fracture.
Both boys are freshmen in Leipsic
high school.
Elect Ottawa Sailor
Honor Man
Donald Nicholas Sheeley, Findlay
college graduate, whose home is in
Ottawa, has been graduated from
recruit training as honor man of his
company at the Great Lakes naval
training center and is nowr on “boot”
Sheeley was elected candidate by
fellow blue jackets and selected hon
or man by his company commander
on the basis of military aptitude and
progress. He has been recommended
to attend Radar school.
Prior to joining the navy he head
ed the labor relations section .district
engineer office of U. S. engineers at
Dayton. He is spending his leave
with his wife and daughter in Ot
Petroleum Extracts
Enough petroleum could be ex
tracted by hydrogenation of coal to
last 3,000 years.
Sheet Metal Work
of all Kinds
Roof Repair, Spout
ing, Furnace Repair
Come in and get acquainted
All work guaranteed
One Block North of Traffic
Pleasant View
Mrs. Richard Green returned last
week from a five months visit with
he.” husband at Oakland, Calif. Mr.
Green is stationed at a naval depot
at that place.
Mrs. Arietta Rickly attended com
mencement exercises at Toledo H. S.,
Friday evening. Leland Sutter, a
grandson was a member of the gradu
ating class.
Mrs. George Ridge and daughter
Sara and son Buddy spent Tuesday
in the Donald Harris home.
Mrs. Clarence Payne and family of
Findlay spent Sunday night with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Alspach
and son Bobby and Mrs. Richard
Green and little son.
Mrs. Forest Kessler is spending sev
eral days this week with relatives in
Berne, Ind.
Joseph Windle of Belmore and Mr.
and Mrs. Lewis Windle were Sunday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Nile
Chas. Lora, Auct.
The haying season’s biggest bogey-man is the
weather man. The best thing you can do is be
ready to work and work fast when the weather
man’s on your side.
Have your haying equipment checked now so you
don’t have to worry later on and lose your crop.
McCormick-Deering Dealer
Bluffton, Ohio
Last Hatch Monday, May 29th
As I am breaking up housekeeping I will offer for sale at my
home at 408 Cherry Street, Bluffton, Ohio, my entire eight rooms
of furniture, dishes, and cooking utensils, and the following property
Saturday, May 27, 1944
Sale to begin at 1:30 P. M. o'clock sharp, fast time.
HOUSEHOLD GOODS—-Peninsular coal and wood kitchen
range, 3-burner Perfection kerosene stove, hard coal heating stove,
kitchen cabinet, kitchen cupboard, side board, round dining table,
drop-leaf extension table, dining room and kitchen chairs, 5 rockers,
leather davenport, walnut organ, library table, sewing machine, 2
wooden bedsteads with springs, 3 9X12 Axminster rugs, commode,
stands, lamps, dishes, some antique dishes, cooking utensils, fruit
jars, crocks and many other articles too numerous to mention.
TOOLS—Two step ladders, 2 straight ladders, one dozen folding
potato crates, lawn mower, garden tools, wheelbarrow, spraying
outfit, a lot of carpenter tools and other articles.
All goods are in good condition.
THURSDAY, MAY 25, 1944
Newton and family. The occasion
was in honor of the birthday anniver
sary of Mr. Lewis Windle.
Quarterly conference of Rawson
charge will e held in the Olive
Branch church, Monday evening, May
Ronny Sutter of Toledo is spending
several weeks with his grandmother,
Mrs. Arietta Rickly and son Alvin
and Mr. and Mrs. Myron Reichenbach.
Mildred Hanna spent Sunday with
her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy
Miss Pauline Carr of Dayton was
the week end guests of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W .G. Carr.
Rubbish Notice
Monthly collection of rubbish will
be made on Thursday, June 1. Resi
dents are requested not to set out
rubbish for collection until after
Memorial day, May 30.
W. A. Howe, Mayor 6
Jonathan S. Agin
Auctioneer: Clyde Warren Clerk: Jerry Basinger
The undersigned will sell at public auction at
126 South High Street, Coumbus Grove, Ohio,
Saturday, May 27, 1944
Beginning at 1:30 p. m.
The following articles:
2 piece overstuffed living room suite, library table,
metal bed and dresser, single bed, child’s bed, dining table,
and 6 chairs to match, buffet, 2 rocking chairs, straight
chair, 3 large rugs, floor lamp, throw rugs, fernery, kero
sene heater, and other articles.
Phone MAIN 475 Collect

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