|It Was News Then - April 2, 2013|
|Tuesday, April 02, 2013 9:56 AM|
One Year Ago
• Cameron Jones of Delphos was the last of 20 contestants to perform Saturday night at Ohio Has Talent! But his performance seemed to be just what the crowd had been waiting for. For winning the event, Jones received $500 and was one of two performers called out to receive a pass into the top 100 for the Ohio Idol competition to be held June 16-17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
25 Years Ago – 1988
• Delbert Gratz, well known for his knowledge of the Swiss and Mennonite heritage, will be the speaker at the April 6 meeting of the Putnam County Genealogical Society at the Putnam County District Library in Ottawa. Gratz has written several books concerning the Mennonite church and frequently travels to Switzerland for research purposes. Bluffton College has a large collection on the Mennonite and Brethren churches.
• Area mothers of twins have formed the Tri-County Twins Club. The club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at alternating homes. A summer picnic, Halloween party, Christmas party and a couples night out are being planned as well as various speakers and activities. Interested mothers are urged to attend the next meeting or call Cindy Metzger or Barb Mesker for further information.
• Ohio “Orphan Train” riders are being sought by a newly-formed organization, The Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, said Donann Easterwood, organization president. “Over 150,000 abandoned, orphaned and homeless children, between 1854 and 1929, were taken out of the institutions of New York City and transported by trains to rural America. Of these children, 7,272 were placed in Ohio,” Easterwood said.
50 Years Ago – 1963
• The Delphos Parent-Teacher Association will hold its annual teacher appreciation dinner Thursday night in Franklin School. Mildred Keller and Eva Holmes, who retired at the close of school last year, will be special guests. The home economics department will model clothes made in Ruth Ayers’ classes during the dinner.
• Over 200 women were present at the St. John’s Rosary-Altar Society meeting held Monday night in the Little Theater of the school. It was announced that the Rosary-Alter Society would hold a bake sale on the Saturday before Easter. Mrs. John Marsh, Jr. will serve as chairman and Mrs. Richard Mueller will be co-chairman.
• Thirteen members and six guests attended the meeting of Fort Amanda Chapter DAR held March 30 at the home of Mrs. Guy Steiger in Spencerville. Mrs. M. L. Kennedy of Van Wert was the guest speaker, using as her topic “The Great Black Swamp and its Relation to Northwestern Ohio.”
75 Years Ago – 1937
• The students of St. John’s High School will hold their bake sale at Rosselit’s Drug Store on April 9. In addition to the sale of a wide variety of baked goods, they will sell fresh eggs and will take orders for colored Easter eggs and lettered chocolate eggs which will be delivered to the respective homes on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday.
• Dr. J. B. Egts, venerable Delphos physician, was paid a glowing tribute Thursday evening when the members of the Presbyterian congregation convened at the church for a dinner. For the past 50 years, Dr. Egts has served as elder of the Delphos Presbyterian Church and the members of the congregation held the dinner in appreciation for his many years of service.
• The Old Time Coon Hunters Association will meet Tuesday night in regular session at the White Dove Inn, Scott’s Crossing. Plans have already been mapped for the first coon dog field trial of the spring season. The trials will be held May 8 at the Auer School, 3 ½ miles southwest of Delphos.