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F.B. Bryan, who is in charge of the improvement work at the Hartshorn cemetery, reports a list of men who met at the cemetery last Thursday and assisted in the work of grading, consisting of the following: J.O. Foust, E.C. Ford, Jacob Cramer, Chas. Fostnaught, Henry Groves, Alex Dunlap, J.W. Bryan, Alden Smith, James Kiggins, Simon Kiggins, L. Friend, William Wells, F.B. Bryan. Some of these parties also furnished teams. Mr. Bryan wishes to thank all who assisted.

A number of visitors were also present and were well pleased with the work being done.

While engaged in the work at the cemetery, Mr. Bryan found a marker which is of considerable interest. It bore the name of John Sutton, and gave the date of death July 20, 1846. This will be preserved as a pioneer marker at the cemetery and will be placed upon a new base. Mr. Bryan would like to hear from surviving members of the Sutton family.

A number of donations are being received for the work.

Delphos Herald,

Oct. 6, 1919

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Hundreds Visited

Beautiful New Theatre

The new Grand Theatre, in the Shroeder brick block, next door north of the old Grand Theatre, was formally opened to the public on New Year’s evening, January 1, by F.H. Staup.

This new theatre is one of the commodious, neat and convenient that can be found anywhere in the state of Ohio, and has been paid the compliment by an inspector of the office of the State Fire Marshal, of being the most complete from the standpoint of fire protection that he has ever inspected.

This is the first picture show in Ohio constructed and opened under the new code of building laws affecting places of public assembly.

The operators booth, equipped with two machines, is made of cement and asbestos blocks and iron doors, and is so arranged that it would be practically impossible for fire from this room to reach any other part of the building. All emergency exits required, have been provided and properly safeguarded.

The interior work was done by contractor John Wallace and his men. Frank Krutch did the interior decorating work, papering, painting, etc., and Mr. Decurtin of Lima decorated the front. The main entrance doors are of oak with brass trim, and from the street the recessed entrance presents a most beautiful appearance, although there is still some work to be done by Mr. Decurtin.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 2, 1912

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Negroe’s House Fire

A story and a half frame house, outside the corporation line from Marbletown, occupied by John Covington, the Negro bill poster, took fire this morning about 8:30 from an unknown source, and before the blaze was quenched, ruined the upper part of the house.

A bucket brigade did good work in the absence of the fire department which was not called. No damage was done to the goods with the exception of some being soaked with water. The house was an old one and the loss is not heavy.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 11, 1896

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Selling Beer in

Landeck?

A case entitled The State of Ohio vs. Henry Shaffer, was tried before Squire Hunsaker in  Mayor’s  court  room today. Attorney H.A. Reeve represented the defense and B.J. Brotherton prosecuted  the  case.  The charge was for, “selling beer in Landeck.” The court decided that there was no cause for action and dismissed the charges.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 11, 1896

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Michigan Farmers

Growing Peppermint

The farmers of southwestern Michigan find peppermint a profitable crop to raise, especially those who have marshy land. Last year the yield was immense and a vast amount of money was made upon the oil and the stems were afterward cured as hay and brought a handsome price. Some farmers, the coming season, will give their entire attention to this crop.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 11, 1896

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Big Saloon Fire

A fire which destroyed one of Delphos’ oldest business buildings, occurred at about 12:15 Thursday morning.

Fire was discovered by one of the night policemen in the frame building occupied by J.G. Farnam’s saloon, and an alarm was immediately turned in and the department responded promptly, but the fire had gained such headway that very little could be done to save the building and stock.

This was erected in 1873, the year following the big fire which destroyed all the buildings in that section of Main street. It was a small one-story, frame structure, and the old dried out shell burned like tinder. The fire started in a small room at the rear of the bar room, apparently from an overheated stove. The roof of the building was of tin, which together with the steel ceiling in the bar room made the fire very hard to fight, and kept the flames inside the building to a great extent and caused great damage to the stock and fixtures owned by Mr. Farnam.

The building is owned by Chas. Mathes, and while there is no insurance on the building, he will not suffer much loss as it was his intention to tear it down this spring and he had already arranged to erect a new two-story brick building on the site. What remains of the old building will be cleared away to make room for the new building. The new structure will be 24 by 100 feet and will have a pressed brick front.

Mr. Farnam, owner of the saloon stock carried $1500 in insurance. He carried a large stock of goods and expensive fixtures.

Delphos Herald,

Feb. 29, 1912

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Reckless Bike Riders

A few days ago, the Herald made mention of the narrow  escape  of  a  little girl from being run over by a reckless bicycle rider, and calling  attention  to  the  danger in allowing  fast  riding on Main street to continue.

We doubt not that the wheelmen themselves would be in favor of some legislation on the part of the council regulating the speed on at the least the principal streets, and determining what is necessary on the part of the wheelmen for the safety of others and themselves. There are only a few riders that would be at all affected by any regulations that council might fix. Most of them use judgment and care in riding and exercise all due precaution for the safety of others, riders, pedestrians, or persons driving. But there are some who do not, and they are the ones who should be reached.

Frequently, riders sweep down Main street, four and six abreast. The approach of such a platoon will frighten horses and is a menace to a novice who may be approaching on a wheel. The bicycle is recognized in law as a common vehicle and it is accorded the privileges of other vehicle as well as being regulated by the same restrictions, but an ordinance forbidding certain features is just as necessary as a fast driving ordinance.

There is not a rider in this city who will not recognize the necessity of an ordinance embodying the following: bicycles required to be ridden always to the right of all vehicles; no more than two riders abreast; each bicycle fitted with a bell and a lamp at night.

Delphos Herald,

May 9, 1896

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Delphos Young Man

Killed at Cloverdale

Word reached Delphos Saturday, from Cloverdale, 15 miles north on the Clover Leaf, that a young man had been shot in the back from ambush, Friday afternoon.

Henry  Lang,  18  years old, a son of Ben Lang and a nephew of Henry and F.A. Lang of this city, was in the employee of Casper Holdgreve, a tile maker, at Cloverdale. Friday afternoon, young Lang  drove  to the  Kitchen  farm, 2 1/2 miles northwest of Cloverdale, after a load of corn fodder.

Some time after, Mr. Kitchen saw the team wandering aimlessly about the field with the wagon half loaded with fodder. He investigated and found young Lang lying on top of the fodder unconscious, with a bullet hole in his back, directly between his shoulders, and the lines grasped in his hands.

The young man was removed to his home and a party of men began an investigation. They found fresh tracks in the woods adjoining the field, at one place near the fence behind a tree there were indications that someone had stood there and braced himself to discharge a gun. The tracks led into the woods and showed the owner had made long strides, as though running .

The young man had no enemies that anyone was aware of, and the question now is, was he shot intentionally from ambush or was it accidentally by some hunter in the woods? The wound is supposed to have been made by a rifle ball.

The unfortunate victim remained unconscious all night, and Saturday Dr. Hixon, of Dupont and an Ottawa surgeon probed for the ball, but were unable to locate it. At 2:15 p.m. Saturday, a telephone message was received here that the boy had died at 10 a.m. The citizens in the vicinity where the young man lived are very much excited and are after the perpetrators with blood hounds. If Lang was shot intentionally, he was probably mistaken for someone else.

He was buried in the East Side Cemetery, Delphos.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 21, 1897

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Aged Lady Dead

Mrs. Lavina Rupert passed away Monday afternoon at her home in Marbletown, at the age of 85 years. Death was caused by paralysis and old age. The funeral will be held near Mendon, Wednesday.

Mrs. Rupert was married before she was 15 years old and her husband was a soldier in the war of 1812. He has been dead for several years, and Mrs. Rupert has been receiving a widow’s pension.

She was the mother of about sixteen children, most of them who are still living. Five of her sons fought in the war of the Rebellion to preserve the flag and the nation’s honor. There are few mothers who lent such valuable aid to the Federal army.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 28, 1897

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Shots Exchanged and

Considerable

Excitement

Sunday evening about 7 o’clock, west bound train P.F. No. 75 pulled into town and stopped, the train extending from the Franklin street crossing to the east switch.

Shortly after stopping, a shot was heard, followed by another, and another, until five shots had been heard, accompanied by loud yelling. The disturbance seemed to be at about the middle of the train. The trainmen investigated but found nothing except one fellow who had fallen into the creek. They were unable to get anything out of him, however.

They did not notify the officers of the trouble and the train again started up, but was stopped at State street, where it seems that the trainmen started out to eject the tramps from the train. There was more swearing and yelling and rocks flew through the air. The tramps were not dislodged and the train pulled out with them.

Shortly after the train had left, it was reported to police that one of the shots had entered a lower floor window at the residence of the Sister of Charity on east First street. (This was the old residence located on the corner of First and Pierce St. R.H.) The ball, a 38 calibre had passed through one of the south windows into a room occupied by one of the Sisters, thence through the transom and lodged in the wall in the hall, where it was afterward found.

It seemed as it was a battle among tramps who were on the train. A look over the ground at the railroad track this morning failed to reveal anything.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 21, 1897

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Canal Ice Gives

Way With a

Crowd of Skaters

An accident occurred on the canal about 5 o’clock Monday, but for timely aid presence of mind of those on terra firma, might have resulted in several drownings.

A crowd of skaters were on the ice above the Second street bridge. There were some 15 or 20 of them skating in a bunch at the time, when the ice gave way opposite H.J. Wulfhorst’s store and 12 of the skaters were precipitated into the water about eight feet deep, two small girls being in the number. Almost simultaneously with the breaking of the ice, the air was rent with screams from those in the water and on the bank. Pandemonium reigned for a time, after which the work of rescuing the hapless victims began.

They held on to the edges of the ice until a large wooden crate was pushed across the ice for them to hold onto. A bystander and two others who were attracted by the cries, came to the rescue and pulled them out one by one, the girls first. After all were safe, they ran home for dry clothing. It was a narrow escape, especially the little girls; one of them and also one of the boys went completely under the water once or twice before being rescued.

Those who took an unwelcome midwinter bath were: Celia Stump, Beulah Pennell, Syl and Will Walsh, Alfred Oberwagner, Carl Roth, Ed Searing, Roy Wagner, Alex. Stallkamp, Art Moon, Claude Fast, and a small son of Chas. Danials.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897

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Cutting In

Delphos Saloon

Several people were in John Recker’s saloon on Canal street Tuesday night, and C. Hummer and J. Pohlman got into an altercation over a game of dice. Pohlman is said to have been intoxicated, and to avert trouble, Hummer called him aside to smooth his ruffled feathers, when, without warning, Pohlman whipped out a knife and made a slash at Hummer.

The keen edged blade caught Humemr in the right leg, halfway between the hip and knee, cutting an ugly looking gash, six inches long and nearly an inch deep. Pohlman is a farmer living east of town. “Doggie” refused to have him arrested, but says he must pay the doctor bill.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897

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Horse Thief?

Last Tuesday, a well-dressed man called at a farm house near the home of Mr. Sherrick, east of town, driving a fine looking horse, which he claimed was a 2:20 pacer. He gave the name of Haynes, and asked to stay a few days to allow his horse a good rest. Haynes remained at the farm house and the horse was quartered in the barn. Wednesday night the animal got into the manger and one of its forelegs was broken. Haynes had the animal shot. Thursday he gave the buggy, harness and lap robe to the farmer for burying the animal. Haynes disappeared and now the farmer fears that the property was stolen.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897

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Horribly Burned

at Brewery

Late Friday afternoon, Jacob Werner, about 20 years old, an employee of the Delphos Brewery, went into the cellar where a small gasoline stove had been placed in one of the 100 bbl. beer casks to dry it thoroughly after being varnished, an operation which occurs yearly.

Werner saw that the blaze had gone out and pulled the stove from the cask and went upstairs to get a cover for the hole. He took a brewer’s lamp along, and in stooping down to adjust the cover, the gas which had accumulated in the cask ignited from the lamp and before Werner could move, the flames rushed out and almost enveloped him. His hair was almost burned off, and the skin on his face and hands hung in shreds. His clothing took fire but he hastened to a nearby valve and obtained water to douse the flames.

He then walked upstairs and made known his injuries by simply remarking, “I got it.” A hurry up call was sent for physicians and Drs. Marsh and Williamson were soon at the brewery and administered relief, the burns by that time having become very painful. The doctors do not think Werner’s eyesight is injured. He was removed to his home on east Third street, where he is now resting as easy as can be expected.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897

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Ladies Night Out

Eleven of our most prominent married ladies deliberately entered the handsome home of Dr. and Mrs. A. Borman Monday night and proceeded to conduct affairs after plans originally arranged by them, to the complete surprise of Mrs. Borman, who for the time being, forgot that it was the forty-second anniversary of her birth, and did not comprehend the meaning until her memory was refreshed.

After Mrs. Borman had recovered from her surprise, arrangements were made for the entertainment of the ladies. They did not come unprepared, however, as each carried a basket of good things, which were soon spread on the table, and after the evening was most enjoyable passed in conversation, games, vocal and instrumental music, including German songs by Mrs. Fannie Reul and Mrs. Felix Steinle, the ladies repaired to the dining room where the table was groaning under the weight of good things.

The ladies lingered at the table and animated conversation ruled supreme. There was not a dull moment during the entire evening, and the plans of the ladies were successfully carried out. As souvenirs of their unexpected but nevertheless welcome call, the ladies presented Mrs. Borman with a handsome jardinier and calla lily and also a beautiful Japanese flower vase.

The invaders were: Mesdames Felix Steinle, Kellar, Fanny Reul, John Hotz, Frank Stump, John Roth, H.L. Leilich, B.F. Marshal, Frank Burger, A. Bormuth and Marie Jettinger.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 14, 1897

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J.H. Lange and

Family Caught in

Terrific Storm

A storm of exceptional severity swept over the country south and southeast of Delphos Monday evening. While a part of the storm could be noticed from this city, the most destructive portion of it passed between Lima and Wapakoneta.

Mr. J.H. Lange with his family was motoring from Cincinnati to Delphos and was caught in the storm just north of Wapakoneta. It was a wind and electrical storm of considerable violence accompanied by a tremendous downpour of rain.

Mr. Lange says that the rainfall was so heavy that the water flowed over the road at a point where, according to a farmer living nearby, it had not been known to reach that level within the last thirty years. It continued to rise at this point until the stream crossing the highway was fully two feet deep. Mr. Lange says that it was the most terrific storm from every standpoint he has ever witnessed.

Traffic on the Western Ohio electric line between Lima and Wapakoneta was held up by the storm, twenty-one trolley poles being blown down.

Trees were uprooted, one whole orchard being destroyed. Mrs. Lange and family had a narrow escape as a large tree was blown down within a short distance of their car.

At two-thirty Tuesday, a telephone call from the Idlewild club house, northeast of Delphos on the banks of the Auglaize river, where A.B. King and Jos. Jettinghoff, with their families are spending the week, informed the Herald that the river had risen two feet in ten minutes at that point. The roar of the waters could be heard before the flood reached the vicinity of the club house.

Delphos Herald,

July 20, 1919

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Improvement at

Depweg Tailor Shop

The Depweg Tailor Shop on East Second street is being improved. The interior is being repainted and other improvements are being made.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 20, 1925

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