|From the Archives Dec. 5, 2013|
|Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:00 PM|
One Year Ago
The Village of Gomer will resurrect the tradition of Bob Shelmadine’s Christmas from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Never married, Shelmadine lived alone and collected and repaired toys each year to be given to children around Gomer, in Gomer School and in Lima. Today, Shelmadine’s home is the Gomer Welsh Community Museum.
25 Years Ago – 1988
St. John’s Coach Bob Arnzen said he was hoping for a close contest with the visiting St. Henry Redskins and it couldn’t have been any closer. The Blue Jays squeezed out a 62-60 victory and now own a 2-0 record in the young season. The Jays had three players in double figures. Curt Mager led the way with 25, Doug Etgen added 16 and Steve Jettinghoff 13.
Agnes Kimmet and Jean Best trimmed the Delphos Green Thumb Garden’s Club’s entery in the Christmas Tree Festival at the Delphos Public Library. The tree is decorated with birds, bird houses, bird feeders and other treats for the birds. Chairman of the club’s tree decorating committee is Rita Koester.
Delphos Parent-Teachers Organization Vice President Rose Morris, Jefferson High School senior Kelly Dunlap, and senior Julie Lyle displayed items to be raffled Dec. 19. The proceeds will go for supplies to each of the four schools. Students and PTO members will be selling tickets.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Mrs. Foy Martin welcomed the members of the Ladies Aid of the Christian Union Church to her home on Euclid Street Wednesday for the Aid’s annual Christmas dinner meeting. Officers were elected to serve for the coming year. They are: Emily Rupert, president; Emma Gould, vice president; Elizabeth Wiley, secretary; Rose Garbor, assistant secretary; Martha Stockton, treasurer, and Goldie Ralston, assistant treasurer.
Court Delphos No. 707, Catholic Daughters of America will hold a combined business meeting and dinner Dec. 10 in the Knights of Columbus club rooms. The committee to serve Tuesday night included Mrs. Melvin Martz, Mrs. John Helmkamp, Mrs. John Pitsenbarger, Mrs. Charles H. Myers, Mrs. Hubert Wulfhorst, Mrs. Ralph Hoehn and Mrs. Leander Calvelage.
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary met in regular session Monday night in the post club rooms with plans being made for a Christmas party for children of both Post and Auxiliary members. The party is slated for Dec. 21. The unit voted to donate two books to the Delphos Public Library just as it has done for some years.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Eddie Hanf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hanf of Delphos, is becoming widely known in dancing circles. Over the weekend, he and his wife instructed 100 dancing teachers in tap and novelty dancing at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. During Christmas week, they will appear before 250 dancing instructors at the annual Dancing Convention of the Southern Dancing Teachers to be held in New Orleans.
Walter Meads, representing the Delphos Presbyterian Church, won second place in the Van Wert County Prince of Peace Declamation contest held at Van Wert on Sunday night. Dorothy Baxter, of east of Delphos, took second place in the Allen County contest which was held Sunday night at Elida. Miss Baxter won first place at Morris Chapel contest and was entitled to enter the Elida meet.
The Christmas spirit is very much in evidence in Delphos these days. And the Civic Club is fostering a movement which will tend to increase the Yule spirit. At a meeting of officers of this organization, it was decided to arrange for a Christmas program for the week before Christmas. A public address system will be placed on Main Street through the courtesy of C. E. Fox. The American Legion has donated the use of its rooms and programs will be broadcast each evening of the week of Dec. 18.