|From the Archives Dec. 27, 2013|
|Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:00 PM|
One Year Ago
The Lady Blue Jays took advantage of deep foul trouble by Spencerville and used the free-throw line to emerge with a 50-26 non-league hardwood victory Thursday night at Spencerville. The Jays’ lead bounced between a high of 24 – the final margin – and 18 as the fourth period finished off the contest.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Thirty-five years ago, Santa (Bob Shelmadine of Gomer) visited the home of the Bert Redmons of Delphos, where Greg Redmon and his cousin Rodney McGuire delighted in their annual visit from Santa. On Monday, the visitation was reversed when McGuire of Eaton Rapids, Mich., donned his Santa suit and went to Gomer to visit Shelmadine. McGuire had been so impressed by Shelmadine’s spreading the holiday spirit that three years ago he began the custom in the homes of his friends.
On the strength of a strong first half, the Elida Lady Bulldogs proved inhospitable hosts as they sent the Blue Jays from St. John’s home on the short end of a 58-37 score. The only Blue Jay in twin digits was Lisa Sadler with 10, followed by Lori Youngpeter with eight and Missy Hilvers seven.
Getting the candles lit for the luminary was not an easy task. Rosie Bonifas and her sister, Eileen, placed candles at their home at the corner of Second and State streets. Although various groups placed candles on the major streets, some families placed candles at their homes. Candles were placed on Second Street by Bob Ulm, Don Schimmoller and Dave Dickman.
50 Years Ago – 1963
It will be the St. John’s Blue Jays going against undefeated Celina Immaculate Conception Saturday evening at St. John’s gym for the holiday tournament championship honors. Both teams won their berth in the tourney finals by wins over their opponents Thursday night in the tournament’s first-round play. Coach Bob Arnzen’s Blue Jays defeated the Miller City Wildcats 75-68 in the first game of the tourney.
At a recent meeting of Democratic County chairmen from the 32nd State Senatorial District, Thomas R. Lange of Delphos was endorsed as Democratic candidate for State Senator. Lange, a Delphos attorney, announced his candidacy the last week in August of this year and filed with the Allen County Board of Elections on Nov. 29.
Friday night, the Jefferson Wildcats will host once-beaten Ottoville in a game that promises to be one of the top contests in the area. The ‘Cats, with a 2-2 record, will be gunning to get over the .500 mark and the Big Green will be trying to get back in the win column after their defeat at the hands of Kalida last week.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Dr. G. K. Miller of Delphos has been named as chairman for the celebration of the President’s Birthday for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis of the Van Wert County side in Delphos. The announcement of the appointment was made by J. Clyde Wagstaff of Van Wert, general chairman for Van Wert County.
Four couples will serve as chaperones for the New Year’s Eve Ball which will be sponsored by the CYO of St. John’s parish Saturday evening. The chaperones will be Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gerdeman, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Imber, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Odenweller and Mr. and Mrs. John Marsh Jr.
Approximately 100 couples were present for the annual Charity Christmas dance given in St. John’s auditorium Christmas night by the Phi Delta Sorority. The auditorium was gaily decorated with a Christmas tree and other holiday suggestions. Karl Beach and his orchestra played for the dancing.