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Friday, March 14, 2014 8:01 PM

One Year Ago

The Luersman barn at 12400 Delphos-Southworth Road came down Thursday. The back portion of the barn was erected in the 1800s by the Haunhorst family, the original property owners, who were tragically killed in a Christmas Eve buggy accident while traveling home from midnight Mass. The front portion was added in the 1920s.


25 Years Ago – 1989

When Jerome (Dewey) Pohlman of Delphos recently had logs to be cut into firewood, his uncle, Ray Spieles, brought his log-splitting equipment, which dates to 1888, to Pohlman. The event soon turned into a family affair with Pohlman’s sons and sons-in-law assisting and observing the operation, some first-hand for the first time. The antique equipment is co-owned by Ray and his brother, Ralph Spieles, who purchased the saw in 1938 from Frank Helmich, who built the equipment in 1888.

Delphos Cub Scout Pack 42 recently held its Pinewood Derby at St. John’s Annex with 34 boys participating. According to Jerry Kemper, cubmaster, winners who will represent Pack 42 at the Blackhoof District Pinewood Derby April 20 in Lima are Eric Kill, first; Andy Siefker, second; (also the defending 1988 Blackhoof District champion) Josh Ricker, third; and Mike Binkley, fourth.

Doug Fischer, a senior, and Duane Lucke, a junior at Fort Jennings High School, had artwork accepted at the regional judging for the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Fischer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fischer; and Lucke is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lucke. Fischer’s work consists of a woodcut print titled “Zebra.” Lucke’s woodcut print is titled “Braided Fish.”


50 Years Ago – 1964

The Elida Garden Club has announced its spring flower show schedule. The event will be held in mid-May at the elementary school cafeteria in Elida. Committees named are: flower show – Mrs. William Strayer, Mrs, William Beerman, Mrs. Carl Foltz and Mrs. R. Kieswetter; placing – Mrs. Beerman, Mrs. LaDoyt Little and Mrs. Strayer; staging – Mrs. E. J. Nutter, Mrs. Roland Swank, Mrs. John Szuch and Mrs. Little; and publicity – Mrs. Szuch.

Two junior girls, Linda Truesdale and Sally O’Bryant, have been chosen to represent Delphos Jefferson High School at the annual Buckeye Girls State. Nancy Riggenbach and Pam Shaw have been appointed as their alternates. Buckeye Girl’s State will be held June 20-28 at Capital University, Columbus.

The Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays were eliminated from tournament play Friday night when they lost 63-60 to the Minutemen of Lexington High School in the regional tourney at the Field House on the University of Toledo campus. Jim Carder led the Blue Jay scoring with eight field goals for 16 points, Dan Grothaus was a close second with seven buckets for 14 and John Rupert added 12 on four 2-pointers and four gift shots.


75 Years ago – 1939

German troops, occupying the Czech provinces of once independent Czechoslovakia in the name of Adolf Hitler, entered Prague in triumph Wednesday to the hisses and cat-calls of the people, who sang the Czech national anthem. Their entry meant the death of the Czech nation but the Czech people, who had fought Austro-Hungarian domination for decades, lived on.

The Ottoville Merchant cagers are taking part in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament being played at the YMCA gym in Van Wert. In their first game in the tournament, Ottoville defeated the Lima Ed’s Cigars by a 39-24 score.

During the past month, the seventh-graders of St. John’s main building have been making a study of banking. Interesting floor talks were given by Irma Elwer, William Remlinger, Ruth Miller, Jack Myers, Dolores Brickner, Doris Grothouse, Jacqueline Hageman and William Bertling. Robert Koehl and Clarence Wagner built a bank in the classroom. Jane Weger supplied the class with the necessary deposit slips and check books.


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