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Hon. Moses Bradford, of Bradford Station, North Marian, Ind., who recently visited Delphos for the purpose of taking a look at our narrow-gauge railway, gives his observations in the following communication:

“I went to Delphos, Ohio, to see and learn all about the narrow-gauge railroad. Arriving there, instead of a small town, I found quite a manufacturing place, especially of wood. There are about 8 or 10 establishments, manufacturing staves, headings, whiffletrees, neck yokes, etc. It is a nice little city of about 4,000 inhabitants. I met with a cordial greeting and a friendly people. We went to the bank of Jos. Boehmer, and from there to the railroad office. There I met Mr. Williams and Dr. Evens. They are all very intelligent and friendly gentlemen. I also met several others of a fine nature.

“Early on the following morning we took the narrow-gauge train north on the new road for 16 miles. Our train consisted of nine cars, a caboose, and a 12-ton engine. They make two trips a day, out and back, bringing in timber, and make about $165 per week, which is sufficient to pay all ditches, section hands, engine men, interest, expenses of every kind, and leave $65 clear every Saturday night. Now if one engine and eight flat cars do so well, what would two do? The flat cars are so light and run so easy that one man can push two of them with ease.

“When cars are left to be loaded, they would be put off while the train was running and two men would take hold of the posts, and stop them, and have them loaded by the time the train returned from the trips. Coming out of that flat and terrible woods, they had 26 passengers. From Delphos north, there are 16 miles done, and one fine bridge built over the Auglaize River, three spans in length, each span, 100 feet, a good bridge, and a good road.

“At Delphos, the cars will run up to the canal, so that they can load and reload directly from the boats.

“Now, one word of caution to the people of Grant Co. Look out for that little engine, for it doesn’t make much noise. It might run over you.”

Delphos Herald,

Feb. 7, 1878

(This is a reprint from an earlier 1998 article. R.H.)

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More Early

Railroad News

“Mr. J.W. Hunt, the contractor, broke ground on the southern extension of the Toledo, Delphos, and Indianapolis narrow-gauge, last Monday. A force of hands were put to work on a division of three miles, starting near the P. Ft. W. & C. railroad and extending south. A gang of hands also started out from Spencerville to grade the line between that point and Mendon. It is intended to run the cars to Mendon by the Fourth of July. We congratulate our Spencerville and Mendon neighbors on their immediate prospects of railway intercourse with the metropolis of Delphos.

Delphos Herald,

Apr. 4, 1878

(Reprint of my 1998 article).

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Believes He Invented

3-D Motion Pictures

A Dallas businessman believes he has solved the problem of three dimension pictures - a problem that has puzzled motion picture technicians since the invention of the silent drama.

L. Elliot Randall, former instructor in physical chemistry at Rice Institute, Texas, is the inventor of the process by which he says, “motion pictures with ‘depth’ or a third dimension may be produced.”

Randall already has several inventions to his credit, and is the holder of several scientific degrees from Rice.

He believes color photography and “talking” devices have contributed much to the realism of the screen art and believes he holds the long-sought-after screen whereby screen enactments can be given, “depth.”

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 27, 1928

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Many Attend Program

at Wills School

The Wills school, about a mile southwest of Delphos, was filled to capacity Friday evening when the pupils of the school, under the direction of teacher, Marie Hageman, rendered a delightful Christmas program.

The program consisted of holiday readings, songs and playlets, the children performing in an efficient manner. The work of the children took much practice and excellent management on the part of the teacher.

Monsignor Rupert was among those present, and at the close, spoke briefly, complimenting both the pupils and their teacher.

Santa Claus visited the school during the evening, distributing gifts and candy to the children. Miss Hageman received a number of beautiful and useful gifts from the children and their parents.

The school was attractively decorated for the occasion. A handsome Christmas tree was the feature decoration.

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 28, 1928

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Apartment Fire in

Metzger Building

The Metzger block, Second and Main streets, property of Jos. and Henry Metzger, heirs, was the scene of a fire, Sunday afternoon which caused considerable damage, and which gave the appearance of developing into a major blaze.

The fire occurred on the east side of the second floor in a closet at the front of the building and is thought by Fire Chief Grothouse to have been due to defective wiring.

The fire was discovered by a family member and had a good start when discovered.

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 1928

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Tree House

Destroyed by Fire

A fire that was decidedly different, caused the fire department to be called about 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

The blaze resulted in the complete destruction of a house and its contents — but the loss was small at that.

A number of boys had erected a small house in a tree in the yard at the home of Wm. Dienstberger. The house was built about thirty feet above ground and approach to it was by means of a ladder.

Some of the lads were engaged Sunday in heating a lard can on a stove. The can became over-heated and caught fire, setting fire to the house.

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 10, 1928

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Commander Byrd Carries

Flag Further North

Commander Richard Byrd and his South polar expedition, has reached the first objective in its trip to the bottom of the world.

The great ice barrier across Ross Sea, the gate-way to the South Pole, was sighted Christmas Day and the expedition had reached a point, 2,100 miles from the last outposts of civilization.

Commander Byrd sent the following message to Secretary of the Navy Curtis Wilber:

“We have reached today, the great mysterious ice barrier. It presents to us an ice cliff, higher than the mast of the ship. On this Christmas Day, we are thankful and proud to report that we have been able to carry the American flag, several hundred miles farther south than it has ever been and it seemed fitting that an airplane should reach its farthermost point, south on Christmas Day.

We are 2,400 miles from the nearest human dwelling, where a ship can go so far from civilization.

Beyond the ice barrier is a vast region of ice and eternal snow-covering millions of square miles virtually unexplored.

Leaders to the North Pole agree that only a great sea mostly covered with ice stretches from the Atlantic to Pacific. South Pole explorers say that the South Pole is located on a great continent with mountains up to 10,000 feet high.

Byrd Expedition is equipped to stay two years in the frozen waste.

Delphos Herald,

Dec. 1928

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