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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, lawyers for Pete Rose fought to keep his case in state court rather than be moved to federal court as requested by MLB Commissioner Bartlett Giamatti. The case over whether or not Giamatti could decide Rose’s future in the game of baseball was expected to hinge over the answer of where it was decided. Federal courts had long upheld the commissioner’s office power in such cases. Rose had been accused of betting on his own team, an action that held a lifetime banishment from the MLB.

The Holiday at Home celebration had been a success in Van Wert. During the parade, the Van Wert and Ohio City-Liberty Alumni Band won the Mayor’s Choice Award, Company C/148th Infantry of the Ohio National Guard was named the Most Patriotic, and the Harrison Jolly Boosters 4-H club won the honor of Best Float.

Deanna Perrin, 4, got an assist from her father Bruce Perrin in holding an 18 ½ inch catfish, which took first place in the girls division of the July 4 fishing derby. Scott Baldauf, 10, and Chuck Haehn, took first in the boys division, both with 18 ½ inch catfish.




50 Years Ago

This week in 1964, the U.S. Congress finally completed action on the civil rights bill as it passed the House of Representatives, overriding the nay votes of the southern Democrat block. After more than a year of political battles, the legislation was sent to President Johnson. He was expected to sign the bill into law immediately in the hopes of quieting unrest over protests and demonstrations in the South.

Master of Ceremonies R.L. Van Ausdall brought a round of applause at the Van Wert High School auditorium when he announced Jane Branfield as “Miss United Fund of Van Wert County.” Branfield had represented the YWCA in the competition. She was crowned by the reigning the Miss America, Miss Donna Axum.

In a news release from Findlay College, the college’s basketball coach Jim Houdeshell stated that Delphos St. John’s Carder twins, Jim and Jerry, and McComb’s All-Hancock County scoring ace, Paul Sudlow, would enroll at Findlay College in the fall. The Carder twins, who played in the North-South All-Star game, were named to a number of area and some all-state teams.


75 Years Ago

This week in 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt planned for an increase in the farm program to a record $2.5 billion, bringing the six-year total to more than $8 billion. Only about $1 billion was expected to go directly into the hands of farmers for soil conservation and price supports while another $1 billion was to made available for loans and the final $500 million would be put into research and agriculture department’s regular activities.

Excitement was expected to be brewing in downtown Ohio City by the end of the summer as it was announced the Van Wert County EPA would be constructing a new municipal building beginning in late August. The ultramodern structure had been designed by Edison W. Ellis and was expected to cost the princely sum of $22,000. Ohio City would pick up the tab for $4,500 while the remaining $17,500 would be funded by the federal government as part of an already approved grant.

Installation of officers of Delphos Council No. 1362 was held Monday evening. Installed were John A. Shenk, Grand Knight; Henry Fischer, Deputy Grand Knight; John Luersman, Chancellor; Jerome Schmit, Recording Secretary; Elmer Schernger, Treasurer; Ray McKowen, Advocate; A. L. Hemker, Warden; William Roth Jr. and Walter Moenter, Inside Guards; and Alphons Warnecke, Trustee for Three Years.


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