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Monday, March 26, 2012 10:43 AM

Postmaster Ed Truesdale and his assistants are fearing that the local mail service will be seriously hampered in the near future as a result of a change in the handling of the mails at the Pennsylvania.
A notice has been received, stating that, beginning March 15, the service of a station employee for the transfer of the mail at the Pennsylvania station will be discontinued after midnight.
This will discontinue service for Pennsylvania westbound No. 113 and mail on that train will likely pass through Delphos and then will have to be returned from Ft. Wayne.
If this is done, it will greatly hamper the distribution of mail in Delphos.

Employees of the local office start at 4 o’clock each morning on the working up of the mail which has come in during the night. The change will greatly delay the arrival of this mail and it will be necessary to delay the route service, both city and rural, at least one hour each day if all the mail is to be ready for the carriers by the time they leave.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 15, 1927

Old timber in good
condition after 70 years
Frank Hupley, acting Lincoln Highway consul for Ohio, was a visitor in Delphos Sunday and with Arnold King, local highway consul, took a trip over the new concrete pavement on the Lincoln Highway east of Delphos. While making their inspection, their attention was called to a number of pieces of timber taken from the roadbed. This timber was used in the old corduroy road, and it is said was placed there more than 70 years ago. The timber is still in a fine state of preservation, a portion of the old corduroy road left in place and now forms a foundation for a portion of the concrete road east of the river. The timber which was removed from the roadbed was at a point about one mile east of the river, at the Bebb farm.
Delphos Herald, Aug. 30, 1926

One injured in
crash on Lincoln Way
One man was injured and two cars were badly wrecked in an accident just west of the Mox bridge on Lincoln Highway west of Delphos at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A Willys - St. Clair, owned and operated by a student at Ohio Northern University, Ada, was going east on the Lincoln Way, following a Chrysler. As they came around a bend in the road west of the Mox bridge, they noticed that the Chrysler had stopped to allow a westbound car to cross the bridge.
Harrison applied his brakes and the Willys skidded and turned sideways on the road.
The car from the east, a Peerless, belonging to C.O. Griffin, Ft. Wayne, struck the Willys. The Peerless was turned over by the impact.
One of its occupants sustained a severe cut on his hand. The Peerless had been damaged at Lima, Sunday, and had been repaired, and it was being driven to Ft. Wayne by a mechanic who was accompanied by two other garage employees.
The Willys bumper and headlights were damaged The front axle of the Peerless was bent, the rear axle damaged, one door glass and the windshield broken and three fenders were damaged.
Both cars were brought to a Delphos garage for repairs.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 15, 1927

Ghost car is operated
in city traffic
A driverless radio controlled “ghost car” known as the “American Wonder” automobile that does everything but “hit and run” sass the traffic cop and change tires, will make its first appearance in the Central States at Indianapolis during the week of Oct. 18 to 24 under the auspicion of the Indianapolis Radio Exposition.
The “American Wonder” automobile treads its way without a driver or passenger, through congested traffic, starts, stops, turns corners and sounds its horn, just as the ordinary car responds to the driver’s touch. Daily demonstrations will be given on the downtown streets during its stay in Indianapolis.
Pedestrians will be astonished to see this empty car, parked at the curb, suddenly start away under its own power and move off down the street responding to the invisible impulses transmitted from a radio pilot or control car, several hundred feet away, on a wave-length of 109 to 120 meters and operated under a special government Portable Mobile Radio Station license as “Experimental Station 2XAX.” The control car is able at a distance to start and stop the motor of the “ghost car,” shift its gears at all speeds, retard the spark, and gas controls, blow the horn, operate the clutch and brakes, steer the car, ring a bell and turn five separate sets of lights “on” and “off”, all by radio energy transmitted from a radio sending set in the control car either in a still or moving position.
Delphos Herald, Oct. 4, 1926
(and I thought this was a recent invention. R.H.)

Three schools likely to have special tournament competition
Competition is the life of trade. The powers that be in school affairs in Allen County, however are not anxious to encourage competition and have taken steps to close out some of the threatened competition in basketball.
Four schools which might have been included in the county tournament have been frozen out this year and have been told that, if they desire a tournament, they will have to arrange their own.
Delphos High and St. John’s High of this city and St. John’s and St. Gerard’s of Lima are the four schools which were left out when plans for the tournament were made.
Van Wert County displayed a more considerable spirit and Delphos High has therefore been able to enter a county tournament in spite of the attitude of the Allen County school authorities.
The other three schools mentioned, however, will have to arrange a tournament of their own if they desire to find their way in the district tournament by way of a preliminary meet.
It is likely that such a tournament will be held and that the local school along with the two Lima schools will participate.
There is much criticism of the action of the school authorities.
The people whose children attend the schools mentioned are residents of the county and should be given the same consideration which is accorded to others, even though their schools are not part of the county system.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 4, 1927

Ice causes electrical
display here
Electrical displays were in order here, Sunday night. The sleet and rain had covered the trolly wire of the traction line with ice and the trolly working on this, caused vivid flashes of light, which were mistaken by many for lightning.
The ice on the line interfered with traffic to such an extent that the 8:37 car failed to arrive in Delphos Sunday night, arriving here Monday morning.
As a result of the trouble on the traction line and the bad driving conditions, the Pennsylvania saw an increase of business with people going to Lima.
Pennsylvania section and signal men were busy keeping the interlocker free of ice.
Business continues to improve on the Northern Ohio railroad. Two more local trains have been placed in service.
Delphos Herald, Feb. 4, 1927

St. John’s High Cage Artists
The Lima News says: “Before one of the largest crowds that ever assembled to see a basketball game in Allen County, the St. John’s Hi team of Delphos had their eleventh consecutive victory on Wednesday night when they triumphed over Gomer by a score of 25 to 17.”
“Lima Central Hi only beat Gomer by a few points and this shows that Delphos is stronger than Central.”
“Delphos has one of the best Hi quintets in the county. Their team is composed of husky players who make basketball a part of their life.”
“St. Rose Hi held Delphos to a 16 to 14 score here a few weeks ago.”
The news failed to state that Delphos held the long end of the 16 to 14 score. It also failed to recall the St. John’s-St. Rose game which was played in this city on Friday, January 6, in which the locals won a decisive victory, defeating St. Rose cage men by a score of 20 to 9.
Delphos Herald, Jan. 20, 1922


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