One Year Ago
• Fort Jennings High School and its environmental science class held a community tree planting day Saturday. More than 85 trees were planted on campus and were paid for with a Putnam County Educational Service Center STEM Grant. The hope was to make the school grounds a sort of arboretum for the outdoor lab area dedicated last spring to long-time teacher MaryLou Altenburger.
25 Years Ago — 1987
• Whether it’s spinning her own yard, making her own dyes or tanning deer hides, Lynette Swift of Elida, is always ready to try something new. When a friend first taught her how to spin and weave nine years ago, it opened a new world of interest for her. Today Lynette with two wheels of her own is ready to teach anyone how to spin or to give demonstrations.
• The Fort Jennings Fire Department sponsored a coloring contest for the kindergarten and a poster contest for grades one through 12 in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. Dawn Stechschulte won a toy fire truck as first-place winner of the coloring contest. First place winners of the poster contest were:Katie Dickman, primary division; Rhonda Maenle, intermediate division; Stacy Will, junior high division; and Vicki Wieging, senior high division.
• St. John’s boys cross country team took fourth in a 10-team field at the Coldwater Invitational Thursday. The top five runners for St. John’s were Mike Schlereth 16th in 17:54, Scott Schimmoeller 17th in 17:57, Kevin Beckman 19th in 17:59, Dan Hohman 21st in 18:03, and Dan Mueller 25th in 18:16.
50 Years Ago — 1962
• Green Thumb Garden Club of Delphos figured prominently Tuesday in the fall conference of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs in session at Ada First Methodist Church. The first honors in the region for the yearbooks went to the local which also placed third for Kodachrome slides. Mrs. Benno Miller of Delphos and Mrs. Floyd Deitsch of Celine shared honors as outstanding gardeners in the Region two category.
• Oct. 16 has been set as the date for the Husbands’ Cook-out party to be held by the Junior Mothers Club at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Pohlman of Delphos. Mrs. Vernon Kill and Mrs. George Odenweller are the assistant hostesses. Mrs. Robert Rhodes and Mrs. Al Odenweller will be in charge of entertainment.
• Court Delphos No. 707, Catholic Daughters of America, held a regular meeting Tuesday evening in the K of C rooms. Mrs. Eugene Schmersal, vice regent, presided in the absence of the grand regent, Mrs. Linus Schmelzer. Plans for a bake sale to be held Dec. 1 at the Powell Store, North Main Street, were discussed.
75 Years Ago — 1937
• The Yankees failed to make it four in a row in the 1937 World Series Saturday afternoon when Carl Hubbell came into his own and held the American League champions well in check for a 7 to 3 victory. The Yankees scored one run in the first and one in the third, then added a final number to their count in the ninth when Lou Gehrig came through with one of his mighty wallops for the circuit.
• Delphos Jefferson track and field champions were crowned Thursday and Friday nights after school before a large crowd of interested students and visitors bringing to a close a preview of Jefferson’s track and field team possibilities for next spring’s potential school team. The class championship was won by the senior class. Individual champion of the meet was Nilo Strayer, who placed first in three events.
• The Junior softball team at St. John’s turned in an easy victory over the Sophs Friday afternoon in the finals of the tourney. Coach Jake Schulte cited the following as the outstanding tournament players: Howard Ditto, Arthur Grothouse, Bill Gladen Jr., and Hageman.