One Year Ago
• A local man brought home more than the satisfaction of completing the Detroit Marathon this past weekend. Ed Ditmeyer, 30, Grover Hill, brought home a world record. He may not have completed the course in the fastest time but he did break the record for “Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Cartoon Character.” His likeness of choice: Charlie Brown.
25 Years Ago — 1987
• Timbers believed to have been part of the Miami-Erie Canal were uncovered during construction of a pond on the John A. Moreo property, South Clay Extended. The timbers were found in the southeast corner of the pond at the same depth as the canal, according to Frank Heitz of Ulm’s Inc., who was working on the pond. It is believed the timbers formed a passing area where canal boats could pull off and allow other boats to pass.
• St. John’s junior high football team collected its fifth victory of the season in as many outings. The Blue Jays beat Marion Local 40-8. In the second quarter a Scott Elwer interception put the junior high Jays ahead 24-0. With just 45 second left in the half, a pass from Todd Schulte to Shane Vaske, left the Jays leading 32-8. The Jays scored one more time, ending the game with a 40-8 victory.
• Northwest Conference golf champion Lincolnview placed two plays on the first all-league team. Name to the team from Lincolnview were seniors Dan Brant and Stacy Thatcher. NWC runner-up Columbus Grove had senior Lance Seyer on the first time. Senior Matt Holtsberry of Allen East, who took medalist honors at state, was a unanimous choice for first team. Also named first team was Brett Morris of Crestview.
50 Years Ago — 1962
• An announcement was made this week that Brother Marius O.S.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo B. Grone of Delphos, has been appointed as moderator-director of Research Biology in the diocese of Brooklyn, New York. Brother Marius’ new position will involve the direction of science talented students from approximately 45 Catholic High School of the diocese of Brooklyn.
• Joyce Illig, daughter of Dr. and Howard G. Illig of Delphos, has returned to her chosen field, the theatre, after a visit with her parents and friends here following graduation exercises at Rosary College this summer. Before she left to continue her students in New York, she was the guest speaker at a Delphos Rotary Club luncheon meeting, and charmed her audience with interesting and amusing incidents from her summer stock experiences.
• The troop of the Seven Dolors of Mary, Catholic Daughters of America Junior, held its first meeting of the year recently with Carol Sheeter as hostess. Officers were selected as follows: president, Deborah Kayser; vice president, Virginia Sheeter; secretary, Ann Geise; and reporter, Diane Will.
75 Years Ago — 1937
• The Star Theatre has secured the Beth Kinsey Players, a well-known stock organization to present legitimate comedy and vaudeville every Thursday night beginning Oct. 21. The Kinsey Players is one of the oldest Stock organizations on the road and has been playing continuously for the past 40 years. There are 14 in the cast and all are now living in Delphos as they are making this city their headquarters while playing a circuit, including Delphos and nearby places.
• A regular meeting of the Delphos Mothers Circle was conducted Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. G. P. Bohlender, West Third Street. Mrs. Merlin Zuber was received into the group as a new member. In a parents’ quiz, Mrs. F. E. Kurth was high and Mrs. Ed. Mox, Jr., low. An interesting article taken from Parents magazine was read by Mrs. Lowell Shaffer.
• Four hundred and ninety-one dinners were served Tuesday evening at St. John’s annual fall festival being held in the school auditorium. The Kiwanis Club participated in the dinners Tuesday. Larger crowds are anticipated for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions of the festival. It is announced that the parking section will be police-patrolled each night.