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Monday, November 26, 2012 11:25 AM

A P.F. freight engine sounded a fire alarm in the city about 12 o‘clock last night, the engineer seeing John Shaffer’s saw mills, between Bank and Ohio streets, near Fisher’s stone quarry, in flames. The fire department was on the spot in good time, notwithstanding the terribly muddy streets, but were handicapped by the accident to the small steamer.

By the time the large steamer was set at the stone quarry and water forced through the hose, the building was beyond hopes of being saved. The work of destruction was complete, Mr. Shaffer estimating that his loss will aggregate $2,500 or $3,000. He carried no insurance. Nothing was saved from the mill.


The boys at the Northern Ohio railroad shops had the laugh on Henry Bremer, a brother employe this morning. Mr. Bremer arose about 5 o’clock this morning and saw the smoke coming from the ruins of Shaffer’s saw mill. He excitedly ran through the mud to the home of Syl Shaffer on First street and breathlessly told him that the saw sill was on fire. Mr. Bremer lives less than a square away from the mill on State street, and slept soundly all the time, the din of the firebell, whistles and the shouting of the fire laddies, failing to wake him.


Joe and Frank Louth will furnish music at the opera house tonight and during the remainder of the season, arrangements having been made to that effect.

Delphos Herald,

Feb. 7, 1896


Controversy on Covering

Over Canal for Parking

We favor covering over a part of the Miami & Erie Canal for a parking lot.

We not only favor that, but fail to see how any citizen of Delphos can refrain from knowing the proposal that has been in the hopper for a long time.

Businessmen, who have been trying to get the Delphos city council to make using the canal for off-street parking and finding themselves facing a group of men who are, ‘sitting tight.’ One of the councilmen has been giving merchants a hard time, stating that this is something that will not benefit everyone.”

The argument is the same as saying you are not going to pay to have your appendix taken out because it won’t help your broken leg.

There is not one thing that the Delphos city government has ever done that directly has benefitted every member of the population and there is nothing that ever will.

But a healthy, thriving community with good business and good employment for everyone is something that will indirectly, if not directly, help the community as much as anything else will do.

The merchants aren’t asking much. Most of the funds can come out of the past and future funds which already — long ago — were designed for improvement of off-street parking.

There are among us in Delphos, some people who believe the canal, as it passes through Delphos, should be used for historical purposes. No one in Delphos is more in favor of utilizing the canal for this than is the Delphos Daily Herald. Long ago, City Editor Jim Buckholtz began advocating such improvements be made. The Herald wants this done for commercial as well as historical reasons. We have printed on numerous occasions the work other towns have done to improve themselves. Some of our readers will remember the Kansas town that helped to bring prosperity to the community by advertising itself as possessing the “largest hand-dug well in the world.” (It was Greensburg, Kansas that had the largest hand-dug well in the world at 109 feet deep by 32 feet diameter as told in Farm and Ranch Living magazine. R.H.)

Surely, somewhere, there is a canal boat that can be brought to Delphos and placed at the Fifth St. bridge. Surely we can bring tends of thousands of people to the community by putting forth a little effort at beautifying the canal.

This would not in the slightest interfere with plans for covering or tubing part of the canal so that when the State of Ohio succeeds in forcing Delphos to abandon its center-of-the-street parking, the townspeople will have some place to park.

A false report is one that sometimes is extremely difficult to kill. Every time the Main St. merchants discuss off-street parking over the canal someone comes out with a reason why the canal should not be filled in. No matter how hard the merchants explain that they do not want the canal filled in, but only tubed and covered over part of it, the answer comes back that the canal should not be filled in.


We cannot emphasize strongly enough our feeling that this is merely not something for the Main St. merchants. It is also a convenience for shoppers. If it will not be a definite service to them, then the building of a municipal parking lot is a very foolish action, since no one will use it.

Murray Cohen

Delphos Herald,

Aug. 1, 1962


“John The Baptist

in Trouble”

John Scott, more familiarly known as “John the Baptist,” who  has a shoe repair shop on East Second street opposite the City Building, tried to end his earthly woes last night, but was prevented from doing so.

John had his hair cut yesterday and last night attended a revival meeting. After the services were over, he filled up on bad booze, and about 11 o’clock, was taken home by Al Bryan, when he became unable to properly care for himself. Al saw him to the door and put him inside, but the restless John came outside. Al again put him into the room when he took out his pocket knife, opened it and made a slash at his neck.

Al grabbed the knife from him and called night officer O’Neill from across the street. Scott then picked up a keen edged shoemaker’s knife and went after his jugular vein in a manner which showed that he meant business. Mr. O’Neill, after a short struggle, wrenched the dangerous instrument from his hand and he did not succeed in doing himself any harm other than a slight scratch on his neck. Scott’s wife had almost gone into hysterics by this time, and to avoid further trouble for the night, Officer O’Neill and Lindeman locked him up.

This morning his brains had cast off the cobwebs which thickened them last night, and he had the appearance of a sick chicken. John is generally a straight man, and it is not known wether it was his new sensation of having his locks shorn which prompted him to make bad decisions.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 17, 1896


Violates the Law

Every time a cigar dealer takes a handful of cigars from a box and spreads them out on top of the showcase for the purchaser to select from, he violates one of the most stringent laws of the United States. The international revenue laws has a rigid provision to the effect that a retailer must not take cigars from the box after it has been packed and stamped. He should always hand out the box to his customers and let them select from it.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 17, 1896


Annual Report

of Fire Chief Westrich

The chief’s report shows that the department is equipped with the following:

1 Ahrens fire engine, flue boiler, in service 34 years; 1 hose and chemical wagon; 1 extra hose wagon; 1 hook and ladder wagon with full equipment; 4 fire horses; 6 hand chemicals; 1 Pyrene extinguisher; Vextra ladder,  feet long; 1 extra ladder 35 feet long; 3 sets fire harness; 3 sets hangers; 2 hose jackets; 25 pair rubber boots; 25 pair rubber coats and hats; 2,600 feet cotton hose; 200 feet chemical hose; 700 feet rubber hose for sewer washing; 1  hose and reel house; alarm bell; two ladders, located in South Delphos.

There are 25 active members of the department at this time. During the past year the department answered 33 calls.

The largest fire during the year occurred on March 6th when the plant of the American Road Machinery Company was damaged to the extent of $7,537.41. The total of the other losses during the year amounted to $2,587.50.

Delphos Herald,

Jan. 4, 1917


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