LIMA — In late August 1948, Lima was in the clammy grip of a heat wave, polio was an ever-present fear and steam-powered locomotives still rumbled through the city.
Everything would be okay, R.O. Brandenberg assured the no doubt nervous employees of Lima’s Odin Cigar factory on March 3, 1929.
BLUFFTON — Bluffton University has long held a May Day celebration, steeped in tradition.
LIMA — The club’s bylaws include this phrase: “The object of this club shall be general study with an aim to cultivate the art of conversation.”
CAIRO — The Cincinnatian thundered through Cairo for the final time in late April 1971. A half century earlier the last passengers hopped off the interurban at Cairo Station. And, although the Lincoln Highway remains, the traffic that made crossing it an adventure now barrels down four-lane U.S. 30 a mile to the south.
LIMA — Gray Knisely went eye-to-eye with “the Viper,” the man who shot the sheriff, and interviewed “Titania,” who defended striptease as “a natural product of this sophisticated age.” He talked to bootleggers and blondes, and once interviewed a man who could blow smoke out of his ears.
LIMA — It began, like many early spring days in Ohio, with a cold rain falling on the dirty remains of the just-passed winter. But this rain lasted much longer than most. According to the newspapers, it rained for five days — an “incessant” rain for the first two days — and it leached the color out of Easter Sunday 1913, the day it started.
LIMA — When this area was still known as the Great Black Swamp, people chose to settle here and tame it best they could.
LIMA — Georgie G. McAfee started her life in Kentucky, sharpened her skills in Indiana but really came into her own in Ohio.
LIMA — The ladies just couldn’t be left out.
LIMA — The Napier women can be relied upon to do what's necessary.
LIMA - William W. Grimes arrived in Lima to something less than a cordial welcome — at least from real estate agents — in 1959. He left to a standing ovation in 1985.
LIMA — Kizzie Jane McKimm lived quietly, her 1937 obit and few newspaper clippings pointing to involvement in her church, St. Paul AME. But as an elderly woman — in fact, just a few months before her death — she spoke up about her background.
LIMA — The 52-year-old barber died as he prepared to leave his West High Street home for work on a late-spring day in 1904.
LIMA — The Maire family — siblings Edward, Frank, Louisa and Frances — had a new addition. Frank Maire married Pearl Grosjean in 1912, in a bit of surprise news as the siblings were extremely close and appeared happy with their current lifestyle of living together.
LIMA — The Maire family — Edward, Frank, Louisa and Frances — were progressing quite nicely in this area. The brothers had found enough oil and gas in the fields around Lima to bolster the family’s financial standing, and the sisters were working on social obligations of their own.
LIMA — For those dreaming big, the Maire family offers inspiration.
LIMA — Last year, an anonymous reader dropped off a bundle of old newspapers at this office. The bundle contained Lima Republican-Gazette editions from 1918 to 1925. A look through the old news proved entertaining. Below are a few items of interest.
LIMA — Sixteen years after the Allen County Courthouse burned, the block was again ablaze.
LIMA — You never know what you'll find, but sometimes you have to slow down.
LIMA — He felt a tug of conscience, and before you know it, he was living out his beliefs.
LIMA — Even if you don’t know him, you know of him.
LIMA — Lima loves a bargain.
LIMA — Faurot Park once again has a water feature for children, but its original fountain dates to the 1920s.
LIMA — It’s a poem that many of us know as a song — and a Christmas song, at that.
LIMA — Ford’s automobiles opened up the roads for free-spirited travel, so it only follows that gas stations would try to serve those new customers in the best way they could.
LIMA — The name Esther Damaris Toy holds meaning for those who remember her.
LIMA — These photos were published around Halloween from 1957 to 1961 in the Lima newspapers. Enjoy the look back at costumes from yesteryear.
LIMA — Everything about it speaks to a different era — except that Lima has long supported the Republican party.
L IMA — Dairymen once would bring their goods to market, sell them, and go home. By the 1920s, Lima’s farmers had grasped hold of the unionization idea that was going around the country and started the Farmers’ Equity Union Creamery Co.
You consider yourself a vegetable aficionado, buying Brussels sprouts by the stalk, munching beets of every stripe and crunching roasted kale chips with abandon.
LIMA — With industrial progress came the need for proper city departments.
LIMA — It was an average winter day, but it turned out to be much more unusual than anyone would have thought.
LIMA — In 1897, J. Hayes Baker married Minnie Smith and set up a household at the corner of Jameson Avenue and West Wayne Street. He started running the Waldo Hotel bar downtown.
LIMA — He started doodling in class, honed his art in newspapers, and made a name for himself in The New Yorker.
LIMA — James M. Sealts started in the wholesale grocery business and would continue in that vein his entire life.
LIMA — Pained with population growth and a need for a modern water distribution system, Lima unveiled its first reservoir in 1887.
LIMA — We take water for granted today, even with the cry to conserve it from the environmentalists at its loudest.
LIMA — When Bernard “Bernie” Halloran was being raised on the north side and eventually raised up Lima to be a top spot in baseball, his uncle was busy on the south side.
LIMA — When Bernie Halloran died, Lou Gehrig sent his condolences.