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Reminisce is a cooperative effort between The Lima News and the Allen County Museum and Historical Society.

Reminisce: Lima’s downtown in pioneer days

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Edgar B. Cunningham’s trip down memory lane led him back more than a half century to Lima’s Public Square when he was a boy in the years after the Civil War.

Reminisce: ‘Lima’s Big Store’

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George Newson arrived in Lima in 1891 with a head full of dreams and nearly empty pockets.

Reminisce: The intelligent and courageous Martha Allen

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In a time when women fought for the right to vote and to own property regardless of their marital status, Martha Allen made her way first as a teacher in Auglaize and Allen Counties and then as one of the largest landowners in Auglaize County. Overcoming tragedy caused by the invisible scars of the Civil War, she became so prominent within the community that she was one of five women and 995 men to have a biography in the 1923 Auglaize County History compiled by William McMurray.

Reminisce: Dr. Beam opened practice in Lima in 1890s

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He was Lima’s first Black physician – unless he wasn’t. He was run out of Lima by the city’s Black citizens in 1909 – or he was fleeing a white lynch mob.

Reminisce: 1917 streetcar strike ends in gunfire

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Streetcar strikes, the Lima News observed from a safe distance during a 1913 strike in Cincinnati, “mean disorder, disaffection, inconvenience, financial loss and sometimes loss of life.”

Reminisce: UFOs seen over Ottawa in 1958

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As a volunteer with the Cold War-era Ground Observer Corps (GOC), Maynard Macke was trained to identify anything that passed overhead. Macke could not identify what he saw in the sky over Putnam County on a spring evening 66 years ago.

Reminisce: Shawnee Indians come home in 1931; Helen Jean Spyker makes sure they’re remembered

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The Shawnee returned to Shawnee Township when Helen Jean Spyker was a child.

Reminisce: St. Marys blankets kept people across the world warm

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As large ads for blanket sales covered pages of newspapers in the early 20th century, many ads had one label in common: St. Marys. Department stores across the nation boasted that they sold high quality blankets created by the St. Marys Woolen Manufacturing Company.

Reminisce: New Deal programs help build Lima

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They were once the pride of Lima, concrete examples of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Reminisce: The year 1883 was a momentous year for Spencerville

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Eighteen eighty-three got off to a blazing start.