Reminisce is a cooperative effort between The Lima News and the Allen County Museum and Historical Society.
As Valentine’s Day approached in 1892, the Lima Daily Times printed an article praising the trend toward a “higher class of work” in Valentine’s Day cards. The cards, the newspaper added, “are destined to take the place of the horrible red, blue and green affairs that have been familiar objects for a quarter of a century or more.”
It was, the Lima Morning Star & Republican-Gazette wrote, a “holiday of colored residents at Hover Park given over to fun, frolic and feasting with good music and large attendance.”
In the spring of 1889, the city editor of the Lima Daily Times journeyed to the semi-secluded home of one of Lima’s newest industries, describing a route “along the banks of the meandering Swinona (Hog Creek),” past the cemetery, the land of Benjamin C. Faurot and the residence of James McBeth to an area southwest of the city in Shawnee Township.
In the summer of 1889 optimism about Lima’s future flowed as freely as the oil discovered four years earlier on the banks of the Ottawa River and the city, which would win renown for producing steam locomotives, seemed in the eyes of some on the verge of becoming a manufacturer of the rail cars those locomotives hauled.
In 1952, Gene Wollenhaupt, fresh out of high school, joined the musician’s union because, he told the Lima News in August 2010, “If you were a musician of any sort, you belonged to the union.”
It’s been 50 years since Patrolman William F. “Bill” Brown of the Lima Police Department offered his life in service of his community.
Winters just weren’t the old bone-chilling, snow-covered wonders of yore, the Allen County Democrat lamented a century and a half ago.
The year ahead “promises greater prosperity, greater development and more home building than ever before,” the secretary of Lima’s board of commerce told the Lima News on the last day of 1923.
It was the day of Christmas 1858 and not a creature was stirring in Wapakoneta — a state of affairs which was duly noted in the Wapakoneta Democrat several days later.
On November 30, 1929, as the world learned Admiral Richard E. Byrd had flown over the South Pole in what was hailed as a “new triumph of the air,” a visitor from the North Pole made a triumphant entry into Lima’s Public Square after, according to the Lima Morning Star and Republican-Gazette, jumping out of an aircraft.