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

Reminisce: ‘A tough hombre:’ A look back at railroad detective Ruel Steen

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LIMA — Ruel W. Steen was out for a Sunday drive in late August 1939 when he noticed a man along the Pennsylvania Railroad near Elida whose actions he thought “were peculiar.”

Reminisce: The early years of the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District

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LIMA — The people of Allen County just needed some space to get out and enjoy nature.

Reminisce: Generations of patient care from the St. Rita’s School of Nursing

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LIMA — In May 1971, about 450 alumni from 14 states gathered in Lima for the 50th and final anniversary of the first graduating class of St. Rita’s School of Nursing.

Reminisce: Celebrating labor: Remembering the first Allen County Labor Day Parade

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LIMA — Lima was a little late recognizing the new Labor Day holiday, but when it did on a Monday in September 131 years ago, the celebration was a doozy.

Reminisce: Creating cool customers: Promoting business using fans

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LIMA — In popular myth, the young Victorian-era lady, cocooned in several layers of clothing and watched over by chaperones, used her hand fan to send out secretive signals to men.

Reminisce: A home for the Allen County Fair

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LIMA — On Aug. 24, 1948, the first day of the last Allen County Fair to be held in Delphos, a large crowd had gathered to greet the guest of honor, Ohio Gov. Thomas Herbert.

Reminisce: A ‘carnival of robbery:” Remembering the ‘yeggs’ crime wave

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LIMA — G.E. Bluem was walking the floors of his department store on a busy Saturday in the spring of 1924 when he came across a man tampering with the lock on a rear door of the store on the northeast corner of Market and Elizabeth streets. The man fled but Bluem was cautious.

Reminisce: Answering the bell: Tracing the history of the Lima Fire Department

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LIMA — Beginning in early 1916 horsepower began replacing horses at the Lima Fire Department. “If the present plans of Safety Director (Albert) Gale are carried the motorized apparatus from the Central, West and South stations will be installed within the next two weeks,” the Lima Times-Democrat reported Jan. 10, 1916. “No more supplies for the horses will be purchased unless absolutely necessary,” the newspaper added.

Reminisce: Growing a legacy: Looking back at Lima’s garden clubs

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LIMA — The spring of 1915 was in sight when Lima’s Morning Star & Republican-Gazette announced the Civic League’s annual flower seed giveaway while doing a fair job of selling the idea of planting a garden.

Reminisce: ‘There were no winners:’ Remembering the Westinghouse strike

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After enduring war-time wage controls and restrictive labor laws passed in the aftermath of World War II in answer to a rash of work stoppages, workers at many Lima plants were ready for action, never more so than in the mid-1950s.