Reminisce is a cooperative effort between The Lima News and the Allen County Museum and Historical Society.
In July 1965, the Lima News, which had just completed a two-story addition to its plant in the 100 block of East High Street, devoted three pages in a Sunday edition to explain the newspaper’s operation for the benefit of subscribers, and to do a little bragging with statistics about its dominance in the region for the benefit of advertisers.
On a Saturday in mid-February 1925, five years into Prohibition, two Lima policemen on the lookout for anyone in possession of illegal liquor instead happened upon a man in possession of a dead skunk and a dead possum in a burlap bag slung over his shoulder.
With unbridled and, as it turned out, completely unwarranted optimism, the Lima Citizen in June 1961 declared that a late August doubleheader between the then-Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox “should have a big bearing on the American League baseball race.”
In early February 1899, as finances for Lima’s first hospital were being firmed up, one of the city’s first doctors made what the Allen County Republican-Gazette described as a “splendid offer” to the hospital’s board.
On a summer day in 1988 the resident of a home in the 900 block of West Wayne Street answered his door to find, though he didn’t know it at the time, a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee on his porch.
Servicemen returning to Lima from World War II who were anxious to finally tie the knot didn’t have to look far to find a ring. Downtown Lima in the fall of 1945 was packed with jewelers, 10 of them within four blocks of the Public Square.
The building has stood for nearly a century at 545 W. Market St. Constructed in 1928 for Timmerman Motor Sales, it has been home to large firms like the Marvel Maid Garment Co. and the Perry Corp. as well as dozens of smaller ones.
“Placement of an order for 10 freight locomotives to be built at the Lima-Hamilton Corp. at a cost of approximately two and a half million dollars was announced Wednesday by the Nickel Plate railroad in Cleveland,” The Lima News reported in a front-page story July 14, 1948.
ALGER — Baseball aficionados and history buffs will have certain names come to mind when it comes to some of the great pitchers of the 1930s and 1940s: Lefty Grove, Dizzy Dean, Lefty Gomez, Spud Chandler, Whit Wyatt or Johnny Vander Meer. However, there is one name that may not come immediately to mind, a name that may not have the same flair as “Lefty,” “Dizzy” or “Spud.” But his impact on the history of America’s pastime during those decades cannot be questioned.
In a column devoted to news from south Lima, the Lima Times-Democrat reported Nov. 15, 1900, that U.S. Army Private Charles E. Fuller had arrived home the previous evening after a seven-week journey from the Philippines.