105 years ago - 1908 A. H. Bost was elected to head the Maumee Valley Encampment.

105 years ago - 1908 A. H. Bost was elected to head the Maumee Valley Encampment.

“East Lynne” was the current attraction at the Napoleon Opera House.

Channcey Mead of Hamler had one of his horses stolen.

Roller skating was the rage in Napoleon.

George Oelhke took a position in the Mark Honeck Clothing Store.

William Musser took ownership of the South Side Bakery.

Fred Norden purchased the Palace Restaurant and Hotel opposite the Wellington Hotel.

95 years ago - 1918

Wayne Cline, 16, of Napoleon fell on a downtown sidewalk and fractured his hip. It was his 23rd fracture.

Lt. Darby Kenyon was released as a German war prioner.

Albert Gottschalk purchased the H.F. Richards Store where he established his shoe business.

Schools in Barlow and Marion townships were closed due to a flu epidemic. Soon after, schools, churches and the movie houses in Holgate and Deshler were also closed.

Napoleon’s James Brown was doing a brisk business in making Christmas candles.

It was reported Fred Bruback, formerly of Deshler, was injured in action overseas, but later he wrote home and said he had fully recovered after being shot in the hand.

85 years ago - 1928

Henry County was the site for three of the biggest stills in the state. A large prohibition squad descended on the moonshiners and destroyed 2,000 gallons of rye whiskey and mash. They also confiscated three mammoth stills.

75 years ago - 1938

Four persons were injured when a 10 coach B&O railroad passenger train derailed at Holgate. There were 80 passengers on the train along with a crew of postal workers sorting mail.

Baseball scores: Florida 12-Deshler 11, Napoleon 16-Perrysburg 11.

65 years ago - 1948

One of the biggest crime stories in Henry County broke for Sheriff Fred Bartels when he established two men and a 17-year-old boy from Cleary, Ark., were the same who robbed the Dunkirk Bank of $1,000 and latter stole $3,000 worth of merchandise from a Deshler clothing store. They were captured by the FBI.

Napoleon and Wauseon firemen battled a two-story blaze in the home of John Gerken in Gerald.

Banker Lawrence Bowers was named Kiwanian of the week.

Dr. Jack Glick purchased Mrs. Albert Westhoven’s meat market store and planned to remodel it into an optometry office.

55 years ago - 1958

Ken Beilharz of Liberty Center bagged a 9-point buck as deer season opened in Henry County.

The Napoleon Board of Education awarded bonds amounting to $610,000 for a new elementary school to the low bidder, J.A. White Co. of Cincinnati.

Napoleon’s young basketball team opened the season with a 63-50 victory over Swanton. Tom Moore led the Wildcats with 18 points.

Tom Eitzman scored 26 points as Holgate defeated Malinta 86-52.

Other hoop scores included Ridgeville 47-McClure 42, Continental 64 -Holgate 46, Florida 64-Jewell 52, Glandorf 64-Hamler 58.

Showing at Napoleon’s State Theater was Gary Cooper in “Man of The West.” Also - Charleton Heston and Gregory Peck in “The Big Country.”

Curlee mens suits were $29.95 at Hahn’s Clothing in Napoleon.

Young Tom Turkeys were 39 cents a pound at Napoleon’s Save-Mor Market.

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