Excerpts from The Defiance Democrat Newspaper
Defiance Democrat, June, 1880
May 13, 1880, page 3
A LONG ABSENT BROTHER HEARD FROM M. B. GORMAN, Esq., of this place, came to this country with his parents in 1848. A younger brother was left behind with an uncle in Ireland. Mr. Gorman’s parents died within a few years after coming to America, and Martin grew up, settled in Defiance, and is one of our principal business men. From the time of leaving Ireland until this week, he never heard of his brother, Thomas GORMAN. Yesterday he received a letter from an uncle in Ireland, saying that Thomas came to America in 1864 and is now living in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pa. In all these years, Thomas has been writing for tidings concerning Martin, but each brother knew not of the other’s abiding place. Mr. Gorman wrote to his brother yesterday and it is probably there will soon be a joyous meeting between the two kinsmen.
May 27, 1880, page 3
While working on a road up by the Auglaize a few days ago, Thomas SPROULL, one of our township trustees, dug up an iron hatchet of curious shape. It was probably at one time used as a tomahawk by some Indian. The hatchet may be seen at this office.
A little son of William DAVIS was bitten by a rattlesnake last evening and was badly poisoned. His life was despaired of for a short time, but he is all right now.
June 3, 1880, page 3
Birchard HAYES, oldest son of the President, was in Defiance on Monday afternoon. He was on his way to Chicago. Young Hayes is a modest, unassuming gentleman and we should judge a man of good sense and intelligence
June 10, 1880, page 3
The Defiance Blue Stockings base ball club has reorganized and will play its first match game next Monday with the Paulding club on the grounds of the latter club. The Blue Stockings consist this year of G. W. ELSER, Manager, Lincoln TATE, Charles MILLER, William PLATTOR, William DOLKE, Charles WEBB, Frank MILLER, John KIRK, Ransom KETTENRING, and Louis SUFFINSKY.
A sad accident on Tuesday evening, Frank PHILLIPS, of this place, a young man nineteen years of age, while on his way to Mark Center in company with other boys, fell from a freight train and his left leg was run over by the train. Drs. KYLE and RAKESTRAW soon after amputated the limb below the knee. He was brought home on the next train; and at 10 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday, he died from the effects of the accident. This sad accident may be a lesson to the ones who were with him.
June 17, 1880, page 3
-Many persons think the population of Defiance will be 6000. It certainly will not lack much of it.
-A second story is being put on the janitor’s residence in the Court House yard. R. EHRHART has the contract, price $523.
-Two new churches are to be erected in Delaware Bend this season – Catholic and Lutheran. Work has already commenced on the former.
June 24, 1880
DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN
Henry WREDE died on Saturday, June 19th, after an illness of several weeks. The deceased was a native of Prussia and had resided in Defiance for 20 years past. Born in 1798, he had exceeded the allotted span and had reached the ripe age of 82 years. His funeral took place on Monday morning from St. John’s Lutheran Church. He leaves a widow and two sons, Adolph and Werner, both well known ciitzens of Defiance. Mr. Wrede was a quiet , unassuming, industrious citizen and generally respected.