A few weeks ago I wrote about the Headington House Hotels, once located in Portland, Indiana, and Celina, Ohio. Soon after I was asked about the hotel that was in Willshire years ago. I remember that old hotel building. Our Willshire School sixth grade class took a field trip there and our class was photographed outside the building.
In recent blog posts I listed the appointed postmasters in northern Mercer County from the 1840s through 1971, in the townships of Black Creek, Liberty, and Dublin.
Today I continue that list with the postmasters in another local town, Willshire, in Van Wert County.
I could not help myself. A couple weeks ago, while at the Brumback Library in Van Wert, looking at William G. Hoffer’s obituary, my eyes strayed to other parts of the Willshire Herald. Actually, I looked at a few other issues of the newspaper. They are just so darned interesting. My time there that day was very limited but I still had enough time to snap a few photos of some other pages.
Below is a detailed obituary of William G. Hoffer, the former editor and publisher of the Willshire Herald and Willshire’s postmaster for nearly 22 years during the first half of the 20th century. This obituary was published on the front page of the Willshire Herald on 20 January 1949, not quite a week after his death. It is a wonderful tribute to a man who was a prominent member of the Willshire community.
After spending the past several months extracting and posting information from a single 1904 edition of the Willshire Herald, I wanted to learn more about the newspaper’s editor and publisher, William G. Hoffer.