More Local News Items from 1917 (part 4)

I continue with some more news clippings from The Celina Democrat, a newspaper published from 1895-1921. A few of those years are available on the Library of website. Here is more local news from 1917.

There were two Bollenbacher obituaries that year, the first was that of Catherine Elizabeth Bollenbacher:

Catherine Elizabeth Bollenbacher obituary, 11 May 1917, The Celina Democrat.

The second that of Carrie Bollenbacher:

Carrie Bollenbacher obituary, The Celina Democrat, 5 Oct 1917.

A rather unique injury in Celina:

Injury, The Celina Democrat, 12 Jan 1917.

Teachers in Liberty, Blackcreek, and Dublin Townships and in Rockford. I assume these are teachers in the one-room schools, at least in the rural areas.

The Celina Democrat, 16 Nov 1917

I did a double-take when I saw there was a teacher named Miriam Fetters. Miriam Fetters is a friend of mine, but not this person. The one I know was not yet born in 1917.  

And lastly, local communities participated in a big flag-raising event at Rockford. It was interesting to read that the Chattanooga, Willshire, Rockford, and Blackcreek bands participated.

Rockford Flag Raising, The Celina Democrat, 20 Jul 1917


    • Linda Duff on August 9, 2022 at 11:01 am
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    Karen, I see the name Clara Penn as a Rockford teacher. Is this the same Mrs Penn that I had in first grade? If she was teaching in 1917, was she still teaching in 1955/1956? I can still see her in my mind! Linda

    1. No. I did some checking and here is some information from Clara Penn’s obituary: Clara L Penn died 20 October 1967 in Lima, age 90. She was born 26 June 1877 in Van Wert, the daughter of Warren and Florence (Borchers) Penn. She was a teacher for 52 years, teaching 20 years locally and 32 years in the Hyde Park school system at Cincinnati, where she retired in 1950. She never married. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. (Lima News, 20 Cot 1967, p.4) I see that she lived in Rockford in 1920 and in Cincinnati in 1940-50. You said you remembered a Mrs. Penn (married woman). Your question made me wonder though, if this woman could have had that long of a teaching career. Clara Penn did teach 52 years, but would have begun teaching about 1898. A long time! Great to hear from you!

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