By BECKY LEADER
COLUMBUS GROVE — And thefinal Jeopardy answer is: This fam-ily practiced dentistry in ColumbusGrove for 100 years. Question: Whois the Hilty family?When Mark Hilty, DDS, retired this past fall, his family’s dental practicehad been a fixture in the Colum-bus Grove community for 100 years.Dr. Hilty’s father, Alvan, graduatedfrom the Ohio College of Dentistryin Cincinnati and began his prac-tice in Columbus Grove in 1911.Mark recalled, “My father had touse a foot pump for power until theelectricity was turned on at night.” Alvan’s office was open on Wednes-day and Saturday nights, as that waswhen people came to town to shop.Patients often paid the dentist ingoods, rather than in cash.Dr. Hilty said, “I always knew Iwanted to be in dentistry.” As a mem-ber of the Columbus Grove HighSchool Class of 1943, he intended toenter college right out of high school.He explained, “I got interrupted;Uncle Sam wanted me.” He servedin the U.S. Army Corps of Engineersduring World War II in the EuropeanTheater, the Asiatic Theater, and thePhilippines. When he got out of theservice in 1946, Dr. Hilty went toThe Ohio State University, wherehe earned his degree in 1952. Hisbrother, Donald, also an OSU gradu-ate, had already joined their fatherin the family practice. The Hiltysbuilt their current office in 1940,when Donald joined the practice,and expanded it in 1952, after Markgraduated, to accommodate addi-tional patients. The three men prac-ticed together for forty years. Markwas in practice for 59 years, duringwhich time he estimated he treatedthree to four thousand people. It was very important to him to completethe one hundred-year milestone!Dr. Hilty recalled some memo-rable moments from his practice.He treated many patients who hadinjuries to their front teeth. He saidone time, two young sisters werefighting, and one threw a telephoneat the other, resulting in a chippedtooth. He related another occasionin which a 140-pound teen got intoa fight on the way to school with a250-pound schoolmate. The smaller youngster had his tooth knockedout during the scuffle, and couldnot find it. Dr. Hilty had to makea replacement for him. Another patient was working the chains ata football game and inadvertentlygot in on a play, which resulted ina tooth being knocked out. Peopleoften presented themselves to thedentist with sports-related mouthinjuries. He remembered, “It seemedthat 10 minutes after a game, a kidwould be at the door with a brokenor missing tooth. I always put the teakettle on to make some cocoa (afterarriving home from the games). Iburned up a few tea kettles becauseI was working on the kids!”Dr. Hilty began completing post-graduate studies before it wasrequired by the State. He believedit was important to keep currentwith the changes, especially tech-nology, in the industry. In 1957, heattended a class pertaining to ath-letic mouth guards. Because he rec-ognized the effects that sports inju-ries had on students’ dental health,he approached the Columbus GroveSchool administrators to encour-age the use of mouth guards. Thisresulted in Dr. Hilty donating mouthguards for Columbus Grove Schoolathletes, a practice he has contin-ued to date. According to Dr. Hilty,the technology in dentistry is “amaz-ing!” He was especially impressedwith the advent of the laser, whichexpanded his capabilities in the field.He chuckled, “I really wanted a boat.But the laser came out, so I boughtthe laser instead!”Dr. Hilty credited his wife, Marge,as being an integral part of his prac-tice. The couple, which was intro-duced by a cousin at church, mar-ried in 1950. Marge graduated fromthe OSU Dental Hygiene School in1951. She laughed, “My license is#375 in Ohio!” The couple workedside-by-side the entire length of Mark’s tenure. When asked thesecret of working together andbeing happily married, Mark quicklyreplied, “Love conquers all things!”Marge readily agreed, adding thather parents had worked together ontheir farm, so she was used to thattype of relationship. She continued,“Mark and I have common goals,although we have our own activi-ties. Family always came first!” Thecouple has three children: Lynn, anurse in Toledo; Mark, a doctor inRhode Island; and Bruce, the Com-munity Operations Coordinator atthe Allen County Metropolitan Hous-ing Authority in Lima. Bruce alsofounded the Allen County Habitatfor Humanity, and is currently the president of that board.If he had to do it all again, Dr.Hilty surmised he would still choosedentistry as a profession, but “onmy own terms. “ He was very proudof his personalized family practice.He got to know his patients well,and treated multiple generationsof families. Dr. Hilty never adver-tised his services in the media, as itwas frowned upon when he was inschool. He joked, “I got my patientsthrough word of mouth!”Dr. Hilty said he wants to beremembered as a man who wasdedicated to family values and com-munity service. He was active in BoyScouts, and has been a long-timemember of the Columbus GroveLions Club. He has served on theTown Council and Board of Public Affairs. In addition, he is active in theGrace Mennonite Church.The next time you see healthysmiles in Columbus Grove, it may very well be thanks to Dr. MarkHilty!
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PUTNAM COUNTY COURT NEWS
Grove family in dentistry for 100 years
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Putnam County Common PleasCourt
Donald J. Dickey, 43, Box 71, Bel-more, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for being in arrears in child sup-port, third offense, in the amount of $9,902.07 as of Feb. 29, 2012. Fiftydays was suspended on condition heremain current in his payments andseek work.Lori J. Horstman, Delphos, andJeremy E. Horstman, Delphos, weregranted a dissolution of marriage.They were married Sept. 21, 2002 inCloverdale, and have one child.
William C. Rayle Jr., 50, 303 S.Third St., Continental, was sentencedto 30 days jail for two counts traffick-ing in drugs. He was given creditfor one day served and placed oncommunity control for three years.His license was suspended for sixmonths and must serve 200 hours’community service. Rayle was fined$250 and pay $230 to the MAN unit.He was originally charged with threecounts trafficking in drugs.Elisha Y. Kitchen, 20, 501 NovaSt., Lima, was sentenced to one yearin prison for patient abuse. She wasgiven credit for 38 days served.
Melanie S. Walters, Deshler, wasgranted a divorce from Roy L. Wal-ters, Risingsun. They were marriedDec. 9, 1995 in Bowling Green, andhave six children.
Glen W. Steele, Columbus Grove, v.Kaylene S. Steele, Columbus Grove;divorce without children.David J. Kuhlman, Ottawa, v. Char-lotte M. Kuhlman, address unknown;divorce without children.Calvary Spv I, LLC, Valhalla, N.Y., v.Daniel L. Maag, Ottawa; money.The Huntington National Bank,Columbus, v. Sara H. Stark, Leipsic;foreclosure.Kyle S. Hendershot, Lima, v. Her-man A. Gerdeman, Ottawa, Lauri A.Gerdeman, Ottawa, Brendon Gerde-man, Ottawa, and Dylan Fisher, Lima;personal injury.Deutsche Bank National TrustCo., Plano, Texas, v. Gary J. Rader,Rincon, Ga., and Heather N. Rader,Rincon, Ga.; foreclosure.Amanda J. Howard, Ottoville, v. Jer-emiah E. Howard, Cloverdale; divorcewithout children.Bank of America, Plano, Texas, v.Harlin L. Kuhn, Ottawa, and CarolineA. Kuhn, Ottawa; foreclosure.Huntington National Bank, Colum-bus, v. William Landwehr, Ottawa,and Veronica L. Landwehr, Ottawa;foreclosure.Julie L. Hyman, Vaughnsville, andTroy A. Hyman, Ottawa; dissolutionwith children.Jennifer Hays, Fort Jennings, andDouglas Hays, Rockford; dissolutionwithout children.
Putnam County Municipal Court
Jonathan M. Rhodes, 23, 502Bendele St., Ottoville, pleaded nocontest to OVI and was found guilty.Sentence: 180 days jail, $375 fine,one-year license suspension, with177 days jail suspended, and creditfor three days jail upon completion of DIP program.
William T. Couts, 31, 1608 Ter-rawanda Drive, Defiance, pleadedguilty to nonsupport of dependents.Sentence: 180 days jail, $50 fine,with 180 days jail suspended.Ji L. Matthews, OVI, 40, 226 S.Walnut St., Ottawa, pleaded guiltyto first-offense OVI. Sentence: Sixpoints, 180 days jail, $750 fine,one-year license suspension, with177 days jail and $375 suspended,and credit for three days jail uponcompletion of DIP program. Chargesof open container and failure to obeytraffic control device were dismissed.
Gregory A. Barnett, 38, 11233Sunset Drive, Ottawa, found guiltyof violating a protection order. Sen-tence: 180 days jail, $100 fine, with170 days jail suspended, and com-plete assessment at Pathways Coun-seling Center or equivalent and nocontact with victim for two year. Healso pleaded guilty to an amendedcharge of persistent disorderly con-duct. Sentence: 30 days jail, $100fine, with 30 days jail suspended.Rose M. Morrison, 35, 146 MainSt., Cloverdale, pleaded no contestto first-offense OVI and was foundguilty. Sentence: Six points, 180days jail, $750 fine, one-year licensesuspension, with 177 days jail and$275 suspended, and credit forthree days jail upon completion of DIP program.Adam T. Hector, 24, 1883 S. AgnerSt., Ottawa, pleaded guilty to theft.Sentence: 180 days jail, $250 fine,with 160 days jail and $100 sus-pended, and restitution of $300, andcomplete drug assessment.Matthew R. Foldvary, 25, 1886Redwood, Defiance, pleaded nocontest to an amended charge of second-offense reckless operationand was found guilty. Sentence: Fourpoints, 30 days jail, $250 fine, with27 days jail suspended, and creditfor three days jail upon completionof DIP program.Ashli L. Schnipke, 23, 604 Pros-pect St., Leipsic, pleaded guilty totheft. Sentence: 180 days jail, $100fine, with 180 days jail suspended,and restitution of $530.50 to AJ’sCarry Out.
Eric M. Kuhbander, 31, 324 Lib-erty St., Leipsic, pleaded guilty toan amended charge of persistentdisorderly conduct. Sentence: 30days jail, $150 fine, with 30 days jailsuspended.endangering children.Joshua H. Trenkamp, 22, 23090Road Q, Lot 1, Fort Jennings,pleaded no contest to menacing andwas found guilty. Sentence: 30 days jail, $100 fine, with sentence to beserved concurrent to Allen Countycase.
Equable Ascent Financial, LLC,Buffalo Grove, Ill., default judgmentv. Nichole Hunt, Columbus Grove,$1,301.78, plus interest and costs.Capital One Bank, Richmond, Va.,default judgment v. Richard J. Byrd,Columbus Grove, $1,479.09, plusinterest and costs.Credit Adjustments, Inc., Defiance,default judgment v. Christine Vitek,Ottawa, $590.58, plus interest andcosts.Lima Radiological Ass., default judgment v. Brad E. Bailey, Ottawa,$993, plus interest and costs.Lima Radiological Ass., default judgment v. Leann Lambert, Leipsic,$95, plus interest and costs.Lima Radiological Ass., default judgment v. Andrew Maag, Colum-bus Grove, $455.78, plus interestand costs.Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, Lima,default judgment v. Angie Slattman,Continental, $226.32, plus interestand costs.
To the editor,
As a frequent user of Road 5 between Leipsicand Pandora I’ve comeacross accident scenesand observed many nearaccidents on the road.It is so narrow that itis a miracle that semisdon’t smack each other’srear view mirrors whenthey pass.It is difficult forfarmers like myself totransport tillage toolsand planters on it. Thewidening is especiallyneeded now that Pro-Tec’s expansion is tak-ing place. The 30 or so people protesting itswidening want I-75 southtruck traffic to stay onstate routes.This is unrealistic timewise and fuel wise.Rerouting Road 5traffic to SR 65 southor SR235 south wouldwaste around 1 – 2 hoursof the drivers’ time on around trip. A typical semi burns 7gallons of fuel an hour so you do the math.The people protestingthe widening are hurtingthe county’s progress.The factories in Leipsic pay their employees very well and the trickledown effect helps justabout every person in thecounty to some degree.Grants have been madeavailable to the commis-sioners to pay for thebulk of the project.The commissionershave promised to payRoad 5 landowners a fairappraisal price. At this time the repeti-tive mantra of the pro-testers complainingabout the project seemsmore like badgering of the commissioners thananything else.The commissionerswere elected to serveall of the county’s over30,000 citizens who wantto see Putnam County prosper and the road-ways improved.
Daryl BridenbaughPandora, OH
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March 21 - 27, 2012
BECKY LEADER • Putnam Voice
Marge and Mark Hilty worked together for 59 years.
Bruce Stowe who has owned the Stowe Antique and Fine Arts Gallery in Ottawahas changed the look of his gallery andis changing it into Stowe’s Art museum.“On exhibit are items from the localhistory of the community and also itemsfrom around the world. Among itemsfeatured in the museum are a display of items of Miss Frances Horwich, an earlytelevision performer with the Ding DongShow. Miss Frances grew up in Ottawa.Stowe also has Ohio McCoy potterymade in Rossville Ohio and the pulpitfrom the former Methodist Church inOttawa.Stowe is offering tours by appoint-ment to individuals and groups. He alsoinvites anyone to stop by and visit themuseum if they see the open sign at his937 North Defiance Street (SR 15) loca-tion in Ottawa.“I also will have a gift shop in themuseum,” Stowe said. He originallyopened his gallery in 1990.Those wanting to make an appoint-ment to visit the museum can do so byemailing firstname.lastname@example.org.You can also see more pictures of themuseum online at www.putnamvoice.com
County should widenRoad 5
SAY WHAT ?!?!