Category: Willshire

Postmasters in the Hamlet of Willshire

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.  

Willshire School News, January 1949

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.

William G. Hoffer Obituary, 1949

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.  

William G. Hoffer, Editor

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. 

News from Wren & Around Ohio, 1904

This will likely be the final blog post featuring items from the 5 May 1904 edition of the Willshire Herald,  William G. Hoffer, publisher. I have spent several weeks writing about Willshire news and the local businesses mentioned in that newspaper.In addition to all the information about the Willshire community, the 1904 Willshire Herald had some items of interest about the neighboring village of Wren, Ohio: