August 21, 2014

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Farewell to 'The Spice Rack'

By NANCY WHITAKER

Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING — The author of the long running column “The Spice Rack,” Dortha Schaefer, has retired her pen due to a fall on Dec. 17.

She started writing her column, “Making the Scene,” for the Progress on May 27, 1971. “Making the Scene” later evolved into the popular weekly column, “The Spice Rack.”

In her first column, Schaefer wrote about a tree falling down, pantsuits, canning apricots, and various other topics. Her writing style of wit, comedy, and common ordinary situations made her column a favorite with Paulding County Progress readers.

Dortha and her husband, Roy, currently reside in Fort Wayne, but the couple had resided in Payne for many years. They had lived in an apartment at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home until it closed last fall, then relocated to Fort Wayne, where Dortha suffered the fall which would end her writing career.