March 16th, 2012
“Leader Look Back,” is a collection of stories and headlines from 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week. This week’s edition examines stories from March 12 to March 19, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Forty-eight rabbits were sent to St. Marys and released on a farm north of the city by the state conservation department. The rabbits were brought in from Missouri.
Joseph N. Wright claimed he was robbed of $569.38 while walking across from East School. He said the money was taken by two men while a third waited in a car.
NEW BREMEN — A local school district is taking strides to combat a problem in schools by tearing down a wall of verbal bullying.
Throughout the week, students at New Bremen Elementary and Middle School viewed a wall of 100 hurtful words that was torn down little by little each day. Elementary/Middle School Guidance Counselor Julie Lee said she was hoping to show the students how powerful their words are.
CELINA — Representatives from area businesses, organizations, cities and more gathered at a local college campus as part of the campus’ second regional summit on Friday.
Wright State University Lake Campus on Friday held its second Lake Campus Regional Summit — a gathering that has become an annual event at the school’s main campus in Dayton and one that was expanded to the local campus in 2011.
Marjorie Maxine (Fogt) Smallwood, 82, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:10 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on April 7, 1929, in St. Marys, the daughter of Clarence and Eva (Phillips) Fogt, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 10, 1948, she married Ray M. Smallwood, and he survives.
She is also survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann (Michael A.) Selby of Moulton and Betty June Smallwood of Ludlow Falls; four grandsons; six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister.
Louis W. Hartings, 91, formerly of State Route 119, Minster, died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Elmwood of New Bremen, where he had been a resident for 1 1/2 years.
He was born on March 4, 1921, in Chickasaw, to Albert and Anna (Homan) Hartings and was married on Nov. 22, 1945, in Minster, to Irene Meyer; she died on July 15, 2006.
He is survived by one brother; two sisters.
He was preceded in death by a brother and his wife; a sister in-law; a brother in-law.
Louis served in the Army during World War II in Europe.
Arthur A. Stelzer, 76, of Celina, died on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Kindred Hospital, Lima.
He was born on Dec. 22, 1935, in Cassella, to Edwin B. Stelzer and Alma G. (Grevenkamp) Stelzer, both of whom preceded him in
He is survived by a daughter, Victoria (Gary) Baker of Elida; two brothers; a sister; nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church,
Burial will be at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Thelma B. Gage, 94, of Celina, died on Friday, March 16, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on July 26, 1917, in Van Wert County, to Frank Bown and Mabel (Rummel) Brown. On Nov. 26, 1943, she married Keith Gage, who preceded her in death on April 13, 2001.
She is survived by three sons, Phil (Ann) Gage of Celina, Stan (Sylvia) Gage of Cutler and Allen (Adele) Gage of Orange, Calif.; by a daughter, Nan (Doug) Hill of Macon, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers; a sister.
Alma Anna (Feil) Camper, 103, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at The Gardens, Wapakoneta. She was born on April 9, 1908, in Auglaize County, the daughter of William and Anna (Aufderhaar) Feil. A 1925 graduate of Blume High School, she was the last surviving member of her class. After graduating high school, she went to business college and worked as a secretary in Lima.
Virginia L. Wienken, 85, of Spencerville, died at 1:25 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center following a short illness.
She was born on July 4, 1926, in Kenton, a daughter of Elmer and Mae Clausen Jones, who are deceased. On July 24, 1950, she married William M. “Bill” Wienken, who died on April 11, 2002.
She is survived by two sons, Michael “Mike” Wienken and David “Dave” (Robin) Wienken, both of Spencerville; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; three sisters; five sisters-in-law.
March 16: Big Brothers, Big Sisters will hold Bowl of Kids Sake at 7 p.m. today at Varsity Lanes in St. Marys.
New Bremen Public Library will host a Honk! Party sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Crescent Players from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.