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75 Years: Firecrackers Cause Injury

July 6, 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 July 3-9, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: Two St. Marys boys suffered injuries to their hands when firecrackers exploded while in their possession. The fuses were too short.

The New Bremen Post Office advanced from a third to a second class rating because postal receipts increased to the appropriate level.

Canadian thistles proved to be a menace to Auglaize County farmers.

Henry C. Stroh, 75, of Wapakoneta, was killed in a collision at the intersection of Shawnee Road and Sugar Street in Cridersville.

Bob Engel, 15, of St. Marys, suffered severe burns  when his clothing was set on fire by a sparkler in his pocket.

George Gausepohl, 54, was killed in a car crash when his vehicle struck a ditch a half mile east of Minster on Ohio 119.

Temperatures topped the 100-degree mark at several locations in downtown St. Marys. Thermometer readings hit 102 degrees at Hotel Fort Barbee, 110 degrees at Reiher's Barber Shop and at Community Building and Loan Company and 106 degrees at the city building. A thermometer at Lake St. Marys read 100 degrees.

The brick pavement at High and Walnut streets bulged up 3 inches in some places because of the heat.

Wapakoneta City Councilors pondered a ban on firecrackers within the city limits.

50 years ago: Joseph Rutschilling, 40, of Maria Stein, died of asphyxiation by poisonous fumes while in a harvest store silo.

Interstate 75 between Wapakoneta and Sidney opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. That portion brought the total to 85 miles of road from Dayton to Toledo, with only 15 miles left to build.

The St. Marys pool saw a weekly attendance of 4,353 — with a daily high of 819.

A burglar broke into the St. Marys American Legion and stole $85, frozen chicken and other items, including American flags.

A baked-goods salesman was robbed of $33 in Wapakoneta by a suspect with a knife.

A 19-year-old Shelby County man suffered injuries when he lit a firecracker in a moving car that exploded before he could toss it out the window.

Larry Landwehr suffered two fractured vertebrae and was brought back to life via mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after he dove into shallow water at Lake St. Marys. Greg Wilson, a life guard at Villa Nova beach, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until emergency crews arrived on the scene.

25 years ago: A new $1.3 million launch ramp opened at the west bank of Grand Lake St. Marys.

A master plan for Grand Lake St. Marys was slated to be produced in the wake of zero funding being appropriated for the lake in the capital improvement budget in 1986-87.

Heritage Manor in Minster marked its 10th anniversary.

A two-county tourism organization tasked with promoting Grand Lake St. Marys and the region drew closer to being a reality, as organizers reviewed draft copies of the code of regulations of the Grand Lake St. Marys Travel and Tourism Bureau.

Stanley K. Chisholm was selected to take the councilor-at-large seat that was vacated by the retirement of Kay Albert.

Village councilors in Minster approved $1 million for a new wellfield site.

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