“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 May 29 to June 4, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Sheriff William Nieter and Police Chief G.A. Gestner patrolled roads north of St. Marys after receiving a tip members of the Brady gang were on their way to the city from Fort Wayne. The gang was responsible for a slew of bank robberies in the region and the lawmen threw up a temporary barricade north of the city.
W.D. Strahm, of Lima, hooked a 14-pound blue catfish that measured 30 inches long at Lake St. Marys. The fish had nearly 3 pounds of eggs inside.
A skull was found by a boy playing at the city dump in St. Marys. After receiving the skull, officers started a search of the dump for a body.
Sheriff William Nieter found no trace of evidence regarding the robbery of Albert Gerstner. Gerstner was robbed of $2,148 on his way back to Lima, where he was involved in a “confidence game.”
A new 5 cent stamp was put on sale at the local post office. The stamp featured a series on the Army and Navy.
50 years ago: Four Indiana men were pulled from Lake St. Marys after spending two hours in the water. High waves swamped the boat after its motor became disabled.
St. Marys Mayor Woodrow Wierwille highlighted some of the project funded during the first year of the city’s income tax. Nine streets were rebuilt at a cost of $50,000, and the income tax paid for six streets at $60,000 the next year. The East South Street sewer project also was completed. Wierwille said the tax collected to date compared well to what it was projected to generate.
After the annual tax valuations, Auglaize County’s valuation closed in on $100 million with a personal property valuation of $24.3 million and real estate and public utilities at $75.3 million.
A charter bus was slated to take a load of local fans to see Galen Cisco pitch for the Boston Red Sox against the Detroit Tigers as part of a doubleheader. Tickets, including the bus fare, were $10.
The New Bremen High School Class of 1912 celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Two men were pulled from Lake St. Marys after their sail boat capsized approximately a mile off shore.
One hundred and seventeen Roughriders walked across the stage to receive their diplomas as part of the annual commencement ceremony at Memorial High School.
Approximately 10,000 visitors descended upon Villa Nova State Park during the holiday weekend.
South Shore farmers near Lake St. Marys voiced their displeasure with an engineer’s study to solve flooding issues around the lake. A U.S. Corps of Engineer’s study was commissioned to help determine a mitigation plan. One farmer reported his fields were underwater from March 22 to April 21 and another reported losing $7,000 in crops during the past three years.
Employees at Huffman Manufacturing in Celina went on strike. Approximately 350 employees walked off the assembly line after failing to come to an agreement. The union sought a two-year deal and the company sought a five-year deal.
25 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors approved the creation of a citizens advisory committee to study the financial situation of the city. Mayor William Sell said the committee will be tasked with helping find solutions to the city’s General Fund woes.
The Wapakoneta Redskins came up one run short of in their regional semifinals game with Upper Arlington. It was Wapakoneta’s first trip to regionals in baseball.
Minster juniors David Huecker and Jay Huelsman earned a trip to the state track meet in Columbus.
Roughriders Mike Trogdlon, Amy Davis and Carol Waesch earned a trip to the state track meet in Columbus.
The Minster girls track team claimed a regional title at the meet in Bowling Green.
Kay Albert retired as athletic director at Memorial High School after 13 years on the job.
Officials in Auglaize and Mercer counties continued work on the creation of a two-county, nonprofit tourism organization.
The group would be tasked with promoting the entire Grand Lake St. Marys area to visitors.