Century Grill Opens

“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 5 to March 11, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: Memorial High School lost to Wapakoneta 35-15 in a district tournament game in Kenton. Four seniors — Norman Arnett, Ed Yoder, Otto Glass and Warren Broyles — were given the chance to start for the Riders.

William Hollzom, a “demented man,” who claimed to be made from corpses, was held by Mercer County authorities until they could gain information regarding his identity.

Celina City Councilors approved an ordinance regulating barbershop hours. Hours were set for 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. A fine of $10 was imposed on anyone who violated the ordinance.

St. Marys Service Station, at the intersection of Front and South streets, received a franchise to sell Plymouth and Chrysler automobiles. C.W. Fast was the station’s manager.

Century Grill, located at 143 W. Spring St., opened its doors to hungry customers. The eatery served up a businessman’s lunch for 30 cents each day.

Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boesel and Sheriff William Nieter launched an investigation into a fatal train crash in front of Auglaize Box Board Plant, located along South Pine Street in St. Marys. An open switch caused a Nickel Plate train to crash, killing two people.

St. Marys City Councilors approved a bill for drawings regarding a new light plant.

There were 24 births and 21 deaths in Auglaize County during February. Of the numbers, five births and four deaths were reported in St. Marys and Wapakoneta.

50 years ago: A Toledo woman reported to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office that she was kidnapped and forced to drive to Auglaize County. She was then bound and gagged and forced out of her car.

The New Knoxville Rangers lost to Coldwater 61-59 during sectionals at the Celina Fieldhouse.

A blast of winter weather closed many area schools for the second time in a week. More than 8 inches of snow fell during the past three days. The city of St. Marys applied more than 75 tons of salt to city roads during winter.

The Auglaize County Fairboard held its largest meeting in 20 years as those in attendance were interested in fair programs and improvement projects. The improvements included additional lights on the back stretch of the race track, a new roof on the sheep and pony barns and a new fence for the grandstands.

Bids were opened for fire equipment in the village of New Bremen. The W.S. Barley and Company, of Chicago, was the low bidders with a submission of $13,677 less a $300 trade in for the 1926 Perch fire engine. The village of Cridersville submitted a bid of $403 for the 1926 engine.

New Bremen Board of Education members approved $313,684.50 in appropriations for 1962. Of the money, $182,405 was appropriated for salaries, which included $11,595 for administrators and $11,000 for principals.

Robyn Ann Bushman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bushman Jr., took home a national title in the Class A (7 and 8-years-old) Baton Twirling Contest.

25 years ago: St. Marys junior Troy Crouch topped the Leaderland scoring title in boys basketball by averaging 17.4 ppg. Crouch scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games for the season.

Gregg and Todd Kuck, of New Knoxville, twin sons of Jerry and Judy Kuck, received their Eagle badges.

Members of the St. Marys Police Department received new duty guns. The department switched from its long-time standard — a six-shot, .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver — to a nine-shot, 9mm Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol.

The New Bremen Cardinals came up a little short in their bid for a sectional crown. The Cards lost to Fort Recovery by a score of 53-48 in the sectional final at Parkway. Jeff Paul scored 18 points to pace the Cardinals.

Ralph Pruitt filed a $2.8 million wrongful death lawsuit in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court in the April 15, 1985, death of his son Ralph R. Pruitt of St. Marys, who was killed when his car was hit by a train at the crossing on Ohio 364, near Parkway Street. A passenger, Bryon M. Turpin, died two days later.

Among defendants named in the suit were St. Marys Township Trustees and Norfolk and Western Railway of St. Marys. Pruitt claimed the crossing was in violation of the Ohio Revised Code because motorists approaching the intersection with the intention of turning north could not see if the crossing’s lights had been activated.

The St. Marys Police Department welcomed the addition of a pair of new Ford LTD police cars. The vehicles were purchased out of the department’s budget for $23,829.90. Chief George Henderson said the city’s policy is to purchase three patrol cars every two years.

Grand Lake St. Marys Park Manager Rex Wallace unveiled plans to upgrade the channel at the St. Marys Boat Club. The project called for the construction of 16 boat docks, which provided space for 32 boats.

Carol Waesch, a junior at Memorial High School, was crowned the 1987 FFA Queen. She accepted her crown from 1986 Queen Amy Cisco.