County Collects License Fees

"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 1 to 7, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: Auglaize County collected $25,488 from license fees from a pool of $6.5 million collected by the state. Allen County received $62,352.

Slot machines were confiscated from Westerheide Restaurant and City Service Station in Minster.

Despite threats, no attempt was made to spring William Robinson from incarceration at the Mercer County Jail. Robinson, who was arrested for taking part in elevator robberies, was to be broken out of jail by friends from Toledo and Detroit.

Frank B. Shuffelton, of North Spruce Street, announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination in August for mayor of St. Marys. He was the second Democrat to announce his intentions — Carl H. Althoff previously announced plans to run for mayor.

Half of the village of New Bremen’s telephones were taken off line because moisture seeped into and underground cable because of heavy rains.

Safety-Service Director Bado Hoewischer urged merchants along Spring Street to stop sweeping dirt into the road in order to keep Spring Street free of debris.

City officials warned beer dealers to refrain from advertising the brands of beer they sold in their establishments. Dealers may display "beer" signs but the signs could not be brand specific.

The graduating class at New Bremen High School included 164 students — which made it the largest class among village schools in Auglaize County.

50 years ago: The West Auglaize Chapter of the American Red Cross has donated 5,569 pints of blood since the chapter formed on March 28, 1951.

Bill Boyd, of New Bremen, reported he saw a meteor or a falling star in the sky above the intersection of Ohio 219 and Ohio 364.

Members of the New Bremen Board of Education held a special meeting to continue work on the proposed construction and remodeling project at the school. The $432,000 proposal included six elementary classrooms and a new gym among other improvements.

Schools in Auglaize County received $899,928.78 of the $1.259 million collected in real estate taxes during the last period.

Officials in Wapakoneta announced plans for May 14 to be observed as Neil Armstrong Day.

25 years ago: Officials continued to probe the death of two Celina men in a boat crash on Grand Lake St. Marys. Investigators believed the crash could have been a hit-skip involving another vessel.

St. Marys Mayor William Sell, in a news release, said the proposed 0.5 percent income tax was "vital to our progress as a city and I support its passage."

While Gov. Richard Celeste voiced his desire to raise the fuel tax by 10 cents, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said a group of county engineers were only asking for a penny increase.

Voters in the city of St. Marys soundly rejected the 0.5 percent income tax by a measure of 1,381 to 338.

Voters in Wapakoneta approved a 20-year, 7.05 mill levy to build a new high school, renovate the current high school into a middle school and make improvements to the district's elementary schools. The measure passed 3,505 to 2,176.

A slew of Democratic incumbents, including St. Marys Mayor William Sell, were defeated in their primary elections. Michael Lynch defeated Sell by a vote of 637 to 406 and moved on to take on Republican candidate Edward Broyles in the general election.

Members of the Lake Improvement Association pressed state officials to raise the water level in Grand Lake St. Marys to normal water pool.