“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 10-16, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: B.A. Myers, of Celina, purchased Edgewater Park via a sheriff’s sale for $10,565. The park was appraised at $14,000 and could not sell for less than two-thirds of that price.
The Eagles played the Wapakoneta Reds in the first-ever night game at Memorial Field. During the past year, local officials purchased a 90,000 watt lighting system for the field. Tickets to the game were 25 cents.
There were 23 births and 18 deaths in Auglaize County in June. There were four births and seven deaths in St. Marys, and Wapakoneta recorded eight births, including triplets, and four deaths.
Ohio 66 and Ohio 45 South were closed because of high water after a storm dumped several inches of rain on the region.
Thousands of dollars in crops were damaged as water flooded corn and wheat fields. Flood waters covered Memorial Field and water poured into the St. Marys River, which caused the river to spill out of its banks. Winds that accompanied the storm toppled a wind mill at Ed Koenig’s farm north of St. Marys. Two maple trees fell and blocked South Main Street for a period of time.
50 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors held the second reading of an ordinance that would continue the city income tax. The ordinance set the expiration date for the tax as Dec. 31, 1964. It was set to expire as of March 31, 1963, under the current ordinance.
The state board of education rejected requests by New Bremen and Minster to ask for bond issues from voters.
The St. Marys Cotton Mill went back into operation after a deal was struck by union members and management. Both sides announced a 10-minute coffee break in the morning as part of the agreement.
Members of the St. Marys Board of Education set their 1963 budget at $812,000 — $74,000 more than the previous budget.
Larry Landwehr, who was pulled from Villa Nova beach with severe injuries, died at Lima Memorial Hospital.
25 years ago: Auglaize County Juvenile Court Judge H. Michael Moser granted a request to postpone a hearing to determine if a 17-year-old accused of raping and killing 11-year-old Betty Marie Head should be tried as an adult.
Ray Hinkle appeared in St. Marys to pick up his book “The Hobo from St. Marys,” which was a tribute to St. Marys native Jim Tully.
Skip Baughman was named the first-ever winner of the Blue Jacket award, presented by the Rider Rooters.
Lightning damaged the 52-year-old flag pole and broke several windows at New Bremen High School. Members of the New Bremen Board of Education approved a $2.7 million budget for the 1987-88 school year.