- Local Guide
“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 Sept. 11-17, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: The Eagles shut out the Wapakoneta Reds 1-0 in the final game of the season for both squads.
Season tickets for Roughriders football games went on sale for $1.75. The Roughriders hosted Liberty of the Hancock County League in the first home game of the year.
The South End Wonders defeated the West End Reds 3-2.
Brackney Dairy Barn in Wapakoneta burned, resulting in a loss of $12,000. The fire destroyed the large barn, two implement sheds and a garage at the 200-acre farm. Twelve calves and a herd bull also died in the blaze.
Auglaize County commissioners approved legislation for the construction of the High Street river bridge as part of a WPA project. The bridge, which would span the St. Marys River, was estimated to cost $33,000. The current bridge was deemed unsafe for heavy traffic.
Members of the St. Marys Merchant’s Association discussed plans to build big signs at the city’s two entrances to attract tourists and other visitors.
50 years ago: Don F. Schulz, 34, of Mendon, was killed when a steel silo collapsed on a farm 10 miles north of St. Marys near the intersection of Deep Cut and Gaberdiel roads.
Larry Dine, sales manager of the St. Marys Foundry, told St. Marys Rotarians the facility produced castings of 500 to 40,000 pounds for the machine tool and machinery trades.
The Forum — a newsstand located at 133 E. Spring St. — opened its doors. The stand was operated by Mr. and Mrs. M.D. “Babe” Grubbs.
Neil Armstrong was tabbed to be the first nonmilitary astronaut. Armstrong, 32, was the youngest of the record-setting X15 pilots.
The Roughriders picked up their first win of the season by defeating Greenville 30-28. Greenville had a chance to win the game at the end, but a dropped pass in the end zone gave the game to the Roughriders.
Thirteen special issues appeared on the upcoming November ballot, including five operational levies for schools.
Six miles of County Road 25A was resurfaced with 1 inch of asphalt at a cost of $39,000.
25 years ago: The St. Marys Roughriders defeated rival Celina by a score of 20-10. The Roughriders used a potent ground game to down the Bulldogs. St. Marys amassed 300 yards on the ground in the effort to improve to 1-1 on the season.
The St. Marys girls cross country team took home the title at meet in Spencerville. Michelle Gill, of St. Marys, finished first overall in the race.
St. Marys City Councilors approved a motion authorizing the purchase of an additional 100 acres adjacent to the city’s landfill. The land, located north of Markley Road, was owned by Rolland Hegemier. The purchase price was $100,000.
Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Spees awaited a decision from Auglaize County Juvenile Court Judge H. Michael Moser regarding a request to try a 17-year-old St. Marys boy as an adult in the murder of Betty Marie Head.