"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 April 10 to 16, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: The East Siders defeated the West Siders 28 to 5 in a game of kitten ball played at Memorial Park.
The Dr. F. W. Everist property, located on South Wayne Street, was damaged by a roof fire. The estimated loss was $50.
Ten deaths occurred in Wapakoneta and St. Marys in March. There were three births in St. Marys and five in Wapakoneta. Countywide, there were 33 deaths and 22 births for the month.
Spuds Brentlinger, of Wapakoneta, and Rolland Gallimore, of St. Marys, caught their limit of catfish at Lake St. Marys despite chilly temperatures.
Mrs. Clarence Smith landed a 5-pound bass, which was believed to be the largest bass caught during the season. Lu Makley landed 17 channel catfish.
Mercer County officials took action by issuing a warning to all owners of gambling devices in the county to remove the games from places of business.
The Davis/Hydaker Construction Company, of Spencerville, contracted to place electricity at 453 farm homes in Auglaize and Mercer counties. Contractors strung 2.2 million feet of copper wire and hung 167 miles miles of power lines.
Former Auglaize County Auditor Ferd W. Langhorst died at his home in Wapakoneta. He served as county auditor from 1912 to 1916.
Members of the Noble Township School Board let out contracts for the construction of a new, four-room elementary school building. The general contract bid was for $19,937.
Villa View at Lake St. Marys opened. A former American Legion clubhouse, the new owners turned the building into a grocery store and restaurant.
50 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors unveiled plans for a $60,000 permanent improvement project centered on improving city streets. East South, Vine, Pine, Oliver streets and a small section of West High Street were included.
Crown Controls Co. Inc., of New Bremen, received a $500,000 contract from Gentile Air Force Station in Dayton to repair various items and components of electronic equipment.
A Venedocia woman was found beaten and unconscious on the bank of the Auglaize River, 6 miles southeast of Delphos.
In an attempt to ease a perceived teacher shortage, the Holy Rosary PTA set aside $1,200 for two-year scholarships to those pursuing a teaching degree.
New Bremen Superintendent Robert Strahm announced plans for a proposed $432,000 expansion project in New Bremen.
Five people were killed when the car they were riding in crashed into a train in Mercer County.
Members of a St. Marys City Council committee and St. Marys School Board agreed the town clock could not be built on the proposed addition to Memorial High School and McBroom. The clock, which was given to the school board by Lemon G. Neely, was erected at West
Auglaize County Engineer George A. Shuster announced plans for a $270,000 road and bridge project. Shuster proposed paving 25.25 miles of county roadways as well as the replacement of 12 one-lane bridges and culverts.
The Little Turtle suction dredge kicked off the year by moving to Coldwater Creek.
A state highway patrol car was wrecked as part of a chase that reached 100 mph along Ohio 274, south of St. Marys. The troopers, R.L. Yingling and Carl Klopfleisch, were in pursuit of a stolen car when they crashed. More than 50 police cars joined in the search for the vehicle, which was later discovered to be driven by teens from Greenville.
The 1960 U.S. Census counted 11,314 housing units in Auglaize County. The medium value of owner-occupied homes was $10,600 and the median rent was $66.
25 years ago: Eight of the 12 members of the St. Marys Democratic Central Committee expressed their opposition to a proposed 0.5 percent income tax placed on the May ballot.
The St. Marys girls track team claimed first place in the 15-team O-G Gold Medal meet. The Roughriders won three of the four relays on their way to collecting 82 points. Freshman Elaine Vogel took home first place in the high jump and sophomore Amy Davis took home first place in the long jump.
New Knoxville Village Councilors heard an update on two notices from the Ohio EPA. Village Solicitor Roger Henkener said the notices were in regard to a new order for specifications for a wastewater treatment plant and an amendment to old orders for the facility.
New Knoxville Village Councilors approved the hiring of Mote-Garrison and Associates to serve as engineers on plans to revamp the village's streets, sewers and electricity issues.