“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 12 to March 19, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Forty-eight rabbits were sent to St. Marys and released on a farm north of the city by the state conservation department. The rabbits were brought in from Missouri.
Joseph N. Wright claimed he was robbed of $569.38 while walking across from East School. He said the money was taken by two men while a third waited in a car.
Six St. Marys men were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after two boys told investigators they stole items to obtain money to play slot machines and punch boards at six St. Marys businesses.
Voters in New Knoxville rejected a bond issue that would have paved the way for an addition at the school. It was the third time voters turned away the bond measure, which would have led to the issuance of $78,000 in bonds to cover the project. While the vote total was 342 to 285 in favor of the measure, it failed to reach the 65 percent approval threshold needed to enact the issue.
Vernon Schultz, a local contractor, was awarded a bid to build a grade school in Moulton. The new school would be built along Highway 32, across from Detjen’s general store. According to the plans, the school would be 123 feet long and 66 feet wide with a completion date of July 15, 1937. Moulton Township residents authorized a $30,000 bond for the project.
Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Paul O. Boesel ordered all slot machines and gambling devices in operation in the county confiscated. The order came after two boys admitted they stole items to make money to gamble at six St. Marys businesses.
50 years ago: German Township Trustees and New Bremen Village Councilors ordered a new fire truck at a cost of $19,591.95.
Neil Armstrong was one of six selected to be a pilot/engineer consultant for Dyna-Soar Space Program.
Four men were held in connection with the theft of copper wire from the Minster area.
Members of the New Knoxville Civic Association unveiled a new slogan: “New Knoxville — The Small Community of Big Opportunity.” The slogan was submitted by Mrs. Howard G. Katterheinrich.
Minster edged out New Knoxville 70 to 69 to win the Tri-County League Tournament. Watercutter scored 19 points and Puthoff chipped in with 14.
As many as 1,800 wild geese arrived at the Wild Goose Refuge, located on the southwest side of Lake St. Marys.
John W. Graetz, 96, a resident of Hotel Fort Barbee for 72 years, died at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. It is believed Graetz held the world record for longest continual residence in a hotel room. He moved to the newly opened Fountain Hotel in 1889, where his room and board was $3.50 per week.
The village of New Knoxville welcomed a new business to its roster — a branch of Industrial Welders and Fabricators Inc. of Jackson Center.
Increased enrollment in New Bremen has caused a concern for school officials. Enrollment reached 776 and was expected to reach 891 by 1965. Suggested housing requirements were expected to cost $430,000, which would include six elementary classrooms.
25 years ago: Former Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes died.
As vocational education classes moved into a new facility, school officials had to decide what to do with Bunker Hill. It was closed in 1982 and revived to house Tri Star programs. Superintendent Richard Burke said the building could turn back into housing for younger students.
Workers from Brumbaugh Construction Co. continued to dismantle the Fisher Road Bridge, an 80-year-old structure that spanned the Auglaize River.
An 818-pipe organ was dedicated at Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys.
Fourteen residents attended a special council meeting to get more information regarding the city’s proposed 0.5 percent income tax. Safety-Service Director Doug Brookhart said the city’s dire financial situation was the result of the federal government eliminating $100,000 in revenue sharing.
Main Street Station in New Knoxville opened for business. Owners Preston and Carol Meyer opened the eatery, which has a capacity of 50 people.
Ohio’s unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in February, up from 8.3 percent in January. The national rate sat at 6.7 percent. In 2012, January’s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent.