“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 22 to 28, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: A hobo was arrested by St. Marys Police Chief G.A. Gerstner after he observed the man throwing away sandwiches along the side of the road.
Officials continued to search Lake St. Marys for the body of 19-year-old Norman Parker. Parker drowned when the boat he was riding in capsized.
Motorists in St. Marys were reminded to park vehicles inside painted lines or risk receiving a parking ticket.
City councilors favored a proposal to reduce light rates for city residents. The plan would charge residents 6.5 cents per kilowatt for the first 30, 5 cents for the next 20, 3 cents for the next 50 and 2 cents for each kilowatt more than 100.
Search crews located the body of Parker six-and-a-half days after he drowned in Lake St. Marys. Parker’s body was found a mile west of the oil derrick.
A truckload of fish from Meander Lake, near Youngstown, was brought in to Lake St. Marys. The shipment included 16 largemouth bass, 179 blue gill, 783 crappies and 275 bullhead catfish.
Fred J. Mackenbach received a contract to provide the St. Marys School District with coal by submitting a bid of $4.39 a ton.
50 years ago: Goodyear Tire and Rubber received a $2.4 million contract to furnish replacement tracks for the Army’s M-55 tracked howitzer and M-47 medium tank. Goodyear St. Marys Plant Manager J.A. Brown said the local plant employed 1,385 men and women.
The Ohio Division of Parks released that 734,814 people visited Lake Loramie in 1961.
An engineer’s report on a flood survey of landings adjacent to the south shore of Lake St. Marys was expected to be made public soon. Angry farmers along the south shore area filed claims for damages because of flooding of their lands. Those claims were rejected by Ohio’s Sundry Claims Board following a hearing in Columbus.
25 years ago: The Auglaize County Engineer’s Office started the process of designing a replacement bridge for Spring Street. Bids were expected to be received in late 1988, with construction to begin in 1989.
The St. Marys girls track team took home a second-place trophy at the Class AA district meet at Coldwater. Thirteen girls in 12 events qualified for regionals.
Four people were killed in a collision at the intersection of U.S. 33 and Sante Fe Line Road.
The Minster girls track team took home the Class A district title by earning 113 points.
Charlie Moul earned the top score in the state in geography on the Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement.
Troy Crouch and Shelly Clements qualified for the state track meet for St. Marys. Crouch competed in the discuss and Clements in the shot put.