“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 Aug. 7-13, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Approximately 3,500 yards of broken concrete from St. Marys and Wapakoneta roads was used as rip-rap at Lake St. Marys in an effort to prevent erosion. Lake Foreman John Sunderland noted $1,900 was appropriated for dredging the lake.
Only two contests, both on the Democratic ticket, were contested during the city’s primary election. Carl Althoff and Frank Shuffelton battled for the mayoral nomination and Charles C. Gross and Hershel Russell battled for the 2nd Ward seat.
Frank Shuffelton earned the Democratic nomination in the mayor’s race and the right to take on incumbent Mayor Albert Koch in November.
There were 27 births and 20 deaths in Auglaize County in July.
A preliminary survey of the Miami and Erie Canal from Spencerville to Defiance was ordered to determine if it could be part of a highway being built from Toledo to Cincinnati.
Auglaize County Health Commissioner R.C. Hunter announced the county had three confirmed cases of typhoid fever.
50 years ago: Auglaize County residents were offered an oral polio vaccine during clinics. A nominal donation of 25 cents was sought for the medication.
A sportswriter for the Washington Post commended St. Marys native Galen Cisco for his courage in an outing where he surrendered 16 hits and 13 runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Washington Senators.
The Ace Woolen Mill was scheduled to start operations in New Bremen.
Minster Schools announced a total enrollment of 944 students for the upcoming school year.
Minster Mayor Joe Raterman announced construction would soon start on a disposal plant.
David Well, of New Knoxville, sold his 85-pound grand champion market lamb for $3 a pound — nearly 14 times the market price of 21.5 cents a pound. Sue Helminger’s grand champion steer fetched 90 cents a pound.
A Wapakoneta man was killed in a wrecking yard accident when he was pinned under a fuel tank while disassembling a car.
Hugh E. Bohman, 67, of Lima, drowned in Lake St. Marys while swimming near the second beach at Villa Nova State Park.
25 years ago: Joseph E. Cattarin, of St. Marys, was named Auglaize County Senior Citizen of the Year at the Ohio State Fair.
New Knoxville Village Councilors discussed funding related to the village’s sesquicentennial celebration. The event netted $8,000, which was given to the village with the intent of future projects in mind. Councilors discussed a park, a pond and tennis courts as projects.
The St. Marys Board of Education received a plan for its proposed building that would house a gymnasium and classrooms.
Mary Kohlhorst, 15, of St. Marys, earned the right to represent the Lima area in the senior division of the 50th All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron.