“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 17 to 23, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Four hundred chicks died when a brooder stove exploded in a garage at the Guy Whitehead premises, located along South Beech Street. The garage was used as a brooder house.
William Stolthe, of New Knoxville, celebrated his 80th birthday.
Clarence and William Makley were injured when the motorcycle they were riding on crashed into an iron fence at Greenlawn Cemetery near Wapakoneta.
St. Marys City Councilors instructed Safety-Service Director Bado Hoewischer to discuss a plan to address unpaved areas in the city. Options included oiling or putting down a tar surface on city streets. Hoewischer noted oiling is not an ideal option as it must be repeated annually at a cost of $3,000.
St. Marys Mayor Albert Koch warned motorists against speeding in school zones. Koch ordered officers to arrest any motorist going at an unsafe speed in school zones.
Areas identified as problems spots were Spring and Wayne streets and Wayne Street and Indiana Avenue.
The Memorial High School football team wrapped up spring practice with a Blue and White game. The White team won 6-0 in a game that featured the first string backfield and second string line on the Blue team and the second string backfield and first string line on the White team. Coach Robert Reed’s team played at Armstrong Park because the practice football field on South Street was too wet.
50 years ago: William Rye was named the head of the annual fund campaign for the United Fund of St. Marys and St. Marys and Noble townships.
Mrs. Willis Wittenbrink, of New Bremen, hauled in a 15 1/2 inch crappie that weighed 1 3/4 pounds near Behm’s Landing. Leonard Davis, of Greenville, landed a 14-inch crappie at the same location. The pair used minnows as bait.
Buckland defeated Waynesfield 6-3 to win the Auglaize County baseball tournament. Both teams advanced to the sectional tournament.
The St. Marys track team won a tri-meet over Wapakoneta and Coldwater. The Riders amassed 64.5 points, while Coldwater recorded 41 and Wapakoneta 31.5.
The St. Marys office of the Ohio State Employment Services sought work applications for a number of openings, including factory, clerical and restaurant.
Patrick Moran, of North Chestnut Street, suffered a head laceration, broken ribs and a concussion in a crash on Townline/Kossuth Road.
A leaking gas pipe exploded and destroyed a Celina home at 315 S. Ash St. The roof was blown off the home. No one was injured and the damage was estimated at $14,000.
25 years ago: Two Celina men died of head injuries suffered in a boat crash after the vessel struck a rock wall at Bay View on the south side of Grand Lake St. Marys. The men had been frog hunting in a 12-foot fishing boat.
St. Marys Safety-Service Director Doug Brookhart warned city residents of looming cuts if the 0.5 percent income tax failed at the ballot box. He said the extra income tax was needed to offset a $100,000 reduction from the federal government as part of cuts to revenue sharing. Of that, $80,000 to $90,000 was placed into the general fund. An electrical fire destroyed a barn and milk house at the John Schroeder farm in New Knoxville. Also lost in the fire were an undetermined number of cattle and a skidloader. The damage was estimated at $75,000 to $80,000.
Voters in Wapakoneta were set to decide the fate of a 7.04 mill levy to build a new high school. The estimated price tag of the project was $12.5 million.
St. Marys junior Troy Crouch broke his own school record in the discus with a throw of 173 feet, 11 inches during a meet against Celina. The Riders swept the Bulldogs in the meet at West School.