“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 Dec. 11-17, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors adopted an ordinance that would require any utility company or resident who sought to tear up city streets to obtain a permit.
Tax valuations in Auglaize County increased $592,150 in 1937. In St. Marys, the valuations increased $154,020 to $3.86 million, versus $4.14 million for Wapakoneta. As a whole, Auglaize County’s valuation was $27.32 million.
Richard Murray and Clarence Makley fell into the icy waters of Lake St. Marys when their motorcycle fell through the ice. Murray and Makley were uninjured as the water was only 3 feet deep.
A 35-gallon drum of gasoline was stolen from Ed Anderson’s oil lease on the William Thomas farm, northwest of St. Marys. The drum was recovered with more of the fuel missing.
The New Bremen Cardinals defeated the St. Marys Roughriders 34-22 in boys basketball action.
Robert Rogers was robbed of $11 while in the open shed at Crane & MacMahon Inc.
Wapakoneta City Councilors approved a pay increase for the president of council (from $125 to $150 a year), city councilors (from $75 to $150 per year), and the council clerk (from $100 to $200 per year).
50 years ago: The Ohio Department of Transportation approved plans for the relocation and improvement of Ohio 66, north of Kossuth to Spencerville.
The improvement of Ohio 66 in St. Marys as well as in St. Marys and Noble townships was proposed during a public hearing. Work started in 1963, with the city’s share being $12,000. The project included improvements to Spring Street to Spruce Street and then north to the intersection of old and new Ohio 66.
Drifting snow on county roads forced the early dismissal of schools across the county.
Julia E. Grothaus, a senior at New Bremen, earned the highest score of any senior girl in the state of Ohio on a scholarship test.
The Sidney Yellow Jackets defeated the St. Marys Roughriders 51-47 in boys basketball action. Denny Brown tallied 22 points for the Riders in the loss.
25 years ago: Murder charges were filed against a 15-year-old Wapakoneta boy in connection to the stabbing death of Ryan Petty. Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Spees requested the teen be tried as an adult, in which case he would face three felony charges.
Frank Murray was elected president of the newly created Grand Lake St. Marys Area Bureau of Travel and Tourism.
The St. Marys Roughriders held off the Celina Bulldogs 36-34 in the WBL opener for both teams.
In data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Wapakoneta increased its population edge over St. Marys 8,840 to 8,420. In 1980, St. Marys held a slim 8,414 to 8,402 lead over Wapakoneta.
Near hurricane force winds socked the region, but little damage was reported. A wind gust of 73 mph was recorded during the event.