“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 Oct. 16-22, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: The St. Marys Roughriders blanked the Coldwater Cavaliers 20-0 in football action.
There were 18 births and 15 deaths recorded in Auglaize County in September.
Rolland Hollman, Bob Hollman and Tony Walters brought down a total of five wild geese for a total weight of 40 pounds. They were the first geese killed in the area during the hunting season.
A roadside park was ordered to be built along Ohio 32, just west of St. Marys. Shelterhouses and an oven furnace were to be built for those who needed to use the park for an extended period of time.
A rain gauge was set up in the yard of John Sunderland — foreman for Grand Lake St. Marys. Reports on rainfall were submitted by Sunderland.
50 years ago: The St. Marys School Board let $122,240 in contracts go for an addition to Memorial High School and McBroom School.
A second Sabin oral polio vaccine clinic was set up for Auglaize County.
Canadian geese hunters at Grand Lake St. Marys saw successful hunts at the start of the season.
Mike Moore, chair of the Lake Improvement Association stump removal committee, unveiled plans to bring ODNR Director Herbert B. Eagon in for a public meeting to discuss issues and concerns surrounding the lake.
The St. Marys Roughriders blasted the Van Wert Cougars 27-8. Fullback Terry Young tallied three touchdowns for the Riders in the win that saw St. Marys amass 271 yards rushing compared to 47 for Van Wert.
Durnell and Sons Jewelers celebrated its 25th anniversary.
25 years ago: Auglaize County commissioners gave the green light for Forest Land subdivision.
Heidy Sommer was named the 1987 Homecoming Queen for Minster.
John Bergman, Marvin Elsass, Joe Pepple and Hugh Seibert were candidates for the district supervisor position of the Auglaize County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The St. Marys Roughriders routed the Shawnee Indians 32-6 — the win pushed the Riders to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the WBL. Tony Nieter led the way with 129 yards rushing in 17 carries.
The New Bremen Cardinals downed the Waynesfield Goshen Tigers 22-6 to remain perfect on the season. Jeff Paul rushed for 218 yards in the win, which pushed the Cardinals to 7-0.
The Minster Wildcats outgunned the Marion Local Flyers 34-21 in their homecoming game.
The new Tri Star facility was dedicated and named in honor of Frank Dennings.
Members of the Lake Development Corporation of Grand Lake St. Marys mapped out a plan to get the attention of state legislators when they compile the state’s next budget. As part of the 1984-85 biennial budget, the lake received $3.3 million for capital improvements. Because not all that money was spent, a request for an increase in funding went ignored by state legislators.