75 Years Ago: New School Year, Signs Added

"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 Sept. 4-10, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: School started for pupils in St. Marys.

The Ethiopian Clowns defeated the St. Marys Eagles 8 to 3 at Memorial Field in front of a large crowd.

Only six rural schools, three of them in St. Marys Township, remained in the county as the result of centralization during the past few years. Centralized schools were in the process of being built in Moulton and Noble townships.

New signs were installed calling attention to school zones with speed limits of 20 mph.

A special safety committee of the St. Marys City Council recommended the installation of seven new traffic signals with the goal of protecting all local schools.

Enrollment shrank at St. Marys City Schools from 1,121 in 1935 to 1,107 in 1936 and then rose to 1,089 in 1937. The numbers included 404 students at Memorial High School.

There were 23 deaths in the month of August in Auglaize County, including six in St. Marys. There were 24 births in the county, including five from St. Marys.

Nearly 500 farms in Auglaize and Mercer counties received power as part of a project known as Ohio 33A.

50 years ago: There were 20 Ohioans killed in traffic collisions across the state during the Labor Day weekend.

St. Marys Police Chief G.A. Gerstner warned motorists to keep an eye out for students as they returned to class.

Officers searched for a suspect in a car theft for several hours before calling off their efforts. The car thief crashed his vehicle along Ohio 29, southeast of St. Marys, and fled the scene. The vehicle was stolen from Allen Waterman, of New Knoxville.

Virgil Winglewich took over as varsity football coach at Minster and faced off against Coldwater in his first game.

St. Marys City Schools had a pupil enrollment of 2,479 to start the year, including 739 at Memorial High School.

New Knoxville Local Schools had a total enrollment of 420 to start the school year.

Auglaize County Auditor Vern Doenges distributed $963,573.14 in real estate taxes that were collected the last half of the year. The St. Marys School District received $177,348.30 and the city received $21,059.48 from the pool.

The St. Marys Roughriders fell to the Sidney Yellow Jackets in a fumble-filled game by a score of 28-14. The Riders fumbled on their first three possessions, and Sidney turned the turnovers into a 20-0 lead.

25 years ago: Amy Thompson was crowned the 1987 New Knoxville Fall Festival queen.

The Sidney Yellow Jackets used a big-play offense to down the St. Marys Roughriders 41-26. Sidney scored on plays of 68 and 69 yards and held off a late surge by the Riders.

The Minster Wildcats defeated Spencerville 18-0 led by the play of quarterback Brian Niemeyer.

The New Bremen Cardinals blanked the Ridgemont Golden Gophers 37-0.

Members of the Lake Improvement Association received an update on the Crappiethon set for Grand Lake St. Marys. Local sponsors ponied up $43,000 and national sponsors added $180,000 to the prize pool. The 60-day tournament attracted anglers from all over the region.

St. Marys Mayor Willliam Sell welcomed a delegation from Tachi-S Co., Ltd., of Japan, as part of a formal groundbreaking for a new plant in the city. The manufacturing center, located on McKinley Road, was a joint operation called Setex with Johnson Controlls Inc.