Bullheads Biting Well

“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 March 27 to April 2, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: The state of Ohio placed a $10 per head bounty on the scalps of wolves. The measure was put in place to protect livestock herds.

Two properties along West South Street, owned by the Community Welfare Association, were razed as the parcels were deemed eyesores and in disrepair.

Bullheads were biting well at Lake St. Marys. The fish were being caught in the mouths of channels emptying into the lake.

Forty-eight pheasants were released by the Western Ohio Fish and Game Association. The birds were placed in locations deemed favorable for propagation.

The AJ Pence home, north of St. Marys, burned to the ground.

The Ohio Department of Health approved the drinking water at Villa Nova, Gordon State Park, the state park office, Sandy Beach, Newmeier’s Landing and the artesian well on the east bank of Lake St. Marys.

Water from the wells was collected and tested by the state health department.

Lois Miller, of Spencerville, opened a beauty parlor next to St. Marys Sweets.

Birth Hill, director of inland lakes in Ohio, said work on Lake St. Marys will begin once legislators determine how much funding to give his department. The channels along the lake will be the first thing on his list. A new suction dredge will aid in the task. Hill also said he didn’t expect to build any new islands this year.

Fred Helm landed 15 channel catfish for the third consecutive day at Lake St. Marys. Geary Truxall caught 17 bullheads at Sandy Beach.

50 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors asked members of the St. Marys Board of Education to consider the option of locating the town clock on the proposed link between Memorial High School and McBroom. The clock has been in storage since the demolition of the old West School. Councilors also discussed adding more boulevard lights to the approach of Memorial Hospital.

Otto John Wenning, 32, of St. Henry, died in a collision on Ohio 127. Wenning was driving a 1950 Chevy north on Ohio 127 when it was struck in the rear by a semi. The truck went through the vehicle andwas  sent  into a ditch.

Baker Auto Electric submitted a bid of $1,990.36 to provide the city of St. Marys with a Plymouth police cruiser. For several years, the city rented cruisers. However, officials decided to go back to purchasing the vehicles because of a lack of competitive bids.

Approximately 150 acres of grass burned north of St. Marys, threatening to extend to buildings, including the Western Ohio Fish and Game Association’s clubhouse. The fire started on fields of the Erdman Mueller and Ruth Arnold Steva farms. Fire officials warned residents to be careful when burning rubbish outdoors because the grass is “extremely dry and will ignite readily from sparks.”

Virgil P. Winglewich, of Germantown, was named varsity football coach at Minster. He replaced Paul Maltinsky.

The home of Clarence Schockman, west of St. Marys on U.S. 33, was damaged by smoke, fire and water after a blaze started in the TV room. The damage was estimated at $5,000.

25 years ago: St. Marys resident Dan Hegemier led the Fort Loramie Redskins to the Class A state championship in boys basketball by defeating Bucyrus Wynford 68-50. Tom Bradewie netted 20 points and 15 rebounds and was named tournament MVP.

Emil L. Limbacher, a well-known community leader and entertainer, died at age 84. Limbacher was the owner and operator of Limbacher Insurance Agency in St. Marys until his retirement in 1985. He also served as master of ceremonies during numerous parades and festivals and was grand marshal of the 1986 SummerFest parade.

Auglaize County escaped a major snowstorm that blanketed the entire state. Some parts of the state received up to 18 inches of snow as a cold front dropped temperatures from the 70s in to the 30s with heavy rain and heavy snow. Auglaize County received approximately 2 inches of snow.

The unemployment rate in Auglaize County for February was 8.8 percent, compared to 8.3 percent in January. In February 1986, the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent. The statewide unemployment rate was 9.1 percent and nationally it was 7.2 percent.

In 2012, the February unemployment rate in Auglaize County was 7 percent. The statewide rate was 7.6 percent and nationally it was 8.3 percent in February 2012.

For the second straight year, two members of the St. Marys Junior Rifle Club received invitations to compete in the National Junior Olympic Rifle Championships. Travis Kuenning, 17, and Molli Grunden, 15, received the honors.