Highway to Bisect Region

“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 May 15 to 21, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: A proposed U.S. highway would enter the city of St. Marys on 54 West and continue through to Wapakoneta, Bellefontaine, Marysville, Columbus, Lancaster, Athens and Pomeroy.

Carl Lambert recommended to St. Marys City Councilors a new boiler be purchased for the power plant so that pressure may be increased to obtain greater efficiency from the generators at the plant.

William Meinderding, 22, of St. Rose, was sent to Lima State Hospital for the Criminal Insane after being accused of assault with intent to kill. He hit Ed Harting, constable at St. Rose, over the head with a piece of concrete and then set fire to his car.

Seventy-five shares of stock in Star Beverage Company, appraised at $975 a share, were offered for sale by Sheriff William Nieter. Stock in the company, which manufacturers Wooden Shoe Beer, jumped since the repeal of prohibition.

Efforts continued to recover the body of Norman Parker, 19, of Norwood, who drowned in Lake St. Marys about a mile and three-quarters north of Windy Point. Parker was part of a party of three who set out on the lake only to have their boat sink.

The search for the body of Norman Parker was suspended because crews were unable to successfully set up a rig to drag the bottom of the lake.

50 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase of a grader not to exceed $4,000. Councilors also amended to an ordinance to set up an allocation for radio payments and maintenance.

One thousand people turned out in Wapakoneta  to honor Neil A. Armstrong, an X-15 pilot. Mayor Milton Wehner presented Armstrong with a key to the city.

Record temperatures baked the region as the thermometer reached 90 degrees. The highs matched those that dated back to 1900.

There were 31 deaths and 27 births in Auglaize County in April.

A fire destroyed 200 tons of raw stock at Weston Paper Manufacturing Company with losses put at $8,000.

Ella E. Waterman, 80, of New Bremen was the first traffic fatality in Auglaize County of the year. Waterman died in a crash on Ohio 274, just east of New Bremen.

25 years ago: Stan Davis was named interim safety-service director of the city of St. Marys while Doug Brookhart was out with an illness.

St. Marys Superintendent Richard Burke  was named the top administrator at Huber Heights City Schools. Burke’s successor was Paul Blaine.

Minster’s track teams swept the MAC league meet in Coldwater. The boys finished with 130 points and the girls amassed 143.

According to figures released by St. Marys Adult Basic Education, one out of three county residents do not have a high school diploma.

A tornado touched down in Waynesfield however, damage was contained to just two barns.

Eric Sams of St. Marys was the only Roughrider named to the All-WBL baseball first team.