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"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 20 to March 26, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: Auglaize County Engineer Vennard Killian was instructed by commissioners to draw a design for the High Street bridge in St. Marys. The design would then be submitted to the proper WPA officials to obtain an estimate. City officials sought a new bridge because the current structure was condemned from large traffic. The bridge was sought as a companion to the city's street resurfacing program.

St. Marys Mayor Albert Koch urged councilors to reduce light rates for residents to make good on a promise made when the two-meter system was abolished.

Lanford "Spuds" Brentlinger, of Wapakoneta, and Rolland Gallimore, of St. Marys, caught 28 marble cat and channel catfish near the north shore of the lake.

The Miami and Erie Canal, between Spencerville and Delphos, was cleaned and widened as part of a $49,590 WPA project.

Koch issued a proclamation requesting businesses in the city to suspend operations for three hours on Good Friday.

Members of the St. Marys Board of Education pledged their support for any movement the federal recreation board would promote in St. Marys.

50 years ago: The St. Marys Township Zoning Commission voted to refuse a request by Louis Comus to set up a trampoline center on his lots in Villa Nova. The vote followed objections voiced by property owners in the area.

Three St. Marys merchants teamed up to purchase the Glass Block building with plans to remodel the structure and convert it into three stores — St. Marys Decorating, Slonkosky Studio of Photography and Johns Furniture.

Eight people were badly injured in a collision at Ohio 274 and Ohio 29, south of New Knoxville. Four ambulances converged on the scene to transport the victims to area hospitals.

Auglaize County Auditor Vern Doenges announced the county's delinquent tax total reached $66,270.88 as of the 1960 tax year. The statewide delinquent tax rate reached a total of $30.5 million, the highest level since 1949.

Nancy Moots, an eighth-grade student in New Bremen, won the junior high spelling bee. She represented the school at a contest held in Dayton.

An Illinois motorist suffered serious injuries when his vehicle crashed into a bridge abutment on U.S. 33, three miles west of St. Marys. A crash report indicated the driver fell sleep, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the abutment.

25 years ago: Kenneth Chivington, of St. Marys, received the "Worker of the Year" award from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Students from Holy Rosary visited Columbus to try to get lawmakers to deem the smallmouth bass the state's official fish.

Maria Bensman was crowned the 1987 Dairy Princess during an annual banquet. Bensman is the daughter of David and Margie Bensman of Minster.

Officials held a groundbreaking for Otterbein Homes on the westernmost peninsula of the property. The project included 30 mutliplex apartments.

Deep Cut rest area almost fell victim to budget constraints. However, 29 people attended a St. Marys City Council meeting to express their desire to keep the rest area open. An ODOT official noted it would cost $140,000 to $160,000 in order to bring the rest area up to standards.

The St. Marys Roughrider baseball team opened its 1987 season with a 4-3 win over the Parkway Panthers. Mike Suchland launched a home run to pace the Roughriders at K.C. Geiger Park.

Lois Beauty Shop celebrated its 50th anniversary.