Memorial Stadium Sees First Game

“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. 18-24, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: The St. Marys Roughriders defeated Liberty 6-0 in the first game at Memorial Stadium. The stadium opened with 1,200 seats.

Auglaize County Sheriff William Nieter threatened to arrest truck drivers for failing to follow specific routes. He said too many trucks were failing to follow the Ohio 32 detour.

The cost of operating Auglaize County schools was $373,810 during the last fiscal year.

A sign hung up by Auglaize County commissioners warned the public that the High Street bridge was condemned. The sign warned residents if they crossed the bridge, they did so at their own risk.

Auglaize County Health Commissioner Roy C. Hunter declared the county, except for St. Marys and Wapakoneta, contagion free.

In honor of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Althausen, their four daughters built a fountain in Memorial Park.

Five one-room school houses in Noble Township were sold at auction.

50 years ago: Wilbur Kuckerman, of Rockledge, Fla., shot himself in the foot while squirrel hunting in the area.

Auglaize County residents were invited  to receive Type I, Sabin oral polio vaccines at eight clinics around the county.

Of the 1,897 chest X-rays taken at the Auglaize County Fair, 52 turned up as possible cases of tuberculosis.

Greg Wilson received the American National Red Cross Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action in Life Saving.

Wilson received the honor for providing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a swimmer at Villa Nova Beach earlier in the year.

Piqua, behind a potent passing attack, defeated the St. Marys Roughriders 42-20.

25 years ago: A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Heritage Manor Nursing home in Minster.

The St. Marys Roughriders, behind more than 300 yards rushing, ended a three-game losing streak to Defiance by beating the Bulldogs 46-6 at Memorial Stadium. The win kept the Riders tied with Wapakoneta and Bath for first place in the WBL.

The New Bremen Cardinals defeated Riverside 21-16 to remain undefeated on the season.

The Minster Wildcats rolled past Ansonia 49-13.

A decision on whether a St. Marys teen will stand trial as an adult in the murder of Betty Marie Head, 11, of St. Marys, was expected to be made within two weeks. The week before, Juvenile Court Judge H. Michael Moser held a two-day hearing on the matter.