Woolen Mill Dismantled

“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 Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, 1937, 1962 and 1987.


75 years ago: East Bank Road was closed to traffic because spray blowing in from Lake St. Marys froze and formed a coating across the roadway. Already 20 inches above normal highs, it rose approximately two feet in the last day.

St. Marys City Councilors held a discussion on proposed plans to improve the city light plant. Raphael Axe appealed to councilors to fix sidewalks along East Columbia Street, which had been worn out for 10 years. Councilors also discussed several WPA projects in the area, including the building of sidewalks and the resurfacing of High Street.

Charles Hiett, of Marketsville, Ind., was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Uniopolis resident Ben Morris. Hiett’s truck collided with Morris’ tractor.

The St. Marys Board of Education received assurances there would be enough funds to cover the costs associated with the construction of a football stadium.

Approximately $40 in damage was done to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nelson, located at Oliver and Main streets, as the result of a chimney fire.

The Minster Woolen Mill was dismantled, the machinery having been junked or sold to other mills. Minster State Bank purchased the property.

Minster High School defeated Cridersville 29 to 20 in boys basketball.

New Bremen High School won the County Class B basketball tournament by defeating Buckland 22 to 21. Buckland led 12 to 9 at half time.

Members of the New Knoxville Board of Education started to campaign for the passage of a bond issue that would lead to the construction of a new school.


50 years ago: Law enforcement officials from Auglaize and Shelby counties continued to search for the “Bandaged Bandit,” who abducted a Minster car salesman and failed at an attempt to rob a Fort Loramie bank. Troopers found the getaway car and $10.70 at the scene. The hostage, John Westerheide, was unharmed. Westerheide told law enforcement officials the would-be robber’s face was covered with bandages to conceal his identity.

Buckland Mutual Telephone Company filed a request for a rate increase with PUCO. The company asked permission to increase rates for business services from $5 to $6, one-party services from $4.25 to $5, two-party from $4 to $4.75 and multi-party from $4 to $4.75.

Members of the Celina Board of Education agreed to a salary increase for teachers ranging from $100 to $175 per year.

An Auglaize County shelter survey was set to begin. Officials were scheduled to tour all major buildings in Auglaize County to determine which could be used as fallout shelters.

Highway and street department employees removed tons of snow as the result of a severe winter storm that dumped 4 to 8 inches on the region. Some snow drifts reached 4 feet.

The St. Marys River reached its crest and was 16 feet above normal levels. Ohio 66 north of the city was closed as flood waters spilled across the road.


25 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors approved the 1987 street program, which included the continuation of the South Street project.

Kim Dilsaver, Chrissy Ott, Lori Nedderman, Carol Waesch and Missi Siemer competed for the Future Farmers of America queen crown. The contest featured tossing straw bales, sawing boards and performing animal calls.

The Hair Place, 221 E. Spring St., opened its doors for business.

Work began on a vocational building that would house Tri Star students. General contractor H.A. Dorsten of Minster started site preparation for the facility on McKinley Road.