“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 5 to March 11, 1938, 1963 and 1988.
75 years ago: A farmer near Buckland reported the theft of a watch, an electric razor, two boxes of shotgun shells and a rifle from his home. The house had been left unlocked.
A St. Marys man was arrested for netting fish in the Miami and Erie Canal feeder. He was fined $200 for the infraction.
Citing clerical work, the St. Marys Public Library announced plans to charge 1 cent to make book reservations.
Auglaize County Fair organizers announced there would be goat races at the fair, which marked its 75th year. Each race consisted of 15 goats. In addition, organizers made plans for a parade.
City officials announced plans for a new traffic light to be installed at High and Wayne streets to protect school children and those attending church. Other lights installed for pedestrian safety included those at Spring and Pine streets, Front and High streets and Spruce and High streets.
The village of Minster received a 10.9 percent reduction in its electric rate offered to it by Ohio Electric Power Company.
50 years ago: Flood waters threatened buildings throughout downtown St. Marys. The St. Marys River spilled over its banks, which left debris and muck everywhere. Water entered Memorial High School and flowed under the room in the furnace room. The St. Marys Community Public Library had 8 inches of water spill into its building. South Wayne Street, near Goodyear, flooded and barricades were put up to keep residents out of the area. Greenville Road and South Beech Street were closed because of flooding.
State officials told members of the Lake Improvement Association that a state bond issue on the November ballot could net funding for improvements to Lake St. Marys.
The St. Marys Roughriders’ season ended at the hands of Lima Senior. The Spartans defeated the Riders 64-57 in boys basketball action.
Fish Management Supervisor Darrell Allison said phyto-plankton growing under the ice of Lake St. Marys was likely the culprit for foul-smelling fish and water. Allison said the phyto-plankton posed no health risks to humans.
The Waynesfield Tigers lost their first game of the year to the Marion Local Flyers 65-60 in overtime in boys basketball action. Waynesfield ended the season at 22-1.
25 years ago: The New Bremen Cardinals boys basketball team earned a sectional title with a 60-56 win over Spencerville.
Despite the delay of a six-county trip to Japan, a delegation from the city of St. Marys pushed ahead as scheduled for the trip, which took place at the end of March through the beginning of April.
New Knoxville Village Councilors discussed proposals for a $216,000 street program. The program included upgrades of five village blocks, including German, Mill and East streets.
Members of the St. Marys Board of Education approved a motion to require criminal background checks for all prospective employees.