“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 Jan. 15 to Jan. 21, 1938, 1963 and 1988.
75 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors discovered a previously approved pay raise could not pertain to them because under Ohio law, pay increases for council would go into effect for the next group of city councilors after an election.
Ralph Siferd, of Wapakoneta, announced his candidacy as a county representative.
More than 200 rabbits were released throughout the county under the watch of Auglaize County Game Protector Ferd Bailey.
More than 300 people attended the Western Ohio Fish and Game meeting to voice their objections regarding a spring fishing ban on Lake St. Marys. The public forum served as a way for state officials to gain input regarding the practice of closing inland lakes from April 1 to July 1. Among the reasons against the measure were lost income from bait shops and restaurants as well as the fact many fishermen believed the crappie in Lake St. Marys lost a bit of their taste after June 15. Lake Superintendent John Sunderland said approximately $11,000 is derived from boat licenses and leases from Lake St. Marys and approximately $970 is collected from Lake Loramie.
50 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors approved legislation to join a state project regarding improvements to Spruce Street.
The estimated cost of the city’s portion was $10,000. Councilors also approved the 1963 budget.
Employees at the St. Marys Cotton Mill voted to authorize a strike. The mill employed 150 people and payroll was $1 million during the last two years.
The Auglaize County Farm Bureau Membership Committee set a goal of 1,010 members for 1963.
Bellefontaine defeated the Roughriders 59-48 in WBL boys basketball action. Scoot Hollman paced the Riders with 16 points in the loss.
A coin box that contained $87.50 was stolen from the beer cooler at the Calico Inn on East Spring Street.
An electric line to the beer cooler was cut and cash in the register was not taken.
25 years ago: The Wapakoneta Redskins walked away with a 42-17 wrestling win over the St. Marys Roughriders in WBL action.
Wapakoneta defeated St. Marys 57-54 in girls basketball action. Kerri Goodwin and Stephanie Gudorf paced the Riders with 14 points each in the loss.
The New Bremen Cardinals downed the New Knoxville Rangers 47-46 in overtime in boys basketball action.
The Minster Wildcats used a strong second-half to defeated Parkway 69-65 in boys basketball action.
Auglaize County Commissioner Norville Freymuth announced his intentions to seek a second term in office.
A proposed Wapakoneta postal facility fell victim to cost-cutting measures in Congress.
S-W Motel, 1321 Celina Road, sustained severe damage from a fire.