“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. 22 to Jan. 28, 1938, 1963 and 1988.
75 years ago: Efforts to establish a Kiwanis Club in St. Marys were launched by members of surrounding clubs because the city was the only one of its size in the state without a Kiwanis Club.
The Minster Eagles approved a $4,000 project to build an addition to the dance pavilion at Eagles Park.
The New Knoxville Rangers earned their second league win of the year by defeating New Hampshire 39-38.
The St. Marys Fish Hatchery produced nearly 10 tons of fish in 1937. The facility placed 237,905 pounds of bluegills, 80,314 pounds of brown bullheads and 56,767 pounds of large mouth bass in Lake St. Marys that year. The hatchery also raised 14,000 pounds of jumbo frogs for the lake.
Auglaize County received word it was awarded $100,316 in WPA funds for county road work.
50 years ago: St. Marys police officers took two suspects into custody as a result of a break-in at the Calico Inn.
Vernon C. Willoughby filed papers to seek re-election as the 4th Ward City Councilor in St. Marys.
John Kuffner was elected president of the United Fund.
The “worst cold wave in a century” brought sub-zero temperatures to the region.
A temperature of 22-below-zero was recorded in St. Marys. The frigid temperatures closed area schools.
The St. Marys Roughriders defeated the Van Wert Cougars 62-50 in WBL boys basketball action.
The Minster Wildcats won their seventh straight game as they defeated Cridersville 67-58.
St. Marys Safety-Service Director Cecil Mengerink announced utility customers started to receive a combined utility bill for “convenience, simplicity and efficiency.”
25 years ago: Setex announced plans to begin hiring workers for its new production facility in St. Marys.
Dow Wagner announced plans to seek re-election as an Auglaize County commissioner.
The St. Marys Roughriders earned an easy win over the Ottawa Glandorf Titans in wrestling action.
Troy Crouch led the Leaderland scoring list with an 18.4 points per game average — a slim lead over Dave Fisher’s 18.2 points per game average.
Wapakoneta’s Deb Miller led the girls with a 16.5 points per game average.
Local post offices continued to operate while awaiting word from the federal government on possible closures related to budget issues in Washington.
A Dayton man entered plea negotiations in a case that involved the boating deaths of two Celina men.