Program to feature historic crime spree


ST. MARYS – The Auglaize County Historical Society will present “A Cold Case of Yeggs” with John Carnes of the Allen County Museum on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the St. Marys Community Public Library, Chestnut Street. The event is free and open to the public.

During the first decade of the 20th century a group of organized criminals known as yeggs made Lima their home. These men were suspected of safe blowing in Wilmington, Ohio, an attempted bank robbery in Minster, a home invasion/robbery near Cridersville, and the murder of a Kossuth saloonist named John F. Shively.

Shively was the great-grandfather of Allen County Museum Curator, John Carnes. Through newspaper accounts, photographs, and family history Carnes will weave together these cold cases from the surprisingly lawless decade of 1900 to 1910.

As Curator of Collections, Carnes has more than 20 years of experience in researching, cataloging, and preserving area history. He has gained considerable expertise in military history, was a Civil War and Spanish American War re-enactor, and has appeared in documentaries and films. He is a graduate of Elida High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University.

The Auglaize County Historical Society was founded in 1963. The Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County and its people through exhibits, programs, and publications.

For more information about this or other Auglaize County Historical Society programming, please email auglaizecountyhistory@bright.net or call 419/738-9328. The Auglaize County Historical Society is also on Facebook.