Diamond was never intended to be the center of town

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond. Noted for drawing the ire of out of town drivers as well as for being a gathering spot for celebrations throughout St. Marys' history, the Diamond has become a well known landmark to community members. 
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center, local historian Ray Beimel remarked that he is often asked how the Diamond came about. 
"It wasn't anybody's idea. It just happened," he said.