Did you know the Game of Cootie was invented in Robbinsdale? In the early 1940’s, W.H. “Herb” Schaper, a postal worker and avid fisherman whittled a bug-like fishing lure that he thought might make a fun toy. The idea led him to invention the Cootie game. First introduced in 1949, Schaper made the earliest editions on his mother’s porch in Robbinsdale. In 1950 Schaper offered Dayton’s department tore, several Cootie sets on consignment. The game sold over 5,592 by the end of the year. In 1952 Schaper’s company sold 1.2 million Cootie games and thereafter, a million games a year. By the mid-1960s, Schaper’s company was selling more than twenty-five different games.