Thompson queen; Rocky Fork funds; 1st lost, last game


Editor’s note — We’re continuing our tradition of taking a look back each Saturday at some of the important, interesting or even odd events as they were reported during the same week throughout the years, along with interesting advertising features from years gone by.

This week in 1940, The Greenfield Daily Times reported that tickets were on sale or 25 cents for the newest music festival presented by the McClain High School and Junior High music departments, with the theme being “Make McClain More Musical.”

A charter was granted in Columbus to Dr. L.E. Wilkin, Lowell Wilkin and Leland Stanford of Hillsboro for the Lowell Textile Company in Greenfield, where the corporation planned to issue 250 shares of no-par stock.

Garwin Conover, a WLW artist, was scheduled to take part in the Sacred Song Festival held at Central Church of Christ on South and Washington streets, which was sponsored by the “You and I” class.

Wray Bevens, a district supervisor for the 1940 census, announced that the population and agricultural census for the Sixth District was scheduled to begin on April 1.

In sports, the McClain Tigers were scheduled to play their last home game of the season against Circleville where they were looking to record their 14th straight win and achieve a perfect record in South Central Ohio League play.

The Lyric Theatre, located in Greenfield, advertised multiple films including “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara, and “Balalaika,” starring Nelson Eddy and Ilona Massey.

The Famous Store advertised multiple products, including 18-inch by 36-inch floor mats for 10 cents, a 1.5-quart aluminum sauce pan for 10 cents and a pound of orange slice for 8 cents.

This week in 1965, The Press-Gazette reported that Jim McLaughlin of Hillsboro and Becky Beltz of Mowrystown were scheduled to go on a singing tour of 10 European countries alongside almost 130 other young people across public and private high schools in Ohio.

The announcement of the Ohio budget revealed multiple capital improvement allocations, with some of that money — $1,132,500 — going to the acquisition of 400 acres of land in the Rocky Fork area during the 1967-69 period and development over the six-year budget period.

The Hillsboro Chapter of the Future Farmers of America held elections for the 1965-66 chapter queen with Vicki Thompson, a junior at Hillsboro High School, elected as the new queen.

A soybean production clinic was planned at the Blue Grass Restaurant near Wilmington, where “practices that will increase the efficiency of soybean production in Highland County” was the scheduled discussion.

In sports, the Whiteoak High School reserve basketball team won the reserve basketball tournament held at the Buford gym thanks to its victories over Buford in the championship matchup by a score of 67-42.

Fairley Hardware Stores, located in Hillsboro, advertised multiple products including an all-metal adjustable ironing table for $7.99, a 31-gallon Pioneer zinc-coated garbage can for $4.99 and a round tub for $2.44.

Chakere’s Colony Theatre, located in Hillsboro, advertised “Father Goose,” directed by Ralph Nelson, and starring Trevor Howard, Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.

This week in 1990, The Press-Gazette reported that the Hillsboro City School District’s administrative personnel was “likely” to have its future residence at the Scott House following a meeting of the school board.

Bob Gedert, recycling center director, told the Highland County Board of Commissioners that the center was “stuck” with around 40 tons of newspaper that couldn’t be disposed of until July because the buyer of the newspaper refused “to pick up the existing trailer load” until then.

The Highland County Community Action Organization, Inc. Literacy Program was advertised as being available, with the program designed for adult learners not ready for GED or Adult Basic Education classes.

A Highland County man was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, stolen property and assault following a complaint about a disturbance from Bonded Oil on West Main Street.

In sports, the Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball team lost its final game of the season to the Washington Blue Lions by a score of 56-52, giving Hillsboro their first loss of the whole season in their last game of the regular season.

The Colony Theatre, located in Hillsboro, advertised “Driving Miss Daisy,” directed by Bruce Beresford, and starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.

Bob and Carl’s Finer Foods, located at Southridge Center, Rombach Center and Hillsboro Center, advertised multiple products, including a two-liter bottle of Pepsi for 89 cents and a one-pound package of Hillshire Farms smoked sausage for $1.99.

This week in 2005, The Times-Gazette reported that McClain High School’s musical presentation, “Opening Night,” was scheduled to be held on March 4, with the performance to have 29 acts and be around two-and-a-half hours long.

Representatives of Highland County Trails Inc. that brought forward a recreational trail linking Greenfield, Hillsboro, Paint Creek State Park and Rocky Fork State Park believed the trail could come into place within five years.

Forty area Boy Scouts earned their aviation merit badges following the Aviation Unit of the Highland County Sheriff’s Office conducting special training with them over a weekend.

Chuck Snyder, NCB president, said the bank planned to establish a World War II memorial in Hillsboro at a VFW lodge lunch with seven veterans that made a trip to Washington, D.C. to see a new World War II memorial there.

In sports, the McClain Tigers defeated the Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball team by a score of 54-40, giving the Tigers the Division II sectional title, which meant they would move on to face Gallia Academy at Ohio University’s Convocation Center.

Star Cinemas, located at 211 Harry Sauner Rd. in Hillsboro, advertised multiple films, including “Hitch,” starring Will Smith, Kevin James and Eva Mendes, and “Because of Winn-Dixie,” starring AnnaSophia Robb and Jeff Daniels.

LocalNet advertised its Internet access service, which included five email addresses, instant messaging (AIM, MSN and Yahoo) and free live technical support for $9.95 per month with no credit card required.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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