Whiskey moved, streets oiled and March snowstorm


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 1925, the Greenfield Republican reported that March started “true to form” and mixed in multiple types of weather. Saturday saw spring weather, Monday it rained and Tuesday it snowed.

April 1 was designated as the day that streets were planned to be oiled, with people told to get a petition signed and filed to notify city officials that they want their streets oiled.

The vocational ag department at McClain High School made “good headway” on the testing corn with the tests showing “an average of 90 percent of “good ears being secured.”

A collector with the Internal Revenue Service in the Cincinnati announced that the department was successful in moving 99,000 gallons of whiskey from the Fleischmann Distillery at Riverside to the Freiburg and Workum Distillery in Lynchburg.

In sports, the McClain Tigers lost to Portsmouth, 20-16, in Athens, the Tigers’ first loss of the season.The Purple and Gold “fought hard and valiantly,” with 14 of the team’s 16 points coming from one player.

The Lyric Theatre located in Greenfield advertised “Blood and Sand,” a Paramount Picture, directed by Fred Niblo, which starred Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, Rosa Rosanova and Nita Naldi.

Kroger, “Greenfield’s best food market,” advertised multiple products including “fine Norway” mackerel for 10 cents apiece, a pound of vanilla wafers for 22 cents and three tall cans of Country Club milk for 30 cents.

This week in 1950, The Greenfield Daily Times reported that Greenfield, Hillsboro, Bainbridge, Leesburg and Washington C.H. agreed to “mutually interchange firefighting apparatuses and qualified personnel during times of fire emergencies.

Greenfield Village Council authorized a $3,500 payment to the State Department of Highways for the village’s share of building the northern approach to the proposed Seventh Street overhead bridge “carrying Ohio 70 over the B&O Railroad right-of-way.”

Tickets for the Community Chorus concert for the Parent-Teacher Association held at the McClain Auditorium were 60 cents for adults and 30 cents for students, with sales reportedly “progressing well.”

A sideswipe incident on Jefferson Street in Greenfield saw a disabled vehicle leave the scene while the other car went home before the driver identified themself to police later, with police saying that the incident consisted of a car going east on the road being sideswiped by a car going west and not stopping.

James Irwin, the incumbent “leading” knight, was nominated to be exalted ruler of the Greenfield Elks lodge for the 1950-51 year, with other nominees being J. Carlton Sitterle and Robert Gray, among others.

The Rand Theatre, located in Greenfield, advertised multiple films including “Calamity Jane and Sam Bass,” starring Yvonne de Carlo and Howard Duff, and “My Friend Irma,” starring John Lund and Marie Wilson.

Eavey’s Super Markets advertised multiple products including a 10-pound bag of Jack Frost or Franklin cane sugar for 91 cents, a pound of wieners for 49 cents and two pounds of sauerkraut for 15 cents.

This week in 1975, The Press-Gazette reported that residents of Highland County were receiving their 1975 Easter Seals in the mail as well as a request to “give generously” to help aid handicapped people in the county.

The local chapter of the National Farmers Organization held a sale at the Highland County Fairgrounds, which was to make people aware of the “difference between the prices consumers pay for food and prices farmers receive for turning it out.”

Lewis Teeters, Highland County auditor, sent a reminder to people that personal property tax returns were required to be filed no later than April 30, with those owning investments on Jan. 1, 1975, liable for personal property taxes.

A Highland County snowstorm saw a “snow blanket” cover the county and close the Hillsboro, Greenfield, Fairfield, Lynchburg-Clay and Bright school districts, with the storm reportedly not causing any serious accidents.

In sports, the McClain Tigers defeated the Jackson Ironmen, 35-22, in the first round of district Class AA play, with the Tigers’ next matchup to be between the winner of Wheelersburg and Nelsonville.

Lowe’s Market advertised multiple products including 10 pounds of red potatoes for 59 cents, bulk-sliced smoked jowl bacon for 79 cents per pound and “100 percent pure extra-lean fresh” ground beef for 63 cents per pound, with a limit of 5 pounds per customer.

Chakere’s Colony Theatre in Hillsboro advertised “Snoopy, Come Home,” which was the introduction of Woodstock, starring Chad Webber and Robin Kohn, and “White Lightning,” starring Burt Reynolds.

This week in 2000, The Times-Gazette reported that over 250 people gathered at the First United Methodist Church in Hillsboro for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, with the year’s keynote speaker being Rob Portman, a Cincinnati area U.S. House of Representatives member.

A meeting of the Paint Township Trustees saw citizens of the area voice their concerns about fire and emergency medical services in Greenfield, also asking for a contract with Twin Township.

Hillsboro City Council accepted a bid from the Federal Signal Corporation for $27,934 for the purchase and installation of tornado warning sirens in Hillsboro.

Star Cinemas, located at 211 Harry Sauner Rd., advertised multiple films including “Snow Day,” starring Chevy Chase and Chris Elliott, and “Mission to Mars,” starring Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins and Don Cheadle.

In sports, multiple local athletes were named to District 14 Coach’s Association basketball team. In Division I and II, Bruce Miles of Hillsboro and Landry Roe of Greenfield were named to the first team, with Greenfield coach Rick Van Matre named as Division II Coach of the Year.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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