Swindles, brawls, booze and Greenfield news


Editor’s note — As The Times-Gazette celebrates its 200th anniversary, we’re 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 back in the day.

This week in 1881, the Highland Weekly News Greenfield correspondent, “Jep,” reported an “old, white-headed, well-to-do farmer” in the Good Hope area was swindled out of $750 in a round of gambling by “a couple of slick-fingered, 3-card monte men from Cincinnati.” The paper opined, “He returned home a sadder, and it is hoped to be a wiser, man!”

In other Greenfield news: “There was less drunkenness and fighting last week than any Fair week in our recollection. Only one or two arrests.”

In local briefs, the paper reported efforts were being made to connect Bainbridge and Sinking Springs – yes, Sinking Springs with an “s” – by telephone.

In other local briefs: “John Hire is of an unusually pleasant disposition as a rule, and one would think that since October 11, he would have been in one constant grin of good humor, yet what could account for his sudden seizure of the reins and an attempt to drive off without unhitching his horse the other day at Greenfield?”

Mosquitoes in the area were becoming “intolerable.”

Dr. Bull’s Cough Syrup was advertised as the cure for coughs, colds, hoarseness, croup, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, and “incipient consumption.” It was 25 cents per bottle.

This week in 1933, the Hillsboro News-Herald reported Lynchburg would soon have a distillery following the repeal of the 18th Amendment. According to the article, “the water supply on these grounds is said to be very fine for making whiskey.”

Meanwhile, a man known as “peanut” was fined $350, and, unable to pay, committed to the county jail for more than 200 days after he was found guilty of possession of intoxicating liquor. The charge came from a “drunken brawl” in Smoky Row.

Bell’s Theatre advertised showings of “I’m No Angel” starring Carey Grant and Kent Taylor.

Women’s galoshes were $1.10 at Caldwells, men’s high top shoes were $3.79, children’s school shoes were $1.29 and rubber boots were $1.98.

Sauerkraut was 23 cents for two cans at Lisciandro Bros. on North High Street, navy beans were 19 cents for five pounds and pumpkin was 21 cents per can.

This week in 1950, the Greenfield Daily Times reported the village council voted unanimously to re-route U.S. Route 41 to either First Street to Jefferson Street or Second Street to South Street, then to Washington Street, with the possibility of a traffic light being placed at the intersection of South and Washington. The goal of the change was to eliminate sharp upward curves.

The Highland Beagle Club’s annual fall field trials opened at the club’s Fruitdale grounds.

The Greenfield Bowling Alleys sold to Andrew and Carrie Boughner of Mariemont.

A 7-year-old Hillsboro child fractured his right leg jumping from a box across a paling fence at his home. A South Salem man fractured his forearm in a fall from his truck and a 6-year-old child fractured his collarbone in a fall from a tree in Greenfield.

Stewart’s Pharmacy in Greenfield advertised Pepto-Bismol for 57 cents, cough syrup for 49 cents, mouthwash for 69 cents and vitamin B complex for $1.96.

This week in 1984, The Hillsboro Press-Gazette reported local authorities and a private investigation firm were on the hunt for a missing man. The man’s family suspected foul play.

The Highland County Board of Elections said voter turnout predictions were that 14,500 Highland County voters would take to the polls for the General Election.

Nikki’s Restaurant in Buford advertised organ music Saturdays and Sundays.

A new police chief in Greenfield was challenged to “restore respect and credibility to the Greenfield Police Department.”

A New York man charged with breaking and entering at the Hillcrest Pharamcy on South High Street was set for trial in coming days.

The Hills and Dales PTO began its annual Christmas cookie sale. Cookies were $6 per tin.

Convenient Food Mart advertised white bread for 89 cents, orange juice for $1.59, milk for $1.69 and Pepsi for $1.89.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570.

A look back at news items over the years

By David Wright

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