‘Mighty hunters,’ dog thieves and bad harvest


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 1947, the Hillsboro News-Herald reported six members of the Democratic Central Committee in Greenfield petitioned the Highland County Board of Elections for a recount of ballots in the central precinct covering the slates of several municipal officers, including council members, the mayor, the treasurer and the clerk.

A brief under the headline, “Mighty hunters” said Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge George McDowell and a group of friends were reportedly in the big bay area of Northern Michigan hunting for deer. They planned to return home in time for Thanksgiving.

The Clinton County coroner reported that two men who died in previous days had been involved in a murder-suicide. One was a Highland County native.

Roast beef rib was 49 cents per pound at Schaefer’s Supermarkets, pork and beans were 12 cents per can, ravioli with sauce was 19 cents per can and asparagus tips were 30 cents per can.

The state released $372,698 for a dam and spillway project at the Cowans Creek lake project in Clinton County.

This week in 1957, the News-Herald reported a former local pastor was instrumental in building an orphanage in Korea, according to a letter from a pastor in Seoul.

A car rolled away from its owner and struck the Banyas Buick Company building near Schaefer’s Supermarket. The rear of the car was damaged.

Elberfields advertised printed table cloths for $1.49, flannel shirts for $1.39 and part-wool double blankets for $3.39 per pair.

In local briefs, a Sinking Spring woman was admitted to the Highlands Community Hospital to undergo an appendectomy.

“At this time she is slowly recovering,” the correspondent said.

This week in 1972, the News-Herald reported record rainfall was causing “the worst harvest in five years — and still the rains persist.”

Highland County farmers predicted a shortage of hay due to the unusually wet Autumn.

A Kaufman’s advertisement showed a pair of Converse canvas shoes, saying, “Wear shoes like the stars. Wear Converse.”

The lunch menu at the Webster school for Monday was a hamburger, potato sticks, creamed peas and carrots, applesauce and milk.

The Highland County Humane Society warned area residents that there were suspected dog thieves roaming the county. Several purebred dogs had disappeared.

Chakeres Colony Theatre advertised showings of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

This week in 1999, The Times-Gazette reported a local doctor was under investigation for a “wide range of illegal activity,” though details were scarce.

The fate of McClain High School’s wrestling program was discussed at a Greenfield Exempted Village Board of Education meeting.

Greenfield was “ready for Claus and company,” according to one article which detailed decorations around the village.

David’s Fine Jewelry on West Main Street in Hillsboro advertised jewelry repair and appraisal.

A 1999 Chevy Metro was on sale for $8,599 at Jerry Haag Motors.

In sports, Ohio State University suffered a 46-20 loss to Illinois.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570.

A look back at news items through the years

By David Wright

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