A 50-gallon still, electrical storms, resisting arrest


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 1939, The News-Herald reported that Hudson Stapleton was arrested by state liquor enforcement officers on the charge of manufacturing “intoxicating” liquor following officers finding a 50-gallon still and four barrels of mash in a thicket near his house.

The highest reported yield for wheat was 40 bushels per acre on the Irwin Roush farm in Union Township following a “considerable” loss in the grain sale “due to the presence of too much moisture.”

Two separate tonsil clinics sponsored by the Public Health League were held at the Hillsboro Hospital where seven children “from this vicinity” had their tonsils removed by Dr. Roads and Dr. Hoyt.

A heat wave caused multiple electrical storms in Highland County, bringing lightning and “considerable damage” to the county, including a destroyed roof, chimney and a dead dog at a residence near Harwood.

Roy Roush, Jr., son of Roy Roush, Sr., the latter of which was a resident of Hillsboro, saw his model airplane make a “perfect flight” and was given two Gar Wood trophies at the national model airplane meet.

Chakere’s Colony Theatre, located in Hillsboro, advertised multiple films including “Code of the Secret Service,” starring Ronald Reagan and Rosella Towne, and “The Kid from Kokomo,” starring Pat O’Brien and Wayne Morris.

Schaefer’s Super Market, located at the Elks Building across from the post office, advertised multiple products, including four bars of sweetheart soap for 18 cents and a one-pound bag of marshmallows for 12 cents.

This week in 1964, The Greenfield Daily Times reported that Homer Cogan, formerly of Greenfield and now living in Springfield, paid a $250 fine for resisting arrest and five separate traffic violations.

The Hillsboro Board of Education approved the General Fund budget for calendar year 1965, listing expenditures totaling $772,091.72, which was about $61,141 more than the anticipated budget for calendar year 1964.

Mrs. Roger Donohoe, president of the Greenfield Garden Club, was re-elected at a meeting of the club by Mrs. Ralph White, the director of Region 16, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.

The 1964 McClain Tiger “gridders” were told they were required to get their physical examinations and dental checks finished, as only a month was left before they planned to report to preschool drills.

In sports, U.S. Shoe defeated Greenfield Products, 7-4, thanks to 11 hits over the Products’ nine and a superior pitching performance by Willett, with U.S. Shoe getting two runs apiece in the second and third innings.

The Family Ranch Theatre advertised multiple films including “Rhino!” starring Harry Guardino and Shirley Eaton, “Gold for the Caesars,” starring Jeffrey Hunter and Mylène Demongeot and “Young and Willing,” starring Virginia Maskell and Paul Rogers.

The Famous Store, located at 328 Jefferson St. in Greenfield, advertised multiple products, including a plastic shower cap for 27 cents, a 12-quart plastic all-purpose basin for 54 cents and pillowcases for 47 cents apiece.

This week in 1989, The Greenfield Daily Times reported that the Greenfield Exempted Village Board of Education announced a revision to the district’s transportation policy that now allowed for children living less than a mile away from the school to ride the bus on an available seat basis.

A fire in the second floor of the “old” Leesburg Citizen building in Leesburg saw “extensive fire and smoke damage” following a blaze of unknown origin that also gave a Fairfield Township firefighter minor injuries.

Terry Almond, coordinator of counseling and student development at Southern State Community College, was named as the chief examiner for the General Education Development (GED) test.

The Greenfield Lions Club announced the approval of two donations from two McClain High School graduates currently traveling abroad, as Mike Lytle and T.D. Pollard each sent $150 apiece.

In sports, Edgewood Manor of Greenfield demolished the Washington Court House Astros by a score of 23-6, as a first-inning Astro lead was quickly eroded thanks to a flurry of offense from Greenfield in the remaining innings.

The Rand Cinema, located at 122 N. Washington St. in Greenfield, advertised “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford, Denholm Elliott and Sean Connery.

Hamilton Electric Company, located at 340 Jefferson St. in Greenfield, advertised multiple Whirlpool refrigerators, including the Model ET18AKXS for $745 and the Model EB19MKXSN for $1,050.

This week in 2014, The Times-Gazette reported that the Highland County Board of Commissioners approved the pursual of a $949,000 upgrade at the Rocky Fork Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Terry Roush, retired Lynchburg-Clay High School teacher, announced that he planned to share his Civil War collection with the Highland County Historical Society in an event that was free for all to attend.

Hillsboro asked local business, academia, non-profits and other area leaders for participation in a study of the city’s strengths and weaknesses in order to complete a community planning initiative.

Multiple new attractions were planned for the year’s version of the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, as Euro Bungee and Water Ball planned to replace Tilt-A-Whirl, the Ferris Wheel and other various kiddie rides.

In sports, Wesley Sears, Hillsboro High School basketball “standout,” signed a letter of intent to play for Southern State Community College.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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