Morphine, polio, tuberculosis and speeders


A look back at news items through the years

By David Wright - dwright@timesgazette.com



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 1937, The Hillsboro Press-Gazette reported the Hillsboro Fall Festival opened “in a blaze of glory” with record crowds.

A county crippled children’s clinic was set to be held in the Hillsboro armory, sponsored by the Ohio Society for Crippled Children and the Hillsboro and Greenfield Rotary Clubs.

A Winchester man was charged with forging prescriptions for morphine, and appeared before a judge in Cincinnati. The man was “well known in Hillsboro.”

Three men returning from an all-day squirrel hunt survived after their vehicle drove off the side of the road and was submerged in nine feet of water at Paint Creek.

Kaufman’s advertised festival specials on menswear, including jackets from $5-10, sweaters from 97 cents to $3.29 and work coats for $3.47.

SOHIO advertised special oil that was said to have kept a 1925 Buick running for 250,000 miles.

A Cincinnati combustion expert was conducting a study of a smoke and soot nuisance on the city’s west side.

This week in 1955, The Press-Gazette reported the Highland County Board of Health discussed the status of a local polio vaccine program and a tuberculosis outbreak.

Two people were treated at Highlands Community Hospital, one for a football injury to the hip and the other for a broken wrist sustained in an apparent dishwashing accident.

Albers Supermarkets advertised chicken legs and thighs for 75 cents per pound, boneless veal roasts for 55 cents per pound and sliced bacon for 49 cents per pound.

The Colony Theatre advertised showings of “To Hell and Back,” featuring Audie Murphy, and “Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle” starring Randolph Scott.

B.F. Goodrich advertised dry charge batteries for $10.95.

This week in 1972, the Hillsboro News-Herald reported Hillsboro police made 63 arrests in the month of September. The highest arrest totals were for speeding, with 23 listed.

An Adams County man was found guilty on a charge of assault and battery after a one-day jury trial in Highland County Common Pleas Court.

A room at Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro was dedicated to the memory of Alice Larkin Craig.

Hillsboro Dry Goods advertised special doorbusters on polyester double-knit fabrics, priced at $3 per yard.

The owners of 50 illegal billboards in the eight counties covered by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 9 were notified to comply with a new state law that required permits for all signs located within 660 feet of a primary state highway.

The weekly special at Jerry Haag Motors in Hillsboro was a 1972 Chevrolet Impala for $3,495.

This week in 2007, The Times-Gazette reported area fire departments were continuing to battle field fires around the county due to extremely dry weather, although officials said the number of fires wasn’t as high as it could have been given the conditions.

A water main broke in Hillsboro, sending thousands of gallons of water flowing down Main Street. A boil advisory was issued for nearby residences.

Three people were injured and North High Street was shut down for an hour after a two-vehicle accident left a truck on its side hanging over a wall.

Wall Street began the fourth quarter with a huge rally, sending the Dow Jones industrial average above 14,000 and well into record territory.

In sports, the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs soccer team defeated the North Adams Green Devils by a score of 5-1, clinching the Southern Hills League championship for the second year in a row.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570.

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A look back at news items through the years

By David Wright

dwright@timesgazette.com