Foxhunters, burglars and hog cholera


A look back at news items over 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 1947, the Hillsboro News-Herald reported nine Highland County schools were given a distribution of government surplus commodities: 24,900 pounds of potatoes and 150 bushels of sweet potatoes.

The Highland County Foxhunters voted to cancel their annual fall field trials due to an outbreak of hog cholera in certain sections of the county.

The Highland County Coonhunters Association created a mockup of a woodland scene on West Main Street as part of the Hillsboro Fall Festival, featuring a stuffed groundhog, squirrels, two pheasants, a red-tailed hawk and a crow.

Hundreds of people were expected to attend a car show on Main Street as part of the festival.

Ruth Wilkin was in town visiting her cousins, Blangie Wilkin and Harley Wilkin, before departing for Istanbul, Turkey, to teach American sports at a college.

Fresh ground hamburger was 39 cents per pound at Schaefer’s Supermarket, and sliced bacon ends were 43 cents per pound.

This week in 1957, the News Herald reported city officials were making plans to establish a municipal court the following January.

A covered bridge across Whiteoak Creek was set to be demolished and replaced with a concrete span of 104 feet.

The idea of a public swimming pool in Hillsboro was gathering steam as about 100 families or individuals said they would pay a $10 deposit as evidence of interest and initial payment toward a share in the pool.

The Retail Merchants Committee made initial plans for Christmas street decorations for Hillsboro.

The Colony Theatre advertised showings of “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” starring Jayne Mansfield and Tony Randell.

Schaeffer’s Supermarket advertised rib roast for 49 cents per pound, Florida oranges for 36 cents per dozen, and Ohio potatoes for 39 cents per 10-pound bag.

This week in 1972, the News Herald reported Nancy Holt was to celebrate her 101st birthday on a Saturday. She said she lived that long because “I’ve been good to God. He’s the best friend I have.”

“Considerable interest” had developed in the November election, with the Highland County Board of Elections reporting 225 absentee ballots were requested.

The Highland County Commissioners accepted a bid for an engineer’s car and met with local funeral directors about creating a county-run ambulance service.

Burglars hit Highland County for the fourth time in one week, this time plundering 35 to 40 cartons of cigarettes from East Monroe Farm Service.

The members of the Highland County Agricultural Society voted 11-5 to keep the county fair date as the first weekend in September.

Hog cholera struck again, this time in the northern part of the county.

The Plymouth Space Duster was advertised as “part coupe, part wagon, part convertible.” It was available at Rand Chrysler Plymouth at 945 W. Main St. in Hillsboro.

This week in 1999, The Times-Gazette reported U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland toured Hillsboro City Schools to view the district’s building needs firsthand.

The parent of a Hillsboro High School student questioned the integrity of a discipline report about his son using foul language on the school bus, and backed him up with a petition from 19 students saying that the student was not a disciplinary problem.

The 1999 Fall Festival of Leaves was set to kick off on a Friday with a final walk and speech by the 1998 Fall Festival of Leaves queen, Lindsey Frank of Chillicothe.

In sports, McClain went on the attack early in Friday football action to defeat the Bexley Lions 31-27.

Sheriff Ron Ward was reportedly making personnel and job assignment changes at the sheriff’s office.

Nine candidates were vying for three seats on the Fairfield Board of Education.

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A look back at news items over the years

By David Wright

dwright@timesgazette.com