Horse thieves, stabbers, fires and explosions


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 1892, the Hillsborough Weekly Gazette reported a suspected horse thief who stabbed another man in Boston east of Hillsboro was arrested in Washington Court House and held for Highland County authorities.

A Paint Township farmer began to feel uneasy on a Saturday night, “as if some calamity was going to happen to him,” and the next night, Boyd’s Mill burned to the ground and with it several hundred bushels of the farmer’s wheat. The paper said the farmer “feels this was the answer to his premonition.”

An ad for “Mother’s Friend,” a special medicine for pregnant women, ran under the header, “Child birth made easy!”

Kendall’s Spavin Cure, a medicine for horses, was advertised as “the most successful remedy ever discovered… and does not blister.”

In local briefs from Lynchburg, a man named McMillan started a meat market in the village and J.R. Baker went into business as a restaurateur.

A Dayton doctor was set to visit Willettsville and New Market later in the month for prohibition campaign rallies.

This week in 1939, the Hillsboro Press-Gazette reported a parked car caught fire in Hillsboro with a package of dynamite in the trunk. The fire was quickly extinguished. Some said the fire began with a glowing cigarette in the gutter near the car.

Local barber Dwight Simkins shot the first wild duck of the season on Paint Creek.

A forest fire claimed several acres of forest land on Coppers Mountain several miles east of Hillsboro. In another incident, firefighters and about 250 men were able to douse a huge field fire before it destroyed a cluster of buildings in East Danville.

“Wonderful Prince,” a yearling jersey bull calf from Leesburg, won the world championship jersey title at the National Dairy Show in San Francisco.

The Colony Theatre advertised showings of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur.

Mince Meat was 17 cents for two packages at A&P Food Stores, donuts were 10 cents per dozen, pure lard was 30 cents per 4-pound container and mustard was 10 cents per jar.

This week in 1980, the Press-Gazette reported three men arrested at the Parker Hotel with a large number of weapons in their vehicles were to be extradited to Colorado to face burglary charges.

There was no accumulation reported after the first snow of the year, and the paper said “you had to strain your eyes to see the flakes.”

A kerosene heater caused a fire at a home on Cody Road in Hillsboro. The bathroom of the house caught fire and was severely damaged.

Rite Aid advertised candy corn for 55 cents per bag, Halloween costumes with masks for $1.99 each and plastic pumpkins for $1.09. The drug store also advertised film developing services.

The Hillsboro Indians shut out the Madison Plains Golden Eagles 20-0 in a Friday night football drencher.

This week last year, The Times-Gazette reported the stories of two Highland County women were victims of human trafficking. A local advocate said human trafficking in the area is “more pervasive” than many believe.

A surprise package received by Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings contained a trove of memorabilia, scrapbooks and clippings related to Bell’s Opera House, showing a rich history of plays, musicals, operas and boxing matches at the entertainment venue.

The Highland County Commissioners discussed an economic development collaboration event.

A Frankfort woman who reportedly stopped in Greenfield for auto repairs while transporting drugs was arrested on a warrant in Greene County for failure to appear in court.

A loud explosion noise heard by many on the south end of Hillsboro was caused by a semi tire that ruptured due to overheated brakes.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570.

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A look back at news items over the years

By David Wright

dwright@timesgazette.com