Fires, huskers, gypsies and pig thieves


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 a man who robbed the Good Hope bank was arrested in Ashland, Ky., and was being held for trial.

A smoke and soot nuisance on the west side of Hillsboro was attributed to the Carnation Milk company, and the company wrote a letter to city council saying it would remedy the issue.

Decorated dinner plates were offered for 10 cents each in Kaufman’s advertisements, lighting fixtures were $1.97 and men’s hunting coats were $2.47.

A political cartoon showing a man following a basket of food up a hill complained about rising food prices after the Great Depression.

A motley collection of locals was shown on the front page after completing the Leesburg Fall Frolic corn husking competition. The photo ran under the heading, “Did some real husking.”

A campaign ad urged Hillsboro residents to vote for Willard C. Stanforth for mayor.

A Fayette County farmer reported he had been robbed by a gypsy.

The paper referred to Hillsboro residents several times as “Hillsboroites.”

This week in 1955, The Press-Gazette reported hog theft charges against a local man were dropped after his alleged co-conspirators testified that he was not involved in their six-county pig-stealing operation.

Two former Highland County residents were involved in a murder-suicide in Hamilton, Ohio.

A Wilmington man and a juvenile were being held at the county jail on charges of aiding a Greenfield man in escaping confinement the prior month.

Nine thousand people in Highland County were expected to cast ballots in the General Election.

In sports, the Hillsboro Indians beat New Boston 14-13 in football action.

The Colony theater advertised showings of “We’re No Angels,” starring Humphrey Bogart, and “Moonfleet” starring Stewart Granger.

This week in 1972, the Hillsboro News-Herald reported a large fire destroyed a pole barn, killed livestock and damaged vehicles on SR 506 southeast of Hillsboro.

The Hillsboro holiday parade was set to feature at least 20 floats and four bands, as well as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.

A local woman passed away after living to 101 years old.

In a letter to the editor, a former Hillsboro resident living in Illinois thanked the people of Hillsboro, specifically those in the education system, for bringing her up right.

Opening sale at the Ripley Tobacco Market was slated for Monday.

The Hillsboro Police Department reportedly made 54 arrests in the month of October.

Steen’s IGA advertised seafood, veal, lamb and special cuts of meat “at all times!”

Rainfall hit five inches above normal, and farmers struggled to harvest their crops.

In sports, the Hillsboro Indians football team triumphed over Western Brown for their only win of the season with a final score of 25-12.

A Hillsboro-area youngster was released from the hospital in Cincinnati after his parents mistakenly thought he had eaten poisoned candy.

This week in 1999, The Times-Gazette reported a homicide investigation was unfolding in Bainbridge.

Fire damaged Ghent Manufacturing, formerly known as the Waddell Co., in Greenfield.

Dan Hoyle was sworn in as the new Hillsboro postmaster.

City crews in Greenfield were pictured on the front page putting up Christmas decorations around town “a little early.”

Another photo showed crews replacing tile on the Colony Theatre’s marquee in Hillsboro.

Margaret Arnold, 95, was shown playing a role in Greenfield’s bicentennial play.

In sports, McClain High School’s Adam Honnold had a “stellar day” in cross country action, capturing All-Ohio honors in Div. II and finishing 14th in a meet at Scioto Downs.

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