Gun battle in grocery, bridge collapse, 13 titles


A look back at news and advertising items through the years

By Jacob Clary - [email protected]



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 1933, The Greenfield Republican reported that a gun battle occurred at the grocery store on West Seventh Street at around 2 a.m., with two police officers shot and “seriously if not fatally wounded” by a burglar.

A Ross County power shovel caused a 50-foot steel bridge on the South Salem-Fruitdale Road to collapse thanks to its “enormous weight.”

McClain High School students were preparing to present the operetta “Don Alonzo’s Treasure” at the high school auditorium and, according to the paper, it was the first time the operetta was presented in the “Middle West.”

In sports, the Greenfield baseball team defeated Hillsboro, 13-7, to start its season.

The Lyric Theatre advertised multiple showings including “Polly of the Circus” starring Mariam Davis and Clark Gable, “Trouble in Paradis” starring Mariam Hopkins and Kay Francis, and “Under Cover Man” starring Geo Raft and Nancy Carroll.

The Famous Store, located on West Jefferson Street in Greenfield, advertised its anniversary sale with multiple products including tea and coffee strainers for 10 cents and green or black dustpans for 8 cents.

This week in 1968, the Greenfield Daily Times reported that the third phase of the McClain High School second annual Festival of the Arts was planned for the McClain Auditorium with some of the selections performed being “Festival Prelude” by Reed and “Willow Echoes” by Simon, B-flat trumpet with band, Jonathon Taylor, soloist.

Congressman William Harsha announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission approved a grant of $46,395 for the Highland District Library, with the library’s board of trustees revealing plans for the construction of a new library in Hillsboro. The total cost of the project was estimated at $150,540.

Gerald “Red” Armstrong, a one-time All-Ohioan and football coach at McClain High School, was the featured speaker at the annual Boosters Club all-sports appreciation banquet at the McClain cafeteria.

In sports, the Fairfield Lions defeated East Clinton, 7-5, thanks to “strong defense.”

The Ranch Drive-In Theatre advertised multiple films including “Bonnie and Clyde” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, and “A Big Hand for the Little Lady” starring Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward and Jason Robards.

Flynn’s Market, located at 125 S. Washington St., advertised multiple products, including 3 pounds of “the good kind” of bologna for $1.25 and a pound of club steak for 99 cents.

This week in 1983, The Press-Gazette reported that the Hillsboro City Council heard a committee recommendation that part of the city offices housed in the City Building should be moved to a different location, which would allow the police department and municipal court offices to expand in the City Building.

The Laurel Oaks Career Development Campus announced a new program in computer literacy, with The Great Oaks Joint Vocational School District purchasing 30 new IBM personal computers for use at the Laurel Oaks campus.

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce “took steps” to try and bring more involvement into its organization for upcoming community projects.

In sports, three members of the Hillsboro High School tennis team earned places on the 1983 South Central Ohio League All-Conference team by winning second-round victories in the yearly league playoffs.

The Colony Theatre in Hillsboro advertised “The Verdict” starring Paul Newman, and “Rocky III” starring Sylvester Stallone.

Haines’, located in Highlands Plaza in Hillsboro and Kmart Plaza in Wilmington, advertised multiple products, including ladies’ Levi’s jeans for a special price of $17.97 and ladies’ bend-over pants from $11.97 to $16.97.

This week in 2008, The Times-Gazette reported that the Greenfield Exempted Village School Board approved an extension of its current pay agreement with its teachers that would run until June 30, 2009, which included a salary freeze.

A wall at the C.S. Bell bell manufacturing building at 158 W. Main St. in Hillsboro that a construction crew was preparing to destroy because it was “dilapidated” collapsed unexpectedly because of high winds before the construction crew could do its job.

Highland District Hospital announced that its board of trustees voted and approved a pay increase for exempt and non-exempt employees almost six months after the hospital also voted to lay off several employees for “budget issues.”

A request from Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David McKenna to convert the court from part-time to full-time went to the Ohio Supreme Court and was awaiting judgment.

In sports, the Fairfield Lady Lions won its matchup against Whiteoak, 5-3 thanks to a five-run sixth inning, with the win catapulting the team to at least a share of its 13th Southern Hills League softball title.

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A look back at news and advertising items through the years

By Jacob Clary

[email protected]