Killed by train, a Silver Star and fatal plane crash


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 1924, The Leesburg Citizen reported that Earnest Pavey from Columbus, the special commissioner representing the governor and chairman of the Commission for Northern Ohio Tornado Relief, visited Leesburg in its search for $600,000 in tornado relief funds for Lorain.

Eight new cases were filed in common pleas court during the week, which included a divorce request from two people that were not 21 yet, with the woman of the marriage saying that “her husband has willfully failed to provide her with the necessities of life” and that the man deserted her.

Leesburg Mayor John Shackleford was selected by the governor’s special commission to raise the city’s quota for Lorain Relief, with the Leesburg Bank and the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Highland planned to receive money for the cause.

A New Vienna man was killed by a Baltimore and Ohio train at about 12:30 a.m. with two options for his death being a fast passenger train that passed the area at that time or by a freight train that took the siding to let the passenger train pass.

Twelve attractions were advertised for the Chautauqua show, which included the Royal Welsh Male Quartet, “college singing girls” and the former Governor of Iowa W.L. Harding.

This week in 1945, The News-Herald reported that the building that housed Sinking Spring phone exchange, which worked with the Ohio Standard Telephone Co. for over 27 years, was sold and moved to a building a couple of doors west where they planned to stay until fall when the Ohio Standard Telephone Co. was scheduled to install a dial phone system.

James Penn opened a new restaurant with dining rooms, a stag bar and a grill in the Prouty Building that formerly held the Western Auto Supply store, with the new restaurant planning to sell chicken dinners at “popular prices.”

Lt. Col. James B. Gall, Hillsboro, was given the Silver Star for “gallantry in action during the liberation of Manila,” with Gall being one of the first American troops to enter the Philippine capital.

The Ohio Division of Conservation and Natural Resources announced it planned to create three new lakes totaling over 3,220 acres, with about 2,000 acres of that being built on Rocky Fork Creek in Highland County for about $400,000.

The Gordon Auto Supply Co., located on 111 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, advertised multiple products, including trailer hitches for $1.45 and up, and all-rubber floor mats for $1.50 apiece.

This week in 1965, The Press-Gazette reported that a Northern Kentucky pilot died in the second military plane crash in Highland County in five weeks, as the pilot crashed into a pasture field on Smith Road, about three miles southeast of Leesburg.

The Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Raymond S. Brown, state conservationist of Ohio, announced that they planned to consolidate their offices across the state from 10 to six, with the Hillsboro office being one of the ones planned to close.

United States Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman announced the approval of 23 counties as drought disaster counties, and Highland County was on the list.

Burglars made off with about $559 in total after first robbing the Highland County Post Office, then the Martinsville Post Office and last the Ludwick Oil Company in a single day.

In sports, the Hillsboro American Legion baseball team won two games in the District A-L tournament that was held at the Hillsboro City Park, with the first win coming against Circleville, 8-1, and the second coming against Washington Court House, 7-1.

The Colony Theatre in Hillsboro advertised multiple films including “36 Hours,” starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint and Rod Taylor, and “Ski Party,” starring Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman.

Litt Bros. advertised multiple products including summer belts for 58 cents, costume jewelry for 58 cents and ladies’ skirts for $3.38.

This week in 1985, The Press-Gazette reported that the American Electric and Power Company was actively filming a commercial at the Hillsboro Recreational Park that looked to “bring awareness to customers” of the company.

The Highland District Hospital Board of Governors discussed purchasing a Mamex DC Mammography Unit for the use of breast X-rays and decided to do so with the University Radiology Fund as a part of the University of Cincinnati.

The Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce announced that it completed its office move to 139 S. High St. in Hillsboro, with the move required due to the Hillsboro Revitalization Office closing.

Dr. Walter Knauff, vice president of Southern State Community College, held tours for its upcoming central campus location in Hillsboro, which was expected to be finished by the start of September 1985 classes.

The Colony Theatre in Hillsboro advertised multiple films, including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” starring Rob Lowe and Emilio Esteves, and “Explorers,” starring Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix.

Apple Tree Furniture and Freight Outlet, located at 5601 U.S. 62 S., advertised a five-piece set of four chairs and a 42-inch table for $238 and “orthopedic extra firm” bedding for $138.

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A look back at news and advertising items through the years

By Jacob Clary

[email protected]