Leesburg Theatre, RFL proposed, fair gate receipts


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 1925, the Leesburg Citizen reported that Leslie Wilkin from Greenfield was appointed by Robert Hess, zone governor for the Ohio State Optometric Association, to be the county’s chairman for the association’s extension course.

Representatives of the Ohio Good Reads Federation proposed a plan at the Hemper Legislative Committee where counties with large cities could help neighboring ones with the construction of county roads leading to those cities.

Local treasurers for each township and village in Highland County received checks for their share of the money collected in June, with Hillsboro receiving $19,568.70, Greenfield receiving $12,924.65 and Lynchburg receiving $2,892.28.

The Leesburg Theatre advertised multiple showings including “Paths to Paradise,” starring Raymond Griffith, and “Grounds for Divorce,” starring Bebe Daniels.

Boldman’s Meat Market, located in Highland, advertised multiple products, including a pound of cheese for 32 cents, a pound of steak for 25 cents, a pound of bacon for 38 cents and a whole ham for 34 cents.

This week in 1945, The Greenfield Daily Times reported that parents of children that were kindergarten-aged and wanted to reopen that section of Greenfield schools were asked to get in touch with B.R. Duckworth during the week and give their opinions.

Roy Starn and Roy Duffield, city council members and both part of a committee, worked on studying the cost of extending sanitary sewer lines from upper Lyndon Avenue to the Huff subdivision across Seventh Street.

Specifics for a proposed Rocky Fork Lake were heard at a meeting of the Greenfield Rotary Club, as the original plans had a dam at McCoppin’s Mill being built at about 45 to 50 feet tall and 120 feet wide.

Greenfield Mayor W.F. Woodmansee sent a message to people of the community and warning them that they must cut their weeds, saying they would send five-day notices to owners of properties where weeds had become a nuisance.

Greenfield schools showed a slight increase in enrollment compared to the year before, with the current year’s number at 18 people above 1944.

The Rand Theatre, located in Greenfield, advertised multiple films including “Hotel Berlin,” starring Raymond Massey and Andrea King, and “Thrill of a Romance,” starring Van Johnson and Esther Williams.

Cussins and Fearn, located at 228 E. Jefferson St., advertised multiple products including chaise lounge or day beds for $10.95, Whitehouse gas ranges for $64.95 and a six-cup glass coffee maker for $2.49.

This week in 1975, The Press-Gazette reported that gate receipts for the county fair on Thursday went up to $3,695, which was believed to be the high for that specific day of the fair, with officials almost needing to close admission gates for the vehicle parade.

The Highland County Manpower Office received copies of consulting files and other materials from the Highland County Community Action Organization which allowed the office to have adult work program workers on jobs by the first of the week.

Highland County started its bicentennial anniversary celebrations as local officials received their official banner and certificate from the U.S. Bicentennial Commission, with the following year being the actual 200th year of the county.

The 27th annual Highland County Junior Fair Livestock Sales featured almost 500 animals sold for a total of $126,310, with the champion market hog and market lamb setting new records.

Chakere’s Murphy Theatre, located in Wilmington, advertised a showing of “Jaws,” starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.

Holthouse of Furniture and Carpets, located at 935 W. Main St. in Hillsboro, advertised multiple products including a red, white and blue modern sofa for $179, a traditional eight-cushion sofa for $269 and a lounge chair for $128.

This week in 2000, The Times-Gazette reported that Jessica Green, representing the Lucky Green 4-H Club, won the Highland County Fair’s 2000 Junior Fair Queen competition, beating the other six participants.

A power outage over the weekend at a new addition to Whiteoak High School was the cause of flooding in the pump room, with the electricity going off causing a valve to open, leading to the cistern filling and overflowing.

The Highland County Board of Commissioners and the Highland County Department of Jobs and Family Services announced that they planned to enter into a contract with Great Oaks Transition to Work Youth Services, which would help workforce development of youths in the county.

In sports, Hillsboro and McClain both took part in the seventh annual Ohio Classic Cross-Country Extravaganza, with the Hillsboro varsity squad placing ninth of 15 teams in the Division I race and Greenfield placing fifth of 23 teams in the Division II race.

Dish Network advertised its 20-inch Dish 500 “Rec’s 2 Satellites,” for $29.99 per month, which included 100 channels with Disney, five ESPN channels, Nick and Animal Planet.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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A look back at news and advertising items through the years

By Jacob Clary

[email protected]