Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, Nov. 20 newspaper on Page A3.
70 years ago...
From the Nov. 24, 1949 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
- The recount of the recent election revealed no changes from the unofficial count. A total of 960 votes were cost in the election, Vinton County Election Board James O’Leary stated.
- Negotiations were underway by the Tennessee Gas Transmission Co. to purchase 180 acres of land near Albany to build a $2 million gas booster station. The gas line was expected to cross through parts of Vinton, Meigs and Athens counties.
- At the movies: Vinton theater in McArthur played “The Kissing Bandit,” starring Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson.
60 years ago...
From the Nov. 19, 1959 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
- Vale Cottrill, who was recently re-elected Hamden mayor, found the first ordinance passed in the village of Hamden. It was passed on April 29, 1876 and the ordinance dealt with employee salaries.
- The McArthur Development Association voted to investigate the need for a hospital in Vinton County. George A. Knox of the McArthur Savings and Loan Co. walked associates through the financial and legal steps to obtain a hospital. “We never would have had our new courthouse 20 years ago if we had not worked for it,” he said.
- In sports, the Generals rolled over the Blue Devils, 74-0. Larry Harkins led McArthur in points, completing four touchdowns.
- In ads, Willis-Sellers Co. in Wellston sold a 1956 Chevrolet Belair for $1,145.
50 years ago...
From the Nov. 20, 1969 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
- Frank and Elsie Murphy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Frank was a local restaurant owner and a member of the St. Sylvester parish in Zaleski.
- In ads, the Plummer Ford-Mercury sold a 1969 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton for $2,495.
- At the movies: the Louvee in Wellston played “Bonnie and Clyde.”
40 years ago...
From the Nov. 21, 1979 edition of the Vinton County Courier:
- Anna Sinnott celebrated her 102nd birthday. She was a part of the first set of triplets born in the village of Hamden.
- Mitch Bentley won the title of Cross Country’s Most Valuable Player.
- At the movies: Vinton Theatre played “The Main Event.”