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.”
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