Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 11 newspaper on Page A3.

70 years ago...

From the Sept. 15, 1949 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • County Agricultural Agent George Brown returned to his duties after a three month leave of absence to study at the Ohio State University, where his studies focused on dairy.
  • The McArthur Generals were set to open their season at Frankfort. Player Gene Chatfield broke collar bone during practice and couldn’t play again until the end of the season.
  • At the movies: The Louvee played “Mighty Joe Young.”

60 years ago...

From the Sept. 10, 1959 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • A total of 3,000 people appeared at the Wilkesville Bean Dinner. The Post Commander at the time was Alva Mahaffey.
  • After 42 years, Ray Arnett retired from his job as a mail carrier, and he celebrated his retirement with a monthlong trip to the West Coast with his wife.
  • In sports, Coach Jack Osbourne’s Generals would open their 1959 season with a game against Logan. Their scrimmage against Lancaster was promising; the Generals scored four times to Lancaster’s two times.
  • In ads, the Hamden General Store sold ground beef for 59 cents per pound.

50 years ago...

From the Sept. 11, 1969 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • Gary Swingle, of McArthur, was appointed a Cadet Lieutenant at West Point.
  • In sports, the Wellston Rockets win over Vinton County Consolidated High School, 28-14. The Rockets had 202 yards rushin compared to the Vikings’ 70 yards. Bob Martin scored the first touchdown for the Vikes that game.
  • At the movies: the Louvee in Wellston played “The April Fools” with Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve.

40 years ago...

From the Sept. 12, 1979 edition of the Vinton County Courier:

  • Denver Perry, of McArthur, took over as Vinton County Board of Elections Director after the resignation of Gladys Morris.
  • Reiden Martinson, of Norway, was staying with Art and Janet Thompson’s McArthur home during her experience with the 4-H International Foreign Youth Exchange. The Thompsons took Martinson on a tour of Southeast Ohio while she was in the United States.
  • In sports, the Vikings lost their game against Waverly, 13-22. Players of the Week were Randy Prater, Chock Norris, Trent Stewart, John Peters and Paul Mitchell.
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