Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, Jan. 15 newspaper on Page A3.

70 years ago...

From the Jan. 19, 1950 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • Two Hamden men were battling over the title of marshal. Hamden council dismissed Charles Bethel, who held the marshal position since 1944, and appointed Walter Morris as the village’s marshal. Bethel allegedly refused to hand over the keys to certain village buildings, and in turn, then Hamden mayor Fred Mattison and council members changed the locks on those buildings.
  • The Generals defeated the Engineers in a close match, 50-44. Bill Laverty was high point man for McArthur, while Bill Young threw in 14 points for Hamden.
  • At the movies: Vinton theater played “Dumbo,” “Saludos Amigos,” “Incident,” “Guns of Hate” and “Big Jack.” The Louvee in Wellston played “On the Town.”

60 years ago...

From the Jan. 14, 1960 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • The 177th installment of the “Vinton County’s Living Pioneers” series featured Cyrus Chesser, then 81, of Dundas. Chesser told the Democrat-Enquirer about his 50 years of experience as a coal miner. He once was trapped with several other miners after a cave-in in an Athens County mine. Chesser said he and his fellow miners were trapped for roughly 40 hours, but other than that experience, he loved his job.
  • Sheriff Harold Steele told the newspaper he had been very busy with a rash of recent burglaries in and out of the county. A few stores near Ross County (Mason Grocery, Ratcliff Grocery and the Texaco service station) were broken into, with store owners reported cash and other items as stolen.
  • In sports, the Hamden Engineers suffered their first loss of the season in a game against Laurelville, 67-60. Red Salts, as usual, led the Engineers in points (21). In other sports news, the Allensville Bombers edged McArthur, 58-57. Vernon Harden tipped the winning point for Allensville.
  • In ads, Dodrill Ford Sales sold a 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne two-door for $1,895.

50 years ago...

From the Jan. 15, 1970 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • Eastern (of Pike County) won its game against VCCHS with a 10-foot shot in the closing second of the game, leaving the final score at 54-53. Although the recap article did not mention who scored the winning point for Eastern, it did note that Randy Ratcliff led the Vikings with 24 points.
  • A “badly needed” new heater was purchased for and installed at Teen Town. A total of 162 youth enjoyed it the following Friday night after the high school’s basketball game. “The Diamonds” provided music.
  • At the movies: the Louvee in Wellston played “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Will Penny.”

40 years ago...

From the Jan. 16, 1980 edition of the Vinton County Courier:

  • Vinton County was defeated by Nelsonville-York, 78-65. Jeff Priest was the high point man for the Vikings, scoring 24 points. Earlier that week, the Vikings edged Trimble, 43-42. Dave Ferguson scored 20 points.
  • In ads, Remy’s Used Cars sold a 1979 Caprice Classic for $6,295.
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