70 years ago...
From the June 22, 1950 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
- Charles Bethel’s job as marshal of the village of Hamden had been under fire since he was removed from office earlier that year. After intervention from the courts, Bethel was restored to his role and paid back salary. Judge Roy D. Williams decided Bethel was in fact legally hired to the position (something that was questioned at his termination), but he was not legally removed from the marshal position. Hamden council had reportedly dismissed 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 that January, and in turn, then Hamden mayor Fred Mattison and council members changed the locks on those buildings.
- The Vinton County Junior Fair moved to coincide with the Vinton County Centennial Celebration, slated for August. The fair was held in October before then.
- At the movies: Vinton theater in McArthur played “My Gal Sal” and “Golden Stallion.”
60 years ago...
From the June 23, 1960 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
- 21 entrants were to participate in the Miss Vinton County beauty contest: Lorraine Zinn, Gloria Stevens, Janie Steele, Gloria Herrold, Ann Morrow, Judy Lee, Marilyn Smathers, Lynda Tripp, Jean McClain, Sue Hayes, Barbara Conway, Judy McIntire, Rosemary Clary, Virginia Ann Wilbur, Carol Kennett, Pauletta Donahoe, Sue Venham, Harriett Bobo, Kay Hayburn and Juanita Brooks.
- The Wilkesville Volunteer Fire Department was to host a celebration of the village’s 150th anniversary as an established community. Johnny Jones, a Columbus Dispatch columnist, was selected as a guest speaker for the event.
- In ads, Gill Chevrolet sold a 1955 Chevy Convertible for $895.
50 years ago...
From the June 25, 1970 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
Miss Vinton County contestants were Debra Waldronm Cheryl Hill, Lynn Morgan, Becky WArd, karen Phillips, Jean Saunders, Joyce Ratliff, Ann Sco
- tt, Jan Wright, Karen Petty, Doris Henthorn, Peggy Gillman and Connie Barton. Little Miss Vinton County contestants were Regenia White, Connie Rae Johnson, Sheila Ann Engle, Tammy Goodwin, Tena Marie Manring and Kathy Lynn Libby.
- At the movies: the Louvee in Wellston played “Midnight Cowboy,” Dustin Hoffman.
40 years ago...
From the June 25, 1980 edition of the Vinton County Courier:
The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to remove an abandoned dune buggy
- stuck in the railroad tunnel at Beyer.
- Billy and Helen Scott, former stars of the Midwestern Hayride TV show, were to appear at the annual Fourth of July Celebration.
At the movies: Vinton Theatre played “Chapter Two.”