70 years ago...

From the May 11, 1950 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • Loren Ray Bishop was selected as the McArthur High School valedictorian, and that year’s salutatorian was Barbara Lee Esmont. Rita Seitz was selected as Allensville’s valedictorian, while Phyllis Bail was named salutatorian.
  • General Douglas McArthur responded to a letter submitted to him by the Centennial Celebration committee. The general replied that he was “most grateful” for the invitation, but he had to decline due to “heavy pressure of [his] operational duties in Japan, coupled with general international uncertainties.” The letter was sent from Tokyo, Japan on April 26, 1950.
  • At the movies: the Vinton theater in McArthur played “The Homestretch” and “The Yearling.” The Louvee in Wellston played “Wabash Avenue.”

60 years ago...

From the May 12, 1960 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • An empty trailer-truck parked on East Main street “suddenly took off” and crashed into the nearby Kroger of McArthur. The driver reportedly parked the vehicle and left to go shopping for a new jacket at a nearby store. Damage was made to the store’s front entrance, but customers could still enter the grocery store through a side door.
  • Garfield Dodrill, of McArthur, purchased the Cecil Arthur Coal Co. Dodrill was also the owner of Vinton Coal Co. He hoped to double his coal production.
  • Sheriff Harold Steele, his son Robert and his son’s friend Mike were all injured in a two-vehicle car crash. All had minor injuries.
  • In sports, the McArthur Generals came out on top in the Vinton County baseball league tournament, downing Wilton 18-2 and Allensville 21-0. Barry Cline was the lead hitter for McArthur.

50 years ago...

From the May 14, 1970 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:

  • A third attempt to pass an 8-mill school levy failed. 995 votes were in favor of the levy, while 1,600 ballots were cast against it.
  • At the movies: the Louvee played “Tarzan and the Jungle Boy.”

40 years ago...

From the May 14, 1980 edition of the Vinton County Courier:

  • Barbara Lindinger, of Zaleski, was named the winner of the Nelsonville Children’s Art Festival logo contest. The sixth grade student’s prize was a 10 pound can of popcorn.
  • Allensville’s East building was deeded to become a satellite vocational school. Vinton County Local School District’s Board of Education approved the transfer of the deed at their monthly meeting.
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