Thursday, August 30, 2012

1942, 1952 August news from Hillsboro paper

New Vienna related news as reported in the Press Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio) from August 1942 and 1952.

August 4, 1942 - Obituary for Mrs. Clara Kinzer Caplinger, 78, at her home near New Vienna.  Surviving are five children, Fred (NVHS '17), Russell (NVHS '19), and Ellen of near New Vienna, Mrs. Chester A. Williamson of Cincinnati, and Mrs. Ruth (Beryl) Noble (NVHS '22) of Sharonville, one brother, Charles Kinzer of Martinsville and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Stodgel of Hillsboro.

August 7, 1942 - Mowrystown news - Earl Davidson, wife and son, Wayne (NVHS '58), of New Vienna visited with her mother, Mrs. Resa Dolphin.

August 18, 1942 - School Gardens - Russell Fenwick, superintendent of schools at New Vienna showed off the school gardens from which they have already canned 350 quarts of beans and they are just getting started.  Tomatoes, cabbage and butter beans are ready to put up for the winter.  The vegetables were raised by women in the WPA and canned for use in the school lunch department.  They are canned in tin and New Vienna has a machine for turning back a seam on the tin cans so it can be used a second time.

August 28, 1942 - Marriage Announced - Mr. and Mrs. Grover Storer, announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Alice Mildred Storer (NVHS '42) to Mr. Kenneth R. Crummie of Martinsville.  Mr. Crummie leaves for military service this week.  They were married at the Methodist parsonage in New Vienna, by Rev. C. L. Wamsley.

August 1, 1952 - Bob Linkhart (NVHS x'44), who lives near New Vienna, wins the Highland County contour plowing match.  In 1951 he came in 4th place.  Melvin Hollingsworth, New Vienna Rt. 1 came in second place in the level land contest.

August 5, 1952 - Local Riders are winners in Horse Show - In a horse show sponsored by the Bar-None Riding Club in Leesburg, Roger Ames (NVHS '52) won fourth place in the pony class.

August 8, 1952 - Hollowtown News - The Rev. F. H. Smith of New Vienna will begin a revival meeting her next Sunday.  [Rev. Smith, NV Church of Christ, was the father of Calvin (NVHS '44) and Owen Smith (NVHS '42), grandfather of Debbie Smith Woodruff.]

August 12, 1952 - New Vienna Woman Wins Top Award in Contest - Mrs. J. E. Hodson was the winner of a 17-inch Sparton television set in a scrambled names contest sponsored by Hillsboro Publishing Co.  Her entries displayed unusual painstaking effort and creative ability.

August 12, 1952 - Obituary for Jessie A. Foreman, born Feb. 7, 1873 on a farm in the Mt. Olive community.  She was the daughter of Lewis W. and Elizabeth Kibler Foreman.  She had lived in New Vienna since 1936.  Survived by two sisters, Miss Stella Foreman and Mrs. Grace L. Storer, both of New Vienna.

August 12, 1952 - Obituary for John W. Detty, 74, retired farmer, who died at the home of a niece, Mrs. Harry (Hattie) Achor in New Vienna.  He leaves two half sisters, Mrs. Delbert Walls and Mrs. Perry Whitmer, both of New Vienna.

August 22, 1952 - Obituary for Mrs. Edna Driskill, 75 of New Vienna, born June 24, 1877 in Clinton County to John and Sara Matthews.  Her husband, Louis, and one daughter preceded her in death.  She is survived by one son, John Driskill (NVHS '22) of Silverton and three brothers, Dr. W.T. Matthews, doctor in New Vienna, Judge Stanley Matthews, and Dr. Albert Matthews of Cincinnati; and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Bernard, Wilmington, and Mrs. Sylvia Rhonemus, New Vienna.

August 26, 1952 - Obituary for Franklin C. Smith, 3-year-old son of Bernard Franklin and Joan Mack (or Mock?) Smith of the Mt. Olive Community.  Great-grand-parents are Mayor and Mrs. C.C. Kelso of New Vienna.  He was also survived by a sister, Joyce Ann Smith; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilber E. Mock and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard T. Smith, all of the Mt. Olive area.


  1. I remember seeing my dad's plowing trophy/ies in the upstairs of our house---nice work here as always-thanks!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Link. I was thinking that was your Dad but forgot to double check with you. Always appreciate your comments.

  2. Nancy wonders where the garden was located and John reported that his Dad had mentioned the garden was between where the "new addition" (the gym and Vo-Ag) were built in the early 1950s and the school barn which was where the FFA classes were held in the 1940s.

    Shirley reported that Mrs. J.E. Hodson was her maternal grandmother (mother of Martha Ann Bernard). Mrs. Hodson loved writing poetry and was known to enter many contests. Mr. Hodson was the Sheriff of Clinton County.

    Larry said that he knew the Kelso and Mock families well. Grandmother of Franklin Smith was Helen Mock who had a fabric and sewing shop in the early 1950s adjacent to Red Dot Trophy on the north side of New Vienna's west Main Street. Helen Mock's father, Clifford C. Kelso, was mayor of New Vienna from 1948-1956. The Kelso family later returned to Sabina. When Helen closed the fabric shop, Gertrude Clark opened a women's clothing and sewing supply store next to the meat locker further east on Main Street, next to what is now Stephanie's Restaurant.

  3. From Carolyn: Charlie [Collier] would have so loved your 1942, 1952 newspaper email "chain", and I could certainly use his phenomenal memory to tell me if I'm correct about this story. There was an obituary for a Mrs. Edna Driskill. After Mom and Dad left the Harris Apts., they lived in "Mrs. Driskill's house" nearby, before finally moving to the Church St. house. As a matter of fact, it may have been located next door to the Harris Apts., on Rt. 73. I don't know if the house had 2 apts. and Mrs. Driskill also lived there, but I do know she had a wonderful strawberry patch in the back. Charlie wasn't much more than a toddler at the time, and would go over and help himself whenever he felt like it, not paying much attention to the plants he was stepping on! Mom ended up buying strawberries at the grocery store to keep him so full of them, he'd stay out of her patch!

    I also loved reading about the school garden, canning the produce, and your dad eating lots of cabbage! Since it was during the war, cafeteria regulations must have been few and far between! Can you imagine schools doing that today?"