Friday, December 28, 2012

December News from the "2" years

Old news from the New Vienna area in December of the "2" years.

1862 and 1882 news from the Highland Weekly News, published in Hillsboro, Ohio 1853-1886;  1892 and 1912 news from the Hillsboro News-Herald; 1902 from the Stark County Democrat; 1942 & 1952 news from Hillsboro's Press Gazette.  1922 and 1932 newspapers do not seem to be readily available online, or is the Wilmington News-Journal currently available.
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December 25, 1862 - Capt. Asa Higgins, of New Vienna, recently commanding Co. G, 11th Ohio, now in Western Virginia, has been promoted to the position of Major of that regiment.  Capt. Higgins formerly resided in Hillsboro.

December 6, 1882 - James H. Terrill [Terrell?], a prominent farmer and stock dealer of New Vienna, was in town [Greenfield] on Thursday.

December 27, 1882 - Miss Emma Morrow, who has been teaching near New Vienna is at home in Leesburg spending the holiday vacation at the residence of her father, Judge Morrow.

December 27, 1882 - Mr. Alexander Powell, who lives about three miles north west of New Lexington [Highland] died on Saturday evening last [Dec. 23].  He took ill only on the Tuesday preceding.  He leaves a wife and two children.

December 8, 1892 - Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Pittser, of New Vienna, spent Sunday with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Pittser of Lynchburg.

December 15, 1892 - Mr. E.P. West, of New Vienna, a successful teacher and school examiner of Clinton County, will have many good points to give teachers [during a holiday institute for teachers of Highland County].  According to further news in the Dec. 29, 1892 issue, Mr. West, Supt. of Schools in New Vienna, will focus on Grammar and History during the institute.   He is also a member of the State School Book Board.  [He served as Supt. at NV from 1887-1901.]

December 22, 1892 - Real Estate Transfer - J.H. Guthrie, trustee for the New Vienna Bank, to P.D. Matthews and other councilmen of Leesburg, part of in-lot 238 in Leesburg, $45.

December 29, 1892 - Mayor's Court - Charles Smith, of New Vienna, came over on Saturday [Dec. 24] to purchase a larger sized Christmas jag than he could procure in New Vienna.  He succeeded in getting a larger one than he had means of transportation for and couldn't get out of town with it.  He got [fined] $5 and accompaniments.

December 2, 1902 - "Some of our citizens have quit going to Midland to purchase fire water, and are now having it shipped from New Vienna. –Kelso Herald."

December 12, 1912 - Carlos Simpson and family will move to New Vienna [from Lynchburg] this week where he will clerk in the Hadley store.

December 26, 1912 - Marriage license issued for Arland [Orland?] Polk, of New Vienna, and Susan Mason of Hillsboro.

December 1, 1942 - Rites for Soldier - Funeral service for Clarence W. Yarger, 20, of near Highland, who died Friday morning [Nov. 27, 1942]  at the home of his parents while home on furlough from the Army, were held on Monday [Nov. 30, 1942].  He was found in the barn at the home of his parents, lying near the exhaust pipe of the car.  He is survived by his parents, one brother, Dorsie Yarger, Cincinnati, and one sister, Mrs. Chester G. [Opal] Ledford of New Vienna.

December 9, 1952 - New Vienna Wins - New Vienna's powerful basketball team, paced by Dale Cluxton's 36 points, swamped Blanchester at NV on Friday night, 102 to 40.  Jim Turner had 32 points for the winner.

December 30, 1952 - Etta Treftz, youngest and last surviving of nine siblings, daughter of Nathan and Amy McDaniel Gilbert, long-time New Vienna family, died on December 24 in Lynchburg.


  1. initially I was a bit puzzled how some seemingly mundane stuff back then qualified as news---like the teacher from New Vienna spending holiday in Leesburg, the prominent New Vienna farmer visiting Greenfield, etc.

    However, since there were no cars then I guess going to these places via horse and buggy would have been quite a journey. The "roads" back then were probably more like paths or trails.

    Thanks for the excellent entry!

    1. Link, thanks for your comment. It would be interesting to research the early roads of Clinton and Highland County to know more about them. The Quakers had a migration route through the area which went from North Carolina to Indiana and there is some information available online about that. I imagine the roads then as one-lane dirt wagon roads with occasional wide spots.

      You are correct about the "mundane" news – newspapers then had items that today would be on Facebook. And the local trivial news is now replaced with the "celebrity" news items. The NV Correspondent for the Wilmington News-Journal when I was growing up was Mabel Davis who lived on the NW corner of 1st St. and College St. and could see the front of our house from hers. We had a family joke that when a strange car stopped in front of our house we would soon have a call from her inquiring as to our visitors.

      I also have to admit that there is even more mundane news that is not included in the monthly summaries. Have to save something for the next reading or a later era!