Friday, February 22, 2013

February News from "3" Years

1883 news from the Highland Weekly News, published in Hillsboro, Ohio 1853-1886; 1893 and 1913 news from the Hillsboro News-Herald; 1943 and 1963 news from Hillsboro's Press Gazette.

Feb 14, 1883 - The remains of Thomas Grice were brought home to his mother's last Tuesday from Minnesota, where he had been braking on the railroad.  In making a coupling, he was caught between the cars and killed.  His remains were buried at New Vienna.  He was born in 1863, the son of Daniel [1828-1868] and Jemima Jane Hiatt Grice [1834-1921].

Feb. 23, 1893 - Frank Conard, one of New Vienna's most prominent citizens died on Feb. 14th.  "Mr. Conard was widely known ... through his long connection with the business interests of New Vienna and vicinity and was regarded as one of the most progressive and public-spirited citizens of that village."  [Born 1839 in Pennsylvania, he was the father of Geneva Phillips and a 1st Cousin to Dr. George Conard, 1842-1929, a New Vienna Doctor, who lived in a house where the park is now located.]

Feb. 20, 1913 - Martha Henley Turner died at her residence, Maple Shade Farm, near New Vienna, on Feb. 14, 1913.  She was born Feb. 25, 1833, the daughter of John and Matilda Cox Henley.  She married Charles Turner in 1856 and they had one daughter, Mrs. (Harriet) W.A. Teter.

Feb. 2, 1943 - George M. Neffner, former Ohio Secretary of State, said he would go to court "if necessary" to retain his position as election expert and statistician in the secretary of state's office. The new Secretary of State, Edward J. Hummel, has ordered Neffner removed from the position he has held 16 years.

Feb. 2, 1943 - Mrs. Alva (Lillian Carey) Woods, of near New Vienna, died on Jan. 30, 1943 of a heart ailment.  The daughter of Zimri Hussey and Ida Fenner Carey, Lillian was born in 1899, graduated from NV High School in 1918, married Alva Woods in 1919 and had a daughter, Georgia Ellen Vance (1922-2010) and three sons, Dale (1924-1942, NVHS'42), Faymon (1927-2012), and Max Richard "Dick" (1933-2009, NVHS'51).

Feb. 12, 1943 - Henry T. Hiestand, respected farmer of Fayette County, born in 1864, passed away on Feb. 8, 1943.  He was the uncle of Gladys Hiestand Uible of New Vienna.

Feb. 16, 1943 - Walter M. Engle died Feb. 13, 1943 in Highland County.  The son of Samuel and Mary Arthur Engle, Walter was born in 1874.  He married Anna (Leanna) Denny in 1896 and had two children, Arthur Dudley Engle (NVHS'15) and Rayburn Earl Engle (NVHS'16).  His brother Dudley, died in Oct. 1942.  A sister, (Mrs. Taylor) Carrie Martin of New Vienna, survives.

Feb. 1, 1963 - Mrs. Sylvia Burton, born near New Vienna in 1876, died on Jan. 29, 1963.  Sylvia was the daughter of William and Tabitha Hubbard Achor.  Her husband, George Washington Burton died in 1957.  She was the mother of ten children, including Hugh Burton (1905-1967) of New Vienna.

1 comment:

  1. From John L: The fellow who was killed in the railroad accident died a common death for men working in that field. In those days railroad cars were not coupled the way they are today. Instead they used a link and pin method. Basically the train backed up until the brakeman could drop the pin in the coupler and it had to be done right or the worker could be crushed. Which appears to have happened in this case.

    Besides coupling cars, brakemen also walked across the tops of moving cars to apply the hand brakes to slow the train down. Imagine doing that on a dark night when it was raining or snowing. Also they had tunnels to contend with as well as smoke and cinders from the engine's smoke stack. Their lives were usually very short for not much pay.