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January 11, 2024

In Retrospect

100 YEARS AGO

JANUARY 11, 1924

January 3: The class of 1921 of the R H S held its second annual reunion at the Villa Hotel where a banquet was served after which a meeting was held at the Billiken hall. A business session was held at which time George Street was elected president and Miss Josephine Sidle secretary and treasurer. Music and dancing were then enjoyed until a late hour.

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January 10: In writing the Gazette to renew his subscription, A. Hodges, former resident of Richwood, now of Sumner Washington says: “We are having some winter in Washington. West of the Cascades it runs from 5 to 30 degrees above and at Spokane and Walla Walla 5 to 10 below, east of the Cascades. It is warming up a little here now. We have not had a snow here I the Puyallup valley yet. Everybody is real well, no flue to speak of.”

75 YEARS AGO

JANUARY 11, 1949

January 6: Neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Karpik came with their corn pickers and wagons Monday afternoon to harvest their corn crop. The work, not completed on account of inclement weather, will be resumed as soon as conditions permit. Mr. Karpik who is in the Veterans Hospital, at Dayton, is reported in as good condition as could be expected at this time.

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January 13: After twenty-five years in the hardware business in Richwood Myron A. Miller, because of ill health, has sold his store. The purchases are D. K. Davis and Glen G. Hughes, who have formed a partnership with Mr. Davis as store manager. The new concern will be known as the Davis-Hughes Hardware. Mr. Hughes was the pastor of the First Methodist church in Richwood for three years form 1938 to 1941, He is now located at Celina, Ohio. Mr. Hughes said this morning “I have always liked Richwood and have felt that I would some day return to make my home here. Now I know I will.” Mr. Davis is a well known farmer here and was formerly Chevrolet Dealer and Real Estate Agent in Richwood. Since his son will do the farming he is free to give full time to the hardware. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have no immediate plans except to rest. They do not expect to leave Richwood. L. E. Miller will still be connected with the store.

50 YEARS AGO

JANUARY 11, 1974

January 3: Several months ago, The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that Ohio will convert to a completely new driver license issuance system as of Jan. 1, 1974. The new system will feature a streamlined network of specially – equipped deputy registrars, who will issue photo licenses directly over the counter. Deputy Registrar Larry Fitzgerald, McAuliffe’s in Marysville, and Clerk Shirley Griffin demonstrate new photo drivers license machine. In accordance with the Ohio’s Motor Vehicle’ Bureau, applicants for driver’s license will have to travel out of Richwood to special registrars who were chosen to receive these photo – license machines. (photo accompanies)

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January 10: The North Union Little League is sponsoring the first of two bi-annual stag fish frys at the American Legion Hall, Richwood. Residents of Richwood and the surrounding communities are invited to support the events as they have done so well in the past. Tickets may be purchased from any Little League coach or at Markley State Farm office. If a coach is in need of more tickets please contact the State Farm office or Ron “Ink” Monroe, L. L. commissioner.

25 YEARS AGO

JANUARY 11, 1999

January 6: They all had a story to tell, but Florence Thompson’s Teddy was voted winner in the First Annual Bears of Union County Contest staged at Decorating On A Shoestring. Teddy’s story began when he was given to little Florence Smith, who was a toddler. Not long after their relationship began, Teddy was believed to have been lost in a fire which completely destroyed the Smith family residence. Miraculously, however, Teddy was found among the ashes by neighbors helping to sift through the rubble for possessions. ( photo accompanies complete story)

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January 13: The New Year will bring changes for Kathy Davis, manager of Farmers State Bank. Davis and her husband Jim have purchased Richwood Flowers & Gifts, the takeover from former owner Bobbie Hall. As a result, the bank loan officer will leave her post after 10½ years service at the local financial institution. “It was a hard decision to make, but Jim and I decided it would be best for the community”. The couple anticipates the re-opening of the greenhouse where vegetable plants will be gown from seed, ready for spring planting. (photo accompanies complete story)

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January 13: Richwood and the surrounding area collectively congratulate the Richwood VFW Post 870, as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Chartered January 14, 1973, the local veterans organization now boasts a membership over 150.

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