Thursday flashback: to the street fair


Thanks to American Legion Post 49 member Paul Butler, who said of last week’s photo: “The photo looks like the concrete block pit that the American Legion Post 49 members built. and used each Remembrance Day for the after-service community chicken barbecue. It was on the land where the current post is now located.

Here are some highlights from the News Journal of January 6, 1975:


“Fighting in Indochina reaches Saigon and Phnon Penh”

“SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) – Communist forces bombed the outskirts of Saigon and Phnon Penh today as the besieged garrison in the city of Phuoc Binh stood firm for the fifth day. The bombing on the western outskirts of Saigon was the closest rocket attack to the South Vietnamese capital since before the ceasefire agreement was signed almost two years ago.

• “HOUSTON (AP) – Autopsy reports were due today on the bodies of Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson and his 5-year-old son Alexander, both found in their carbon monoxide-filled home on Sunday . ” Nine-year-old daughter Denise was in critical condition and Wilson’s wife was in fair condition.

• Some of the best films of 1974 due for the Academy Awards for Best Picture were “The Godfather, Part II”, “Lenny”, “Chinatown”, “Murder on the Orient Express”, “Young Frankenstein” and “The Longest Yard” . Disaster films were also popular, including “The Poseidon Adventure”, “The Towering Inferno” and “Earthquake. “


• The first baby of the year born at Clinton Memorial Hospital was Trisha Anne Black, born to Jaynie and Richard Black. The couple resided in Brooklyn, NY, where Richard was stationed in the US Navy, but Jaynie had previously returned to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Steoppel of Irvin Road in Blanchester, to await the birth of the baby. Blacks also had 17 month old daughter Amy Lynn.

• The Progress Club met with President Ms. Mildred Goodwin, who handed the hammer over to the new President, Ms. Eleanor Austin. The officers included Mrs. GL Schilling Jr., Mrs. Noble Grandstaff, Miss Betty Magee, Mrs. Morris Snider, Miss Ruth Haynes, Mrs. Carl Boring, Mrs. Robert Greene and Mrs. RW Kearns.

• An electrical malfunction likely led to a fire that destroyed a house on SR 72 about a mile south of SR 729 in the Sabina area, according to Sabina Fire Chief Harold Anderson.

• Retired Fire Chief Paul Stryker was honored for his 23 years of service to Port William and Liberty Township.

• Death notices included: Ernest Wilson, 85, from Sabina; Myrtie Johnson Mart, 86, of Beechgrove Road; Pauline Taylor, 52, of Vineland, NJ, 1939 graduate from Reesville High; and Charles Doster Cook, 93, of Wilmington.

• Clinton-Massie beat Little Miami as the Falcons were led by Don Goosey 18 points, Allen Wilkinson 15 and Rex Dell 14.

• A local resident reported that an eight-track stereo tape recorder with walnut grain was stolen from his car on Burdel Street.

• “On Hold for a Second Big Week” at the Murphy Theater was “The Longest Yard” with Burt Reynolds.

This undated photo is from a Wilmington Street Fair, taken from the south side of Main Street between South and Mulberry Streets. Can you tell us more? Share it at [email protected] Photo courtesy of the Clinton County Historical Society. Do you like this image ? Reproduction copies of this photo are available by calling the History Center. For more information, visit; follow them on Facebook @ClintonCountyHistory; or call 937-382-4684.


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