25 years ago:
January 4, 1989
Eaton City Manager Martin D. Gabbard has announced the appointment of Dave Daily to the position of chief of the Eaton Emergency Squad. Daily has served as assistant chief since Feb 5 1988 and replaces James Eikenberry, who has held the position since 1976.
After the hard-fought November campaign, there is a new face in the Preble County Sherriff’s Office this year. Larry Green is now at the helm of the county’s law enforcement. Green said the most visible change in the department in his first year will be in the area of personal, with streamlining and reorganization being a priority.
The groundbreaking for a new restaurant in Eaton happened last week. The “Office’s Traditions Restaurant” will be built on South Barron Street. The restaurant is expected to open near the end of May.
The Northmont girls’ varsity soccer coach and former Eaton resident Bill Krintzline has been named the Mideast Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association.
50 years ago:
January 1, 1964
At a meeting held by the County Board of Education on Monday evening, three new school districts were created for Preble County from the nine that now exist. This combined Jackson, Jefferson and Monroe; Lewisburg, Verona, West Alexandria, and Lanier; and Gratis and Shawnee. Superintendent John Black said that the new districts would be effective thirty days from the December 31st date.
A Christmas tree bonfire is being planned for the residents of Eaton, according to an announcement by Virgil Barnett, City Manager. Residents are to bring their Christmas trees to Waterworks Park Thursday evening. The trees cannot be collected by the workers on the “packer trucks” because the truck cannot properly hold the bulky trees.
The Eaton Police Department has been shooting down the birds that flock in the downtown section of the city in an effort to rid the area of the menace. The first time the officers tried this method of “bird control”, they managed to shoot four of five dozen, but they roost in the trees by the hundreds. The Preble County Commissioners had the trees at the West side of the courthouse trimmed and now the birds sit on the window ledges of the adjacent buildings, creating another hazard for the people in the center of the city.
75 years ago:
January 4, 1939
The city of Eaton will ask for a reduction of light rates for 1939. This issue was presented at Friday night’s Council meeting by Cecil Stephens. The councilmen voted unanimously to back the issue and City Solicitor, Walter H. Earley was ordered to prepare a petition to be submitted to the company.
At its meeting Monday night, The Eaton School Board named Homer E. Kramer, prominent Washington Twp. Farmer, to serve as a member of the board. The vacancy that Kramer will fill was cause by the death of William Johnson, who passed in November.
Frank Miller, Preble County Common Pleas Court Bailiff, found two pearls in a purchase of oysters he made at the local A&P market last week. Mr. Miller did not find the pearls until after the oysters had been cooked, and consequently their value was gone, as the stones are no good once they are heated.
Preble County received $1,247.67 as its share of the November distribution of Ohio’s retail sales tax.
100 years ago:
December 31, 1913
The inmates at the County Infirmary enjoyed a delightful Christmas treat on Sunday afternoon when the ladies of the W.C.T.U. gave the fifty-five wards of the county a treat of candy, oranges and nuts.