Crime and accomplishments in August


Crimes large and small dogged the dog days of summer. In August 1933, owners of Stewart Elevator lost $68 when the safe was blown.

In 1948, Reboulet’s store lost $3,000 in clothing and money. Several youngster were caught throwing walnuts against houses late at night, and some husky robber took 30 hens, each weighing about 4.5 pounds, from Ora Ditmer’s farm.

In 1973, a vandal or vandals spray-painted one sign and stole another of the signs honoring the Brookville 1973 State Class AA Track Champions and stole another one.

More seriously, two telephone cables in the Dayton area were cut during the telephone workers’ strike. District Boy Scout officials warned the public of people falsely collecting funds for the Boy Scouts.

In 1998, Vicki and Louis Ostendorf claimed the Brookville Middle School principal struck their daughter with a phone receiver when she was trying to call them.

August 1933 was not free of the Depression when the Brookville State Bank closed four months after going into conservatorship, leaving the village without any bank.

The school board had money for teachers’ salaries but could only tentatively schedule Sept. 25 for school opening. But valley tobacco growers learned they would get nearly $500,000 for reducing their acreage.

Three years after World War II ended, world conflict continued to be felt. The body of Robert Kem, who died during the war, was returned to Brookville in August 1948. It was a double funeral; his brother Ralph died of an illness a few days before.

New draft registration was scheduled for Aug. 30 through Sept. 18. The Brookville Star noted the new forms did not ask if the registrant was a communist.

In August 1998 the ecology became a feature when Montgomery County began recycling paper products at the facility on Webster Street.

The village paid attention to leisure activities, too. In August 1933, the Star reported nearly 5,000 attended the picnic, even though the evening activities were rained out.

In 1973 a team from TV-2, including Phil Donahue, played Trinity Lutheran Church in softball at Golden Gate Park, but the council refused to block off streets for Sunday drag races, since Dahio and Kil-Kare provided drag racing.

A golf tournament in 1998 raised more than $7,000 to help a local high school student who was recovering from an auto accident.

In 2022, Brookville applied for a Community Development Block Grant to improve accessibility for handicapped users at Golden Gate and Westbrook parks and received a second American Rescue Plan Act grant.

In August 2022, also, the area considered savings in city services when Brookville council investigated the cost of collecting its own trash and Englewood put an energy aggregation proposal on the ballot.

Local residents made news. In 1998 Heather Osswald placed first among 2,000 entrants at the National Dairy Goat Showman contest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Angie Dull became citizen of the month for her work with the chamber of commerce.

And the Conservancy District honored Dorothy Stebbins, 96, of West Alexandria, retiring as a member of the district’s Precipitation Observer Network after 51 years. Her son took over as an observer.

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