November meant voting


Of course, November news mentioned elections.

In 1933, Brookville residents elected delegates to a state convention to ratify or reject the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition. The Brookville Star reminded readers to vote for an entire column of delegates, not just for some, since the convention could not take place without a full slate.

Brookville rejected repeal by 23 votes and also voted for the state to remain dry even if the amendment was ratified. (It was.)

The Brookville Star also opposed a home rule amendment that it said would transfer some town functions to the county; the measure passed.

In the 1948 presidential election, Brookville voted for Thomas E. Dewey by 460 to 367, but Dewey lost to Harry S. Truman nationwide. The fire levy passed, as did a bond to raise part of the money for the village building.

In 1998, all school levy renewals in the area passed.

Brookville was still a small, isolated town for many years. In 1933, Trinity Lutheran Church had no qualms about hosting a black-face minstrel show, and the library, whose only income was a $1 a year subscription fee, appealed for donations of books.

Things improved, but the fire department did not incorporate until 1948 and then was soliciting donations to purchase a new truck.

In 1998, residents were still petitioning General Telephone Company to enlarge the toll-free calling area to include Englewood.

Apparently attempting to build circulation, in 1948 the Brookville Star and the Dayton Journal offered a package of both papers for $7.60 a year.

The police and fire departments were busy. In November 1948, the police announced they had solved the previous month’s coal and lumberyard burglaries.

In 1973, the fire department lost the corn crib at R. L. Zizert’s farm but saved the adjacent barn, and a fire on Air Hill Road caused $40,000 worth of damage. Also in 1973, the Brookville Party Supply was robbed.

In 2022, Fire Chief Ron Fletcher reminded residents of an open burning ban, and the Perry Township Police Officer Anthony Wynn received the department’s lifesaving award for intervening in a woman’s attempted suicide in Greene County while he was off-duty.

Schools made news. In 1998 a local family dropped a lawsuit in which they had claimed the middle school principal had struck their daughter with a phone.

In 2022, a Northmont teacher resigned after allegations of misconduct, but the parents declined to make a formal complaint, so no charges were filed.

The Brookville High School band announced its October march-a-thon, in which it paraded through the streets performing at homes of sponsors, had raised $3,200.

Later in the month, Cub Scout Pack 47 planted a Norway spruce in Golden Gate Park to be decorated every Christmas season. It also arranged to provide Christmas music over an FM transmitter for the drive-through.

In 1973, 11-year-old Teddy Landis correctly predicted winners of 20 football games during the season in the Brookville Star’s contest. He did better than his father, Brookville Star columnist Ted Landis.

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