Columns by Regina Villiers

Regina Villiers

Regina Villiers

We are pleased to feature articles written by Regina Villiers on our website. These articles were featured weekly in Suburban Life-Press. There are over 600 stories about Madeira published over a span of fifteen years and we have the honor to host them on our website.

Regina Villiers was a columnist for Suburban Life for about 15 years, starting in 1992. This is where the articles that will be featured on this website were published.  She also wrote articles in The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati and Ohio magazines, and 50 Plus.  Her articles were also published in numerous national, and general interest magazines. Among them are: Oh, Idaho, The Golf Quarterly, In Kentucky, Country Collectibles, Lady’s Circle, and various gardening magazines.  She currently writes fiction, which has been published in literary journals such as The South Carolina Review, Appalachian Heritage, Eureka Literary Magazine, Pembroke, Journal of Kentucky Studies, and most recently, Karamu.

Women remember WWII

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published November 8, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added November 12, 2017. It isn’t so easy to find World War II veterans these days th...

Take time to remember forgotten heroines

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published November 26, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added November 12, 2017. Since this is the month to honor veterans, and the column ...

Historical Society finds future home

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published October 6, 1999 in The Suburban Life, added October 16, 2017. Dr. Parke B. Johnston and his wife, Phyllis, recently met ...

Postcards become instant artifacts

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published October 17, 2001 in The Suburban Life, added October 16, 2017.   Nelson Hoffmann has been a mainstay of the Madeira ...

Madeira schools will celebrate 80 years

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published September 17, 2003 in The Suburban Life, added September 14, 2017. On the second weekend in October, Madeira schools will ...

Story happens in my own backyard

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published September 10, 2003 in The Suburban Life, added September 14, 2017. Back at the beginning of summer when managing editor ...

Machine age beginnings in Madeira

By Regina Villiers. Originally published August 25, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added August 15, 2017. When Brownie Morgan, as a teenager, first worked on the farms...

40-somethings treasure Dot, Mack

By Regina Villiers. Originally published August 25, 1999 in The Suburban Life, added August 15, 2017.     When Dorothy (“Dot”) Baldridge died July 27,...

Students learn Madeira history step by step

By Regina Villiers. Originally published July 10, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added July 13, 2017. I worked closely with a Mrs. Jeanne Gulick’s fifth-and sixth- grade s...

Know what was Madeira’s hub during 19th century?

By Regina Villiers. Originally published July 21, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added July 13, 2017. In the last part of the 19th century, social life in Madeira centered...

Traction cars gave Madeira residents a way out of town

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published June 1, 1994 in the Suburban Life, added June 14, 2017. After all these years, the old “traction” line is still spoken of n...

No doubt about it, Madeira loves a parade

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published June 30, 1993 in the Suburban Life, added June 14, 2017. I love a parade.  I may as well admit that up front and get i...

Remember when boys published their newspaper?

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published May 26, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added May 11, 2017. In the old-time movies, bored Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney ...

It’s just the way a neighborhood should be

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published May 19, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added May 11, 2017. “It’s a lovely day in the neighborhood,” sings Mr. Rogers of chi...

Search continues for a missing mayor’s photos

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published April 15, 1998 in The Suburban Life, added April 7, 2017. Madeira Police Chief Gerald Beckman is still trying to solve a ...

Madeira woman, WWII veteran reflects on her storied life

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published April 19, 2000 in The Suburban Life, added April 7, 2017. Eunice Hehnke Younker, a female veteran of World War II, was a ...

Teachers deserve more than day of appreciation

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published March 27, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added March 9, 2017. I’ve seen bumper stickers that say: “If you can read...

Road names have special meanings in Madeira

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published March 8, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added March 9, 2017.   Many street names traditionally come from names of ...

New store: Better than crackers in a barrel

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published February 11, 2004 in The Suburban Life, added February 13, 2017. Quite a few weeks ago, Wanda, one of my favorite scanners ...

Talk of radio programs hits Madeira with nostalgia   

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published February 8, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added February 13, 2017.   The waves of nostalgia awash in the audience would ...

Many remember dedicated, nurturing teacher

By Regina Villiers. Originally published January 28, 1998 in The Suburban Life, added January 14, 2017.   When the subject of school and teachers arises in conversations ...

Railroad was once Madeira’s link to the world

By Regina Villiers. Originally published January 20, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added January 14, 2017.     While I always happily accept any suggestions ...

Hollywood actress remembers Madeira store

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published December 1, 2004 in The Suburban Life, added December 14, 2016. Now and then in a lifetime of writing stories, an idea will ...

With a little help from my friends…

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published December 1, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added December 14, 2016.   You’ve all heard, over and over, the cliché, “You’re never t...

Life’s stories told through death

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published November 27, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added November 14, 2016. Dan McDonald, who was Madeira’s longest-serving ma...

Retired principal talks about history of school

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published November 10, 2004 in The Suburban Life, added November 14, 2016. Billed as the monthly meeting of the Madeira ...

Columnist learns value of recycling newspapers

By Regina Villiers. Originally published October 30, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added October 14, 2016. Stories for these columns come from various sources and get...

Case house a sturdy reminder of Madeira’s past

By Regina Villiers. Originally published October 14, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added October 14, 2016.   In its time, the old Case house on Camargo Road...

Ward spends life serving city

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published September 10, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added September 15, 2016. Russell Ward has spent most of his life in Madeira, a...

School’s fresh, but faraway, memory

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published September 2, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added September 15, 2016. As children throughout Madeira and across the l...

Memories of city building live on

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published August 12, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added August 16, 2016. When the old Madeira city hall, which once had been Madeira’s Me...

Remembering horses and buggies and mules

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published August 18, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added August 16, 2016. Brownie Morgan remembers horse and buggy days in Madeira.  H...

Former usher remembers Camargo Theater

  By Regina Villiers. Originally published July 10, 2002 in The Suburban Life, added July 13, 2016. Back in March, Jim Eichmann, a former usher at the...

Cemetery in front yard tells a story

  By Regina Villiers. Originally published July 8, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added July 13, 2016. Most of us in Madeira have ordinary yards with tree, shrubbery...

Historical gala a novel event

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published June 28, 2000 in The Suburban Life, added June 13, 2016. If you closed your eyes on this soft June evening, you ...

Grandpa Elliott gets around, just not on horses

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published June 20, 2001 in The Suburban Life, added June 13, 2016. Back in March when Abraham Lincoln (also known as Stan Wernz) came ...

Morgan’s Raiders display offers step back in time

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published May 17, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added May 13, 2016. Bill Samuel of Madeira first called me about it.  “I thought you mig...

DeMar family history recorded in survivor’s book

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published May 14, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added May 13, 2016. This is the last of three columns about the DeMar family. The ...

Cornet Band featured many DeMars

By Regina Villiers.   Originally published April 30, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added April 14, 2016. (This is the second of three columns about the DeMar family.) ...

DeMar name dates back to early Madeira days

By Regina Villiers.   Originally published April 16, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added April 14, 2016.   (This is the first of a three-column series on ...

Hunting in Madeira helped support families

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published March 26 in The Suburban Life, added March 13, 2016. Did you ever start out with a destination in mind and end up somewhere ...

Mayor Brown was popular in Madeira

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published March 3, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added March 13, 2016. H. Russell Brown was the mayor of Madeira for two terms, ...

Valentine Memories

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published February 10, 1993 in the Suburban Life, added February 15, 2016. Scraps of construction paper, mostly red, pink, and ...

Commuter train –lifeline of Madeira

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published February 3, 1993 in the Suburban Life, added February 15, 2016.   Brownie Morgan’s lifelong fascination with trains di...

Mary Lou DeMar called two Madeira Sears houses home

  By Regina Villiers.   Originally published January 19, 2000 in The Suburban Life, added January 11, 2016 Mary Lou DeMar, a Madeira artist, has a ...

So different; so familiar Madeira of 1913 much smaller, but still had hometown feel

By Regina Villiers.   Originally published January 24, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added January 11, 2016 When Naomi Bain Henn sat down several years ago and wrote ...

Remember when sledders, skaters flocked to Madeira?

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published December 9, 1992  in the Suburban Life, added December 14, 2015   There was a time, several decades ago, when M...

Principal quarterbacks school to national honor

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published December 10, 1997 in the Suburban Life, added December 14, 2015 This is a story about good things happening to good people. I ...

Madeira News gives glimpse of past

By Regina Villiers. Originally published  November 25, 1992 in the Suburban Life, added November 15, 2015 Alma Linn called me recently and offered me the use of some ...

‘Miss Nelly’ seen in wildflowers, birds

By Regina Villiers. Originally published October 8, 1997 in the Suburban Life, added November 15, 2015   Whenever conversation shifts to Madeira history or...

Madeira has ghosts in its own haunted house

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally Published in October 26, 1994 in The Suburban Life, added October 14, 2015. Madeira may or may not have its own haunted ...

Area’s roots date back 100 years

By Regina Villiers.  Originally Published in October 1998 in the Madeira-Mariemont-Terrace Park Guide, added October 14, 2015. Almost a century after its beginnings ...

Helen Morgan’s story worth telling, long overdue

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published September 15, 1999 in The Suburban Life, added September 14, 2015. If I worked for “60 Minutes” or any of the TV news...

History students digging for answers about old mill

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published September 14, 1994 in The Suburban Life, added September 14, 2015.      If you tend to think of delinquency and tee...

When life was one giant picnic

By Regina Villiers. Originally published August 14, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added August 14, 2015.   An area from Kenwood Road and Shawnee Run to Camargo...

Oscar Meyer driving force for much of Madeira’s history

By Regina Villiers. Originally published August 31, 1994 in The Suburban Life, added August 14, 2015.   These days, he’s a reticent man when it comes to t...

Madeira man eagerly shares history facts

  By Regina Villiers.  Originally published July 12, 2000 in The Suburban Life, added July 14, 2015       The name Clifford Behrmann ...

End of an era:  Friendly’s closes doors in Madeira

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published July 20, 1994 in The Suburban Life, added July 14, 2015     Sometimes I get the feeling that everything ...

Tice's Grocery Store ruled Madeira for 10 years

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published June 25, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added June 13, 2015.   Many of us remember with nostalgia Dot and Mack’s Grocery, wh...

Memories of Madeira’s Bauer family fading

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published June 13, 2001 in The Suburban Life, added June 13, 2015.   I’ve had this story on the back burner for a long time.  If ...

Property turned into nature center, arboretum

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published May 9, 2001 in The Suburban Life, added May 13, 2015   Nestled in a quiet niche next door to the library on Miami ...

Madeira teacher retires after 35-year run

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published November 9, 2005 in The Suburban Life, added May 13, 2015 When the 2005-2006 school year for Madeira High School opened ...

Last moments of B-17 bomber captured in painting

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published April 29, 1998 in The Suburban Life, added April 14, 2015.   When Les LeFevre toured a World War II B-17 bomber ...

Summer writing vacation interrupted by noisy ghost

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published August 23, 2000 in The Suburban Life, added April 14, 2015. For summer vacations, some people flock to beaches to char themselves ...

No Complaints to register with this ‘machine’

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published February 14,1996 in the Suburban Life, added March 14, 2015 If you walk into one of my favorite Madeira hangouts, the Bookshelf, ...

That’s Precinct ‘H’ – as in home

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published March 13,1996 in the Suburban Life, added March 14, 2015   I’m not a person who does anything for 25 years at...

Memories of Juler Avenue stretch all the way to Florida

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published February 23, 1994 in The Suburban Life, added February 13, 2015.   When I wrote about my street, Juler Avenue, several ...

This Brownie’s viewfinder sees nothing but beauty

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published February 2, 1994 in The Suburban Life, added February 13, 2015.   You could draw comparison after comparison between ...

How do you get a name like Jethve?

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published November 3, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added January 14, 2015 When I first moved to Madeira and saw the street name Jethve ...

When a man becomes a boy  

By Regina Villiers. Originally published July 28, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added January 14, 2015     If boys grow up and become men when they put...

Christmas was magic, without razzle-dazzle

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published December 23, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added December 13, 2014 In earlier days in Madeira, Christmas holidays centered ...

Remembering the ghosts of Christmas presents

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published December 11, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added December 13, 2014   From what I read and hear, the hot toys this ...

When Madeira went to War, a homespun newsletter followed WWII troops around the world

By Regina Villiers. Originally published November 11, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added November 13, 2014.     At the height of action in World...

“Sawdust and Shavings” prompts vets’ memories

By Regina Villiers. Originally published November 11, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added November 13, 2014.     About 250 servicemen from the Madeira area...

Farming, love for animals all in the Hosbrook family

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published July 26, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added October 14, 2014           Of the 10 children ...

Many a kid knew Dot and Mack

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published  October 28, 1992 in the Suburban Life, added October 14, 2014   It wasn’t the mall in Kenwood. It wasn’t even Kroge...

Hosbrooks settled Madeira area 200 years ago

By Regina Villiers. Originally published July 12, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added September 12, 2014     The Hosbrook family name and Madeira are...

Madeira’s first teacher had several occupations

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published July 19, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added September 12, 2014.   After John Hosbrook died in a snowstorm in 1798, ...

This wasn't what was intended for barn

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published September 22, 1993 in The Suburban Life, added August 14, 2014   It was one an elegant little barn with a gabled roof.  F...

Loss of Madeira friend takes bit of city's history

By Regina Villiers. Originally published January 11, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added August 14, 2014.   She was a remarkable woman and a most unique friend...

Getting to know Miss Hosbrook

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published April 15, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added July 12, 2014     From the first time I saw her, I wanted to ...

Muchmore's barn left as legacy for Madeira

By Regina Villiers. Originally published April 13, 1994 in The Suburban Life, added July 12, 2014   The dissension over the fate of the historic Muchmore and...

WWII vet recalls D-Day, and service

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published June 14, 2000 in The Suburban Life, added June 14, 2014.   As people across the country arose on the morning of ...

Firemen save lives...and keep a tidy house, too

By Regina Villiers.  Originally published October 4, 1995 in The Suburban Life, added June 14, 2014   Recently I experienced one of life’s highs, a moment in...

Welcome to my hometown

By Regina Villiers. Originally published January 15, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added May 15, 2014. After all these years, I have a home town. Now you may think...

Writers serve as idols, inspire hideaway

By Regina Villiers. Originally published August 11, 1999 in The Suburban Life, added May 15, 2014. I’m a paradox. I’ve never been to a class reunion, and the thought of ...

Grandmother's heart offers images of love

By Regina Villiers. Originally published September 5, 2001 in The Suburban Life, added April 15, 2014.   Becoming a grandparent was never one of my dreams...

World War II vet always a musician

By Regina Villiers. Originally published July 11, 2001 in The Suburban Life, added April 15, 2014. Sometimes a story takes off on its own and ends up in a totally...

Mystery Man or Just Snow Job?

By Regina Villiers. Originally published January 29, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added March 16, 2014. My friend, Rich King, who used to reign on Cincinnati radio,...

This Old Soldier Not About to Fade Away

By Regina Villiers. Originally published November 20, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added March 16, 2014. The old soldiers from World War I have mostly faded away by...

Man with Madeira Roots Wrote Inspiring Book

By Regina Villiers. Originally published March 13, 2002 in The Suburban Life, added February 18, 2014. Sometimes a story gets hold of me and just won’t let go, especially i...

Diary Captures Life of 1800’s

By Regina Villiers. Originally published September 24, 1997 in The Suburban Life, added February 18, 2014. Most of us, when we keep diaries or journals, think of them...

Hosbrook Bird Sanctuary Provides Peaceful Oasis

By Regina Villiers. Originally published May 13, 1992 in The Suburban Life, added January 15, 2014. When Miss Nelle Hosbrook died in 1975 she realized she couldn’t take h...

When Cornets Were Close at Hand

By Regina Villiers. Originally published August 7, 1996 in The Suburban Life, added January 15, 2014. In the days before cable TV and MTV, people entertained themselves...