Through The Years
October 28-November 3
5 years (2007)
Deaths: Larry Montgomery, Virginia Newsom, Gilbert McHenry, Perry Griffin, Geneva Hall, James Foote, Melvin Glenn Sr., June Larison, Carl Rothrock.
Wedding anniversary celebrated: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hendrickson, 40 years.
According to an article by SEW Editor Tom Douglas, Ken Brighton, Gosport High School graduate and former Owen Valley Middle School teacher, had recently published his first college-level textbook. Entitled Coming of Age: The Education and Development of Young Adolescents, the text attempted to fill a void in recent literature dealing with the developmental traits and issues of middle school students. Brighton and his family made their home in Vermont, where he was at the time Chairman of the Education Department at Johnson State College.
Sarah Goddard, an OVHS graduate and Huntington University student, received special recognition from the Baptist Press for her leadership as editor of the university’s Hamiltonian, which won first place in the overall newspaperdivision I category.
OVHS Marching Patriot Band and Guard was preparing for a MidStates Band Association competition with 27 other bands in its class near Dayton Ohio. The previous week, the guard had won first place in its class at a MSBA competition in Madison, with the band placing fourth.
Anna Eddy, senior middle hitter and captain of the OVHS volleyball team, was selected as the Fall Patriot Award winner.
The Hamilton Center honored Lori Thatcher-Quillen with its Community Award.
10 years (2002)
Births: Tom and Penny Arthur, girl.
Deaths: Isaac Rahe, Kenneth Day, Fern Jewell, Dorothy Pickens, Harold Spannan, Margaret Mallo, Claretta Bennett, Isaiah Haines, Victoria Cole, Diane Wall, Nina Helton, Dorothy Bullerdick, Edgar Kemp, Nellie Campbell, Fern, Bucklew, Irene Ooley, Edgar Kemp, Harold Haagensen, Edna Britton, Mary Courtney.
Anniversary celebrated: Norman and Joanne Ward, 50 years.
Margaret Tucker was honored at the Owen County Democrats’ annual hog roast for 32 years of outstanding service as an elected official and for her service to her party.
Emily Dieter and Keith Bixler were selected as Owen County’s Outstanding 4-Hers for 2002.
Value Market opened in Cloverdale as owner Bill Grider, Jr., moved his grocery to its new location near I-70. In addition to space for the grocery, the building included room for an additional tenant.
Citizens for OVHS announced an information night for the high school renovation project. Those attending would hear presentations by the architect, financial planner, and the task force; would be given a tour of the building and have an opportunity to have questions answered. This week’s papers included several letters to the editor either supporting or opposing the renovation.
Kevin Owens and Steven Patton were among the Ivy Tech-Aviation Technology students awarded scholarships by the Indiana Business Aviation Association.
Scout Master John Leichter, Landon Leichter and Jordan Smithson were selected to become candidates of the Order of the Arrow and completed the required Ordeal. The purpose of the Ordeal is for the candidate to reflect on his own Scout life and character and come to a deeper understanding of the Scout Oath or Promise and the principles of the Order so they can more effectively provide leadership in camping and cheerful service to their troop.
Halloween activities included a “Jesus Instead” party at the Gosport Christian Church, Trick-or- Treat at The Residence at McCormick’s Creek, a Halloween party and haunted house at the Gosport Volunteer Fire Department, a haunted house at the fairgrounds sponsored by the Spencer-Owen Fund Group for Kids, a Halloween Dance and a Children’s Halloween party at the Spencer American Legion, a “safe Halloween” at the Spencer National Guard Armory. A Halloween lunch at the Owen County Art Guild would include Road Kill Supreme and Dracula’s Delight soups; and Ghoul’s Guts, Squeal and Squeak, or Squeak on a Raft sandwich. The Spencer Lions Club, turning “fright night” into “Sight Night,” would be collecting old eyeglasses and hearing aids during trick-or-treat hours.
The COUNT US! Motorcade traveled through Owen County on its journey from Washington, Indiana, to Indianapolis protesting new-terrain I-69 proposals. Participants were encouraged to bring two photos of things they would miss most if the new terrain I-69 were to come to pass. Those photos would be posted on a wall which had been set aside at their Indianapolis destination and would then be delivered to Governor Frank O’Bannon.
The Owen County Art Guild announced an exhibit throughout November of the works of local artists Isabel Goldberg and Charlotte Allbritten. Mrs. Allbritten recalled that in the early years of the guild, Mrs. Helen Emerson Wesley, artist and owner of the Emerson Furniture Store in Spencer, sponsored an art contest beginning in October and ending on Christmas Eve. Artists were asked to hang their paintings on the walls of the store and the public was invited to come in and vote for their favorite painting.
25 years (1987)
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Mark Moore, boy; Mr. and Mrs. John Truax, girl.
Deaths: Dorothy Hedden, Iva Ekey, Paula Bastin, Theodore Hauser, Sheila Coleman, James Wolf, Patricia Clodfelter, Francis “Pat” Ahlemeyer, Zelma Gray, Mary Abrell, William Keown, Ruby Sanders.
Anniversary celebrated: Robert and Phyllis McGinnis, 40 years.
Hannah, Trowbridge, age four, and sister, six-year-old Amber, were pictured with two huge pumpkins they grew on “Papaw Charlie” Trowbridge’s farm. Hannah was sitting on the larger one, a 110-pound monster.
Switz City (Central), L & M, and Worthington school systems voted to sign a joint resolution stating their intention to consolidate their school districts. The consolidation was anticipated for 1987.
Sandy Swain, naturalist at Mc- Cormick’s Creek State Park, wrote an interesting article on our whitetailed deer in which she included some of the animal’s history in Indiana. Though they were plentiful prior to 1850, the lack of hunting regulations resulted in their numbers decreasing to the point where regulations established in 1857 allowed hunters to take deer only from August through December. Herds continued to dwindle until the last known white-tailed deer was shot in 1893. In the 1930s, deer were reintroduced into Indiana, being released in military installments and Brown County State Park. Deer hunting was not allowed until 1951. This writer thinks her readers will agree they have certainly thrived in Indiana.
Sophomore Erika Stierwalt represented Owen Valley in cross country regionals in Indianapolis, having qualified by placing ninth overall in the sectionals on the IU course. She had previously that fall won the West Central Conference title.
A front-page photo showed Owen Valley Middle School’s Principal, Jerry McCanna, and assistant principal Beverly Moore dressed as Donald and Daisy Duck. After visiting Spencer Elementary classrooms at the invitation of SES Principal Terry McDaniel, McCanna quipped, “These kids probably can’t wait to get to the middle school, now that they know what kind of a zoo it is.”
The new Hardee’s on West Morgan Street celebrated its grand opening with food discounts, coupon giveaways, appearances by local celebrities, and a live remote broadcast by Spencer radio station WLSO.
Biscuit Junction on Highway 67 north of Spencer was closed temporarily for cleanup following a fire.
Marilyn Kay DeFord and Sally Vance of MK Yarn Shop were pictured with sixth graders in OVMS home economics classes demonstrating for the students some of the skills involved in the art of cross-stitching.
50 years (1962)
Births: Mr. and Mrs. James Chapman, girl; Mr. and Mrs. Merle Stwalley, boy.
Deaths: Clay Christiansen, Mattie
Meek, Gerald Galloway, Roy Smith, William Noel, Hilda Moore, Oval Graham, Josephine Huber, Carl Abrell, Baxter Harmon.
Between 150 and 200 people attended a survival session presented by Robert Sheppard, Owen County Civil Defense Director, in cooperation with the Spencer Town Board, Chamber of Commerce, school officials and a citizens’ advisory committee. Several presenters provided those attending with the most urgently-needed information for survival in case of an enemy attack or in case this community should be in a fall-out area where radiation danger might exist. Mel Boyer demonstrated radiation detecting equipment; Tad Wilson, local National Guard commander, explained the role of the Guard and the armory in case of emergency, and Don Edwards showed a series of films illustrating family and farm fallout protection steps which could be taken. Also, an exhibit showed supplies and equipment necessary for family unit protection.. Sheppard also revealed that the county had public fallout protection space for no more than 500 people, but that as yet none of that space was stocked and equipped for use. Only three buildings had been approved as suitable for setting up fallout shelter areas, with no buildings in the county outside of Spencer meeting the requirements.
Babbs’ Red and White Supermarket announced their store would begin on November 1 issuing Royal Gift Stamps with every purchase. Completed books of stamps could be redeemed for some of the hundreds of items available at the Royal Gift Center in Vincennes.
The author of the Gosport school news reported the names of Gosport’s junior high cheerleaders as Betsy Babbs, Harriet Wall, Sharon Carrithers, Linda Kaylor, Debby Lambert and Linda Hall.
Also reported were varsity cheerleaders for Cloverdale High School: Julia Cooksey, Lana Barnett, Sherrie Sparks, and Joan Allegree. Cloverdale’s freshmen cheerleaders were Pam Price, Cathy Mc- Cullough, Terri Reed, and Virginia McKamey.
The headline for November 2 read, “Spencer-Gosport Net Battle to Open Season,” followed by “Indians Invade Cop-Land for Season- Opener Tonight.” The front page also showed the Gosport “Dope Sheet,” listing player and school information. Basketball and intracounty rivalries were top news!
This week’s listing of area basketball schedules included quite a list of advertisers in addition to regular ads. Long-time local residents will remember some of the businesses represented: Gray’s Store, Alexander’s Appliances, Daniels Signs, Greene’s Auto, Coley & Schroer Implement Co., Moss & Money Drug Store, Frye Garage, Ingall’s Buick-Pontiac, Ashley’s Restaurant, Bayh Hardware, Duling Appliances, J. R. Emerson Furniture, El Patio Motel, Everett’s Feed Store, Gilliland Texaco Service, John King Insurance, Dick Lewis Appliances, Metzger Lumber Company, Miller Cleaners, Pietzuch Studio, Pogue Dodge Sales, Propers Motor Sales, Redwood Inn, Riggs Department Store, Shoppers World, Spencer Dry Goods, Spencer Hotel Coffee Shop, Taylor’s Gulf Service, Townsend Lumber, Tresslar’s Store, Woodcock Sinclair, Clayton Winders and Sons, Litten’s IGA, Johnson’s Grocery, Needy Electric, Chic Bain Insurance, Frank Edwards Chevrolet, Schneider’s Meat Market, Emerson Drug Store, Anderson Orchard, Halfhill Grocery, Frosty Drive-In, Drescher’s Funeral Home.
Money’s Variety Store advertised as a pre-Christmas suggestion a portable typewriter for $49.50.
At the Tivoli: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Polly Bergen in “Cape Fear.”
75 years (1937)
Deaths: Dortha Atwood, Mary Kibby, Idella Shonk, Grant Bean, Merritt Noel, Thomas Querry,
Clarence Ooley, an IU sophomore and Spencer High School graduate, was selected by basketball coach Everett Dean as one of the first-year centers for his varsity Hoosier team.
A fire at the Spencer Baptist Church was controlled by firemen of the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department, leaving the church with an estimated $1,500 damage. It was anticipated that the entire floor of the auditorium would have to be replaced, and the church suffered a significant amount of smoke and water damage. A fire ten years earlier had destroyed the church, leaving only the walls standing.
Dittemore and Schwab, on the west side of the square, advertised for what appear now to be impressive sale prices: men’s dress shirts for 99 cents and ties for a quarter, men’s hats for $1.79, ladies’ blouses “in smart styles and the new fall colors” for 89 cents, and outing flannel for 13 cents a yard.
Renos Spangler, principal of Spencer High School, was elected president of the White River Valley Basketball Conference. Bloomfield was added to the conference, which included six other teams: Spencer, Clay City, Jasonville, Midland, Lyons, and Switz City.
A man and his son from Kirksville confessed in Monroe Circuit Court that they stole chickens the previous May from Ross Edwards and Dave Hawkins, who live south of Spencer. The man was taken to both farms by state police and Sheriff Col. Richardson, admitting he had stolen fowls from the two farms. The owners said they had never been aware of the thefts. Having admitted to stealing chickens in Monroe, Owen, Lawrence, and Green counties, the man was sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined $50 and costs for second degree burglary; his son was fined $10 and costs and sentenced to six months on the state penal far for petit larceny.
Winter coats styles described on the women’s page included square cut lines, broad shoulders, and fur sleeves of beaver, fox, or seal.
Owen hunters were anticipating a plentiful supply of game that year. The season on quail, Hungarian partridge, and rabbits was to open November 10, with the three-day pheasant season to open November 11. The open season on ducks would be 30 days beginning November 1.
While drilling on a Greene County farm, drillers attempting to locate a “dome” of oil believed by geologists to extend from Greene County and northeast through Clay and Owen counties into Putnam County, struck salt water. Striking salt water was considered by drilling experts to be a sure sign that there was no oil to be found in the vicinity. All drilling there was stopped, the derrick removed, and the rig moved to near Sandborn to drill another test well. Readers of this column will remember that thousands of acres of land were under lease in Owen County, with oil activities in the area at its highest peak in history to that point.
Following “Jimmie’s Healthatorial” was the weekly special for Jimmie’s Highway Grill: grilled beef tenderloin stripped with bacon and smothered with mushroom sauce, French fried potatoes, special salad with French dressing, and Spencer’s best coffee for 35 cents. Longtime residents will remember that the Highway Grill was located on the northwest corner of Main and Morgan streets.
A forest fire starting on a farm northwest of Vandalia burned nearly 1,000 acres of woodland. It was estimated that the timber loss could run into several thousands of dollars, with some of the finest growths of virgin woods tracts in the county destroyed or badly damaged. Though not confirmed, it was believed that hickory nut gatherers may have accidentally dropped a match or a cigarette in the dry leaves.
Indiana distributors of Laymon’s products attended a sales convention in Spencer. Guests included managers of the Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Chicago; and Davenport, Iowa branches along with a group of Iowa salesmen. [Note: For those who are unfamiliar with Laymon’s World Products, it was located on the north side of the square and, according to Owen County’s official website, it “was once the largest distributor of counter display cards in the country and employed over one hundred and twenty-five local people during the depression, as well as hundreds of salesmen.” It’s most famous products were Laymon’s Aspirin and Twenty Grand razor blades.]
The Railway Express Agency, which operated truck lines to haul express through Spencer, using Spencer as a terminal for its Indianapolis Vincennes route, appeared before the Public Service commission in Indianapolis to gain a permanent permit for its line. It had been operating under a temporary order since the Pennsylvania passenger train service was scheduled to be removed. Though objection by local residents and business led to the continuation of the train, the express company continued to haul by truck and would continue to do so. The express company representatives made it clear that a permanent permit did not necessarily mean the company would not be able to return its business to the railroad.
Bayh Hardware was offering a $1 allowance for any old lamp to apply on the purchase price of any Aladdin lamp. This would allow the customer to purchase the “amazing new 1937 Aladdin Kerosene Mantle Lamp” for only $3.95.
At the Tivoli: A Friday-Saturday double feature. First: “Martin Johnson’s greatest adventure picture, Borneo.” Second: “No. 1 Singer! No. 1 Rider! No. 1 Action Star! In the No. 1 picture of his thrill-filled screen successes!” Who else but Gene Autry, in ‘Yodelin’ Kid from Pineridge,’ with Smiley Burnette and Ann Rutherford.
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