2012-12-17 / Columns

Through the Years

by Carolyn Livingston ckmliving@gmail.com

December 16-22 5 years (2007)

Deaths: Elmer Sutherlen, William Cassady Jr., Rosalinda Patton, Mina Ahlemeyer, Charles Pennington, Thelma Sharr.

Phil Snodgrass retired after 35 years as a rural letter carrier.

Having earned Eagle Scout rank, Brothers Ryan, Matthew, and Travis Bixler were shown with Troop 295 Scoutmasters John Leichter and Twonya Campbell.

Spencer Town Council approved an annexation proposal that included three areas: White Oaks Estates, the east side of the Owen County Fairgrounds, and the Rostone/Greenbriar Apartments properties. 10 years (2002)

Births: Stephanie Campbell and Trevor Powell, boy.

Deaths: Alfred White, Mary White, Jerry Cheeseman, Leland Hill, David Redman, Ruth Hamilton, Frances Towell, Mary Nelson, Rachel Dayhuff, William Howard.

Anniversary celebrated: Carl and Rosella Parks, 65 years.

Members of the Spencer Christian Church honored their recently retired pastor, James Root, by establishing a scholarship in his name to be awarded to a student planning to enter into full-time Christian service and attending a college or seminary affiliated with Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. The scholarship fund would be administered by the Owen County Community Foundation.

Owen County State Bank held an open reception honoring Gerald Wells on his retirement after 41 years of service to the bank.

Katey Arthur, a member of Cathleen’s Extreme Team, was one of only 180 Indiana girls in level 4 to qualify for the Indiana Fall State Meet, where she earned the third place title for her level.

To honor retired Owen Valley High School vocational agriculture teacher Jack Simmerman, the Spencer Lions Club presented a check to the department for a special aquaculture lab project.

The Tivoli Teen Center held its final event under the guidance of Jeff and Maria Barker, who had recently moved from Coal City to Fort Branch. Proceeds from the concert featuring Thundercore and StATe oF shOcK would benefit the families of two youths who had sustained major medical problems, 18-year-old Michael Raymond and Michael Sullivan, age 13.

Scott and Rhonda Meadows, with adopted twins Zakri and Jessika traveled to Los Angeles to be included in a nationally televised program on adoption, “A Home for the Holidays.”

Bill Arnold was honored for nearly 35 years of service as a postal worker, most recently as Gosport Postmaster.

Members of a new Agriculture Education Advisory Committee at OVHS elected Bill Pursell as its first chairman. Other officers included Gwen Dieter as vicechairman and Karen Fisher as secretary. 25 years (1987)

Births: Joe and Jeanette (Reikofski) ReHinger, girl; Lawrence and Carolyn (Bault) Keller, girl; Brent and Rose Ellis, boy; Von and Vivien Eddy, girl; Steve and Vera Madison, boy.

Deaths: Thomas Johnson, Steve Rucker, Ralph Wicker, William Jennings.

Anniversaries celebrated: Herschel and Myrtle Stahl, 50 years; Emery and Carrie Kiser, 50 years.

Several photos showed some of the youngsters who enjoyed Tri-Kappa’s annual “Breakfast with Santa.” Jason Taylor sported a big smile as he chatted with Santa. In another photo, Amy Figg was shown on Santa’s lap, as were Kendra and Brock Evans in a third photo. Pictured around a breakfast table were Patricia, Paul and Melissa Kenfield; and Stacy, David and Lee Wall.

A report from the Indiana Research Center of the I.U. School of Business and the State Board of Health presented some interesting predictions of Owen County growth. They predicted that: 1) Owen County’s grown rate would be almost five times that of the state (15.1 percent, as opposed to 2.6 percent for the state); 2) the county would rank 20th in the state in percentage of population growth by the year 2020; and 3) Owen County would miss being the 17th fastest growing county by only two-tenths of one percentage point in 2020.

Tracee Weaver won first place in the 1987 Owen County Conservation speech contest.

Jennifer Lyons, 1984 OVHS valedictorian and Indiana University senior, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary society.

Angie Withem, Terri Stinson, and Anna Stout, students in the fashion merchandising class of Brenda Duncan (now Davis), were shown modeling dresses as they participated in “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Additional models for the style show were Becky Witham, Sandy Marker, Lisa Ruble, Nikki Booher, Wendy Parrish, Mary Jo Speas, Yvonne Myers, Garnett Holsapple, Denise Neier and Toni Dean. Refreshments were provided by Gloria Figg’s food classes.

Four Patriot athletes were named to West Central Conference All-Conference teams. Seniors Debbie Hackworthy and Michelle Spinks received the honor for volleyball, while senior Don Coryea and sophomore Seth DeFord were named for football.

The Peoples State Bank branch opened in Spencer on December 22. The building was designed by Stone Cabin Design and constructed by Withem and Son Construction, both Owen County businesses. The newly named branch manager was James Chesney, who with his wife had purchased the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Spencer the year before.

Frances Phillips was honored by friends and neighbors with “This is Your Life, Frances Phillips” at the Spencer Senior Citizen Center. Readers of this column may remember that Miss Phillips was named “Older Hoosier of the Year” for 1987 by Indiana

Governor Robert Orr and the Indiana State Department of Human Services. Kevin Klein’s article made it clear that Miss Phillips was being recognized not for the award, but for the life she had led, which had made her one of Owen County’s most well-loved citizens. 50 years (1962)

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Ovide Halfhill, boy; Mr. and Mrs. William Crick, girl; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bolinger, girl; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Rawley, boy; Mr. and Mrs. Orrie Franklin, Jr., girl; Mr. and Mrs. John McHaley, girl; Sam and Marilyn (Hendricks) Baumgartner, girl; Mr. and Mrs. James Summerlot, girl.

Deaths: Raymond Blair, John Britton, Ivan Parrish, Michael McBride, Vera McCormick, Charles Coffee, Roy Hoffa.

Owen County organized a chapter of the Wabash Valley Association with 34 members. The association worked toward proper control of the water in the drainage area to control flooding and to assure proper flow for water supply and to provide for proper sewage treatment, recreational, and wildlife facilities for the area. Those interested in becoming members could contact Casper Hickam, Lyle Brighton, Lester Lewis, Ralph Franklin, Welch Wampler, or John King.

Ernest Kumpf, president of the Spencer Town Board, announced that during the week before Christmas shoppers would have two-hour free parking in the business district. Stores would be open during the evening hours, and Santa would be available each evening in the room formerly occupied by the Sexton Jewelry Store on the west side of the square.

The Haltom Grocery and general store in Patricksburg was robbed, with the thieves taking a large quantity of merchandise including jewelry, dry goods, cigarettes and other sundries.

Moss and Money Drug Co. advertised movie cameras for sale, including a Brownie Automatic 8 for $49.95 or a Kodak 8 Movie Camera for $27.95.

Owen County State Bank mailed out 356 Christmas club checks which totaled approximately $30,000. This was slightly below the state average of $86.96 per customer.

Babbs advertised Christmas turkeys for 33 cents a pound, while IGA offered whole hams for 55 cents a pound.

Patricksburg seniors of the week were Sue Barker and Dick Honn. 75 years (1937)

Deaths: Emanuel Troth, Nancy Lanam, Raymond Michael, Tunis Everly, Thomas Wampler, Florence Duncan, Jackson Gambill, Otis Kinney, James Hughes, Mrs. Estil McHenry.

State police officers stationed with the Spencer post attended Purdue University training for prospective driver’s license examiners. A new driver’s license law required that all applicants for beginners license take a test covering a knowledge of correct driving practices. This probably explains why the high school was adding a course on safe driving principles, as reported in last week’s column.

Two enterprising Monroe County youths “did a thriving business” in Greene County, shooting neon signs with an airgun and then obtaining repair jobs from the owners. They had apparently passed through Spencer without doing any damage.

Jim’s Radio Shop on East Wayne advertised a new “No Squat, No Stoop, No Squint” Philco radio for $79.95. For those who have never seen one of these floor-model radios first-hand, perhaps they have seen the one the family gathered around on “The Waltons” or some other TV show or movie.

Clarence Ooley, mentioned in a previous column, had scored the two deciding points the previous night in IU’s 31-29 win over Butler. IU basketball mentor, coach Everett Dean announced that Ooley would make a ten-day trip west with the nine other varsity players. The Hoosiers would be playing Bradley Tech, Nebraska, USC, and UCLA.

Following a rainfall of two and one-half inches, the county road superintendent, A. O. Pierce, announced that trucks with a gross weight of over three tons would be banned from traveling over county roads. In addition, Highway 67 (now Romona Road) between Gosport and Spencer was closed to bus and truck traffic because the blacktop surface was breaking up. It was anticipated that it might later be closed to passenger traffic as well, since Limestone Creek was expected to flow over the road south of Gosport.

Raymond Arthur and Bernard Ranard were hunting rabbits from a boat on lands formed by a 12-foot rise of White River when their boat capsized in the swift current and sank. They were marooned on a matting of corn stalks and other drift which threatened to be swept downstream. After three hours, they were rescued in a boat by Ray Bean and William Matkins.

At the Tivoli: “This Way Please,” starring Buddy Rogers, Betty Grable, Ned Sparks, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Mary Livingstone; with an added extra, ‘the dance rage that’s sweeping the country,’ “The Big Apple.”

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