2013-06-17 / Columns

Through The Years

by Carolyn Livingston

June 16-22

5 years (2008)

Births: Mr. & Mrs. Earl Worland, Jr., boy.

Deaths: Carla Walker, Jon Slinkard, James Wallace, Verna Gray, Wilma Bruner-Thomas.

Anniversaries: Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Feutz, 60 years; Mr. & Mrs. Oberholtzer, 60 years.

Winning the 11th annual Owen Valley Middle School Nature Bowl contest was a team composed of Brandon Cutshaw, Tyler Moore, Shelby Robinson and Tessa Cunningham.

With the Owen County Fair only three weeks away, the state commissioner declared the fairgrounds closed due to bacterial contamination from the flood. Cleanup plans were immediately made which would require soaking the fairgrounds with a 50/50 bleach/water solution and then drenching the grounds from north to south with water to run the bleach down and wash away the bacteria. Hopefully the grounds could be re-opened after a re-inspection.

Incoming OV senior Sidney Stines was a member of the Hoosierland 18 and under AAU volleyball team which won the Hoosier Regional National Qualifier and would be traveling to Dallas to compete in the national competition.

Spencer Exchange Club honored its 2008 Proudly We Hail recipients: Mike and Judy Boyd, John and Marlene Coley, Chad Gates, Janet and James Jones, Sue and Fritzi Sips, and Carol and Jerry Sturgeon.

10 years (2003)

Deaths: Ruth Price, Stella Mericle, Gloria Walters, Val Spears, George Phillippe, Jennavine Lupton, Danny Williams.

Senior Nick Gillaspy earned a spot in the IHSAA State Golf Finals by placing second at regional competition with a two-over-par 74 on the Christmas Lake Golf Course near Santa Claus.

Sixty-five members of Spencer’s Battery B had been activated for duty as part of Operation Noble Eagle and left Spencer for their first stop at Camp Atterbury. They would be on active duty for one year as a part of the Homeland Security program, with their duty station being the Newport Chemical Storage Facility near Terre Haute.

Don Jones was pictured with three of the miniature horses he and wife Mary Lou raised on their Windy Acres farm north of Spencer. Also pictured was a custommade, six-seat wagon pulled by a team of two of the miniatures in an Apple Butter Festival parade.

Members of winning teams in Spencer Exchange Club’s annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament included Jarod Gilstrap, Zach Ingram, Dalton Vest and Brandon Christy; Jacob Taylor, Rusty Bandy, Tyler Collier and Michael Pettijohn; Cullen Cochran, Brian Jones, Jared Maners and Justin Taylor; Allendra Arnold, Shailyn Kinnick, Jordyn Henson and Adrian Gillaspy.

At Cinema ‘67 Drive-in: “The Hulk” and “2 Fast 2 Furious”

25 years (1988)

Births: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Leohr, girl; Mr. & Mrs. Tony Robertson, girl; Mr. & Mrs. Daryl Harkrider, girl.

Deaths: Ann Gentry, Edna Miller.

Anniversaries: Mr. & Mrs. Russell Livingston, 65 years; Mr. & Mrs. William Crick, 50 years.

Brown County Art Gallery was scheduled to host a solo exhibit by Owen County’s Tamiko Oberholtzer. A teacher in the Art Department of the Central Institute for the Nationalities in Beijing, her artwork graced collections around the world and had also won her a national prize for Oriental Calligraphy.

Gosport High School Alumni Association hosted its 50th annual alumni banquet, and pictured were the oldest and youngest graduates in attendance: Earl Arganbright and Lois Wampler of the class of 1914 and Holly Watson, class of 1987.

Jeff Livingston and David Hawkins were pictured as they worked on a carving of the impressive “Rose Window,” which would be included in the newly opened River Promenade at the White River State Park. With cuts completely through the stone to provide the full window effect, sevenfoot, six-inch piece was designed to showcase the artistry and workability of Indiana limestone.

The June 20 issue included the first in a series of articles providing the contents of a 1911 history of Patricksburg published by J. N. Hammond and Son of Spencer. Ten-year-old Travis Curry had found a copy of the book in the rubble near where parents Bob and Brenda Curry were in the process of putting up a new building for Curry’s Tire Shop. As some of the fill material had come from the razing of the old Spencer High School, it was thought that the book might have been in the old SHS library.

After accumulating a 147-97 record over 11 years, John Heckman stepped down as OV’s varsity boys’ basketball coach.

Charlie Hardesty, president of the newly-formed Patriot Inns, Incorporated, announced plans to construct a 24-unit motel at the east edge of Spencer.

At the Tivoli: “The Fox and the Hound.”

50 years (1963)

Births: Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Hinds, girl; Mr. & Mrs. Max Cooper, boy; Mr. & Mrs. Dan Wallace, girl; Mr. & Mrs. Edward May, boy; Mr. & Mrs. Allen Lucas, girl.

Deaths: Allene McGuire, Emma Teagardin, Goldie Kerr, Truman Crody, Earl McClarren.

Three Owen County high school students were selected to be among the 400 students at IU’s High School Music Clinic: Judith Burns of Gosport and Bonnie Daniels and Sande MacMorran of Spencer.

For the first time, Indiana would be offering certificates to adults above 21 years of age who failed to complete high school if they passed a General Educational Development (GED) test. Previously certificates were given only to members of the armed forces and honorably discharged veterans.

Spencer’s second Pioneer Festival was in full swing and dominated the news this week. Lynda Garrett and Roxie Daugherty were crowned Pioneer Festival Queen and Pioneer Lady, respectively.

Personalities from Bloomington’s WTTS and WTTV-FM would be present for the festivities. Jack Noel would broadcast from Spencer during the morning and afternoon Monday through Friday. In addition to playing records, he would be interviewing local people. Bruce Baker would be master of ceremonies for the record hop on the west side of the square to close the celebration on Saturday. Awards would be presented to the boy and the girl who won in each of three classes of judging: the twist, the limbo and the leg. Judges were Baker, Bennie Ranum, Gary Brinson and Jerry Warmuth.

With a wide variety of contests during the week, there were opportunities for lots of winners. Jim Edwards continued his reign as ice cream eating champion, downing a gallon and a half in 20 minutes. It was suggested he might be Owen County’s champion eater when he repeated his win in the pie eating contest as well. Nathan White and Randy Patterson won the greased pole climbing contest for youth.

Winners of Wednesday night’s talent show were Tommy Winders with his Elvis Presley pantomime, Sandra Daniels’ dance routine, and Fred Peyton and Harold Kirkam with a guitar and vocal act.

Beard contest winners were Tom Hamilton, longest beard at 3.5 inches; Wallace Coffey, ugliest beard; and Elden Cassida, prettiest beard. Each received a trophy and a free shave and haircut.

At the Record’s Drive-in: Vincent Price in “The Pit and the Pendulum” and Steve Reeves in “Goliath and the Barbarians.”

75 years (1938)

Deaths: Clyde Moss, (first name illegible) Parnell, Edith Hulett, Catherine Honn, Love Inman.

Thirteen-year-old Merle Richardson and his friend, Don Bock, traveled to Shelbyville to spend part of the week with Bock’s grandparents. This would be unremarkable except for the fact that they rode their bicycles.

Three youths were placed on probation by Justice of the Peace Mont E. Crowe, two for stealing chickens and one for stealing a bathing suit.

Larry Fender, owner of Fender’s Meat Market announced the installation in his business of an ice cream manufacturing plant which would be able to freeze all varieties of ice cream and sherberts. The market advertised the ice cream at 10 cents for a pint or 20 cents for a quart.

Many people were going out to watch the construction of a 300- acre WPA Dam on the Samuel Gray farm. The completed dam, which would be 40 feet wide at the base and 30 feet high, would be the largest of its kind attempted in Owen County.

Lloyd Wampler, whom readers of this column will remember had been given the opportunity to travel and speak following his experience at Boys State, delivered his last speech in his official capacity as governor of Indiana Boys State to a joint meeting of the Frankfort Lions Club, American Legion, Kiwanis and Rotary. His subject would be “Boys State” followed by “a discussion of the obligation of service clubs toward the training of youth in the ideals of Americanism.” This writer would very much like to see the content of that discussion.

At the Tivoli: Barbara Stanwyck, John Bowles, Anne Shirley and Barbara O’Neal in “Stella Dallas,” which had two Oscar nominations: Best Actress for Stanwyck and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Shirley.

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