2013-07-22 / Columns

Through The Years

by Carolyn Livingston

July 21-27

5 years (2008)

Births: Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Withem, girl; Mr. & Mrs. John Davis, boy; Mr. & Mrs. Trent Tyler, girl.

Deaths: Braden McClure, Robert Baker, Leonard Schilling, Samuel McGuire, Alfred Broadstreet, Jeffrey Ramsey, Wilma Fulford.

Anniversary: Mr. & Mrs. Rollin York, 65 years.

Quincy Baptist Church, organized in August of 1858, celebrated its sesquicentennial with a Sunday pitch-in and afternoon service.

Ken McCollum, a member of the Amateur Softball Association of America Hall of Fame, and his teammates on the Columbus (Indiana) Silversticks won the Midwest National Senior Softball Championships and were to advance for the fourth consecutive year to the national Tournament of Champions.

Shawnee Theatre presented an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The play would be produced by the theater’s Producing Artistic Director, Matt Graber, a 1995 graduate of Owen Valley High School.

Mack Darling’s Mountain Cur, Trinity, “won it all” at the Missouri NKC State Championship Trials. Trinity took first place in the squirrel and coon hunts and was the highest scoring dog, highest scoring combination dog and highest scoring dog overall.

10 years (2003)

Deaths: Matthew Friedley, Elmer Torgerson, Velda Nees, Florence Barnett, Edward Alden, Robert Carter, John Demott, Anna Wheeler, Beatrice Smith.

Birthdays: Lucia Lucas, 100 years; Clarence Daniels, 75 years.

Trees downed by an early morning storm damaged homes and vehicles and cut electric power to many residents. The areas hardest hit were McCormick’s Creek State Park, the Concord Road area east of the park, and Rolling Meadows Golf Course and nearby homes.

The Owen County Sheriff’s Department received a $7,689 grant from the South Central Indiana REMC RoundUp program which would be used to purchase bulletproof vests for the officers.

A photo showed changes taking place at Owen Valley High School, as early site work had begun on the major expansion and remodeling project there.

The 2003 Owen County Fair Demolition Derby, which had been postponed because of the flood, was won by Jason Tuddy of Freedom. Levi Brown won the minicar division. Begun in 1970, the derby had continually raised more money for the fair than any other single event.

25 years (1988)

Births: Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Sturgell, boy; Mr. & Mrs. Ola Truax, boy; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Portteus, boy.

Deaths: Sarah Luther, Lee Clark, Benjamin Ranard, Irma Shields, Ida Williams, Dollie McKinney, Charles Cook.

Birthday: Glen Truesdel, 90.

Sandy Schneider and Anton Neff were pictured with their artwork along with their open class grand champion ribbons and trophies presented by the Owen County Art Guild.

Jan Roland was named assistant principal at Owen Valley Middle School.

David and Mary Bault and their children, David William and Suzette, were pictured with Alice Fuchs. Fuchs was a foreign exchange student living with the Baults for two months.

All 92 Indiana counties were declared a drought disaster area. This was meaningful only to those who had crop insurance, which was fewer than 10 percent of Indiana farmers.

Under new ownership, Spencer’s WLSO radio station began broadcasting as WSKT. The station would be moving from its Vandalia Street location to Jack’s Defeat Creek Mall east of Ellettsville.

OV students Pam Criswell, Elaina Kelley, Sheri Crider and Brian Culler joined OV Latin teacher Maribeth McKaig on a two-week tour of Italy, Switzerland, France and England.

At the Tivoli: “Willow”

50 years (1963)

Births: Mr. & Mrs. Brian Brown, boy; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Snyder, girl; Mr. & Mrs. Donald Plunkett, boy; Mr. & Mrs. John Kay, girl.

Deaths: Hettie Mull, Nellie Summitt, Edward Drinkut, Rawland Hancock, Edgar Swinney.

The Little Dress Shoppe advertisement for its July clearance sale included pedal pushers and “kneenockers,” while Tresslar’s Five and Ten advertised Jamaicas. These were all ladies pants of different lengths.

Padding out barefooted in the early morning hours to see what was causing her dog to bark furiously, a Cataract woman was startled to find a 3-1/2-foot timber rattler coiled and ready to strike. She awakened her husband, who shot the snake, as well as its mate, which was found in their garage.

At Records Drive-in: Billed as its “Best Buck Night Program Yet,” two older movies were being shown: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller, “Rear Window,” starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey and Thelma Ritter; and “From Here to Eternity,” starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra.

75 years (1938)

Deaths: Lucy Harris, Dr. J. V. Stevens, John Martin, Emma Shugert.

Kroger advertised a gold banded chip-proof tumbler in every package of Kroger’s Avalon soap flakes.

Owen County was one of the southwestern Indiana counties to have additional game wardens because of numerous complaints of fishing and squirrel law violations. Six game wardens had been assigned to assist Warden Mason Vermillion.

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and the Spencer Lions Club each held open meetings to discuss ways of securing the $300 needed for a preliminary survey for a sewage disposal plant in Spencer. Neither meeting was attended by a quorum. Because of the lack of finances and time to permit a thorough investigation of the proposed sewage disposal plant and sewer system, the projects were virtually abandoned.

It was reported than an Owen County man was in St. Louis, where he had told police he had been abducted by two men. It turned out that the man had fabricated that story to avoid telling his wife why he failed to get home in time for lunch and his employer why he was late getting back after lunch. He had actually stopped to play poker on the way home and apparently lost track of time. He then drove himself to St. Louis and related his story. Probably when he realized the crime he had reported would be investigated by federal authorities, he confessed to his scheme. He was fortunate to be released without having to pay a $50 fine for making a false report.

Alva Magill had rescued a tramp in 1899 from drowning in White River and had given the man $2 of his $3-a-week salary. Apparently the “tramp” had gone on to acquire a fortune. Now, thirty nine years later, he was trying to find Magill through his attorney in California, as he wanted to leave him $100,000.

This was definitely the week for interesting stories. Apparently a woman had called the Northern Indiana Power Company office complaining that her electric washer had stopped working and that strange sounds were coming from it. When the company representative went to the house and examined the washer, he found that a cat’s tail was caught in the drive shaft... and the cat was still attached to its tail.

At the Tivoli: Errol Flynn, Olivia DeHavilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains in “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” described as the most elaborate film of the year.

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