2009-08-12 / Looking Back

Looking Back

rom the files of Hoosier Democrat, Delphi Journal, Journal- Citizen and Carroll County Comet. Photo provided by Carroll County Historical Museum.

Dan and Walter Clawson showing a stove at Clawson Appliances, Delphi, in the 1950s Dan and Walter Clawson showing a stove at Clawson Appliances, Delphi, in the 1950s 10 YEARS AGO

The Flora Town Council voted Monday to appoint Officer Chris Mathias to the position of Town Marshal, filling the vacancy occasioned by the recent death of Chief Larry Tull.

A Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center Commission has been crafted. Members appointed by their respective organizations are: Carolyn Pearson, David Hanna, Shannon Evans, Bill Draper, Ed Gruber and Dan McCain. The mega-building will be located in Delphi's Canal Park at 1030 North Washington Street.

Think of the Carroll County 4-H Fair and what comes to mind? Kids, animals, projects, nightly dinners… cookies. Yes, cookies! For 50 years Flora Psi Otes have been baking and selling their mouthwatering cookies in the Merchant's Building. Patrons have stood in line for an hour to make their purchases of just baked, warm fair cookies. It is by far the sorority's biggest moneymaker. The cookies provide $1,000 scholarships for high school graduates and continuing education students.

25 YEARS AGO

Camden to get cable TV - Authorization was given to county auditor Lorna Hicks to advertise Ordinance 84-3 allowing Flora Cable TV, Inc., to extend its service to Camden.

Board President William Pickart said that the school corporation is in an unusual position because it has at least 1.5 million available from the building program just completed. In addition another $700,000 is expected to be available from Cumulative Building Funds at the end of the year.

50 YEARS AGO

The Downing Sinclair Service station, located at Main and Market streets in Delphi opened for business Tuesday of this week. Under the management of Leonard Downing, the new business handles Goodyear tires and batteries and accessories and offers a complete line of service.

Attorney Joseph Ives, Jr., of Delphi has been appointed deputy prosecutor of Carroll county by Prosecutor Dean Overholser.

A Carroll county man who claims he was severely shocked by a heavy jolt of electricity is asking $100,000 from the Public Service Company of Indiana. William Lauderdale, 29, of Flora contends he was unable to work for 74 weeks as a result of the accident occurring Aug. 3, 1957 and has suffered 50 percent permanent disability. Lauderdale said in the suit filed in the Howard Circuit court that the accident occurred about two and one half miles south of Young America on a county road as he was helping to move a house. The house struck an electric service line.

75 YEARS AGO

Probably the main feature of the Old Settlers day program here Saturday will be the address of Fred Landis of Logansport at the meeting in the Delphi City park. Old fashioned fiddle music will be furnished by Charles Guard of Clay township and songs will be given by Mrs. Mable Fraser. An interesting program has been planned down town for both afternoon and evening and three acts have been procured for entertainment. Booster day will also be held Saturday night. One of the largest crowds in years is expected for this meeting.

The Wabash has announced another round trip excursion to Niagara Falls which has been arranged for Friday, August 17. The round trip fare is $3 for the entire trip of 927 miles from Delphi. For children under 12 years the fare is $1.

100 YEARS AGO

Reese Mills of Camden, brother of J. S. Mills of this city, has purchased the Okeson Hotel fixtures in that town and will embark in the hotel business. Mr. Mills is a business man of ability and his pleasant, courteous manners and his accommodating ways will take well with the traveling public. He will no doubt succeed in the hotel business.

Walter "Swy" Honecker, a printer of this city, who has been employed in local newspaper offices and in print shops in neighboring cities for several years past, has purchased the Darlington News. Mr. Honecker is an all round printer, has a good idea of the business in general and will no doubt make a success of the venture. We can heartily recommend him to the people of Darlington as an honest, energetic young man, who is strictly on the square.

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