2011-05-11 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Courthouse Square in Delphi, 1895 Courthouse Square in Delphi, 1895 From the files of Hoosier Democrat, Delphi Journal, Journal Citizen and Carroll County Comet. Photo provided by Carroll County Historical Museum.


Once a family pet, a local steer has become the largest animal Parrett’s has ever processed.

At the time of processing, Gary Parrett said the steer weighed in at 4,100 pounds. After it was dressed, it weighed 2,350 pounds. Forty percent of that weight, or about 940 pounds, is estimated to be fat.

A normal steer weighs between 600-800 pounds.

The six-year-old black and white faced steer belonged to an area veterinarian.

A Flora man placed tenth in the master’s championship in the 25th annual 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

Glendon Wolfe, 51, ran the 13.1 mile race in 1:20.28.

Lindy Thackston of Rossville is one of thirty-two 500 Festival Princesses. She will participate in the traditional ceremonial parade lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on race day.


Nellie Deitz, who will be 97 in August, went to the polls Tuesday to cast her vote in the Primary Election. She makes a point of voting because she remembers when women didn’t have that right. She wasn’t able to vote until she was 31, in 1920.

Carroll High School FFA members took a first and second in the National Land, Pasture and Range Judging Contest held May 1 in Oklahoma City, Okla. This was Carroll’s first year to be entered in the contest. Titus Filbrun was first in the Home Site division, competing against 127 other FFA members. As a team, Carroll placed second of 32 teams in home site. The team also competed in the Land Judging division, placing seventh.


Parking on Main Street between Division and Center streets was changed Monday. Last fall the Town Board had announced that angle parking would be installed on the south side of the street and that no cars would be allowed to park on the north side.

Previously parallel parking had been in force on both side of the thoroughfare.

For the first time, 4-H Pony and Horse classes are being offered this year, according to members of the committee for the project-Norwood Gentry, Doyle Jervis, Voris Chapman, Meredith Ayres and Wilmer Hodge.


Many churches are complaining about their attendance on Sunday evening and a survey of the situation leaves one to the opinion that Major Bowes popular program over the radio at 8 o’clock each Sunday evening is the cause of much of it along with moving picture shows.

The Izaak Walton League cooperated with Game Warden Bollhauve and other Conservation Clubs in the county in releasing 150 quails here recently.

Many birds were probably killed by the severe winter and it is hoped that these just received from the State Fame Farm will help to replace the depleted stock. The new stock should help develop larger, stronger birds in another year also.


On March 27th, 1900, the first rural route out of Flora was established and on the same day John Sparks filed his bond as carrier and started the service. At first his route was twenty-eight miles long, but in December, 1901, it was reduced to twenty-seven miles. On May 15th, 1906, when the county service was established, it was reduced to twenty-five miles and September 1st, 1907, it was again changed, to the present route of twenty-two miles. During all these years Mr. Sparks has continued as carrier and has traveled over 82,000 miles. Although the route has been shortened the salary has been increased from $400 per year in the start, to $1,000 per year after the first of next July.

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