2015-10-28 / Looking Back

Looking Back

A Halloween party with sack races and a pumpkin carving contest was held somewhere in Carroll County, 1985. A Halloween party with sack races and a pumpkin carving contest was held somewhere in Carroll County, 1985. From files of Carroll County Comet, Journal-Citizen, Hoosier Democrat, and Delphi Journal. Photos and captions are provided by the Carroll County Historical Museum.


In order to make repairs to the railroad crossing in Delphi, SR25 was closed to traffic. The Delphi City Police issued 116 tickets to truck drivers violating the weight restriction of 9,000 lbs. on city streets. The amount of the fine for violating the weight restriction was $116.50 and street violation, $121.50.

Iranian-American Sudabeh Shoja or Sudi, as she was known in Carroll County, received the prestigious Hoover Medal for her humanitarian efforts. She was adopted by Keith and Phyllis Jones in Flora to change the status of her visa allowing Sudi to stay in the country and obtain her Masters Degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.


Larry Johnson, a Washington Township livestock and grain farmer, ran his fifth New York City Marathon. His best time was in 1986 when he ran the race in 3 hours, 22 minutes and 55 seconds.

There was a grand opening for Bolivar Bluff, home sites with water frontage on Eller Pond or Wildcat Creek in Democrat Township. The property, owned by Alvan and Arlene Eller, was developed by Rinehart Real Estate & Auction for 26 home sites.


Complaints for judgment for $200,000 were filed in Carroll Circuit Court against the Wabash Railroad Company as the result of an accident Dec. 24, 1963 in Burrows. Esther Popejoy asked for $15,000 for personal injuries resulting from when her car stalled on the tracks due to ice. Mr. Popejoy asked for $50,000 for damages and loss of services of his wife.


The Delphi Journal listed 1,500 names of men age 21 to 35 eligible for the draft from Carroll County. The first 157 names were drawn in Washington after the election of those called for the draft.


Clyde Oyler of Burlington was given the title of apple champion because he grew the largest apples in the state. The apples were known as the Wolf River variety and one weighed 28 ounces.

Ell Presho took possession of the Commercial Hotel in Flora which he purchased from E. W. Hart. He personally conducted the commissary department of the hotel and guests enjoyed a splendid dining table and courteous treatment.

The Sugar Bowl candy kitchen and ice cream parlor opened in Delphi. A. Janavaris was the proprietor an experienced Greek candy maker from Pennsylvania. He made fresh candy every day, the most dainty and refreshing soda fountain drinks and ice creams.

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