2017-05-17 / Looking Back

Looking Back


The staff at Clawson Chevrolet in Delphi are seen in this 1946 photo. Pictured, left to right, are: G.L. Clawson, Jack Gee, Fred Morrison, Don Vianco, Alvin Clauser, Ira Hunt, Manuel Miller, Leonard Downing, George Vaughn, Ward Oaks, Jack Orr, Ernest Murphy, Naomi Johnson and Paul Ashba. The staff at Clawson Chevrolet in Delphi are seen in this 1946 photo. Pictured, left to right, are: G.L. Clawson, Jack Gee, Fred Morrison, Don Vianco, Alvin Clauser, Ira Hunt, Manuel Miller, Leonard Downing, George Vaughn, Ward Oaks, Jack Orr, Ernest Murphy, Naomi Johnson and Paul Ashba. From files of Carroll County- Comet, Journal-Citizen, Hoosier Democrat, Delphi Journal, the Flora History website and the Carroll County Historical Museum.

10 YEARS AGO

Delphi Community School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Ralph Walker’s recommendation to offer full-day kindergarten spots free of charge for the next academic year. A survey sent to 76 parents indicated 75 parents would send their children to full-day kindergarten if it were free.

The Camden Town Council adopted a new tax rate for the town and the Camden school. The allowable rate for the general fund is $1.09 per $100 assessed valuation, and the council set the rate at $1.05

25 YEARS AGO

Helen Dobler of Flora was chosen as the 1992 “Older Hoosier of the Year” for Area IV Council on Aging. The annual award recognizes Indiana’s outstanding senior citizens for their lifetime achievements, community contributions and volunteer work.

Pastor Jerry Schultz of Flora recognized the need for activities that would interest the men living at the Brethren’s Home in Flora. The newest activity at the home is making rocking chairs. The woodworking project draws four to seven men each week to assemble the chairs.

50 YEARS AGO

Computerized checking is to arrive in Carroll County Sept. 1 and be effective throughout the United States on that date. Banks are preparing to change some of the habits of their customers early such as borrowing a friend’s checkbook and scratching out the name of their bank, replacing it with another name.

The Town of Flora purchased land vacated east of the tracks between Columbia and Walnut streets. The town paid $8,000 15 months prior and $2,000 the year before for a total of $10,000. Board members said the town parking lot will be enlarged but full details for the lot have not been determined.

75 YEARS AGO

The Hipskind Drainage Company of Ft. Wayne has begun work on Michigan Rd., SR29, south of Burlington. The company bid $240,000 to complete the work that includes adding two feet of width to each side of the road. The road is expected to be closed for several months.

Plans are being made to introduce a National Defense Training School in Delphi for boys ages 17 to 25. Classes would offer training in electric and acetylene welding, metal lathe and forge work and meet five nights a week for three hours. The classes are part of the Indiana Vocational Educational Department’s Defense Training Program.

100 YEARS AGO

How many Carroll County young men would be in the force of 500,000 who would comprise the first unit of the new army that Uncle Sam set about creating? Assuming the population of Carroll County is 17,000 with about onesixth of that population males between the ages of 21 to 30. From that group, about 100 men would be conscripted into military service as a result of the first conscription providing they could pass the regular army physical test.

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