2018-01-17 / Looking Back

Looking Back


Michael M. Retherford stands beside a huckster truck parked on a road in Bringhurst in this photo from 1930. Michael M. Retherford stands beside a huckster truck parked on a road in Bringhurst in this photo from 1930. 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

Flora’s Family Restaurant opened Jan. 7 at 206 N. Sycamore St. at the west end of Flora. Owner and chef is Nick Ferati. The restaurant employes 12 people.

The Delphi Tri-Township Volunteer Fire Department was presented a Life Safety Achievement Award at the end of 2007 for achievements in 2006. The award recognizes the local department for its fire prevention activities for the past 14 years.

25 YEARS AGO

Before retiring from Central Soya, Myron Brubaker of near Burlington, spent time in Korea teaching salesmen how to compete. While there, he visited street markets and observed how congested the streets were with bumper-tobumper traffic. He said when a driver wants to change lanes, he turns on his turn signal and starts honking the horn as he inches over.

Carroll Elementary and Jr.- Sr. High School facilities are connected by underground cables enabling the buildings to share phone, computer, emergency generator and intercom systems. The school recently approved a $2,100 expenditure from the capital projects fund.

50 YEARS AGO

Carroll County Auditor Paul E. Smith fed paper into the new Xerox machine in the office of county Recorder Byron A. Jervis. The $29,000 copy machine was rented for $75 per month with funds from the auditor and recorder budgets each paying for six months. The machine requires 20 seconds to warm up and seven seconds for each copy.

Carroll County Assessor Gerald Murphy said personal property and real estate improvement assessments in Carroll County increased $954,480 in 1967 over 1966. Personal property was up $385,710 while building and remodeling accounted for the $568,770 in real estate improvements.

75 YEARS AGO

Miss Frances Deeds is the first in Carroll County to enlist in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (W.A.A.C.). Deeds is a former employee of the Flora Telephone Exchange and a 1938 graduate from Cutler High School. She reports to Fort Des Moines, Iowa, W.A.A.C. headquarters on Jan. 19. Her brother, Wayne Deeds, is already in the service. They were the children of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Deeds of Cutler.

100 YEARS AGO

The blizzard is over in the Delphi vicinity and life is rapidly getting “back on earth.” The process of digging the community out of the drifts is going forward, railroads and interurban lines have been restored, mail is moving and telegraph and telephone communication are steadily improving.

Carroll County Fuel Administrator W.H. Bradshaw issued a warning to the public that unless Carroll County dealers receive coal within the next few days, a coal famine is sure to come. Bradshaw encouraged people to conserve coal in every possible way and if wood can be secured, to do so. He also asked citizens to advise him if anyone is hoarding coal, because it is in violation of the Lever Act.

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