2018-06-13 / Looking Back

Looking Back


William Smock poses in his World War I Air Force uniform in this studio portrait taken in 1918. He was born Aug. 28, 1894, in Radnor and died Aug. 30, 1961. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Delphi. The son of James Calvin and Mattie Hatfield Smock, he married Martha Gasaway and graduated from Franklin College. William Smock poses in his World War I Air Force uniform in this studio portrait taken in 1918. He was born Aug. 28, 1894, in Radnor and died Aug. 30, 1961. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Delphi. The son of James Calvin and Mattie Hatfield Smock, he married Martha Gasaway and graduated from Franklin College. From files of Carroll County Comet, Journal-Citizen, Hoosier Democrat, Delphi Journal, Flora History website and the Carroll County Historical Museum.

10 YEARS AGO

Delphi Community School Corporation Superintendent Ralph Walker recommended the corporation could prepare for school growth if the trustees purchased 15 acres of farmland directly behind the high and middle schools. Walker said that if Delphi became a larger city, 15 acres might seem to a school board a huge asset to the community.

The Town of Flora approved the purchase of two properties on W. Main St. owned by John and Margaret Grubb. The council wants the property for a possible future fire station. The agreed price for both properties is $62,250.

25 YEARS AGO

Patricia Richardson, owner of J.K.’s Café on Main St. in Camden, received a complaint from the County Health Department about a sewage discharge violation. According to Dr. Neal Petry, Carroll County Sanitarian, the owner of the café was ordered to decease “immediately” the discharge of sewage, as it is dumping directly into Deer Creek.

50 YEARS AGO

Carroll County Commissioners Carl Dittman, Ren Groninger and Lee Flora met in the courthouse to answer questions and hear opinions on the proposed sanitary landfill operation. Objections were made to the County Home site in Deer Creek Township because of the possible stench and unsanitary conditions that petitioner’s believe would result from the landfill. Residents and landholders near the site are concerned about supervision of the landfill operation, drainage and possible harm done to property and cattle.

Members of the Carroll Consolidated School Board signed a lease-rental contract with Idella May Burnham for the use of the brick building on E. Main St. in Flora for administrative purposes. Norm Beck of Beck’s Furniture Store moved his business and school officials are to take possession in October.

75 YEARS AGO

Arrangements were completed for the annual meeting of the Old German Baptist (Old Order) Church at the Dan Lesh farm northeast of Flora. Lesh died the year before, but it was decided his wife would host the meeting that has already been planned. The large tents for the meeting were shipped from Kansas last summer, a 86x112 dining tent and a 78x110 main auditorium. About 20 acres is to be used for the meeting and 16 acres are allotted for parking. In cooperation with the OPA, the church did not permit eating stands of any kind and cut their food rations between 30 and 35 percent.

100 YEARS AGO

The Delphi City Council held its fortnightly meeting. The street committee reported that the contract for the improvement of South Washington St. has been awarded to Slattery & Company of Lafayette. The fire department committee was given power to act on the question of purchasing a new fire hose and it was decided to buy 500 feet of hose. The city attorney reported a visit to the public service commission in regard to the safety gates that have been ordered at the city crossings and the commission promised the order would be obeyed at once. The attorney also reported that the request to remove the old stone crusher near Pittsburg should be considered as the stone crusher is outside the city limits.

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