2018-07-11 / Looking Back

Looking Back


The Town of Flora at one time had a park in the downtown on the east side of the railroad tracks between West Main and West Walnut streets. The park is now gone and the Flora Fireside Building is located on that site. The house in the background is currently owned by Bret and Sara Hanaway. The Town of Flora at one time had a park in the downtown on the east side of the railroad tracks between West Main and West Walnut streets. The park is now gone and the Flora Fireside Building is located on that site. The house in the background is currently owned by Bret and Sara Hanaway. 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

John Julian, an accountant with Umbaugh & Associates, said the Town of Flora had more than enough justification to raise water rates. He suggested a five-year capital improvement plan to build up cash reserves for future capital improvements. He suggested a minimum increase of $2.43 per 5,000 gallons of water. That would be a cost of $25.57 for an average bill.

Land around Carroll Manor became a controversial topic during a Carroll County Commissioners meeting. Carroll County Economic Development Director Daryl Smith proposed county leaders enter into a conversation with Indiana Packers Corporation to purchase the land.

The Carroll School Board reorganized July 1 and reelected Sam Zook, board president.

25 YEARS AGO

Carroll County’s first Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children are Linda Green and Cristina Moore of Flora and Sue Brubaker of Delphi. A CASA looks out for the best interest of a child who has been brought into the court system.

Senate Bill 141 that passed in an Indiana legislative session, significantly changed methods for resource sharing between public libraries in Indiana. Local patrons of the Camden, Delphi and Flora Public Libraries can use each other’s libraries without purchasing the state Public Library Access Card (PLAC).

50 YEARS AGO

The grand opening of a completely new Ben Franklin Store located at 117 S. Washington St. in Delphi was held July 18 and 19. George Coy, owner and operator of the store, said a large number of special merchandise had been purchased specifically for the opening. Coy felt that items in the self-serve store were sure to be a hit with families in the area.

School officials from Carroll Consolidated, Delphi, Twin Lakes and Logansport schools attended a meeting to here about the possibility of establishing an area vocational school. A vocational school would train high school students and adults for such non-academic jobs available in the area.

75 YEARS AGO

An auction held by Charles Eikenberry to sell the household goods for the Esther Hay Estate was one of the largest of its kind held in Flora. Total amount of sales was $1,585.90 with items such as potatoes selling as high as $7.60 per bushel. An electric refrigerator brought $170; an electric sewing machine, $131 and a copper wash holder went for $10.

100 YEARS AGO

Indiana cities re-established lightless nights two nights a week beginning in late summer. In order to conserve fuel, the United State Fuel Administration issued a plan as a forerunner to rationing coal. People are to curtail unnecessary lighting by restricting display illumination and electric advertising for businesses and in large public buildings and also reduce lighting in their homes.

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