2019-01-09 / Looking Back

Looking Back


Frank and Elizabeth Trimble Hughes pose for a photo with their grandsons, Merrill and Max, outside a log cabin in Clay Township in the 1930s. Frank was born Aug. 15, 1859, and died May 2, 1946. His parents were Samuel and Jane Caskett Hughes. He married his second wife, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Trimble in 1927. She was born March 18, 1889, to James and Alice Gardner Trimble. Frank and Elizabeth Trimble Hughes pose for a photo with their grandsons, Merrill and Max, outside a log cabin in Clay Township in the 1930s. Frank was born Aug. 15, 1859, and died May 2, 1946. His parents were Samuel and Jane Caskett Hughes. He married his second wife, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Trimble in 1927. She was born March 18, 1889, to James and Alice Gardner Trimble. 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

Carroll County’s ambulance service is in a state of flux, leaving area residents wondering what will happen if they have an medical emergency and need an ambulance. Due to a critical financial situation, the county council reduced the overall appropriation for the service in 2009 by $250,000.

Natalie Miller Harris, a Carroll County native and 2001 Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School graduate, designs custom bridal wear, ensuring ideal fit for each client’s body type, personality and occasion. The specialized service, Natalie Harris Design, is for the budget-conscious bride.

25 YEARS AGO

Lowell and Brian Johnson of Flora and Gary Forgey of Camden joined the Tiger Cruise ’93 aboard the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier and the world’s largest warship, thanks to their brother-in-law and uncle, Lt. Gentry Johnson. Johnson is the supply officer aboard the carrier. Male family members were invited to embark on the Tiger Cruise at its last port before the carrier reached its home port. The three boarded at Pearl Harbor and arrived in San Francisco. They agreed their seagoing adventure was “a nice way to experience military life without signing up for six years.”

50 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. Poe Spear of Lafayette purchased Helen’s Café “On The Corner” in Flora from Mr. and Mrs. Dale Brower. The business was renamed “Donna’s Café” after Mrs. Spear.

Charles Grabing of the Grabing Construction Company of West Baden presented a bid of $25,282.64 for line construction for the Flora Electric Utility to the Flora Town Board. The bid includes the work necessary for the new line from the substation at the south edge of Flora to the new station at the north end of town.

75 YEARS AGO

Carbon monoxide gas came near to claiming the lives of Mrs. Mary Weaver of Flora and her two daughters, Miss Anna and Mrs. Ruth Wilson, a clerk at Clawson’s Regal store. Fumes from a soft coal stove filled the home and caused the ladies to become quite ill. Mrs. Wilson fainted three times, her mother once and Anna became quite sick. Mrs. Gus Anderson, a neighbor, was called immediately and she aired out the home. All three recovered.

The Fourth War Bond Drive is scheduled to begin in Delphi Jan. 19, 1943. Carroll County’s quota is $605,000. The national quota is $14 billion.

100 YEARS AGO

Col. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, died Jan. 6, 1919 and was laid to rest without pomp or ceremony in Youngs Memorial Cemetery in Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y. He was buried on a knoll overlooking Long Island Sound, a plot that he and Mrs. Roosevelt selected soon after he left the White House in 1909. In the words of the clergyman who conducted the funeral service, “America’s most typical American, known in every corner of the world, went to his grave as a quiet, democratic, Christian country gentleman, beloved by his neighbors.”

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