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December 5, 2018

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C-12 Wednesday, December 5, 2018 The Press-Dispatch HISTORY Submit history photos: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday and Tuesday, July 30 and August 3, 1943 The wife of Lieut. Ira Whitehead received a letter from him one day this week telling her that he had been wounded on 10th of July in a battle in the south Pacif- ic, but that his injuries were not too serious, and that he hoped soon to be able to see her in the near future. He did not state where his wounds were, but did say that he was in a cast and could not move around much. His letter was dated July 18, and it is hoped that his injuries are not of a serious nature. Lieut. White- head is a son of Ira Whitehe- ad, of near Otwell one of the most widely known and in- fluential citizens of that com- munity and the family has a host of friends throughout this county who all hope that Lieut. Whitehead may soon be able to return home. If all of the eggs laid by Hoosier hens during the first six months of the year were placed end to end, they would reach from Indianapolis to To- kyo five times, with enough left over for a string of eggs from the United States to Berlin, says Dr. Holmes Mar- tin, head of the poultry de- partment at Purdue Univer- sity. Indiana has produced 1,236,00,000 eggs during this period. A report of Pur- due agricultural statisticians, cooperating with the U.S. Bu- reau of Agricultural Econom- ics, shows that this is an in- crease of 37 per cent above the 10 -year average of 1932- 41 for the same six months. Only two of 22 passengers on an airliner near Bowling Green, Kentucky, survived when the plane ran into a thunder storm and had to be grounded. It seems that many of them might have survived had not a body been thrown against the outside door, holding it fast so that none could escape. Shortly after the plane crashed, it explod- ed, charring the remains of all within. Sudden changes in tem- perature, causing contrac- tion and expansion of pave- ment on the state highway system, have added approxi- mately five thousand dollars to normal maintenance costs in the past seven weeks, S.C. Hadden, chairman of the State Highway Commission, reported today. A total of 171 of these pavement breaks of 'blowups' have been report- ed from the six state high- way districts since June 4, with more than one-half of them occurring during the first three weeks of Ju- ly. Most of the blowups have taken place on state highways in the central northern parts of the state. Maintenance en- gineers estimate that each of these pavement breaks result- ing from temperature chang- es, costs a minimum of $25 in labor and materials. In some cases extensive repairs are required before the surface is again ready for traffic. Rev. Herscell Long has re- signed as Deputy Sheriff and is now working in a defense plant in Evansville. Sher- iff Willis has appointed Mr. Frank Carr, of Glezen, as his deputy. Mr. Carr took over his new duties Monday morning. Marriages: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ehrlich announce the marriage of their daugh- ter Maxine to Pfc. Herman Nordhorn, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Nord- horn, this city. The wedding took place at the Presbyterian church in Henderson, Ky., at 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, July 27. Births: Mr. Owen Jackson telephoned his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Jackson, Tuesday evening from Chicago, Illi- nois, to announce the birth of a daughter, born to them July 20. The baby had been named Jean Elizabeth; Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Alexander received a tel- egram Tuesday announcing the arrival of a baby girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ver- non Lind of Pensacola, Flor- ida. The baby was born Sat- urday evening at 4:30 o'clock and was named Myrta Ann. Grandpa Alexander was so excited when he came to this office to report the birth that he forgot the baby's weight. The mother was the former Miss Colleen Alexander, a registered nurse; Born to Pvt. and Mrs. Wayne England in the Daviess County hospital an eight pound boy, Wednes- day morning; Mrs. L.L. Dear- ing received a telegram from her son, John saying she was a grandmother. A daughter, Do- ris Diane was born July 24 to Mr. and Mrs. John Dearing of Ohio; Joe Wendell is the name of the baby born, July 29, to Mr. and Mrs. Warner Huey in the Princeton hospital; Born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Charles, a seven pound girl, Friday. Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Oxby, widow of the late Allen Oxby of Spurgeon, Thursday morning, July 22. Mrs. Oxby had been in declining health for some time; This county lost another of its fine young men and soldiers Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock, when Benjamin H. Osgatharp, Jr., was killed instantly in the crash of an army training place at Biggs Field near El Paso, Texas; Gary G. Wise- man, little son of Mr. Paul and Catherine (Burns) Wiseman died Friday evening at 6:45 o'clock in the Daviess County hospital; The remains of Sgt. Benjamin H. Osgatharp, who was killed at Biggs Field, near El Paso, Texas, last Wednes- day afternoon when a heavy bomber crashed, arrived at the Harris and Sons Funer- al Home Sunday afternoon about four 0'clock accompa- nies by a military escort. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Tuesday and Friday, October 28 and 31, 1958 Mrs. Ula Harvey, Cashier at the IGA Super Market fell Saturday morning, striking her elbow on the concrete floor. The arm was broken in the elbow. She was taken to the Good Samaritan hospital for treatment and returned to her home on Vincennes Ave- nue. Mrs. Harvey is the wife of Chief of Police Bill Harvey. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Sue Hill to Lowell Claude Foust, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Foust. The "More Than Conquer- ers" Youth Group of the Gos- pel Center had a Halloween Party at the home of Pastor John R. Willis, Monday night, October 27. Plans are complete for the big Halloween Parade tonight at 6:30 sponsored by the Ki- wanis ans The Press. Prizes are being given for the vari- ous best judged costumes list- ed in Tuesday's paper. Marriages: Martha Ann Stork, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stork became the bride of Rex Fisher, son of Bicknell, Indiana in a beau- tiful church wedding at the Free Methodist church of Bicknell, Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock; Juanita Jane Milligan; Miss Dean Bell and Richard C. McQueen were united in marriage Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the East Side Christian church in Evansville with he Rev. Ra- phael Miller officiating at the double ring ceremony. Deaths: James Omar Ad- ams, 74, passed away at his home, near the Arnold church in Jefferson township, Sunday, October 26 at 8:30 p.m.; Hom- er C. Fowler, 73, passed away Saturday, October 25 at 2:15 a.m. at his residence in Wash- ington; Miss Sussie Layman, 65, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the Good Samaritan hospi- tal at Vincennes; Mrs. Anna J. Abbot, of Washington, Ind. died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday at the Methodist hospital in In- dianapolis. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, November 7, 1968 Mr. and Mrs. Posey N. Scraper of Otwell will cele- brate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Novem- ber 10. Their many friends are invited to open house in the Fellowship Hall of the Ot- well Methodist church. The Scrapers have two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Angela Clark, eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Clark of Bellville, Il- linois suffered a broken left arm at the elbow Sunday at the home of her grandpar- ents, Mr. and Mrs. Randall Teague in Otwell. Angela was swinging on the limb of a tree in the Teagues' yard when the acci- dent happened. She was taken to the Jasper Memorial Hos- pital where the arm was set. Since the break was in the el- bow and broken in both di- rections, the Clarks planned to take Angela to a bone spe- cialist after their return Sun- day evening to Belleville. A hit and run driver, Tues- day night of last week, accord- ing to Marshal Owen D. Er- win, hit t he new Ford Bron- co truck belonging to Clifton Stephens, parked in the front of the Stephens' home in the east end of Winslow. The im- pact knocked the Bronco 50 feet. Estimated damage to the Bronco was $700. The Bron- co truck had only been driven 500 miles and was the pride and joy of Mr. Stephens. Steve Kruse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernice Kruse, Pe- tersburg Boy Scout Troop 151 will receive his Eagle award at Three Rivers District Court of Honor to be held at the First United Methodist church in Petersburg on November 16 at 7 p.m. Steve Kruse has been a member of Troop 151 for three years advancing through the ranks of Tender- foot, Second Class, 1st Class, Star, Life and Eagle, in which time he has earned 30 merit badges. Twenty-one of these were required for his Eagle Rank. He served as assistant Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and a member of Or- der of Arrow. He is working on God and Country award at the White River United Meth- odist Church. At present he is serving as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. The public is in- vited to attend the ceremony and reception afterward at the Youth Center. Marriages: Miss Brenda Sue Bolin became the bride of Michael Wayne Norrick in a candlelight ceremony per- formed September 26 at 7 p.m. in the Muren Church of God. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Earle Nay of Lafayette, Sun- day, October 20, a son, Ken- neth Wayne; To Mr. and Mrs. Gary Pride of Winslow, a son, Darren Shawn, born October 20 at Gibson General hos- pital, Princeton; To Mr. and Mrs. David Klipsch, India- napolis, Saturday, November 2 in Community hospital, a daughter, Kimberly Lynn; To Mr. and Mrs. James Cox, Pe- tersburg, Tuesday, October 29 in Daviess County hospital, a son, James Bradley. Deaths: Mrs. Fern Nance Thomas, 47, passed away at her home in Indianapolis, Sunday morning, October 19; Mrs. Estel Hannah, of Du- po, Ill., formerly of Francisco, died October 30 in St. Mary's hospital in East St. Louis, Ill. following a long illness; Frank Mitchell, a Private in the Ma- rines, son of Mrs. Fred (Thel- ma) Salem of Brownsburg and Leland Mitchell of India- napolis died Saturday, Novem- ber 2 at Camp Pendelton, Ca- lif. Pvt. Mitchell died appar- ently from a recurrence of meningitis which he suffered as a boy; The body of Ralph Fowler, Tempe, Arizona, was flown to Bicknell, where fu- neral services were held at the McClure Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, Novem- ber 2; Funeral services will be conducted today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. at the Grace Luther- an church in Huntingburg and burial will follow in Sts. Peter cemetery in Stendal for Oscar Sollman, 71, Hunting- burg, who died at 4:55 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph's hospi- tal of cancer; James K. Stone, 63, Bridgeport, Ill., native of Gibson County, died Mon- day at 5 p.m. at the Lawrence County Memorial hospital. TWENTY- FIVE YEARS The Press-Dispatch Thursday, November 4, 1993 A Vincennes man was in- jured when he crashed into a ditch along Illinois St., ac- cording to police. Bryan Scott Murphy, 22, of Vincennes, failed to make a curve and ran into a large ditch. According to police reports Murphy ran off the right side of the road, hit and destroyed a GTE tele- phone box, went down an em- bankment and hit a culvert. Police said the impact caused the rear of the car to leave the ground and spin the car around the other direction. He suffered minor cute to his face. His 1993 red S10 Chev- rolet pickup truck sustained $5,000 to $10,000 damage. Can't remember ever see- ing this much snow in Octo- ber? There's a good reason for that, there's never been this much snow on the ground in October since weather re- cords have been kept. Accord- ing to the National Weather Service, which measures ac- tual snowfall and snow on the ground said it is the second highest amount of snowfall in October since records have been kept The most snowfall was in October 1925. Howev- er that was several different snowfalls that never accumu- lated more than a trace. Last weekend is the only snow to ever accumulate to more than a trace in October, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service. The U.S. Navy band 'Atlan- tis' from Memphis, Tennes- see docked at the Pike Central High School gym Tuesday af- ternoon igniting a dance ses- sion and sing along for the en- tire student body. A five piece band and vocalist entertained to the tune of the fifty's and up with country and rock, in a driving beat ideal for dancing. Two pieces of electronic equipment have been recov- ered from water bordering Ditch Road just north of SR 56 near Bowman. Pike Coun- ty Sheriff William Scales stat- ed reserve deputy Steve Law- yer made the discovery early last week. He recovered one piece and requested Indiana State Police Divers Paul Buch- er and Paul Bastin who dove for the other. A search of the water by the divers did not produce an other equipment. Scales reported it took sever- al calls to determine that the electronic hardware was old hospital ultra-sound instru- ments. Senior varsity singles play- er Chris Ficklin has brought honor to Pike Central High School with his top ten fin- ish in the Academic All- State competition according to Charger tennis coach Jeff Stratton. Ficklin, one of five seniors on the team this year will receive the Academic All- State award from coach Strat- ton during a special presenta- tion at the High School. The award is made by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) annu- ally. The senior has a 1,210 SAT and is ranked number two in his class. Ficklin is car- rying a 3.845 grade point aver- age. The only other Pike Cen- tral boy to receive the honor recently was Danny Rogers who earned Academic All- State in basketball. Deaths: Mary Alice Burke, 66, of Monroe City, died at 12:28 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at Good Samaritan Hospi- tal in Vincennes; Marion C. "Tip" Ingram, 79, of Washing- ton, died at 11:06 p.m. Tues- day, Oct. 26 at Amber Manor Care Center in Petersburg; Lena Frances Loveless, 72, of Petersburg, died Friday, Oct. 29 at 4:02 p.m. at her residence; Ethel Maxey Wa- tehn, 83, of Sun Valey, Calif., formerly of Oakland City and Evansville, died at 11 p.m. Sat- urday, Oct. 23 in Sun Valley; Mary D. Palmer, 80, of Mon- roe City, died Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:05 a.m. at Good Samar- itan Hospital Extended Care Unit in Vincennes; Mable R. Klingman, 97, of Richmond, died at 6:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Good Samari- tan Nursing Home in Oakland City; Rella Boost, 80, of Oak- land City, died Monday, Oct. 25 at 11:20 a.m. at Holiday Manor in Princeton. 1930s Gaspumps in Simtown Lottie Fleener by the gaspumps at the General Store in Simtown, owned by Luther and Lottie Fleen- or in the 1930s. Submitted photo Wednesday, December 5 • Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle (1945) • Prohibition ends (1933) Thursday, December 6 • Washington Monument completed (1884) • The 13th Amendment is ratified (1865) Friday, December 7 • Pearl Harbor bombed (1941) • Delaware ratifies the Constitution (1787) Saturday, December 8 • John Lennon shot (1980) • Americans begin siege of Quebec (1775) Sunday, December 9 • Patriots gain control of Virginia (1775) • Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War created (1861) Monday, December 10 • First Nobel Prizes awarded (1901) • Ford builds its 1 millionth car (1915) Tuesday, December 11 • British delay Washington's march to Valley Forge (1777) • UNICEF founded (1946) Source:

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