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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, April 10, 2019 A-5 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, December 10 and 14, 1943 Beecher Conrad received the following letter from Sgt. Tom W. Cundiff, now somewhere in India: "Hello Beech: Well, here I am away over here in India and what a place, it's really something to talk about. The weather here at present is just like Cali- fornia, warm during the day and cool at night. Here on the camp they have a barber. I got a shave and shampoo for about 9 cents. How would you like your prices like that. Well Beech, I'm in good health and getting along fine. How are things with you and your fam- ily? Respectfully, Tom." Pike County is represented by seven civilian students at Indiana University to which, according to Registrar Thom- as A. Cookson the war had brought this semester near all-time high in students. Stu- dents from this county at the University include: Otwell, John T. Craig. Petersburg, Betty Shull; Georgia Shull; Elizabeth Ann Thompson. Velpen, Robert V. Brown (den- tal school, Indianapolis). Win- slow, Mildred Buechele; Rob- ert E. Kemp (dental school, Indianapolis). Along with the State of In- diana, Pike County celebrates its one hundred and twenty- seventh birthday. Indiana's first move for statehood was made December 14, 1815, and was admitted by an act of Congress April 22, 1816, Pike County, by an act of the Indi- ana Legislature December 21, 1816, was inaugurated as a county, and comprised a greater area than at the pres- ent time. This county was formed out of Gibson Coun- ty, at one time a part of Knox County which comprised a large portion of southern Indi- ana. Pike County, at one time contained a part of Gibson, Warrick, Perry counties, all of Dubois and a part of Mar- tin county. As time passed various changes were made, and the new boundaries were made permanent. Marriages: Miss Wino- nah Ruth Miller, of this city became the bride of William James Pennell, of Evansville, on November 30. They are now at home at 407 N. Fulton Ave., Evansville, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Coates of Francis- co announce the marriage of their daughter Beulah to Paul Howard Welton, S 2-c, son of Mr. Aubry Welton of Glezen, The marriage was performed December 3 by Rev. Grover Krieg; The wedding of Miss Iona Mary Hartley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hart- ley of Somerville to Mr. Ray- mond W. Young, son of Mrs. Luke Young of Winslow was solemnized, Monday, Decem- ber 6 in the clerk's office in Petersburg. Births: Mr. and Mrs. Randall Hudson of Algiers, Ind., announce the birth of a nine and a half pound girl born Monday. The baby was named Karen Lee; A five and a half pound boy was born to Pvt. and Mrs. William Wat- son, at the home of Pvt. Wat- son's mother, Rev. Lelah Wat- son of Iva. Deaths: Zella Rumble, one of the most highly respected and well known ladies of this city, and a member of one of the oldest and most numerous families of this county, died at her home on North Ninth Street, this city, Wednesday; Mrs. Pearl Inman, 47, died at 4:10 o'clock Wednesday morn- ing at the home of her moth- er, Mrs. Lizzie Mitchell, in Stendal; Myrtle, six-year-old daughter of West of Prince- ton, died at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Norrick, after an ill- ness of four days. Her illness was diagnosed as diphthe- ria; Thomas Howard, one of the most respected and well- known men of Pike Coun- ty died at the Daviess Coun- ty Hospital, Friday morning at 4 o'clock; Frank Fritz, one of the most highly respected farmers and older citizens of the Cup Creek community out in Lockhart township died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bessie Houchin, Sun- day afternoon at 2:40 o'clock, after an illness of some three years or more, having suf- fered from a heart ailment. At the time of his death Mr. Fritz had reached the age of 78 years, 10 months and 24 days; Emery M. Smith, 81, of Monroe City, stricken with a heart attack, died at 5:30 Wednesday night while riding in an automobile with Robert Mize on the Wheatland and Monroe City road. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Thursday, March 12, 1959 Odon Bulldogs will be play- ing in the semi-state basket- ball playoff Saturday after winning two tough games at Huntingburg last Saturday in the regional. In the after- noon the Bulldogs met Vin- cennes and kept the game neck and neck all the way un- til the last second when Bud- dy Graham tipped in a win- ning basket, making it 63-61 for the Bulldogs. In the oth- er afternoon game, Hunting- burg rolled over Bicknell with a 71-54 score. The final game Saturday night was a repeat of the afternoon game as far as Odon was concerned. Trevor Nixon of Hobart an- nounces the engagement of his daughter, Patricia Rae, to David Kenneth Burkart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Bur- khart of Route 2, Winslow. At Voyles' IGA, freshly ground hamburgers were be- ing sold for just 49 cents a pound. Marriages: Mrs. Nancy Hedges of Oakland City and Oren Quiggins of Winslow were united in marriage Sat- urday, March 7 at the home of Rev. W.A. Montgomery in Glezen; Pike snapdragons and white carnations flanked by palms and seven branched candelabra decorated the al- tar in the Evangelical United Brethren church in Oakland City for the wedding of Miss Dianna Sharron Hedges and John Richard Kennedy Sun- day, March 1 at 2:30 o'clock; Mary Ann Hatt of Algiers and Forest Boger of Petersburg were married Saturday, Feb- ruary 28 at 10 :30 a.m. in the Church of God in Petersburg with the Rev. W. M. Mull offi- ciating; Beulah Eads and Gail DeTar Woolsey were married Saturday at 6:30 in the pres- ence of their families at the Friendship church. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nelson of Winslow, a daughter, born Friday in the Oakland City hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Har- din of Velpen, a son, Anthony Ray, Thursday, February 26; To Mr. and Mrs. Milt Kup- ferer of Petersburg, a daugh- ter, March 5. The baby has been named Suzan Lynn; To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Davis of Evansville, a daughter, Tere- sa, Wednesday, March 11. Deaths: James Thomas Davis of near Cato was found dead at 10 :15 a.m. Friday in his home. Death had been caused from a self-inflict- ed wound; William Collins of Oakland City died at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, March 8 in the Gibson General hospital in Princeton following a heart attack suffered early Sunday morning; Herschel Wiscaver of near Otwell died at 4 a.m. Saturday at the Good Samar- itan hospital in Vincennes fol- lowing a heart attack that he suffered at midnight Friday; Fred D. (Duke) Fosler, per- sonnel director for the Indi- ana Toll Road Commission, died at 2:35 p.m. Monday in the receiving ward at Method- ist hospital; Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Jane Wood of Velpen will be held today, at the Velpen General Baptist church. Mrs. Wood died Tues- day morning at 5 o'clock at her home in Velpen. She was 89 years of age at the time of her death; Ernest May, who lived two miles south of Winslow on the late Curtis Russ farm, died Wednesday morning in the Welborn Baptist Memori- al hospital where he was tak- en the afternoon before; Mrs. Ora Dell Trusty died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Stork Me- morial hospital in Hunting- burg. She had been in very poor health for several years. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, March 27, 1969 The home of Mr. and Mrs. Lenord Like of Monroe City was destroyed by fire Tues- day of last week. Most of all household articles and cloth- ing were destroyed. The Likes have purchased a house trail- er and placed it on the Bill Like property at Monroe City. David L. Peek has accepted the position as manager of the Pike County office of the Indi- ana Farm Bureau Mutual and Family Life Insurance Com- panies. His previous experi- ence in the insurance field has been over the past two years when he was an agent in the Daviess County Agency of the same company. Donald Warner of Peters- burg received five fractured ribs Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. as he drove his 1961 Volkswagen onto high- way 61 from Mona Street in Petersburg. He remained in the Daviess County Hospital until Monday. The Volkswa- gen was struck on the left side by a 1996 Ford driven by Jan K. Deickmiller of Vin- cennes. The Volkswagen was a total loss. Damage to the Ford was estimated at $700. City Policeman Walter Wyatt was the investigating officer. Warner was ticketed for fail- ure to stop. Red and White catsup was being sold in 1969 for 18 cents per 14 ounce bottle. Pfc. Randolph (Randy) Crews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Garland of Velpen, is stationed south of Da Nang, Viet Nam with the Third Ma- rine Division. His squad is building landing zones for choppers. Randy joined the Marines in July, 1968, grad- uated from boot camp at San Diego and received his I.T.R. training at Camp Pendelton, Calif. Marriages: Spurgeon United Methodist church was the scene of a candlelight cer- emony uniting Sue Julian and David Phillips in marriage on Saturday, March 8. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Collins of Mooresville, a daughter, Andrea Lynne, born March 9; To Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dorsey of Winslow, in Memorial Hospital in Jas- per, Monday, March 17, a son, Michael Eugene; To Mr. and Mrs. Bob Burns, twin sons, Michael Aaron and Mitchell Alan by adoption. The twins are four months old; To Mr. and Mrs. Steven Grey of Ot- well, in Daviess County Hos- pital, Wednesday, March 19, a daughter, Desse Michelle; To Mr. and Mrs. David Ott of Francisco, a daughter, Re- becca Renee at Gibson Gen- eral hospital, Wednesday, March 19. Deaths: Paul Rudd, 61, of Petersburg, garage owner and operator for a number of years, died at 3:45 a.m. Satur- day, March 22 at his residence in Petersburg from a heart at- tack; Walter J. Potts, 65, of Ot- well died at his home at 8:30 a.m. Friday after a long illness of arthritis and heart trouble; Mrs. Alice Meyer, 87, died at 1:37 a.m. Thursday at St. Jo- seph's Hospital in Hunting- burg from cancer of the rec- tum; Mrs. Ida Doerner of Oak- land City died Friday at the Forest Del Nursing Home in Princeton where she had been a patient for several months; Mrs. Tina Besing, 80, of Buck- skin, died Wednesday, March 19 at Welborn Baptist hospital following a short illness; Vic- tor B. Maikranz, 71, of Prince- ton, formerly of Mackey, died suddenly of a heart attack at Gibson General hospital, Sat- urday; The body of Mrs. John (Ethel) Cannavan, 44, of Lex- ington, Ky. will be brought to Walnut Hills cemetery, Thurs- day, around 2 p.m. Mrs. Can- navan died Tuesday morn- ing, March 24; Funeral ser- vices for Earl Carr, 73, of Pe- tersburg, were conducted at Harris Funeral Home at 10 :30 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. C. N. Personnett. TWENTY- FIVE YEARS The Press-Dispatch Thursday, March 10, 1994 Alan Gladish is looking over a smoldering outbuild- ing which burned Sunday af- ternoon. Gladish was burning off his garden when the wind came up and began spread- ing the fire to surrounding area. A fter fighting the fire by himself for about one and a half hours Gladish ran to a neighbor's house and called the Petersburg fire depart- ment which immediately re- sponded and quickly extin- guished the fire. He said the fire came within six feet of his trailer home but he was able to prevent the home from catching fire. The outbuild- ing contained all his fishing equipment and several feet of expensive cable. An antenna base was also damaged in the fire. Among the fishing equip- ment were several nets his fa- ther had made and given him. He had no dollar estimate on the amount of damage. A Washington man was ar- rested for drunken driving early Sunday morning after he was stopped for not hav- ing taillights, according to police. Nathan B. Clark, 38, of Washington, was driving west on Sycamore St., when Petersburg officer Russell Green noticed he had no tail lights on his horse trailer. Green said he followed Clark and stopped him at Main St. and Sixth St., after seeing him driving left of center. Green said Clark failed a field test and was taken to the sheriff's department where he tested 0.15 percent for blood alco- hol content. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.1 percent. Clark was charged with driving left of center and operating vehi- cle while intoxicated, accord- ing to Green. Clyde Shaw, supervisor of communications and sig- nals for the Indiana Southern Railroad, makes some adjust- ments to demonstrate the new, state-of-the-art signal at the Illinois Street crossing in Petersburg. The signal was in- stalled due to the heavy traffic and to keep ahead of the pro- jected Illinois Street construc- tion. All the materials used in the new crossing are the best possible, Shaw said, in order to make the safest crossing possible. Roger Kenyon and Alvin Shipe of the National Weath- er Service in Indianapolis pre- sented Dewayne Abell with a plaque for 35 years service. Abell monitors a weather sta- tion tracking river levels, pre- cipitation and daily high and low temperatures. Rachel Tipton, Emily Schmett and Curtis McGill came back from state vocal competition with first place performances. Tipton sang "Come to the Fair," Schmett sang "Non so Piu," and Cur- tis performed "When I Think Upon the Maidens." The Pike Central Middle School boys are now 3-0 and the girls 2-1 with wins over visiting South Spencer this past Monday. The girls took a 103-65 win with sweeps in the 50 free and diving and firsts in the 200 medley relay, 100 free, 200 free, 50 back and 50 breast. The boys beat the Reb- els 103 to 65 sweeping the 200 free and then winning the 50 free, 50 fly, 100 free and 200 free relay. Births: To Kevin and Mis- sy Cummins of Vincennes, a son, Trevor Thomas; To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Carter of Petersburg, on March 1, a daughter, Daneisha Dawn. Deaths: Eloise B. Wells, 83, formerly of Ayrshire, died Tuesday, March 1 at 9:05 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Va.; Don- nie Lee Miller, 3, of House Springs, Mo. died Wednes- day, Mar. 2 at 6:04 a.m. at his residence, suffering from can- cer; Hazel M. Minehart, 86, of Petersburg died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 2 at Pe- tersburg Healthcare Center; James Bradley (Brad) Cox, 25, of Petersburg, died Mon- day,, Mar. 7 at 4:54 p.m.; Le- ona F. Stutsman, 72, of Hunt- ingburg, mother of Therresa Weitkamp of Stendal, died at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hunt- ingburg. Thornton's Orphan Home, Petersburg This was a shelter for children during its 68 years as the Pike County Orphanage. It was a two-story brick building and constructed in 1892 at the cost of $8,000. It was a gift to the county by Mrs. Ema- line Thornton as a memorial to her late husband, Nicholas W. Thornton. It was officially closed in 1960. About 2011, the Public Library was built on this site. Photo submitted by Joan Woodhull Wednesday, April 10 • ASPCA is founded (1866) • John Paul Jones sets out to raid British ships (1778) Thursday, April 11 • Napoleon exiled to Elba (1814) • Truman relieves MacArthur of duties in Korea (1951) Friday, April 12 • The Civil War begins (1861) • President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies (1945) Saturday, April 13 • Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes (1970) • Tiger Woods wins his first Masters (1997) Sunday, April 14 • Lincoln is shot (1865) • RMS Titanic hits iceberg (1912) Monday, April 15 • Lincoln dies (1865) • "Unsinkable" Titanic sinks (1912) Tuesday, April 16 • Hallucinogenic effects of L SD discovered (1943) • Apollo 16 departs for the moon (1972) Source: Life Milestones made free CALL: 812-354-8500 Put a free photo with write up on your Family and Class Reunions.

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