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February 12, 2020

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C-8 Wednesday, Februar y 12, 2020 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, Oct. 6 and Oct. 10, 1944 Another Pike County boy has paid the supreme sacri- fice that his country might continue to enjoy the free- dom for which he fought. A telegram came from the War Department Wednesday morning, bringing the sad news that Cpl. Paul Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elza Jones, of Winslow, had died. The telegram to the parents read: "The secretary of war desires to express his deep- est regret that your son, Cpl. Thomas Paul Jones, U.s. Marine Corp Reserve, was killed in action in perfor- mance of his duty. No infor- mation has been received." He had been in the Marines since October 1942 and had been overseas since Decem- ber 1943. He volunteered for service in the Marines as a machine gunner and took his training at Camp Elliott, Calif. It was not known by the parents just which island in the South Pacific he was on, but they did know that he had participated in sev- eral invasions. Index Notion Company's news Petersburg store was badly damaged by fire of an undetermined nature ear- ly Sunday morning. The fire was first reported by the night watchman John Van Meter, but indications were that the fire had been burning for several hours before its discovery. The alarm was sounded at 4:40 a.m. with a quick response by the firemen. The fire ap- pears to have started in the back room of the store on the first floor and to have been confined there for sometime before it broke through the ceiling to spread through- out the upper story of the building. The back room is used mainly for unpack- ing of merchandise for im- mediate stacking on the display racks and was fair- ly well cleared at the time of the fire. The upper story of the building held some mer- chandise of a seasonable na- ture, which due to the war time purchasing conditions was stocked there until the proper season arrived for its sale. Under normal con- ditions, the stock would not have been stored there as plans were to carry all merchandise on the display counters. In addition to this merchandise, five families had furniture stored in the upper story. All families suf- fered complete loss of their furniture and it is believed that two of the families had no insurance on their house- hold effects. Included with the furniture were the sur- gical tables and some of the instruments belonging to Dr. McNaughton, now on service with the U.S. forces in Iran. The goods stocked on the counters in the store proper suffered from water and smoke damage more than from actual burning. Monday morning, Mr. Haw- baker, manager of the store, was awaiting the insurance adjuster to determine what disposal would be made of the damaged goods. The store will be back in busi- ness shortly as a temporary location will be selected and made ready as soon as possi- ble. Damage to the building was estimated as being close to $15,000 ; damage to the stock as close to $20,000 and damage to the stored furni- ture as being about $5,000. Marriages: Anna Simms and Pvt. Thomas O. O'Rourke were married at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon by Rev. Ollie Kays at his home in Arthur; Pearl Helderman and Cpl. Paul Houchins were united in marriage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 7 at the Free Methodist Parson- age. Deaths: Warrick Ashby, 74, of Campbelltown, died at his home Sunday evening at 11:25 o'clock; Savannah Richardson, 78, of Otwell, died at her home at 11:15 o'clock Thursday morning. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Thursday, January 7, 1960 A Pike County man was killed New Year's Day at about 10 :30 a.m. Garrett Schafer, of near Glezen, and four companions were cut- ting down a tree near the old Globe Coal Mine Lake west of Winslow when the accident occurred. While the men were cutting on the tree, some limbs from the top of the tree broke loose and fell, hitting Mr. Schafer on the head. The weight of the limbs broke his back. Bill Shurig, manager of the Shurig Hardware Store in Oakland City, has an- nounced that the hardware store is preparing to close out the entire stock of mer- chandise. It is hoped to have the stock closed out by the latter part of February. The store was founded by the late Charles Shurig, Jr., who came to Oakland City from Huntingburg in 1892. He established a small tin shop and later added plumbing and hardware. As years went by, the store prospered and has since been known to ma- ny customer and friends as a store which liked to serve the people. In 1937, Oscar Shurig, son of Charles, and his family assumed the du- ties of running the store. Oscar had previously been connected with the plumb- ing business with his un- cle, the late Louis Shurig. In 1941, Bill Shurig, son of Oscar, graduated from high school and took over man- agement of the store. In 1943, he left for service and returning from overseas in 1946, he assumed manage- ment again of the store. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Lester Selby, of Winslow, a daughter born Sunday in the Daviess County Hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stephens, of near Otwell, a daughter, Monday, January 4 at Memorial Hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Vore, of Francisco, a son, Ronald La- Verne, Friday, January 1 in the Oakland City Hospital. Deaths: Francis L. Da- vis, 61, of Petersburg, died suddenly at his home at 8 p.m. Friday; John M. Trac- er, 79, of Oakland City, died at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, January 3 at the home of his son in Winslow. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, January 22, 1970 Duane Choate was found guilty of second degree burglary Friday afternoon by a jury in the Pike Circuit Court. Choate was accused of breaking and entering Quality Hardware Compa- ny of Winslow last summer and stealing several guns. During the robbery, several local persons saw him com- mitting the crime and one woman gave positive iden- tification. Attorney William Cox presented witnesses who said that Choate was in Indianapolis during the time of the robbery. This was Choate's second con - viction on a felony charge. He was also convicted in re- cent years of second degree burglary in the Clay Circuit Court at Brazil. Three Pike County youths have been arrested and charged with destroying state property. They were accused in the latest act of vandalism around the state areas of burning a picnic table. The table was taken from the Patoka State Fish and Game storage area and carried to the edge of Piney pit, which is also on the ar- ea, where it was thrown on a fire. Several other youths were apparently ice skating on that pit. Charged were Terry Wells, 17, Paul Gross, 17, and James Woolsey, 18. Woolsey will be tried as an adult in Justice of Peace court. The other two are ju- veniles since they are un- der 18 and will appear in Pike Circuit Court before Judge Lester Nixon Thurs- day morning. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wineinger, of Velpen, in the Memorial Hospi- tal in Jasper, a son; To Mr. and Mrs. Wrex Simmons, of Winslow, a son, Bradley Shane, Monday, January 5 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Huntingburg; To Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Miley, of Petersburg, Thursday, Jan- uary 15 in the Good Samar- itan Hospital, a daughter, Jody Sherrie; To Spec. 5 and Mrs. Dwayne Austin, of Pe- tersburg, Thursday, January 15 in Daviess County Hos- pital, a son, Mark Dwayne. Marriages: Kay Auten and Eldon Nelson were unit- ed in marriage November 22 in the Winslow Christian Church. Deaths: Simon R. Love- less, 81, of Petersburg, died at the home of his daughter, Saturday, January 17; Mrs. Alice Bell, 75, of Somerville, died Wednesday, January 14 at Gibson General Hospital; Annavee B. McKinney, 54, of Oakland City, died at Gib- son General Hospital Satur- day; Raymond C. Loehr, 71, of Oakland City, died Thurs- day at 9:35 p.m. in Daviess County Hospital. TWENTY- FIVE YEARS The Press-Dispatch Thursday, January 5, 1995 A Winslow man was sen- tenced to three years in a work release center for dealing marijuana. David C. Hume plead guilty Tues- day morning in Pike Circuit Court to selling marijuana to an undercover agent, ac- cording to Pike County Pros- ecutor Jeff Biesterveld. Bies- terveld said Hume received the maximum sentence of three years for a Class D felony. He also will have to pay $1,695 to reimburse the state police for the money they used to buy drugs from him, $200 for a counter mea- sures fee, $100 probation fee and $50 a month users fee. Hume will receive 70 days credit toward time served for the time he has been in jail waiting for trial. An Oakland City man was arrested after he crashed in- to a ditch and overturned. Atancio Duvon, 22, was driving east on Highway 64 when he ran off the roadway on the north side, then lost control, hitting a rail and going airborne for about 30 feet before hitting an em- bankment, with the vehicle coming to rest on its side. Duvon sustained a dislocat- ed shoulder and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. He was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while in- toxicated, false and fictitious registration, and speed too fast to avoid a collision. Du- von tested .209 for blood al- cohol. That is more than twice the legal limit of .1 per- cent. His car was a total loss in the 2:30 a.m., December 30 accident. Births: To Chad and Beth Rich, of Otwell, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evans- ville, on December 24, a daughter, Megan Danielle. Deaths: Jewell E. Phil- lips, 87, of Petersburg, died at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at Amber Manor Care Center in Petersburg; James A. Higdon, 64, of Otwell, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Memorial Hospi- tal in Jasper; John E. Culb- ertson, 65, of Oakland City, died at 5:47 p.m. Wednes- day, Dec. 28, at the home of his brother; Imogene Cape- hart, 66, of Otwell, died at 1:34 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at her residence; Charles F. Miller, 65, of Spurgeon, died at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Huntingburg. Petersburg High School Football PAC Champs of 1945, 1948, 1949 and 1950 Pictured are the team members of the Petersburg High School football team. The PHS football team were the PAC Champs for the years 1945, 1948, 1949 and 1950. Front row (l to r): Smith, Bill Cox, Les Miley, Terry Hudson, Lloyd Cockerham, David Shafer, Robert Harris and R. Gray. Middle row: Coach Kifer, Crazborn, Dan Chamberlain, Danny Coleman, Brenton, Tom Hudson, Pearson, Harold Carey, Fred Coleman, Shirley Sturgeon, Richard Carter, Mgr. Wither- spoon and Coach Weathers. Back row: Jack Culver, Jim Dunn, Lloyd Campbell, Miley, Wyatt, Webber, Ault, Tucker, Unknown, Hemphling and Gary Leighty. Wednesday, Feb. 12 • Congress enacts first fugitive slave law (1793) • President Abraham Lincoln is born (1809) Thursday, Feb. 13 • Patrick Henry named colonel of First Virginia battalion (1776) • Galileo in Rome for Inquisition (1633) Friday, Feb. 14 • St. Valentine beheaded (278) • The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1929) Saturday, Feb. 15 • The USS Maine explodes (1898) • Canada adopts maple leaf flag (1965) Sunday, Feb. 16 • Archaeologist opens tomb of King Tut (1923) • Silver dollars made legal (1978) Monday, Feb. 17 • "Madame Butterfly" premieres (1904) • Beetle overtakes Model T as world's best-selling car (1972) Tuesday, Feb. 18 • Twain publishes "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1885) • Dale Earnhardt killed in crash (2001) Source:

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