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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, August 5, 2020 B-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, March 30 and April 3, 1945 Thieves who entered the home of Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Greathouse near Bowman and took $14 in money and all of Rev. Greathouse's A and B stamp were also hungry and took a veal roast that Mrs. Greathouse had baked. The Thieves entered the house through the back door while Rev. and Mrs. Greathouse were at church Sunday night. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sel- by of this city received a let- ter Friday morning from their son, Cpl. William E. Sel- by who is a prisoner of war of the German government. The letter written on the regula- tion German stationery was printed in Bill's handwriting. In the letter he told his par- ents he was just fine that he didn't have a scratch on him but said he would feel better if he had his feet under his moth- er's table eating some of her good cooking. He told his par- ents to tell Mr. and Mrs. Jes- se Burton that their son Har- lan was standing right behind him and that he was alright. Sgt. Burton had been missing in action since December 22 in Luxembourg and this is the first word the parents have re- ceived concerning him since they received the message that he was missing in action. Sgt. Burton was in the head- quarters division. He is mar- ried and his wife lives in Vir- ginia. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Miley, a boy, not yet named, born Tuesday eve- ning, in the Daviess County hospital, and placed in an in- cubator; To Mr. and Mrs. Low- ell Carlisle, a girl, Beth, born Friday morning, in the Princ- eton hospital. Marriages: Virginia Jones Karns and Herschel Hayes, of Velpen, were married by Char- lie Jones, Justice-of-the-Peace. Deaths: Wilford Corn, 66, of Velpen, died Saturday night, at 11:45, in his home; Thom- as Sharp, 74, of Winslow, died Saturday, March 31, at 10 :30 a.m., in the home of his daugh- ter. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Pike County Dispatch Thursday, June 30, 1960 The circus and big bargains are both coming to Winslow Wednesday, July 6. The cir- cus will be on Main street be- ginning at 12:30 p.m. and will stay until 8 p.m. The spectac- ular feature of the whole af- fair is that the entire circus is a baby animal showing. All 50 or more animals are wild ani- mals and are from all over the world. The merchants are of- fering a day of big bargains to give the people an opportuni- ty to save when they come into Winslow to see the circus. The circus is being sponsored by the merchants of Winslow and the makers of Sandran floor covering. There is no admis- sion charge to anyone. The en- tire show is free of charge and may be visited as many times as a person cares to visit it. In the pages of this week's Dis- patch the readers will find ad- vertising from Winslow mer- chants who are giving the spe- cial bargains for Wednesday, July 6, during the time the cir- cus is in town. Come, see the ten and a half months old ele- phant. It is 42 inches tall and weighs 450 pounds. Other wild animals to delight both young and old will be bush tailed por- cupine, magpie, horned owl, kinkajou, rock python 17 feet long that eats once a month, red fox, chinchilla, tortoise, two red rhesus monkeys from India, jungle rat from Korea, Himalayan bear, Civet cat and a raccoon. An all day July 4 celebra- tion will be held at Otwell this year. There will be fireworks, contests, games and all that a person would want to eat. The big celebration is being spon- sored by the Jefferson Town- ship Ruritan club, which has done much for the communi- ty since it was first organized. There is no admission charge for the entertainment. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Junior Elkins, of Petersburg, a daughter, Jody Lynn, born June 13, in the Good Samari- tan hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Bill Traylor, of Petersburg, a girl, Carol Annette, born Thursday, June 23, in the Da- viess County hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Clester Erwin Mc- Queen, of Winslow, a girl, born Monday, June 27, in the Daviess County hospital. Marriages: Miss Betty Jo Thomas and Walter Wyatt Rauch were married on June 26, at 3 p.m., at the First Meth- odist Church, in Petersburg; Mereda Ann Broshears and Paul Burnett were married Friday, June 10, at the First General Baptist church, in Oakland City. Deaths: David F. Wilker- son, 80, of Otwell, died Tues- day, June 21, at 9:30 p.m., in the Indiana Rest Home, in Jas- per;Mrs. Ida F. Connor, 87, of Oakland City, died Friday, at 2:30 p.m., in the Oakland City hospital. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, July 16, 1970 A fter seven days of hair rais- ing experiences while lost in the wilderness at Lake of the Woods, Kenora, Ontario, Can- ada, Gene Tooley was found in a weakened condition by a Kentucky doctor, Dr. Carl Cooper and his two sons were fishing along the shore from a boat. Mr. Tooley said he saw the boat and as he ran to the water's edge a flock of ducks flew from the shore line caus- ing the doctor to spot him. They picked him up and took him to a camp. Mr. Tooley, who had not eaten during the seven days, said he drank two soft drinks, ate two cans of sar- dines on the way to camp and as soon as they got to camp, he ate more food. He was taken to a hospital in Kenora, where he said they had a hard time fill- ing him up the three days he was there. While in the wilder- ness he found a stream and fol- lowed it and drank lots of wa- ter. He said he stayed close to the water's edge once he found it. One evening at dusk he felt weak, as though he were about to pass out and laid down. Just then a huge black bear tore a long gash with its teeth in Tooley's scalp on top of his head and another gash in his left temple. He said he jumped up and the bear ran. A fter en- tering the hospital eight stitch- es were required to close the wound on the top of his head and several stitches were tak- en on his temple. Tooley ar- rived at the Washington Air- port Tuesday morning at 1:30 by private plane. His mother, Mrs. Hilbert Tooley Sr. said she had a big meal ready for him when he arrived home around 2 a.m. and another breakfast for him later in the morning. Four boats, 15 men, and a Canadian forces helicop- ter earlier had searched the ar- ea for Tooley. Hilbert Tooley Jr., had offered a $ 350 reward earlier Friday for locating his missing brother. In June, 1970, Wilburn K. DeBruler was designat- ed Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Phoe- nix office. Mr. DeBruler born August 12, 1926, in Winslow, where he received his early ed- ucation. He served in the Unit- ed States Navy from Decem- ber, 1943, to May 1946. In Sep- tember, 1954, he was award- ed a Bachelor of Laws degree by the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar and has been admitted to prac- tice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. DeBrul- er entered on duty in the FBI as a Special Agent on June 18, 1965. Following a period of training, he served in the Mo- bile Miami, and Tampa offic- es until February, 1965, when he was reassigned in a super- visory capacity to the Gener- al Investigative Division, FBI Headquarters, Washington D.C. In October, 1967, Mr. De- Bruler was reassigned to the Inspection Division where he performed inspection duties for approximately one year after which he returned to the General Investigative Di- vision. Marriages: Marcia Kay Shane and Charles Adron Shoultz, of Petersburg, were married on Sunday afternoon, in the First United Methodist Church, in Petersburg. Deaths: Mrs. Lydia Mc- Graw Hunley Pilchard, 80, of Vincennes, died Thursday, Ju- ly 9; Mrs. Flora D. Corn, 97, of Indianapolis, died Monday, in an Indianapolis hospital. TWENTY- FIVE YEARS The Press-Dispatch Thursday, June 29, 1995 A woman cleaning the con- cession stand at Sugar Ridge Raceway, a reporter taking a wrong turn and the quick re- sponse of volunteers helped turn what could have been a disaster into a joyous reunion for the parents of a missing Campbelltown youth Monday afternoon. The Pike Coun- ty Sheriff's Office was no- tified around 1:45 p.m., on Monday, by Terry and Kel- ly May that their three-year- old son, Tanner, was missing. The Pike County dispatcher quickly called for volunteers to help search for the youth. Within 15 minutes, more than 45 people had volunteered to search for Tanner May in a rugged, wooded area behind the boys' house. Many of the volunteers had participated in the Jason Bengert search just weeks ago. The memories of how that search ended remain fresh for many of those volun- teers, yet they came armed with the hope that Tanner would be found. A reporter for the Press-Dispatch was on his way to the parents' house, but had taken a wrong turn. Look- ing for directions, he stopped to ask a woman for help. A f- ter he had explained the situ- ation, the woman said "could this be the boy they are look- ing for? " and pointed next to a small boy beside her. She explained that she believed that the boys' parents lived in a trailer two doors down and that she was waiting on them to arrive home. The woman was Mary Selby and her and her husband own Sugar Ridge Raceway. She had been clean- ing the concession stand when she heard dogs barking. She looked up, and saw a little boy standing in the middle of five dogs on the track. The report- er then went to notify the sher- iff to tell him the boy had been found. Tanner May was indeed lucky. The men and wom- en who helped in the search described the area as being heavily wooded, with numer- ous spoils and pits and much of the area is covered in thick briars and underbrush. In 1986, Howard Knight was a part-time Petersburg police- man and he had to respond to a complaints of some teenagers street racing. One of the teens turned out to be his brother, Brian. Howard told Brian he would build a race car for him if he would just stop street racing. Knight couldn't have guessed it would be the be- ginning of a hobby that would involve just about the whole Knight family. Howard Knight said he loved competition and the performance he can get out of an engine. Knight and his dad, Carl, had already been involved in competi- tion in truck pulls. They had a four-wheel-drive truck that they toured the country with pulling in TNT competitions. However, they had quit when they grew tired of traveling. Knight said he took the motor from the four-wheel-drive and used it in his first race car. To- day, the Knight family has two racing vehicles: a 1990 Dodge 'door car' which has a 360 cu- bic inch Chrysler motor and a dragster that Howard finished building in 1993. Knight Rac- ing is definitely a family adven- ture. Howard is the mechan- ic. Carl drives the 'door car'. Brian drives the dragster and Howard's wife Pam helps in anyway she can. The hobby is a labor of love, Howard says, as there isn't much money in racing, and it takes all of the family's paychecks just to be able to afford it. Howard said he and the family have raced in Indianapolis and Clarks- ville, Tenn., but their favorite track is the Greater Evansville Raceway in Chandler. Births: To Larry and Re- becca Morton, of Winslow, a girl, Loren Jade, born Mon- day, June 26, at Gibson Gen- eral hospital, in Princeton; To Mr. and Mrs. David Marx, of Vincennes, a girl, Katelyn Ma- rie, born Monday, June 19, at St. Mary's Medical Center, in Evansville. Deaths: Brian Douglas Smith, 51, of Monroe City, died Friday, June 23, at 5:48 a.m.; Dorothy A. Wolven, 75, of Washington, died Friday, June 23, at Eastgate Manor Nursing Home. Spurgeon school buses, drivers, custodians (1940s) Spurgeon school buses are lined up in front of the school with drivers and custodians. It was sometime in the 1940s. They are, left to right, Cyrus Ragle, Ezra Nixon, Trevor Nixon, unknown, Elic Roy and Tom Jack Roy (custo- dians), Albert Tatum, Ora Roy, and Odes Roy. Source: • Photo source: Wednesday, August 5 • Marilyn Monroe is found dead (1962) • Abraham Lincoln imposes first fed- eral income tax (1861) Thursday, August 6 • American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima (1945) • President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act (1965) Friday, August 7 • Volkswagen halts production during World War II (1944) • Teddy Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate (1912) Saturday, August 8 • Nixon resigns (1974) • Chicago Cubs host the first night game in the history of Wrigley Field (1988) Sunday, August 9 • Manson cult kills five people (1969) • Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasa- ki (1945) Monday, August 10 • "Red Dawn," first PG-13 movie, is re- leased (1984) • Truman signs National Security Bill (1949) Tuesday, August 11 • Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz (1934) • Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams dies at 63 (2014) A 90-year-old local resident talks about milestones of her life and spending 10 decades in Pike County By Billie Ann Grubb My parents were Hil- da and William "Bill" Foutche. Dad was a war vet in the United States Army. During W WI, he was sent to France, enlisted and served in the medical corps. A fter that, he had a pool room, cut hair and owned a cafe. They had three children, Leonard, Billie Ann and Betty Lou. Hilda and William cel- ebrated their 50th wed- ding anniversary. I was born in Louis- ville, Ky., then moved to Pike County, Indiana, a rural area, a place called Campbelltown. Campbelltown had two grocery stores. A f- ter dark, one store had free movies in the sum- mer on the lawn. Mom and Dad bought a seven-room house with a few luxuries, bathroom, attic, basement, coal fur- nace and electric lights. I thanked God for our home. Dad had a nice garden. There were fruit trees and grapevines. We had a dog named Cute who stayed inside the house. We also had two birddogs, pointers, one was an Irish setter. Dad bought a new Chevy in 1936. Then the news came over the radio, Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, my birthday. I was 11 years old and there was a ra- tion on book stamps to buy food. Our mail was censured. World War II began. Defense plants made weapons in ship- yards. The USA has been in a depression. Women worked in the factories. They drafted the mar- ried men. The movies were about Japs in airplanes drop- ping bombs on the USA service troops. Adolf Hit- ler, Germany's cruel lead- er was out to rule the world. Japan was fighting the USA and also Russia was helping the Japs in the war. Praise God that we found out the USA ser- vice men were coming home. We rejoiced that my uncle and cousins were coming home, and the war was about to end. I went to Winslow grade school and high school, rode the school bus, joined a few clubs, such as pep club, and was a cheerleader for the basketball team. The Winslow High School basketball team was called The Eskimos. Richard Farley was a good player on the team and he became famous. I went to the prom, wore a blue formal, had a silver necklace and a corsage of red roses was given to us. I worked in the fac- tory, babysat and wait- ressed in a large restau- rant, the Blue Bore Cafe, in Kentucky. We all wore nylon hose and uniforms. Myself, Mom and my brother all sang, and my brother played the guitar. I married Gerald Mick Grubb. We built a house. My husband worked in Evansville at a factory. He was a tool cutter/ grinder. He liked put- ting out a garden, had a strawberry patch, liked deer and rabbit hunting, had a hound dog named Butch and liked fishing at Wire Creek. Lana Susan, our on- ly child, married Danny Ray Carter and they had two daughters, Latalia Ni- cole and Daneisha Dawn, and three grandchildren, Kaya Grace, Robert and Bobby, and a new boy born in April, Drayven. We have not seen him, only pictures, because of COVID-19. I like being a mom, grandma and wife. Gerald and I have been married 57 years. I was in the hospi- tal this year and also in April 2017, when I broke my hip. I went to the nurs- ing home for a month and a half, and then did home therapy. God saved my life. My mom was a great cook and housekeep- er. I never thought I was as good of a cook as my mom. She liked flowers, the roses and tulips. My sister, Betty, mar- ried. My brother served his country for 20 years in the Korean War. My husband was in the Air Force and served in Ja- pan, and my son-in-law was in the Vietnam War. I attended Zions Hill Church. I wrote the church news for the local paper for 10 years and for Glezen Revival Center for 10 more years. I love God's word. I pray for peace for the USA and for the COVID-19 vi- rus that it will leave and stay gone. People should wear masks to protect your family and yourself. People should pray about the election.

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