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October 13, 2021

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D-8 Wednesday, October 13, 2021 The Press-Dispatch HISTORY Submit history photos: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Source: • Photo source: Wednesday, October 13 • Texans ratify a state constitu- tion and approve annexation (1845) • Continental Navy established (1775) Thursday, October 14 • Yeager breaks sound barrier (1947) • Trial begins in Amityville mur- ders (1975) Friday, October 15 • Mata Hari executed (1917) • First draft card burned (1965) Saturday, October 16 • The Long March (1934) • Chevrolet introduces the El Camino (1958) Sunday, October 17 • Capone goes to prison (1931) • OPEC states declare oil embar- go (1973) Monday, October 18 • U.S. takes possession of Alas- ka (1867) • Mason and Dixon draw a line (1767) Tuesday, October 19 • Napoleon retreats from Moscow (1812) • Editorial accuses Jefferson of af- fair with slave (1796) McCray school 1931-32 school year Benjamin Wilson who lived and farmed in Pike County from 1954 until he retired, was in this class at McCray school in south Knox County, just across the river. He and his wife, the late Judy Wilson moved to Florida after he quit farming. He was born and raised in Knox County, just across the river. In the photo, front row, are Emil Edward Wilson, Lyda Alma Wilson, James August Wilson, Geneva Cockerham, Benjamin Gresham Wilson, June Perry, and Willard Cockerham; Second row: Betty May Myers, Maxine Sonner (teacher), Robert Cockerham, Reba Wilson, Edward Traun, and Evelyn Wilson. SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday and Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Oct. 15, 1946 Small James McGillum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Verd McGil- lum, of Glezen, fell on the side- walk Tuesday morning and se- verely injured his left hip. He was brought to the office of a Petersburg physician, who advised the baby's parents to take him to the hospital at Washington for treatment. The Navy recruiter has an- nounced that he will be at the Post Office between the hours of 2:30 and 4 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month to talk with young men between the ages of 17 and 30. Official Second Army or- ders, covering Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, now authorize all army personnel to wear civilian clothing in off-duty hours, announced the Vin- cennes Recruiting Station. "All men in service who can- not resist the temptation to im- itate 'Sloppy Joe' by not wear- ing a tie or rolling up shirt sleeves, can do so with mili- tary blessing, in civilian cloth- ing, explained Lt. E.A. Brink- man, area recruiting com- mander. In no case will mixed clothing be tolerated, such as an army shirt with insignia and civilian pants. The iron lung purchased by the Moose Lodge Num- ber 1617 of Petersburg will be demonstrated on Tuesday, October 22 at 8 p.m. at the Pe- tersburg High School in a pub- lic demonstration by a facto- ry representative in an effort to educate a number of peo- ple in its operation. The lung is to be available at all times to the general public as a free service by the Moose Lodge in the hopes that if an iron lung is ever needed, it will be immedi- ately available. An effort is be- ing made to have at least two people from every city or vil- lage in Pike County to be pres- ent in addition to all doctors, athletic directors, school of- ficials, boy scouts and safety men from each of the mines. In addition to the demonstra- tion, movies of the operation of the lung will be shown. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Harold Loveless, a son, Charles Edward, at their home in Logan Township October 8; To Mr. and Mrs. Junior Miley, a daughter, Mary Louise at Washington Hospital Thurs- day, October 10. Marriages: Mary Anna Houpt and Gettis L. Dickson pledged their marriage vows at 7:30 o'clock Saturday eve- ning in the Otwell Method- ist Church; Kathryn Manhart became the bride of William Kelle Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at First Methodist Church. Deaths: Dr. Daniel Bell, of Otwell, died Saturday; Le- ona McCain Smith, 52, of Al- ford, died at her home Thurs- day, October 10 at 2:55 o'clock; Winnie Chamness, 73, of Pe- tersburg, died at her home early Sunday morning Octo- ber 13. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Pike County Dispatch Thursday, Oct. 12, 1961 Five Pike County peo- ple were injured in a two-car wreck Saturday at about 7:30 p.m. about one mile east of Pe- tersburg on Highway 356 near the Harold Kays home. The wreck occurred when a car driven by Fred Gracian, 48, of Petersburg, turned left into a drive in front of an oncoming car driven by Robert Mosby, of near Otwell, police report- ed. Gracian suffered head lac- erations and his wife, Hazel, incurred body bruises. The Gracians' 12-year-old daugh- ter, riding in the car with her parents, was not injured. Mos- by, 17, suffered mouth injuries. Riding with Mosby were Jer- ry Michael Hancock, 16, of Otwell, who suffered severe head injuries, cuts and abra- sions. Another passenger in the Mosby car, who suffered cuts and abrasions, was Don- ald Morton, 18, of Otwell. An- other passenger in the Mosby car was not injured. All seven of the persons involved in the accident were rushed to the Daviess County Hospital in Washington in the O.D. Har- ris and Sons ambulances. A f- ter being treated, all were re- leased over the week, with the exception of Hancock. Reports the first of the week said he may be in the hospital several days. Damage to the two cars was estimated at $ 800. State Trooper Robert Hens- ley, of Oakland City, was in- jured October 3 when he was truck by a car while he was investigating an accident in Oakland City during the eve- ning. He had just finished the investigation of an accident be- tween two cars when he was hit by a car driven by Earl Wal- lace, of Oakland City. A wreck- er was preparing to pull one of the wrecked cars from the scene when the car driven by Wallace struck the wrecker. Hensley heard the collision and turned to see what had happened. He was then struck in th left side by the Wallace automobile. Hensley was rushed to the Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, where he was reported to have a head injury, injuries and abra- sions to his left hip, left arm shoulder and left leg. Only two weeks ago, Hensley's left arm was taken from a cast when he had worn for 16 weeks. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Earsy Auten, of Winslow, a daughter, Melody Ann, born September 27 in the Stork Hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sullivan, of Peters- burg, a son, at the Daviess County Hospital, Monday, October 9; To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Breidenbaugh, of near Otwell, a daughter, Beth Ann, born in Jasper Memorial Hos- pital Friday, October 6. Deaths: Arthur Stilwell, 58, of Scottsburg communi- ty, died in the early morning hours Friday at his home. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Oct. 14, 1971 Pike County livestock pro- ducers are warned to be es- pecially careful about the forage upon which their ani- mals may be grazing during the next 60 days. Prussic ac- id, a highly toxic compound, can develop to a dangerous level in grain sorghums, Su- dan grass and Johnson grass when these plants are retard- ed by frost, drought, cutting or bruising. Forage consum- ing animals, especially cat- tle and sheep, are extremely susceptible to this poisoning. The Pike County Extension of- fice points out that the young plants, under 20 to 30 inches tall, contain more Prussic acid potential than mature plants. Young second growth plants are extremely dangerous. Demolition of the 1926 section of Petersburg High School is now underway and is about one-third complete. The building has been roped off since it was declared un- safe for occupancy by three engineering firms last win- ter. It is being taken down by workers instead of using nor- mal demolition methods, such as a crane and ball. This is to prevent damage to adjacent building and for safety of per- sons in the area. Contractors working on the job stated that the building was more unsta- ble than had been thought. Extreme care is being taken to prevent the structure from collapsing while workers are tearing it down. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Harker, of Augus- ta, in Good Samaritan Hospi- tal, October 3, a son, Stephen Todd. Deaths: Beatrice Klipsch, 51, of Petersburg, died Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Hos- pital. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Oct. 10, 1996 The newly constructed building for the Winslow branch of the Pike County Public Library was officially dedicated in a ceremony Sun- day afternoon. State Represen- tative Donald Hume and State Senator Lindel Hume were both present at the dedication and both delivered speeches to the crowd. Donald, who is finished his last term in the Indiana House of Represen- tatives, was honored with a plaque from the library board. The ceremony began with a flag raising by the Winslow Scout Troop, followed by the speeches from Library Board president Bruce DeLapp, Don- ald Hume and Lindel Hume, Winslow Town Council presi- dent David Tisdale and librar- ian Patty Peterson. Instead of a ribbon cutting to officially open the library branch, they had a book drop into the book/ video depository. The deposi- tory is located at the front of the building and can be used for dropping off books and vid- eos after library hours. The new building is the third loca- tion for the Winslow branch. The branch was opened al- most nine years ago in Novem- ber 1987 and was located on Center St., across from its new location. It was then moved to a house on the corner of Mill and Washington Sts., prior to the new building's construc- tion, which began in Feb- ruary of this year. The new 2,500 square foot building will house books for all ages. A Children's room includes a stage for programs and story- telling. Librarian Patty Peter- son has already began sched- uling programs for the chil- dren's room, including a Hal- loween program this month. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Zon Risley, of Petersburg, a daughter, Zoey Indica, Thurs- day, September 26 at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Marriages: Jeffrey Dean Jones and Lori Beth Hamm were united in marriage on September 6 at the Honey- moon Mansion and Wedding Chapel in New Albany; Angela Denise Jerrell and Chad Allen Pancake were married Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at Hornady Park in Petersburg; Dana Sickbert and James Hughes, Jr. were wed on August 31 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Holland at 2:30 p.m. Deaths: Ruby Marie Jones, 69, of Winslow, died at 4:30 a.m. Monday, October 7 at Me- morial Hospital; Walter Def- fendoll, 90, of Winslow, died at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 1 at his residence; Haskell Sims, Jr., 68, of Augusta, died at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2 at St. Mary's Medical Center.

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