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October 11, 2017

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D-10 Wednesday, October 11, 2017 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, August 18, 1942 With several copies of the paper going to Australia, Ire- land and other strange Ports, The Press received an order for a copy to be sent air mail each issue in care of New York Post master. On figur- ing the rate for each paper over a year's time the sub- scription will cost $46.80 for postage and $2.00 for the pa- per. The paper goes to John Gilliland, formerly of Peters- burg, at a destination which we are not permitted to print. It makes the whole staff feel good to think how badly the Press is wanted. Carl Gray, prominent attor- ney here in Pike County was elected vice president of the Indiana Bar Association at the annual meeting held last Friday and Saturday in Indi- anapolis. Mr. Gray has been active in the association for a number of years and is very well liked by the members. It is an honor that he no doubt well deserved on behalf of his activities in the association. On July the 5th the day af- ter the King and Queen of England had visited the Unit- ed States soldiers in North Ireland, Mr. Townsend was sitting by his radio which was tuned to the British Broad- casting station, and was lis- tening to the soldier boys comment on the visit of the royal couple to their camp. His attention was drawn clos- er when a voice spoke "Pvt. Marsee, Petersburg, Indiana. Do you think you can find Petersburg, Indiana on your map." And both the announc- er and soldier had laughed. Mr. Townsend thought per- haps he was mistaken, and in order to satisfy his own mind he wrote the station asking if a boy from Petersburg, Indi- ana did speak from their stu- dio on that date. From their casting records, they found this true. Pvt. Gene Marsee is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John (Diro) Marsee, who lives one half mile from the city limits on the Alford road. Jesse Campbell, Trustee of Clay Township, announced, Monday that all teachers who taught in Clay Township, last year, had again been hired for the coming school terms. Mr. Campbell says that all these teachers had been very suc- cessful and their work had been satisfactory both to the patrons and himself, and there was nothing to gain by changing teachers when all parties concerned were sat- isfied. Births: Born August 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Masters of Otwell, a son named James Edward; Don Weber of the Pendleton State Police post is the proud father of a fine daughter. The mother was the former Martha Basinger. Deaths: Mrs. Alta G. Loveless passed away at her home in Rumbletown Thurs- day evening at 6:4, following an illness of several months duration; Mrs. Maggie Shaw, for many years a resident of this city and of this county, died at her home in Oakland City, 3:30 p.m. Sunday of a heart attack; Daniel Hilder- brand, one of the older and most highly respected farm- ers of the Zoar community, died in Evansville Saturday, soon after he was rushed to the Welborn-Walker Hospi- tal, from the injuries he re- ceived when a car in which he was riding and a truck col- lided. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday, August 30, 1957 Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Tis- dal of route 2, Winslow, were badly injured last week when their tractor rig crashed against a concrete abutment while enroute to Wisconsin. Mrs. Tisdal, who was driving, swerved to avoid another ve- hicle. She lost a leg as a re- sult of the accident and her husband suffered shock. The Tisdals worked as a husband- wife trucking team, making trips to every part of the na- tion. They had planned to re- tire in a short time. Petersburg initial school enrollment dropped this year to a five year low, according to Superintendent Lorel Cole- man, who said the financial aid received from the state could be cut by two teacher units unless enrollment in- creases sufficiently before October 1. Coleman stressed that two teachers would be dropped, but that state reim- bursement might be given on a basis of 31 teachers rather than 33. The Pike County Fair Board and the Hornady Park Board joined this week to ex- tend blanket thanks to the many people and organiza- tions which "put their shoul- ders to the wheel" in rushing completion of the sweeping new entrance to the beautiful city park. Future plans are to blacktop the drive and erect gates at both front and back entrances. The engineering feat was rushed to comple- tion in time to make good on a pledge to have the road pro- gram this weekend and Mon- day. Two Pike County drivers were named in a license sus- pension list distributed this week by the Bureau of Mo- tor Vehicles. Robert Arnold, Petersburg, was suspended from Aug. 2, 1957 to Aug. 2, 1958, for driving while sus- pended. Larry Rae Gaines, North 5th street, Petersburg, was suspended from July 30, 1957, to October 28, 1957, for reckless driving. Brenda Kay Ellis, 7, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa El- lis, Petersburg, was taken to Vincennes hospital Monday morning, with burns cover- ing 85 percent of her body. Brenda,who had never both- ered the stove before, de- cided to pop corn, while her mother was in the basement washing. Seemingly her skirt caught fire when she climb- er upon a chair to reach the stove. Her screams brought her mother from the base- ment and she was rushed to the Vincennes hospital. She will be on the critical list for some time. Marriages: The wedding of Miss Susan Marlene Mur- ray and Daniel B. Davidson, Jr. was on Saturday after- noon, August 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Method- ist Temple in Terre Haute. Births: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Oglesby announce the birth of a daughter August 23 in Henderson, Ky. She was named Virginia Lou; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Quiggins, of Evansville, are the parents of a daughter, Pamela Gail; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simp- son announce the birth of a son, Robert Joe. Deaths: Mrs. Thelma Onyett, 50, Sullivan, passed away with a heart attack at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Mary Sherman hospital; Fu- neral services were held for Mrs. Mary B. Brenton, 72, at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Atkin- son Chapel church. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, September 14, 1967 Temple Brewster remains a patient in the hospital in Bloomington after suffering a broken right wrist and bro- ken pelvis in a fall September 2. Mr. Brewster was putting a new roof on his daughter's home near Gasport when a ladder jack slipped and caused Mr. Brewster to be thrown 22 feet to a concrete patio. Mr. Brewster's broken bones were set September 5, 9 and 10. Pike County Grand Jury is scheduled to meet today, Thursday, to investigate fa- tal shooting of Benjamin Harrison Potts. Potts was fa- tally shot on July 19. July 20 preliminary charges of sec- ond degree murder were filed in Petersburg City Court, against Stanley Paul Traylor. Alfred "Al" Speer was honored by the Petersburg Kiwanis Club at its regular meeting held on Wednesday, September 6. Mr. Speer was presented the Kiwanis Inter- national Certificate of Mer- it for services on behalf of youth in the Petersburg com- munity. The honorary plaque was presented by Lester Nix- on, Judge of the Pike Circuit Court, who is chairman of the Boys and Girls Work- ing Committee. In making the presentation, Judge Nix- on commended Speer for the time and effort he gave to youth activities while a res- ident of Petersburg. Ralph Craig, cashier and executive officer of the Ot- well State Bank, marked his 50th year in banking on Sep- tember 3, 1967. In 1917, Mr. Craig began his banking ca- reer as bookkeeper for the Otwell State Bank. In 1918, he was promoted to second assistant cashier and was ad- vanced to assistant cashier in 1919. He was elected to the board of directors and appointed cashier in 1923. For the past 44 years he has served as the bank's execu- tive officer. Regular meeting of the Pike County School Corpo- ration board was Monday night at Petersburg school. Because of the large crowd attending it was held in the cafeteria of the school. Bids were let for the purchase of coal for Pike County schools and low bids were accepted in all bids. Low bidder was not the same for all schools. Marriages: Miss Beverly Jean Harker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence C. Harker, Winslow, became the bride of Kenneth M. Osgatharp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Myrle D. Os- gatharp of Winslow. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Gene Pflug of Oakland City, a son, Michael Gene; To Mr. and Mrs. James Dongan of Cayuga, a daughter, Lisa Elaine; To Mr. and Mrs. Jer- ry Knight, a daughter, Cassie Velvet; To Mr. and Mrs. El- mer Harvey of Lynnville, a son, Flynn Eric; To Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cates of Winslow, a son, Kirk Stephen; To Mr. and Mrs. Jerry R. Doane of Mackey, a daughter, Anita Karol; To Mr. and Mrs. Jer- ry McKannan of Francisco, a daughter, Kellie Marie. Deaths: Jasper Jerrell, 81, died at his home in Pe- tersburg a few minutes af- ter suffering a heart attack; Basil Minor, 67, of Winslow died in the Good Samaritan hospital Friday, September 8 at 6 p.m. after suffering a long illness of cancer; Wil- liam T. Marshall, 48, died in the Ginson General hos- pital Thursday, September 7 at 12:30 a.m. from a liver ailment; Mrs. Alpha Burns, 74, died Wednesday, Sep- tember 6 of a heart attack at her home near Brownstown; Mrs. Lona Bell Cravens, 83, died at her home in Oakland City Wednesday, September 6. She had been seriously ill for the past 6 weeks; Mrs. Mabel Waid, 76, widow of the late Howard Waid, barber in Petersburg several years ago, died at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 9 in the Masonic Home at Franklin; Richard R. Rhoades, 60, native of Otwell died at the Veterans Adminis- tration hospital where he had been employed for the past 25 years; Mrs. Mary Blackburn, 82, of Oakland City, died Thursday at Gibson General hospital where she had been receiving treatment for a se- rious illness the past 14 days; Mitchell Tracer, 57, lifetime resident of Oakland City died of an acute coronary heart at- tack at 6:15 a.m. Friday in his former store on South Main Street; Don R. Snyder, 67, of Monroe City, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the Good Samaritan hospital after an illness of several weeks. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, September 10, 1992 An apparent break-in of the Spurgeon State Bank, Branch at Arthur was thwart- ed by State Trooper Paul Bu- cher, when he drove by. Buch- er said he was on patrol driv- ing south on Highway 61 at about 1 a.m. Monday. As he went by the bank he noticed at least three people around the bank. Bucher said he turned around but when he did they ran into the woods behind the bank. The holiday-delayed Pe- tersburg Council met Tues- day night for a two hour ses- sion that addressed a dog complaint, passed three or- dinances and looked into ad- ditional computer needs and paving projects. The Peters- burg dog problem has Cheryl Roach volunteering her time and energy including a com- mitment to be at every coun- cil meeting until the prob- lem confronting residents is resolved. The determina- tion that Roach is expressing stems from an unprovoked attack by a pack of dogs on her pet cocker spaniel. The 11-year-old spaniel was man- gled when in defense of her master, ran through a screen door by popping the latch. The pet was later found with numerous bite wounds and one open wound of about six square inches that nearly re- sulted in loss of a leg. The dog has spent four days at the vet- erinarian and requires much more follow-up treatment to the wounds. Thieves stole several sets of tools from a shed owned by Leo Woods sometime be- tween Sunday night and Mon- day morning. Woods of 1305 Cedar St., Petersburg told po- lice a Minolta trolling moni- tor and several sets of tools were taken from his shed. There was no estimated val- ue of the goods taken. Peters- burg police chief Mike Key investigated the incident. Manned trash collection sites in Pike County came one step closer Tuesday night, when the commis- sioners accepted a bid for fencing the sites. However another problem still needs to be solved. What are they going to do for a bathroom? County Surveyor and interi- um engineer Pat Davis said he had figured on about $ 300 a year to rent portable toilets. But prices ranged from $58 to $75 a month at each one. No decision was reached on what type of bathroom facili- ties to use at the sites. Pike Central's band won the Peabody Band Award as they marched in the La- bor Day parade at Prince- ton. They were one of several units from Pike County, who participated in the parade. Marriages: Rhonda Schmitt and Carlos L. Mac- ua, Jr. of Indianapolis were united in marriage in a dou- ble ring ceremony on Au- gust 15 at 4 p.m.; Christy Lynn Weisman and Timothy Wayne Crow were united in marriage Saturday, August 8, at 4 p.m. at the Otwell United Methodist Church; Stepha- nie Leigh Day of Monroe City and Raymond Joseph Keller of Vincennes were united in marriage on Saturday, Au- gust 8, at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Vincennes. Deaths: James V. Red- fairn, 74, Hazelton, died at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at his residence; Donna Bohnert, of Petersburg, died Tuesday, Sept 8 at her res- idence; Ciola Mae Putnam Johnson, 54, former resident of Petersburg, died Wednes- day, Aug. 19 in an auto acci- dent; Orpha Rembe, former- ly of Princeton, died at Hobe Sound, Fla. SOMETHING NEWSWORTHY? Give us a call: 812-354-8500 1993 Pike Central High School Peer Counselors Pictured above are the 1993 Pike Central Peer Counselors. Front row: Randi Pauw, Holly Cockerham, Lee Ann Coplen, Ja- na Scaggs, Natalie Woodall, Theresa Roettger, Danyella Miley and Laura Harris. Second row: Kendra Carlton, Kely Zazzetti, Mari Young, Stephanie Arnold, Mary Ann Manges, Jennifer Fuhrman and Cassie Smith. Back Row: Dustin Traylor, Jason Whann, Mon- ica Dougan, Beth Hatt, Margie Rupple, Eric Rowe and Lawrence Fenol. Wednesday, October 11 • Apollo 7 launched (1968) • Yellow fever breaks out in Philadelphia (1793) Thursday, October 12 • Columbus reaches the New World (1492) • John Denver dies in an air- craft accident (1997) Friday, October 13 • Texans ratify a state constitu- tion and approve annexation (1845) • Continental Navy established (1775) • Saturday, October 14 • Yeager breaks sound barrier (1947) • Trial begins in Amityville murders (1975) Sunday, October 15 • Mata Hari executed (1917) • First draft card burned (1965) Monday, October 16 • The Long March (1934) • Chevrolet introduces the El Camino (1958) Tuesday, October 17 • Capone goes to prison (1931) • OPEC states declare oil em- bargo (1973) Source:

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