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April 11, 2018

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C-12 Wednesday, April 11, 2018 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 Tuesday and Friday, December 1 and 4, 1942 The home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Evans, on south seventh street, was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon about four p.m. The Evans family was not at home, and the fire was not discovered until it had gained so much headway that it was noticed by a man pass- ing along the street and gave the alarm. The origin of the fire is thought to have start- ed from a defective wire to a lamp on the dining table. The fire department was called out on Highway 57, in the Willis school neighbor- hood, Wednesday afternoon about 2:30 to extinguish a fire that threatened to de- stroy a truck owned and driv- en by a man from Evansville. The driver of the truck was not aware that his truck was on fire until stopped by a mo- torist. Eddie Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hawkins, of Bowman, sustained some bad bruises about the body, Mon- day noon, when his motorcy- cle collided with a car driven by Hamilton Grubb, a rural mail carrier. Eddie was ren- dered unconscious for sever- al minutes when the motorcy- cle fell on him. No bones were broken, but he will suffer sev- eral days from bruises. A Thanksgiving dinner was given Thursday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ward for their son, Pvt. John D. Ward, who is stationed at Wendover Field, Utah. Marriages: Miss Edna Rokke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Rokke, of New- folden, Minnesota, became the bride of William B. Wil- son, son of County Superin- tendent and Mrs. Thomas L. Wilson, at 3 p.m. Thanksgiv- ing Day at the Second Presby- terian church in Indianapolis. Births: Born to Mr. and Mrs. A zel Miller, Saturday morning, a girl named Car- ol Jane; Born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Dixon, of Pe- tersburg, a girl named Bev- erly Martha; A boy was born Friday to Mrs. Ralph Engle- man, of Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Dixon are the proud parents of a girl born Sunday night; Born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fair, Petersburg, a girl, Ethel Ann; Vicki Anne is the name given to the daughter born Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Kerr; A son was born Tuesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Harris, of Winslow. He was named Donald Lloyd. Deaths: Kingsley Lincoln Whitman, a member of one of the oldest and most influ- ential families of this county, died at his home near Muren last Friday evening at 6:30, af- ter being in failing health for some time; Perry Brenton, 66, died at 8 o'clock Sunday morn- ing at his home near Oatsville, following a lingering illness; The funeral of Mrs. Mildred E. Pomeroy, who passed away in this city, Thursday was held at the Berea church in Brazil, Ind., Saturday after- noon at 2 o'clock; Joseph Alex- ander McCandless, of Muren, died Saturday evening at 8:30 o'clock at the Miller hospital, where he had been a patient for eleven days. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday, February 28, 1958 The Rainbow Girls, of Win- slow, will make a door to door campaign for Heart Sunday, March 2, in Winslow. All money collected will go to the county Heart Fund. This drive is part of national Heart Sunday. Libby Rudolph, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aus- tin Rudolph, was named win- ner of the Lincoln Theatre-Pe- tersburg Press coloring con- test this week. Miss Rudolph will receive a $5 book of hap- piness to the Theatre for her coloring job on a few scenes from the Walt Disney movie, "Perri." Hanley Norton, former hatchery owner in Peters- burg, has been appointed manager of the Jay C Store in Bedford, Ind. Mr. Norton as- sumed his duties last week. Mr. Norton, 53, has had over 10 years experience in the grocery business and owned the Norton Hatchery here for ever 20 years. He also spent five years with the Buchanan Drug Co. in Petersburg. His new position is the first with the Jay C chain. The Petersburg Jaycees, with Herschel Ault at the helm, are planning a fishing rodeo for children in Peters- burg and Pike County this year. The rodeo will be a one day affair. Any person inter- ested in this project is urged to contact Mr. Ault before March 15. Eta chapter Delta The- ta Tau, hosted their annual "Sweetheart Party" Wednes- day, February 19, in the IOOF Hall with members bringing their husbands and friends as guests. A covered dish din- ner was served at 6:30 from tables decorated with cupids and hearts. Jack Skinner's Spurgeon Cardinals edged Jim Cole- man's Stendal Aces, 52-51, in one of the most exciting games of the season last Fri- day night at Stendal. The vis- iting Cardinals won the game in the last quarter after pull- ing into a 36 -36 third quar- ter tie with Stendal. The Ac- es had led 25 -19 at halftime. Spurgeon outscored the Ac- es, 16 -15, in the thrilling last eight minutes of play. Yeager was high man for Spurgeon with 22 points on 10 field goals and two free throws. Meyer had 20 for Stendal on six field goals and eight free throws. Marriages: The former Jane Armstrong was married to Philip Harvey, Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Hazelton Meth- odist church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Armstrong, Hazelton, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Harvey, Route 2, Hazelton; The mar- riage of Miss Donetta Car- dinal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cardinal, Mon- roe City, to Morris R. Scott took place Sunday, Feb. 16 in the afternoon at 2 o'clock at Wilson Creek Baptist church. Deaths: Mrs. Robert Love- less Houston, 68, of Terre Haute, passed away last Thursday at 3 a.m. in Terre Haute. Mrs. Houston was a former resident of Peters - burg; Funeral services for Harry E. Cole, 73, were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the Harris Funeral Home, with the Rev. Pierce officiating; Funer- al services for Ora A. Ash- by, 88, Winslow, were in the Curtis Chapel, at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, with the Rev. Frank McCandless officiat- ing; Henry Delaney, Peters- burg, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 27 at the Good Samaritan hospital at 6:30 a.m. He was 63 years old; Jo- seph Wilson Harbison, 75, of Vincennes, passed away in the Good Samaritan hospital Thursday. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, March 14, 1968 Two men employed as me - chanics in the welding shop at the Blackfoot Mine number 5 north of Winslow were injured Friday night around 9 o'clock in an explosion while welding a hollow shaft at the mine. Joe Horath, 28, of 710 South Race Street, Princeton was the most seriously injured and is in the Gibson General hos- pital. His left leg was blown off and a fragment of steel made a three inch wide and one inch deep wound in his chest. Oscar Byrd, 39, Third and Locust street, Peters- burg, received injuries to his left ear, the ear-drum is pos- sibly burst, he has a small cut on one of his legs and a small piece of steel in his throat. Mr. Byrd was welding the hollow shaft as Mr. Horath turned the shaft when the explosion occurred. There were evi- dently some particles of am- monia nitrate in the shaft. When they sealed the shaft off and confined the ammo- nia nitrate, it built up gas and exploded like a fragmentary bomb. Mr. Byrd remained in the hospital overnight then was released. He was able to return to his work at the mine Monday. United Woodcrafters, fur- niture manufacturing plant in Velpen, burned to the ground Thursday afternoon, leaving its 31 employees, most of them family wage earners liv- ing in the Velpen and the im- mediate vicinity, without em- ployment. The plant caught fire at 2:40 p.m. from a faulty motor which exploded in a paint spraying booth. Winslow has a new town marshal and a new marshal's office. Owen D. (Speed) Er- win, appointed by Winslow town board members March 1, is behind the desk in his new office located in the old First National Bank building on Main Street in Winslow. The new office makes it con- siderably more convenient for law enforcement officials, pro- viding both office space and a view of the entire Main Street district of town. Power was knocked out in parts of Pike county Tues- day night because of severe weather conditions. Ice froze on power lines and wind caused the lines to whip un- til they either broke or came in contact with each other and short circuited the lines. A wide area from northern Vanderburgh county to Win- slow was knocked out of pow- er for about a two-hour period. Power was out in Winslow for about two hours. Deaths: Marion Wendell Harris, 45, of Hammond, suf- fered a heart attack Sunday morning and died shortly af- ter being admitted to the hos- pital in Hammond; Mrs. Fred Hanselman received word of the death of her nephew, John E. Williams, of Findlay, Ohio, in the Findlay hospital Sun- day, March 3; Joseph Mar- shall Craig, 61, died Friday, March 8, in Detroit, Mich., following an apparent heart attack; Leland R. Stearns, 50, a Pike county native, died suddenly at his home in Fed- eral Way, Wash., on Wednes- day, March 6 from a heart at- tack; Mrs. Hazel A. Peek, 81, of Washington, mother of Mrs. John ( Virginia) Voyles, of Petersburg, died at 11:30 Thursday morning, March 7, in the Restwell Nursing Home in Vincennes; Victoria Cond- er, 81, died Tuesday, March 12, at the home of her son in Oakland City after a lengthy illness; Funeral services for Mrs. Mary T. Colvin, 80, of Otwell, were conducted Sat- urday at the Gill Chapel in Washington at 3 p.m.; Floyd Willis, of Willisville, south of Petersburg, died at his home Monday at 7:30 p.m. after be- ing in failing health two years and seriously ill two weeks; Russell L. Rathfon, 68, of De- troit, Mich., former resident of Petersburg, died February 29 at his home; Leonard Car- lin Preston, 65, of Alford, died Sunday, March 10 at 7:40 p.m. in the Good Samaritan hospi- tal from a heart attack he suf- fered at 1 a.m. the day before and was taken by Curtis am- bulance to the hospital. TWENTY- FIVE YEARS The Press-Dispatch Thursday, March 11, 1993 It was a status quo Satur- day in both the political par- ties' reorganization meetings as the incumbent candidates both withstood challenges. Democrat County chairman Ronald Robling was elected by a 21-13 vote, while Repub- lican Chairman Alan Glad- ish was elected 13-8. Robling won following an organized and highly publicized battle against Loyal "Cotton" Rus- sell, who was central com- mittee treasurer for nearly 20 years. The campaign against Robling included a public meeting two weeks prior to election for people to express their opinion of Robling and to endorse Russell. Gene Potts, Jim Foster and Rick Weisman view what is left of the Prides Creek Park office building after a 3:15 a.m. Monday fire destroyed the 400 square foot struc- ture. Prides Creek manager Gene Potts reported he was awakened by a popping sound and saw flames shooting out the door of the office which is located behind the manag- er's residence. Lost in the fire were several personal items and a file cabinet with park re- cords among other items. Pe- tersburg and Jefferson town- ship firefighters were at the scene for a little over an hour. Two Pike County banks will be bought by National Banc- shares, Inc. of Evansville. National City Bancshares an- nounced Tuesday afternoon that they had reached agree- ments to purchase Sure Fi- nancial Corporation, which is head-quartered in Wash- ington, but owns Pike County Bank in Petersburg and Spur- geon State Bank in Spurgeon and Arthur. Airman Sheila Miley was recently awarded a promo- tion to Airman First Class. She has also completed her upgrade training and has re- ceived a 5 skill level in the Mu- nitions Systems Specialist ca- reer field. Airman Miley is the daughter of David L. Miley and Marjean Willis, both of Winslow. She is a 1991 grad- uate of Pike Central. Thirteen fourth grad- ers from Otwell Elementary School have had their origi- nal poems accepted for pub- lication. Earlier in the school year, these Pike County stu- dents and others from all over the United States submitted one poem each to the Ameri- can Academy of Poetry. Each was judged on its own merit for inclusion in the 1993 edi- tion of Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Eric Vetters, of Ponca City, Okla., a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Young, of Winslow, March 1, a son, Zachary Lee; To Mr. and Mrs. Tim Meyer, of Hol- land, on Thursday, Feb. 18, a daughter, Canaan Dawn; To Mr. and Mrs. Brian Simpson, of Henderson, Ky., Thursday, Feb. 25, a daughter, Jordan Di- anne. Deaths: Patricia Bales, 64, of Petersburg, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 3 at Memorial Hospital in Jasper; Randall A. Cannon, 61, of Pe- tersburg, died at 1:10 p.m. Fri- day, March 5 at Good Samar- itan Hospital in Vincennes; Pauline Beard, 71, of Peters- burg, died Sunday, March 7 at 11:20 a.m. at Amber Man- or Care Center in Petersburg; Michael Todd Blaize, 29, for- merly of Petersburg and In- dianapolis, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 2 at his resi- dence in San Diego, Calif.; Al- bert W. Herschelman, 89, of Stendal, formerly of Evans- ville, died Sunday, Mar. 7 at 6:22 a.m. at Petersburg Healthcare Center; Donald G. Abell, 67, of Petersburg, died at Washington Nursing Cen- ter, Tuesday, March 2 at 11:50 a.m.; Charles R. Brewster, 58, of Winslow, died Sunday, Mar. 7 at 9:28 a.m. at his residence following a lengthy illness; Inez Benjamin, 78, of Peters- burg, died Sunday, Mar. 7 at 7:11 p.m. in Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes; James K. McCain, of Decker, former resident of Madison Town- ship, died at 8:02 p.m. Mon- day, Mar. 1 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes. net edition Web, Smartphone, Tablet Streamline the Headline! 812-354-8500 • 820 Poplar St., Petersburg, IN • 1967-1968 Petersburg Fourth Grade Classmates Pictured above are students from Miss. Regina Miller's 1967-1968 Peters- burg fourth grade class. Top row: Gary Murrary and Sherri Youngs. Bottom row: Kim Shoultz and Steve Phillips. Wednesday, April 11 • Napoleon exiled to Elba (1814) • Truman relieves MacArthur of duties in Korea (1951) Thursday, April 12 • The Civil War begins (1861) • President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies (1945) Friday, April 13 • Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes (1970) • Tiger Woods wins his first Masters (1997) • Saturday, April 14 • Lincoln is shot (1865) • RMS Titanic hits iceberg (1912) Sunday, April 15 • Lincoln dies (1865) • "Unsinkable" Titanic sinks (1912) Monday, April 16 • Hallucinogenic effects of L SD discovered (1943) • Apollo 16 departs for the moon (1972) Tuesday, April 17 • Apollo 13 returns to Earth (1970) • The Bay of Pigs invasion begins (1961) Source:

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