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April 7, 2021

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, April 7, 2021 B-9 HISTORY Submit history photos: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Source: • Photo source: Wednesday, April 7 • Auto pioneer Hendy Ford dies (1947) • Lewis and Clark depart Fort Mandan (1805) Thursday, April 8 • Hank Aaron sets new home run record (1974) • Astronaut Ellen Ochoa becomes the first Hispanic woman in space (1993) Friday, April 9 • Robert E. Lee surrenders (1865) • NASA introduces America's first astronauts (1959) Saturday, April 10 • ASPCA is founded (1866) • Paul McCartney announces the breakup of the Beatles (1970) Sunday, April 11 • Cher wins Best Actress Oscar for "Moonstruck" (1988) • Truman relieves MacArthur of duties in Korea (1951) Monday, April 12 • The Civil War begins (1861) • President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies (1945) Tuesday, April 13 • Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes (1970) • Tiger Woods wins his first Mas- ters (1997) SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday and Tuesday, Apr. 5 and Apr. 9, 1946 David Walters, of Indianap- olis, is in the Washington hos- pital and his companion, Dex- ter Gainey, also of Indianapo- lis, was taken into custody at Bloomfield following a wild ride and wreck near the Petersburg city limits Monday evening. The Walters boy received a broken leg when a pickup truck, stolen from Warren L. Williams, of El- nora, and a passenger car, prop- erty of Carl Graves, also of El- nora, sideswiped several tele- phone poles and turned over on east Main St. State police, who investigated, said that the car was being towed by the pick- up, and the car swayed sever- al times, then turned over and pulled the truck with it. Officers said the boys had been connect- ed with the thefts of five other vehicles, one at Indianapolis, two at Bloomfield and two at El- nora. Bloomfield authorities are holding Gainey, while Walters remains in the hospital. State Policeman Howard Lyt- ton was driving toward Peters- burg and had just passed Glezen Monday morning when he saw the driver of the car immedi- ately in front of him suddenly swerve aside, run off the pave- ment and indulge in some very eccentric driving. Mr. Lytton caught up with the vehicle and ordered the driver into Mayor Deffendall's court. The man's story of attempting to run over a snake did not prevent the as- sessment of $1 and costs of a $12 fine. He still considers it most unfortunate that he should have been between a snake and a state policeman. Mrs. Tom Stone received a letter Saturday from a man who said he had stolen a chick- en from her many years ago. He said he had recently decided to live a better life and wished to pay for the chicken. The letter contained a dollar bill. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Grester Arnold at their home near Dutchtown, a daughter, April 1; To Mr. and Mrs. Gor- don Dawson, Sunday, March 31, a daughter, Donna Fay; To Mr. and Mrs. C. Hayes, a daughter, Phoebe, April 1. Marriages: Bertha M. Shep- herd and Owen Franklin Love- less were united in marriage on Tuesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. at the home of Rev. and Mrs. W.A. Montgomery; Helen Henderson and Montgomery Gladish were married Thursday, March 28 in Terre Haute at the home of Rev. A.R. Brown; Annabelle Stephenson became the bride of Sylvester Johnson at the par- sonage of the First Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Deaths: Thomas Millard Filmore Weathers, 88, died late Friday evening in the Daviess County Hospital; Perry Love- less, 55, of Glezen, died Satur- day afternoon at his residence. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Pike County Dispatch Thursday, Apr. 6, 1961 Ora McCrary, of Enos Cor- ners, was rescued from the cold waters of the strip mine pits Tuesday morning by his pit poss, Walter Schumacher, and Willard Cook, and was tak- en to Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg, suffering from shock. Mr. McCrary reported for work Tuesday morning as usual. Around 7 a.m., he got his lunch bucket and told Mr. Schumacher that he was going home. Mr. Schumacher start- ed to go get someone to work in his place when he noticed Mr. McCrary's car still parked south of the tipple near the pit, with the car door open. He went to check on Mr. McCrary and found him in the water in the pit. Mr. Schumacher and Mr. Cook pulled him out and wrapped him in a blanket. Deputy Sher- iff Allan Smith reported that Mr. McCrary was struggling to keep from drowning when Mr. Schumacher found him. Mrs. Rosemary Spraggins, president of Patoka Township Parent-Teachers Association, has announced that polio shots will be given at the Winslow High School Tuesday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m. for pre-school chil- dren, ages 5 and over. The sec- ond polio shot will be given May 9. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hunley, of Winslow, a daughter, Connie Frances, in the Stork Memorial Hospital in Hunting- burg on Monday, April 3. Marriages: Patty Nixon and Robert Patterson were married March 13 in Chicago; Madelyn Scraper and Carl Burns were united in marriage Saturday af- ternoon, April 1 in the Peters- burg Church of Christ; Judith Lee Brannon and Donald Ellis Stephens were married recent- ly at the First Methodist Church in Petersburg. Deaths: Dora Sarah Har- vey, 80, of Stendal, died Satur- day, April1 at 3:30 a.m. at the home of her son in Hunting- burg; Maud Miller, 76, of Mack- ey, died Sunday afternoon at the Oakland City Hospital; Sarah S. Schaefer, 83, of Petersburg, died Friday, March 31 in a hospital in Hartford City. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Apr. 8, 1971 Joey Cundiff, 15, of Peters- burg, accidentally shot him- self in the left leg Thursday with a .22 rifle. The bullet went through the flesh on the calf of his left leg, but did not strike a bone. Joey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Reed, who live near Algiers. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. last Thursday while Joey was shooting in their backyard at home. His rifle is a single shot and must be cocked by pulling back the firing pin. As Joey attempted to pull the fir- ing pin back, it slipped from his grasp, causing the rifle to acci- dentally discharge, according to Max Welton, investigating offi- cer. Joey was taken to the Da- viess County Hospital, where he was treated. At Jay C, ham shanks were selling for $ .36 per pound, eggs were selling for $ .38 per dozen, ice cream was selling for $ .49 per 1/2 gallon. At Danners Discount Depart- ment Stores, a Polaroid camera was $44.96, a GE phonograph was $ 39.96, an Arvin 12-inch portable T V was $ 63.88, a 24" Firebowl barbecue was $10.86, a Radio Flyer wagon was $ 8.96. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Wil- liam White, of Petersburg, in the Daviess County Hospital, Tuesday, April 6, a daughter; To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prusiecki, of Oakland City, a son, Thomas Alan, Saturday, March 27 at Gib- son General Hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Max Horrell, of Pe- tersburg, in the Daviess Coun- ty Hospital, Monday, April 5, a son, Shawn Douglas; To Mr. and Mrs. Danny Richardson, of Winslow, Tuesday, April 6 in the Gibson General Hospital,, a daughter, Paula Lynn. Marriages: Linda Kay Cock- erham and Rodney E. Hamm were united in marriage Satur- day, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Wil- son Creek Baptist Church in Monroe City. Deaths: Viona Snyder, 41, of Petersburg, died Thursday, April 1; Emit Flint, 78, of Pike County, died Thursday, April 1 at 8:45 p.m. at Holiday House in Petersburg; Lillian Pierce, 61, of Oakland City, died Sunday at the Wirth Osteopathic Hospital. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Apr. 4, 1996 PC-1 Stop, located across from Pike Central High School on State Road 61, was burglar- ized sometime between Sun- day night and 5 a.m. Monday, according to Pike County Sher- iff's Deputy Bill Walker. Walk- er said whoever broke into the store stole the cash register, cash drawer and a number of cartons of cigarettes. He said he didn't know if any cash was taken. Two Petersburg women re- ceived minor injuries in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning. Michael Frey, 19, of 541 S. State Road 57, Peters- burg, was traveling south on Tenth St. when he lost control of his vehicle, ran off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole, according to the police re- port. Barbara Ritter, 26, of 900 Cherry St., and Holly Young, 19, of 209 N. Ninth St., were pas- sengers in the vehicle. They suf- fered minor neck injuries. Ritter also suffered a shoulder injury. An admitted pedophile was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday morning in Pike Cir- cuit Court on three counts of incest. Frank E. Taylor, 64, of Winslow, was sentenced Thurs- day by Circuit Court Judge Mar- vin Stratton. Taylor had previ- ously pleaded guilty, but men- tally ill, to three counts of in- cest involving two victims. All three counts were Class B fel- onies. Stratton said the aggra- vating factors outweighted the mitigating factors and sen- tenced Taylor to 10 years on both counts one and two. Strat- ton said these terms would run concurrently, which means both 10 -year sentences were to be served at the same time. How- ever, on the third count, Taylor was sentenced to 10 years to run consecutively with the first two counts and five years of count three's 10 -year sentence to be suspended. So, his sentence on count three will not start until his sentence on the first two counts is completed. A Petersburg house, which was built in 1868, was destroyed Thursday night by fire. Peters- burg volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the scene of the blazing inferno at a house owned by Jack Fulcher, located at Seventh and Sycamore sts., around 10 p.m. Petersburg Fire Chief Phil Taylor said firefight- ers fought the blaze for more than three hours and then were called back to the scene at 7:30 a.m. Friday when the fire re-ignited. Taylor said the cause of the fire had not been determined. He added the state fire marshal had been called in to investigate the cause of the fire. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, according to Fulcher. Deaths: Danny Dale Wood, 60, of Petersburg, died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, April 1 at Deacon- ess Hospital; Lester W. Arney, 77, of Petersburg, died at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1 at Good Samar- itan Hospital; Georgia Lee Ad- kerson, 65, of Petersburg, died Friday, March 29 at 7:05 a.m. at Petersburg Healthcare Center; Lillie M. Fithian, 85, of Hazle- ton, died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Crestview Nursing Home; Mabel J. Benjamin, 92, of Winslow, died Tuesday, April 2 at 12:47 p.m. at her residence. net edition Web, Smartphone, Tablet Streamline the Headline! 812-354-8500 • 820 Poplar St., Petersburg, IN • Petersburg H.S. Senior Class of 1946 Petersburg High School senior Class of 1946 members in the bottom row are: Colleen Fair, Kenneth Griffith, Francis Dyson, Edward Ray Thomas, Albertine Brenton, Howard Briscoe, Marie Weisheit, Harold Bukhart and Lola Arnold; second row: Valera Hale, Doyle Selby, Julia Corn, Gene Beck, Ruth Preston, Clifford Hale, Joyce Craig, Paul Bechtel and David Joe Willis; third row: Marvin McClellan, Georgie Miley, James Meadors, Owen Weathers, Virginia Palmer and Sally Young; fourth row: Jack Dunn, Earletta McClellan, Frank Amos, Gloria Hemplfing, James Krause, Kenneth Church, James Richardson, Betty Dosch and Daniel Dalaney; fifth row: Ruth Helen Cox, Denver P. Gladish, Mary Onyett, Donald Johnson, Barbara Sollman, Bob Bement, Lola Mead, Robert Stephenson and Carrie Ann Deffendol. Class officers were Marvin McClellan, treasurer; Georgie Miley, student council president; James Meadors, president; Owen Weathers, vice-president; Virginia Palmer, secretary; Sally Young, historian; James Krause, A.A. president; and Kenneth Church, student council rep.

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