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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, July 21, 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, July 21 • The First Battle of Bull Run (1861) • Monkey Trial ends (1925) Thursday, July 22 • Battle of Atlanta continues (1864) • Cannibal and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is caught (1991) Friday, July 23 • Miss America resigns (1984) • U.S. women take home gymnas - tics gold (1996) Saturday, July 24 • Machu Picchu discovered (1911) • Mary Queen of Scots deposed (1567) Sunday, July 25 • World's first "test tube baby" born (1978) • Mussolini falls from power (1943) Monday, July 26 • U.S. postal system established (1775) • Truman signs the National Secu - rity Act (1947) Tuesday, July 27 • House begins impeachment of Nixon (1974) • Armistice ends the Korean War (1953) PUZZLED ABOUT WHAT TO READ? ..and you will have your solution. subscribe to 812-354-8500 SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday and Tuesday, July 19 and July 23, 1946 Next Sunday, July 21, for the first time in the history of Pike County, there will be held the installation of a resident Cath- olic priest as pastor of Saints Peter and Paul church in Pe- tersburg. This event has long been awaited by the Catholics of this county. Ordinarily, the dean of this, the Jasper dean- ery, Very Rev. Mgr. Leonard Wernsing, would conduct the installation ceremonies, but as the church in Pike County has been so long without a res- ident priest and the peoples of this county have been so de- serving of one, to compliment the good peoples of the coun- ty, and to lend greater author- ity, dignity and pomp to the occasion, the Most Reverend Henry J. Grimmelson, STD, bishop of the Roman Catho- lic Diocese of Evansville, gra- ciously offered to be present personally to install officially the new pastor, the Reverend Father Michael Wolf. In the few weeks, he has been here, he has made many friends al- ready. He has served in large and small parishes as well as rural and urban congregations which have given him a broad and varied experience. The 10 -month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hardin was seriously burned at noon Mon- day in their apartment in the Lincoln hotel, when he pulled a kettle of boiling water from a hot plate. The burns almost covered the body. The child was taken immediately to the Daviess County Hospital and had a 50 -50 chance of survival. Marriages: Jack Helt Stuckey and Melba Jean Belcher were married Sun- day afternoon, July 14 at the home of Rev. and Mrs. W.A. Montgomery. Deaths: Charity Belle Mel- vin, 86, died at her home on North 13th St. late Sunday af- ternoon. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Pike County Dispatch Thursday, July 20, 1961 Although it rained less than three hours before the Miss Pike County Contest at the Pike County 4-H Fair Tues- day night and clouds looked as though it would rain at any minute, one of the larg- est crowds ever to attend the opening night of the fair was on hand to see Miss Becky Ellison crowned Miss Pike County of 1961. First atten- dant named by the three judg- es was Miss Janet Johnson and second attendant was Miss WHS Senior Class 1923 The senior Class of 1923 of the Winslow High School as they posed for an annual photo. They are, front row: Louise Vinyard, Gretchen Fettinger, Sophia Fowler, Sel- ma Buyher and Rissie Pirkl: second row: ImoJeane Robling, Olive Woolsey, Bessie Pipes, Shelby Thompson and Basil Johnson; third row: Posey Cooper, Gettis Nance, Cleon Woolsey, Valoris Woolsey and Ainsel Corn; fourth row: Frank Heuring, Oscar Southwood, Ray Todd, Carl Royalty, Mark Dedman and Virgil Bottom; back row: Au- drey Young, Chelsie Leighty, Lorel Coleman, Roy Dayton, Oral Erwin and Donald Brewster. Karen Coleman. An estimat- ed 5,000 people were on the fairgrounds Tuesday evening. The welcome by Miss Lynn Hawkins, Miss Pike County of 1960, was the official act to open the week-long fair. O.D. Harris and Sons Funer- al Home in Petersburg just re- ceived delivery of a new, light grey 1961 Oldsmobile Deluxe ambulance to be used as a sec- ond ambulance in their fleet of service cars. The new Oldsmo- bile replaces a 1958 Pontiac. The new car will be used when the Cadillac ambulance is on a run or when two ambulances are needed at the same time. The funeral home now has a fleet of two ambulances, a Ca- dillac hearse, a Chevrolet ser- vice car and two Oldsmobile family cars. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Morton, of Oakland City, a son, Roger Paul, born Thursday in Gibson Gener- al Hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. John Bolin, of Winslow, a daughter, born July 14. Marriages: Geraldine Pride became the bride of Clement J. Hardin at 7:30 Sat- urday evening, July 1 in the Mt. Olive Church; Virginia Ann Young and Eugene Gil- lie were married Monday eve- ning, July 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the home of the Rev. Frank Mc- Candless in Winslow. Deaths: Burtis W. Rogers, 59, of Monroe Township, died at 3:20 p.m. Thursday at Wel- born Baptist Hospital; Doris I. Slack, 46, of Oakland City, died at 8 a.m. Sunday in Wel- born Baptist Hospital; George H. Brock, 71, of Glezen, died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes at 7:30 a.m. Sat- urday; Dorothy Scott, 67, of Winslow, died at her home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, July 22, 1971 Obed E. Church, 50, of Oakland City, died at the scene of a two-car accident Friday morning, July 16 at 5:50 a.m. near the junction of Indiana 57 and 168 at Mack- ey. Mr. Church and Herbert A. Tolbert, 54, of Rt. 4, Peters- burg, were passengers in a car driven by Gerald Grubb, 46, of Winslow. They were on their way to work at Arkia Indus- tries, Inc. in Evansville when they were hit head-on by a car driven by Mrs. Clyde Smith, of Michigan City. State police said Mrs. Smith apparently at- tempted to pass a semi-trail- er in a no-passing zone. Clyde Smith, Mrs. Smith's husband and a passenger in her vehicle, also died at the scene. Mrs. Smith, her daughter, Ruby Smith and the Smith's nephew, Tony Vescio were all injured. Tolbert and Grubb were crit- ically injured. Two Huntingburg men were arrested for stealing copper wire Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. The men were caught near the Ches- ter Vaughn residence. They were stealing wire from the an abandoned house. Alvin Hardin, deputy sheriff, drove up on the pair while they were in the process of rolling the wire into a coil. He called for help and was assisted by Phil Wietholter, state trooper. Ar- rested were Charles Eugene Matheis, 41, and Frederick Le- roy Sanders, 29, both of Hunt- ingburg. Both plead guilty to charges of theft of property under $100 value in Peters- burg City Court. Each man was fined $50 and costs, and sentenced to seven days in jail. They were both ordered to pay $ 30 for restitution for damages. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Sills, of Oakland City, a daughter, Robin Lynn, born Sunday, July 11. Marriages: Patricia Ann Muncy became the bride of Michael Wayne Malotte at the First United Methodist Church on June 19. Deaths: John Wesley Floyd, 43, of Spurgeon, died Monday evening around 7:30 at the Pike County 4-H Fair at Hor- nady Park; Perry A. Corn, 59, of Oakland City, died Wednes- day, July 14 at 9:52 a.m. in St. Mary's Hospital; Vaughn W. Skelton, 37, of Oakland City, died at 10 :20 a.m. on Wednes- day, July 14 at Squaw Creek Coal Company near Boonville; William H. Grubb, 79, of Pe- tersburg, died July 19 at 1:45 a.m. in Wirth Memorial Hos- pital; Lovel Dillon, 65, of Ot- well, died at 11:30 p.m. Satur- day at Daviess County Hospi- tal; Mary Alice Kinman, 88, of Petersburg, died July 18 at 7:20 p.m. in the Holiday Nurs- ing Home; Winfred Malott, 88, of Petersburg, died at 7;45 p.m. Thursday at the Beverly Manor Nursing Home; Scott W. Collins, 85, of Hazleton, died at 1 p.m. Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital; Dello Phillips, 68, of Petersburg, died at 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital; Gil- bert Falls, 86, of Oakland City, died Thursday at his home. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, July 18, 1996 The quick reaction by two Pike County men is being credited for saving the mobile home of Patty McAtee on Sat- urday morning. Mickey How- es, of Petersburg, and Chad Tharp, of Otwell, were travel- ing on SR 57 S at about 6 a.m. on Saturday when they no- ticed McAtee's mobile home at 1404 SR 57 S was on fire. How- es said the two men were go- ing to Evansville for weekend duty with the National Guard. "We were driving along when Chad said, 'hey, that trailer is on fire,'" said Howes. "We turned around and went back to the trailer and I sent him to call for help. I ran inside to see if anyone was in the trailer." A f- ter discovering no one was in the mobile home, Howes and Tharp grabbed two five-gallon buckets and began getting wa- ter from a nearby pond to fight the fire. "When we went into the trailer, the back wall and the ceiling in the kitchen were on fire," Howes said. He said he was "just glad Chad saw the flames. If it had been 10 more minutes, it probably would have gone up in flames. As old as the trailer is, it wouldn't have taken long." Tharp and Howes contained the fire long enough for the North Patoka Volunteer Fire Department to arrive at the scene. Mean- while, Patty McAtee had also arrived. McAtee said she had decided to cook some "cottage fries" around 5:30 that morn- ing. "I put them in the grease and then went out to sit on the porch," McAtee said. "Boy, was that a mistake." She said when she realized her trail- er was on fire, she ran up the hill to her nephew's house and asked him to call the fire de- partment. "When I got back, those two guys were dipping water out of the pond and put- ting out the fire." North Pa- toka firefighters at the scene said the blaze was contained to the kitchen area. Births: To Scott and Angela Krieg, of Winslow, at Memori- al Hospital, July 15, a son, Dan- iel Scott; To Anthony and Barb Kendall, of Pikeville, at Memo- rial Hospital, June 14, a son, Andrew Reid. Marriages: Michelle E. Poole and Brandon R. Glad- ish were united in marriage on June 21 at 8 p.m. at the First Church of God in Petersburg. Deaths: Mabel Miscena Williams, 90, of Petersburg, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, Ju- ly 11 at Petersburg Health- care Center; Catherine How- ard, 87, of Velpen, died at 2:45 a.m. Monday, July 15 at Memo- rial Hospital in Jasper; Walter Beck, 67, of Oakland City, died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at his residence.

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