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January 12, 2022

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, Januar y 12, 2022 C-3 HISTORY Submit history photos: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Source: • Photo source: Wednesday, Jan. 12 • Original "Amos n Andy" debuts on Chicago radio (1926) • Massive earthquake strikes Hai- ti (2010) Thursday, Jan. 13 • Pope recognizes Knights Tem- plar (1128) • Johnny Cash performs at Fol- som Prison (1968) Friday, Jan. 14 • The first colonial constitution (1639) • FDR becomes first president to travel by airplane on U.S. offi- cial business (1943) Saturday, Jan. 15 • Packers face Chiefs in first Su- per Bowl (1967) • Elizabeth crowned queen of England (1559) Sunday, Jan. 16 • Prohibition takes effect (1919) • The Persian Gulf War begins (1991) Monday, Jan. 17 • Americans overthrow Hawaiian monarchy (1893) • Boston thieves pull off historic Brink's robbery (1950) Tuesday, Jan. 18 • Cook discovers Hawaii (1778) • Jefferson requests funds for Lewis and Clark (1803) Largest trees cut at Heims Saw Mill Above and Below: Raymond Gilliland and Paul Wiseman cut this sycamore tree in the river bottoms north of Otwell in August 1958. There were three logs in that tree and the largest measured 12' x 54" and had 1,872 feet in it. This was the largest log ever hauled to Heim Bros. Saw Mill in Ireland. In the upper photo are, (l to r): Paul Wiseman, Raymond Gillilan, Leo Heim, Arnold Heim, Joseph Heim, Henry Heim and Albert Goeppner. In the lower photo are, (l to r): Joseph Heim, Raymond Gilliland and Leo Heim. The photos were submitted by Jen Mosby, sister to Raymond Gilliland SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday and Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Jan. 14, 1947 Auditor Lonnie J. Thomas has appointed Louisa M. Glad- ish, of Madison Township, to serve as deputy auditor. Mrs. Gladish is well qualified to serve in her new position, having been educated for the teaching pro- fession and having taught very successfully for the past sev- en years. She is a daughter of Mrs. Ada Kelle, of near Bow- man, and is a young lady of very pleasing disposition and counte- nance and we are sure that she will make a fine deputy auditor. She has a desire to be of service to those who come to the audi- tor's office on business and she is mature enough to realize the responsibilities of her new posi- tion and will strive to be of ser- vice to all. Doine Leighty, son of Rev. Ho- mer Leighty and Marion Cain, of Otwell, and Lavern Minor and Ruth Robling, of Winslow, escaped injury when the car in which they were riding turned over near Jasper Tuesday. The accident occurred on a curve in the highway. Bruises and cuts were sustained by the party, but no one was seriously injured. A fine of $ 65 was imposed by Judge Nixon in Pike Circuit Court Monday morning up- on Raymond Leighty, who was found guilty of dynamiting fish. The dynamiting occurred No- vember 20, just below the inter- section of East and West forks of the White River and many thousands of fish were killed. Leighty was apprehended at Connorsville Thursday through the assistance of the Connors- ville City Detectives. He was found working in the American Central Stamping Mills and he had had the misfortune to lose two fingers in and accident at the plant a few minutes previ- ous to his arrest by the detec- tives and Game Wardens. He was returned to Petersburg for trial and upon his promise to go straight and from the force of circumstances the sentence of one year, which accompanied the fine, was suspended. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Rick Braun, a daughter, at Washing- ton Hospital on Thursday, Jan- uary 2; To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Chumbly, of Winslow, January 3 at Oakland City Maternity Hospital, a boy, Gary Edward; To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hel- ton, of Otwell, a son, Richard Eugene, born December 23. Marriages: Anna May Ev- ans and Robert Lee Berry ex- changed vows on New Year's Eve at the First Methodist Church in Petersburg; Mabel Ault became the bride of Al - bert H. Bement on Saturday at Washington. Deaths: Lawrence Biggs, 62, of Winslow, died Thursday af- ternoon at his residence. Mau- die Luttrell, 57, died Sunday morning at her Velpen home. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Pike County Dispatch Thursday, Jan. 11, 1961 Sarah Alverta Catt, Pike County's oldest person, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Ruth Def- fendoll, in Winslow. Mrs. Catt had been ill for several weeks and seriously ill for several days. She was born in Bowman and lived all of her life in Pike County. She had celebrated her 105th birthday July 17 and was guest of honor at a celebration party held for her at Hornady Park in Petersburg. Sh was born July 17, 1856, nearly five years before the Civil War began. She was the daughter of Moses and Susan Reedy. She was born in White River bottoms west of Pe- tersburg and spent much of her life in that part of Pike County. She was married to Joseph Catt, who preceded her in death sev- eral years ago. George Gobel, noted T V per- sonality, will star in the coming John Deere Day program to be held at the VFW Home, Peters- burg, Friday, January 12, begin- ning at 1 p.m., it was announced by Royal Benjamin, owner of Benjamin Implement Compa- ny, of Petersburg, host for the event. In addition to lending his comedy to the role of "Uncle Henry" in a film fantasy, which serves as a background for the entire program, Gobel will also double on film as the program's master of ceremonies. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Ger- ald Loveless, a son, December 24, in the Daviess County Hos- pital in Washington; To Mr. and Mrs. James H. Nixon, of Oak- land City, a daughter, Tamara Lynn, born Tuesday, January 2 at St. Mary's Hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Theodore My- ers, a son, Craig Theodore, De- cember 26 at Stork Hospital; To Mr. and Mrs. James E. Garland, a son, Michael Keith, Saturday, January 6 in the Daviess County Hospital in Washington. Deaths: Ausra (Pen) Erwin, 59, of Winslow, died unexpect- edly Sunday morning at 7:15 in the Good Samaritan Hospital; Daniel Alvin Haggard, 5 hours old, died January 3 in Daviess County Hospital. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Jan. 13, 1972 Carbon monoxide gas from a car left running in a basement pulled through furnace regis- ters when the furnace came on, almost cost the lives of three people Friday night. Michael Roberts and two children, Larry Michael, 10, and Peggy, 9, were overcome from the gas at the home of their mother and grand- mother, Mrs. Margaret Mc- Cain, in Campbelltown. Peggy had awakened her father when he heard her making a peculiar sound trying to vomit, but she was too weak. When he started to get up, he found he too was almost too weak, but managed to get Peggy to the bathroom. Mrs. McCain and Fred Sum- mers found them in this condi- tion when they came home from a shopping trip. A fter Mrs. Mc- Cain and Mr. Summers arrived home, Michael passed out in the living room. When they went to see about Larry Michael, he was unconscious. They revived Mr. Roberts enough for him to help load the children in the car and drive them to the Oakland City Hospital. A fter they got to the hospital, Mr. Roberts passed out again. They were all given oxy- gen and are now apparently ful- ly recovered. What happened was Friday morning, Mrs Mc- Cain's car wouldn't start. She told her son, Stephen, to get it started sometime during the day. He went to the home of a brother-in-law, Bob Fair, Friday night and got a quick charger. A fter he got the car started, he decided to run to Winslow at the drive-in for a sandwich. The ga- rage doors were open there was no one home at the time. When he came back, he saw that his brother, Michael, and children were home from Dubois, where they had attended the ballgame, and assuming that Michael had turned the car off, he drove on by to Petersburg to fill his car with gas. In the meantime, his mother and Mr. Summers ar- rived home just in time to sav- er her son and family from as- phyxiation. Furnace men were called to check the furnace and soon discovered the cause was from the monoxide fumes from the car, even though the garage door was open. They found that when the furnace ran, it pulled the fumes from the auto in the garage and circulated them through the upstairs. Marriages: Mona Evans Welch and longtime country music entertainer, Little Jimmy Dickens, were married Christ- mas Eve at Lebanon, Tenn. Deaths: Lawrence D. Biggs, 80, of Petersburg, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, January 11 at Good Sa- maritan Hospital; Billy Joe Pow- ell, 45, of Cato, died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, January 9 in the Veter- ans Hospital; Joseph Walter Shull, 79, of Petersburg, died Friday, January 7 at 11:21 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997 Chuck and Terri Hammond watched helplessly as near- ly everything they owned was destroyed by a blazing infer- no Friday night. Tears filled their eyes as they watched Pe- tersburg firefighters battle the blaze and cried out, "Oh God, we don't even have insurance." Their three children clung to the couple and cried. Charles Hammond rushed to firefight- ers pleading for them to tenter the house and save the family pets: eight hamsters and a ferret name Charlie. It was too danger- ous for firefighters to enter the house and they sadly told Ham- mond it was too late. The Ham- mond's ordeal began around 7;45 p.m. when Terri returned to her house at 207 N. Sixth St. with her children after eating at the Fish Hut, and she noticed smoke coming out of an upstairs bedroom window. Charles said she ran into the house and up the stairs and could see smoke coming from the attic area and flames flickering beyond the smoke. "Terri ran outside to a neighbor's house and called the fire department, and called me at work, but by then, it was too late," Charles said. Miracu- lously, there did turn out to be some good news for the Ham- monds. Firefighters entered the residence after containing the fire and found the hamster which had died from the or- deal. A firefighter then went up- stairs and discovered the cage in which the family's pet ferret was kept. Thinking it was al- ready dead, the firefighter car- ried the cage downstairs and out onto the front yard. Charles Hammond said, "suddenly, the firefighters began to yell, 'it's alive, it's alive.' We had some towels in the cage for the fer- ret's bedding and they got wet while the firefighters were try- ing to put out the fire. Charlie evidently crawled underneath the wet towns and somehow lived through the fire." With nearly everything destroyed by the fire, the Hammonds were also surprised when they discovered an upstairs closet had remained virtually intact despite the heat of the flames. Charles was able to salvage a few of his clothes and a family Bible, which wasn't damaged at all. The Hammonds did lose all their children's clothing and Terri's clothing. Anyone want- ing to donate clothing to the family can do so through Steve Frederick at The Gospel Cen- ter on Illinois St. in Petersburg. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Stan Keepes, of Petersburg, a daugh- ter, Chloe Jane, born December 29 at St. Mary's Medical Center. Deaths: Betty Thurman, 59, of Winslow, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 1; Mabel Corten, 88, of Petersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 1:35 a.m. at Amber Manor Care Center; Ma- rie G. Rhinehart, 87, of Oakland City, died Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11:45 a.m. at Forest Del Con- valescent Center in Princeton; Bernard T. Selby, 65, of Patoka, died Thursday, Jan. 2 at his res- idence. net edition Web, Smartphone, Tablet 812-354-8500 • 820 Poplar St., Petersburg, IN • Get your news anytime and anywhere!

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