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January 26, 2022

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B-6 Wednesday, Januar y 26, 2022 The Press-Dispatch 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. 26 • "The Dukes of Hazzard" premiers (1979) • U.S. Olympic Committee votes against Moscow games (1980) Thursday, Jan. 27 • National Geographic Society founded (1888) • Americans bomb Germans for first time (1943) Friday, Jan. 28 • Challenger explodes (1986) • American recording artists gather to record "We Are the World" (1985) Saturday, Jan. 29 • U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members (1936) • "The Raven" is published (1845) Sunday, Jan. 30 • Gandhi assassinated (1948) • "The Lone Ranger" debuts on Detroit radio (1933) Monday, Jan. 31 • Truman announces U.S. has de- veloped hydrogen bomb (1950) • First McDonald's opens in Sovi- et Union (1990) Tuesday, Feb. 1 • Oxford Dictionary debuts (1884) • Harriet Tubman is A frican American woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp (1978) SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Petersburg Press Friday and Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Jan. 28, 1947 Kenneth Arnold has again topped all producers in this ar- ea for eggs marketed through the Ralston Purina Compa- ny Egg Marketing Service at Anderson for the week ending January 18. Arnold received $ .39 a dozen, while Roscoe Nacy was second for the area with $ .387 and George Con- ley third with $ .386. The Dou- gan Hatchery, which is the lo- cal representative of the ser- vice, announced that 19 poul- trymen were paid from $ .386 to $ .391 a dozen for their eggs during the past week. Miss Montist Beatty arrived a week ago to be the new ma- tron of the Thornton Orphan's Home. She has had several years of institutional training and came to Petersburg from the Hillcrest Children's Home in Evansville. The children of the local home enjoyed a re- al treat this week through the courtesy of Carroll Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Williams, assistants at the home. Some weeks ago, young Mr. Wil- liams was stationed at Atter- bury and he came with is wife for a visit with his parents. He had with him his Techni- color camera and he took pic- tures of the home and the chil- dren. He returned this week and showed the slides and an- other group of pictures taken on a recent western trip. The children enjoyed the show very much. Floyd Barrett, of Ayrshire, near Winslow, was acciden- tally killed by a train on the Southern Railroad near his home Friday evening. Mr. Bar- rett was an employee of the railroad, but his health had been poor and prevented his working for some time. Marriages: Vonda Pearl White and Ray C. Whitehead were married at six o'clock Thursday evening at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Grover Krieg; Charles Jordon and Katherine Kirby were wed January 24 by Rev. Verner Preston. Deaths: George H. Cock- erham, 89, died early Satur- day morning at the home of his son; Ora Blackburn, 51, of Petersburg, died at her home Thursday evening. SIXTY YEARS AGO The Pike County Dispatch Thursday, Jan. 25, 1961 Rev. Leland Duncan, min- ister of the General Baptist Church in Spurgeon, lost con- trol of his car on the icy pave- ment near Coe Friday morn- ing around 7:30. His car skid- ded into a telephone pole with such force that the pole broke. He was on his way to Oakland City, where he is attending college. Lester Oxley, teach- er in the Spurgeon school, and Howard Burns were the first to arrive on the scene of the accident. Mr. Oxley went to tell Mrs. Duncan about the accident while Mr. Burns took Rev. Duncan to the Stork Hospital in Huntingburg. Rev. Duncan remained in the hos- pital for X-rays of his chest, as he was thrown against the steering wheel. He was bad- ly bruised and shaken up, but no internal injuries were found. He received several fa- cial cuts and three front teeth were knocked out. He was re- leased from the hospital Satur- day. The car Rev. Duncan was driving was a total loss. One of Pike County's land- marks and one of the few re- maining county general stores was leveled by fire Saturday afternoon when the large store owned by Jess Lemond and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert McClure of Velpen was destroyed by flames. The fire was first noticed at about 2:30 p.m. and it was dark be- fore the flames were finally brought under complete con- trol. The store was one of the oldest general stores in Pike County. Actually, three busi- nesses went up in flames during the fire. At the rear of the store building was a large feed store still operated by Mr. Lemond. The store itself contained a grocery store and hardware store, plus some dry goods and clothing. As soon as the fire was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. McClure, who were in the store, firefight- ing equipment from Otwell, Ireland, Dubois County, Hol- land and Winslow was called. Although there is no water system in the small commu- nity, firemen from the neigh- boring communities kept the fire from spreading to adjoin- ing living quarters and near- by houses. The fire was first noticed in the second story of the two story brick building. The second story of the build- ing is vacant. It is believed the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring on the sec- ond floor. As soon as the fire was noticed and residents of the community were notified, men began carrying feed and fertilizer from the feed store. All of the furniture was moved from the living quarters of Mr. and Mrs. McClure. The living quarters received smoke and water damage. The couple has moved into the Himsel proper- ty in Otwell. Deaths: C. Frank Pan- cake, 58, of Arthur, died Fri- day, January 14 at 10 :45 p.m. at his home; Ollie Baughn, 78, of Oakland City, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at his home. FIFTY YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Jan. 27, 1972 The old auditorium in the basement of the courthouse was remodeled recently and made available to clubs and or- ganizations of the county. The room, used in the past for var- ious gatherings and even for community plays, had a stage with lights and curtains and scenery painted in the stage background. It had deterio- rated until it was unusable and last summer, the balcony seats collapsed and fell. For- tunately, it happened when no one was around and there were no injuries. The room was first cleaned by the Green Thumb workers then was re- modeled by a local carpenter. It has been paneled, carpeted and the ceiling lowered. The stage, which has been closed in, is still usable as a speaker's platform. All new lighting has been installed. It was remod- eled with tax money and is available to all. For availabil- ity, persons can contact Audi- tor Ivan Lawyer and schedule the room for use. Petersburg school was forced to close on Thursday, January 20 for one day after a section of plaster fell from the ceiling and struck a stu- dent on the head and ankle. The plaster fell from the ceil- ing in the first floor hall. Ply- wood was fastened to the ceil- ing in that section to prevent the remainder of it from fall- ing. County Superintendent Carl Swift stated that several rooms in the building are be- ing covered with plywood on weekends. The student who was hit by the plaster was ex- amined by a local physician. She had bruises on her head and ankle. Births: To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Corn, of Spurgeon, in St. Joseph's Hospital, a daughter, Heather Dawn, Saturday, Jan- uary 22; To Mr. and Mrs. Lou- is Wheaten, of Oakland City, a son, Randy Joe, Friday, Janu- ary 21 at Gibson General Hos- pital. Deaths: Edna P. Cocker- ham, 69, of Petersburg, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday, January 21 at Wirth Osteopathic Hospital in Oakland City; Gussie Thomp- son, 82, of Winslow, died at 2:25 a.m. Thursday, January 20 at the Holiday Home in Pe- tersburg; Ida Lucille Abell, 41, of Winslow, died Thurs- day, January 20 at 9 p.m. at the Wirth Osteopathic Hospital. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO The Press-Dispatch Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997 A burglary of a Petersburg residence Monday night was broken up by a resident and police. Hassell Coleman, 47, of 602 S. Seventh St., Pe- tersburg, was arrested and charged with attempted bur- glary, a class B felony. Peters- burg Policeman Joe Hill said he received a call of a bur- glary in progress at 1011 1/2 Vincennes Ave. and when he arrived he found Donald Sass- er, who lives at that address, physically holding Coleman. Sasser told police he heard someone at his back window at about 9:20 p.m. and went into his back room and found a man halfway in the window. Hill said when Sasser turned on a light, Coleman went out the window and fled on foot, but Sasser caught him in the parking lot. Hill said he was in the area when he got the call and arrived in about one minute. He said Coleman told him he was trying to break in- to the laundromat that is locat- ed in the same building as the apartments, but he got in the wrong window and started in the apartment that is attached to the laundromat. Births: To Jennifer and Ja- son Allen Hickey, a son, Ty Al- len, on January 13 at Dunn Me- morial Hospital in Bedford; To Mr. and Mrs. Troy Smith, of Campbelltown, a son, Ty Nick- olas, on Jan. 5. Marriages: Janet L. Schon- hofen and Keith D. Kinman were married December 28 at 7 p.m. at their home in Win- ston-Salem, N.C. Deaths: Ivan D. Capehart, 74, of Otwell, died Wednes- day, Jan. 15 at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Medical Center; Lynn O. Ellis, 58, of Hazleton, died at 9:56 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in Gibson General Hospital; Al- berta McClure, 68, of Augus- ta, died at 9:40 p.m. Thurs- day, Jan. 16 at her residence; Oma C. Crozier, 89, of Oak- land City, died Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 :10 p.m. at Good Samari- tan Nursing Home in Oakland City; Fayne Mary Schrolucke, 90, of Otwell, died at 9:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Am- ber Manor Care Center in Pe- tersburg; Esther Grace Win- terrowd, 90, of Oakland City, died Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8:20 a.m. at Wirth Regional Hospi- tal in Oakland City.. Charlie Cash and pony Star Charlie Cash is shown with his pony, Star, hitched to a wagon. Charlie was a blacksmith at Arthur and worked at caring for animals until his death on November 15, 1972. He cared for all kinds of animals and had just finished working on a horse when he was stricken with a heart attack and died. His funeral was at the Blackfoot Church with George Fiscus preaching his funeral. He was buried in the Spurgeon cemetery. His father, Jack Cash, also had a blacksmith shop behind where the Church of Christ was located in Arthur. Photo submitted by Wilbur Fiscus

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