July 7, 2014

Community happenings: Beauty pageant at Indiana Beach and details of settlers' life


---- — Indiana Beach preps for beauty pageant

MONTICELLO — Indiana Beach will crown the 2014 Little Miss Indiana Beach and Mr. I.B. Crow at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, during a contest conducted on the Indiana Beach Pier next to the Grand Carousel.

The pageant is open to girls and boys ages 3 to 12. Contestants will be judged on poise, cuteness and personality. One runner-up will be selected from each age group for both male and female categories. Two overall winners will be crowned Miss Indiana Beach and Mr. I.B. Crow. (Age group winners cannot win the Miss Indiana Beach or Mr. I.B. Crow title.) Formal wear is not required for this pageant, and all clothing is up to parental discretion. Prizes will include Fun Day passes and Cool Cash Cards.

Entry forms are available at the Indiana Beach Main Office or the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce. They can also be accessed online at Entry forms can be turned in to the Main Office at Indiana Beach Amusement Resort, or the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce by 2 p.m. July 18. Registration will also take place at the Crow’s Nest (in the amusement park) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the pageant. There is no cost to participate in the pageant.

For more information, contact Indiana Beach at 574-583-4141 or visit

Rochester event to focus on life of early leader

ROCHESTER — Jim Corridan, director of Indiana Commission on Public Records and state archivist, will discuss William Polke at a brown bag lunch at noon July 15 at Fulton County Museum, 37 E. 375 North, Rochester.

Polke was one of the 43 members of the convention that wrote Indiana’s first state constitution in 1816. Indiana is gearing up to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016. In preparation for the Indiana bicentennial, Corridan has researched all 43 convention delegates. Corridan will reveal the site of Polke’s grave in Fort Wayne, the location of which has been lost for years.

Polke was Michigan Road surveyor and commissioner to sell the MR lands at Rochester. He was also conductor on the Potawatomi Trail of Death from Indiana to Kansas in 1838. Polke laid out the towns of Plymouth and Winamac.

The July 15 program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Shirley Willard, Fulton County historian, 574-223-2352 or