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March 28, 2013

THORNS & ROSES: Week of March 29

(Continued)

Re-opening a long-closed door to history

The Pharos-Tribune gives this Rose to the two Indiana men who made reclaiming history their mission:

We published a story from the state wire earlier this week about Steve Thompson, of Crown Point, and Scott Kielbasinski, of St. John, and their mission to open the cell door that once confined bank robber John Dillinger.

A machinist and a master mechanic, respectively, Thompson and Kielbasinski worked for more than a year in their free time to restore the mechanism on the darkened first floor of the closed and once abandoned jail.

While touring the jail with his Cub Scout group, Thompson learned the doors were rusted and corroded.

A mechanical padlock system had seized, and the cell doors were rusted in place.

The two men spent countless hours trying to solve the puzzle and creating their own parts because they weren’t available for the antique system.

We give them a Rose for reminding us that determination can and does pay off.

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