10 Years Ago
Elizabeth Van Allen, granddaughter of the late Francis and Freda Van Allen of Logansport, has just released a new biography of James Whitcomb Riley.
Michigan dashed Purdue’s hopes of a home court victory with an 88-86 double overtime win.
The Buffalo Bills are the hard-luck losers thanks to the “Music City Miracle” that has propelled the Titans in the NFL playoffs.
The Detroit Lions have lost an NFC wild card game to the Washington Redskins.
“Deuce Bigelow” is playing at the Eastwood in Peru.
Local residents say they generally favor the death penalty and even support the use of the electric chair.
City and county residents are preparing for Vision 2000, an exercising in community visioning to set a local agenda that can be benchmarked for community improvement.
The Rev. John Arnold of Calvary Presbyterian Church is portraying Dr. Granny Stewart as one of the millennium characters being presented in first-person by local volunteers led by Lisa Terry.
25 Years Ago
A 13-year-old Indiana boy has been diagnosed with AIDS he contracted from a blood transfusion.
Indiana University economist Morton Marcus has said at a meeting of community leaders from Fort Wayne to Lafayette that the completion of a four-lane highway connecting the two cities is essential. Marcus said the counties in that corridor, including Cass, Miami and Carroll, grew at the fastest rate of any Indiana region from 1940 to 1970, but job creation has lagged and so has personal income growth. The region has created 10,000 jobs in the past 10 years, but to keep pace with the rest of the economy, it should have produced an additional 5,000. Marcus quipped that the two-lane section of U.S. 24 from Logansport to Peru should be preserved as a tribute to the state’s “Wander Indiana” tourism campaign.
Unemployment locally has dropped to 7.7 percent.
The Saturn car company has been launched by General Motors. GM head Roger Smith says the company represents the efforts of GM’s discipleship with Toyota and will make competitiveness, survival and success possible for GM in the future. Saturn will create 20,000 jobs and have $5 billion in capital.
Cass Circuit Court had its busiest day ever this week with 106 cases.
Joe Rozzi, 25, has been hired as a Logansport firefighter.
Tom and Nellie Sillanpa have been appointed to serve the local Salvation Army post.
Logansport Assistant Superintendent Charles Dilg will pursue other career interests. He had served as curriculum director the past 12 years. Logansport School Board member Jane Wildman is leaving the board. She and her husband are moving to Florida because of his health.
Ron Powell of Rochester fondly remembers times when he played drums for big bands performing at the Colonial Hotel in Rochester.
50 Years Ago
The new Neal Home at 2518 George St. will open next week. It will be home to 15 older women. The building cost $100,000.
Logansport’s Danny Farrell scored 25 points for the second straight night as Logansport rebounded for a 72-67 win over the Wabash Apaches at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. The previous night, Logansport dropped a contest to Kokomo.
Ohio State has defeated Indiana 96-95 in Columbus on a basket by Larry Siegfried. John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas were two of three Ohio State scorers in double figures, and Bobby Knight had one point for the hosts.
Peru has defeated Tipton 65-56.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Wybrew of Fletcher’s Lake are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
The population of the United States is predicted to reach 200 million this decade. It soared 29 million in the 1950s to 180 million.
Fulton has defeated Aubbeenaubbee 49-47.
In a North Central Conference clash, it was New Castle 75, Frankfort 70.
Deedsville downed Lucerne 75-48.
Royal Center’s Jerry Berkshire scored 17 points for the Boilermakers, but Purdue dropped a Big Ten contest to Illinois.
“The Earth is Mine” is playing at the Isis in Winamac.
Logansport had $4 million in building permits during the recent year. That was fueled in part by the construction of Fairview Junior High School, a hospital addition and a new factory.
Medland & Bowman has been hired as the architectural firm that will design an addition for Columbia Junior High.
A swastika was found painted on a synagogue in Decatur, Ill.
“You Can’t Take It With You” is the play Logansport High School students will present this winter.
“Operation Petticoat” starring Cary Grant, Dina Merrill, Tony Curis and Joan O’Brien is playing at the State.
Phil Willkie, son of the former Indiana Republican senator Wendell Willkie, spoke to an auctioneers association meeting at the Conrad Sportsman in Monticello.
100 Years Ago
Ice breaking on the Wabash River swept away the Country Club Bridge.
An early spring has been forecast.
One of Gillespie’s sleighs overturned when a blade became stuck on a streetcar track.
Fred Smythe has been rehired as manager of the Nelson Theater.
Albert Eshelman, a stationary fireman, has been killed.
The Elks Lodge is trying to form a bowling league.
The Logansport Post Office has received several flags that will be used to warn of impending weather conditions.
• Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the newspaper at email@example.com.
10 Years Ago
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Martino: Hunters more than happy to take part in Freedom Hunt
On almost any given day, Jim Rogers’ Cass County farm is a tranquil setting with rolling crop land, green pastures and sprawling woods bordering the gently flowing waters of the Eel River. But for one weekend a year it becomes a hub of activity, a place where friendships and memories are made transgressing lifetimes.
Newcom: Indiana DNR releases spring turkey results
The warmer-than-normal temperatures did not seem to deter hunters from pursuing turkeys this past spring. A release from the Indiana DNR reports that the 2012 spring seasons had the fourth highest harvest numbers on record.
de la Bastide: IndyCar had right idea but wrong execution
There’s an old saying “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” and it fits the ongoing discussion since Saturday night’s twin Firestone races at Texas Motor Speedway for the IZOD IndyCar series.
Americans should stand up against proposed mosque
Local Columnist Joe Bowyer writes about the proposed mosque at ground zero.
Winamac High School opening doors
Local columnist Dave Kitchell looks back at the last 100 years.
A good idea for shrinking the government
Local columnist Joe Bowyer talks politics.
General Baden-Powell founder of Scouting
Local columnist Richard Copeland writes about the foudner of Scouting.
Hoarding habit not easy to break
I don’t think I’d qualify as a hoarder.
A slob, sure; but a hoarder? No way.
Hoarders are in a league unto themselves. And if you don’t believe me, watch an episode of TLC’s “Hoarders: Buried Alive.”
Absence says something, even if school board doesn’t
Is she or isn’t she?
That was the line one hair product manufacturer once used to promote a women’s hair color product.
For the past week, that question could be asked in the Logansport Community School Corporation Administration Building.
Christmas has become too rushed
Local columnist Tony Thomas feels people should remember to enjoy the anticipation of Christmas.
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