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December 4, 2019

15 years ago

Dec. 1, 2004

Three years ago, when Gov. Frank L. O’Bannon of Corydon was talking to John Goss about becoming the next director of the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, he asked Goss if it might be possible to create two new state parks, Wyandotte Woods in the Harrison-Crawford State Forest, and Prophetstown, outside Lafayette. Prophetstown became a state park last summer, and the Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area became a state park yesterday, only with a new name: O’Bannon Woods State Park, in honor of the governor who died in office a year ago last fall and his family of public servants. The creation of O’Bannon Woods is unique: a 2,000-acre park that lies within a 24,000-acre state forest that lies in two counties.

Someday, Phil Robertson of Ramsey hopes to ride a bike from Leavenworth to Corydon without worrying about traffic. Robertson is a member of the Ohio River Scenic Pathway Route Committee, a group of 10 residents from Harrison and Crawford counties who have been working for the past few months to develop a trail to be used by bicyclists, joggers and walkers, plus an adjacent path for horses. The group’s first order of business has been trying to secure an Indiana Dept. of Transportation grant to repair the old iron bridge in the Harrison-Crawford State Forest east of Leavenworth, which would be part of the route. Robertson, who has talked with commissioners in both counties at their meetings to gain support, said the project likely would cost between $500,000 and $1 million.

Former Crawford County High School teacher and Taswell native Mark Eastridge is going home. Eastridge, junior high principal at Corydon the past 13 years, will replace retiring Crawford County Community School Corp. Supt. Tom Doddridge Jan. 1. Eastridge, 46, of Corydon, who earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana State University in 2000, said he had considered making the jump to superintendent, “but I was looking for the right situation for me.” Not only was Eastridge drawn because of his local ties — a 1976 English High School graduate, he still has family there — but he knows several staff members and was impressed with the “quality of the people in the school corporation.”

Lanesville’s girls’ basketball team defeated South Central Thursday night for the first time in 13 meetings, and it couldn’t have come any sooner for Lady Eagles’ head coach Tim Coomer. Coomer, who is in his fourth season at the helm, was 0-for-forever against his county rival, and was understandably giddy following his team’s 71-57 victory. Despite a gutsy third-quarter comeback sparked by South Central freshman Brittany Schoen, who scored 28 points, Lanesville held the visitors to just two field goals in the final three minutes.

Deaths: Charles Stroud, 72; Arthur L. Best, 79; Edward E. Overton Jr., 57; Keith Goldman, 40; Bonita J. Hatton, 59; Victor L. Davis, 90; Patricia Averill, 68; Leanna M. Richardson, 54; Charles Smith, 53; Dorothy Perkins, 81; John B. Scheller, 87; Nelle H. Davis, 83.

25 years ago

Dec. 7, 1994

The Harrison County Jail Committee was advised Monday night to finance the new jail with a $7,585,000 bond sale that would be paid off over 15 years with annual County Economic Development Income Tax receipts. “You can reduce the term or the annual rental at any point in the process,” said Lonnie M. Therber, a partner in a municipal finance consulting firm in Indianapolis. The Harrison County Council will meet with Therber Saturday morning at 9 to consider his recommendation. The council will probably make a decision then, councilman Earl Saulman said yesterday. The council has hopes to build a badly-needed jail without using any property tax money. The total cost of the jail and sheriff’s administrative offices— estimated to be about $8.1 million — depends on the number of additional features the council wants to include.

A legal challenge to riverboat gambling in Indiana — resolved last month when the Indiana Supreme Court ruled the issue constitutional — has apparently bought enough time to allow the issue to be voted on again in Clark and Floyd counties. State law allows counties to hold gaming referenda every two years. With minimal costs expected, it appears likely that Clark and Floyd counties, which firmly defeated the issue in November 1993, will vote again in November 1995. The question then becomes whether the Indiana Gaming Commission will go ahead and award any remaining Ohio River licenses with the possibility of another vote in Clark and Floyd.

The new Corydon Agriculture Club had an organizational meeting Monday morning and immediately established two priorities: Keeping people interested in agriculture informed with a monthly calendar of events and beefing up financial support for 4-H and FFA activities throughout Harrison County. Roger L. Ellis, a vice president with NBD Bank in the Corydon and Salem areas, called the meeting, at Granny’s Ideal Cafeteria. Eleven people attended for more than an hour. Other possible objectives discussed include: investigating the possibility of a vocational agriculture teacher for the South Harrison Community School Corp; encouraging ex-officio members to take part in the club, to take advantage of their experiences; and promoting seniors by people who have started their own successful agriculture businesses in the area in the past five or 10 years.

Corydon Central’s match-up zone defense produced another troublesome opening sequence for the opposition Friday as visiting North Harrison bowed in a Mid-Southern Conference game. Little more than four minutes into the contest, the Panthers were leading 12-0, having forced five turnovers while allowing just one shot. The lead grew by another bucket a little later on an Adam Beck layup. The spread was 14 but the damage had been done because by game’s end the difference was just two points more at 51-35. Corydon Central coach Bob Pels’ team improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference with its 23rd straight league win.

Deaths: Lyonell R. Leake, 56; Valena M. Simler, 85; H. Lewis Reed, 77; Alice Finnegan, 61; Willia Morris, 91; Harold E. Peters, 83; Donald E. Nalley, 57; Edna Gresham, 74; James R. Ross, 59; Charles Wiseman, 83; Norman R. Vogt, 70; Adele Gardner, 69; the Rev. Boyd Reynolds, 62; Louise J. Roberts, 73; Donald C. Riddle, 64; Clyde Lewellyn, 75; Edith Hunt, 73; Frances Riley, 25; Margaret Byrley, 74; Clifford J. McCauley Jr., 48; Daniel E. Fravil, 95; Brian Dugan, 23; Mary Hornback, 70.

50 years ago

Dec. 3, 1969

Larry Whitehouse of Corydon stands to be first called for induction under the new national draft lottery if he qualifies. His birthday is Feb. 14 and was one of the first dates to be affected. Two young men left Tuesday as part of the December call. They were Robert Henry Nolot of Depauw and Charles W. Gudgen of Corydon.

Three Harrison County women had more than turkey to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. They had their lives. Clara Rhodes of Corydon, Mary Geswein of Lanesville and Florence Troncin, a former county native, were in the explosion that took two lives Tuesday at the Olin-Mathieson Army Ammunition Plant at Charlestown.

Four Harrison County citizens have been appointed by the Board of Commissioners to form an aviation board. They are Robert L. Emily, Charles C. Burch, Howard Smith and Paul Martin.

Births: Boys — Gloria Troutman, Marilyn Davison, Patricia Stroud, Mrs. Allen Baumgartle; girls — Mary Conrad, Gracie Dodge, Mrs. John Hostettler.

Deaths: Georgia Baunach, 67; John Lasley, 24; Elizabeth Kron, 62; Pauline Johnson, 59.

65 years ago

Dec. 1, 1954

Three frame buildings at Dam 43 near Evans Landing in Taylor Township will be sold and are to be removed by the purchaser. The buildings are located at Ohio River Lock and Dam No. 43, Elizabeth. Sealed bids will be received until Jan. 6, 1955.

A new flag flies from the mast at the Old Capitol containing just 15 stars. At the time Corydon was a Territorial Capital, the Union contained only 15 states. Indiana later entered the Union as the 18th state.

The new 1955 license plates arrived Wednesday morning in a large “semi” from the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City where the plates are made. The plates go on sale Jan. 3.

Arlie Gibson has been employed by the Central School Corp. as a custodian of the new high school building. Frederick Kendall is also a custodian at the school.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Timberlake, Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Satterfield, Mr. and Mrs. Elza Stonecipher, Dr. and Mrs. William Kirkham, Mr. and Mrs. John William Leffler, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mehlman, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Wiseman; girls — none.

Deaths: John Edward Kochert, infant; Mary Davis, 63; John W. Fogel, 64; Raymond Martin, 61.

75 years ago

Dec. 6, 1944

Pfc. James E. Rosenbarger was killed in action in France Nov. 16. Lt. Robert F. Keller was also killed in France on Nov. 19. Pvt. William C. Timberlake was killed Oct. 28 in the South Pacific war theatre.

Robert Davis of Ramsey buys the two-story brick building owned by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bulleit. Plans are being made by Mr. Davis and Lewis Lamon to open a new store in part of the building.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoehn, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Menges; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Evertt Bruce, Mr. and Mrs. Burrel Shireman, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Baker.

Deaths: Harve Brown, 72; Nellie Crosier; Lula Hurn, 82; Mrs. Edgar Williams, 30; Mary Kaiser, 70.

100 years ago

Dec. 10, 1919

The man-eating corn shredder claims another victim in the person of Wilbur Voyles, who lost his right hand as a result of getting it cut and mashed in one a few days ago on the farm of Arzo Hare.

Mr. and Mrs. Eli Shields of Laconia will leave about the 15th for Fresno, Calif., to spend the winter months with their son, Harry W. Shields, and family. Their son is a building contractor and has a big business.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Ward Lofton; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Byron Blackman.

Deaths: Miss Mildred Eberlein, 18; John Smoots, infant; Sophia A. Cooper, 89; Mrs. Mary Jane Neamer, 75; Mrs. C.D. Luckett, 50.