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February 19, 2020

15 years ago

Feb. 16, 2005

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis has announced that The House of New Beginnings Inc. has qualified to receive a $500,000 grant from its Affordable Housing Program. The project will help 30 males overcome substance abuse while living in a transitional living facility to be built this summer in Corydon. Half the cost of the building came from Harrison County government, and it was contingent upon getting the Home Loan Bank grant, Shelia Tempel, the president of HNB’s 15-person board of directors, said, which brings the amount to $1 million for the project.

Oscar Voelker, a man who was always ready to go flying and was equally dedicated to the county’s park system, died Friday morning, Feb. 11, 2005, at Autumn Woods Health Campus in New Albany. He was 85. “He just loved to fly,” recalled Parvin Baumgart of Lanesville, who worked as an air traffic controller with his friend and mentor. The two also flew together in a reserve unit.

Harrison County officials Saturday approved the ordinance for the operation of the new animal control facility. The ordinance, which includes fines and fees to be levied for violations or services, will be advertised for two weeks before officially taking effect. The office will be open to the public Friday. Although community services workers and jail trusties have helped with duties at the facility, they require Mike Gentry’s, the animal control officer, supervision. He cannot always be in the building. Therefore, volunteers are needed to help run the facility.

For the second time in as many years, both varsity girls’ basketball teams from South Harrison Community School Corp. earned sectional championships in the same weekend. On Saturday night, South Central throttled host Borden to win its third straight title and give head coach Randall Schoen his 100th win; Corydon Central repeated as sectional champions by rallying past Scottsburg and giving coach Michael Uhl his 160th victory.

Deaths: Marguerite S. Carrington, 82; Glen I. Fleenor, 76; Phyllis E. Tysor, 63; Andrea Munich, 60; Brenda Russell, 60; Joyce A. Elliot, 65; Gertrude W. Walters, 92; Chad A. Deatrick, 27; Ernest B. Seiler, 86; Pearl Andrews, 79; Catherine Allen, 76; Jay J. Deuser, 78; Lester Brown, 83; Linda J. Miller, 45.

25 years ago

Feb. 22, 1995

Corydon police got several calls about some loud booms Saturday afternoon, and one marshal toured the town in his squad car until he found the cause of the noise: It was the firing of a replica Civil War cannon at the Battle of Corydon Memorial Park along Old S.R. 135. The event was a kick-off for a $20,000 fund drive to buy a cannon for the park. It will be a permanent memorial to Corydon native Arville L. Funk, an attorney, Civil War expert, historian, author, teacher, civic and church leader. He died Sept. 28, 1990

Ever wonder how Central Barren got its name? How about the spotted and bluebreasted darters or the fragile heel splitter mussel or clubshell mussel? These questions are of more than general interest to Allen Pursell. Pursell, 29, works for The Nature Conservancy, a national non-profit environmental group that’s operated an Indiana chapter since 1959. The conservancy’s latest project is Hoosier Landscapes: Saving Our Last Great Places, which identifies eight ecologically important areas throughout the state. The Blue River watershed, home to several unique plant and animal species, is one of eight. Pursell, whose background is in forestry and land management, will manage the Blue River project.

No trace of alcohol was found in the blood of the sole survivor of a two-car crash in Harrison County last month that killed five men. Blood-alcohol test results on Donald J. Schueler showed that he was not drinking, said Lt. Bill Carver of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. The wreck occurred at 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, when a car driven by James T. Woodcock, 50, of Georgetown, hit Schueler’s vehicle. Woodcock died at the scene about a mile from Peppermill Ridge subdivision where he lived. Thomas Jeffries, 57, and Stephen (Pee Wee) A. Keinsley, 56, also died at the scene. Two other passengers also died. Russell W. Hussung, 56, died shortly after arriving at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, and Donald L. Litch, 56, died the following day at University of Louisville Hospital.

The Borden Braves had hung around long enough Friday night when Eric Acton and his Lanesville teammates finally lowered the boom. Having seen a 16-point lead reduced to one — 45-44 — by late in the third quarter, the Eagles (11-8) responded by scoring 15 points while holding the Braves (3-16) scoreless the next six minutes and went on to clinch their share of the Southern Athletic Conference crown, their second straight.

Deaths: Alva W. Smith, 64; Charles Hottell, 70; Harvey Coomer, 65; Florence Ruth, 91; Marion LaHue, 82; Jane S. Reisert, 77; Kova Meredith, 79; Hal D. Weedman, 86; Marshall Garrett, 76; Bonnie Jeffires, 85; Elbert T. Hodges, 77; Velma Kirtley, 56; Carl James Small, 32; Wilma E. Taylor, 65; Mary Blackman, 81; Martha Dierking, 72; John Gribbons, 89; Amber Coates, 80; Lonnie E. Ferren, 37; Edna Moore, 91; Dawn R. Raley, 24; Nellie Knowland, 88; Sylvia K. Stiner, 89; Frieda Vickers, 87.

50 years ago

Feb. 18, 1970

Lee Harmon and Peter J. Schickel received 10-gallon donor pins at the last week visit of the bloodmobile to Corydon. They are the first to do so in the Harrison County program.

Four Harrison County high school seniors recently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Milton David LaVon, Timothy L. Asher and Jack R. Miller, all seniors at North Harrison High School, and Charles D. Wilfong, senior at Lanesville High School will leave after graduation for basic training at Parris Island, S.C.

Donovan L. Trowbridge of Palmyra is a new sales representative for Pfizer Diagnostics. Before joining Pfizer, he taught science at Morgan Township High School.

Harrison County was hit hard by an ice storm over the weekend. Thirty percent of REMC service was knocked out, and about 200 telephone lines were affected. Nine crews from outside the county were called in to help.

Births: Boy — Phyllis Garner; girls — Diana Boley, Edith Richards, Mrs. Carl Boley.

Deaths: Bessie Shumaker, 73; Josephine Marsh, 70; Timothy LaRay Dean, 7 months; Joseph Pickles, 82; Claud Wright; Nettie Schuppert; Ed Blaine.

65 years ago

Feb. 16, 1955

A new factory, which will manufacture supplies and equipment for wrought-iron furniture, porch railings and columns, is being readied for operations at Milltown. Owner-operator will be Carl Brown.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Manubay sailed for the Phillipine Islands in January.

Mrs. Mary Jane Ehalt has accepted employment in the office of the Public Service Co.

Howard Sibert has accepted employment with the Indiana Utilities Corp.

The Palmyra Chapter FFA was host Monday afternoon to the annual District 11 FFA Field Day at the Morgan Township High School. Over 300 officers and contestants from the 20 FFA chapters in the district participated.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. John J. Quinkert, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Fleshman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert LaDuke; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Keehn, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wright, Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Stanley.

Deaths: Warford P. Mauck, 88; Charles D. Duley, 34; William H. Jarvis, 91; H. Williamson Stewart, 55; Lydia May.

75 years ago

Feb. 20, 1945

Mrs. Julia Neely is serving her 43rd year as Oracle of Royal Neighbors Camps. Her membership began 48 years ago with the Mauckport Camp.

The No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Pantherette was started as a printed newspaper last week. It was previously a mimeographed Pantherette. James Jordan is Editor-In-Chief.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Burrel Forbis, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Johnston; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Anderson Jr.

Deaths: George Kusler, 76; Chester L. Simler, 47; Mary E. Jacobs, 84; Jean Becker, 15; Preston Haun, 71; Mrs. John Hollis, 73; Albert J. Messmer Jr., 17; Homer Seacat, 52; Oscar D. William, 61; John Wate, 73; George Rowe, 67; Mrs. Emma Glaze, 89; Mrs. Joseph Riley, 76.

100 years ago

Feb. 25, 1920

Emile Miller, foreman in the Saffer-Kirkham garage here, is at Toledo, O., taking a short course in installing electric light plants. This firm has secured the agency for this county for lighting systems suitable for churches and dwelling houses.

Misses Mildred Deatrick and Mary Clark of Elizabeth were at North Vernon last week to take an examination in cream tasting.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. George E. Miller; girls — Mr. and Mrs. George B. Melton, Mr. and Mrs. Will Wagner.
Deaths: George Luckett, 95; Martin Russell; Miss Mary Steepleton, 32; Philip Hess, 10; Mrs. Edna J. Applegate, 73; Mrs. Anna Belle Engleman; Hiram Kelley; Mrs. Bertha Brown; Mrs. Pervia Blake Funkhouser, 50.