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August 5, 2020

15 years ago

August 3, 2005

Legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Sodrel, R-New Albany, that increases Indiana’s average annual highway funding by $220 million, to more than $889 million, passed the House of Representatives July 23 and the Senate the next morning. The bill includes a request by Sodrel for $5.31 million for construction of an interchange on Interstate 64 in Harrison County. The interchange, located about 2.15 miles northwest of the S.R. 62 intersection with S.R. 135, will increase safety and mitigate congestion on S.R. 337 and provide for needed I-64 services.

The Louisville Metro Council is considering forming a bridge commission to look at the feasibility of constructing a bridge across the Ohio River linking southwest Jefferson County, Ky., with eastern Harrison County. The possibility of a toll bridge first came up for discussion about 1-1/2 years ago. At the time, county officials noted that such a project would be out of their jurisdiction and would require the cooperation of the state.

The start of the 146th annual Harrison County Fair had fair board president Steve Haggard “tingling all over,” and he’s been going to the fair since he was at least 8. He’s now 54. Gate receipts from Monday night, which featured the Mini Car Demo Derby, were up about $3,000 from last year, he said, and several people have stopped at the fair office to volunteer their services.

One of the longest-running traditions at the Harrison County Fair — the annual harness races — will be Thursday and Friday afternoons at 1. Standardbred trotters and pacers from across the region will descend upon the half-mile limestone track at the fairgrounds, where racing has been conducted since 1860. The current record-holders at the track are pacer Sunday Express (2:04) and trotter Ndana Whosier (1:57 2/5).

Deaths: Mary Thomas, 105; Marilyn Carter, 73; Fern M. Benz, 96; Margie L. Antionelli, 75.

25 years ago

August 9, 1995

A new, long-debated subdivision control ordinance adopted Monday by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners will bring significant change in the way land developers do business in years to come. “Developers can expect the county to foot the bill for their development and that’s what has been happening in the past,” said Terry Smith, plan commission director.

Jerry and Johnnie Lynn Atkins had made it through all the woes of building a new home and were ready to move into their newly constructed Victorian-style home on Fredericksburg Road in Depauw. But in the wee hours last Thursday, someone set it on fire. Before firefighters could respond, the two-story home was an inferno. It burned completely. Judging by the speed and thoroughness with which the home burned, it was determined an arson and an investigation will start immediately.

Sue Blehar, 37, is an attractive woman with distinguishing features: hazel brown eyes, reddish-brown hair and an olive complexion. She’s marries to Richard, a self-employed painter, and they have three children, a son and two daughters. Blehar is searching for her other family: her birth parents, a sister and four brothers. On Sept. 18, 1959, Blehar and her siblings were placed for adoption. And now, Blehar is looking for anyone who may have a connection with her blood family.

Quentin Combs won a gold medal in the 800-meter run in last week’s National AAU Track and Field meet in Des Moines, Iowa. Competing among boys 9-10 years old, Combs, who will be a fifth grader at Corydon Intermediate School, won the race in 2:23.70, edging Sidney Maree Jr., the son of two-time Olympian Sidney Maree, who was on hand to present medals. Combs is the first member of the Harrison Sails Track Club to win a national championship. His time was just one tick off the national record of 2:22.

50 years ago

August 5, 1970

Maurice Louden, a postal official in Corydon since 1922, has been appointed officer-in-charge of the post office pending selection of a permanent postmaster. He succeeds Walter (Ham) Fried, who retired Friday.

Three youths left Corydon Tuesday for the U.S. Army. They were Walter Stults, 20, Franklin Senn, 23, and James Whitehouse.

Alva Wiseman, 90, attends his 89th Harrison County Fair this year. He missed one in the ’40s because he was farming in Medford, Okla. He was in the grandstand in 1904 when a famous trotter, Bertha W, slumped down 100 yards past the finish line and died. Mr. Wiseman is vice president of Old Capital Bank and Trust Co.

Heidelberg United Methodist Church honored nine couples of their church who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lang, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lang, Mr. and Mrs. Amzie Fravel, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Windell, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Deen, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Shireman. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Shireman were unable to attend.

Births: Boys — Shirley Smith, Beatrice Denny; girls — Dorothy O’Neal, Mary Hess, Helen Hornickle, Darlene Kincaid, Donna Stonecipher, Beverly Archibald, Geneva Sprinkle, Mary Hadorn, Mrs. James Lopp.

Deaths: Billy Dodds, 19; Azenor Stigler, 48; William (Buck) Schumaker, 47; George A. Kusler, 70; Rose Litch, 74; Eddie Dugan, 16; Edith S. Messer, 71; James W. Sinz, 83.

65 years ago

August 3, 1955

Marvin McCrady has been named the first principal of The North Central School Corp. of the Blue River-Jackson Spencer Township school area. He has been principal of the Corydon Grade School for the past four years. Burrel Ludlow will become principal of Elizabeth High School, succeeding Edwin Wolpert.

Hickman Flowers opens on the south side of Chestnut Street. The new florist shop is owned and operated by Richard and Warren Hickman, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hickman.

Harold Wayne Bary, son of Mrs. Bernice Bary of Frenchtown, has enlisted in the U.S. Army for a period of two years.

Miss Margie Kitterman left Tuesday for Espanola, N.M., where she is a nurse in the Mission Hospital.

Mrs. Lavina Hurst has accepted a position as clerk in Butt Drug Store.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Clemence Kochert, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Buechler; girls — none.

Deaths: John W. Wise, 74; Dr. H.W. Boop, 74; Benjamin Brewer, 52; William J. Lloyd, 96; Escher Herron; Mrs. Pearl Jacobs, 72.

75 years ago

August 8, 1945

Walter C. Martin, pilot, of Ramsey, his father, Oswell Martin, and C. Willis Dome of New Salisbury, were killed when the airplane in which they were traveling crashed on the farm of David Wilson in Washington County on Sunday.
The Rev. and Mrs. Howard Alsdorff and two sons, John and Fred, arrived last Thursday in New York aboard the Gripsholm from India. Ms. Alsdorff is the former Henrietta Bulleit and a teacher. Her husband is a missionary of the Lutheran church.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Lasley, Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Jacobi, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Heuser; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Elzy Stonecipher, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huber, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Greer, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Kintner, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hardin, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wenning.

Deaths: Emma Keller, 72; Betty Fox Davis, 75; Lula Mae Higginbotham, 43.

100 years ago

August 11, 1920

Misses Nellie Pitman and Nellie Barrow left Sunday on a trip to Niagara Falls, N.Y.

William G. Davis of Grinnell, Iowa, is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Davis, and other relatives. Mr. Davis has been spending his vacations for several years in the University of Madison, Wis., and he received his master’s degree there last Friday.

Births: None.

Deaths: Mrs. Helen B. Cotner, 80; George W.S. Wiseman, 68; Marshall Paul, 60; William H. Getzendanner, 64; Michael Schuppert, 76; Mrs. Amanda Davis, 91.