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October 14, 2020

15 years ago

October 12, 2005

Whatever happened to the 9/11 Commission Report? On July 22, 2004, the independent 9/11 commission released its 428-page study of the al Qaeda terrorist attack on America. The report — which became an immediate best-seller — included 41 unanimous recommendations designed to make the United States safer and more secure from terrorism.

Another 294 acres is being added to the Mosquito Creek complex in southern Harrison County, thanks to the generous gift of a long-time Indianapolis woman. Sally Reahard, who died at the age of 95 in July 2003, left $70 million to The Nature Conservancy. It is the single largest bequest in the organization’s history. More than half of her donation, in excess of $40 million, was to be used in Indiana.

Before Hurricane Rita hit the Gulf Coast during the early morning Sept. 24, the Federal Energy Information Administration predicted a natural gas price increase of 71 percent or more this winter due largely to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. However, Corydon-based Indiana Utilities used “bedding techniques” to purchase gas for the winter months. As a result, the company is requesting a significantly lower-than average 20 percent rate increase which will be reviewed by the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission.

On Friday night in Ramsey, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 2,000, North Harrison’s football team accomplished more in three hours than it had in three years against county-rival Corydon Central. Coming into the battle, the visiting Panthers had outscored North Harrison by a margin of 128-6 during the past three seasons. That asymmetry tilted back toward the Cougars’ side after they slugged a feisty Corydon Central squad 55-26. It was the home team’s first victory over its archenemy since 2001.

Deaths: Georgeann Harter, 70; James W. Jones, 75; Thelma Hanger, 78; Gloria Kirkham, 67; William B. Mersmann, 73; Maurice Rupp, 93; Sylvia L. Taylor, 80; Avalon Breeden, 98; Anna Daugherty, 85; Barbara E. Hall, 67; H. Lucille Brown, 86; Helen Stults, 72; John R. Byrne, 65.

25 years ago

October 18, 1995

An anti-gambling campaign by two Louisville-based men who stand to gain millions of dollars if a gaming license is issued to a Mauckport developer may be shooting themselves in the foot. “It’s jeopardizing their option real good,” said Binion’s Horseshoe Casino Indiana project manager Allen W. Milburn. “If we don’t get a license, they’ve got nothing but a piece of property.” Even though Binion’s isn’t backing the campaign, it could put the casino company in bad light with the Indiana Gaming Commission, he and others said.

When the Sears company pulled the plug on its mail-order catalog business a few years ago, there was a sense it had turned its back on small-town Americans who gave it its start. The company has tried to make amends with a new type of store. Known as “authorized retail dealer stores,” the new format features large stores in smaller towns, offering a full line of major appliances, electronics and lawn and garden items.

Corydon grocer Jerry Thomas wants his customers to know something: He’s not going anywhere. Contrary to rumors, he’ll still operate in Corydon. He’ll just do so under another name. After years of competing head to head in the ultra-competitive grocery market, Thomas has made a 180-degree reversal. He’s cast his lot with the Save-A-Lot chain out of Lexington, Ky., which has opened 300 stores in the past two years.

Floyd Central proved unbeatable in Saturday’s cross-country sectional at Eastern High School in Pekin, winning team championships in both meets. Senior Jay Korte paced the Highlanders’ fifth straight sectional championship by winning the boys’ race in 16:27. Korte was 11 seconds faster than Crawford County senior Craig Burnham, who was runner-up.

Deaths: Gary L. Davis Jr., 32; Maude H. Jones, 82; Frank E. Polen, 67; Edna Wilson, 95.

50 years ago

October 14, 1970

The residence at 322 Chestnut, Corydon, formerly occupied by the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gehlbach, is being razed in preparation for the erection of a new chapel for the Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home, which adjoins on the west.

Young persons who are caught violating the 11 p.m. curfew are liable to get more than themselves in trouble. Harrison County Grandy Jury requested the sheriff’s office to bring the parents of those violating the curfew to court and charge them with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Competing against nine other school bands their size, the Corydon Central Marching Panthers won a first prize and for the first time a sweepstakes award for outstanding performance at the Indiana School Music Association State Marching Twirling Contest Saturday at Salem High School.

Fifty-year members of the Order of the Eastern Star were given gold pins at the observance of Friends Night Oct. 5 at the Masonic Temple. They were Mrs. Ray Resch, Lanesville; Mrs. Iva Vogt, New Middletown; and Mrs. Elizabeth Reuter, Cleveland, Ohio.

Births: Boys — Carolyn Oppel, Mrs. Aaron Shewmaker, Mrs. Larry Faith; girls — Karen Wathen, Lou Jones, Doelene McLain, Betty Branger, Mrs. Melvin Crosier.

Deaths: Fern Kopp Dollar, 74; Chris Adams, 91; Ruth Martin, 59; Frank Saltsgaver, 94; Inez Halsapple, 77; Ruby Moyers, 67; Charles Schoen, 79; Stanley Farnsley.

65 years ago

October 12, 1955

Two county youths left Wednesday for duty with the U.S. Army: Wayne Shewmaker of Corydon and William Kannapel of Elizabeth.

Lester Flanigan left Sunday for Troy, Ohio, to take a four-month course in welding.

St. Michael’s Catholic Church at Bradford celebrated its 100th anniversary last Sunday. Many former residents, members and reverends returned to take part in the event.

The Rev. Ralph Drake of Louisville has been employed to be pastor of the Corydon Christian Church.

A 26-pound spoonbill catfish was caught by two Corydon fishermen Monday. The snout of the fish was struck by their boat’s propeller and chopped off. Sheriff Orlin Didelot and Dr. W.J. Brockman did some maneuvering and were successful in netting the de-snouted specimen.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lone, Mr. and Mrs. Norval DeVore, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Shewmaker, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Bigler, Mr. and Mrs. Don Crosier; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baumgartle, Mr. and Mrs. John Evans, Mr. and Mrs. William O’Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Stonecipher, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Behr.

Deaths: Ethel Guy Lillpop, 55; Clyde J. Treece, 47; Donald Ferber, 19; Melinda Temple, 78; Donald C. William; Elizabeth Scharrer, 57.

75 years ago

October 17, 1945

T4 Lewis Baylor, 21, of Central Barren, who was reported missing in action in Germany Dec. 16, 1944, was killed on that day.

Ivan Rosenbarger is erecting a new home in Hoosier Heights on the north side of Highway 62. Dewey Hickman, Allen Jordan and Jack Miller bought lots on the south side of the highway.

Births : Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cochran, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thompson; girl — Mr. and Mrs. John Motley.

Deaths: W.C. (Woodie) Richards, 32; Roy Elliot, infant; Mrs. Augusta Roederer, 63; Lawrence Sieg, 87; Anna Wright, 69; George Hodge Sr.

100 years ago

October 20, 1920

Mrs. Mary Deaton and daughter Mabel of Ramsey spent last Sunday with Herbert Ruff and family of Palmyra.

Mr. and Mrs. James Shields and family, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Shields of Boone Township and Mr. and Mrs. Loren Watson and family of Heth Township visited Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Watson and family of near Central on Sunday.

Births: Boys — none; twin boys — Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stark; girl — Dr. and Mrs. J. Lucien Morris.

Deaths: Miss Sara McGinnis; Mrs. Sannie Davis, 53; Mary Catherine Moore, 4.