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September 8, 2021

15 years ago

September 6, 2006

A Lanesville man who had numerous, non-venomous pet snakes apparently died Monday evening when he was asphyxiated by one of his pythons, a rare occurrence worldwide. Patrick Christian Von Allmen, 23, was found lying on the floor of an outbuilding by a family member Monday. Von Allmen lived in a converted room of the building that is located on his parents’ property in the 7200 block of Pennington Street in Lanesville. Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Hash said the building was sealed so the snakes could not escape from the structure, which also was kept double locked.

The “hearts, aspirations and priorities” of three separate groups appear to be in the same place although a lack of communication or joint planning among them is perceived as a major weakness. This was the consensus of about 80 people, mostly adults, who attended a strategy session last Wednesday evening at Corydon Presbyterian Church. The majority of people are members of the 4-H Council, Harrison County Agricultural Society or the Extension service. David Osborne, the Extension director from Ripley County, facilitated the session that had everyone participate in determining the strengths and threats of the three groups.

With Harrison County Animal Control bursting at the seams, animal control officer Mike Gentry last week put out a plea for foster parents rather than euthanizing more animals. “I’m so tired of doing that,” Gentry said. “These are all real good dogs. They’re not aggressive; they’re not sick. They just need good homes.” Eight of some 19 animals rescued from a home Thursday were poodles and the others were a variety, including a part-Corgi mother and four puppies. That brought the count to 126 at the facility, designed to hold 78.

The last time North Harrison had a baseball coach not named Danny Schmidt, the cost of a new home was not quite $98,000, a first-class stamp was 20 cents, a gallon of gas was $1.21 and George Bush (not that one; his dad) was vice president under Ronald Reagan. Twenty-two years later, George Bush’s son is the president and the Cougars are looking for a new coach. Last week at a regular board meeting by the North Harrison Community School Corp., Schmidt, 49, officially stepped down from a position he’s had since 1984.

Deaths: Leila A. Martin, 90; Amzel F. Bernardi, 89; W. Ray Gibson, 83; Jonathan D. Dickerson, 2; Cora McJobian, 99; Marvin B. Walton, 80; Joanne Slaughterback, 72; Randall S. Byerley, 46.

25 years ago

September 11, 1996

One look at Shirley Hawkins tells you she’s a lean, mean, fighting machine. As of this week, she’s the lone official employee at Hoosier Valley Community Services, the agency in Corydon that provides a wide range of service to low-income Harrison Countians. The agency is operated by Hoosier Valley Economic Opportunity Corp., a seven-county agency formed in 1966 as a clearinghouse for programs that serve low-income people. But with Hoosier Valley facing severe cash-flow problems, some management employees have been deferring salaries. Staffers have also been laid off frequently, but the most recent round appears to be permanent.

Responding to opposition from Floyd Central officials, two Harrison County commissioners Monday night approved a resolution supporting Caesars’ application for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The special meeting was called because the deadline to submit comments to the corps is today, said Terry L. Miller, president of the board. The corps will conduct Caesars’ public hearing on Oct. 23 at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School. Concerns such as those submitted by Floyd County will be considered in determining whether to issue, modify, grant conditional approval or deny a permit.

Four more months. That’s how long it’s going to take for the Indiana Gaming Commission to decide whether to place a riverboat casino in Crawford or Switzerland County. Prompting a collective groan from supporters from both counties, the commission voted Friday to delay until January issuing the fifth and final preliminary license to be awarded along the Ohio River until questions can be answered about how a boat would affect the other four floating casinos.

Cross-country coaches Keith Oppel and Don McWilliams were reminiscing about the “good old days” after last Thursday’s North Harrison Invitational. McWilliams had just watched his Floyd Central Highlanders post a 10-point win over Oppel’s North Harrison Cougars in the 27-team invitational, and the battle stirred memories of years past when the two camps chased each other from September to November, from early-season invitational to deep into the state meet. The two teams are looking solid again in 1996, and thoughts of another season-long duel are prevalent.

Deaths: Grover Stephens, 58; Margaret Ouzts, 78; Grace I. Bomersbach, 86; Cleva Sowder, 84; Charles Brafford, 74; Richard Hickman, 72; Julia Summers, 73; Robert McDonald, 74; Norman E. Faulkenburg, 55; Opal I. Bye, 94; Meredith Batman, 75; Joan M. Nail, 71.

50 years ago

September 8, 1971

A new artificial kidney machine was delivered Friday to the home of Mrs. Brenda McMillan’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Breeden, in southern Harrison County, where she will take treatments twice a week. Brenda suffers from nephritis and uremic poisoning. The machine was purchased through a fund drive of the Corydon Rotary Club.

Patrick Sheridan is opening a service garage for servicing European import automobiles. Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan formerly resided in London, England. His shop is located in one of the former Sunshine Hatcheries buildings.

Miss Clella Kemp, Corydon’s quiet and efficient clerk-treasurer for 28 years, will step down from office on Dec. 31, 1971. She had watched the town grow in 1944 from 393 water subscribers and 250 sewer services to 1,289 subscribers and 1,076 sewer services in 1970.

The Ohio River was raised seven feet at Leavenworth by the opening Sunday of the new huge dam and locks east of Cannelton. The river was raised the seven feet to cover Dam 44 and the dam has been “blown.”

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Satterfield, girls — Mr. and Mrs. David Moore, Mr. and Mrs. David Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Princes Bolen, Mr. and Mrs. James Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cabell.

Deaths: Cora Shireman, 80; Ethel Shaffer, 83; Ruth Keller; Cora Walters, 71.

65 years ago

September 5, 1956

Nine new teachers are on the staff of Corydon Central schools. They are Mrs. Isabell Hughes, Mrs. Robert L. Stepro, Marvin McCrady, Paul Conrad, Miss Nell Kelly, Mrs. Donald Mills, Miss Catherine Shuck, Miss Hildegarde Pflanz and Mrs. James Elam.

William Winter, who operated Winters Shoe Shop in Corydon for a number of years, is now retired and living in Fremont, Neb. He is currently visiting his son Howard and family in Corydon.

Mrs. Allen L. Smith of Palmyra received first-place awards on luncheon set and quilt and fourth on kitchen curtain at the Indiana State Fair last week.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Engleman, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kintner; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. James Tuell.

Deaths: David Lee McCarty, 24; Adam Norris, 78; B.L. Kane; Dudley Hoar; Thomas Clark Stevens, infant; Frederick C. Layer, 73.

75 years ago

September 11, 1946

Carlton Miles has been appointed Soil Conservationist for Harrison County Soil District. His plans call for aiding the land owners who make applications in setting out a long-range program on his farm.

Russell Bachman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bachman of Lanesville, has entered the Coyne Electrical and Radio School of Chicago.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. William J. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Fleshman, girl — Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Fisher.

Deaths: John J. Walter, 80; John A. Weathers, 54; Lizzie Thompson, 58.

100 years ago

September 14, 1921

Mr. and Mrs. Claud Hisey, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Davis and two children and Miss Elva Heishman spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Frank King and family west of Corydon.

Robert Davis, who has had employment at Bucklin, Kan., during the past several months, has returned to his home at Ramsey.

Births: None.

Deaths: Sylvester Crandall, 80; Malinda E. Nance, 60; Mrs. Ellen Coan, 75; Mrs. Mary E. Brown, 74.