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December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021
December 22, 2021
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15 years ago

December 20, 2006

State Senate Minority Leader Richard Young, D-Milltown, announced Monday he will run for Indiana governor in 2008. Young, who has served as state senator for nearly two decades and as minority leader since 1996, is the first to announce his candidacy for the governor’s race. “It’s something I’ve had people urging me to do for some time,” Young said yesterday morning. Young said plans are underway to form a committee and a Web site to aid him in the gubernatorial race. A “milestone” has been reached in the renovation of the North Harrison Elementary School. Jerry Firestone, director of educational planning for RQAW Consulting Engineers and Architects, announced Thursday night at the meeting of the North Harrison Community School Corp. board meeting, “We’re ready to move into the next phase, which is the bidding.” Three of the five school trustees voted to approve the construction documents submitted by RQAW. Gary Byrne, who opposed the project, which includes remodeling the existing classrooms and adding a second story for additional classrooms, voted against the motion to approve.

Guards were called by the innkeeper throughout the evening to escort beggars from his establishment so they didn’t disturb the patrons who were in the inn drinking wassail, eating baked goods and watching performers, while outside, in a stable, a young couple who had traveled to Bethlehem from Nazareth huddled with their newborn son. Angels kept watch over the young family, while kings and shepherds came to see the baby, called Jesus. Other visitors, many from Harrison County, also came to see the baby. The event was Bethlehem Alive!, a first-time event staged Saturday and Sunday nights by members of Pfrimmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church, located between Corydon and Lanesville.

South Central’s girls’ basketball team continued its string of holiday tournament championships last week, capturing its sixth title in a row. Coming into the eighth-annual tourney, South Central had dropped two of its previous three games against county rivals Corydon Central and North Harrison. The Lady Rebels didn’t let that affect their tournament play, however, as they won their two outings by an average of more than 16 points. South Central (10-3) opened its slate Thursday night with a deceivingly close 51-33 win over arch-rival Lanesville then worked its way past host Borden in the final on Saturday afternoon, 49-24, to close out 2006 on a high note.

Deaths: Myrtle L. Jordan, 86; James P. Ellis, 75; Maudiana Raisor, 56; Charles X. Maxilla III, M.D., 80; Eunice Simpson, 80; Margaret Young, 82; Irma C. Fosskuhl, 90; Raymond Shuffitt, 63; Harriett L. Mauck, 80; Dann M. Strube, 67; James W. Smith, 90; Robert E. Fullenwider, 35; Timothy L. Boley, 45.

25 years ago

December 25, 1996

It’s a huge investment but one the trustees of the Lanesville Community School Corp. believe they should make. “We made a pretty big commitment to technology when we did the building renovation” a couple of years ago, said school board president Donald J. Hussung, after the trustees unanimously agreed at their regular meeting Dec. 18 to spend about $100,000 to upgrade the school’s computer system. “It’s not like we’re building a running track or a swimming pool,” he said. “We’re actually making an investment in our kids.” The trustees spent about an hour discussing the upgrade proposal presented by Ben Sheridan, the school’s technology coordinator, and an IBM representative. He said the upgrade will allow the computers to run the Windows ’95 program.

A 32-year-old Milltown man has been charged with attempted murder and is being held in the Harrison County jail. Police charged Ronald Keith Hash with shooting Jacob Smith, 19, also Milltown, in the face after an argument broke out at a party on Lincoln Springs Road, near Depauw, early Sunday morning. Indiana State Police Trooper Darren Jones of the Jasper police post said the incident happened about 12:50 Sunday morning. Jones said Smith and a girl from Marengo were standing outside the house talking when Hash came outside. An argument broke out and, according to police, Hash shot Smith in the face with a .22 caliber revolver and left the scene.

At his peak, Wayne Kost had more than 70 old farm tractors. There were International Harvesters and Hubers, Fordsons and John Deeres. Wayne died of cancer in 1993 at 58. In the ensuing years, his wife Margie has sold all but a handful of their old tractors, mostly to Wayne’s friends. But one tractor in the collections — a 1958 John Deere 620 LP Orchard model — won’t be going anywhere as it was Wayne’s favorite. Then again, it may go a lot of places, wherever there are John Deere lovers. The tractor is one of 52 vintage tractors included in “Magnificent Johnny Poppers,” a collector’s set of playing cards featuring famous John Deeres of yesteryear.

North Harrison snapped a three-game slide with a 56-51 win over Brownstown Central in Ramsey Friday night, but a quick double-check of the scoreboard might have been in order after coach Ken Oppel addressed his Cougars afterward. “I told them in the locker room, I don’t see how a team can compete with top 40 teams — Silver Creek and Floyd Central — and then turn around and play so bad,” Oppel said. The Cougars’ coach watched his club generate just 56 points on a night when the Braves committed 30 turnovers, nearly one per minute, and twice the number of North Harrison miscues (15).

Deaths: Elise C. Elsler, 84; William A. Colligan, 69; Kimberly Sillings, infant; Ozilline D. Augspurger, 97; Helen K. Hatch, 82; Edith V. Ammons, 80; Laura J. Finch, 34; Mary M. Miller, 96.

50 years ago

December 22, 1971

Walter L. Baxley was appointed county highway supervisor succeeding Albert Simon by the Board of County Commissioners Monday. He formerly served as Harrison County sheriff.

Mrs. Arch Hughes was honored Sunday at the Fountain United Methodist Church for being an outstanding church school leader. She began teaching church school when she was a teenager. Also at this service, a pair of oak candlesticks, made by Henry Griffin from wood taken from Hines Sharp barn at Wyandotte, were given to the church.

Gary Lee Pitman has recently enlisted in the Navy and is stationed at Great Lakes Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

The Lloyd Anderson residence, R.R. I Corydon, received first place in the Corydon Jaycees Residential and Commercial Lighting Contest. Corydon State Bank was judged first in the commercial line.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. James Tulley, Mr. and Mrs. John Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Clunie, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Knear, Mr. and Mrs. William Manus, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cunningham; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gieseler, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rothrock.

Deaths: Edward W. Whitman, 90; Oliver J. Faith, 90; Billie Jean Headrick; Wayne Harrell, 57; Roscoe P. Mayfield, 76; Harry Rusk; Lydia Schrader, 76; Zetta Brock, 86; Godfrey L. Faith, 50; Theodore Malaer, 64; Hilda Bruce, 48; Mrs. H. Carr Miller; Mrs. Louise Day, 80; Mavis Harrell, 53; William P. Robinson.

65 years ago

December 19, 1956

Gov. Harold Handley has appointed Blaine H. Wiseman of Corydon to be chairman of the Indiana Dept. of Financial Institutions. He is president of the Old Capital Bank and Trust Co. of Corydon.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harris and family moved a few weeks ago from Louisville to the farm about six miles south of Corydon where Charles Seng and family formerly lived.

Water engineers complete plants for four town projects, two dams in Big Indian Creek, addition to the water filtering and pumping plant, extension of water lines and sewer lines.

Not even one coon was caught last Friday night when the Old Capital Coonhunters Club had its night wild coon hunt. Three beautiful trophies were purchased for the occasion and are still on display at the club. Another coon hunt is scheduled for Dec. 28.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jones; girls — Mr. and Mrs. James McKnight, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Phipps, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Sieg, Mr. and Mrs. Dallas R. Byerley, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Wiseman Jr.

Deaths: Ernest Reas, 59; John Ivan Leffler, 62; Herbert L. Kelly; Arthur McGee, 83; Esther Hamilton, 72.

75 years ago

December 25, 1946

August Yochem Jr. was one of 84 members of the class in the School of Medicine of the University of Louisville who received their degrees as doctors of medicine at the graduation exercises last week. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Yochem Sr.

Work has started on the annex to Ramsey Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Rev. Emma Hussung is the minister.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Snider; girl — Mrs. Henry Grant.

Deaths: John Ehalt, 76; Kate Deatrick, 71.

100 years ago

December 28, 1921

A rose bush in the yard of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Groves south-west of Corydon had two beautiful blooming roses on it yesterday.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ott of this place have ordered The Corydon Democrat sent to their son, Millard J. Ott at Akron, Ohio, where he has employment.

Births: Twin boys — Mr. and Mrs. June O’Bryant; girls — none.

Deaths: George Ebling Jr., 28; Henry Watterson, 81; Emery A. Allen.