Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Remember When August 4, 2010

Compiled by Stephen D. Miller
5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
The Whitko School Board met July 28 to again discuss the renovation of the Whitko High School building. The public was invited to the discussion. Other business was also discussed, including textbook rental fees,
Pennsylvania Avenue Pizzeria & Cafe is the new name of the restaurant located in the Collier building at the south edge of Pierceton on State Road 13. New manager Michael Cravens is serving breadfast, lunch and pizza. A big hit is the free coffee served with the breadfast buffet.
Amy Woodsmall was named the Special Services Director for the Whitko schools. Woodsmall is a resident of Kendallville and comes to Whitko after seven years as the Assistant Director of Special Education for the Northeast Indiana Special Education CoOp based at Kendallville. Prior to that position, she was a general consultant and teacher of visually impaired.
The annual Larwill Squawbuck Days will be August 12, 13 and 14. Hal Trump, one of the coordinators for the festival, says there is a full slate of local activities for all three days. A tenderloin fry and games of bingo start the festivities on Friday evening.
Pierceton held their first annual Art Fair July 23rd. Award winners included Megan King, Kay DuBois, Sean Hoffman, Braxton Ekenberry, David Taylor. Robert A Hudson won the Best of Show award. Judges for the art fair were Cinda Culver of North Webster and Karen Klimper of Warsaw.
The South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank building will have a new logo. It was designed by Mary Carney of South Whitley. Mary started in the graphic field in 1975 beginning with typesetting and paste-up. She has been employed the past 30 years by Fort Wayne Graphics.
Indiana National Guard Specialist Kelly Osborn of South Whitley, recently won the Army Commendation Medal for her meritorious service as a computer operator and trainer for the maintenance section. She also received an Army Achievement Medal for her outstanding performance of duty while serving on the out-processing team. Osborn was deployed to Afganistan with Headquarters Company 113th Support Battalion. Osborn is the daughter of Bob Osborn of Pierceton and Brad & Luann Dunlap of Columbia City and was a 1999 graduate of Whitko High School.
10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
The Pierceton Days celebration was once again a very well attended event. From the Friday night car show to the parade, to junk food alley, there was something for everyone. The parade had 100+ entries.
The Whitley County Genealogical Society has completed an updated “census” of the South Whitley Cemetery. The project to catalogue all the graves in Whitley County was started in 1998. The key people in this task were Betty Yann, Julia and Michael Hayes, Beverly Henley and Jeanette Brown. Ed Myers, caretaker of the SW Cemetery also provided priceless help in the research. The updated list of records is accesible to anyone by logging onto the county’s website at
Two students participating in the Lions Club “Operation Friendship” visited South Whitley last week. SW Lions Club President Jim Barnett and club member Jack Bishop presented Peruvian guest Katia Samame and Turkish guest Bengu Uras with banners representing the South Whitley Lions Club during their visit. The two girls are staying with George Edwards of Albion, who is a member of the Columbia City Lions Club.
Area talent show winners stole the show at The Curtain Company Players’ annual Follies show last weekend. Nearly 200 people attended the three shows, which spotlighted over 30 different acts of music, comedy and dance. Mike Archambaulp of Kendalville, SaSundra Tadson of Churubusco, Heather Beck of Kendallville, Nathan Wordinger of Columbia City, Josh Henney of Columbia City and Nick Henney of Columbia City were just a few of the many talanted winners.
The Whitko cheerleaders served for the Pierceton Volunteer Fire Dept and EMS’s pancake and sausage breadfast last weekend. They worked for tips the whole morning and were surprised with a $300 donation afterwards. The cheerleaders plan on using the funds for supplies and new warm-up outfits.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 7, 1985
Steve Lewis resigned last week from his position of head of the South Whitley Light and Power Co. He accepted a position with the Auburn Municipal Elexctric. Steve had worked for the Power Co for several years.
Dick Kranfield, the postal carrier for the east side and south of the bridge in South Whitley, retired after 20 years 9 months. When Mr Kranfield started with the postal service in 1964, they had just started city delivery. He plans on taking care of the hope place and small farm north of South Whitley. He also plans quite a bit of traveling.
Mr and Mrs Charles L Spillman are the new owners of the Pierceton Motel as of April 22. They are from Milford and have three grown children. Mr Spillman is a retired postmaster in Milford and Mrs Spillman is a retired restaurant manager in Syracuse.
TV channel 33 in Fort Wayne will telecast “Champion of Champions” August 11. The program will present the grand champion steers from nine counties in Indiana. Rhonda Wilkinson of Route 2, South Whitley, will be present with her steer at the contest. She won Grand Champion at the Whitley County fair last week with her steer.
The Astros South Whitley Little League Baseball Team won the 1985 league championship. The members of the team were Chris Burnworth, Matt Anderson, Jeff Walpole, Josh Hatton, Geoff McManama, Danny Harper, Jason Harper, Matt McManama, T J Himes, Chris Street, Robert Lysaght, Chuck Chriswell and Angie Walpole (bat girl)
Isaiah Keavenny, a 4-year old from Pierceton, was playing hide and seek with his friends August 1. The friends hid in a cornfield but Isaiah could not find them. The friends came out of the cornfield, but Isaiah did not come out. Neighbors, family and the fire dept helped in the search and he finally came out of the field on Kings Highway by the Beyer farm.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursay, August 6, 1970
Craig Sherbahn, son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Sherbahn of rural route 1, South Whitley, was the recipient of the Carnation Farms Sportsmanship award presented at the 4-H Exhibition this week. The award was presented to Craig for his atitude to other showmen during the beef show
The Mizpah Temple Band, who was highly honored at the recent National Shrine Convention in Indianapolis for taking first place in national competition for the best marching band with less than 50 men, will present a band concert here August 15th. The concert will be held in conjunction with the 22nd triennial school reunion. The band is under the direction of Russell Wharton and the assistant director is Robert Kreckman.
The annual picnic for The Gripco Fastner Division was held August 8. Service pins were awarded to their employees with 5, 10, 15 or 20 years service.
Roger B Thomson was promoted to the position of manager of engineering for home entertainment products for Arvin Industries, Inc, Columbus, IN. Mr Thomson is the son of Mr and Mrs Ralph B Thomson of South Whitley and a graduate of South Whitley High School.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, August 11, 1960
Mrs Ruth Thomson was awarded a fifteen year pin for her service at the local telephone company. They had a party in her honor Monday morning and presented her with her pin. Mrs Thomson began working for the United Telephone Company in 1945 when the offices were above the Corner Cafe.
Jacob Kerch, 93, of Columbia City, won the oldest resident loving-cup this afternoon at the 57th Old Settler’s Day at Columbia City. The oldest continuous resident of Whitley County was also Mr Kerch, but since he won this honor last year, he was ineligible to receive the cup again. Mary Killian, who has lived her entire 93 years in Whitley County was the next longest continuous resident.
Miss Sophia Baker of South Whitley turned the first shovel of dirt to break-ground for the new Collamer Congregational Christian Church. Assisting Miss Baker was Dr Andrew Craig, the State Superintendent of the Congregational Christian churches.
Charles Harker of Chauncey Street in Columbia City, was named county chairman for the Whitley County Community Chest for 1960-1961. Mr Harker is a graduate of Columbia City High School.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, August 2, 1945
Work on the greatest dredging project of recent years in Whitley County began two weeks ago. Crews have begun dredging the Eel River on the west embakment close to the Stump Printing Office. The crews are working around the clock, but completion of the whole river is not expected until next year.
Twelve counties participated in the district 4-H Home Economics judging and demonstration contest held at the Columbia City school Thursday. Donna Enz of Washington township placed first in the judging of baked goods and Pollyanna Mink of Cleveland township placed in the “A” group in the demonstration contest. Hazel Goodrich, also of Washington township, placed third in clothing judging.
Harold F Tschantz and Charles M Bowerman purchased the South Whitley Tribune on July 26 and took possession August 1. Mr Tschantz, his mother and his family live on their farm in Jefferson township. Mr Bowerman has lived most of his life in Columbia City, but a few years were spent on his grandmother’s farm in Cleveland township.
Several boys left Columbia City Tuesday for their physical examinations for the military . From this area, were Harold Eugene Snyder, Eldon James Kuckuck and Frances Layman North.
Jack L Bishop, S 1-c, son of Mr and Mrs Clair Bishop of RR1, is serving aboard the USS Mobile in the Pacific. The Mobile is a light cruiser and ducked a dozen Kamikaze planes; evaded mines, torbedos and suicide boats in order to smash more than 350 Japanese shore targets on her way to victory on Okinawa.
Private 1st class Robert Salesman is home on a 30-day furlough, than will report to Camp Atterbury. From there, he expects to be sent to Mobile, Alabama. Pfc Salesman has recently returned from the European theatre of war.

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