Thursday, January 20, 2011

Remember When for January 19, 2011

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Paragon Medical entered into an agreement to purchase the Smithfield, Utah, production facility of DePuy Mitek, a Johnson and Johnson Company.
The Indiana Department of Educaion in Indianapolis has furnished their lobby space to Indiana’s art students.  Whitko art students have five of the twelve available spaces.
JD’s Riverside Cafe closed for the holidays and will reopen with new owners.  The present owners are Jerry and Deb Rossfeld and sale of the business is pending.
Ted Knafel, a 26 year veteran of the Indiana State Police, announced his plans to run for the office of Whitley County Sheriff. Ted grew up on a farm near Ligonier and married Janet Lefever of Columbia City.
Whitko High School BPA students earned numerous awards at the district competition held January 14.  In 17 categories, Whitko won 46 awards, including seven first place awards.
Pierceton Elementary School second graders received a letter of thanks from victims of Hurricane Katrina. The students sent books and a volunteer delivered them to Louisiana where they found the victims most appreciative of their kindness.
Indiana University-Purdue University awarded degrees to the following Whitko High School graduates.  Mary Miller, of South Whitley, a bachelor’s degree in Science; Tracy Howard, of Pierceton, a bachelor’s degree in education; Courtney Eyer, of Larwill, bachelor’s degree; and April Schuman, of Larwill, associates degree in education.
On January 13, fourteen 4th and 5th grade students from Pierceton Elementary School competed against each other in the National Geographic Geography Bee.  By a margin of one question in the tiebreaker round, Stephanie Wheeler, a fifth grader, took the victory.  Austin Singer, a fourth grader, took the second place position.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 24, 2001
A Dollar General store opened in the former Pierceton Market on the southside of town.  A formal opening was scheduled for Thursday of this week.
The Whitko Sunshine Society raised $4,121.16 for Riley Children’s Hospital during the queen contest fundraiser. Lisa Wilkinson was crowned as this year’s Sunshine Queen.
Linda Clark was promoted to purchasing director at Whitley Manufacturing.  Linda has 26 years of purchasing and cost analysis experience.
Woody’s Steakhouse on US 30, formerly the Wagon House, is planning many changes.  They currently have a challenge to see if anyone can eat a 72 ounce ribeye dinner within an hour, if so, the dinner is on the house.  Owner James Woodcox and his staff offers excellent service and food.
In the fifth grade Journal Gazette-sponsored spelling bee at the South Whitley Elementary School this week, Jed Magnus was declared winner after correctly spelling the word “scenewright”.  Jed is the son of Don Magnus of North Manchester.  The runner-up was Laura Kessie, daughter of Mr and Mrs Kent Reece of South Whitley.
Whitko High School Business Professionals of America had 13 members competing at district leadership conference at Warsaw’s Ivy Tech campus on January 20.  All 13 members advanced to the state competition held March 17-20 in Indianapolis.
Renee Harris, sophomore at Ball State University, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, Ball State’s Honors Society.  Renee is the daughter of Stephen Harris of Warsaw and Kevin and Deb Shoemaker of South Whitley.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 22, 1986
A State Board of Accounts audit revealed a shortage of nearly $11,000 from the South Whitley clerk-treasurer’s office.  The audit report showed that between July 1983 ad October 1985, clerk treasurer Harold King did not make any deposits of utility payments or other town receipts.
Geoffrey Herbst, of South Whitley, currently South Whitley’s town marshal, announced his bid for Whitley County Sheriff in the May 6 election.
Jack Thomson was appointed to the position of manufacturing manager of the Gripco Fastener Division.    Jack joined Gripco in 1952 and has been production manager of the plant since 1969.
Libby and Larry Reynolds, owners of the stately home on North State Street in South Whitley, asked residents of the area for any and all information they may have about the house, formerly known as “The Old Hotel”.  They intend to renovate the property so it may be on the National Register of Historic Homes list.
Liesl Boggs, daughter of Mr and Mrs Linden A. Boggs of Pierceton, was accepted by Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Spec 4 Jacqueline M Reynolds, daughter of Andrew J. and Ora Reynolds of Pierceton, has re-inlisted in the US Army for four years.  Reynolds is an administrative specialist with the dental activity and is a 1982 graduate of Whitko High School.
Frank Bush, owner of Investors’ Realty of Warsaw, was elected president of Indiana CCIM Chapter No. 32 of the National Association of Realtors.  CCIM’s are individuals who, by education, experience, knowledge of the marketplace, are experts in commercial investment real estate. 
Tom Kessie and Dan Porter joined the South Whitley volunteer fire department.  Last week, the new members began training by learning the vrious equipment and procedures. With the gain of these two new members, the department’s manpower is now 17.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 21, 1971
Out-going president Frank Wiley turned over the gavel to Jim Bayman, the new president of the
South Whitley Chamber of Commerce.
The Whitley County Rural Club received the bronze award during Rural Youth State Day at Purdue University.  The award is based on an evaluation of the club’s education, recreation and community service during the past year.
Sgt. David A Jagger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Jagger of South Whitley is . stationed in Vietnam.  Sgt Jagger has been in the Army for more than a year.
Peggy Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fisher of South Whitley; Deborah Donis, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs Harold Donis of Fort Wayne; and Anne Reicke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reicke, of Churubusco won the DAR Good Citizen award, presented each year by the Col. Augustin de la Balme chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.  They were selected by their classmates and faculty on the basis of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
The South Whitley Town Board proclaimed the observance of Jaycee Week in South Whitley. Those present for the signing were board president James Anderson, Richard Sanson, Max Glassley and Jaycee vice president  Kenneth Peoples.
The South Whitley Lions Club and a fish fry and they announced the  fourth grade students who made the most sales.  The winners were, Tracey Lancaster, first place; Colleen Kreider, second place; Stacey Rhoades, third place; Johnathan Myers, fourth place and Paula Germann, fifth place.
At the Community Garden Club meeting this week, Lucia Harley gave an interesting program on covered bridges of Indiana.  The state has about 112 covered bridges and various groups are trying to retain them for historical purposes.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 26, 1961
Jeannine Vance, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.. Homer Vance  of South Whitley, was appointed to a position in this year’s Women’s Glee Club at Manchester College.  Jeannine is a South Whitley High School graduate and is a freshman this year at Manchester College.
Local chairmen of he new Mothers March on Polio met in South Whitley and Cleveland Township are preparing for the drive here on January 31. Mrs. Richard Yarnell will head the drive in the east part of South Whitley; Mrs. Gene Lancaster will head the drive on the west side of town; and Mrs. Carper Hathaway will head the drive through the township.
Metzger Brosl, of South Whitley, is the owner of two registered Guernseys which have completed official HIR production records, according to the American Guernsey Cattle Club.  Joans Butterfat Prudence, a 12-year-old, produced 10,744 pounds of milk and 506 pounds of fat in 305 days.  She was milked two times daily.  South View Scouts Josephine, a five year old, produced 11,135 pounds of milk and 562 pounds of fat in 305 days.  She was also milked two times daily.
John Pettigrew of Columbia City was elected president of the Whitley County 4-H Tractor Maintenance Club.  Other elected officers included Jim Pettigrew, Columbia City, vice-president; and David Rouch, Columbia City, Secretary-Treasurer.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 17, 1946
The local chairman of the Victory Clothing Drive, Mr George Talbert, requested all clothing donations to be made at the Grip Nut Company this week.  Reports are coming in from all over the world expressing gratitude to the American people for their donations last spring.  This winter, more than 300,000,000 war victims are dealing with poverty, disease, cold and hunger.
T. Sgt. Donald Miller arrived home Friday, discharged from the US Army after servicing two years.  He has returned from overseas after 15 months of service where he was a member of the Engineer’s Part and Supply Company bases on New Guinea and Leyte.
The South Whitley Bulldogs Whitley County Basketball Champions retained their crown and title Saturday night.  The Bulldogs defeated Churubusco in the opening game, 40-26.  Washngton Center was defeated next with a score of 47-34, then Coesse was beaten, 37-29, in the finals.
Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Tagmeyer, son of Mrs Velma Tagmeyer of Fort Wayne and grandson of Mrs Mary Gingher of South Whitley, twice-wounded veteran of World War II and holder of a Purple Heart, is already making plans when he is released from the hospital a year from now.  He plans to enter a Chicago art school and take courses in cartooning with the assistance of the GI Bill of Rights.

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