2019-02-20 / Looking Back

Looking Back


Men pose outside Pierce Barn located on N. Washington St. in Delphi in 1904. Men pose outside Pierce Barn located on N. Washington St. in Delphi in 1904. From files of Carroll County Comet, Journal-Citizen, Hoosier Democrat, Delphi Journal, the Flora History website and the Carroll County Historical Museum.

10 YEARS AGO

No one in Carroll County seems content that the ambulance service was reduced to two ambulances for 2009 due to financial constraints. Several township trustees and advisory board members continue to explore the viability of partially funding the lost portion of the ambulance service to remedy the situation.

A proposed Tippecanoe River clean-up project in Carroll County hit a financial snag because the county needs to supplement the project financially with money that does not exist. According to Soil and Water District Conservationist Joe O’Donnell, the county received emergency watershed protection funds for 75 percent of the estimated $488,000 cost. The county will be responsible for 25 percent or roughly $122,000 to match the grant funds.

25 YEARS AGO

Delphi Focus on the Future Task Force continues making plans for positive changes in the city. The steering committee recently discussed the report from the Beautification and Community Pride Committee. The first effort was titled

“Adopt-A-Spot.” The project will be marked with a sign recognizing individuals or organizations that completed and maintained a site on either public or private land.

50 YEARS AGO

The Crimson Fog is a group of Carroll High School boys who play hard rock and psychedelic music. Their popularity has grown from playing teen dances at surrounding county schools. Members include Jeff Lowry, Bill Jones, Dudley Catron, Jerry Fife, Dan Shank and Bill Loudon.

US421 is listed in eighth place among Indiana’s 10 worst killer highways that death-trapped another 260 persons in 1968. There were 31 deaths on the 254 miles of highway, an average of one death for each 8.17 miles.

75 YEARS AGO

Oscar Stern, a 56-year-old Christian-Jew, spoke at the Camden Baptist Church about his treatment by the Nazis. He was born in Austria and served in the Austrian Army during World War I. In 1936 he was arrested for telling a Goering joke, tried and sentenced to one year in prison. While in prison, Stern was beaten by Nazi storm troopers and suffered a stroke. He was taken to a hospital and recovered enough to escape from the hospital in March 1937. He and his wife fled to England and now devote their lives to helping other Jews escape the Nazi regimen.

100 YEARS AGO

Marvin Sherman, the only living Mexican-American War soldier in Carroll County, and perhaps in the State of Indiana, died at his home in Camden from complications of diseases. He was 92 years, eight months and 14 days old. Sherman was born Nov. 4, 1827, in Ohio and did yeoman service for his country during the dark days.

Harry Dudley of Flora, son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Dudley, enjoyed the distinction of being the chief electrician with the wireless on board the George Washington during U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s journey to Europe. He was also placed in charge of the radio work at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.

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