2019-02-06 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Tot Douglas piloted a plane for Ambrose Harness somewhere near Burlington in 1915. Tot Douglas piloted a plane for Ambrose Harness somewhere near Burlington in 1915. From files of Carroll County Comet, Journal-Citizen, Hoosier Democrat, Delphi Journal, the Flora History website and the Carroll County Historical Museum.


The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) granted a special exception to permit a commercial hunting operation in an agriculturally zoned district. The request was granted to Camp Kay Outfitters owned by Mark Liebner, who has leased approximately 2,100 acres in Deer Creek, Rock Creek and Adams townships.

Delphi Mayor Randy Strasser is concerned about what might happen to township money for the fire department if the Kernan-Shepard report becomes law. Delphi is a partner in the Delphi Tri-Township Fire Department. “Legislators are moving toward eliminating township trustees by the end of 2010,” Strasser said.


Birthright of Delphi opened its doors to single and married women who find themselves in a crisis situation due to pregnancy. The non-profit, nondenominational and nonjudgmental organization is staffed by volunteers and offers maternity and baby clothes, medical and legal assistance, information materials and referrals for special needs.


The Flora Town Board discussed the moving of the old Pennsylvania Railroad depot in Flora. The board offered to sell the 18x40 building for $1 to anyone who is interested with a guarantee that it will be either moved or torn down by March 1.

A notice was posted at the Norfolk and Western Railroad Station in Delphi that the only two passenger trains still operating through Delphi will be discontinued by March 3. The last run of train No. 301 between Detroit and St. Louis and train No. 304 that stopped in Delphi will be discontinued if the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D. C., receives no objections at least 15 days before the March 3 deadline.


Wounded six times, hero of nine parachute jumps behind enemy lines, wearer of the Order of the Purple Heart, veteran of the invasion of North Africa, Sicily and Salerno, James Chambers of Clymers faces the prospect of either going back to school or going to work. His superior officers in Italy discovered that he was only 17 years old after he had been overseas nearly two years. How he happened to be passed by recruiting officers when he was only 15 is a “military secret.” Discharged, he tried to enlist in the aviation cadets, only to find he must have his parent’s written consent and wait until his 18th birthday on Oct. 18, 1945. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chambers of Clymers would not give their consent. They thought he had done enough at least until he could enter the Army legitimately.


Charles Watson’s general store in Clymers was totally burned when a blaze started after 8 o’clock and gained such headway that little could be done to save the structure. Almost the entire population of Clymers joined in to fight the fire and protect property. The loss was placed at $2,750. The Post Office and the Interurban Railroad Station were located in the store and both the government and traction company sustained losses.

George Chapman, a lifelong farmer of Carroll County, leased the north portion of the I.O.O.F. building in Deer Creek and remodeled it in preparation to open a general store in February. The south half of the building was remodeled to accommodate Dr. T. L. Cooper.

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