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100 Years Ago
Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library
Harmony Hill School
This school was located in Bigger Township on the south side of the land owned by Joshua Vickers Milhous. It was to the north and west of the little town of Benville.  When the Jefferson Proving Ground took over it included Benville and displaced its residents. —Photo courtesy of Sheila Kell
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Harmony Hill School

This school was located in Bigger Township on the south side of the land owned by Joshua Vickers Milhous. It was to the north and west of the little town of Benville.  When the Jefferson Proving Ground took over it included Benville and displaced its residents. —Photo courtesy of Sheila Kell

Tracy Eder

Library Dedicated

The dedication and formal opening of the Jennings County Library took place Saturday, April 10, an all-day program being rendered. The morning was occupied by a children's hour when the children were entertained with stories by the librarian, Miss Elizabeth Ronan, and piano selections by Master Hanley Cartwright of Vernon. There were 90 children present for this feature.

The reception for the afternoon ceremonies began at one o'clock when visitors were received by Miss Ronan, assisted by the members of the Library Board. During the hour's reception in the library room, the people were entertained by selections on the Victrola. After the guests were received they were shown to the auditorium in the basement where the afternoon's program was given.

The members of the Jennings County Library Board are: J.N. Culp, Mrs. Alice Wohrer, Everett Bemish, Mrs. Eula Hutchings, Mrs. Fay Hargesheimer, and Frank Layman. These men and women were present and assisted Miss Ronan in greeting the visitors and showing them through the building.

The building both in exterior and interior appearance is a thing of beauty. The main floor is occupied by the library's office, the book racks, a reading room for adults and a reading room for children. The walls and ceiling are artistically decorated and the Indiana Painters' Exhibit, which was on exhibition on the day of the opening, added to the artistic appearance of the room. In the basement is an auditorium for lectures or organization meetings, a club room, a restroom for women and a room for use in sorting books before sending them to the library room.

The new library is fast becoming more and more appreciated by the people of the county. Every day brings new registrations and a large number of books are circulated each week.


Mrs. Emma Euler entertained the following people at dinner at her home in the Zion neighborhood on Sunday, April 11. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marsh of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. James Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Beatty of Hayden, Mrs. E.H. Sullivan, Mrs. Lou Lattimore of Vernon, Louis Kestner and Mrs. Wm. Stewart of Indianapolis, Miss Josie Woodward, Miss Helen Beatty, Master Robert Beatty and Bruce Hillerman.

Marriage Licenses

David H. Dodson, Holton, and Rosa Davidson, Nebraska; Osceola Wlaker, Butlerville, and Margaret Heaton, Hayden; Maurice Wesley Coryea, Seymour, and Doris Lattimore, North Vernon; Charles Ames Graham, North Vernon, and Mildred Dores James, North Vernon; Clarence Raymond Parks, Brewersville, and Jessie Snuffin, Brewersville; Vernon Brooks, Butlerville, and Zenith Fall, Dupont.

Mrs. Catherine Shulthies, aged 52 years, died at her home at Grammar Friday, April 9th. Funeral service was held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church on Monday morning and the burial took place in Garland Brook Cemetery. Mrs. Shulthies has an adopted son, Homer Ogden of this city. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of this city.
Jacob Henninger, 86 years, died at his home at Vernon Sunday, April 11th. Funeral service was held at the Presbyterian church at Vernon Tuesday and the burial took place in Vernon Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and three children, Nellie Eastham, Mrs. Ida Hengstler, and Rev. George Henninger.
Jonathan Overturf, aged 73 years, died at his home in this city at 3 o'clock Friday, April 9. Funeral service was held at the residence at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. W.H. Davis of the First Baptist Church. Interment took place in the City Cemetery.
Mrs. Olive Wilson, 80 years, died at her home in Ripley County, Friday morning, April 9th. Funeral service was held at the residence Sunday afternoon.

North Vernon
Miss Mildred Kelley returned to her home at Iuka, Ill., Monday after a visit with her aunts, Mrs. Wm. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Mary Westover.
Miss Anna Kirsch visited friends at Queen-sville Friday.
J.T. Roseberry made a business trip to Toledo, Ohio, the last of the week.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Allen on Friday, April 9th, a daughter, Marie.
Miss Gertrude Berman spent Sunday at Indianapolis.
Mrs. Alvin Wetzel and children spent the last of the week with relatives at Bedford.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hughes attended the funeral of Mrs. Frank Firth at Milan Monday.
Lincoln Dixon left Wednesday on a business trip to Washington, D.C.

C.C. Jordon is still confined to his room.
Joe Stearns and wife have bought Bessie Frecking's house and will move there soon.
Mrs. Ella Lamb and daughter have bought where Joe Stearns lives and will move soon.
W are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Charles Tiffany of Zoar. She formerly lived here and had lots of friends.
Mrs. Ed J ordan was called form Indianapolis on account of the death of her uncle, Jacob Henninger.
Miss Fanny Lamb has gone to Danville, Ind., to attend school.
Jim Shaw has moved his store to his new rooms which he bought form Harry Thompson.
We were sorry to hear of the death of little Louis Hulse of Grammar. He had the flu and then the sleeping sickness. Louis went to school here last winter and had lots of little friends that will miss him.
Miss Gladys Hulse has returned from Scipio where she has been visiting her sister.

Henry Cooper shipped two calves Tuesday.
Mrs. Frank Stearns is on the sick list.
Many of the friends of Mr. Will Miller gathered at his home on Saturday evening to celebrate his birthday anniversary. Mr. Miller was somewhat surprised but a general good time was enjoyed by all. Refreshment of cake and coffee were served.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Earl of North Vernon spent Wednesday of last week with Mrs. George Turner.
Mrs. Charles Curtis spent Thursday at North Vernon with her sister, Mrs. Anna Tripp, who is visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Verbarg.

Ash Lane
Mrs. Iva Shepherd of North Vernon spent Saturday and sunday with her parents, Gobin James and wife. They are both in very poor health.
T.L. Thomas' sale was well attended and things sold for a good price.
Sam Johnsons entertained with a party Saturday night. The party was at their vacant house over on the bluff. It certainly is a dandy place for a party.
Mrs. Melissa Speckerhoff of Seymour visited her daughter, Mertie James a few days last week.
James Dixon, who has been staying with his daughter, Mrs. Hattie Hartwell for several months, has left for the summer.

Miss Olga Smith of North Vernon called on Olive Rush and attended Sunday school on Sunday afternoon.
Ab King and daughter, Amy, spent Sunday at W.T. Holsclaws.
Ray Walker closed a very successful term of school at Oak Dale last Friday. The patrons came with full to overflowing baskets of the many good things to eat and at noon the tables were filled from the baskets and surrounded by the children and visitors and think it safe to say all did ample justice. At 1:30 the programs began which was rendered by the pupils consisting of songs, recitations and dialogues. Those present spent a very enjoyable day.
Miss Pearl Wickens had as her weekend guest, Miss Beach of San Jacinto.
Miss Opal Beck of Ebenezer was the guest of Nadine and Martha Carson and attended the last day of school at Oak Dale last Friday.

Indian Creek
John Adolph's sale was well attended last week. Mr. Adolph will move to Seymour.
Mr. Nealis had a good cow killed Sunday by a limb being blown from a tree by the wind.
Edith Haines had for her guess Sunday Florence Reim, Ida Nealis, and Grace Nealis.
Mrs. Nelson Evans is some better at this writing.
Mrs. John Hall killed two large spreading vipers last Friday afternoon.
The Glitzner school closed Tuesday without the uses big eats.
Mr. Wright spent Sunday on his farm on the Hayden pike.

Pleasant Hill
Mrs. Aaron Euler and children of North Vernon were week-end guests of Mrs. Mary Murphy and family.
Fred Fetter of Vernon was a Sunday visitor at the home of Clarence Dawson and family.
Charles Randall and Monroe Thomas of Vernon spent Sunday at the country home of the former's here.
Will Randall and family visited her mother, Mrs. Charles Zeigler at Vernon Sunday.
Christian Pohler has moved his family to Indianapolis.
The Misses Trapp, Frances Welker and Martha Nauer of Vernon were entertained by Miss Florence Brooks Sunday.

Oak Grove
Mr. And Mrs. James Kysar attended the dedication of the new Library at North Vernon Saturday.
Miss Doris Hoffman was a Sunday dinner guest of Opal Wilkerson and attended Sunday school at Weston.
George Berry drove to Austin on Saturday and visited his grandfathers, Mr. Berry and Mr. Owens over Sunday.
John Kipper and wife and Everett Hare were Sunday evening visitors at Willie Hess'.
A.F. Deputy's hand which he hurt one day last week, is better at this writing.
Harry Hart, who is employed at Anderson, spent Sunday here with his wife at the home of her father, Charles McClellan.

The funeral services of Mrs. Poole, a former resident of this place, were conducted Wednesday at the Presbyterian church.
John E. Amick and wife attended the funeral of rev. Todd at Franklin last Wednesday.
Robert Amick, who has been ill, is better at this writing.
Mary Amick was a business visitor at Columbus Thursday.

St. Ann
Joe Hill and family called on relatives last Sunday.
Joe Eder was home with his parents over Sunday.
Geo. Eder and wife of near North Vernon called on his brother, J.G. Eder last Sunday.
On Monday, April 12, George A. Daeger celebrated his 72nd birthday anniversary. The following were guests at the Daeger home: Mr. and Mrs. Ben Beck, Jack Presser and Frank Daeger of Indianapolis, Miss Clara Daeger of Greensburg, Leo and Fred Daeger of Cincinnati, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Daeger and Jake Lauer of this place.
Allen Holderith and lady friends called on friends last Sunday.

Mr. And Mrs. Henry Denton were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Denton.
Mrs. Estella Farran and daughter, Miss Hazel were at Seymour Monday to see the doctor. Miss Hazel has had her tonsils removed.
The Butlerville All Stars played ball with the boys at the State Farm Sunday which resulted in a victory for the Butlerville boys.
Quite an accident happened at the State Farm one day last week which might have proved a more serious one. Henry Denton and Joe Williams, one of the Reformatory boys, were on a load of hay and as they were coming on to the stone arch bridge, the wheel of the wagon struck the stone wall, throwing Denton over the wall and Williams to the pike. They both sustained bruises but were not hurt seriously.
Merlin Swarthout is real sick with typhoid fever.
Abe Spears of New Marion visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Daubenheyer Sunday.
Mrs. H.W. Edwards was a Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Moore.
Mrs. Bertha McClure and daughter Miss Margaret returned to Milan on Monday after a visit at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Hutton.

Quite a number from here attended the commencement at Butlerville Friday night.
Robert Struben was shopping in Cincinnati Wednesday.
It is the report that there will be a dance in each hall next Saturday night.
William Woolf and family were calling on Chris Hiedecker and family Sunday.
James Toole returned to his work Monday morning at Cincinnati after being at home three weeks on account of sickness.
John Reese and wife, Mrs. Margaret Reese, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tempest and son, Ed Tempest and Aunt Mary Stapleton, Bruce Renfro, James Toole, Mrs. G.A. Klayer and daughter, were callers at North Vernon Thursday.

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