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August 9, 2020

4/29/2020 1:26:00 PM
100 Years Ago
Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library
Shepherds’ Cabin
Photo of the cabin of William Allen Shepherd - Those in the picture are said to be left to right William Allen Shepherd his son in law James Abbott and William's wife Sarah Ellen (James) Shepherd, child unknown. James Abbotts wife (Frances Eve Shepherd) died sometime after the birth of her second child which was in 1887 so the child could be one of theirs. There is no date with this picture. The Shepherds lived near Commiskey.
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Shepherds’ Cabin

Photo of the cabin of William Allen Shepherd - Those in the picture are said to be left to right William Allen Shepherd his son in law James Abbott and William's wife Sarah Ellen (James) Shepherd, child unknown. James Abbotts wife (Frances Eve Shepherd) died sometime after the birth of her second child which was in 1887 so the child could be one of theirs. There is no date with this picture. The Shepherds lived near Commiskey.

Tracy Eder


Those running on the republican ticket are: sheriff, Albert Wilds of Geneva Township and Charles Schwacke of Center Township; treasurer, Harry Y. Whitcomb of Spencer Township and Hugh L. Wandall of Vernon Township; recorder, John R. McCaslin of Center Township; recorder, James W. Feagler of Center Township and Henry I. Fink of Campbell Township.

High Honors

Edgar L. Thompson, Scipio, recently received one of the highest honors that Purdue University bestows upon engineering students when he was elected to membership in Tau Seta Pi, the honorary engineering fraternity. Thompson is a junior student in the Mechanical Engineering school and in addition to standing at the head of his class in scholarship, is prominent in student and university activities. Eighteen other members of the Junior class were elected to membership at the same time.

Child Injured

Burt Baker, the 13 year old son of George Baker who resides in the Four Corners neighborhood is nursing an injured hand which is the result of a dynamite cap explosion. The boy had found the camp and was boring a hole in it with his pocket knife when the thing exploded tearing the flesh from his left hand. The accident occurred Wednesday of last week. The wounded member is healing nicely and it is believed that there will be no serious permanent result.

Belt Factory

J.H. Gilmer, proprietor of the Universal Endless Belt Company's plant in this city left Monday for New York City and other eastern plants on business connected with the plant. Mr. Gilmer is contemplating the installation of power looms in the factory to take the place of the hand looms now in operation.

Election Board

The election board has been organized as follows: Deputy County Clerk Welker, Lloyd Hudson, and John Shinault. They held their first meeting last week and made up the ballots to be used at the primary to be held May 4th.

Buys Plant

During the past week Jacob St. John of Scipio purchased the E. Lowe Fertilizer Plant located at Westport and will run it in connection with his Scipio Plant.


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Classified Ads

Lost-Strayed or Stolen: One lemon and white small and spayed pointer bitch, answers to the name of DIG. Fred Vergarg.
I have a boy 12 years old whom I want placed on farm this summer. Nelson Leonard, Vernon, Ind.
For Sale: Base Burner, nearly new, worth $115 wholesale. Will sacrifice for $50. Inquire of Miss Hazel Orrell at Cosmas Confectionary.
Parrot Talks
New York: April 17. "What the hell! What the hell! Shrieked a parrot in an East Side tenement where a homemade still had exploded as firemen dashed into the flat. Nobody answered.


The body of Mrs. Fount Childs whose death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Mote at Indianapolis Friday, April 16, was brought to this city Sunday and taken by Undertaker Dowd to Hayden where funeral service was held at the Baptist Church. The burial took place in Hayden Cemetery.
Sherman Kelso, aged 53 years, died at East St. Louis Thursday, April 15. The body was brought to Seymour Saturday, April 17 where the funeral service was held and burial took place. He was formerly a resident of Seymour, was a railroad man, and was well known in this city.


Donald Dudley has gone to Indianapolis to work.
Mrs. Silas Moore and son, George, returned home Monday. They were called to Greenfield last week on account of the death of Mrs. Moore's father.
A new hitch rack has been put up by the Mason Lodge between their building and the Bank.
Dr. Kidd and wife arrived on Wednesday of last week from Florida.
Mrs. Jane Hutton is some better at this writing.
Mrs. Sarah Miles of North Vernon was a recent guest at the home of T.O. Clarkson and family.
Gravel is being hauled for the new garage which will be built soon by Tony Matthews.
Dale Dudley started on Friday for Saskatchewan, Canada where he expects to remain for at least two years.
Mrs. Letha McManaman and son, John, were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Barnes.

Bennetts Branch

Mr. And Mrs. Jacob St. John and daughter, Vera, and Mr. and Mrs. Delray maudlin of Scipio spent Sunday with Lee Wilkerson and family.
Virgil Fenley of North Vernon spent Thursday with his parents, Geo. Bennett and wife.
Ed Bennett visited relatives at North Vernon Friday.
Joe Osborn and family of Scipio were guests of Geo. Bennett and family on Sunday.
Murl Fenley underwent an operation in her nose at Seymour last week.

Two Mile

School closed at Elliott school on Thrusday, the patrons honored the teacher and pupils with a nice dinner. A fine social time was enjoyed by all and several prizes were given the pupils on map drawing.
Aaron Wire spent Monday night and Tuesday with his brother, F.M. Wire near Columbus.
Bernie Wire was visiting friends near Seymour Saturday night.
Grandpa Foster is under the doctor's care.
Rose Spear visited Mrs. Otto Funke Wednesday afternoon.

Rabbit Plains

Omer Dilk, east of here, is seriously ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright Witter spent Sunday with Jas. Morris and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Bank Bland spent SUnday with Ben, Mart, and Ella Bland.
Ash Lane
Fred Vincent and wife of Rush Branch were business callers here last Wednesday.
Mrs. Carrie Ross made a trip to Sellersburg last week.
Fred Hoffman and family and Chas. Johnson motored to North Vernon Thursday.
Jack Hardesty and son, Luke, of near Grayford were Saturday night guests of Fred Perry and wife. Mr. Hardesty's old neighbors are glad to see him come back at any time.


An old soldier by the name of Moore died at his home here last Saturday night. During the icy time this winter he fell and was injured and never recovered and for several weeks has suffered greatly. Funeral tomorrow, April 20th, at the home. Burial is to be in Illinois.
Riley Vivens of Alert has moved his family to this place.
The family of Homer Simmons are recovering from an attack of ptomaine poisoning. One of the younger children has the measles.
Vincent Rogers of North Vernon moved his family here last week.
Thomas Edgar Eddleman, age 6 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eddleman, died after a short illness of spinal meningitis. He leaves his parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral at the home Sunday afternoon and burial in Westport Cemetery.
Nathan Baker has sold his 47 acre farm to Anderson Hessler.

Rush Branch

Helen and Dorothy Berry were guests of Catherine Pettit near North Vernon several days last week.
John Losey and family drove to Vernon one Sunday recently and spent the day with his parents.
High school closed last Friday after a very successful term of seven months. The teachers, Miss Wickens and Miss Fields were well liked by all the pupils.
Elmer Dudley of Hopewell was in our vicinity papering for several families last week.
Lambert Runyan visited Guy Brooks Sunday.


On last Friday a number of friends spent the evening with Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Wilkerson the occasion being Mr. Wilkerson's birthday. The evening was spent in music and dancing. Fruit punch was served. Those present were Will Hutchings and wife and little son, Dr. Wilson and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Whitcomb, Mrs. Florence Wilkins, Misses Helen and Mary Bundy, Eunice Amick, Opal Carmichael, and Goldie Herring of Alert, Claude Carmichael, Clyde Wilson, George Amick, Will Blank, Raymond McCullough and Mr. Biddinger of Westport.
Word has been received that Claud Amick, formerly of this place, is married.
The Home Economic Club met at the home of Mrs. Pearl Arbuckle last Thursday afternoon. A very enjoyable afternoon was spent.
Announcements of the wedding of Edith Ira Delaplane to William Tharp, both of Dayton, Ohio, were received here Saturday and Monday.
Louise Hearne is visiting her brother, Roy Hearne at North Vernon.
George Amick was at Columbus Thursday.
Clifford Whitcomb and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Butler.


Miss Minnie White of North Vernon visited Grandma Farran Wednesday evening.
Mrs. Frank Stearns has been seriously ill but is reported a little better.
Chris Dennerlein and children Lula and Clyde were at North Vernon Saturday evening.
Little James Williams has ben quite sick with cold but is better.
Mrs. Harry Hart of North Vernon was the guest of Armstrong Barkley and wife Sunday.

St. Ann

Mr. And Mrs. John Arney called on Joe Hill last sunday night.
Mat Ditlinger called on Mrs. Holderith last Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. M. Ley called on her son, Ed Ley, last Sunday.
There was a hop last Wednesday night at Jake Lauer's. A good time was reported.
Mrs. H. Turner entertained a friend from Cincinnati last week.

North Vernon

Mrs. Howard Couchman spent Tuesday at Seymour.
Joe Roseberry transacted business at Flint, Mich., the last of the week.
Meyer Ades transacted business in Louisville Wednesday.
E.P. Summerfield has bought the Rolla Davis property at the corner of Jackson and Vernon streets and will probably move there from his farm some time this summer.
Rolla Davis will leave this week for Sidney, Ohio, where he will reside with his son, Frank Davis and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hallawell of Louisville, spent Sunday here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hallawell and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rettig.
Mrs. Morton McNeeland and little granddaughter, Mary Michael of Holton were in this city Saturday on their way home from a visit with relatives at Letts, Ind.
Miss Regina Eder spent Sunday with friends at Cincinnati.
Otto Talkington of Indianapolis was in this city the first of the week.
Mrs. Monroe Greeman and little son returned to their home at Bloomington Friday after a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Connolley.
Charles Hicks of Indianapolis spent Sunday here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hicks.
Joe Hillerman spent Sunday with friends at Indianapolis.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stewart have returned to Indianapolis after a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McLaughlin.
Oliver Brougher and family have moved to their ranch west of Anaheim.

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