Fulton County, Indiana


From The Rochester News-Sentinel


Selected, copied and indexed by Wendell C. Tombaugh

Special thanks to Jack K. Overmyer for suggesting the Title..

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Popular Orchestra Leader Died

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 3, 1936

          Earl Burtnett, popular orchestra leader, died in a Chicago hospital yesterday from peritonitis, which developed after an emergency operation for appendicitis.  Burtnett’s home was in Harrisburg, Pa.  He had composed a number of songs.  Burtnett lead his band at the Colonial Hotel and Gardens during a dance several years ago.



Class at Richland Center

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 3, 1936

          The Adult Educational class meeting next Monday evening at 7:00 o’clock in the Richland Center School building will study the possibilities of securing local rural electrification.  These meetings are held each Monday evening and are sponsored by the State.  There is no charge.  The farm families of both Fulton and Marshall counties are invited.



Purchased by Dale Bibler at Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 4, 1936

          Dale Bibler, of Fulton, and a former resident of Kewanna, has purchased the meat market equipment in a store located at Kewanna from Woodson Nelson and has moved the equipment to Fulton.






Will Have Electric Lights

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 4, 1936

          Members of Burton Methodist Church west of this city are equipping the church with an electric light and power plant.



Named Highway Supt.

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 7, 1936

          The Fulton County commissioners at their meeting today named Lyman Burkett, county surveyor, as county highway superintendent for the coming year.

          The commissioners decided to combine the office of highway superintendent and surveyor as is permissible under a law which was passed by the 1935 legislature.



Eulogy in Delco Doings

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 7, 1936

          The Delco Doings, a weekly paper published by the employees of the Delco plant at Dayton, Ohio, had the following comment to make on the death of Walter Ross, former resident of this city, who died in a hospital at Dayton, Ohio several weeks ago.

          “Fighting to the last like the brave campaigner he has been throughout life, Walter Ross passed on to his eternal reward Friday, December 20.  There were few if any harder working, more conscientious leaders of men and the loss of Walter will be keenly felt throughout the plant.

          “Mr. Ross came to Delco Remy in 1923 and was transferred to Delco Products in the fall of 1927.  Shortly after his transfer he was Assistant Chief Inspector for the position he held at the time of his death.” A picture of Mr. Ross preceded the comment on his life



Lease Standard Filling Station

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 9, 1936

          The Standard Filling Station located at the (SW) corner of Main and 3rd streets has been leased by E.L. (Peck) Clayburn and Miles Perschbacher.  The new lessees will continue to carry a most complete line of Standard Oil Co. Products as well as motoring accessories.



Locates Sisters Lost Since 1894

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 11, 1936

          Willis Wellman, wealthy farmer, living north of Delong, has left for New Orleans where he will meet one of his two sisters whom he has not seen or had any trace of since 1894.

          From New Orleans he will go to Miami where another is living.  Until recently, when he by chance found a brother in Detroit, Mr. Wellman, the eldest, had not seen any member of his family since they separated, when their parents passed away.  Sixteen years old then, Wellman was the eldest of the family and was permitted to shift for himself.



Taken From Gettysburg Battle Field

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 15, 1936

          Probably few, if any of the students or faculty of the Rochester schools, know that on the campus to the south-east of the Central school building stands a tree of historic interest.  About the year 1890 when Miss Hermie Rees made a trip to Pennsylvania with her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. C. Hoover, who formerly lived near Gettysburg, and while on a visit to that famous battle-field at a point known as “Devil’s Den,” near “Little Round Top,” she pulled up a little cedar tree from possibly eighteen inches in heaght.  She brought it home in her trunk, and with her father she took it to the Central school building and planted it on a spot selected by the late James F. Scull, then superintendent of the city schools.

          Miss Hermie carried water and cared for the little tree in this location.  Since then it has grown some twelve or fifteen feet tall and will be a source of supply of the sprigs of evergreen for Decoration days and funerals of those grand old boys who wore the blue during the trying days of ‘61 to ‘65.  One worthy old veteran still remains to relate the deeds done in this bloody battle of Gettysburg.  This is Mr. Jacob Fogle of Rochester, Indiana.  All the others who fought so valiantly and courageously in this same battle have gone to a more peaceful home.  Many others are still living who have fought in the Civil War, some of whom perhaps have seen the former home of this little tree. So now, we the class of 1915, ask that the students of the Rochester schools see to it that the tree is properly preserved, that it may stand as a monument of the bloody days of July 1st, 2nd and 3rd,


1864, on that historic battleground.  -- From “Manitou Ripples” 1915.             



Vice-President, Indiana Livestock Breeders Assn.

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 16, 1936

          Lafayette, Ind., Jan. 16, (UP) -- Levi P. Moore, Rochester, was elected vice-president of the Indiana Livestock Breeders Assn. during a meeting of the organization here, yesterday.



Marjorie Whitney featured singer

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 16, 1936

          An attractive four-column illustration, depicting the King’s Jesters and their newly acquainted hot-cha, contralco songbird, Miss Marjorie Whitney, of Lincoln, Neb., was featured in the Sunday edition of the Detroit Times.

          The King’s Jesters, comprised of the little contralto, John Ravencroft, Francis Bastow, George Howard and Ray McDermott, are broadcasting daily at the Hotel Morrison in Chicago and also over the NBC.  The Jesters engaged the Miss Whitney when they heard her in person with an orchestra in Louisville, Ky., a few weeks ago.



Sold to Marvin Metz

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 28, 1936

          Marvin Metz today purchased the Dovichi Recreation Parlor at 711 Main Street and has taken possession.  In the future the parlor will be operated under the name of the Manitou Club.  Mr. Metz has closed his billiard room at 122 East Eighth street.



Doubled in Size

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 28, 1936

          Don Plank & Son have completed a new addition to their service station at 918-920 Main Street, and now operate there a fully equipped battery and tire shop.

          The new addition is 14 by 20 feet, which doubles the size of the original building.  The building is constructed of cement blocks.

          The station is equipped with the latest up-to-date Westinghouse Brake Down Tester and charger and necessary battery and tire tool.



To Remodel Book Store Building

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 31, 1936

          Another Rochester business building is soon to undergo complete modernization it was disclosed today.  The building is that now occupied by the A.L. Carter Book Store, which is situated on the west side of the public square, and is the property of A.L. Deniston, of this city. A new rough-faced brick front will be installed and a modern apartment will be built in the rear section of the second floor of the structure.  Two large rooms will be arranged in the front portion of the upstairs, these will be occupied by the Marinello Beauty Shop.  According to a statement made today by Mr. Deniston, the entire secnd floor will be completely remodeled, the ceiling is also to be lowered and three new low-type windows will be installed.  Likewise, the hall-way on both sides is to be improved and both interior and exterior of the building will be re-decorated.



Has 250 grandchildren

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 1, 1936

          Unusual to say the least is the family record of George W. Brooks, 92, one of Fulton County’s few remaining Civil War veterans, who lives at Disko. Consider these facts and then marvel: he is the father of five children, three of whom survive; the grandfather of 37 children; the great-grandfather of 107, and the great-great-grandfather of six.



Lost Key Found - Now in Safe Place

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 5, 1936

          In the cornerstone of the new federal building of Rochester is deposited a large wrought-iron key, which, if it were animated, could open the door to many a stirring pioneer memory.  It is the key which locked, or unlocked (which ever you prefer) the door of the first Fulton County jail.

          This was a two-story structure built of hewn logs 16x16 feet in dimension.  The building stood midway between what is now Madison and Monroe streets, due east of the court house.

          Entrance was from an outside stairway which opened into the upper room.


The lower floor was the cell, which was lighted by windows made secure by heavy iron bars.  The puncheon floor and the walls were driven full of old fashioned cut spikes which rendered an attempt at jail-breaking a pointed and perilous venture.  Singular, as it may seem, entrance to the cell was made only through a trap-door which opened from above.  A prisoner was required to descend to his cell by a ladder which was then drawn up by the officer in charge and the trap door made secure by a strong hasp. The first officer to preside over this public institution, which, if not impressive in size was at least unique in plan was Sheriff Benjamin C. Wilson.  In 1840 a man named Eno was incarcerated on the charge of horse theft.  As time passed his affable manner gained the confidence of the sheriff and he was regarded as a trusty.  One day the deputy brought an unusually good dinner to the jail, and the sheriff generously suggested that the trusty be invited to dine with them.  No sooner was the invitation tendered than it was accepted, the ladder was suspended through the trap door and the prisoner emerged.

          Inadvertently, the door to the outside stairway had been left ajar with the great iron key in the lock.  Eno’s eagle eye appraised the situation.  With a single lunge he leaped thru the doorway, slammed the door behind him and turning the key in the lock imprisoned both officers.  Two miles west of the Michigan road bridge he tossed the key into the thick growth of hazel-brush, which covered the river bank, and made his way on to the marsh land that surrounded the Kankakee river. Eno was recaptured after several years and in 1874 the iron key was found on the river bank and presented to Major Bitters, whose son placed it in the cornerstone, where safe keeping is insured.



Loss $75,.000

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 6, 1936

          Fire which started in the A.L. Carter book store, on the west side of the Public Square at 9 o’clock Wednesday night, destroyed three buildings and damaged several others before firemen from surrounding vicinities could assist the Rochester fire department in getting the blaze under control.  The damage is estimated from $70,000 to $100,000, practically all of which is covered by insurance.

Keller is a sergeant of the Indiana State Police, and is also a member of the Plymouth fire department.



          The fire was discovered in the Carter Book Store by Jack Adams, who turned in the alarm.  The fire started between the ceiling of the book store and the floor of the story above.  While it has not been determined exactly what caused the fire, it is thought a shorted wire was the origin of the blaze.

          The fire soon spread to the Boston Store, owned by the Boston Store of Peru, Ind., Incorporated.  This store is to the north of the Carter book store. A double fire wall, which separated the Carter store from the Arthur Miller Grocery, probably saved that building from burning.

          The buildings afire endangered the quarter block south from Eighth Street on Main.  In the same quarter block are the Dawson & Coplen drug store, Security Loan Company, John Hoover restaurant, Miller Grocery and the Levi Dry Goods store.  Cleon Kindig, operated a radio shop in the Carter store.

          These stores are all on the ground floor, while above them are the Rochester Telelphone Company offices, Dr. Harold Iler, dental parlor and apartment, Mrs. Della Pontius, beauty parlor and apartment, George Buchanan law and abstract office, Mrs. Nellie Bryant, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Snyder and Mrs. Minta Holman apartments.  The Levi and Boston stores, had goods stored in rooms above their places of business. It was quickly apparent that the Rochester fire department would have to have aid in fighting the blaze because of its size.  Calls were made to other cities and equipment from Peru, Logansport, Plymouth, Mentone, Argos and Akron, came here as detail of firemen from Warsaw.  Six lines of hose were used and after a stubborn fight of over an hour, the flames were placed under control.

          The buildings which were gutted by flames have been standing for a number of years.  The building housing the Carter store is owned by A.L. Deniston, and the Boston Store by Mrs. Charles Plank and Attorney Charles Campbell.  The south room of the Boston Store is owned by Mrs. Plank.  It suffered much more damage than did the north part, which is owned by Mr. Campbell.

          While it is impossible to state the loss of each of the stores it is estimated that the damage to the Carter store will be $5000, Boston Store, $20,000; Levi store $2500, due to smoke; Miss Nellie Bryant, $750; George Buchanan, $500, and Cleon Kindig, $600.  The fire loss at the three buildings will be at least, $20,000.  Smoke loss will be suffered at other stores and apartments in the quarter block.  Miss Nellie Bryant lost all of her personal effects and household goods.


          Many of the residents of Rochester came down town to watch the fire.  They congregated in the courthouse yard, across the street from the burning structures.  Many of the onlookers assisted in every way possible by helping to attach and straighten the fire hose and by carrying buckets of water.  Luckily the wind was blowing from the northwest and carried the sparks toward the large open space around the courthouse.  At times the fire mounted high while at other times huge clouds of smoke engulfed the buildings and public square.

          Many of the firemen who made the trip to this city suffered frozen hands and faces while riding on top of their unprotected equipment.  Other firemen suffered from the stinging cold.  Firemen were hampered in their efforts to fight the blaze by below zero weather which prevailed last night.  The damaged business houses are covered with ice which formed almost as soon as the water was played onto the blaze. It was at first feared that many valuable records had been burned.  Mr. Carter is the Rochester township trustee and the secretary of the Rochester Odd Fellows Lodge.  An examination today showed that the lodge records, which also included the 3800 grave registry of the Odd Fellows cemetery, were not damaged.  Some of Mr. Carter’s township records, especially those for the past 20 days, were destroyed. Police are guarding against any possible outbreaks of the fire which was still smoldering today.  Police are also on duty to stop the stealing of goods from the damaged places of business.

          Adjusters from insurance companies which held policies on the stores which were damaged by the fire last night, were in Rochester today.  It will be several days before they are able to determine the exact amounts of losses incurred by the persons whose buildings and places of business were damaged by the fire..



Recalled by Wednesday Blaze

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 6, 1936

          Rochester has just experienced its major conflagration of the present century.  The loss sustained in actual cash has not been determined, but the loss to our business life is manifest.  For most of us have witnessed the gutting of landmarks which have been part and parcel of Main street as far back as memory serves.   But to older citizens, it brings with certain significance the irony of an old axiom - “history repeats.”

          Sixty-one years ago, on January 12, 1875, Rochester citizens


watched flames ravage the same territory as the frame structures of that period went up in smoke.

          And, by a singular twist, it was then, as now, that the blaze started in a building owned by the late William H. Deniston.  Then, as now, the Peru Fire Department gave a helping hand.  And quite significant too, is the fact that both conflagrations were discovered at about 9 o’clock.  The fire of ‘75 at 9 a.m.; the blaze of ‘36 at 9 p.m.

                                      The Fire of 1875

          On the occasion of the other fire which wiped out half of the 800 block on Main street in 1875, Byron Dawson, brother of George V. Dawson, and then a correspondent for the Chicago Inter Ocean, wrote:

          “The largest fire ever experienced here, broke out this morning at 9 o’clock in the room occupied by the C.C. Wolf jewelry store, between South and Pearl streets on Main street, a small frame building owned by Deniston & Van Trump, from which place it moved north and south, licking up all buildings in its path, and leaving only a mass of smoldering ruins, where a few hours before stood the town’s business block.

          “The losses, beginning at the south limit (now the Mrs. Minta Holeman building, Levi Dry Goods store) are as follows: G.M. Sargent building, $400; E. Flynn, saloon, $500; Mrs. L.W. Holeman and Son building, $400; C.C. Wolf, jeweler, $1,000; G. Holzman, dry goods, $1,000; H.B. Jamison, attorney, $100; Utopia Dancing Club, $50; Feder & Silberberg, clothing, $1,000; Hugh Miller heirs, building, $3,200; Creditors of William Ashton, bankrupt, $4,500; Weidner & Bailey, saloon, $250; L.M. Downey building, $1,000; Mrs. G.L. Miller, millinery, $100; A.T. Bitters, Rochester Sentinel, $400; Calkins & Bick,, attorneys, $100; and notes belonging to clients, $3,000; J. Dawson, drugs; Courthouse cost, $50.  Total loss: $20,100.

          “Forty-five minutes after the telegram was sent to the Peru Fire Department, a locomotive on the I.P. & C. R.R. Steamed into town, bringing the apparatus; and Miami County firemen were at work trying to save their neighboring city from destruction.

          “So great was the excitement and interest that farmers poured into town from all the surrounding countryside.  The Rochester schools were dismissed at ten o’clock in order that school children might witness the most disasterous fire Rochester had ever known.




          Many took valuables from their homes, and sat guarding them in the bitter cold, others warmed their souls and spirits at the Barleycorn founts which lay in the path of, and were ravished by the flames.”



Purchased by Walter J. Brubaker

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 10, 1936

          The Earl Adams meat market, 900 Main Street, was sold today to Walter J. Brubaker. Mr. Adams, who has operated the market for the past several yars plans to move on the Adams farm located along the Tippecanoe river northwest of this city, in the spring.  The retiring proprietor has been in ill health for the past several months and it was due to this fact that he decided to return to the farm.

          Mr. Brubaker, who is also owner of the building which houses the meat market, has secured the services of Walter McGuire, an experienced meat market operator, to manage the market. The new management, however, stated today that they would in addition to their high quality shipped-in meats, also feature choice cuts of home-killed meats. Harold Newcomer, who was employed by the Adams market will be employed by Cloud & Sons in their meat department. .



Purchased by Isaac Onstott

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 13, 1936

          Isaac Onstott has purchased the building at 822 Main Street from Dr. William Hector, of Chicago a former resident of Rochester.  The consideration was not stated.  The sale was made several days ago but was not made public until today.  The building houses the Baxter 5c to $1 Store.  Mr. Onstott is the owner of the building at 824 Main Street which adjoins the building which he purchased from Dr. Hector.  The room at 824 Main Street houses the local Gamble agency.



Harry T. Greise, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 13, 1936

          Harry T. Greise Hibbing Minn., has taken over the Gamble Store  located at 824 Main Street.

          Mr. Greise is an experienced hardware dealer and has been employed in a Gamble agency in Hibbing for several years.



          Mr. Greise is married and is the father of three sons.  One of the sons, Howard, is helping his father in the store here.  The other sons will graduate from Hibbing High School this spring after which the family will move to this city.

          Don Olson, who has been the manager of the Gamble agency here since it was opened six months ago, has moved to Ely, Minn., where he will be in charge of another store of the agency.



Charles Green & Cleon Gilbert

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 13, 1936

          Several days ago Charles Green and Cleon Gilbert, who live on farms just north of Fulton, donned their ice skates and skated to Rochester on Road 25.  They covered the nine miles in one hour.



Purchased by Samuel Levin

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 14, 1936

          Abe Levi, Peru, summer visitor at Lake Manitou, has sold his junk shop in Peru to Samuel Levin, Warsaw.  Mr. Levi has been in ill health for several years.  He plans to move to California to reside.



Sell Akron Chevrolet Agency

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 21, 1936

          D.L. Alger of Wabash, has purchased the Chevrolet agency in Akron from Norman Stoner and Charles Kepler of this city.  The deal was made early this week.  Mr. Alger will open his new agency Saturday. Mr. Alger is no stranger to Akron as he formerly operated the Chevrolet agency there from 1930 to 1932.  He sold his business to the Kepler and Stoner company in 1932 and moved back to his home town of Wabash.

          Since leaving Akron he has been engaged in the automobile sale business, operating an agency for Plymouth and DeSoto cars.

          At present Mr. Alger plans to remain in the same building used by Kepler and Stoner.  He plans to move to Akron as soon as he can find a house.

          Mr. Stoner has no definite plans for the future but says he will remain in Akron for a few weeks selling the second hand cars he has.




Founded 1905 by Dr. W.S. Shafer

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 25, 1936

          On Thursday, November 2, 1905, the doors of Rochester’s first Hospital were swung open for the purpose of administering medical and surgical aid to all who desired hospitalization services.  This hospital, which was known as The Woodlawn, was founded by the late Dr. Winfield Scott Shafer.  It became a reality only after years of planning and personal sacrifices made by the Shafer family.

          During the first few years of its existence, numerous obstacles and hardships were encountered and surmounted, as a dubious public was reluctant to take advantage of the services of the small institution.  However, under the founder’s economic management and through his unfailing faith in belief that the hospital had an important duty to perform in this community, public confidence was established and the clientele of the instituton extended into the rural areas as well as the city.  From these earlier years, on through the regimes of the founder and his son the late Dr. Howard O. Shafer, the old Woodlawn Hospital kept pace with the public demands, undergoing an ever constant process of improvement.

          In the embryo days of Woodlawn, Dr. W.S. Shafer and his family resided in the down stairs section of the stately old frame building while the facilities of the hospital were confined solely to the upper floor of the structure.  The building which was once the private residence of the late Judge Sidney Keith was situate in a beautiful grove of stately oaks and maples, with an abundance of lawn which made the setting most ideal for the convalescents.

          The Dr. W.S. Shafer while primarily being wrapped up in the interests of Woodlawn, possessed that home-spun friendliness which kept him in close touch with all his patients and friends, whether their calls for service came from the city or from far corners of the county.  This humanitarian trait in the physician’s make-up made his duties doubly arduous and finally brought about a general break down of his rugged constitution.

          In reviewing briefly, the interesting career of Dr. W.S. Shafer, it may be stated he possessed a keen sense of humor and was never too busy to converse on the various topics of interest to his patients, and before departing from a professional call he would leave his patient in a most cheerful mental attitude through the administration of a goodly dose of dry, subtle humor.  He was a most proficient and skilled M.D.


and D.S. in every phase of the terms, but his professional ethics

were never allowed to overshadow his sincere love for fellowship with “those who had and those who hadn’t.” The founder of Woodlawn was a “commoner” in the truest meaning of the word.

          Many of his older friends, can without any overtaxing of their imagination, picture Dr. “W.S.” coming down Main street behind the steering rod of his old Brush auto, one of the first “horseless carriages” ever to chug down the business district of the then “all-horse” town.  The physician’s interests and progressiveness were never confined solely to his profession.  He was one of the founders of the Rochester Normal College, an enthusiastic worker for the Carnegie Library and a supporter of all worth-while civic projects.

          These dynamic traits together with an ever increasing demand for his services in surgery were dominantly instrumental in closing the career of one of Rochester’s foremost citizens and benefactors.  On January 23rd, 1916, Dr. Winfield Scott Shafer, founder of Woodlawn hospital passed away.

          Following the death of Dr. Shafer, his son, Dr. Howard O. Shafer, at the time house surgeon for the Marion Sims hospital of Chicago, forsaking a brilliant professional career in one of the nation’s largest cities, returned to Rochester and became head of Woodlawn.

          Possessed with those same sterling characteristics which so forcefully accentuated the interesting career of his father, Dr. Howard Shafer took up the work which was so deeply chrished by the founder.  Inasmch as the younger Dr. Shafer had had the advantage of obtaining his medical and surgical training a score or more years later than his father, he gradually introduced many innovations which broadened the surgical scope of the institution.

          Through the younger physician’s several years of experience in the Chicago hospitals, he had built up a most extensive clientele and consequently many of these Chicago people came to the Rochester institution for medical advice or surgical treatise.

          The younger surgeon, began to weaken under the terrific strain of countless operations and management and in the fall of 1928 he secured the services of Dr. Milton Leckrone, as head surgeon of the institution.  That this step, in the way of forestalling his failing health, was taken too late, was manifested when a few years after Dr. Howard O. Shafer succumbed, on July 21, 1931. Dr. Shafer was but a few years past the middle span of life.  No less loved than his father, the life and works of Dr. Howard O. Shafer will endure forever.


          After the death of Dr. H.O. Shafer, the heirs sold their interests in Woodlawn to Dr. Milton E. Leckrone.

          The official board of the old Woodlawn hospital was comprised of the following: Dr. Winfield Scott Shafer, president; Dr. Howard O. Shafer, vice president; Charles C. Brackett, secretary and Miss Ada Leonard, superintendent.  Of this original board all are deceased wih the exception of Miss Leonard, who at the present time is superintendent of a hospital in Middleton, Ohio.

          The personnel of the nursing staff during the earlier years of the institution included Miss Ada Leonard, Miss Polly Sparks, Miss Sadie Oliver, a Miss Woodrow, who was later to become Mrs. Stephen Newby, and Miss Carrier (Kammerer) Ginther.  During the time Woodlawn was under the supervision of Dr. Howard O. Shafer, Miss Caroline Hogue, was the superintendent of nurses.   Miss Hogue also served in the capacity of superintendent for Dr. Leckrone, for some time.  Mrs. Effie (Shafer) Brackett, daughter of the founder of Woodlawn is in the employee in a professional capacity of the new institution.  Mrs. Sarah Shafer, widow of Dr. W.S., resides with her daughter, Mrs. Brackett at 1017 Main Street.  Mrs. Howard O. Shafer, a daughter-in-law and County Auditor Robert W. Shafer, a son of the late Dr. W.S. Shafer, are also residents of Rochester.



Opened Office in Akron Today

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 28, 1936

          Dr. Virgil C. Miller, son of Mrs. Rose Miller of this city and a brother of the late Dr. Russell Miller, who died one month ago, started the practice of medicine in Akron Friday morning. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been an interne in the Epworth Hospital in South Bend since his graduation last spring. Dr. Miller attended Rochester High Schoiol, where he starred in basketball, football and track.  He is married.  Mrs. Miller is a registered nurse.



By Owner, Elmer Campbell

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 28, 1936

          Elmer Campbell, who has operated a bakery in Kewanna for over a year, this week closed the establishment and moved to Logansport, his former home.



Opens Cigar Store

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 28, 1936

          The cigar and billiard parlors located at 122 East 8th Street this city, which formerly were operated by Marvin Metz, will be opened for business Saturday, by Daniel M. Moore.  Mr. Moore comes to this city from Peru, Ind., where he also owns and operates a billiard parlor in that city.  He formerly resided in Henry Township, this county.



Retired Merchant Dies

The News-Sentinel, March. 2, 1936

          Charles Krisher, 87, retired grocer and prominent resident of Peru for many years, died of diabetes Sunday morning.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Moose lodges.  Mr. Krisher with his family spent a number of summers at Lake Manitou.



C. E. Carpenter

The News-Sentinel, March. 4, 1936

          C. E. Carpenter, Miami, Ohio, has been named Chesapeake and Ohio railroad day telegraph operator at Fulton.  George E. House, former operator at Fulton, has been transferred to Kewanna.



Transferred To Brook

The News-Sentinel, March. 7, 1936

          Ross Curless, the manager of the Standard Elevator Company at Kewanna, was transferred to the managership of the elevator at Brook.



Announce Birth of a Daughter

The News-Sentinel, March. 18, 1936

          Mr. & Mrs. Lyman Brackett of this city, today received a telegram from Los Angeles, Calif., announcing the birth of a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Elmo Lincoln, named Eldora, a composite in honor of her father, and the grandmother Mrs. Dora Linkenhelt, of this city.

          Rochester people remember Elmo Lincoln, the Tarzan of the Apes pictures better known by his real name of Otto Linkenhelt. - - - -




Purchases New Cabin Airplane

The News-Sentinel, March. 19, 1936

          Miss Helen House, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Walter House of this city, flew her own plane from the South Bend airport to the Rochester field Wednesday morning.  Another army ship was piloted by Lieut. Wayne Martin, of Indianapolis, accompanied Miss House on her flight from the up-state city.

          Miss House, who is Rochester’s first lady flyer, received her commercial pilot’s license several weeks ago.  She is a graduate of the Rudy Vandiver School of Aviation of South Bend.  Her new plane is a three-place Curtis Robin cabin monoplane model.  The Rochester aviatrix will fly her ship to the South Bend airport Saturday, where she is furthering her education in commercial aviation.



Declared unsafe and dangerous

The News-Sentinel, March. 21, 1936

          Inspectors from the State Fire Marshall’s office recently made a tour of inspection of the three school buildings in Henry township, the result being that the Grade school building in Akron was declared unsafe and dangerous.

          The Fire Marshall was emphatic in his belief that Akron citizens should take steps immediately to house the students in a different building. Until that building can be secured, however, the inspector has written that certain improvements must be made on the present building.  He found the Akron High School building and the building at Athens in good condition.



To Observe 90th Birthday

The News-Sentinel, March. 24, 1936

          In reviewing the interesting history of the life of Louise “Aunt Lide” Zellers, it was disclosed she has been a resident of Kewanna for over 65 years.  She is the last member of a family of 15 children, six girls and nine boys born to John and Elizabeth Moyers.  Her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother was born in Tennessee, both were of German descent.  “Aunt Lide” was born on March 26th, 1846 in the Lake Bruce community.

          Her parents, the Moyers, settled on a tract of land three miles


north of Lake Bruce in the year of 1829, coming to that sparsely settled prairie land area from Carroll county, Indiana.  During the Moyers residency in Carroll county, the father made his livelihood by operating a ferry across the Tippecanoe river.

          The elder Moyers made the journey from Delphi up the

Tippecanoe River to Leiters Ford.  Inasmuch as there was an epidemic of malaria along the river land, Mr. Moyers decided to locate his family in the Bruce Lake vicinity.  However, as a major portion of this country was swamp land at that time, the situation was not improved to any great extent in regards the avoidance of the menacing malaria.- - - - -     [See Obituary for further]



Opens Feed Store

The News-Sentinel, April 1, 1936

          Guy Anderson, who recently was studying poultry breeding and feeding has opened up a feed and poultry remedy store in this ciy.  This new business is located on East 4th Street.




The News-Sentinel, April 9, 1936

          The Onyx Theatre in Culver, formerly the home Theatre, was closed this week and the euipmemt moved to Pierceton.  The owner, Robert Waltz, a former resident of this city, had operated the show for one month.



To Be Built

The News-Sentinel, April 11, 1936

          Rochester is soon to have two modern two-story business buildings to replace the ones on the west side of the public square which were almost completely destroyed by fire on February 5th.  The ruined building which housed a portion of the Boston store and the A.L. Carter book store are being removed and actual construction work will be underway within the next few weeks, it was stated today.

          The new business structures are being built by J.F. Dysert, who purchased the A.L. Carter business location from A.L. Deniston, and the Plank family, owners of the Boston lot.  The basement and first floor of the two new buildings well be connected with the C.C.


Campbell building which is also tenanted by the Boston Store.  The second floor will be arranged in attractive office rooms, some of which are already leased.



Purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Myron Berkheiser

The News-Sentinel, April 21, 1936

          Mr. & Mrs. Myron Berkheiser, of Bremen, formerly of this city, purchased the Miller Food Market, an I.G.A. Store, yesterday from Mr. & Mrs. A.F. Miller.  Mr. Miller, who has been in ill health for several months, is retiring on account of his health, but will continue to make his home in this city.

          Mr. & Mrs. Berkheiser have many friends here.  Mr. Berkheiser has been manager of a Kroger Store in Bremen for the past five years.  Previous to that he was employed in the Rochester Kroger and Rochester A. & P. Stores.  He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. M.E. Berkheiser, near this city.  Mrs. Berkheiser was formerly Miss Helen Chamberlain, daughter of Mrs. Mary Chamberlain of Rochester.  She has meny friends here, as she was employed for many years in the Mercer Insurance Office.

          Assisting Mr. & Mrs. Berkheiser will be Conde Holloway and George Fleegle of Akron.  Mr. Fleegle comes well recommended as an experienced meat cutter, formerly having been employed by C.E. Fleck and son at Akron.



Leased by Mr. & Mrs. Reub Carr

The News-Sentinel, April 21, 1936

          Mr. & Mrs. Reub Carr have leased the Erie Hotel and will operate the same.  They have reopened the lunch room and will serve meals and short orders at all times of the day and night.  The Erie hotel and lunch room have been closed for several months.



Sponsored by Merchants of That Area

The News-Sentinel, April 24, 1936

          The North End Trading Center has its nucleus at the intersection of North Main and 4th Street with the trading area extending a block in every directin from this focal point.  Each week the members of this organized commercial group plan to offer special trading inducements


to this community, and it will pay the readers of this newspaper to watch for special announcements in their advertisements which will appear on every Friday.

          Those merchants sponsoring the North End Trading Center are R.P. Babcock, Jay Walsh, Overmyer Produce Co., Guy Anderson, Long & Shelton, Klein Bros., McCall & Pontius, Gilliland’s Garage, C.E. Robbins, Earl Quick and Carl Stegeman.



Changes in Personelle

The News-Sentinel, May 1, 1936

          Three changes have been made in the Akron fire department, according to Jack Shoppe, fire chief.

          Wayne Tombaugh was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Don Keesey when he moved out of the city limits.  Ed Fleck will replace Floyd Heeter, and Sheldon Weeks is taking Louie Martin’s place.



To Stage Big Parade Here Monday

The News-Sentinel, May 1, 1936

          The Cole Bros.-Clyde Beatty Circus which shows at the edge of Rochester on South Main Street, Monday afternoon and evening, May 4th, will stage its mammoth parade during the mornng on circus day.  The parade, according to the management, will be held regardless of weather conditions.

          The parade routing through the city will be made-up Saturday by the parade route master, who arrives here tomorrow from Chicago.  It is believed the big procession will get underway sometime between 10:30 and 11 o’clock Monday morning.



Awarded to R.H.S. Student

The News-Sentinel, May 2, 1936

          Among the 106 Rector Scholarships which were awarded yesterday by Dean G. Herbert Smith, director of the Rector Scholarship Foundation at the DePauw University of Greencastle, Ind., appeared the name of Russell Parker, Jr., a graduate of this year’s class of Rochester High School.  The local youth, thus honored, is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Russell Parker, of 711 Madison street.

          More than 400 applications were received for the 106 awards.



To Realize Ambition of Many Years

The News-Sentinel, May 5, 1936

          On Friday evening, May 8th, when the Purdue Symphonic Band sounds the opening notes of its concert here in Rochester Prof. Paul S. Emrick will have realized an ambition of many year’s standing.  As a small boy in Rochester, he played in the Citizens’ Band, long since forgotten by the public.  It was here that he received his first musical training.

          Now after his many years building up the famous Purdue Band, known over the entire middle-west as the outstanding collegiate musical organization in both the fields of marching and symphonic band work, he has been yearnng to return with his band to Rochester.  Although over a hundred thousand people applauded the Purdue Military Band as it marched down the streets of Louisville to win a championship cup last week, and band members hope to repeat the performance in Benton Harbor tomorrow.  Friday’s audience may rest assured that Prof. Emrick has never before presented any unit of his organization with greater pride than that with which he brings the Symphonic band to his home town next Friday evening.  - - - - -

                                      Rare Instruments

          The concert will be played by Purdue’s entire Symphonic band of nearly ninety pieces.  This band has one of the best instrumentations of any band in the country, including many rare and expensive instruments usually found only in symphony orchestras.  Among some of the unusual instruments the band will use Friday evening are the Cathedral chimes, four sympani, an English Horn, two string basses, four alto clarinets, three base clarinets, a contra-base clarinet, two oboes, three bassoons, and a large assortment of traps on which the drummers produce special effects.

          It is interesting to note that there is not a music student in the band, inasmuch as there is no school of music at Purdue.  Band members are enrolled in either the school of Engineering, Science, Agriculture, or Pharmacy.    - E.F. Kueck.









Will Open in Lot at 612 Main Street

The News-Sentinel, May 7, 1936

          Mrs Elizabeth Cornell announced today that she would open a complete vegetable, fruit and flower market Saturday, May 9 in the lot just to the north of the Schultz Drug Store at 612 Main Street. - - - -

          Mrs. Cornell is well known to the public.  For several years she operated a similar market on the City Lot at the (NE) corner of Main and Seventh Street.  - - - - -



Purchased by Rex McHatton

The News-Sentinel, May 8, 1936

          Merl Kroft has sold the Kroft Grocery and Service Station in Akron, to Rex McHatton, a former resident of Akron.  Mr. McHatton has been employed for several years by the National Biscuit Company in Lexington, Ky.  The Kroft family plan to move to Washington.



Jake Leman, Manager

The News-Sentinel, May 8, 1936

          On Saturday, May 9th, a new business in the form of an Ice Cream Bar, will open in the store building located at 604 Main Street, this city.  The new business will be under the management of Jake Leman, of this city, and throughout the course of the summer months, over 65 flavors of Fleming’s Ice Cream will be placed on sale.  They will also handle malted milks, Eskimo pies, etc.

          The store building, which is owned by Mrs. Minta Holman of this city, has been remodeled and redecorated.

          The Fleming Ice Cream Bar will also employ as clerks, Miss Mable Klein and Louis Polk, both of Rochester.  District Manager of the Fleming Co., Bernard Hartzog, will assist in handling the heavy run of traffic which is anticipated Saturday. - - - -



Leased by Earl Quick & Sons

The News-Sentinel, May 12, 1936

          Earl Quick & Sons recently leased the Pure Oil Station at SW corner Main & 4th.  They formerly operated the Phillip “66” station at the sme intersection.  The Sons of the firm are Barney and Joe



To Open Shoe Store

The News-Sentinel, May 14, 1936

          One of Rochester’s oldest retail shoe merchants, Isaac Onstott, will on Saturday, May 16th, in partnership with his son Harry, re-enter the merchantile field by opening a new and modern shoe store, in the Onstott building, 822 Main street. - - - -

          The senior member of the firm has had over 40 years experience in the shoe business and Harry Onstott was engaged as a shoe salesman for the firm of Homan & Onstott for several years. - - - -



To Write Article About Rochester

The News-Sentinel, May 18 1936

          Rochester and community is going to be given nation-wide publicity in a story which will appear in the Fortune Magazine, it was learned here today when information was received that one of the magazine’s star reporters would come here to acquire the material for the article.  The Fortune Magazine is one of the most costly magazines published and is widely read by the wealthy people of the country.

          The publishers of the magazine decided some time ago to carry a story on a typical mid-western medium sized town, the story to contain the history of the community, some thing about its pioneers, its industries, its business men, its special features and individuals.  The story also is to be illustrated with numerous pictures taken in and about the town.

                                      Selected This City

          Two weeks ago the magazine sent an investigator, Walter Graebner into Indiana, which was regarded as a typical midwestern state to look over a number of towns with about 3,500 population.  Mr. Graebner spent an afternoon in this city and then went on to look over five other towns he had on his list.  He stated he was much impressed with Rochester and that the only objection that he thought the publishers might find with the city was that it was “too progressive” and therefore not typical.  He cited the municipal airport, the new hospital and federal fish hatchery, the circus quarters, the lake summer resort section, the many modern churches and schools as making this an outstanding community.  However, it is evident that the publishers decided that this was the ideal community and was selected above all others under consideration.


          Information was received here today that Miss Campbell, feature writer, would come to Rochester Thursday and begin work securing information, data and photographs.  She will be assisted in her work by The News-Sentinel staff and all citizens who care to volunteer their services.  Anyone knowing of some feature that might be interesting to Mss Campbell can get in touch with her at The News-Sentinel after Thursday.



To Hold Reunion at Sevastopol In August

The News-Sentinel, May 18, 1936

          Warsaw, Ind., May 18. - Preparations already are being made for the annual reunion of seven brothers, all above 70 years of age, at the old Mollenhour home place, in August.  Between 200 and 300 persons are expected to be present.  The composite age of the seven brothers is 546 years.  An eighth brother, John Mollenhour, died at the age of 40 years.  The others are: Isaac Mollenhour, aged 84, Peru, Ind.; William Mollenhour, aged 82, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Ervin Mollenhour, aged 81, Bloomingburg. O.; Edward C. Mollenhour, aged 79, Warsaw; Lyman L. Mollenhour, aged 76, Mentone; Amos T. Mollenhour, aged 75, Rensselaer, Ind.; and Hiram A. Mollenhour, aged 71, Mentone.



To Be On Display at Luna Park

The News-Sentinel, May 22, 1936

          Gerald Tombaugh and Guy Hill, truck drivers of Akron, have accepted the contract to transport three baby elephants from the Cole Brothers Circus winterquarters here to Luna Park in New York City, where the elephants will be placed on exhibition this summer.  Each of the elephants weighs a ton, and they have been insured for $9,000.  The trip by truck to New York will be started Sunday.



Buys Dan Emmons Farm

The News-Sentinel, May 23, 1936

          A.F. Miller who retired from the grocery business here several weeks ago has purchased the Dan Emmons farm north of the city and will move there Monday.  The farm is one mile north of Rochester and a short way west of Road 31.  Mr. Miller plans to go into chicken raising business on an extensive scale.



Purchased New Funeral Coach

The News-Sentinel, May 28, 1936

          Ditmire and Company of Fulton has purchased a new and very beautiful Packard funeral coach from an Indianapolis company.



Hal Goodman May 30 and 31

The News-Sentinel, May 28, 1936

          A busy month’s preparation has placed the Fairview Hotel and Dance Pavilion in readiness for the gala opening next Saturday and Sunday, May 30th and 31st, according to an announcement made here today by Harry E. Page, owner and operator of The Fairview.

          Hal Goodman, “Cleveland’s King of Swing” and his NBC Orchestra, who have been featured in many of the nation’s outstanding dance rendezvous including Castle Farm, Cincinnati; The Trianon Ballrom and Southern Tavern, Cleveland and Louisville’s most exclusive Greyhound Club, have been engaged for the two opening nights. - - - -



Cotton Club Orchestra, this week end.

The News-Sentinel, May 29, 1936

          Les Wilcox and his Cotton Club Golden Casino orchestra of Chicago, open the dance season of the Colonial Hotel and Gardens this week end.  This all-colored band which has been heard over the country’s largest radio networks is said to be one of the hottest musical agregations in the mid-western states.  A special floor show, starring Ann Taylor and Irene Bragg will be presented during the Saturday night program. - - - -



By Mr. & Mrs. Everett Showalter

The News-Sentinel, May 29, 1936

          Mrs. Nora Sands has sold the H.M.C. Cafe in Akron to Mr. & Mrs. Everett Showalter.  Mrs. Sands will be retained as a cook by the purchasers.






John Meneeley Purchased Third Interest

The News-Sentinel, June 3, 1936

          John Meneeley today purchased a third interest in the Anchor Milling Company, located on East Fourth street and will assist in the management of the concern.

          Mr. Meneely has been employed by the company for the past four years and is well acquainted with the milling busness.  He has been a resident of Rochester for the past twenty years and came to this city from Monterey.

          Other partners in the concern are Clarence Viers and Earle Wicks.  The Anchor Milling Company was founded in 1912 by Mr. Viers and the late Mart Wicks.

          The founders of the concern were millers for over fifty years.  The brands of flour manufactured by the company are “Manitou,” “Lily:” and “Bouquet” which have a wide sale in Northern Indiana.



Dick Cisne and Band, June 4

The News-Sentinel, June 3, 1936

          Dick Cisne and his University of Illinois Band will play a one-night return engagement at the Fairview Gardens, Lake Manitou, on Thursday evening June 4th.

          Cisne and his orchestra who were featured during the 1935 summer and fall season at Fairview, have a legion of friends in this section of the state and a large turn-out is expected at the resort pavilion tomorrow evening.



Dr. William Sennett of Monterey

The News-Sentinel, June 4, 1936

          Dr. William Sennett of Monterey will locate in Macy within a few days to establish a practice there.  He is moving into the S.A. Carvey property.  Macy has been without a physician since the death of Dr. P.B. Carter in November.








Amos Otstot Sat. & Sun. This Week

The News-Sentinel, June 5, 1936

          Amos Otstot and His Orchestra will furnish the dance music at the Colonial Gardens on Saturday and Sunday evenings of this week.  This band comes direct from the Indianapolis Columbia Club where it has just closed a most successful season.

          Featured stars who will appear here with the Otstot band during the week-end are Jean Brown, accordionist, Ruth Hutchins, harp and violin, and Miss Mary O’Rear, soloist.

          A most complimentary article to the Otstot orchestra appearing in a recent issue of the Columbian, stated in part: “In fact we believe we can truthfully say that never has the Columbia club had an all-season orchestra that has won such wholehearted support of the entire membership . . . .   The regular Club dances, filled with gayety and laughter, and vibrant tempo of the Otstot music has reached a new high in attendance never before equalled.”



Has Branch at Armour & Co. Plant

The News-Sentinel, June 5, 1936

          A new company started operations in this city Monday morning in the garage at the Armour & Company plant on East Fourth street.  The concern is the Consolidated Products Company of Danville, Ill., manufacturers of poultry and animal feeds.

          C. Balthrop, Louisville, Ky., has been named the manager of the local branch of the Consolidated Products Company.  He has established a residence at 306 West Ninth street.

          The company manufactures their poultry and animal feeds from pure creamery buttermilk which they purchase from the Armour Company, whose condensing plant they have taken over.

          The company plans to prepare 4,000 pounds of feeds each day.  The Consolidated Products Company has been in business for twenty years and has eighty-six branches in various parts of the United States.









Fritz Hans Schwarting

The News-Sentinel, June 5, 1936

          Fritz Hans Schwarting was granted his citizenship papers Thursday by Judge Robert Miller, after a hearing in the Fulton circuit court.  Mr. Schwarting was born in Germany and served in the German army during the World War.  He resides on a farm west of this city and has been a resident of Fulton county for about ten years.



Purchased by Mrs. G.L. Kyger

The News-Sentinel, June 6, 1936

          The Miniature Hat and Dress Shoppe has been sold to Mrs. G.L. Kyger of Plymouth, Indiana, who will be assisted by her daughter Miss Roberta Kyger.

          They are both well qualified to manage the business, having had many years experiece in the South and in this part of the country.

          The new firm will soon remodel and redecorate to meet every requirement of the business.

          The new stock and style merchandise will be selected by Mrs. Kyger and the opening will be announced in the near future.  The store will contnue to be open while being redecorated.



Tiny Hill’s Orchestra, June 6 & 7

The News-Sentinel, June 6, 1936

          Three hundred pounds of pep and entertainment will grace the stage of the Fairview Hotel’s Dance Pavilion when Harry “Tiny” Hill brings his orchestra to play for the dancers tonight and tomorrow night.

          “The Paul Whiteman of Illinois,” as Hill is called in his home state, is the head of a musical organization which augments a very danceable rhythm with an array of soloists entertaining novelties, and features a singing guitar.

          Starting next Saturday, June 13th the Fairview Pavilion will be open for dancing each night and will have a dance matinee each Sunday afternoon.

          Isa Foster, girl trumpeter with the band is expected to be a sensation with dancers attending.  In the vernacular of her fellow-musicians she is termed a “sell-out.”



Purchased By Charles Stewart

The News-Sentinel, June 9, 1936

          Charles Stewart, owner and operator of a bakery at Bremen, has purchased the Nobby True bakery in this city, according to an announcement by its new owner.

          The new proprietor has already taken over management of the bakery.  Modern equipment is now being installed and will be ready for operation Saturday.

          Mr. True has been engaged in the restaurant and bakery business in Rochester for over 30 years.  The True bakery is one of the best equipped and most complete baking units in Northern Indiana.



Opening By Irvin McHatton

The News-Sentinel, June 12, 1936

          Akron is to have a new furniture store in the Ed Case building, according to an announcement made today by Irvin McHatton of Elkhart.  Mr. McHatton, who is an experienced furniture dealer, will open his new store next week.  He will be assisted in business by his son Gerald McHatton, who graduated this year from Miami University at Coral Gables, Florida.



Sold to Claude & Dwight Keim

The News-Sentinel, June 12, 1936

          Mrs. Elizabeth Cornell announced today that she had sold her fruit market at 610 Main street, just to the north of the Char-Bell Theatre to Claude and Dwight Keim of Twelve Mile.

          The Keim brothers today were razing the stand and will move it to Peru, where they will erect a market.  Mrs. Cornell has operated fruit markets in this city for several years.

          Mrs. Cornell is retiring from business because of ill health and because of the sickness of her daughter, Wilma, who has assisted her in the operation of the market.

          Mrs. Cornell will continue to sell cottage cheese, cream and dressed poultry from her home north of the city on Road 31.






Dee Peterson & Band, June 13 & 14

The News-Sentinel, June 12, 1936

          Dee Peterson and his nationally known dance orchestra will be the featured band at the Colonial Gardens on Saturday and Sunday evenings, June 13 and 14, the management announced today.  This band which has been heard on national broadcasting hook-ups comes direct from Detroit, Mich.

          The band carries a group of special singers, a string instrument ensemble, feature entertainers and the famous Three Singing Bachelors.  Other recent engagements of the Peterson musical aggregation were held at the Waco Pavilion, Syracuse and the Melody Gardens, at South Bend.

          The Charles Agnew band presented by the Musical Corporation of America has been engaged to play throughout the regular summer dancing season at the Colonial.  This top-notch orchestra, which comes direct from Chicago, opens its engagement here Monday evening, June 15.  With the Agnew band are the well-known feature vocalists Emrie Ann Lincoln and Lon Saxon, who will be on the program nightly.



Emil Velazco Band, June 21

The News-Sentinel, June 17, 1936

          Emil Velazco and his Orchestra, who are credited with being responsible for the greatest innovation in years in dance orchestras, due to the fact that the band includes a genuine pipe organ, are booked for a one night dance engagement at the Fairview Hotel Dance Pavilionj next Sunday, June 21st.

          The organ, valued at $20,000 is portable and is of ingenious compact construction.  It is not used for vlume but to add to the range and tonal quality of the band’s instrumentation.  It adds many distinctive interpretations to the Melodic appeal and rhyhmic charm of the Valazco Orchestra which completed a long run at the Taft Hotel, New York City, before starting the one night tour which brings it to the Fairview Sunday evening.

          Tiny Hill and His Orchestra will continue as the musical attraction throughout the coming week, with the exception of Sunday night.





To Re-open Saturday

The News-Sentinel, June 19, 1936

          The Baxter 5c to $1 Variety Store which was temporarily closed late in April on account of the sale of the building, which was located south of the M. Wile & Snns Store, will reopen Saturday, June 20th with a completely new stock of merchandise in the room formerly occupied by the Unique Bakery, 708 Main street.

          Mr. Baxter, who also owns a store in South Whitley Ind., stated his new Rochester store would be under the management of W.H. Thomas, of Homestead, Pa.  Mr. Thomas has already taken up his residence in this city.  The store building has been completely remodeled and redecorated throughout and with the new stock and fixtures, presents a most attractive appearance.



To Open Appliances Store

The News-Sentinel, June 26, 1936

          A new household appliances store will open for business in this city Saturday, June 27, in the double room store building, situated diretly south of the C.K. Kepler Auto Co.

          This new business house is being opened by Cloud & Sons, of this city.  The household appliance line is not a new departure for this firm as it has had years of experience in the appliances field in connecion with general stores, whih it now operates in other northern Indiana towns.

          The Cloud & Sons appliances store will carry a complete line of electric refrigerators, electric ranges, sweepers, washers, ironers, radios for home or auto, in fact almost every kind of labor-saving device for city or farm homes alike.



Purchased by Van Meter & Moore

The News-Sentinel, June 26, 1936

          Van Meter and Moore, farm implement dealers of this city and Kewanna, several days ago purchased the East End Garage building in Kewanna.  They will not take possession of the building until January 1.  In the interim many changes will be made to the former garage building.




Now at Bismarck Hotel, Chicago

The News-Sentinel, June 29, 1936

          The original King’ s Jesters, whom all Rochester knows as John Ravencroft, George Howard, Fritz Bastow and Ray McDermott, are doing headline business in Chicago following their opening “on their own” at the Bismarck Hotel in Chicago Friday night.  - - - - -



Purchased by Mel Wertzberger

The News-Sentinel, June 29, 1936

          In a business transaction consumated today Mrs. Mel Wertzberger, proprietor of the Howard Variety store, located on the corner of Main and 9th streets, became the owner of the C.E. Renbarger Grocery, which is adjacent to the Variety Store.

          According to Mrs. Wertzberger the store will continue to operate under the name of “Renbarger’s Grocery.” The new owner also stated today that Fred Shobe will be retained as manager and Ernest Bonine as his assistant.  This transaction was incurred through the death of C.E. Renbarger.  Mrs. Renbarger plans to reside in Galien, Mich., and will remove to that city in the near future.



Closed by Owner

The News-Sentinel, June 29, 1936

          Ed Leavell, who has operated a grocery and meat market in Fulton for a number of years, closed the doors of the establishment Saturday night and will discontinue active labors for some time.



To Open by Ted Olsen

The News-Sentinel, June 29, 1936

          Ted Olsen, of this city, who recently resigned from his duties at the Allison Dry Cleaners, will on Wednesday, July 1st, start in this line of business for himself in the building located at 117 East 7th street this city.

          Mr. Olsen, will do cleanng and pressing of all kinds of garments and clothing for men, women and children.





Joe Cappo Limited Engagement

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1936

          Joe Cappo and His Egyptian Serenaders are playing a limited engagement at the Fairview Hotel, Lake Manitou, which is open for dancing every night and each Sunday and Holiday afternoon.

          Mr. Cappo, known as the first leader in the United States to feature an accordion, is a youthful Latin whose music combines the soft and sweet strains of his Italian heritage with the snap and swing popular with dancing Americans today.

          Headliners with his unit are Lois Laurie and Monty Greeness, vocalists.  Miss Laurie will be remembered as a feature singer with Jimmy Garrigan and His Orchestra in Chicago, and Mr. Greeness as a member of Don Bestor’s Orchestra.



Claude Weller, Named Manager

The News-Sentinel, July 3, 1936

          Claude Weller has assumed the duties of manager of the Kewanna Co-operative Creamery which was made vacant by the resignation of Walter Wilson who has held the position ever since the creamery has been in operation.  Mr. Wilson, former county surveyor, gave up the position so that he might devote his entire time to looking after his farm interests.  Mr. Weller is an experienced creamery operator.



In Limerick Contest

The News-Sentinel, July 3, 1936

          Mrs. Ted Olson received word yesterday that she was the winner of a table radio in a limerick contest conducted by the Camay Soap Company.



Visits Lake Manitou

The News-Sentinel, July 11, 1936

          C.E. Denny, Cleveland, Ohio, president of the Chicago and Erie railroad and Mrs. Denny are spending the week end at Lake Manitou and at Lake Maxinkuckee.

          The private car of the railroad executive was spotted in the local


yards this morning.  It was attached to Train No. 1 which arrived here at 5:22 a.m Mr. & Mrs. Denny have a son who is a cadet in the Culver Military Academy and they will spend a porton of their time with him.

          Through the courtesy of Dee Fultz, local auto agency owner, Mr & Mrs. Denny will have the use of a new Plymouth car during their two day visit here.

          Mr. & Mrs. Denny will leave Rochester on Train No 2 at 8:14 o;clock Sunday evenng.  E.C Sparks, local agent assisted in arranging the details for Mr. Denny’s visit.



Barney Rapp, three nights

The News-Sentinel, July 14, 1936

          Barney Rapp and his New Englanders, direct from the Hotel Gibson, Cincinnati, opens a three night engagement at the Colonial Gardens tonight.  The Barney Rapp band will need no introduction to the dance goers in this section of the state as they played a month’s engagement at the Colonial last season

          Special features with the Rapp organization are Vocalist Ruby Wright, comedy entertainers Sid Stanley, Sammy Leeds and the floor show entertainers Slim Allen and Shine Moore.

          This band has been heard over the NBC hook-ups for the past year or more and have played in practically all the leading hotels and dance clubs throughout the country.  A large crowd is expected to greet Barney and his entertainers during their brief stay at the lake.



Grunow Radios and Refrigerators

The News-Sentinel, July 16, 1936

          Black & Bailey announced today that they have been apponted the local agents for Grunow radios and electric refrigerators.  They have a complete line of the radios and refrigerators now on display in their store at 712-714 Main Street. - - - - - Don Myers is in charge of the department.



Dick Cisne & Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, July 22, 1936

          Dick Cisne and His Orchestra, one week’s engagement July 13 are being held over for additional five days.



Rudy Bundy & Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, July 22, 1936

          Rudy Bundy and His WLW Orchestra, recently featured at the Gibson Hotel, Cincinnati, will be the next attraction at the Fairview Hotel Dance Gardens.  They will be heard for one week starting next Saturday evening.  Bundy and his men will replace Dick Cisne Orchestra.



To Dissolve

The News-Sentinel, July 24, 1936

          Articles of dissolution have been filed with the Secretary of State asking that the Akron Home Builders company, a corporation, be dissolved.

          The group organized fifteen years ago and built many attractive homes here.  Some of the best looking homes in Akron have been built by the Home Builders company.

          W.C. Miller was president and Earl Leininger, secretary-treasurer at the time the papers were filed.



New Steel On Erie

The News-Sentinel, July 24, 1936

          New steel is to be laid on the west bound Erie track for about six miles west of Servia.  The steel is to be heavier than that in use now, being what is known as 120 pound steel, weighing that much to the yard.  The old steel was of about 100 pounds, and was pretty well worn.  A crew of about twenty steel men are expected from Ohio the first of the week, and some local labor will probably be employed.



Dick Barrie Orchestra, Fri., Sat. & Sun.

The News-Sentinel, July 24, 1936

          Through a special grant from the orchestra booking agency The Dick Barrie orchestra which made its initial appearance at the Colonial Gardens Thursday evening will remain at the Colonial over the week end and where it will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

          This band which has been playing at the Hotel Gibson, Cincinnati and over the WLW radio network is one of the most


popular orchestras in the central states.  Mr. Barrie traveled with the Kay Kiser orchestra for four years and was the featured trumpet player in that organzation.  Special entertainers with the Barrie band are Miss Anita Boyer and Kenney Stoker.  Stoker is a brother of Ed Stoker, star vocalist now with Kay Kiser.



Set Anniversary Date

The News-Sentinel, July 25, 1936

          Culver, Ind., July 25. - Descendants of the first pioneer families in this community will dedicate a memorial Sunday in observance of the 100th anniversary of their coming.

          The first families arrived here July 28 1836 and their grandchildren have moved a large boulder to the corner of state road 10 with the following inscription: “One hundredth anniversary, 1836 - July 26 -1936, Arrival, Logan McDonald, Thompson, Dickson, Brownlee, Vories, pioneer families, Marshall county.” After the ceremony there will be a lunch in the open air theater at the academy where Gen. L.R. Gignilliat will greet them.



In The Fortune Magazine

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1936

          [See Wendell C. & John B. Tombaugh, FULTON COUNTY INDIANA HANDBOOK F-G, p. 191.]



Approved by Indianapolis Times

The News-Sentinel, July 29, 1936

          Forthcoming today in the comment, both pro and con, on the Fortune magazine article concerning Rochester, was the opinion of The Indianapolis Times, which said: “The tale is a warm account of the life in a small Indiana town - - - Rochester is typical of friendliness, serenity and beauty.”

          “The article occupies more space than any other in the magazine,” said the Times.  “It also illustrated more profusely than the other articles.”

          Commented the author of The Times’ news story:

          “I know an insurance man in a small town who makes a good living for the family and has time to go fishing now and then, take a


trip to a metropolis occasionally, have luncheon with his family daily and generally lives a leisurely life the year around.

          “I know a banker who has plenty of time to get around and have hearty conversations with people he likes, who never has eaten his luncheon in 15 minutes, who knows only by foreign experience the curtness of people big corporations hire.

          “That’s how the article in Fortune left the reader.  It was warm and close to the small town,” concluded The Times.



Purchased By Alva Collwell

The News-Sentinel, July 29, 1936

          Mrs. Don Briggs of Logansport has sold a twenty acre farm three miles southeast of Fulton to Mr. & Mrs. Alva Collwell of near Walton.  The purchasers will take possession on March 1st.



At Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 29, 1936

          Approximately seventy members of the Lowe family held their twelfth annual reunion Sunday at the Rochester City Park.  A community dinner and program were the special features of the afternoon.  During the short business session Charles Lowe of Logansport was elected president for the coming year and Mrs. Clifford Wilhoit of Akron was elected secretary-treasurer.



At Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 30, 1936

          The Misses Betty Young, Jane Stewart, Ann Conarty, Katherine Feltus, Frances Sibert, Marietta Krieghbaum, Mary Jane Alspach, Barbara Deniston, Elizabeth Van Trump, Delores Karn, Martha Van Trump, Claribelle Raymer, Rose Irvine, Mrs. Harry Allison, Mrs. Ben Daulton, Mrs. Jess Turney, Mrs. Annabelle Kenney, Mrs. Robert House and Mrs. Don Musselman enjoyed a picnic community dinner at 6:00 o;clock last evening at the Rochester City Park.







Tiny Hill Orchestra, Aug. 1, One Wk.

The News-Sentinel, July 30, 1936

          The success of a two weeks’ engagement played at the beginning of this season is responsible for the return of Harry “Tiny” Hill and His Orchestra to the Fairview Dance Gardens, Lake Manitou for one week starting next Saturday, August 1st.  - - - - -



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 1936

          The Third Annual Johnson Reunion was held Sunday, August 2nd, at the Rochester City Park.  Sixty-seven were present at the community dinner which was greatly enjoyed at the noon hour.  People were present from Indianapolis, Whiting, North Manchester, Plymouth, South Bend, Culver and Argos.  Officers for the coming year were elected with the following results: Russell Walters, President; Mrs. Frank Smith, Vice-president; and Miss Agness O’Blenis, secretary-treasurer.  The remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.



Mr. & Mrs. H.O. Rans Residence

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 4, 1936

          The fourteenth annual William Rans Reunion was held Sunday, August 2, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. H.O. Rans, southwest of the city.  At noon a delicious dinner was spread on large tables.  In the afternoon an interesting program was given and officers for the new year are Roy Rans, President, and Irene Zuck, Secretary-Treasurer.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rans and daughter of South Bend, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Rans and family of Elkhart, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Rans and family, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Zuck and family, Miss Emma Rans, Mrs. Alice Rans and sons, Mrs. Merle Steeble, Bryce Singer, all of Kewanna, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rans and family, Mr. & Mrs. George Rans and family, Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Enyart, Mr. & Mrs. John Rans and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. George St. Clair and son, Mr. & Mrs. James Rans, Frank Rans, all of Fulton, Mr. & Mrs. Vern Rans of Argos Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Stipp of Valparaiso, Mr. & Mrs. Don Rans and Mr. & Mrs. H.O. Rans and family of Rochester.





At Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 4, 1936

          The Alspachs met at the Rochester City Park for their fifteenth Annual Reunion Sunday, August 2, with forty-five in attendance.  A community dinner, with a special treat of ice cream furnished by Mr. & Mrs. Guy Alspach, was enjoyed by all present.  The President, Eli Alspach, called the group together for a business meeting with the presiding officers being re-elected.  It was voted to hold the reunion next year at the same place.  Mary, Betty and Bobby Blackburn sang a few selections and Mr. Eli Alspach gave a short talk.  The remainder of the day was spent socially.



Tiny Hill Next Sunday

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 4, 1936

          Followers of Tiny Hill and His Orchestra will have their last opportunity this season to dance to the music of the “Giant of Swing” at the Fairview Hotel, Lake Manitou, next Sunday night, when the popular unit will complete a nine day engagement.

          Their successors, starting next Monday, August 10, will be Al Sky and His Musical Stars.  It will be the first they have played as far east as Indiana since being featured at the Indiana Roof, Indianapolis, in 1933. - - - -

          The management of the Fairview Gardens reports a gain in the popularity of “Pal Night” a feature each Thursday night.



Buddy Rogers Band Aug. 6

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1936

          Buddy Rogers and His California Cavaliers, internationally renown dance band makes its initial appearance at the Colonial Gardens, Thursday evening, August 6.  The famous Hollywood movie star-director is now on a tour of the United States under the supervision of the Music Corporation of America, through which agency the Colonial Gardens secured the most outstanding orchestra during the summer and fall seasons.

          Featured entertainers with the Buddy Rogers Cavaliers are Mary Jane Walsh and Maxine Doyle. - - - - - This is Rogers first appearance in this section of the state.



Rochester Tourist Camp

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1936

          The twenty-second annual Beehler reunion was held Sunday, August 2, at the Rochester Tourist Camp with eighty in attendance., A community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour and ice cream was served later in the afternoon.  Officers for the coming year are President, Lloyd Beehler, Vice President Clyde Beehler; Secretary-Treasurer, Mildred Miller; Historian, Mrs. Lee Beehler.  Charles Beehler, age eighty-one, received a prize for being the oldest person present, and Nancy Lee Ershman, age nine months, received the award for being the youngest member present.  Mr. & Mrs. Forest Frederick of Muncie received a prize for coming the greatest distance and Mr. & Mrs. H.W. Mow received the “Newly-Wed” award and the “Largest Family” prize went to the Bass family.  The next reunion will be held at the Rochester City Park.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 8, 1936

          The 12th Annual Day Reunion will be held at the Rochester City Park, Sunday, August 10th.  Members are requested to come early and bring their baskets of food.  Kline D. Reed of Rochester is the President and Mrs. Eilla Williams of Earl Park, Ind is the Secretary-Treasurer.



Peru Electric Light Plant

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1936

          Wesley Hartman, Peru, a former resident of this city has been appointed engineer at the Peru Electric Light Plant by Mayor William Long.  He succeeds Jap Ellis.  Mr. Hartman at one time was an engineer at the N.I.P. Co.. Plant in this city.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 11, 1936

          Approximately seventy-five old school mates attended the eighth annual Rochester College Reunion which was held at the Rochester City Park, Sunday, August 9th.  A beautiful community dinner was


enjoyed at the noon hour and then a short business meeting was held with Ray Myers President of the reunion, presiding,   During this session officers for the coming year were elected as follows: Frank Smith, President and Mrs. John Cessna Secretary and Treasurer.  The new president appointed his committee on arrangements and entertainment for 1937 and it is composed of Don O. Nafe, of Kewanna; E.C. Carvey of Converse, Indiana; Mrs. Faye Emmons and Mrs. Dee Berrier of Rochester.  The next Rochester College Reunion will be held at the second Sunday of August, 1937, at the Rochester City Park.  A letter from Miss Flo Delp of Singerland, New York, who was formerly the Secretary of the old Rochester College, stated that she was unable to attend the reunion for the first time since it had been organized.  It was voted to send a letter of thanks to Miss Delp for the interest she has shown in the annual reunions.  The meeting was then turned over to the class mates for a social time of reminiscing and visits among each other.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. A.L. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. T.O. Mays, Anna Myers, Mrs. Nedrith Nungesser, and Fern Ralston Cook, all of South Bend; Mrs. O.E. Richardson of Walton, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. Smith, Miss Emily M. Von Ehrenstein, Emma J. Haimbaugh, Mr. & Mrs. Ray E. Myers and family, Mrs. Dee (Eula Ewing) Berrier, Mr. & Mrs. John (Hazel Rush) Cessna, Mr. & Mrs Claude (Olive Camerer) E. Alspach, Mrs. Eva (Tippy) Fore, J.L. Tombaugh and Garnet (Carvey) Tombaugh, W. Steele Ewing, Mrs. Fay Emmons, Mr. & Mrs. Harry M. Osborn Mr. & Mrs. A.E. Stume, Jella Jones Shocky, all of Rochester; Mrs. H.F. Wilson and Mr. & Mrs. M.E. Hicks and family of Kokomo; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Beehler and Mrs. Mary Altman of Culver; J. Elmer Landis and Mrs. Cora (Washington) Landis of Macy; Mr. & Mrs. Don O. Nafe, Mr. & Mrs. L.S. Carvey and family, all of Macy; Russell Poenix of Grass Creek; Edward Fetzlaff of Whiting; E.C. Carvey, John Carvey and Bertha L. Carvey of Converse, Ind.; Mrs. Olea Koffel and Lula Biggs of Logansport; Harry S. Maskey of Indianapolis; Kona S. Stokes of Argos; Mr. & Mrs. John C Savage and family of Macy and Mrs. Zella Gates Overholt of Huntington, Indiana.



Mineral Well

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 11, 1936

          The twenty-fourth annual Feece-Hartman reunion was held Sunday, August 9th, at the old Mineral Well, southeast of Rochester,


with 180 present.  At the noon hour the crowd assembled and prayer was offered by Rev. Powell before a community dinner was enjoyed.  Following the dinner,, officers were elected for the coming year.  Ezra Feece was re-elected President; M.L. Spurlock was elected vice-president; William Feece Secretary-Treasurer, and Max Feece, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

          Frank Moore, Ida Hartman, Mrs. Everett Overmyer, Mrs. Marie Berger and Miss Marguerite Slonaker were elected to be on the program committee.  Nelson Bowen, Sam Nicodemus, L.D Hartman and Noah Sherman are the new members of the ground committee.  The oldest member of the Feece family who was present was Peter Feece, 81 years old, and Mrs. Peter Feece.  The oldest Hartman present is 78 years of age.  Music and song selections were presented by the Edson Bowen family of Akron.  It was voted to hold the next reunion in 1937 at the same place, Mineral Well.



William Shonk Residence

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 12, 1936

          The eighteenth annual reunion of the Shonk family was held Sunday, August 9th, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. William Shonk who live northwest of this city.  Relatives were present from Kokomo, Tipton, Royal Center, Cutler, Bringhurst and Camden.  The thirty-five relatives who were present enjoyed a community dinner at the noon hour.  The remainder of the afternoon was spent socially and ice cream and cake were served late in the afternoon before the guests departed.



Nick Lucas Orchestre Aug. 12, 1936

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 12, 1936

          Nick Lucas, guitar virtuoso and band leader with his Troubadours will be featured in person at the Colonial Gardens, Lake Manitou, this evening.  This famous orchestra which comes direct from a long engagement at Hollywood, Calif., is now making a nation-wide tour under the booking of the Music Corporation of America. - - - -








United Brethren Church, Fulton

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 13, 1936

          The corner stone of the Fulton United Brethren Church was opened Monday by masons employed in the rebuilding of the church.  Several interesting memorials, placed in the cornerstone at the time of the laying on September 25, 1906 were found.  Some of the papers were crumbling and molded, while others were well preserved.  The cornerstone, which was located at the top of the steps to the front entrance, was moved to the southeast corner of the church.

          The history of the United Brethren church is closely related to the history of Fulton as its organization dates among the early settlers of the town and its membership has always been in the majority of the church-going people of the community.  Many of its present members are the sons and daughters and grandchildren of its charter members and early workers.

          An article writtenj by Ross Lowe, secretary of the church in 1906 gives an account of the laying of the corner stone.  Rev. John Simones, Presiding Elder of the Peru District, delivered the sermon and laid the corner stone on this memorable day.  The meeting was dismissed by Rev. J.W. Hindbaugh, pastor of the church.

          Rev. W.S. Gandy was pastor of the church when construction was begun, but he resigned his pastorste a week before the new structure was completed.  Trustees at this time were: W.R. Patterson, S.M. Fitterling, J.M. Mills, G.M. Conn and William Rouch.

          A brief history of the old United Brethren church was also among the interesting papers found.  According to ths document, the old church was built in the year of 1853 by the Methodist people and was used by them until 1870-1872 when by reason of death and removals they ceased to maintain an organization.

          In 1876 Rev. J.M. Pickard, a United Brethren minister, was assigned to the Mill Creek circuit and in the following January, he started a revival, which resulted in the organization of the U.B. Society.

          The quarterly conference then appointed a board of trustees consisting of N.A. Louderback, L.W. Pownall and J.V. Reed, who purchasd the M.E. church.  The church was remodeled and repaired in the fall of 1886 and rededicated by Bishop N. Cassel.  The membership at this time totaled 115 members.

          A Junior Society was organized in 1905 with 12 members and at the time the cornerstone was laid the membership had grown to 50.


One hundred and fifty were enrolled in the Sunday School.

          Besides the history of the church were denominational papers, a copy of the by-laws of the church and a copy of a current issue of the Fulton Leader, published at that time by David Horrman.



As “Miss Indiana”

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 13, 1936

          Miss Rozella Ewer of Macy was chosen “Miss Indiana” in a beauty contest sponsored by the Hudson Motor Car Company which was held at Michigan City, Friday.

          Miss Ewer was given the title of “Miss Elkhart” in a contest a few weeks ago and was sent to Michigan City with seventeen girls from various cities of Indiana to compete for the state prize.

          Besides the title, she was awarded a new Terraplane sedan as first prize and was presented with wearing apparel from Elkhart stores.

          Her picture appeared in Chicago, Fort Wayne and Elkhart newspapers.  Miss Ewer is 19 years of age and is the daughter of Mr & Mrs. H.M. Ewer of Macy.



J.H. Young, Service Mgr.

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 15, 1936

          J.H Young of Elkhart has taken up his residency in this city, where he has accepted a position as service manager for the Kilbury Auto Sales Co.  Mr. Young’s wife and two children will also make their home in Rochester as soon as a suitable residence is located.



Stage Annual Picnic at Colonial Hotel

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17, 1936

          The annual picnic of the Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan Barbers’ and Beauticians Association was held at the Colonial Hotel at Lake Manitou Sunday.  The registration showed 1500 in attendance.

          The morning was spent in games and contests for which 185 prizes were awarded.  A basket dinner was served at noon and a program was staged in the afternoon.  Many of the visitors took advantage of the amusements furnished at the lake such as golfing, swimming, boating, fishing and dancing.


          Officers of the association include Arthur Schneider, Valparaiso, president; Carl Tolle, South Bend, master of ceremonies, and Burl Hatfield, South Bend, secretary-treasurer.



Jerry Anglemyer Residence

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17, 1936

          A surprise was given Jerry Anglemyer, by his children, assisted by Mrs. Margaret Davis, in the form of a family reunion Sunday, August 16.  Dinner was served at the noon hour with Mr. Anglemyer seated at the head of the table.  Mrs. Ua Lewis and daughter, Charlotte of Oklahoma City, Okla., who have been visiting several weeks with her sister, Mrs. George S. VanEman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, were present.  Mrs Lewis will be remembered as Mabel Anglemyer, who was a nurse at Woodlawn Hospital, under the late Dr. H.O. Shafer.  Among the other guests present, were Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Puls, and son Kenneth and Leonard Dean, and daughter, Mrs. Carl Loker and husband all of Dalton, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs. Warren Bookwalter and daughter, Pauline of Logansport; Mrs. Mary Conrad and daughter, Grace, and son, Byron, Mr. & Mrs Lloyd Craig, Mrs. Agnes Quinn and daughter, Fern, Mr. & Mrs. Claude Quinn and children, Mr. & Mrs. George S. VanEman of Grand Rapids, and Miss Katherine Griffith and Harold Bookwalter of Logansport.



At Laurence Spurgeon Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17, 1936

          The Lewis Kelly family reunion was held at the home of Lawrence Spurgeon Sunday, August 16th.  A family dinner was served at the noon hour and during the afternoon election of officers was held.  Ed Sibert of Churubusco was elected president; Dode Kline of Silver Lake and F.M. Kelly of Roann were elected vice-presidents, and Clara Kelley of Roann was elected secretary-treasurer.  The next reunion will be held in the home of Eddie Sibert at Churubusco the third Sunday in August, 1937.  Those present yesterday were Mr. & Mrs. Melvin True of Rochester; Otto Kelley of Argos; Ed Reuter and family of Peru; Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Keller of Huntingtonj; Clara Johnson and Mr. & Mrs. Albert Esterline of Ft. Wayne; Ed Sibert and famiy of Churubusco; Mr. & Mrs. Dode Kline of Silver Lake; Bennett Ihnen and family of North Manchester; Cecil and Nora Sibert of


Laketon; Ray Kline and children of Laketon; Forrest Long and family; Jesse Kelley and family; W.O Simpson and Mr & Mrs F.M. Kelly of Roann, and Mr. & Mrs. Gail Shank of Wabash.



At Walburn Farm Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17, 1936

          The thirty-first Clifton reunion was held at the farm home of Mr. & Mrs. Harley Walburn, northeast of Rochester, on Sunday, August 16th, with seventy-five relatives present, from Argos, Plymouth, Warsaw, LaPorte, South Bend, Culver, Elkhart, Akron and Macy. Ezra Hibray, uncle of Mrs. Walburn, aged 83 years, was the oldest member present.  After a community dinner a business session was held and the election of officers for the coming year resulted in William Kepler of Argos being elected as president’ Alva Thompson of Argos, vice-president, and Mrs. Ira Grossman of Argos, secretary-treasurer.  The next meeting will be held the third Sunday in August, 1937 at the home of Mr. & Mrs L.B. Robison at Argos.



At Charles Newcomer Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17, 1936

          Ninety-six relatives were present at the annual Easterday family reunion which was held Sunday, August 16th at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Newcomer.  Following the dinner a short business meeting was held and officers elected for the coming year were Henry Easterday, president; Paul Easterday, vice-president, and Mrs. W. Lavengood, secretary-treasurer.  Mrs. Myron Berkheiser chairman of the entertainment committee, presented several clever games and contests that amused the guests.  William Easterday of Fulton was the oldest person present.  Ice cream and cake were served late in the afternoon.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 18, 1936

          The twenty-fifth annual Babcock reunion was held at the Rochester City Park on August 10th, Sunday, with about seventy relatives and friends in attendance.  The forenoon was spent in a social way, making new acquaintances and renewing old ones.


          At about twelve o’clock the call to dinner was heard.  Mrs. Ed Babcock of Waterman, Illinoise was called on to invoke divine blessings and all present gathered around the table which was laden with everything a person could desire.  While the food was being appropriated, it was very apparent that the highest degree of fellowship and good-will prevailed.

          Following the dinner officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: Melvidore Briney of Rochester, re-elected president; Perry Lowman of South Bend, vice-president; Mrs. Ray Babcock of Fulton, recording secretary and Mrs. Jessie Meek of Tiosa re-elected as corresponding secretary and treasurer.

          The Babcock family reunion was organized twenty-five years ago on October 5th, 1911 by the late Dr. Isaac Babcock of Rochester.  Two were present, Ed Babcock and Melvidore Briney, who in all these years have not missed attending the annual reunion meetings.  Larry, son of Mrs. Mary Ruth Meek Kanouse of Tiosa, was the youngest present while Mrs. Ella Campbell of Hammond was the oldest.  Mrs. Campbell gave a very interestng talk concerning the Babcock pioneers, their integrity of character, their Christian living, usefulness in life admonished the younger generation to follow in the same foot-steps and to keep fresh the memory of those noble ancestors to which they have been so fortunate to be descendants of, by keeping alive these reunions from year to year.

          Little Naomi Babcock of Michigan was introduced as this was her first visit here.  She is the granddaughter of the late Andrew Babcok.  The meeting merged into the social hour and in the late afternoon friends and relatives bid each other adieu until next year and all felt that the day had been very well spent.



Gray Gordon’s Band

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 24, 1936

          Saying that she saved the best for last, Alice McMahon, manager of the Fairview Dance Gardens, announces the engagement of Gray Gordon and his Orchestra, starting tonight (Monday, Aug. 24)

          According to Miss McMahon, there will be little need of an introduction to Gordon and his unit, which boasts sixteen talented musicians and entertainers, for they have been heard countless times from radio station WLW, and were featured on the NBC network of 72 stations four nights a week with Chicago outlets WENR, WMAQ


WLW and KYW. - - - - -



Purchased by Helen Gaumer

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1936

          Miss Helen Gaumer, who has been associated with the Val Zimmerman Furniture Store for several years, has announced that she has purchased the Manitou Beauty Shop, located in the Dillon building.

          Miss Gaumer has taken immediate possession of the shop, which has been operated by Mrs. Edythe Heeter and Mrs. Robert House.  Mrs. Heeter will continue as operator of the shop for several months.

          [Miss Gaumer] will assume active operation and management of the beauty parlor at the first of the year.



At Eugene Nafe Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1936

          The Nafe-Ernsperger Reunion was held Sunday, August 23, at the home of Mr. & Mrs Eugene Nafe.  After the invocation by George Henney, a community dinner was greatly enjoyed.  The program consisted of games, group singing, vocal solos by Miss Cora Nafe, cantilations by Mrs. June Nafe Boyer, and a lovely vocal duet by the Misses Bonnie Jean and Evelyn Nafe.  Officers elected for next year were Harry Nafe, president; Herman Nafe, vice-president; Mrs. Harry Nafe, secretary-treasurer.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. George Henney and children, Lois, Mary Ruth and George, Jr., of South Haven, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Ted Boyer of Muskegon, Michigan; Mrs. Mildred Hicks and daughter, Barbara of Chicago; Mr. & Mrs. Loar Ferguson, Miss Betty Jo Ferguson of Huntington, West Virginia; Miss Cora Nafe of Michigan City; Mr. & Mrs. Harry Nafe; Miss Marie Nafe, Mr. & Mrs. Emerson Nafe and Daughter Joan, all of South Bend; Mr & Mrs. Allie Ralston, Mr. & Mrs. Morris Ralston, Mrs. Kate Wagoner and daughter Mary, Merve Creek, and Marion Nafe, all of Peru; Dr. & Mrs. Cleon Nafe and children, Albert and Frances Louise of Indianapolis; Mr. & Mrs. Mark Wakefield and daughter Lucile Marie of Evansville; Miss Annabelle Nafe of Logansport; Mr & Mrs. Don Nafe and children Bonnie Jean, Evelyn Sue, Peggy and Don Jr., of Kewanna; Mr. & Mrs Herman Neir and son Ronald, Mr. & Mrs. Cole of Richland Center,

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Nafe, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Nafe.  Afternoon callers


were Mrs. Nora Rice of Battle Creek, Michigan and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Leedy.



Near Starke-LaPorte County Line

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 27, 1936

          Few persons know that the infamous Libby prison of the Civil War is now located in Starke county.  The building was brought to Chicago for the world’s Fair of 1893 and was later shipped into Indiana and converted into a barn.  It stands about a half mile west of state road No. 29 near the Starke-LaPorte county line.



Will Study in Germany

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 28, 1936

          Ruel Churchill, mathematics professor at the University of Michigan, and graduate of Akron high school, will sail from New York tomorrow for Freiburg, Germany for a five months’ course at the university there.  Mr. Churchill visited his mother Mrs. Dora Churchill, and his sister Mrs. Ralph Pratt, in Akron before going to New York.



At Louderback Garage

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 28, 1936

          A mulberry tree which is believed to have been 110 years old was cut down yesterday in the parking space at the Louderback Garage at the (NE) corner of Main and Sixth streets.  Under the roots of the tree were found about a dozen old bottles, many of them of very antique design.  It is believed that the bottles were buried by someone at an early day and that the tree’s roots gradually entwined about them.  The lot where the tree was cut was owned for many years by the late Milo Smith, a pioneer resident of this city.



Ben Pollack Band Aug. 30

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 29, 1936

          Ben Pollack and his orchestra will be the featured band at the Fairview Gardens, Lake Manitou, on Sunday evening, August 30th, according to an announcement made today by Alice McMahan, manager of the Fairview Pavilion.


          The Fairview Gardens is one of the few dance spots to be favored with a one-night appearance of “The Dean of Sophisticated Swing.” Pollack comes to Lake Manitou direct from a summer’s engagement in the Stevens Hoitel, Chicago.  His music has been a nightly feature over the NBC hook-ups for many months and hundreds in this section of the state will now have an opportunity of enjoying a first-hand contact with this musical agrigation which is rated “tops” by all dance goers.

          Pollack’s wistful theme “The Song of the Islands” will introduce his orchestra at nine o’clock Sunday evening.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 31, 1936

          The fourteenth annual Coleman reunion was held Sunday, August 30, at the Rochester City Park.  At the noon hour a community dinner was enjoyed, after which the regular business meeting was held and the present officers were re-elected for the coming year.

          A program of talks, reading, songs and general reminiscences of pioneer days down to the present time, was also enjoyed.  A letter was read by the secretary from Mrs. Laura Beeber and Mrs. Emma Clemans Hartman of Los Angeles, California, expessing their regrets for not being present.  The oldest person present was Mrs. Alice Secore while the younges was Robert Max Smith, who is four years old.  The 1937 reunion will be held at the same date and at the Rochester City Park.

          Those present were: Mr. & Mrs Ralph Coffing and son Winston, of Macy; Mrs. Mable Hartman and daughter, Phyllis.  Naaman Moore, Estel Moore and grandson, Gail, Mr & Mrs. Wyle Glen Albert, Martha, Ted, Joan and Pat Merley, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Carrothers, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Burns, Mrs. Alice Secore, Mr. & Mrs Horn and daughter, Peggy, of Akron; Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Morrisy, of Macy; Mrs. T.O. May, of So. Bend; Mrs. Vada Hoover and son, Floyd Conrad, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Alspaugh, C.I. Clemans, Clara A. Clemans, Mary Elizabeth Clemans, Tola, Lucy and Jesse Rogers, of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Clemans, Mr. & Mrs Dean Clemans, of Gary; Mrs. Beatrice Beaverly, of Indianapolis; Arthur, Mildred, Jack and Moline Clemans of South Bend; James H. Burns and Mr. & Mrs Clarence Eshelman, of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Albert Smith, of Macy; Mr. &


Mrs. J.N. Gilman, of Warsaw; Mr. & Mrs. Rolland Smith, of Kewanna; Mr. & Mrs. J.O. Coleman and grandson, of Akron, Ind.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept 1, 1936

          The fourteenth annual Clemans reunion was held Sunday, August 30, at the Rochester City Park.  At the noon hour a bountiful community dinner was greatly enjoyed, after which the regular business session was held and the present officers were re-elected for the year of 1937.  A program of interesting talks, clever readings songs and general reminiscences of pioneer days down to the present time, was also enjoyed.  A letter was read by the secretary from Mrs. Laura Beeber and Mrs. Emma Clemans Hartman of Los Angeles, Calif, in which they expressed their regrets for not being present.  The oldest person who attended the reunion was Mrs Alice Secore while the youngest was Robert Max Smith, who is just four years old.  The 1937 reunion will be held on the same date and at the Rochester City Park.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Coffing and son Winston, of Macy; Mrs. Mable Hartman and daughter Phyllis; Naaman Moore, Estel Moore and gradson Gail, Mr. & Mrs. Wyle Glen, Albert, Martha, Ted, Joan and Pat Merley, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Carruthers, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Burns, Mrs. Alice Secore, Mr. & Mrs. Horn and daughter Peggy of Akron; Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Morrisy, of Macy; Mrs. T.O. May, of So. Bend; Mrs. Vada Hoover ad son Floyd Conrad, Mr. & Mrs Henry Alspaugh, C.I. Clemans, Clara A. Clemans, Mary Elizabeth Clemans, Tola, Lucy and Jesse Rogers, of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Clemans; Mr. & Mrs. Dean Clemans, of Gary; Mrs. Beatrice Beaverly, of Indianapolis; Arthur, Mildred, Jack and Moline Clemans of South Bend; James H. Burns and Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Eshelman of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Albert Smith, of Macy; Mr. & Mrs. J.N. Gilman of Warsaw; Mr. & Mrs. Roland Smith, of Kewanna; Mr. & Mrs. J.O. Clemans and grandson of Akron.



Akron’s 100th Birthday

The News-Sentinel, Sept 2, 1936

          “Fulton County - Akron’s one hundredth birthday was celebrated from Friday, July 3, to Sunday noon, July 5, with a gala program which brought thousands of visitors to the busy community.


Business houses were decorated and many of the homes along the tree-lined streets added a festive air with their displays of flags.  On Friday night, a pageant opened the celebration; it was repeated the following evening.  Pioneer history was realistically portrayed with ox-drawn carts in which rode pioneers with their scanty household possessions; other scenes celebrated the birth of the first white child in the community, and the first wedding in January, 1838, in which relatives of the orignal couple participated.  The closing episode showed a patriotic scene in which local descendants of soldiers of different wars took part.  An industrial parade illustrating the progress of a century was held on Saturday afternoon; it was followed by an address by Albert Stump of Indanapolis.  On Sunday, a homecoming for all the churches was held at the gymnasium, with the Reverend C.H. Taylor, of Bloomington, delivering an address.  An illustrated page-account of Akron was published in the Indianapolis Sunday Star of June 28.”



Gray Gordon Band Held Over

The News-Sentinel, Sept 2, 1936

          Grau Gordon and his WLW Orchestra, who accompanies patrons of the Fairview Gardens, Lake Manitou, during the past week are to be held over until, and including, Labor Monday night. - - - -



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept 3, 1936

          The Michael Walters Family Reunion was held Sunday at the Rochester City Park.  Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Charles M Walters and Mr. & Mrs. Judy and daughter of North Manchester, Mr. & Mrs. Elbe Beehler of Plymouth, Mr. & Mrs. Lee Beehler and son, Hubert, of Culver, Mr. & Mrs V. Long of Wabash, Mrs. J. Nungeser and son Layton, of South Bend, Mr. & Mrs. F. Utter and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Kale and family, Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Kale, Mrs. Paul Kale, Charles and Ernest Kale, Mrs. Mary Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Miller and family, Mr. & Mrs. Thompson and daughter and Charles Beehler, Mrs. L. Walters, Mrs. Gladys Bussert, all of Rochester.

          The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Lee Beehler, president, Mrs. Dollie Miller, vice president Mrs. Nedrith Nungesser, secretary-treasurer and Mrs. Mary Johnson was elected as the head of the entertainment committee.



First Time in 3 Years

The News-Sentinel, Sept 4, 1936

          Citizens of Macy will pay a town tax levy in 1937 for the first time in three years, a rate of 60 cents being proposed for the coming year to raise $1,395, whch with a balance of $450, will provide a total budget of $1,845 for the coming year.

          At the end of 1933 the town had sufficient funds to meet expenses for three years without further taxation.



Bought by Capt. O.I. Minter

The News-Sentinel, Sept 5, 1936

          A real estate transaction was concluded recently whereby Mrs. John Holman has sold her home, 300 West Ninth street, to Capt. & Mrs. O.I Minter, who have returned to Fulton county to make their residence after many years absence.

          Capt. Minter is the son of Mr. & Mrs. William Minter, deceased, who lived at Lake Nyona and Mrs. Minter is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. S.N Shesler of Akron and is a sister of Mrs. A. Adams of this city.

          Capt. Minter is retiring from the Army after 37 years of active service in the United States and its possessions.  He served in the World War with several Fulton county men.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept 8, 1936

          The twenty-third annual Kindig reunion was held at the Rochester City Park Saturday, September 5.  After a very delicious dinner was served to fifty-one people, a short business session  resulted in the following officers being elected: President, W.E. Kindig of Peru; vice-president, Forrest Fennimore of Decatur; secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Oral Kindig.  Two births were reported, a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Lee Peter, and a daughter to Mr & Mrs. Reynold Gerard.  Three deaths, Mrs. W.L. Nichols of Rochester, Betty Jo, daughter of Donald and Emma Marburger of Indianapolis, and Barbara Lou, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roscoe Hatch of Macy.  Three new members were welcomed into the family circle, Mrs. Roland Fennimore, Mrs. Floyd Kindig and Mrs. Cleon Kindig.  Relatives were present from Alabama, Noblesville, Decatur, Peru, South Bend, Macy and Rochester.



William S. Wynn Home

The News-Sentinel, Sept 8, 1936

          The Wynn family reunion was held Sunday at the William S Wynn home eight miles northwest of Rochester.  Those present partaking in a bounteous community dinner, which was served during the noon hour were: Mr. & Mrs. Paul Tanner of Marion, Ohio; Mr & Mrs. Omer Hultley of Laurel, Ohio; David Kale and family of Bellefontaine, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs. O.J. Wynn of Richmond, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs. Arvie Kale and Mr. & Mrs. Walter Kale of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs Virgil Long of Wabash; Della Thompson of Rochester; William Wynn and family of Argos; Cleo Wynn of Culver; Ted Butlers of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Harley Fultz of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs Charles Cook of Elkhart, and Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Hoffman of Rochester.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept 9, 1936

          The twenty-second annual reunion of the Conrad-Hughes families was held at the Rochester City Park, on Sunday, September 6.  A community dinner was served at the noon hour and the meeting was brought to order by Roscoe Conrad, president.  The minutes of the last reunion were read by Miss Mary Hays, secretary.  Officers were elected, and resulted in Fred Van Duyne being chosen presidnt and Grace Conrad, secretary-treasurer.  Refreshments were served later in the afternoon.  There were thirty-six relatives present, including Mr. & Mrs Farell Conrad and son, David, Lawrence Conrad and Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bussert from Ohio.  It was decided to hold the next reunion at the same place, the Sunday before Labor Day.



Slim La Mar’s Band

The News-Sentinel, Sept 9, 1936

          The Fairview Gardens, Lake Manitou, will extend its dancing season ovrtime Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, according to an announcement made here today by Harry S. Page, owner and proprietor of the Fairview Hotel.

          Ayars (Slim) LaMar and his orchestra, wo have been engaged to furnish the dinner music Saturday and Sunday nights, will come here from Baron Lake, Niles, Mich, where he was held over.



From Heirs of Charles White

The News-Sentinel, Sept 10, 1936

          Lowell Ewer, Fulton, has purchased a building on Main street in Fulton from the heirs of the late Charles White in which to house his chick hatchery.  Mr. Ewer plans to re-establish his hatchery which burned to the ground last spring.  He has purchased three new incubators.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept 11, 1936

          The annual reunion of the Davis family was held Sunday, September 6, at the Rochester City Park.  A community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour after which the regular business meeting was held with the president, Rev. Harley Davis, presiding and the present officers were all re-elected for the year of 1937.  The 1937 reunion will also be held the day before Labor Day at the Rochester City Park.           The oldest person present was Ellen Nye, who will be eighty on September 15.  William Davis who will be 86 on September 14 was ill and unable to attend.  James Allen Smith, the youngest person present, is only twenty months old.

          In the afternoon there were several visitors, among them bing Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Mikesell and their three-month-old son.  There were several short talks and stories given, one member had not attended any of the reunions for thirty years.

          Those present from Rochester were Mr. & Mrs. Vern Sanders and family, Della Pontius, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Fishback and son, Louis, Mrs. Laura Powell and Mr. & Mrs. Enoch Mikesell.



Lowell Ewer, of Fulton

The News-Sentinel, Sept 17, 1936

          Lowell Ewer, owner of the Fulton Chick Hatchery several days ago purchased the Boggs Feed Store at Argos and will establish a branch of his hatchery there.  Ermid Hoffman, of Argos, will manage the store for Mr. Ewer.






Recall Old Friends - Deceased

The News-Sentinel, Sept 18, 1936

          Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Beyer, Mrs. Billy Sunday and Mrs. Elmer B. Funk, all of Winona Lake made a brief visit with Rochester friends of the Beyers, Thursday afternoon.  Mr. Beyer, former prominent resident of this city, stated he sorely missed the following old friends, all of whom are deceased: L.M. Brackett, Henry A. Barnhart, John Holman, Omar B. Smith, A.W. Bitters, W.H. Deniston, Daniel Agnew and W.J. Leiter.




Promoted at Marshal Field

The News-Sentinel, Sept 21, 1936

          Miss Frances Curtis, daughter of Mrs. Vine Curtis of Rochester, who is employed in the Marshal Field & Company store in Chicago, has recently been promoted to the position of Assistant Editor of the “Field Glass” weekly magazine.  This publication is issued for the employees of the store and covers all their activities.  Miss Curtis was formerly in the credit department.  She is a graduate of the School of Journalism, the Univrsity of Missouri..



Albert Baldwin

The News-Sentinel, Sept 25, 1936

          Albert Baldwin town clerk of Kewanna, who has been residing on a farm west of Star City, has resigned his position as clerk, the resignation being effective October 5.  Mr. Baldwin has secured a position in a steel mill at Hammond and will move to that city in the near future



Anson Weeks Tonight

The News-Sentinel, Sept 26, 1936

          Anson Weeks and his orchestra will be the featured music for the dance crowd at the Colonial Gardens, tonight/ - - - - -






Maurie Cross Band Oct. 3 & 4

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 2, 1936

          Maurie Cross and his orchestra will be featured at the Colonial Hotel, Lake Manitou, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, Oct. 3 and 4.  This band which comes here from Dayton, Ohio, needs no ntroduction to the dance goers in this section of the state as it has played previous engagements at Manitou. - - - -The Dick Barrie band which has been playing at the Colonial since Labor Day will close their season here tonight and leave for Dayton where they have several weeks booking at one of the leading hotels in that city.



Ride Train on One Ticket

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 3, 1936

          Keokuk, Ia., Oct. 3. - Conductor George Kinning of the Burlington railroad adds Siamese twins to the woes of railroading.

          Bound from St. Louis to St. Paul the twins tendered only one ticket to Conductor Kinning.  Puzzled he telegraphed the passenger agent at St. Louis for instructions and received this reply:

          “If unable to collect extra fare make no attempt to put one of them off the train.”



Z.W. Fenstermaker Home

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 7, 1936

          The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the late John and Mary Fenstermaker gathered at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Z.W. Fenstermaker and daughter, Daisy, Sunday, at Argos, Ind.  All were present but Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Fenstermaker and his family of Niles, Michigan.  The only remaining aunt of the family was also present, Mrs. Lill Lynch of Chicago.

          Others who were present were Mr. & Mrs. Benton Fenstermaker and son, Marion, of Jonesboro, Mr. & Mrs. John Geyer and Mrs Lill Lynch of Chicago, Mr. & Mrs. Ora Horn of near Talma, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Horn and daughter, Peggy Jo, of Akron, Mr. & Mrs. Harley Zolman and daughters, Annabelle Lee and Donna Jo, of Rochester, Mr. & Mrs. Vance Fenstermaker and niece, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Jeffries and children, Mary Marcille, Keith and Barbara, and Mr. & Mrs. Z.W. Fenstermaker and daughter, Daisy, all of Argos.



Are to be Torn Down

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 16, 1936

          Logansport, Ind., Oct. 16. - Work of razing two large stone buildings, landmarks of the city business district that hark back to the days of Wabash and Erie Canal, has been started and the two structures will be replaced by a modern business building.

          Decision to tear down the structures, ereced in 1838 from native limstone as grain warehouses along the canal, came after a rear wall of one of the buildings crumbled.

          The two buildings have been in continuous use since their erection.  When the canal was removed and its bed filled to become what now is Fifth street, fronts of the two buildings were reconstructed.  The tow path became the sidewalk.

          In the forty years the canal served this city thousands of bushels of grain passed through the doors of these two structures and tons of incoming canal freight were stored within their walls.



Purchased by Merritt Garner

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 21, 1936

          Merritt Garner, of Argos, has purchased the Diamond Filling Station at Fulton of Ernest Eytcheson and took possession Monday evening.  Mr. Eytcheson will devote his time to farming as he lives on a farm southeast of Fulton and he also drives a school bus at Fulton.



For Last Miami Chief

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 21, 1936

          Wabash, Ind., Ocr. 21. - John Newman, oldest living Indian in the Indian territory near Wabash, and once a chief of the powerful Miamis, now 97 years old, is living in a tumble-down cabin four miles south of Wabash.  He is in no financial position to repair the cabin.

          Civic-minded persons have taken it on themselves to obtain funds to build a shelter for the Indian in the heart of rich wooded tracts that his ancestors once owned and roamed.

          Dr. Otho Winger, Manchester college president, is cooperating in the movement and a meeting is to be held to outline a fund-raising campaign.




Sold to Charles Lockridge

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 22, 1936

          James Mandleco announced today he had sold his studio at 720 Main street to Charles Lockridge, an experienced photographer of Mishawaka, who has taken possession.

          Mr. Lockridge has been connected with the Kaylor Studio in Mishawaka for the past eight years.  He is a graduate of the Winona School of Photography.

          At the present time Mr. Lockridge is remodeling and redecorating the studio.  He will also enlarge the mechanical equipment in the studio.

          Mr. Mandleco has been a resident of this city for 19 years, coming here from Oklahoma City, Okla.  He says he has no immediate plans for the future.

          Mr. Mandleco says he is retiring from business because of ill health.



Dr. Lawrence E. Kelsey

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 22, 1936

          Dr. Lawrence E. Kelsey announced today that he is building a complete small hospital and office combned in Kewanna in which he will install modern equipment.

          A contract has been let by Dr. Kelsey to Lloyd Woolington of Kewanna and work is to begin immediately.  The plans call for the completion of the building by January 1, 1937.

          The building, a two-story structure, is to be of brick veneer.  The building will contain 16 rooms, a number of which will be used for hospitalization.

          The building which Dr. Kelsey is having converted into a hospital is located on the north side of Main street in Kewanna, just west of the public library.

          Dr. Kelsey is a native of Monterey where his father is a doctor.  He has been practicing in Kewanna for several months.  He recived his medical training in Chicago and Tulsa, Okla.







Historical Review

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 26, 1936

          With the re-building of the new Boston Store building, an interesting history of this store is recalled.

          The first Boston Store was started in Rochster in the latter part of the 19th century, in the Holeman building at 528 Main Street, where the James Darrah plumbing shop is now located.  This store was started by Mose and Samuel Flox, who operated the store for only a short duration.

          Following the dissolution of partnership Mose Flox went to South Bend and engaged in business and Samuel Flox opened a new Boston Store in the Centennial Block on the north side of the Court House.  This store was opened on April 16, 1898 and the grand opening sale was held from April 30 to May 7.

          In addition to dry goods Mr. Flox carried a stock of shoes, groceries and meats.  Mr. Flox continued to operate this store for a period of approximately five years, closing out his business here and starting a most successful career in Peru, Ind.

          For many years Rochester was without a Boston Store, until in June, 1926, when Jacob Flox and Abe Zimmerman, son and son-in-law, respectively, of Samuel Flox purchased the Rochester Bargain Store at 806 Main street, owned by Abe Levi, of Peru, and managed by Albert Golding.  Otto Wagoner, of Peru, was named new manager.  Following the closing of the Stafford shoe store, in the C.K. Plank buildig, the store was enlarged and a line of furniture and wall paper was added.  Other managers of the store were Clyde L. Miller and Samuel Teitelbaum.  The present manager is L. Milton Camblin who has served most efficiently in this capacity for several years.

          The store was continued until the disastrous fire in the early part of the year which destroyed the Alf Carter and Boston stores.  Following the fire the late J F. Dysert purchased the lots of C.K. Plank and J.F. Dysert together with Charles Campbell, owner of the building at 806 Main street, erected one of the most modern and beautiful buildings in the city.

          A new feature of the store is an up-to-date basement department.  Mr. Flox and Mr. Zimmerman are the owners of several stores in surrounding cities, but the new Rochester department store is the largest and most modern of any of their stores.




Golden Wedding Anniversary

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 26, 1936

          A delightful and unusual social event occurred at Akron, Sunday, Oct. 25, when Andrew A. Gast and his wife, Flora E. Gast, along with their five children, Marie, Robert P., Whitney K., Karl B, Estil A., and twelve grandchildren, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with a dinner at the Hotel Akron and a reception at the Gast home. The Taylor quartet of Akron, called in the afternoon at the Gast home and favored with several lovely selections.

          The event was an unusual one in several respects.  Mr. Gast, now 81 years of age, and Mrs. Gast, now 73, were both born in Akron, and, excpt during a period of four years when Mr. Gast was sheriff of Fulton countty, have always made their home there.  They were married in Akron on Oct. 27, 1886, at which time Mr. Gast was postmaster and Mrs Gast, nee Flora Bitters was postmistress.  Mrs. Gast, daughter of William and Catherine Bitters of Akron, prior to the time of her marriage had taught school for seven years.  She has always been, and still is active in social and community life.   She is a member of Eastern Star and the Pythian Sisters.

          Mr. Gast, commonly called “Double A” is about the same as he has been for the past 60 years or more, an active, energetic and forceful, participant in the social, business and political life of his community and county.  Succeeding his father, Andrew Gast in 1876, he began his business life in Akron as a cobbler, a maker and seller of boots and shoes.  In 1885, during Grover Cleveland’s first administration Mr Gast became postmaster at Akron; in 1888 and again in 1890 he was elected Sheriff of Fulton county.  Following his two terms as Sheriff, Mr. & Mrs. Gast returned to Akron, where Mr. Gast built and operated succssfulkly for a quarter of a century, a brick and tile factory.  He was a pioneer in the construction of Akron’s first Telephone Company, its first electric light plant and its first theater.  During the past 20 years Mr. Gast has been actively and successfully engaged in farming, building contracting and as a road contractor.  Now, at 81, he is remarkably and successfully active as a business man.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Gast have always been influential Democrats.  Mr. Gast attended six Democratic National Conventions and Mrs. Gast usually accompanied him.  Both distinctly and vividly recall hearing Bryant’s “Cross of Gold Speech.”   Mr. Gast was a member of the “Old Democratic School” and remembers among his friends and


political associates such men as Benjamin F. Shively, Henry Barnhart, Tom Taggart and Samuel Ralston.

          A large number of friends called at the Gast home Sunday, to congratulate the couple upon their long, happy, and successful married life.



Chief Announcer Radio Station WLS

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 27, 1936

          Howard Chamberlain, son of Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Chamberlain of Rochester, and former resident of same city, has been promoted to the position of chief announcer of Radio Station WLS, to replace Jack Holden now with NBC, WLS announced today.



Sold to Fred Hill

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 27, 1936

          Harry Griese today sold the Gamble Store at 824 Main Street to Fred Hill of Chickasha, Okla., an experienced hardware store operator who has taken possession.

          Mr. Greise came to this city last February from Hibbing, Minn., where he had operated a Gamble Store for several years.  He with his family left for Los Angeles, Cal, today by motor where they will make their future home

          Mr. Hill is a former resident of Tipton.  He has been a store manager for Montgomery Ward & Co., in a number of cities including Chickasha, Okla. and Fort Worth, Tex.  - - - -



Purchased by Carl Thacker

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 30, 1936

          Carl Thacker, Silver Lake, has taken over the Social Club at Akron.  The former owner was Jack Shope who has operated the business for a number of years.



Laura Beerwert Cottage

The News-Sentinel, Nov 2, 1936

          The Vankirk family held a Family reunion this week a the “Tuck Inn” cottage on the banks of the Tippecanoe river east of Leiters Ford,


owned by Mrs. Laura Beerwert.  Guests included Mr. & Mrs. Bert Anglemeir and son David, and daughters Elaine and Mary Kay, Mrs. J.E. Vankirk, Mrs. William Boise and daughter, Betty Mae Boise, of Wausaukee, Wis., Mr. & Mrs. E.E. Vankirk and son, Loren, of Hoovers, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hillsman of Nyona Lake, Mr. & Mrs. G.E. Warfield and family of Kewanna, Miss Lily Brugh and Mrs. Laura Beerwert and son Robert of Leiters Ford.



Purchased by L. Ewer & W. Ford

The News-Sentinel, Nov 10, 1936

          Lowell Ewer and William Ford of Fulton have purchased the Claypool Feed Store at Claypool.  Mr. Ford, who has been employed at an elevator in Fulton for the past seventeen years has resigned his position to assume the management of the feed store in Claypool.



Purchased by Levi Moore

The News-Sentinel, Nov 25, 1936

          The feed store in the 500 block on Main street, operated for many years by the late Charles Reed, was sold today to the Fulton County Community Sales Company owned by Levi Moore.

          The stock of goods in the Reed Store which includes over 1000 items will be offered for sale at public auction Saturday at the sales company’s barn at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets. - - - -



Presented to Smithsonian Inst.

The News-Sentinel, Nov 28, 1936

          The body of the immense African elephant, “Jumbo II”, who died at the Cole Bros-Clyde Beatty Circus menagerie Thursday morning, will be preserved for posterity, according to the announcement made by circus headquarters today.  Directors of the Smithsonian Institute at Washngton, DC., have sent word to the circus officials that they will take the body of the elephant, in all probability, mount it and place it in a prominent position in the institute.

          Directors - - - - informed (Jess Adkins) that three taxidermists were leaving Washington today and that they would arrive in Rochester early Sunday morning and take charge of the body. - - - - -




Earl Mills of Fulton

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 10, 1936

          Earl Mills of Fulton, whose roof and tin shop with all contents were destroyed by fire on November 19, is re-openng a shop in the cement block building next door to his building that was destroyed.  This building was formerly used for the Fulton Bakery and is owned by Mrs. Jess Rouch of Kewanna.



Again Open

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 11, 1936

          Ted Smith, manager of the Shell Gasoline Service station situated in the 600 block Main Street, this city, announced today that this popular station is now open for business.

          The entire station and ground have just recently undergone extensive alteration and many improvements have been added. - - - -



Take Majestic Radio Agency

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 12, 1936

          Black & Bailey announced today that they had taken the agency for Rochester and Fulton county for the Majestic line of radios.  The Majestic is one of the best known radios on the market.

          Don Myers, manager of the radio department of the Black & Bailey store has spent the past seven days in the Majestic company’s plants in Chicago and Marion, where he has been studying the methods of construction of these radios. - - - -



To Rytex Company

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 16, 1936

          The Rytex Company of Indianapolis, commercial stationery manufacturers, have purchased two buildings from 430 to 442 North Capital Avenue in Indianapolis.  A portion of the buildings are now being occupied by the Rytex Company which was founded seventeen years ago by Mervin Hammel, a former resident of this city.






Moving to Elwood

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 24, 1936

          “Don” Carlson, well known sports editor of The News-Sentinel, who has been responsible for an interesting sport section of this newspaper for the last few years has resigned his position to accept a similar post with the Elwood Call Leader.  The young man will take up his new work the first of the year when he will move to Elwood.

          Donald began his newspaper work with The News-Sentinel first as high school reporter and then became a specialist on the sports department.  He liked the work so well he came to the newspaper on full-time job and rapidly developed into a first class newspaper man while still young in years.  He has made his department one of the most popular in the paper and his sports comment will be missed by those who follow the athletic activities over the country.



Ray McDermott Dead

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 2, 1937

          Ayrton Howard, of this city, today received word from his brother George, of Chicago, that Ray McDermott who has been ill with pneumonia in an Evanston hospital had passed away at 8:30 o’clock Saturday morning.

          Mr. McDermott was the pianist and director of the King’s Jesters, a nationally known group of radio entertainers.  The deceased had often visited this city and for a couple of seasons was with the Murray Horton orchestra at the Colonial Hotel and Gardens.  Mr. McDermott is survived by his widow.  His home was in Cincinnati, Ohio.         



Breaks All Records

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 2, 1937

          In November the C.K.R. Company at Akron broke all records for the plant and shipped out $55,000 worth of hardware specialties.  This broke the previous record established in October 1936 when they manufactured $47,000 worth of materials.  There are 100 men employed in the plant and the payroll is in excess of $8,000 per month.





Alva Rans, New Manager

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 4, 1937

          Alva Rans has taken over the management of the Gulf Oil Company station at Fulton succeeding Willis Green, who has resigned.  Glen Berry will operate the station for Mr. Rans, who is the owner of a barber shop in the building adjoining the station.



Assistant Manager Named

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 6, 1937

          Ermal Taulman, Monon, has been named assistant manager of the local A. & P store and will assume his duties nxxt Monday.  Mr. Taulman has been the manager of an A. & P. Store at Monon for some time.  The Taulman family will reside at 1114 Monroe street.



William Fisher Purchaser

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 7, 1937

          William Fisher has purchased the general store and fisherman headquarters on the east side of Lake Nyona, operated for many years by the late Sam Beghtol.  Mr. & Mrs Fisher have taken possession of the store and will continue to operate it.



Roy Haag and Brother

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 8, 1937

          Roy Haag, former resident of the Kewanna community, has announced that with a brother he will place a motorized circus on the road this summer.

          The circus is to be known as the “Haag Brothers Circus” and is to be assembled at Lafayette, Tenn.  For many years Mr. Haag was associated with an uncle in the circus business.

          The circus which had winterquarters in San Antonio, Tex., was known as the “Mighty Haag Shows..”

          Eleven new Reo trucks which Mr. Haag purchased in Lansing, Mich., passed through this city several days ago.  These trucks are a part of 40 trucks which will move the circus about the country.

          Mr. Haag stated he had contracted for a number of acts.  The big top will be 180 by 80 feet



Tramsfer Ehart to Indianapolis

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 11, 1937

          Friends in this city have received word that Ed Ehart, who was the manager of the local Armour & Company branch for eight years, has been transferred to the Indianapolis branch of the company.  Mr. Ehart who was prominent in civic and social activities while a resident of this city was transferred from the local branch to that of the one at Fairmount, Minn., in August 1935.  Mr. Ehart’s many friends in this city are glad to know he has been returned to a post in Indiana by the Armour Company.  The transfer is a promotion.



John Wilson Transferred

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 12, 1937

          John Wilson, who has been employed by the Railway Express Agency here for the past two and a half years was transferred yesterday to the office at Iona, Mich.  His new position gives him full time employment.  Harold Bailey has taken the position made vacant by Mr. Wilson’s transfer.



Lloyd Riley, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 13, 1937

          The St. Clair Filling Station at Akron is now under the operation of Lloyd Riley.  Mr. Riley succeeds Vern Cumberland as manager, of this popular station.



At Fulton County Jail

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 16, 1937

          Sheriff & Mrs. Lester King entertained the retiring officers of the court house and jail, Friday evening, at the Fulton County Jail.  A community supper was greatly enjoyed at seven o’clock and the remainder of the evening was spent in enjoying games and contests with an old fashioned “Spelling Bee” being the main attaction of the evening.

          Those present were Mrs. Elizabeth Felix, Miss Helen Wilson, Leonard Garner, Lester Leman, Robert DuBois, William Ward, Misses Frances Neff and Helen Sausaman, Gene Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Harlin


Showley, Mr & Mrs Kline D. Reed, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Rouch, Mr. & Mrs. Lon Carruthers, Mr. & Mrs. Don Pyle, Mr. & Mrs. William Gorsline, Mr. & Mrs. Ike Emmons, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Shafer, Mr. & Mrs. Harold “Bead”. Read, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Downs, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Zimmerman, Mr & Mrs. Dale Poenix, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Walters, Mr. & Mrs. Boyd Peterson, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Morris, and Mr. & Mrs. William Jurgensmyer.



Norman Walters

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 19, 1937

          Norman Walters, son of Mr. & Mrs. Norman Walters has opened his new confectionary stand at the corner of Main and Seventh Streets.  It is built in the shape of a small cottage and is vey unique as to architecture.



Designer of Haynes-Apperson Auto

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 19, 1937

          Milwaukee, Jan. 19. - Fred P. Wilkins, age sixty-three, a designer of one of the first automobiles produced in the United States died yesterday after a month’s illness.  A native of Kokomo, Ind., Wilkins aided in designing and manufacturing the first model of the Haynes-Apperson Company in 1898.  For several years thereafter he was an automobile salesman and tester.

          Wilkins moved here in 1907, becoming a sales manager for the Waukesha Motor Company.  The wdow, Elsa, and two daughters survive.



At Hagan Bros. Garage

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 29, 1937

          The Hagan Bros. Garage is undergoing some extensive improvements preparatory for the establishment of a new Hudson-Terraplane auto agency which will be open for business Saturday.

          The new agency is being opened by Jiggs Sanger, who for several years operated the Hudson-Terraplane agency at Converse, Ind.  Mr. Stanger stated he would set up a repair and parts service deparement at the Hagan Garage which would be in charge of an experienced mechanic.  This new auto dealer and several drivers left


for Detroit to bring back several 1937 models.

          The Evans Radio shop which was located in the Hagan building has moved to east Ninth street in the store room formerly occupied by the Wilhoit auto agency.



Dr. A. Davis, Asst. to Dr. Leckrone

The News-Sentinel, Feb,.2, 1937

          Dr. A. Davis, of Anderson, Ind. who recently completed his interne practice at the St. Vincent hospital, Indianapolis, has been added to the staff of the Woodlawn hospital, this city, according to announcement as outlined at the hospital today.  Dr. Davis will do no private practice but limit his activities exlusively to hospital duties as an assistant to Dr. Leckrone.  Chief among these activities will be the after-care of the patients following operations.  Dr. Davis, who is married, will soon establish his residence at 1118 Pontiac street, it was stated.



Clarence Garner

The News-Sentinel, Feb,.3, 1937

          Clarence Garner has leased the Shell Oil Company filling station at 518-520 Main Street and has taken possession.  Ted Smith, who has had the place under lease for the past year, will go to Indianapolis to enter business.    



Purchased by Orbra Taylor

The News-Sentinel, Feb,.12, 1937

          The Hub Shoe Store, pioneer in its line in this community, today, was sold to Orbra Taylor.  Guy Alspach, former proprietor, who is an uncle of Mr. Taylor, stated today he would continue his residency in this city and engage in a manufacturing business. The new proprietor of The Hub has been associated with the store for over 27 years.

          Mr. Alspach started The Hub shoe store over 37 years ago with Robert Marsh, former resident of this city, as his partner.  Later, Mr. Marsh retired from business and moved to New York state.  A short time afterward Sylvester Alspach, father iof Guy, became a partner and assisted in the operation of the store until his death a number of years ago.



At LaSalle Hotel, Chicago

The News-Sentinel, Feb,.13, 1937

          The King’s Jesters, composed of George Howard, Fritz Bastow and John Ravencroft and their band on Wednesday evening, opened a new floor show in the Blue Fountain Room at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago.  The show has receeived very favorable comment from Chicago newspaper reporters.  The local boys have also appeared in the Sherman, Morrison and Bismarck hotels in Chicago.



On His Nintieth Birthday

The News-Sentinel, Feb,.13, 1937

          Henry Nelson Pownall today celebrated his nintieth birthday by walking to this city from the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.F. Brubaker, who lives on a farm six miles northwest of Rochester.

          Mr. Pownall is a life long resident of Fulton county and was born on a farm three miles west of Fulton on February 13, 1847 and was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Pownall.  He has always been a farmer like his parents.

          Mr. Pownall is remarkably preserved.  His health is splendid, he is tall, his shoulders straight, his walk that of a much young man, eye sight and hearing excellent.  He has iron gray hair.

          Mr. Pownall purchased a 10-cent pair of glasses in 1902 at the Fulton county fair and uses them only for newspaper reading.  This is the only pair of glasses he has ever owned.  In talking to newspaper men today Mr. Pownall said he has never smoked, chewed or drank intoxicating liquors and that he has hunted and fished all of his life and still takes an active interest in these sports.  He also added that he had never woriied, letting things happen just as they came into his life.

          Mr. Pownall says he expects to live to be 105 years old or at least as he places it until another Republican president is elected.  He has always been an active G.O.P. party worker.

          Mr. Pownall has two daughters, Mrs Brubaker and Mrs. Charles H. Carithers who resides three miles northeast of Rochester.  He lives half of his time with one daughter and her family and the oither half of his time with the other daughter.

          Mrs Brubaker wanted to drive her father to this city in her auto to see his friends after it started to rain, this mornng but he spurned the

offer saying “that the exercise will do me good.”



Injured on WPA project

The News-Sentinel, Feb,.15, 1937

          Herman Alber, East Fourth Street, who has been working on WPA projects was seriously injured at 3 o’clock this afternoon when he was struck by a truck while working in a gravel pit twelve miles north of Rochester.  Alber’s chest was crushed.  He has been moved to the Woodlawn hospital, where his condition is critical.



Saw Lincoln in Casket

The News-Sentinel, Feb,.15, 1937

          Mrs. James Musselman, who resides near Twelve Mile, and is seventy-seven years old (Friday) related to friends there that she saw Lincoln when he lay in his casket at Springfield.  She was in her first grade of school (age 6) and the teacher took her scholars to view the casket.



Purchases Grocery at Plymouth

The News-Sentinel, Feb, 27, 1937

          A.F. Miller who resides on a farm north of this city has purchased a grocery store in Plymouth and will soon move there.  Mr. Miller was at one time the manager of the local A. & P. Store.



Charles Pyle Now Sole Owner

The News-Sentinel, Feb, 27, 1937

          Through a business transaction consumated this week, Charles Pyle, of this city, became the sole owner of The Racket Clothing store, one of the city’s pioneer mercantile establishments.

          The new owner, who has been a partner with the late Joseph F. Dysert since the year of 1916, purchased Mrs. Laura Dysert’s interests and assumes complete management of the store, immediately.

          The store will continue to operate under the name of The Racket Clothing store.  This business was founded in the year of 1907, when J.F. Dysert purchased the Racket from William H. Guthrie.  At that time the store was located in the building now occupied by the Farmers & Merchants bank.  A few years later, it was removed to the location of the Karn Coffee Shop, and in the year 1918 Dysert & Pyle purchased


Sol Altman store.  These two businesses were consolidated and The Racket Clothing store was moved to its present location, after which J.F. Dysert retired from active management in the business.

          The new owner, in an interview today stated there would be no changes in the personnel of the store.  Messrs. R.C. Johnson and Obra Emmons will assist Mr. Pyle in the management of the store.



Purchase Vulcanizing Business

The News-Sentinel, March 1, 1937

          Long & Shelton, operators of the filling station at the corner of Main and Fourth street, on Saturday purchased the tire and vulcanizing business of Harley Fultz.  This new feature will now be added to their station, they announced today.



A. L. Lowdermilk

The News-Sentinel, March 2, 1937

          Attorney A.L Lowdermilk of Indianapolis, has been admitted to the Fulton County Bar Association by Judge Robert Miller after he had presented a petition from the clerk of the Indiana State Supreme Court, showing that he was a licensed attorney at law.

          Attorney Lowdermilk has opened an office in the State Bank Building in Akron and will practice law in that city.  He has leased the Milo Cutshall property in East Rochester Street and will move his family to Akron.

          Mr. Lowdermilk has attended Indiana University, has practiced law in his home town, Sullivan, Indiana and in Ohio.  He also has had several years experience in Insurance work.  At present he lives in Irvington.

          Mrs. Lowdermilk is a graduate of Indiana University and has taught economics and management.

          They have a daughter, Marjorie Ann, who is six years old and in the first grade of school.



To New York in Record Time

The News-Sentinel, March 16, 1937

          Local officials of the Erie railroad were advised today that the


special train which tansported a number of units of the Cole Bros.-

Clyde Beatty Circus to New York, Sunday from the winterquarters here made record time for the trip.  The time was twenty hours from Rochester to New York which is considered very good for the movement of a circus train for that distance.  The circus train left Rochester at 6:34 p.m., Sunday and arrived in New York at 2:30 p.m (CST) Monday.



Oldsmobile Agency

The News-Sentinel, March 19, 1937

          Saturday, March 20th marks the opening of the new Oldsmobile Agncy in Rochester by the Kepler Motor Sales Co.  The new agency will be located in the Wainscott building 118-120 East 8th street and the new 1937 Oldsmobile will be on display in this new salesroom.

          Orlan Kepler, manager of the new agency has been associated in the automobile business in this city for the past ten years where he was employed as one of the chief salesmen for his uncle the late Charles K. Kepler.  Associated with the manager, will be his father James Kepler and Norman R. Stoner in the sales division and Robert Stoner who will have charge of the clerical work in this new business. - - - -

          The service department will be located in the J.W Brubaker garage on South Main Street.



Frank Pressnal Resigns as teller

The News-Sentinel, March 19, 1937

          Frank Pressnal has resigned his position as teller in the Akron Exchange State Bank after serving the instituton for 35 years.  He will make his home with his daughter.

          Harold Groninger has taken the position made vacant by Mr. Pressnal’s resignation.  He received his education in the Akron high school, DePauw University and Manchester College.



Purchased by John Dellinger

The News-Sentinel, March 19, 1937

          The A. & D. Cafe in Kewanna was sold several days ago by Mr. & Mrs. W.E. Ackert and daughter Dolores to John Dellinger of Lake Bruce, who is now in possession.



Will Open New Store in Mentone

The News-Sentinel, March 19, 1937

          Wayne Tombaugh, Akron, has announced that he will open a furniture store in the Snyder building in Mentone April 1.



Fred Shobes, Manager, Resigns

The News-Sentinel, March 26, 1937

          Fred Shobe, who for the past few years has been manager of the Renbarger grocery store, has tendered his resignition effective Saturday evening.  Mr. Shobe has accepted a position with the Miller Brothers and will be in charge of the Electrcal Appliances sales of this concern.

          James Snyder,, who has been employed at the Renbarger Grocery will take over the management of this store and Evan Michael, of Green Oak, has been secured as his assistant.  Mr. Snyder has had several years experiece in the grocery business in this city



New Building and Sawmill

The News-Sentinel, March 26, 1937

          The D.A. Pike Lumber Company has opened a new saw mill in Akron during the past few days, and began work Thursday morning on a building to house another branch of their growing business.

          The new mill is one of the most modern sawing outfits in the middle west and is housed in a 33 by 84 foot building.  At present a 100 horsepower motor is being installed and the mill will be in operation in a few days.  They plan to do general mill work.

          The new building which was started yesterday morning will be 47 feet wide and 132 feet long and is to be located on the lot just west of the prsent retail department of the company.  This lot, formerly owned by Ralph Shafer, has recently been purchased by the Pike company and this biilding will house dressed lumber, a new department. Ten car loads of finished lumber have been ordered and are now beginning to arrive, so it will be necessary to complete this building as soon as possible.

          The Pike company has recently purchased several lots adjoining their propeerty for the purpose of storing lumber and for building purposes.  Five trucks have recently been added to the company fleet.



Purchased by Del Smith

The News-Sentinel, March 31, 1937

          Del Smith today purchased the Felty Barber Shop, 514 Main street, from the heirs of the late Henry Felty.  Mr. Smith, who is an experienced barber and who has operated other shops in this city, will open the tonsorial parlor to the public Thursday morning, April 1.



Opens New G.E Department

The News-Sentinel, April 1, 1937

          Milton Camblin, manager of the Rochester Boston Store, announced today that this popular store is now carrying a complete line of General Electric refrigerators, washers, mandrels, radios, and smaller electrical appliances.  This department has been installed in the north section of the building.

          Cleon Kindig, an experienced electrical man, who operated an appliance store on East 8th street for some time, has been placed in charge of the Boston Store’s new department. - - - -



Installs Meat Market

The News-Sentinel, April 2, 1937

          A new meat market department has just been installed in the J.R. Liston Grocery.  This store will now handle only the choisest cuts of fresh and smoked meats.  The meats are purchased from the well-known and reliable firms of Major Brothers and the Kuhner Company.



Bought By Vere Calvin & Paul Myers

The News-Sentinel, April 2, 1937

          A business transaction of considerable import was consummated late Thursday afternoon, whereby R.L. Miller Hardware and Implement Store becomes the property of Vere S. Calvin and Paul Myers, both of Rochester.  The new proprietors took immediate possession of the store.

          The store, which will become known as the Calvin & Myers Hardware, will carry a complete stock of general hardware, Oliver farming implements and household and farm appliances.  The harness-making and repair department will be continued,


          Mr. Calvin, senior member of the new firm has resigned from his position with the McMahan Construction Co., and Paul Myers, who has been manager of the Farm Bureau in this city will tender his resignation within the next few days.  Both men are well and most favorably known in the business field of this community and their new venture should prove a most successful one

          R.L. Miller, who has been engaged in the hardware business in this city for a long number of years plans to retire from active duties.  Mr. Miller has been in ill heallth for the past several months. - - - -



Van Brown and James E. Smith

The News-Sentinel, April 3, 1937

          Word was received today from Indianapolis that Van Brown and James E Smith have passed the Bar Examination.

          Van Brown, son of Mrs. Mary Brown of this city, has been a student at the Indiana Law School, in Indianapolis and will graduate in June.  For the past several months he has been associated in the legal dapartment of the Iroquois Insurance Co.

          James E Smith, who graduates at the same time as does Van Brown, is the son of E.A. (Jake) Smith, of near Richland Center.  James announced he will practice his profession in Rochester.



Owner Dies

The News-Sentinel, April 3, 1937

          Charles E. Redmon, aged 70, prominent dentist and business man of Peru, died suddenly at his home at 10:15 o’clock Friday night following a heart attack.  Mr. Redmon was well known in this city.  For a number of years he operated a basket factory at Akron which was a branch of his company at Peru.



New Manager, Donald Sutton

The News-Sentinel, April 6, 1937

          Merritt Garner, who has been manager of the Diamond filling station in Fulton for the past five and half months, has sold his establishment to Donald Sutton of Fulton, who took possession last Saturday.  Mr. Garner and family will return to Argos, their former home, to reside.



Stopped in Rochester This A.M.

The News-Sentinel, April 6, 1937

          A special train over the Erie Railroad bearing 285 CCC camp enrollees and their five officers stopped in Rochester at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning for thirty minutes so that the youths could have an opportunity to exercise.

          The train was composed of eleven cars, nine Pullmans and two baggage cars.  The baggage cars had been converted into mess outfits.  The train was enroute from Ayer, Mass. and is to be transferred in Chicago to the Santa Fe which will handle the train to Vancouver, Wash.

          The CCC camp recruits were from cities in Massachusetts.  A portion of the detail will be sent to CCC camps near Vancouver, Wash., while others will go to camps near Biggs, Oregon.

          An officer, who is a regular army man, when asked why the youths were being placed in CC camps so far from their homes replied that the percentage of desertion was very small when youths were taken that far from their home but if they were closer they would desert and return home



Will Stop Here For 12 Hours

The News-Sentinel, April 6, 1937

          The Cole Bros.-Clyde Beatty Circus will close its first and very succesful invasion of New York City next Sunday, April 11 when two performances will be given in the historic Hippodrome Theatre.  The New York engagement has been for the past three weeks.

          Immediately after the Sunday night show the circus will entrai for winterquarters in this city.  The special train over the Erie Railroad bearing the circus will leave New York at 6 a.m. Monday and is scheduled to arrive in this city at midnight Monday night.

          A stop of twelve hours is to be made at the winterquarters at which time all of the circus equipment will be loaded onto cars and the trip to Chicago will be resumed at noon Tuesday.

          It is planned to arrive in Chicago around 3:30 o’clock Tusday afternoon in time that all cars may be unloaded and moved to the Chicago Stadium while it is still daylight.  The Chicago engagement opens April 16 and closes on May 2.

          While in New York the Cole Bros. Circus received such a


reception that it became necessary to give three performances each day with the first one opening at 10:15 a.m.

          New York newspapers, when the circus opened in New York, gave eleven columns of publicity in addition to art.  All criticisms were favorable.  Follow-up stories have been given practically every day by New York journalists.

          Mayor Fiorello La Guardia of New York and his children attended a recent performance of the circus as did James Braddock, world heavy-weight boxing champion and his two sons.  These notables were photographed with the Cole clowns and the pictures were spread in all of the Manhattan journals.

          Clyde Beatty in a ceremonial Saturday evening in a New York hotel was initiated into the “Saints and Sinners” a circus fans organization.  Other neophytes included Gov. Hoffman of New Jersey who was much in the public eye at the time of the Bruno Hauptmann trial, Rudy Vallee, orchestra leader, former Mayor Jimmy Walker of New York and Grover Whalen official New York city greeter.

          After the initiation Beatty was forced to make a speech using as his subject “Training of Wild Animals.” This was Beatty’s first after-luncheon speech of his entire career.



Opened by Fred Nethercutt

The News-Sentinel, April 7, 1937

          Fred Nethercutt, who has been residing on a farm northeast of Fulton, has rented the garage building in Fulton belonging to William Locke and formerly occupied by Harvey Martin and is opening a blacksmith shop.  The front portion of the building will be used for the storing of cars.  Mr. Nethercutt moved to the Fulton community several months ago from Culver.  He was a blacksmith at the Culver Military Academy for several years.



To Abandon Trolleys

The News-Sentinel, April 12, 1937

          Warsaw, April 12. - Abandonment of the use of electricity from overhead trolleys for operation of cars of the Winona Railway company, which owns a freight line between New Paris and Peru, is being planned, according to an announcement by Charles Sigler, maintenance superintendent of the company.


          The company already has contracted for a $50,000 oil-driven Diesel locomotive, which will be placed in opration about May 1.  A large tank for the storage of Propane, the substance to be used as fuel, already has been erected at the Winona Railway company’s car barns just north of Warsaw.

          The company formerly operated passenger and freight service between Goshen and Peru.  About three years ago the line was abandoned between Goshen and New Paris.



K. Stuart Gast, of Akron

The News-Sentinel, April 16, 1937

          K. Stuart Gast, son of Mr. & Mrs. Karl Gast of Akron, who graduated from the law department of Indiana University this week has announced his decision to locate in Winamac for the practice of his profession.  He plans to open his office by May 1 in rooms formerly occupied by the First National Bank of Winamac.

          Mr. Gast received his A.B. Degree at DePauw University and his doctor of laws degree at Indiana University.

          He passed the state bar examnation last week and presented his certificate from the Indiana Supreme court to Judge John Reidenbach in the Pulaski county circuit court.

          Judge Reidenbach has issued an order admitting him to the practice of law



Purchased By Milton Whittenberger

The News-Sentinel, April 21, 1937

          Mr. & Mrs. Milton Whittenberger have purchased the Reub Hendrickson grocery store in East Thirteenth street and have taken possession.  The Whittenbergers will live in the Mackey property at Thirtenth and Monroe street which is on the same lot with the grocery store building



Local Shops Raise Prices

The News-Sentinel, April 21, 1937

          Local barber shop owners have increased their prices for tonsorial work.  In the future hair cuts will be 40 cents and shaves 25 centr.  This is an increase of five cents for both haircuts and shaves.



To Open Saturday

The News-Sentinel, April 29, 1937

          A new business will open in Rochester at noon Saturday, May 1st in the building formerly occupied by the Kindig Electric Appliance Shop, 110 East 8th street.

          The business, which will operate under the firm name of The Carmelcrisp Shop, will be under the management of Mrs. Florence Overstreet of this city. - - - - -



Purchased by J.A. Hower

The News-Sentinel, April 29, 1937

          Earl Enyart, who has been operating a furniture store in Fulton has disposed of his interest in the business to J.A. Hower, who will continue the store in operation.



Takes Oath as Excise Director

The News-Sentinel, May 1, 1937

          Indianapolis, May 1, (INS) - With simple ceremonies, Hugh A Barnhart, Rochester publiser, today was inaugurated as director of the State Alcoholic Beverages Commission.

          Barnhart foreswore elaborate procedure and merely stepped into the office of the clerk of the Supreme and Appellate courts and took the oiath of office before Deputy Clerk John Gould.

          The Rochester publisher swore to uphold the constitution of the United States and the State of Indiana and to impartially discharge the duties of his office.



Chas. E. Hoover, Manager

The News-Sentinel, May 3, 1937

          Charles E. Hoover, prominently known throughout the northern Indiana newspaper field today assumed managerial duties of The News-Sentinel.  Mr. Hoover supplants Hugh A. Barnhart in the personnel of the News-Sentinel and the Barnhart-Van Trump Publishing Co, as practically all of Mr. Barnhart’s time will be occupied in his duties as head of the Indiana Excise Department.

          Mr. Hoover was formerly editor and publisher of the Lagro


Press, Wabash county’s only Democratic newspaper.  Last week he sold his plant to a firm in South Whitley, Indiana.



Purchased By Peter J. Dwyer

The News-Sentinel, May 3, 1937

          L.M. Shoemaker has sold his general store in Kewanna to Peter J. Dwyer of Kewanna, who has take possession of the same.  Mr. Shoemaker is the postmaster at Kewanna.



Purchased By Johnson Dairy

The News-Sentinel, May 6, 1937

          Announcement was made today that the Brubaker Dairy operated by Claude Brubaker has been sold to Ford Johnson, owner of the Johnson Dairy at 110 East Seventh street.

          The transfer was made today and the Johnson Dairy is now serving all of the customers of the Brubaker Dairy.  Mr. Johnson has contracted to purchase all of the milk from the Brubaker herd. - - - -



Jan Garber May 13

The News-Sentinel, May 12, 1937

          The Colonial Hotel and Gardens opens its pavilion dance garden Thursday evening, May 13 with Jan Garber, the Idol of the Airlines and his complete stage show.  This internationally known band needs no introduction, as he has played before capacity crowds at the Colonial on several different occsions.

          Featured entertainers with Garber are Roberta Sherwood, Russell Brown, Lew Palmer, Fritz Heibron and Tony Allen.  - - - -



Charles V. Timmons, Pharmacist

The News-Sentinel, May 14, 1937

          Charles V. Timmons, a registered pharmacist, of Peru, Ind., has accepted a position at the Blue Drug store and has already assumed his duties there.  Mr. Timmons was employed for several years by the McNamara drug store in Huntington, Ind   The new druggist and his wife will move to this city as soon as they are able to secure a suitable residence.



Akron Business Men Visit Plant

The News-Sentinel, May 14, 1937

          Nine Akron business men accompanied by Charles Spohn manager of Budlong Pickle Company branches in Akron and Rochester spent Tuesday in Chicago inspecting the plant as guests of the company.  Those who went with Mr. Spohn were Cloyde and Earl Leininger, H.D. Stoner, J.W. Bidwell, London Imhoff, Ted Jontz, Carl Thacker, D.L. Alger and Claude Billings.  At noon the party were guests of the company at luncheon served at the Red Star Inn.



Moved to 614 Main

The News-Sentinel, May 20, 1937

          Emil Schultz has moved his shoe rebuilding shop from 612 Main Street to the street car at 614 Main street.  The room which he formerly occupied has been rented to another business establishment.



Purchased By Fred Perschbacher, Sr.

The News-Sentinel, May 21, 1937

          Announcement was made today that Fred Perschbacher, Sr., has purchased the Erie Grocery at 196 Main street of Mrs. William Struckman.  The purchaser has taken possession and will continue to operate the store.

          It also was announced that Mr. Perschbacher has sold his residence at 815 Monroe street to George Deamer, Jr.



Purchased by Virginia R Kraning

The News-Sentinel, May 21, 1937

          The building which housed the American National Bank at Kewanna, has been sold to Virginia R. Kraning.  The sale was approved by Judge Robert Miller in the Fulton circuit court yesterday at the request of A.P. Flinn receiver of the bank.  The consideration was $2,525.







Johnny Burkhardt Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, May 25 , 1937

          Harry Page, Indiana’s veteran resort hotel proprietor, announces the opening of the 1937 hotel and dance season at the Fairview Hotel and Gardens, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 29, 30 and 31.  - - -

          Burkhardt and his musicians need no introduction in these parts as their dance music has been heard over the air waves many times from the Gibson hotel, Cincinnati, (WLW), on the NBC chain, and more recently from the Casa Madrid, at Louisville, where they are just completing a 16 weeks run. - - - -

          The dining room will be in charge of Mrs. G.E. Barber, an experienced cateress of Rock Island, Ill.  Lyman Braman, of this city, who was in charge of the tap room service last year, has been secured for the ‘37 season. - - - -



Supt. of Industries, Richard Wall

The News-Sentinel, May 26 , 1937

          Richard Wall, resident of this city, yesterday was appointed superintendent of industries at the Indiana prison at Michigan City.  Warden L. E. Kunkle of the state prison, announced the appointment.  Wall will fill the position made vacant through the death of Lawrence F. Mutch, of Michigan City, who died in 1935.

          The new superintendent who is the son-in-aw of State Senator A.L Deniston, of this city, has a wide acquaintance in the business field throughout central and northern Indiana.  Mr. Wall has been in the sales department of the state’s penal institutions since 1930.  Mr. Deniston served on the board of prison trustees for a number of years.



City Steam is Off

The News-Sentinel, May 26 , 1937

          The Northern Indiana Power Co. today shut off the steam in their mains until next fall.  This procedure is generally followed during the last week in May or at the time the city schools close for the summer vacation.






Carl Stegemann, Owner

The News-Sentinel, May 26 , 1937

          Carl Stegemann, who a few years ago started in the horticultural business in a very modest way on West 4th street, has recently completed a large 40 by 20 foot greenhouse which is operating on North Fulton Ave., across the Erie tracks. - - - -



Wilbur Shaw Raced Here

The News-Sentinel, June 2, 1937

          Wilbur Shaw, Indianapolis, the winner of the 500 mile autoimobile race at Indianapolis on Memorial Day, is well known in this city and has a number of friends in Rochester.  He has spent several summers at Lake Manitoiu.

          Mr. Shaw at one time was one of the greatest dirt track racers in the United State and while on his way to fame participated in races at the Lake Manitou track at the east edge of the city.

          In one race Shaw’s car left the track at the northeast corner and turned over several times.  He was taken to Woodlawn hospital, where an examination diclosed that he suffered several fractured ribs.  On two other occasions Shaw was hurt while campaigning on the local dirt race track.



Purchased by P.O. Cornell

The News-Sentinel, June 3, 1937

          Announcement was made today that P.O. Cornell had purchased the shoe store at 822 Main street of Isaac Onstott and has taken possession of the same and will continue the store in operation.

          Mr. Cornell will be assisted in the operation of the store by his son, William Cornell.  The purchaser and his son have both been in business in Rochester previously.  At one time they operated a grocery and meat market here.

          The name of the business firm will be changed from the Onstott Shoe Store to that of the Cornell Shoe Store

          Isaac Onstott, who has been one of Rochester’s pioneer business men stated today he has no immediate plans for the future.





Drs. Hoffman and Hoffman

The News-Sentinel, June 4, 1937

          Drs. D.L. and Mable Hoffman, Roann, have opened an osteophy office in the Hotel Akron at Akron.  They will spend a part of their time in Akron and the remainder in Roann.



Maurie Cross Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, June 4, 1937

          So popular was the entertainment provided by Maurie Cross and his orchestra at the Colonial Gardens over the past week-end, the management of the Gardens has re-booked Cross and his entertainers for Saturday and Sunday evenings, June 5th and 6th.

          Featured with the Cross orchestra is Jeane Browne, accordionist, and several soloists who have been heard over Station WOWO. - - - - -



Purchased By Jess Jones

The News-Sentinel, June 5, 1937

          Jess Jones, who for the past few years operated the lunch stand and filling station situated at the river bridge north of this city has sold his interest in that business and purchased the Sinclair Filling Station at Athens.  He has already taken possession of his new business.



Is A Junk Dealer Now

The News-Sentinel, June 5, 1937

          Salt Lake City, Utah, June 5. Elmo (The Fearless) Lincoln, original Tarzan of the silent screen, was discovered here today - in the junk business.

          Now middle aged, the erstwhile “king of the jungle” is still robust and healthy.  He is happy, a Salt Lake newspaper states, with his wife, a pretty daughter, Marcia, and his business.

          “I became fed up with movies after 14 years of make believe,” the six-foot, 235-pound former film star declared.  He said he retired while at the “top” after starring in more than 100 pictures.

          Born Otto Linkenhelt in Rochester, Ind., he acted in several traveling shows, then headed for California.  From “bit” parts he jumped to stardom - as an animal fighter and “free hiker.”


          “I haven’t seen any modern Tarzan pictures,” Junk Dealer Lincoln said.

          “Matter of fact, pictures today bore me stiff.”



To Appear in Peru

The News-Sentinel, June 8, 1937

          Eldo Shafer, son of Mr. & Mrs. John Shafer of Lake Nyona, who has been traveling on a vaudeville circuit during the past year under the title of “Eldorado Master Magician and Hypnotist” will present his show in Peru Friday evening, June 11.  Mr. Shafer has signed a contract to present his troop at the Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland, Ohio during the coming summer.  Russ DuBois of Macy is the advance agent for the show.



Cathcart Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, June 9, 1937

          Jimmy Cathcart and His Orchestra, combining youth, personality, and a great deal of talent, have been booked for the opening of the Fairview Dance Garden’s summer season, Lake Manitou.  They may be heard during the entire week starting Saturday, June 12th. - - - -

          Jimmy Cathcart and his band come from the campus of Indiana University, which has provided a number of nationally famous band leaders with popular dance orchestas.



Lewis J. Murray

The News-Sentinel, June 11, 1937

          Lewis J. Murray, farmer residing 7 miles northeast of this city today was displaying an old U.S. Colony Flag which has been in the possession of the Murray family for over 95 years.  The flag which was approximately 4 feet by seven had 13 blue stars in a field of white and five red striped and four white bars.








Fred Bruegel Home, Mishawaka

The News-Sentinel, June 14, 1937

          The thirteenth annual Metzger reunion was held Sunday, June 13th, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Bruegel, 502 Indiana avenue, Mishawaka.  A basket dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour, after which a meeting was called to order by the president, Estel Haines.  Roll call was answered and the secretary’s report heard and approved.  Election of officers was held with the following results: Warren Gillespie, president; Homer Graffis, vice-president and Mrs. Homer Graffis, secretary-treasurer.  Later in the afternoon, delicious ice cream and cake was served.

          Those present were David Metzger, Sr., Mr. & Mrs. Warren Gillespie and daughter, Katherine, and Nancy Metzger, all of Kewanna; Mr. & Mrs. Estel Haynes and sons, John and Elmer, Mr. & Mrs. Lyman Reder, all of Peru; Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Foor and Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Graffis, of this city; Mrs. Jacob Metzger and daughter, Hazel, Mrs. Ruth Hughes, Mrs. Grover Metzger and family, and Mrs. Rerrick, all of South Bend.



In Appreciation to U.S.W.V.

The News-Sentinel, June 15, 1937

          To the State officials and each member of the United Spanish War Veterans Department of Indiana, Rochester and Lake Manitou citizenry desire to express its deep gratitude for the honor and privilege of acting as host to your 1937 convention.  And, while it is probable your annual gatherings in some of the largest cities have been held with more costly embellishments and glamour, it is doubtful if the exercises as displayed in your Memorial services, the beautiful parade and your program at the lake could have been more impressive than those presented here.

          From everyone with whom the U.S.W.V. has come in contact during the three-day stay, there has been naught but the most complimentary remarks concerning the Department, either individually or collectively.  It has truly been a revelation to the people of this community to see such a large gathering of people conduct themselves in such a gentlemanly and lady-like manner throughout the three-day program.

          While the organization, or department may not have the large


membership, as other military or fraternal organizations in Hoosier-land, it can never be stated that the U.S.W..V. is wanting in those pre-requisites which make for true Americanism - patriotism, honesty and good behavior.  It is to be hoped that in the not too distant future that Rochester and Lake Manitou may again be favored with the presence of the United Spanish War Veterans Department of Indiana.



Moved To The J.V Stout Room

The News-Sentinel, June 15, 1937

          The postoffice at Fulton was moved Monday from the Gilmore building to the J.V. Stout room, which is six doors south of its present location.  The postoffice has been located in the Gilmore room for the past 30 years.  Mrs. J.V. Stout, who is postmistress and her husband as her assistant were authorized by W.W. Howes, first assistant postmaster general, Washington, D.C., to move the postoffice to the present location.



Owner Buys Printing Co., Logansport

The News-Sentinel, June 15, 1937

          Everett Koontz, editor and publisher of the Fulton Leader, announced Monday that he had purchased the Chronicle Printing Company, 324-1/2 East Broadway, Logansport.

          Mr. Koontz has been employed as foreman of the composing room and superintendent of mechanical properties of a Logansport newspaper for the past 16 years.  He is leaving the newspaper this week end.

          Mr. Koontz will contnue to operate the Chronicle plant in Logansport which is the only job printing concern in that city.  He will also continue the publication of the Fulton Leader which he purchased five years ago.



Cathcart Orchestra Held One Week

The News-Sentinel, June 15, 1937

          Dancers in and about this territory will be glad to hear that Jimmy Cathcart and his orchester are to be held over at the Fairview Gardens, Lake Manitou, for the coming week - - - -




Jan Garber

The News-Sentinel, June 15, 1937

          Jan Garber and his orhestra, “The Idol of the Airlanes” will furnish the music for the closing program of the Spanish-American War Veterans, at the Colonial Gardens tonight. - - - -



Another Opens in Wabash

The News-Sentinel, June 18, 1937

          Announcement was made in Peru yesterday that the Boston Stores Inc., operators of stores bearing that name in this city and Peru, will within the next few weeks open another store at Wabash, which will also be called the Boston Store.



Shows at Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, June 19, 1937

          Many people drove to Kewanna today to witness performances which were given by the Haag Brothers Circus in that city.  The owners of the circus, Roy and Henry Haag, were reared in Kewanna and were the sons of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Haag.  Those who witnessed the motorizd circus Saturday afternoon stated it was one of the best for its size that they had ever witnessed.  The tent has a seating capacity of 3,000.



Given First Charge

The News-Sentinel, June 21, 1937

          Leslie Ross, son of Mr. & Mrs. Omar T. Ross of this city who last week graduated from the School of Religion at DePauw University has been ordained a minister of the Methodist Church.

          Rev. Ross attended the Methodist Church conference which was held at Battle Ground this week and at the conclusion received his first ministerial assignment to the Barclay Circuit near Rensselaer.

          The circuit comprised three rural curches located at Lee, Barclay and McCoysburg.  Rev. Ross will assume his charge next Sunday for the first time.

          Rev. Ross will also take a special course in theology in the Garrett Bible School at Northwestern University during the coming


year in addition to his ministerial duties.

          Rev. Ross is a graduate of Rochester High School (1932) and has a large circle of frieds in this city.  For a number of years Rev. Ross while in high schol and in he summer months was a fature writer of The Rochester News-Sentinel.



Robert Allen

The News-Sentinel, June 22, 1937

          Mrs. Max Feece has received word that her brother, Robert Allen, a former resident of the Athens community, has been named to the faculty of Indiana University and will assume his position at the opening of the fall term in September.

          Mr. Allen has just received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from the University of Illinois.  While working for this degree during the past three years, Mr. Allen has been teaching in the undergraduate school at the university.

          Mr. Allen is a graduate of Rochester high school and DePauw univrsity.  He received a Rhodes scholarship and studied in England for one year at the famous English university, where he majored in English.

          During the coming summer Mr. Allen will spend several weeks in North Dakota. He has been a member of the faculty of the Greeley State Teacher’s College at Greeley, Colo



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, June 22, 1937

          The annual Miller Reunion was held Sunday, June 20, at the Rochester City Park.  The reunion is held in honor of Mrs. Charles Miller, who this year observed her 75th birthday anniversary on Thursday, June 17th.  Several lovely gifts were presented to Mrs. Miller.

          A bounteous cokmmunity dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour, the table being centered with a lovely bouquet of roses.  Following the dinner, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.

          Those who attended the reunion are as follows: Mr & Mrs. Charles Miller, of Akron; Mr. & Mrs Wilbur MacIntyre, of Kouts; Mr. & Mrs. Arthur MacIntyre, of Wheatfield; Mr. & Mrs Omer Miller and son, Gerald Leroy and daughter, Mary, of this city; Mr. & Mrs. Robert


Miller, Vernon Meredith and Monerville Miller, all of Huntington; Mr. & Mrs. Don Miller and daughter, of Pendleton; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Miller and daughter, Barbara, of this city; Mr. & Mrs. Harold Miller of Kewanna; Mrs. Omer Brickel and daughter, Roselle, of Athens, and Marion Leininger, of Akron.



Passes Transport License Test

The News-Sentinel, June 28, 1937

          Miss Helen House, local aviatrix and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Walter House, Thursday became the first woman to receive a transport license at Bendix Field in South Bend.  Miss House was successful in tests and examinations conducted by Frank S. Estile, Indianapolis, bureau of commerce inspector.  She has been flying for three years much of the time at the local airport.



Arnold Thomas

The News-Sentinel, June 29, 1937

          Arnold Thomas, 20, son of L.M. Thomas, station agent at Grass Creek, left today for West Point where he will enter the plebe class at the United States Military Academy on July 1.  He was a student at Purdue University and was appointed to the academy by Cong. Charles Halleck.  The other appointee from the district is Max Price, Bourbon, who left today for the academy with Thomas.



On Front Cover Of “Billboard”

The News-Sentinel, June 30, 1937

          The King’s Jesters orchestra of which organization George Howard, John Ravencroft and Fritz Bastow are members, received much publicity this week when their band’s picture was used on the front cover page of the July issue of the “Billboard” one of America’s foremost amusement weeklies.

          The band is composed of seven members and has been playing for several months in the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago.  Prior to that they filled a number of engagements in other Chicago hotels and night spots.

          The picture shows the members of the band and their queen Marjorie Whitney.  The King’s Jesters are known as “America’s


Biggest Little Band.” They are now under the management of Consolidated Radio Artists Inc., of Chicago.



Gets Film Test

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1937

          Miss Catherine Feltus, Bloomington who has spent a number of summers at Lake Manitou with her aunt Mrs. Joel Buchanan, Bloomington, has received a screen test at the Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood, Cal

          Following is a story accompanying a picture which was carried in Indianapolis newspape Wednesday under a Bloomington date line concerning the screen test which Miss Feltus had.

          Miss Catherine Feltus, who has reeived a screen test at the Warner Bros. Studio in Hollywood, is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Feltus, of Bloomington.

          She recently was grduated from the Paadena School of the Theater, having graduated from Indiana University in 1936.  During her collegiate career Miss Feltus was prominent in campus dramatics.  She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

          Her father, a former circus owner and showman, is in California with Mrs. Feltus, awaiting the outcome of the cinema tests.



Dr. Dale Berkebile

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1937

          An announcement was made today that Dr. Dale Berkebile, optometrist of Chicago, has purchased the practice of Dr T.H. Cochrane, who has been in offices of the late Dr. George Browe,.  Dr. Cochrane, recently having accepted a posiion with an Indianapolis optical supply house.

          Dr. Berkebile while in Chicago was associated with several of the prominent optometrists, he also was a staff associate and professor at the Northern Illinnois College of Optometry in Chicago.

          The offices which are located in the Stinson building have been equipped with modern optical instruments.  The service in the near future will also include Orthoptic training, the new optometrist stated.

          Dr. & Mrs. Dale Berkebile and their two children have already taken up their residency in this city at 924 Monroe street.




Eugene Bright

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1937

          Eugene Bright, owner of the Bright Hardwood Lumber Company, has purchased a Redwing cabin monoplane and plans to use that means of transportation to his mill in Muscatine, Iowa.  Mr. Bright returns to his home here every week end and the trip by motor car takes about seven hours.  By plane the trip takes two and a half hours.  Bright has a student’s license and eventually plans to get a pilot’s license.



Emillle “Pop” Martin

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1937

          Locust Point, owned by Clark Condon, Rochester, has been purchased by Emille “Pop” Martin, one time owner of Colonial Hotel, Fred H. Moore announced today.



Hiatt Woods, Tippecanoe River

The News-Sentinel, July 6, 1937

          The Steininger reunion was held Monday at the C.N. Hiatt woods along the Tippecanoe river, with relatives and friends present from Benton Harbor Mich., South Bend, Auburn, Royal Center and Rochester.

          A basket lunch was enjoyed at noon and the afternoon was spent singing, speaking and playing games.

          Leonard Steininger was elected president and Mrs. Berlin Van Soik, secretary-treasurer, for the coming year.



To Hold Coaching School Here

The News-Sentinel, July 7, 1937

          Coach Ward Lambert, Purdue basketball mentor whose teams have won or tied for the Big Ten title nine times in the past seventeen years, will resume his summr coaching school at Lake Manitou the week of August 16-21.  - - - - -

          In resuming his popular summer coahing school after a lapse of a few years, Lambert again selected Lake Manitou as the site because it makes possible the combination of basketball with enjoyable vacation.



To Have Formal Opening

The News-Sentinel, July 7, 1937

          Thayne Beall announced today that he would have the formal opening of his new tire and auto acessory shop on July 8, 9 and 10 in the Hoover Building at the (SW) corner oif Sixth and Main streets.

          Jake Leman will be employed by Mr. Beall in the tire shop.

          Mr. & Mrs. Beall have moved to this city and have established their residence at 110 West Twelfth street.



Leonard Keller Band

Leonard Keller Band

          Leonard Keller and His Band of Chicago, presented by the Music Corporation of America, will be featured at the Colonial Hotel and Gardens until Friday, July 9th.

          On Saturday, July 10th, the Keller Band will be replaced by Amos Otstot and His Orchestra, direct from the Columbia Club at Indianapolis.  This popular unit features Ruth Hutchins and Mary O’Rear.  The band will play at the Colonial until Saturday, July 17.



Construction Has Started

The News-Sentinel, July 8, 1937

          Work on the building of the new schoolhouse at Grass Creek was started Thursday morning.  W.R. Dunkin & Son of Huntington have the general contract.  Work on the building will be rushed to completion.



Frank Wine-Gar Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, July 9, 1937

          Miss Alice McMahon announced today that Frank Wine-Gar and his Orchestra, featuring the beguilling Betty Jane Blair, will begin a week’s booking at Fairview Gardens on Saturday evening, July 10. - -








Claude Hopkins Colored Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, July 14, 1937

          Claude Hopkins and his Great Colored Orchestra of New York City, will appear in person for a one-night engagement at the Colonial Gardens, Saturday evening, July 17th.



J.W. Enyart Home

The News-Sentinel, July 15, 1937

          Relatives and friends of the Oakley family met recently at the home of Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Enyart, west of this city.  Forty persons enjoyed a bounteous dinner at the noon hour, after which the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.  The young folks enjoyed games and there was also special music and singing.

          Relatives were present from Chicago, South Bend, Mishawaka, Argos, Monticello, Fulton and Jonesboro



Warsaw City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 19, 1937

          Among those who attended the Bemenderfer-Miller reunion held at the Warsaw City Park, Sunday, were Dr. & Mrs. A.E Stinson, Mr & Mrs. Lester King, Mr. & Mrs. Howard King, Mr. & Mrs. Harold King, Mrs. Laura Powel, Mrs. Rosa King, Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Fishback and son, Louis, Mr. & Mrs. Estil Bemenderfer, Mr. & Mrs. Otto Bolter, Mr. & Mrs. Scott Sroufe and son, all of Rochester.



Oren Butt, Wheeler Field, Honolulu

The News-Sentinel, July 21, 1937

          Oren Butt, of Aubbeenaubbee township, stationed with a flying squadron at Wheeler Field, Honolulu, was a member of the ground crew that serviced the ill-fated Earhart-Noonan plane before its take-off from the Hawaiian city, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Ira Butt.







Jimmy Dorsey

The News-Sentinel, July 21, 1937

          Jimmy Dorsey and his great orchestra, featured with Bing Crosby on the Kraft Music Hall Program, Lily Pons picture, “That Girl From Paris” and “Shall We Dance” with Fred Astaire, will appear in person for a one night’s engagment at the Colonial Gardens, Tuesday evening, July 27th.



Purchased by P.O. Cornell

The News-Sentinel, July 22, 1937

          Announcement was made today that Mrs. Mel Wertzberger had sold the Renbarger Grocery at 828 Main St. to P.O. Cornell who has taken possession of the store

          Mr. Cornell has moved the stock to the Onstott room at 822 Main St. where he has just closed out a shoe store and will continue the store in operation in this room.  It will be operated under the name of the “Cornell Grocery.”

          Mr. Cornell will be associated in business with his son William Cornell.  The Cornells are experiencd grocers and for a number of years operated a grocery and market on the south side of the public square in the roiom now housing the Barger Electriical Shop

          Mrs. Wertzberger will continue to operate her 5 and 10 cent store in the Odd Fellows building at the north-west corner of Main and Ninth streets.



Sold to Bayle W. Steel

The News-Sentinel, July 22, 1937

          The Fulton Leader, weekly newspaper at Fulton which has been owned and operated for the past five years by Mr. & Mrs. Everett Koontz, has been sold to Bayle W. Steel of Warsaw, New York.

          Mr. Steel, who will take possession of the business the first part of August, is experienced in the newspaper and job printing field, having fifteen years’ experience in that line.

          He with his wife will manage the business and will move to Fulton in the near future.  Mr. & Mrs. Koontz who recently purchased the Chronicle Printing Co. in Logansport, will devote their time to their new place of buriness.



Don Collom

The News-Sentinel, July 24, 1937

          Don Collom, of Union Mills, LaPorte county, has been selected by Township Trustee Bert Talbott to fill the position in the Kewanna School, of Principal, made vacant by the resignation of David C. Allen.

          Mr. Collom is the father of three children, two of them in high school and a son in the second grade. - - - -



Mainan Deamer Home

The News-Sentinel, July 26, 1937

          The fifth annual reunion of the Deamer-Loudenflager families was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Mainan Deamer, south of Talma, Sunday.  Following a community dinner which was enjoyed at the noon hour, Arthur Deamer, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acted as president, and George Deamer, Jr., of this city, served as secretary-treasurer.

          The 1938 reunion will be held at Decatur, Michigan in the home of Fred Buys with the hoist acting as president and Mrs. Mamie Northrap as the secretary-treasurer.



Wallace Haworth Buys Partner

The News-Sentinel, July 27, 1937

          R.S. McCord Tuesday sold his interest in the Manitou Lumber Company to his partner, Wallace Haworth of Attica, Indiana, and will be associaed with his brother, W.R. McCord in the Logansport Lumber Co., where he bought Mr. Haworth’s interest.- - - -

          Mr. & Mrs. McCord have been residents of this city since April 1, 1933, and have made many friends here.  They will move to Logansport in the near future to make their home.

          Mr. Haworth announced today that he will continue the lumber yard in operation.  For many years the yard was operated under the name of the Barrett Lumber Company.



Cocky Robbins’ Bamd

The News-Sentinel, July 27, 1937

          For the next four nights, Cocky Robbins and His Indiana University orchestra will play dance music and furnish entertainment


for the patrons of Fairview Hoel Dance Gardens.

          Appearing with them as vocalist will be Arlene Owens, who was featured with Red Nichols and His orchestra before joining the versatile Indiana University group

          There are thirteen people in the group and each of the men double on two or more instruments.  They are replacing the King’s Jesters and their queen Marjorie Whitney with whom the Fairview managment is negotiating a return engagement starting next Saturday night.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 27, 1937

          The twenty-sixth annual reunion of the Smith-Schaffer families was held at the Rochester City Park, Sunday, July 25th., withj about seventy-five persons present.  A bounteous community dinner was served on two long tables at the noon hour, after which a short business session was held with the president, Steele Ewing, presiding.  Officers for 1938 were elected and it was unanimously voted that the next meeting be held at Pottawatomie Park at South Bend.

          H.E. Hathaway of South Bend is the new president and Mrs. Blanche Wilkinson, of South Bend, is the new secretary-treasurer

          Mr. & Mrs Ralph Arnold and family of Denver, Colorado, were able to attend this year’s reunion.  Other out-of-town guests were from South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, Kokomo and Logansport.



Becomes Rochester Lumber Co.

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1937

          William Haworth, his son, William H. and Lewis H. Stewart who yesterday purchased the R.S. McCord interest in the Manitou Lumber Co., of this city, announced today that on and after August 1st the firm would operate under the name of The Rochester Lumber Co.

          Barrett Irvine, who has been connected with the Manitou Lumber Co., since its organization, will continue in the employ of the new organization, it was stated.







George C. House Retires

The News-Sentinel, July 30, 1937

          George C. House, veteran C. & O. Railroad agent in Kewanna has sent in his resignation to the company and will be relieved Monday, August 2nd by third trick operator RW. Stephens, of Marion.

          Mr. House has been employed by the C & O. Railroad for thirty-three years going to Kewanna from Merrillville in 1921 and remaining there ever since that time except for three years spent in Fulton.  He had worked at several different points along the line and came to the road when it was controlled by the C. R. & M.

          Mr. House came to the C. & O. Road from the B & O., at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been in railroad work for forty-five years.

          Mr. House is retiring on a pension and expects to continue to reside in Kewanna.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 1937

          The Alspach Reunion was held Sunday at the Rochester City Park with a large crowd in attendance at the annual affair.  A community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour.  Lovely bouquets of garden flowers were used as table centerpieces.

          Following the dinner, a program was presented as the afternoon’s feature.  Jimmie Lee Clemans, of Macy, favored with a clever recitation, after which “Pessis,” a unison recital from McGuffy Reader, was led by Mrs. Eli Alspach of Peru.  Mrs. Alspach then recited “School Days”, in a very excellent manner.  Herbert Clemans and Calder Alspach recited poems from the McGuffy Reader and then Mrs. Minnie McCarter surprised the members of the Alspach family by announcing that Mrs. Sarah Miller of Nebraska, would soon visit in this community.

          The Alspach reunion will be held at the same place next year on the first Sunday in August.

          Those present for the annual affair were: Mr. & Mrs. Eli Alspach and daughter, Hazel, Mrs. Minnie McCarter and daughter, Gertrude, all of Peru; Mr. & Mrs. Calder Alspach, Mr. & Mrs. Claude Alspach, Mr. & Mrs. William Blackburn and daughter, Lucy, Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Ringle ad son Eldon, Mrs. Elza Blackburn and family, Mr. & Mrs.


Lester Rogers and family, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Wagoner, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Clemans and son, Jimmy Lee, James Clemans, all of Macy; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Richardson and Mr. & Mrs. H.O. Blackburn.



Warsaw City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 4, 1937

          The 27th annual Horn Family Reunion was held Sunday, August 1st. at the Warsaw City Park with a large attendance.  A bountiful community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour.

          In the afternoon a business session was held with Vern Fields, of Fort Wayne, presiding.  The following persons were elected as the 1938 officers: Omar Horn, president; John Morilal, vice-president; and Mrs. Ethel Chandler, secretary and treasurer.  Family members were present from Mansfield, O., Hammond, Fort Wayne, Tipton, Bourbon, Rochester, Mentone, Tippecanoe and Warsaw.

          The 1938 Reunion will be held at the Rochester City Park on the first Sunday in August.



Lawrence Rayburn, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1937

          Lawrence Rayburn, Twelve Mile, has assumed the management of the Diamond Oil Company filling station in Fulton.  Homer Sutton has been the manager of the station.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1937

          The Beehler Reunion was held Sunday, August 1st., at the Rochester City Park with 125 present.  A community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour, followed by a business meeting and a very entertaining program.  Officers were elected for 1938 as follows: Hubert Beehler, president; Lester Beehler, vice-president; Mildred Miller, secretary-treasurer, and Mrs. Leo Thompson, historian.








Last Electric Car Through Akron

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 6, 1937

          The last electric interurban car went through Akron at 2:04 o’clock Thursday afternoon.  The cars have been replaced by a Diesel engine propelled car which burns Propane gas.

          Interurban cars electrically operated have passed through the eastern part of Fulton county since 1910 when the Winona Interurban Line between Goshen and Peru was officially opened.

          The overhead trolley wires on the Winona line are now being removed by workmen.  The Winona Interurban Line has been in receivership for several years.



Anson Weeks Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 7, 1937

          Another of America’s foremost bands, that of Anson Weeks is being presented at the Colonial Gardens tonight by the Music Corporation of America.

          This is Anson’s third appearance at the Colonial Gardens and he needs no introduction to the dance patrons in this section of the state.  The Weeks orchestra comes direct from the Trianon Ballroom, Chicago.

          Frank Saputo will be featured on tonight’s program in a number of comic song hits.  The Amos Otstot band is playing nightly in the Gardens and the Columbia Trio is featured in the Rathskeller.



Purchased by D.V. Vorhees

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 7, 1937

          Clarence “Dutch” Garner has sold the Shell Station at 518 Main Street to D.V. Vorhees of Chicago.  Earl Palmer has been named manager of the station.



King’s Jesters

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 7, 1937

          The King’s Jesters and their queen Marjorie Whitney will close a highly successful second nine days engagement at the Fairview Hotel Dance Gardens tomorrow night.  Tiny Hill follows for ten days.



Leiter Homestead

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 9, 1937

          Levi Leiter and Mrs. Blanche Miller pleasantly entertained eighty-two relatives and guests at a communiy dinner, Sunday, at the Leiter Homestead, east of this city, which is now occupied by the former.  The children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of the late Jacob and Lydia Leiter, were all in attendance.  Following the lovely dinner, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socialy.

          Officers for the coming year were elected and they will be Clyde Wilson, president, of Alexandria; Robert Leiter, vice president, of Battle Creek, Mich., and Miss Barbara Campbell, of Rochester, secretary and treasurer.

          Those who attended the reunion were as follows: Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Wilson of Bentonia, Miss.; Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Wilson and daughter of Alexandria, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Leiter and family and Mrs. Grace Beehler of Battle Creek, Mich.; Miss Kathryn Hunneshagen of Detroit, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Neal Bott and daughter of Remington, Ind.; Ulysses Leiter of Glendale, Ohio; Mrs. Gladys Kispaugh and family of Waterbury Conn; Mrs. John Greenstreet and daughter, of Lewisville, Ind.; Mrs. Cassel Zerkle and daughter of Newcastle; Mr. & Mrs. Chester Hunneshagen of Hammond; Mr. & Mrs. Claude Wolfram and family of South Bend; Mr.& Mrs. Harold Vories and family of Highland, Ind.; Gale Vories of Indiana Harbor; Mr. & Mrs. James Clemans and son of Argos; Mr & Mrs. Ollie Wilson and Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Wolf and family, all of Knox; Mr. & Mrs. William Leiter of Flora; Mrs. Catherine Wilson of Ober, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Kline Sales and family and Mr. & Mrs. Fred Campbell and family, all of Leiters Ford; Mr. & Mrs. Donald Osbon and family of Culver; Mrs. Bertha Vories and family of Knox; Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Williams of Leiters Ford; Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Hunneshagen and son, of Kewanna; Misses Jane, Mollie, Della and Mae Leiter, Levi Leiter, Mrs. Blanch Miller and son, all of this city.

          Mr. & Mrs. Ed Leiter, of Kennybunk Beach, Maine, who were unable to attend the reunion, sent their best wishes in a telegram.








Kiler Country Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 9, 1937

          The 28th annual Perschbacher reunion was held Sunday, August 8th at the beautiful country home of Mrs. Anna Kiler and Miss Melita Kiler, northeast of Rochester.  Approximately 75 relatives and guests were in attendance, all of whom exprssed their gladness in being able to enjoy the reunion at the Kiler home.

          A community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour on the spacious lawn, followed by a business session held in the home.  Officers selected for the coming year were as follows: Barney Perschbacher re-elected president; Harold Kiler, re-elected vice-president and Miss Melita Kiler, newly elected secretary-treasurer.  The Rochester City Park was selected for next year’s meeting place.

          Rev. William J. Schroer, of the St. Johns Lutheran Church, then gave a very interesting lecture on the migrating of the Perschbacher family to North America from Germany.  Rev. Schroer selected material for his talk from an old German record and the diary of John George Perschbacher kept since 1833.

          The remainder of the afternoon was spent socially with ice cream being served at four o’clock.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1937

          The Miller family reunion was held Sunday, August 8th at the Rochester City Park.  A basket dinner was served at the noon hour, after which a business meeting was called to order by the president Edd Eash, and oifficers were then elected for the coming year with Harvey Miller, president; Orval Slife, vice president; and Mrs. Virgil Haupert, secretary-treasurer.  It was also voted that the reunion be held the same place the next year.

          Those present were Mr & Mrs. Fred Miller, Sr, of Tiosa; Mr. & Mrs. Fred Reed and family and Byran Gorden, of Huntington; Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Miller and family and Clyde Vermillian, of Plymouth; Billy Miller and son, Harold, Mr. & Mrs. Edd Eash and daughter, of near Rochester; Charles Miller of Talma; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Bixler and daughters, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Miller and family, all of Kewanna; Mr. & Mrs. Orval Slife and daughter, Olive, and Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Haupert, of Burkett.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 11, 1937

          The ninth annual Rochester College Reunion was held at the City Park, Sunday, August 8th with Ray Myers acting as president and Mrs. Faye Emmons acting as secretary in the absence of Mrs. John Cessna.  A beautiful community dinner was served at one long table centered with three large white cakes.  Following the dinner, a social hour was enjoyed.  In the afternoon, many scholars graced the group by their presence a number of whom were attending for the first time. Letters of apology and good wishes were read from Miss Flo Delp of Slingerland, New York and George V. Gould of Indianapolis.  A letter of appreciation was read from Mrs. Frank Smith.

          The group bowed in silent rverence in honor of the last year’s president, Frank Smith, while Mrs. Faye Emmons read a tribute to his memory.  The student who attended the reunion from the greatest distance, Mrs. Otto Babcock (class of 1911) and formerly of Watterman, Ill.  The 1938 Reunion will be held at the Rochester City Park with the following officers in charge: Lee Beehler, president; Mrs. Adda (Neff) Sanders, vice-president; and Mrs. Eula (Ewing) Berrier, secretary-treasurer.  The program committee will be cmposed of Mrs. Faye Emmons, Mrs. Adda Sanders, Mrs. Berrier and Mrs. John Cessna.

          Mitchell Baker of the class of 1901 was present and was honored as one of the first graduates and one who helped lay the corner stone of the Old Rochester College.

          The class of “1911”, the last class to graduate from Rochester College, will be honored in 1938 and every effort will be made to have all members of that class present.



“Nancy” Cottage, Lake Manitou

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 11, 1937

          Mr. & Mrs. Delbert Smith entertained the Bockover family at their annual reunion at the “Nancy” cottage, Lake Manitou, on Sunday, August 8th.  Included among the guests were Mr. & Mrs. Milo Bair and family, Mr. & Mrs Frederick Bockover and family, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bockover and family, Mrs. Charles Bockover and son, Kenneth, all of South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. George Woollley and grandchildren, of Plymouth; Fred Bockover of Logansport; Mr. &


Mrs. Fred Skinner of Twelve Mile; Mr. & Mrs. Phil Eskew and daughter of Wabash; Mr. & Mrs. V.L. Barker of Fulton; Mrs. Sarah Bair of Toledo, Ohio; and Mr & Mrs. Robert Wells and daughter of Chicago.



Closed Because Bldg. Sold

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 16 1937

          The Harding Cafe at 610 Main Street was closed today by the owners as the building which houses the same has been sold to Harry Hogue, owner of a dairy bearing his name.  The Harding sisters may reopen their cafe at another location some time in the fall.



George Smith Park, Lake Bruce

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17 1937

          The twenty-third annual reunion of the Smith family was held last Sunday at the George Smith Park, Lake Bruce, Indiana, with about 125 present. Daniel Smith, the only surviving member of the original Smith family and now in his 90th year was present and enjoyed the day.  Members of the family were present from Kankakee, Ill., Detroit, Mich., Louisville, Ky., and South Bend, Logansport, Newcastle, Fort Wayne, Winamac, Star City, Kewanna and Rochester

          Officers elected for the ensuing year were as follows: Walter Dederich of Logansport, president; Henry A. Smith, Loganspor, vice-president, and Harry W. Wilson of Rochester, secy-treas.  The Sadowsky and Wilson families from Rochester were present.



Bill Easterday Home, Marshtown

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17 1937

          The 17th annual Easterday family reunion was held at the home in Marshtown of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Easterday, Sunday.  One hundred persons enjoyed the community dinner at the noon hour, after which a business meeting was held and the following officers were elected: Floyd Kindig, of Rochester, president; Frank Buckingham, of Fulton, vice-president; and Mrs. Clarence Reed, of Fulton, secretary-treasurer.  Following a short program, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially with ice cream being served at four o’clock.  The 1938 reunion will be held at the home of Mrs. Phelba King near Akron.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17 1937

          The twenty-seventh annual Babcock reunion was held Sunday at the Rochester City Park.  The children of Andrew, George, James Babcock and Margaret Babcok Wallace and the descendents of Eliza Babcock Adams attended the affair.  Approximately 100 persons enjoyed the community dinner at the noon hour, after which a short business session was held for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year.  A short program was enjoyed in the afternoon, and then the remainder of the time was spent socially.



Glen Gray’s Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17 1937

          Another of the country;s foremost radio and dance bands comes to Lake Manitou on Wednesday evening at the Colonial Gardens, where Glen Gray and his “Casa Loma” Orchestra plays a one-night engagment.

          This band comes from the Rainbow Room, Radio City, New York City, from where it has been heard on both the leading radio broadcasting networks.  Practically all of the leading news commentators and writers have rated the Gray musical organization as “tops” in this field of entertainment and a record-breaking crowd is expected to be in attendance tomorrow evening.

          Several feature numbers will be presented by this eastern band, which starts its program promptly at nine o’clock.



Fletcher Henderson

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 18 1937

          It isn’t often that a dance spot is in a position to offer three attractions in one week as outstanding as those on the Fairview Hotel Garden’s curent schedule.  Topping the list is the name of Fletcher Henderson and his orchestra, famous from coast to coast, who are booked for a one-night stand at Fairview next Saturday night. - - - -

          The Fairview is currently featuring Tiny Hill and His Orchestra, who will leave there after they play for the Phi Delta Kappa when it sponsors a dance tomorrow, August 19th.

          Hill’s aggregation will make way for “Tweet” Hogan and His


Orchestra, a musical unit which has been featured on both the NBC and CBS chains.  They have played a number of Chicago’s leading spots, including a three season’s run in the Gold Coast Room of the Drake Hotel.



Paul Whitcomb Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 18 1937

          Mr. & Mrs. Paul Whitcomb and family entertained a number of guests at dinner Sunday in their home on East Ninth street in honor of the 73rd birthday anniversary of Mr. Whitcomb’s father, D.M. Whitcomb of Akron.  Following the lovely community dinner, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially

          Guests were Mr. & Mrs. D.M. Whitcomb, of Akron, Mr. & Mrs. G.W. Bardens and son John, of Lowell, Mr. & Mrs. Ross Whitcomb and Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Whitcomb and daughter Lucia, all of Peru.



C.L. Dye, Vocational Ag. Teacher

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 19 1937

          C.L. Dye, who has taught vocational agriculture for the past two years at Etna Green, has accepted a position in the Akron high schoiol and expects to move there in preparation for his duties Sept. 1.



At Culver

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 19 1937

          The 16th reunion of the Barger-Leiter families was held Sunday at Culver.  Seventy-five relatives attended.  Laurence Hackett of Gary conducted the business meeting.  Officers were elected as follows: President Clyde Collins of Kewanna, and secretary-treasurer, Mrs. W.J. McKenzie of Elkhart.  The oldest member present was Mrs. Della Barger of Kewanna and the youngest was Sally Ann Logan, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Logan of Gary.  The 1938 reunion will be held at Culver on Aug. 21.








Ed Raymer

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 20, 1937

          Ed Raymer today announced that he had opened the Felty Barber Shop at 514 Main Street and would continue the shop in operation.  Mr. Raymer was employed in local tonsorial parlors for a number of years but for the past 18 months has been working in a barber shop at Knox.



Jesse McIntyre

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 21, 1937

          Jesse McIntyre was awarded the contract for the construction of two cement bridges over the Baird ditch in the south part of Fulton by the town board of Fulton at their recent meeting.



Pete J. Dwyer

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 21, 1937

          Peter J. Dwyer has announced that he will open a new variety store in Kewanna in the room which for so many years was occupied by the Shoemaker store.  The opening of the new store is planned for Saturday, Aug. 28.



Bill Chamberlain Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 24, 1937

          The seond Chamberlain-Swartwood reunion was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Chamberlain, Sunday, August 22nd.  Following the community dinner at the noon hour, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.  Officers elected for following year were: Mrs. Horace Shelton, president; Mrs. Bill Chamberlain, secretary-treasurer, and Mrs. Harry Chamberlain, program committee chairman.

          Guests present were Mr. & Mrs. Dent Swift and Miss Mary Katherine Johnson.  Relatives who attended the annual affair included Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Meeks, of Winamac, Mr. & Mrs Horace Shelton, Mr & Mrs. Myron Berkheiser, Mrs. Elgin Gebhart and children, Mrs. Mary Chamberlain, Mrs Harry Chamberlain, Mr. & Mrs Byron Zimmerman and children, Claude Chamberlain and son, John, and Mr. & Mrs. Bill Chamberlain, all of this city.



Amos Sanders Country Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 24, 1937

          The annual Neff family reunion was held Sunday, August 22nd, at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. Amos Sanders with eighty-five relatives and friends in attendance.  A bountiful community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour.

          The afternoon program consisted of several games and contests.  The 1938 reunion will be held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Perry Walters with Ralph Kreamer acting as president.



In Cole Bros. Circus

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 24, 1937

          Seattle, Aug 24. - Suppressed desire led Rufus Woods, prominent editor and publisher, to join the circus and become a clown with heavy-hanging, much-too-big suit, putty nose, plenty of makeup, duck feet.  Woods trotted about the track and stole the show from Clyde Beatty.  Woods said “I think the circus business is a whole lot saner than the newspaper business.”



L.H. Stewart Co-owner

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1937

          L.H. Stewart, of Versailles, Ind, has arrived in Rochester, where he will make his home.  Mr. Stewart who is a co-owner of the Rochester Lumber Co., will assist Max Haworth in the management of the local industry.  Mr. & Mrs. Stewart and their two sons, Hadden and Jim Bob, have taken up their residence at 930 Monroe street.



Spent Week-ends at Manitou

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1937

          Anthony J. Amersbach, who was taken into custody in Indianapolis yesterday on charges of harboring Barker mobsters has spent practically every week-end this summer at Lake Manitou

          Amersbach was known here under the name of “Jimmy” and represented himself to be the state manager of a Louisville, Kentucky distillery, and the owner of one of the largest taverns in Indianapolis where he lived.  He always drove a large car and seemed to be well


supplied with money.

          As was his custom in Indianapolis while here he was always accompanied by lavishly dressed and very beautiful women and constantly flashed a large bank-roll.

          Amersbach stated he was a world war veteran and came here to convalesce from his injuries.  He always rented a cottage during his visits to the lake and never registered at hotels.



Eugene Nafe Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 26, 1937

          The twenty-first annual Nafe-Ernsberger Reunion was held Sunday, August 22nd, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene P. Nafe with sixty present.  Guests were from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri,

Gary, Michigan City, South Bend, Evansville, Indianapolis, Peru, Richland Center and Kewanna

          A bountiful dinner was enjoyed on the lawn at the noon hour with the invocation being given by Don Nafe.  The afternoon program was opened with community singing after which Millis Muhrling of Cold Water, Mich., played an accordian solo while accompanied by Mrs. June Nafe Boyer of Muskegan Mich.  Miss Cora Nafe, of Michigan City, sang a lovely solo and then she and Don Nafe favored with a duet.  Cantilation by Mrs. June Nafe Boyer after which the program closed by all singing “God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again.”

          New officers elected were as follows: Edwin Boyer of Muskegon, Mich., president; Miss Cora Nafe of Michigan City, vice-president and Mrs. Lee Nafe of Michigan City secretary-treasurer.  The oldest member present was George Brugh and the youngest present was Warren Nafe Boyer.



Bob Crosby Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 26, 1937

          Judging from the advance ticket sale another record crowd will assemble at the Colonial Gardens, Saturday evening, August 28th to hear Bob Crosby and His Orchestra, one of the foremost dance bands in America

          The Crosby orchestra which has played long-term runs in Hollywood, Chicago and New York has often been heard over the


national broadcasting hook-ups but this is the first time it has made a personal appearance in this section of the country.

          Featured entertainers with the Crosby band are Miss Kay Weber, Ray Baudue, “Nappy” Lamare, Eddie Miller and others.



Tweet Hogan Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 30, 1937

          Tweet Hogan and His Orchestra, who have been playing for dancers at the Fairview Gardens at Lake Mnitou, will remain here until Labor Day



Centennial Park, Plymouth

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 30, 1937

          The third annual reunion of the Fox family was held at the Centennial Park, Sunday, in Plymouth, with 85 relatives and nine visitors present.  They came from Los Angeles, Calif, Chicago, Calumet City, Monterey, Ft. Wayne, Plymouth, Warsaw, Argos, South Bend and Avilla.

          A pot luck dinner was followed by election of the following officers: Albert Fox, of Plymouth, president and Herman Hartman, of Monterey, vice president, Mrs. Catherine Fox-Long, of Avilla, who is 85 years of age, was the oldest present and Donald, four months old son of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Fox of Monterey, was the youngst to attend the reunion.



Harry C. Shapley, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 31, 1937

          Harry C Shapley, 320 West Eleventh Street, has been named manager of the Armour & Company branch in this city according to information which was received at the local office of the company this morning.

          Mr Shapley succeeds Virgil C Decker who has been the local manager of Armour’s for the past three years.  Mr. Decker has been transferred to other duties with the company.

          Mr. Decker came here about four years ago from Fort Worth, Texas, where he had been employed by Armours.  He served for one year as assistant manager under Ed Ehart who is now employed in the


Armour Company branch in Indianapolis.

          Mr. Shapley has been the assistant manager of the Armour Creamery for the past two years coming here from Watseka, Ill., where he had been a field man.  Mr. Shapley has been in the creamery business for the past ten years.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 7, 1937

          The annual reunion of the Davis family was held on Sunday, September 5th, at the Rochester City Park.  After a bountiful community dinner, which was greatly enjoyed, the regular business meeting was held with the president, Rev. Harvey Davis, presiding.  The 1938 reunion will be held the same place on the day before Labor Day.  A motion was made and carried that the same officers hold their offices another year.  They are as follows: Rev. Harley Davis, president; Fred Smith, vice-president; and Mrs. John Damas, secretary-treasurer. The president appointed Mrs. L.R. Nye, Mrs. Vern Sanders and Mrs. GW. Carney on the program committee.

          Mrs. Ellen Nye, 81, of Akron, Ind., was the oldest person present.  The youngest, Wendell Sanders, was almost five years old.  After a short program had been presented, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.

          Family members were present from Chicago, Ft Wayne, South Bend, Marion, Culver, Monroeville, Akron and Rochester.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8, 1937

          The twenty-third annual reunion of the Conrad-Hughes families was held at the Rochester City Park on Sunday, September 5th.  A community dinner was served at the noon hour, after which the business meeting was called to order by Fred Van Duyne, president.  The minutes of the last reunion were read by Grace Conrad, secretary, and then officers were elected for the coming year as follows: Carrie King, president, and the other officers were re-elected for another term.

          Among the thirty-five members present, were Mr. & Mrs. Jay Allison, Mr & Mrs. Harold Allison and son, and Frank Tracy and family.  It was decided to hold the next reunion at the same place the Sunday before Labor Day.



Roy Gordon

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 9, 1937

          Roy Gordon has been appointed court bailiff during the September term of the Fulon Circuit court.  The appointment was made today by Judge Robert R. Miller.  Barney Perschbacher was the bailiff during the January term of court.



J.W. Messman

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 13, 1937

          J.W. Messman has purchased the Yarlott property at the corner of Logan and Pearl streets in Kewanna and will erect a filling station and greasing place on the same.  Lester Shidaker will operate the station.



William H. Deniston

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 13, 1937

          William H. Deniston of this city went today to Indanapolis, where he has accepted a position in the legal department of the law firm of White, Wright & Boleman, whose offices are located in the Merchants Bank building.

          The young Rochester attorney, who graduated with high honors from a six-year course in the Indiana University Law School, last spring, is the son of State Senator and Mrs. A.L. Deniston, of this city.  He is a member of the Kappa Sigma and the Phi Delta Phi, the latter a legal fraternity.  William or “Bill” as he is more familiarly known to his host of acquaintances here, is a graduate of Rochester High School.



J. Marion Moonshower

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 13, 1937

          J. Marion Moonshower, son of Mr. & Mrs. Don Moonshower, former residents of this city, has been promoted from the position of operator to train dispatcher and assistant chief train dispatcher at the Huntington, Ind. offices of the Chicago & Erie R.R.

          Mr. Moonshower was a former basketball star of the R.H.S. and later starred in athletics at Northwestern university, where he graduated a few years ago.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 13, 1937

          Approximately sixty-five persons attended the Gottschalk Reunion, Sunday, September 12th, at the Rochester City Park.  A basket dinner was enjoyed at one o’clock, after which a short program was enjoyed and then the remainder of the afternoon was spent socialy.

          William Gottschalk of this city, was elected president for 1938 and Miss May Gottschalk, also of Rochester, was elected secretary-treasurer.



Over Hub Shoe Store, 725-1/2 Main

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 16, 1937

          The Fulton County R.E.M.C. has opened new offices at 725-1/2 Main St., over the Hub shoe store.  They were formerly located over the Gamble store.  Ralph Murray, project superintendent, is in charge of the office.



Waldo Gray, Clerk

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 20, 1937

          Waldo Gray has accepted a position as clerk in the Chicago and Erie railroad depot at Akron and has assumed his duties.  He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Ed Gray of this city.



Centennial Park, Plymouth

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 20, 1937

          The first James and Christenia Thompson reunion was held Sunday, September 10th, at the Centennial Park in Plymouth.  A community dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour and then a short program was enjoyed.  Mrs. Bert Kestner of this city, who praticipated in the program, gave a few clever readings.

          Officers were elected as follows: Charles Thompson of Genesco, Kansas, permanent president; Elmer Thompson of Wawaka, Ind, acting president; Kenneth Thompson of Rochester, vice-president; and Mrs. Erma Linsey of Elkhart, secretary-treasurer.

          Those present included Mr. & Mrs. Charles Johnson and son, Donald, of Genesco, Kansas; Mr. & Mrs. Albert Thompson of Liberal,


Kansas; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Kestner and family, Mr. & Mrs. Bert Kestner, all of this city; Mr. & Mrs. John Thompson and daughters, Betty and Geneviev, of Hinckley, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. William Allen and daughter, Virginia, and Mrs. Alvah Manuel, all of Argos; Mr. & Mrs. Harry McNeil and daughter, Helen, of Joliet, Ill., Mr. & Mrs. Lee Thompson and son Robert, of Akron; Mr. & Mrs. Harry Linsey and Miss Marjorie Gray, of Elkhart, Mr. & Mrs. George Linsey, of LaPorte, and three guests of the reunion.



J. Van Brown

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 21, 1937

          J. Van Brown, a recent graduate of the Indiana Law School, today opened his offices at 727-1/2 Main street, this city, where he will establish a general law practice.

          The young attorney, who was admitted to the Indiana Bar Association last spring, received the Gold Key honor of the Indiana Law School, for having had the highst grade averages during the last three years of the course.

          Van is the son of Mrs. Mary Brown of this city and a grandson of the late Col. Isaac Washington Brown, of “bird and bee” fame.

          [See Wendell C. & John B. Tombaugh, Fulton County Indiana HANDBOOK, Vol. B, pp. 181-204]



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 21, 1937

          The annual Becker reunion was held Sunday, September 19th at the Rochester City Park with about 45 members in attendance.  Following a community dinner at the noon hour, a short business session was held during which time officers for the coming year were elected as follows: Miss Emma Becker of Fulton, president; Mrs. Russell Woods of South Bend, secretary-treassurer; and Mrs. Henry Becker of Logansport, program chairman.



Wayne Deckard, Baker,

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 25, 1937

          Wayne Deckard who has been operating a bakery in Kewanna for sevral months early this week closed it and will locate elsewhere.



Purchased by Ray Jagger

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 1, 1937

          Ray Jagger has purchased the meat market and grocery at 526 Main Street of Carl Sanders and has taken possession.  The shop in the future will be operated under the name of the Jagger Market.

          Mr. Jagger for fourteen years was the manager of the Schlosser Brothers cream station in this city and for the past six months has been a driver for the Daniel’s Brothers meat packing house of Columbia City..- - - - Mr. Jagger has installed his own delivery system.

          Mr. Sanders will continue in the livestock business.



In Olive Branch and Marshtown Area

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 1, 1937

          Twelve men residing in the Olive Branch and Marshtown neighborhood went to the home of Mr & Mrs. Lewis Caton south of Marshtown Thursday forenoon and cut 150 shocks of corn for them.  The women with Mrs. Caton prepared dinner at the house. Mr. Caton has been very ill for a few weeks.  The men doing the work were Clarence Reed, Marritt Gault, Charles Rife, Loyd Gault, Geo. Gault, Ray Rodocker, Elza Brownneller and Henry Montgomery.  Four others assisted whose names were not learned.



New Dry Kilns

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 2, 1937

          The D.A. Pike Lumber Company of Akron will install a new dry kiln at their saw mill during the next few weeks.  The new kiln will be located between the two saw mills of the plant, and will be one of the most modern outfits of its kind on the market today.

          It will include new drying equipment, fans, radiators, automatic testers, and a new 60x80 foot building to house the dried lumber. - - - -



Paul Myers, 1215 Franklin

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 4, 1937

          Mr. & Mrs. Paul Myers and family, who formerly lived west of town, have moved to 1215 Franklin Street.




Jesse A. Brown

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 12, 1937

          Jesse A. Brown of Rochester has recently enrolled at the Indiana Law School of Indianapolis for the 1937-38 school year.  More than 225 students have registered this fall at the Indianapolis institution, which has had unusual success in preparing students for the legal profession.  The Rochester youth is the son of Atty. & Mrs. Selden J. Brown.



James E. Smith

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 13, 1937

          On Thursday, October 14th James E. Smith, son of Mr. & Mrs. E.A. (Jake) Smith, of Richland Township will open a law office on the second floor of the Drs. Stinson Building, 816 Main street this city.

          The young attorney who is a graduate of the Indiana Law School, was admitted to the Fulton County Bar Association last spring after having passed both Federal and State Bar Association examinations.  The father of the new attorney was Auditor of Fulton County a number of years ago.



Has Closed its Season

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 15, 1937

          The Akron Canning Company finished their tomato packing season Wednesday afternoon.  The mahinery is now being cleaned and greased for the winter shut down and the building is being made ready for the winter.

          The warehouse is nearly full of canned tomatoes and Mr. John Scott and Mr. Charles Overdorff have announced that nearly 37 carloads of tomatoes were packed this year.

          Although the pack was not as large as the owners anticipated and the quality was not as good as it should have been many civic minded citizens of Akron feel that this was a fine beginning for Akron’s newest industry.

          The tomato crop throughout Indiana was not of very good quality this season.  It is believed the crop was as good in Akron as anywhere in the state this season.




Virgil Lidgard and Sons

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 16, 1937

          Virgil Lidgard and his sons John and Donald all of whom formerly lived on a farm near Talma have purchased a junk yard at Bremen and are now operating the same.  The Lidgards for the past six months have operated a similar yard at Ligonier.



Mr. & Mrs. Robert Laymon

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 16, 1937

          Mr. & Mrs. Robert Laymon have announced that they will open a factory at Kewanna for the making of candy to be sold wholesale.  They have leased the Scott building in West Main Street at Kewanna and will start operations Monday.  Mrs. Laymon was formerly Miss Letha Showley of Kewanna.



Fred Shobe Manager

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 19, 1937

          The Rochester Bowling Alleys will have their formal opening on Monday evening October 25.  The alleys are now located in the third floor of the Dillon Building which also houss the Black & Bailey hardware store.  Fred Shobe will be the manager of the alleys this year.



Stock Offered For Sale

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 20, 1937

          Argos interests have acquired title to the former Argos Foundry near the Nickel Plate depot and propose to operate the same.

          Attorney Normal C. Darnell, of Argos, who has handled the legal end of the deal, will be a stockholder and active in the affairs of the company.  It is also expected that Jack Foggarty, who is well known in Argos, will take an active interest.  Mr. Bruckus will be in charge of the moulders.  Frank McGovern, also well known in Argos, will be an active stockholder and a director.

          Those promoting are asking no one to donate, but Argos people will have an opportunity to become stockholders.  Only enough stock will be sold to furnish working capital and the business will be incorporated under the laws of the State of Indiana. - - - - -



Appear in Movie at Char-Bell

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 25, 1937

          Three movie and radio stars well known in this community are being featured in the picture, Varsity Show, which is being shown at the Char-Bell theatre, tonight.

          The celebrities are Dick Powell, who played two seasons at the Fairview Gardens, and Misses Priscillka and Rosemary Lane, whose father and mother were raised in the vicinity of Macy, Ind.  The Lane girls’ family name is Mullican.  They are nieces of Ben and Charles Mullican of this city.



Sparton Radios Agency

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 2, 1937

          Sparton radio for 1938 in a variety of new models are shown at Calvin & Myers hardward store today for the first time . This recently organized hardware firm has added to its stock and has enlarged concistently during the past several months.

          “We felt that we should have a radio line of proven quality to round out our appliance department,” said Paul Myers today.



Perschbachers New Managers

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 4, 1937

          Barney Perschbacher and his son Ed today took over the management of the Linco Filling Station at the northeast intersection of Main and Fourth Streets.

          Messers Perschbacher will continue the station in operation and plan to make extensive improvements. - - - -

          Barney Perschbacher has been the Fulton county court bailiff for several years while Ed Perschbacher is an experienced filling station operator.  He managed service stations in both Chicago and Detroit for well known oil companies.



Lonnie Fenimore Agent

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 4, 1937

          Lonnie Fenimore, Fort Wayne, a former resident of Rochester, has been named agent of the Railway Express Agency at Plymouth.



In 700 Block, Fulton Avenue

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 8, 1937

          Through a business deal consummated Saturday, Clyde Beatty, world famed circus and movie lion and tiger trainer of the Cole Bros. Circus, becomes a Rochester property owner.  Mr. Beatty purchased the Jay Waltz residence, recently erected in the 700 block on Fulton Ave.- - - -



For Alonzo Long

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 9, 1937

          Forty neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Alonzo Long, 7 miles northeast of Rochester, Tuesday morning and huked his corn crop.  While the men were busy in the field, the women prepared a delicious country dinner in the home.  Mr. Long has been ill all summer.



Opens Peru Branch

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 12, 1937

          The Beall Tire Shop has opened a branch in Peru at the Realgas station at 525 West Main Street.  Ralph Zimmerman has been named manager of the branch.



Getting New Building

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 12, 1937

          Otto L. Grossman has purchased the Lewis Bose residence in North Michigan Street in Argos and plans a modern funeral home with living apartments on the second floor.  The entire first floor will be used for the mortuary, new drives will be built, the yard landscaped and several other changes made which will add to the convenience and general attractiveness of the place.



Purchased by Oscar Engles

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 17, 1937

          Through a business deal consummated Tuesday, the Cornell grocery and fruit market, located on the west side of the public square


was purchased by Oscar Engles, of Logansport.  P.O. Cornell, former owner of the grocery has not announced his plans for the future

          Mr. Engles arrived from Logansport early Wednesday morning and took oiver the operation of this popular store.  Both Mr. & Mrs. Engles have had considerable experience in the grocery business in Logansoprt and they plan to move to this city as soon as they are able to procure a suitable residence, it was said.



Osa Gearhart

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 18, 1937

          Osa Gearhart has rented the old baseball field of Bob Matthews where he has put his sawmill.  He intends to work entirely from this location instead of moving his mill, as in the past



In New Building

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 24, 1937

          On Saturday, November 27th, The Fulton County Community Sales organization will open its spacious new sales barn, which is located in a ten-acre plot, directly north of the Chicago & Erie stockyards on North Fulton avenue.  The sales organization was formerly located in the Brackett building, (SE) corner Main and 5th Streets, this city

          The new structure is a one-story frame building, occupying a floor space of 50 by 128 feet, entirely enclosed and designed to give the sales customers an excellent view of the sales ring.  The seating capacity will acommodate 500 people, while the sale ring itself occupies a space of 12 by 20 feet.

          The Fulton County Community Sales was the first concern of its kind in the United States catering to the community sales of all kinds of livestock, household goods, etc.  The community sales idea, according to Levi P. Moore, owner of the Fulton County Sales business, was first inaugurated in Fulton county by Thomas McMahan, of this city.  Mr. McMahan not only conducted the assembling of the wares which were sold, but also did the auctioneering.

          Robert P. Moore,, former fieldman for the Chester White Journal and an experienced livestock man, is the manager of the Fulton Community Sales.  An extraordinary large assortment of livestock has been secured for the opening event of the new sales barn, Saturday. - -



On Air This Evening

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 29, 1937

          Mrs. Edith Ruh today received a telegram which will be of interest to the many friends of Miss Marjorie Williams, former Rochester high school teacher.  The message follows:

          “This is to let you know that Marjorie Williams is to be on the Lux Radio Theatre hour on Monday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Coast Time, interviewed by Cecile B. DeMille at the end of the hour.”

          The Lux program is broadcast over a national hook-up and may be heard over most any of the larger stations.



Sign Contracts with Cole Bros.

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 29, 1937

          Jess Adkins and Zack Terrell owners of the Cole Brothers Circus announced today that Ken Maynard, Western movie star, has signed a contract to return to the circus for its 1938 tour.

          Mr. Maynard was reared at Columbus, Ind., where his parents now reside.  He was the headliner in the concert of the Cole Brothers Circus during the past year and had a great following especially among young Americans. - - - - -

          Messrs Adkins and Terrell announced today that Clyde Beatty, noted wild animal trainer and movie star who has been featured in the Cole Brothers Circus for the past three years has also signed a new contract.  In Beatty and Maynard the local circus has two of the headliners in the circus world. - - - - -



Lee Moore, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 30, 1937

          T.A. Marshall, manager of I. Duffy & Sons Co.., Office in Rochester, has been promoted to head of the new Warren yards and has been named vice-president of the company, Mr. I. Duffy, Lagro, announced Tuesday.

          Mr. Marshall will take up his new duties Dec. 6.  He will be replaced by Lee Moore who will be advanced from assistant manager to manager of the local yards.  Charles Cullison, Bourbon, has been named assistant manager at Rochester.



Moved to Campbell Service Station

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 3, 1937

          Announcement was made today by officials of the Indiana Motor Bus Company that a change had been made in the location of the company’s bus station in Fulton.  The station has been moved from the R. & K. Lunch Room to the Campbell Service Station and Cafe, owned by Hugh Campbell.  The Campbell service station is located in the center of the business district of Fulton and is on the east side of Road 25, opposite the postoffice and the Fulton State Bank.



Irene Whitehead

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 7, 1937

          Miss Irene Whitehead Monday was named reporter of the Cass County Circuit Court for the coming year by Judge John Smith.  Her appointment effective January 1, 1938 was approved by the Cass County Board of Commissioners.

          Miss Whitehead served as Fulton County circuit court reporter for four years under Judges Reub Carr, Hiram Miller and Robert R. Miller.  She has been serving as court reporter at Logansport for the past two years during which time Jesse Taber regularly appointed to the post has been inactive.

          Mr. Taber has held the position of Cass county court reporter since 1888 a period of 49 years. - - - - -



Merle (Bookie) Cook, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 10, 1937

          Merle (Bookie) Cook has been named manager of the Bashore Feed Store and Hatchery at Akron.



Helped Convict Brady Gangster

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 17, 1937

          Luther Swygert, son of Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Swygert of Akron, was one of the assistant U.S. District attorneys who presented the state’s case against James Dalhov1r, last of the Brady Gang.

          The trial was held in the Hammond court, of which Swygert has jurisdiction.  He is an assistant U.S. District attorney, and he was


assisted at the trial by Alex Campbell, who holds a similar post at South Bend. - - - - -



Opens in Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 18, 1937

          Perry Calvin has arranged the F.S. Scott room on Main Street in Kewanna for a confectionery and fruit store.  The opening was held Saturday.  Mrs. Inez Stroup is in charge of the store.



Milton Hatfield

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 3, 1938

          Milton Hatfield, owner of the Starr Put-Put Company, manufacturers of motor bikes, reeived many bad bruises when he took a spill on the ice in front of the Colonial Hotel New Year’s Day afternoon while riding one of the motor bikes on the icy surface of Lake Manitou.  The bike skidded and sunk to the bottom of the lake where it was salvaged with grappling hooks.  The motor bike was not damaged.  Hatfield lives in a cottage on the north shore of the lake.



Ray Fuller, Assistant Manager

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 6, 1938

          Harry Shapley, manager of the local Armour & Co. Plant, announced that Ray Fuller, cashier, had been promoted to assistant manager effective today.  Mr. Fuller has been employed at the local plant since February 1936, having come here from Canada where he was employed by Armours.  His home was Pipestone, Minnesota.



M.J. Hoover

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 7, 1938

          M.J. Hoover who resides on a farm near Grass Creek is preparing to open a restaurant in Grass Creek in the building formerly used by the bank.  Mr. Hoover purchased the building several months ago.  In addition to the restaurant, Mr. Hoover will conduct an acetylene and electric welding shop in a building at the rear of the restaurant.




J.D Newman

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 12, 1938

          Jesse Adkins and Zack Terrell, owners of the Cole Bros.-Clyde Beatty Circus announced today that Jacob D. Newman has been named general agent of the circus for the 1938 season

          Mr. Newman is an experienced circus man and several weeks ago resigned as agent of the Al Barnes-Sells Floto Circus.  He says that he will have with him many of those who worked for him under the banner of the old Sells-Floto show.

          Mr. Newman was the general agent of the Cole-Bros-Clyde Beatty Circus in 1936.  He has been with ciruses for 40 years holding various positions and for a number of years was manager of the Gentry Brothers Circus which had headquarters in Bloomington.  Mr Newman’s home is in Beverly Hills, Cal.



Elmer E. Mitchell, Vice-President

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 12, 1938

          Elmer E. Mitchell was named vice-president of the Indiana Potato Growers Association at a meeting which was held in Lafayette Tuesday as a part of the Purdue University agriculture conference.  Mr. Mitchell is president of the Northern Indiana Muck Crop Growers Association and his entries of muck potatoes have won state and national honors.



Nick Carter, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 12, 1938

          Carter Brothers Circus which is made up of acts of the Cole Brothers Circus has been doing a big business this winter in their various engagements through the middle west.  Circus is being managed by Nick Carter and will fill engagements in the next few weeks at Davenport, Iowa, Peoria, Ill., and Columbus, Ohio..



Levi P. Moore, President

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 13, 1938

          Two Rochester citizens received signal honors at the Indiana Livestock Breeders Association banquet which was held Wednesday


evening in the Memorial Building, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind. These men were Levi P. Moore and County Agent Noah Hadley.

          Mr. Moore was elected president of the Indiana Livestock Breeders Association, which is the largest organization of its kind in the United States. - - - - -

          County Agent Noah Hadley was named as one of six of Indiana’s most outstanding and efficient county agents.  As there are nearly a hundred county agents throughout the state, this achievement and honor was considered most complimentary. - - - - -



Twenty-four Miles Staked

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 14, 1938

          The Fulton County R.E.M.C. project is being carried on through the west section of the county despite bad weather according to an announcement made today by Ralph Murray, local manager.  Twenty-four miles have been staked to date and today the crew is working along the river road.



Leased by Harry Herendeen

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 14, 1938

          Harry Herendeen has leased the Cities Service filling station in Akron which was formerly operated by his brother the late Dever Herendeen and will continue the same in operation.  Dever Herendeen was killed in an auto accident east of this city in road 14 several weeks ago.



“Little Fellow” In Business

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 31, 1938

          President Roosevelt is said to have received an enormous number of letters from the so-called “small” business men.  Apparently the owners and managers of many small concerns have been giving him thir ideas about trade and employment.  These letters must contain a vast amount of practical wisdom, from which any statesman could learn much

          The man who does business on a small scale has a point of view which is usually reasonable and fair.  If he has been making a living, he understands the fundamental principles that make business thrive.  He


comes closely in contact with the people who work for him, and he knows how to keep them satisfied.

          He sees the public daily, so he knows how business and government policies affect the average family.  It could be wished that every business man of this type in Indiana coiuld write to the president about these things.

          What does the average small business man say should be done to get the unemployed millions to work?  He would probably be strong for the following principles:

          1 - The government must pay its bills.  Continual borrowing ruins any business including that of the government.

          2 - Prices must be cut, as the only way to stimulate business when trade is slow.

          3 - The destitute unemployed must be aided.  A rich country like this can’t allow anyone to go hungry.

          4 - If expnditures can’t be cut sufficiently to allow the government to pay its bills, new taxes must be levied.

          5 - Labor must have a fair wage, but it never pays labor to ask so much that the people can’t afford to buy its product.

          The small business man will say his experience shows the above principles produce prosperity.



To Be Dedicated

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 2, 1938

          The new $68,000 Wayne Township grade and high school building at Grass Creek will be dedicated this Wednesday evening at 7:30 o’clock Trustee Lloyd Rouch announced today.  The program will be open to the public.

          A speaker will be sent to Grass Creek from the Indiana State Department of Education.  County superintendent Earl Rouch will also have a part in the ceremonies.  An excellent program has been arranged.

          The Grass Creek school building was built during the past year at a cost of $68,000 and is constructed of red brick trimmed in Bedford stone.  Included in the building are a large assembly hall, commodious office, supply room, two rest rooms and modern science, commerce and shop units.

          The building replaces one which burned on the night of February 6, 1937 due to a defective chimney.  WPA funds were used


in helping to construct the building.  The members of the township Advisory Boiard are Apha Hoesel, Lawrence Funk and Harry Hiatt.  A Huntington firm had the contract for construction of the building.



Opens on South Main Street

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 11, 1938

          Don Myers and associates have announced the opening of a new store on south Main street Saturday Feb. 12.  They will do contract wiring, and will handle a full line of appliances.  Myers-Light systems, radios and wiring fixtures will be sold and serviced through this new electric store

          With Myers, as construction superintendent is Byron Johnson, who has had 20 years experience in electric work, and Forest H. Rans, who will be asistant manager



To Maintain Level of Lake

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 12, 1938

          The members of the Lake Bruce Association Inc., have elected the following directors, Fred H. Gillespie, Indianapolis, Charles Guendling, Peru, Carl Hart, Kokomo, John Dellinger, Kewanna, Henry M. Melton, Logansport, and Ross Lowe, Logansport

          Also the following officers, John Dellinger, Kewanna, president; Glenn R Goeke, Indianapolis, secretary and treasurer, and Lester C. Moris, Indianapolis, attorney.

          The association has a hundred or more members, consisting of farmers, cottage owners and persons interested in the welfare of Lake Bruce.

          The main purpose for the organizatio of the association is an effort to maintain the level of Lake Bruce which has been serously threatened by a break in the dam at the outlet of the lake.  Repairs have been made to the dam.  The level of the lake was lowered 18 inches at one time









Seeks $50,000 First Mortgage Bonds

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 14, 1938

          Indianapolis, Feb. 14.  (INS) - The Rochester Telephone Company, Inc., in a petition signed by Hugh A. Barnhart, president, today asked the Public Service Commission to approve issuance of $50,000 worth of first mortgage bonds.

          The petition said that the company proposed to use $25,000 of the receipts from the bond issue to retire first preferred, 6 per cent stock and the remainder to build a new fire proof building for the offices and plant



Launched by Owners of Cole Bros.

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 15, 1938

          Jess Adkins and Zack Terrell, owners of the Cole Bros. Circus, today announced that they will place another circus on the road this year under the name of Robbins Brothers.  This show which is now being built at the circus winterquarters here will leave Rochester in the latter part of April and will tour the United States.

          Hoot Gibson, famous western movie star, and his congress of rough riders, will be one of the features of the new circus.  Gibson traveled last summer with a well known American circus.  He is appearing this week in a winter circus at Detroit, Michigan, sponsored by the Shriners of that city.

          Robbins Brothers Circus will move on its own train of twenty-five railroad cars.  The Pullmans are being fitted at the circus winterquarters and stock and flat cars are under construction in shops at Warren, Pa.  The big top will have a seating capacity of six thousand and menagerie will consist, besides many wild animals, of sixteen elephants.  Circus personnel will be six hundred.- - - -



Opens at 508 Main Street

The News-Sentinel, March 4, 1938

          Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Mitchell today opened a cafe at 508 Main Street which they have named “Hamburger Inn”.  They will feature 5c hamburgers with relishes and fresh homemade pies at 5 cens per cut. Soups and other foods will also be served at the inn.

          The Mitchells have purchased the building in which they opened


the new enterprise from the heirs of the late Chris Hoover.  The front part of the room has been equipped with a counter and chairs

          Mr. Mitchell for a number of years was the traveling chef for the American and United Hotel Company of New York.  Mr & Mrs. Mitchell will be in personal charge of the Hamburger Inn here.

          The Mitchells’ home is at Delaware, Ohio, where they also operate a hamburger inn which is located opposite the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.



Fred McClurg of Rochester

The News-Sentinel, March 7, 1938

          Indianapolis Ind, March 7. (INS) - Fred McClurg, Rochester, chief of the legal staff of the Indiana Gross Income Tax division will participate in the arguments before the Supreme court at Washington this week, when questions of the taxability of interstate sales is argued before the nation’s highest tribunal.

          McClurg has been connected with the gross income tax department since 1933.

          Constitutionality of Indiana’s gross income tax statute is questioned in a suit of the J.D. Adams Manufacturing Co., of Indianapolis.  The state Supreme court already has upheld the law.



Receiver Makes Final Payment Liquidation

The News-Sentinel, March 7, 1938

          A.E Babcock, former president of the American National Bank of Kewanna announced today that Receiver A.P. Flynn, of Logansport, was now making the final payment of 20-1/4 percent in the liquidating of the American National Bank which was closed on February 24, 1930.

          The former bank official stated that with the completion of this last payment the banking institution will have paid out 92-34 percent to the depositors.  Mr. Babcock further said that without the cost of liquidation process the institution would have paid out 100 cents on the dollar.







Purchased by Frank Ireland

The News-Sentinel, March 22, 1938

          The Church of God building at Disko was sold at public auction several days ago to Frank Ireland of Laketon.  It will be moved to a farm near Disko school and converted into a barn.  The price was $230. Seats of the church were sold at $1.25 to E.E. Gehrig of Akron, agent for Church of God. The seats will be used at the church’s camp meeting grounds at Yellow Creek Lake.  The land was not sold.



In Opera Auditions

The News-Sentinel, March 22, 1938

          Macy, Ind., March 22. - Phil Duey of Macy, was one of six finalists who sang in the Metropolitn Opera auditions Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock over the NBC network

          As the result of his audition, Sunday afternoon he is eligible for a contract with the Metropolitan Opra compay.  The judges of the Sunday afternoon broadcast are to announce next Sunday which of the finalists will be awarded a contract with the company.




The News-Sentinel, March 23, 1938

          Harry Hogue will hold open house all day Friday, March 25, at his new Rochester City Dairy, at 610 Main. - - - - -

          Mr. Hogue will feature a full line of dairy products and will give city and lake delivery.  In the fountain City Dairy ice cream will be served.

          Mr. Hogue, who has been in the dairy business in Rochester for 11 years, is justly proud of the new plant, one of the most modern in northern Indiana.



Purchased by Harry Weber

The News-Sentinel, March 23, 1938

          John Barrett has sold his interest in the Puritan Hotel at the corner of Market and New Jersey streets in Indianapolis to Harry Weber, Chicago. Mr. Weber owns a chain of hotels in the middle west. Mr. Barrett has operated the Puritan Hotel for the past 14 months.



Planned For Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, March 25, 1938

          At a special meeting of the Kewanna Club held at the Public Library recently action was taken to start the work of building a cement floor on the town lot to be used as a roller skating floor.  The floor is to be about 40x100 feet in size.

          The town board is co-operating to some extent in the work and will have the lot leveled and put in readiness for the cement work.  The grading it is now thought will commence next Monday and the work will be pushed as rapidly as possible. - - - - - Kewanna Herald.



Winner In Voice Contest

The News-Sentinel, March 28, 1938

          Miss Marcia Davis, 16, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Davis of 1015 Main Street won the first prize in the voice contest of high school Juniors and Seniors conducted at Indianapolis Saturday morning by the Indiana university extension division. - - - - -

          Miss Edith Thomson music director of the Rochester public schools accompanied Miss Davis.

          The district winners will compete at Bloomington.  - - - - -



Entertained by Circuses

The News-Sentinel, March 28, 1938

          Several thousand persons visited the Cole Brothers and Robbins Brothers circus winterquarters Sunday afternoon to see a special preview staged for approximately forty Chicago newspapermen and cameramen.

          In a special outdoor cage the lions, tigers, elephants, horses and seals were put through their paces by Clyde Beatty, Mrs. Beatty, Roland Huebler, Jorgen Christiansen and Eddie Allen.- - - - -

          Preceding the show the newsmen and photographers were entertained at a dinner given by Jesse Adkins and Zack Terrell, owners of the two circuses.

          The newspaper men made the trip to this city from Chicago in a chartered bus and represented Chicago Tribune, Daily Times, Daily News and Chicago Herald-Examiner, International News, Associated Press and United Press.


          The cameramen were from Paramount, Universal, Hearst Metro-tone and Pathe film companies while photographers were present from the National Editorial Association and Wide World Photo Company.



Rebuilt by Eldo Shafer

The News-Sentinel, March 29, 1938

          Eldo Shafer who resides at Lake Nyona has rebuilt his vaudeville company for the coming summer and its personnel now includes twenty-five artists.

          The company is now practicing in Detroit, Michigan and will play during the summer months in cities in the central states.  One-third of the cities visited are return engagements.

          During the past two months the company played one engagement in Detroit where they were sponsored by a well known auto company.  This car manufacturer will present Mr. Shafer in a blindfold auto driving contest at the Indianapolis Speedway at the time of the 500 Mile Race.

          Mr. Shafer’s troupe is titled the “Eldorado Vaudville Company” and features music, singing and magic numbers.



Purchased by Glen Wilson

The News-Sentinel, April 2, 1938

          Glen Wilson, operator of two elevators in Fulton county, has bought controlling interest in Anchor Milling Co., for many years owned and operated by the late Clarence Viers.

          Mr. Wilson plans to add new machinery and bring the plant up to capacity productions.  Complete reconditioning of the plant is in progress now.

          The mill now grinds flour and corn meal and Mr. Wilson plans to add pancake flour to the production schedule.

          Mr. Wilson now has contracts with jobbers over the midwest who will take the capacity output of the mill.  The same staff will be employed.








Has Changed its Name

The News-Sentinel, April 2, 1938

          The C.K.R. Factory at Akron received orders several days ago from factory officials to change the name of the plant to The American Fork & Hoe Company.

          Although the Akron factory has been a branch of the American Fork & Hoe company for several months, it continued to operate under the name of the C.K.R company and it was not until several days ago that officials of the company in Akron were informed that the name would be changed officially.

          The American Fork & Hoe company is one of the largest manufacturers of hardware specialties in the United States.  Although it has assumed complete ownership of the Akron factory, it is believed that no drastic changes in personnel will be made.

          The shovel factory, as it is better known, located in Akron through the help of many Akron business men, and was owned by J.F. Rittenhouse.  It later merged with two other fatories and was the “R” in the C.K.R. factory for a long time.



Of Kiwanis Club is Operating

The News-Sentinel, April 4, 1938

          The Kiwanis Employment Bureau, with 32 boys and 8 girls of high school age listed, has placed ten boys in part-time jobs, Coach Clyde Lyle said today.

          “Townspeople who need help about the yard, in stores or in the home can find eager, conscientious help through the bureau”, said Mr Lyle.



Construction Started

The News-Sentinel, April 20, 1938

          Today John H. Wolfe, Supt. for Haines & Haines Const. Co., of

Dowagiac, Mich., began the construction of Fulton County’s first rural electric line to be financed by federal loan.  Mr Wolfe states that the work will be prosecuted diligently until completed. - - - -

          It is importnt that premises be wired so that the line may be energized immediately after construction. - - - -





The News-Sentinel, April 20, 1938

          Ellis Reed has enlarged his new and second hand furniture store and now occupies both ground floor rooms in the Commerial Building at 512-514 Main Street. - - - - -

          The Commercial Bldg., which is of brick construcion, was built in 1877 by the late Fred Fromm, who operated a grocery and dry goods store there for many years.

          Two large doors between the two rooms were sealed 50 years ago when the rooms were made into separate units.  Mr. Reed has opened the doors thus making one large room for the furniture store.



By Bob Hickey, Press Rep. of Chicago

The News-Sentinel, April 20, 1938

          Chicago, April 20. - It’s gigantic, it’s stupendous, it’s colossal, it’s scintillating, and it’s marvelous to the last degree.  The above adjectives partly describe the 1938 program of Cole Bros.-Clyde Beatty Circus now appearing twice daily at the Chicago Stadium.

          This year marks the third appearance of Cole Bros. in the Stadium and Managers Zack Terrell and Jess Adkins have assembled their finst and greatest show.  Headliners include Clyde Beatty, world’s premier wild animal subjugator; Ken Maynard, western motion picture star; Dorothy Herbert, the best of all equestriennes; the Flying Harolds, the Illingtons, The Zoeppe Family, the Zavatta troupe; the Hobson Family, the Hollis Four, and many others.

          New thrillers include Florenzo, who sits behind the wheel of his automobile while it performs a sensational triple somersault in mid-air; the Great Grtonas, high wire artists; Rita LaPlata, aerialist from France; Hal Silvers, the king of the wire artists; Cyse O’Dell, aerial gymnast; and Jumping Jacks.

          Otto Greibling, Horace Laird, Kinko, Billy Rico, Joe Shorten, Pinky Hollis and Ernie White are prominent funmakers.

          The present engagements extend to Sunday night, May 1st, with performances daily at 2:15 and 8:15 p.m.  All of Clyde Beatty’s animals, and other zoologcal beasts are on view for one full hour before the opening spectacle, “LeSseville” in which over 500 people appear.




Opened by John Barrett

The News-Sentinel, April 21, 1938

          John Barrett today opened a store at 121 East Seventh street, opposite the City Hall.  He will carry a complete line of wallpaper, paints, varnish, roofing and light hardware.  Mr. Barrett is a son of A.J. Barrett and was engaged in a similar business in Rochester for a number of years.



Purchased by Standard Packing Corp.

The News-Sentinel, April 22, 1938

          Walter Brubaker announced today that he has sold his meat market at the corner of Main and Ninth streets to the Standard Packing Corp., of Kokomo who have taken possession.  The transfer was made this mornng.

          The Standard Packing Corp. operates a chain of meat markets in northern and central Indiana using only meats which are killed by them at the slaughter houses in Kokomo.

          Other cities in which the Standard Packing Corp. has stores are Logansport, Peru, Wabash, Delphi and Monticello.  The stores are operated as Regal Stores which is a cooperative buying organzation

          The store will also carry a full line of groceries.

          Paul Randall, Kokomo, has been named manager of the Rochester store

          Mr. Brubaker will continue to operate his garage at 913-915 Main Street and to manage his farm south of this city in Road 25.



William H. “Bill” Deniston

The News-Sentinel, April 23, 1938

          William H. “Bill” Deniston, of Indianapolis, has returned to Rochester, where on Monday, April 25th, he will engage in the practice of law, with his office being located in the same rooms as occupied by Martin W. Ivey, situated over the Blue Drug Store.  - - - - -

          During his residency in Indianapolis he was employed in the offices of White-Wright & Boleman, one of the leading law firms of that city.  He is a graduate of the Indiana University’s six year law course, and has been a resident of Rochester all of his life.  He is the son of Senator and Mrs. A.L. Deniston.



To Build New Office Building

The News-Sentinel, April 26, 1938

          Announcement wa made today tha the Rochester Telephone Co.

will begin erection within a few days of a new $35,000 building on the company property at No. 117 West Eighth Street.  The new home is directly in the rear of the Dawson Building where the phone company’s plant has been located on the upstairs floor since it was founded.

          Roscoe Pontius, secretary-manager of the company, announced that the general contractor for erecting the building was let to Milo Cutshall, of Akron. - - - -



Built by Kewanna Club

The News-Sentinel, May 20, 1938

          The new open air pavilion built at Kewanna under the sponsorship of the Kewanna Club will be dedicated Saturday evening.  Attorney E.B. DeVault will make the dedicatin speech.  Roller skating will be enjoyed until 9 o’clock and at that time until midnight a dance will be held with a well known orchestra furnishing the music.  The entire program is free to the public.



Ted Weems and His Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, May 24, 1938

          Summer season activities will get underway at the Colonial Hotel Gardens, Wednesday evening, May 25th, when Ted Weems and His Orchestra will be featured in an evenng’s dance program.

          This band which comes direct from the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago, was booked through the Music Corporation of America, and the Colonial Garden’s engagement will be one of its few appearances in Indiana this year, it was stated.

          Special feature entertainers who will appear with his internationally known dance band are Elmo Tanner, Rod Ingle, Perry Como, Country Washburn and Parker Gibbs.

          On Saturday evening the Colonial Hotel will present Andy Hanson orchestra for a three nights’ engagement.  Hanson was the featured trombonist of the Wayne King Band for nine years.




Mrs. Barrett & Mrs. Zaring

The News-Sentinel, May 25, 1938

          Mrs. John Barrett and Mrs. Cooper Zaring announced today that they have opened an antique shop in the Nobby True residence at 1223 Main Street. - - - -



M.A. Harbert

The News-Sentinel, June 1, 1938

          M.A. Harbert, 77, of Hoopston, Ill., today retired as local agent for the Nickel Plate railroad, after completing 57 years of service in railroading, according to an announcement received here today by a friend of Mr. Harbert’s.  The Hoopston agent started his railroad career in Rochester, Ind., in the year of 1881 as the night operator for the Indianapolis, Peru and Chicago railroad system.



New Caterers

The News-Sentinel, June 1, 1938

          The new caterers for the Rochester Country Club are Mr. & Mrs. Charles Meyers, of South Bend.  Mr. & Mrs. Meyers have already taken up their residency at the club house and the club’s social season will start Friday evening, June 3rd with a dinner-bridge affair.

          The new caterers are thoroughly familiar in this field of work, they having managed several clubs and resort hotels throughout northern Iniana and Michigan.



Formal Opening

The News-Sentinel, June 2, 1938

          Fred Hill, formerly manager of the Gamble Store here, announces the formal opening of Hill’s new store in the same location, 824 Main Street. - - - - - Robert House is manager of the new store’s service department.








Formal Opening New Home

The News-Sentinel, June 2, 1938

          The formal opening of the new Grossman Funeral Home at 208 North Michigan Street, Argos, will be held June 4th and 5th, according to an announcement made today by Otto Grossman.  The public is invited to inspect the modern home at any time.



Earl Hines

The News-Sentinel, June 2, 1938

          Earl Hines, “the colored king of the ivories,” whose hands are insured for $400,000, comes to the Colonial Gardens on Saturday, June 4th with his famous radio, recording and dance band, through arrangements completed with Consolidated Radio Artists, Inc.

          Earl, often referred to as “Father” Hines, pioneered in swing music from the nationally famous Grand Terrace in Chicago and was one of the first orhestras to popularize the lilting rhythms over the NBC coast-to-coast radio network.  Nightly the music of Earl Hines has thrilled countless radio listeners and his piano renditions have won him the title as “the world’s foremost jazz pianist.” - - - -

          They are fourteen versatile musicians with a splendid record of musical and entertainment achievements at the famed Grand Terrace in Chicago.



Glen Gray

The News-Sentinel, June 2, 1938

          The names of Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jimmy Cathcart and His Orchestra, and Bob Widmer and His Orhestra are featured on the schedule of attractions for the Fairview Dance Gardens of the Fairview Hotel, Lake Manitou

          Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra will play their only Indiana engagement at the Fairview Gardens this Saturday night, June 4th. - - - - - Along with a fine brand of sweet swing, there will be fun and entertainment with “Pee Wee” Hunt, and fine vocals by Kenny Sargent.  They are two of Casa Loma’s most popular personalities.

          Jimmy Cathcart and His Orchestra will open a limited engagement at the Fairview on Saturday night, June 11th, after which time the Fairview will feature dancing every evening.


          This popular unit from Indiana University will need no introduction - - - - they played at the lake last summer.

          Bob Widmer and His Orchestra will be heard Sunday night only.




The News-Sentinel, June 6, 1938

          Robert Babcock has redecorated and repaintd his meat market at 426 Main Street. - - - - The Babcock market now presents a very pleasing and attractive appearance.



Kathleen Mullican Appointed

The News-Sentinel, June 7, 1938

          Indianapolis, June 7. (INS) - Appointment of Miss Kathleen Mullican, of Rochester, as secretary to Hugh A. Barnhart, director of the State Alcoholic Beverage Commission was announced today. - - -

          Miss Mullican had been acting as secreary of John Noonan, commission secretary.  She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ben C. Mullican of Rochester and a former employee of The News-Sentinel.



Jimmy Cathcart

The News-Sentinel, June 8, 1938

          Jimmy Cathcart and His Orchestra who broke all attendance records at the Fairview Hotel Dance Gardens last summer, will return there this Saturday evening, June 11th, for a limited engagement.

          Since appearing at the Fairview last summer Cathcart and his handsome group of musicians were chosen by Joe Sanders, radio famous “ole left hander” as America’s most outstanding campus aggrgation, and were heralded as such in the “Down Beat”, one of the leading musicians’ publications.

          With the engagement of Cathcart and His Orchestra, which features Harold Lieber, silver toned tenor, the Fairview will begin its regular summer operation and will open for dancng every night until Labor Monday.







Receiver Appointed

The News-Sentinel, June 8, 1938

          Aden U. Cloud and others today filed an application in the Fulton Circuit Court for the appointment of receiver for Otto Cloud, Paul Cloud, Richard Cloud and Sarah Cloud who have been doing business here under the name of Cloud & Sons.  Aden Cloud is a member of the firm of Cloud Brothers, South Bend, dealers in electrical appliances.

          The request was granted by Judge Robert Miller who named Boyd Peterson, former sheriff, as receiver.  Peterson was required to furnish bond in the sum of $30,000.

          Cloud & Sons have operated grocery and electrical appliance stores in Bourbon, Fulton and Rochester with the Rochester store located at 617 and 619 Main street.

          Otto Cloud operated a general store at Macy for a number of years.  Seven years ago he opened a grocery store at 715 main st. here and later an appliance store.  These stores were merged last fall in the room at 617-619 Main street.

          The receivership was a friendly suit and it is believed that with proper supervision the same can be ended satifactorily to all parties concernd.  No estimate of the liabilities and assets were made this to be determined by the receiver after he has made an inventory.



Opens June 11

The News-Sentinel, June 10, 1938

          An attractive, new business concern opens in the Brackett building, 715 Main street, Saturday, June 11th.  The new business will be operated under the name of the DeLux Ice Cream Shop, and will feature ice cream, fountain drinks, dainty sandwiches, confections and other good things.

          The shop will be operated by Louis Bernero and his son, Louis, Jr., who come here from Argos. - - - - The elder Bernero several years ago was associated with Florian Dovichi in the confectionery and wholesale business in this city.

          The DeLux Shop will manufacture its own ice cream in a newly installed Taylor Automatic Freezer which freezes five gallons in a little less than 10 minutes.




Johnny Burkarth

The News-Sentinel, June 13, 1938

          Johnny Burkarth and his band began a week’s engagement at the Colonial Gardens, Sunday evening, June 12th, and those who heard this popular mid-west orchestra in its initial engagement at Manitou were exceptionally well pleased with their music and featured entertainment.

          This 13-piece orchestra comes direct from one of the large ballrooms of Louisville, Ky.  Featured entertainers are Marjorie Manning, the “copper-colored vocalist” and Freddie Smiley, soloist and comedian.



Featured In “Business Week”

The News-Sentinel, June 14, 1938

          The Cole and Robbins circuses were given write-ups in the June 11 issue of “Business Week” one of the best known commercial publications in the United States.

          The Cole Circus story concerned the whiskey treatment which was given to the elephants here last winter in the winterquarters to cure the flu.  This story first appared in The News-Sentinel and later appeared in the Distillers Journal, where it was copied by Business Week.

          The story about the Robbins circus concerns the wreck which occurrd near Johnstown, Pa. several weeks ago when a car containing many of the animals in the menagerie struck a B. & O. Railroad bridge in such a manner that it was derailed and the show was unable to make its scheduled performances in Johnstown.

          The damaged car was moved to the Cambria car shops of the Bethlehem Steel Company at Johnstown where the repairs were made.  The following story taken from “Business Week” tells what happened at the car shops while the repairs were being made to the circus car.

          “Normally speaking, when one sees 3 camels, 2 zebras, a baby yak, 1 llama and 10 elephants parading through a steel plant, it is time for one to change his glasss-nose, highball, or otherwise.  This time it was different.  The Robbins Brothers Circus train cracked up in an accident and limped into Johnstown, Pa., for emergency repairs at the Cambria car shops of Bethlehem Steel.

          “Animals were taken from the cars and parked outdoiors in a


lot.  When it began to rain they became restive.  Nothing to do but parade them through the plant and into their cars.   Welding and riveting had to stop during the homecoming, but once the animals were in place, repairs went on under a double shift, and the circus made its next performance as scheduled.”



Ina Ray Hutton

The News-Sentinel, June 14, 1938

          Another of the big “name” bands which comes to Lake Manitou this season is the Ina Ray Hutton all-girl orchestra which will appear at the Colonial Gardens Thursday evening June 16th.

          Ina Ray Hutton, who is known through the stage and movie world as “the Blonde Bombshell”, and her melodears appeared in the “Big Broadcast of 1936” and “Feminine Rhythm”.  Her last Broadway Show previous to her advent on radio and screen with the Melodears was the Zeigfeld Follies in which the “Blonde Bombshell” was the featured singer and dancer.

          This all-girls band is “tops” in the field of hotcha and swing music and a record-breaking crowd is expected at The Colonial on the evening of their appearance.



Receiver Ordered To Sell Three Stores

The News-Sentinel, June 18, 1938

          Judge Robert Miller Friday in the Fulton circuit court ordered Boyd Peterson as receiver of Cloud & Sons to sell the firm’s three stores which are located in Rochester, Fulton and Bourbon at private sale to the highest bidder.  The sale was ordered after Adan Cloud and others had filed a receivership proceeding against Otto Cloud and others.



Work now on West County Circuit

The News-Sentinel, June 18, 1938

          Fifty-five men are busy stringing wire on the west circuit of Fulton county’s rural electrification project that extends for about 151 miles and serves between 480 and 500 homes, Ralph Murray, project superintendent annunced today. - - - - -




Burkarth Band Held Over

The News-Sentinel, June 18, 1938

          By popular demand Johnny Burkarth and his famous orchestra are being held over for another week at Colonial Gardens.  - - - - -



“Fats” Waller and Band

The News-Sentinel, June 20, 1938

          “Fats” Waller, famous radio and recording star, will be on hand, with his noted Columbia Broadcasting Orchestra, next Wednesday evenng, June 22nd at the Colonial Gardens, Lake Manitou.

          Like many another minister’s son, “Fats” at the age of 15 decided against his father’s wishes that he don the cloth, and instead chose music as his career.  A few years of theatre and night-club work followed, and then came his first real “break” in the form of an assignment to write the music for the show, “Keep Shuffling.” Next came a tour of the Publix theatres as an organist, and in 1930 he was engaged to write the lyrics of another musical show, “Hot Chocolates.”

          At the close of this show, “Fats” went abroad and was headlined in his song-and-piano-playing act at leading night clubs in England and on the continent, including the Kit Kat Club in London and the Moulin Rouge in Paris.  When he returned he joined Station WLW in Cincinnati, and in March 1933 made his debut from WABC over the Columbia network.

          Since then Victor recordings, screen shorts and a feature role in th RKO picture, “Hooray for Love” have been interspersed with his CBS broadcasts.  More recently, the colored star has been touring with outstanding success at the head of his own Columbia Broadcasting Orchstra.



Fred Mauer, New Manager

The News-Sentinel, June 21, 1938

          Fred Mauer, of Monticello, has replaced Paul Randall as manager of the Regal Market here.  He took over his new duties Monday.





Has Started Pea Pack

The News-Sentinel, June 22, 1938

          The Rochester Canning Company started the 1938 pack of peas Friday afternoon and are now operating both day and night shifts.  The pack will be around 30,000 cases depending on the crop.

          Reuben Scheid stated that the plant has 300 acres of peas under contract and prospects are that there will be a crp which will be seventy-five per cent of normal, but far above the average in quality. - -


Paul Cloud Accused of Forgery

The News-Sentinel, June 22, 1938

          Warsaw, Ind., June 22 - Paul Cloud, 33, Bourbon, posted a $500 bond last night and was released from the Kosciusko county jail a few hours after he had been arrested by Sheriff Burton B. Foulke and Deputy Charles Ward on a charge of forgery.  He was taken into custody at a cottage at Lake Manitou.

          In an affidavit filed on June 20 by Robert R. Knepper of the Etna Bank at Etna Green, Knepper alleges Cloud passed to the bank certain false and forged conditional sales contracts, which contracts promised payment in eight installments of $10 each, and oine installment of $9 to Cloud & Sons.

          These conditional sales contracts were purported to have been made and executed by James Coffel in favor of Clud & Sons, which contracts are alleged to have been false and Knepper claims the bank was defrauded of $89 as the bank relied upon Cloud’s representations and paid him the $89.  He is accused of defrauding the bank of the sum mentioned.



Reggie Childs

The News-Sentinel, June 27, 1938

          Reggie Childs, the maestro of Sweet Swing, whose slogan “The Smiling Maestro is on the Air” is bringing his famous band to the Colonial Gardens for an indefinite engagement beginning Saturday, July 2nd.

          The orchestra comes from a highly successful run at the smart Rye Beach Casino, New York City.  Reggie as a violinist-director has a fine musical background.  Born in America and raised in England he


received his early musical education in the Conservatories of London and Paris.  As a young man he took his violin to Canada and later went to New York.

          After playing in some of America’s leading orchestras, such as Whiteman’s, he directed several musical shows which included the Broadway Hit, “Little Jesse James”.  From this famous show, Reggie took his famous radio theme song,”Just a Little Love Song.”

          This theme song will be wafted over the air waves on the night of July 2nd, 10:30 CST from the Colonial Gardens.  It is believed that this is the first time in the history of Indiana that a half hour of dance music has been “picked up” and broadcast over a complete National Broadcasting Company coast to coast network.



To Give Free Program

The News-Sentinel, June 30, 1938

          El’Dorado, famous magician and hypnotist with his troupe of vodvil entertainers will present a free street show in this city, Saturday evening, July 2nd.  The program which provides highly entertaining features of the mystic and magic prowess of the Great El’Dorado is being presented under the sponsorship of the Rochester business men.

          The El’Dorado entertainers who have appeard in special performances at the County 4-H Club Exposition will also conduct an amateur contest which will be open to all who have some special talent and there will be prizes for the best of these amateur performances.

          One of the hi-lights in the Great El’Dorado’s repetoire of disillusionments will be the shooting of a .38 caliber bullet through a lady’s body and breaking a glass placed behind her back.  Then there will be pigeons appearing and vanishing from all parts of the magi’s platform!  Rabbits from the hats and a score of other baffling and unexplainable mysteries.

          Climaxing the big state show will be the death defying performance of El’Dorado driving a high-powered tractor through the down-town streets, while blindfolded.  This thrilling drive will start in front of The News-Sentinel office.

          Everyone is urged to see the El’Dorado show, and to stimulate the attendance the Rochester merchants who are backing the entertainment have all offered some extra bargain features for Saturday afternoon and night.




Closed by Directors of the Bank

The News-Sentinel, June 30, 1938

          The Citizens State Bank of Macy was closed Wednesday afternoon by the directors of the bank, according to an announcement which was posted on the door of the financial institution.  Ross H. Wallace, state director of financial institutions, is in charge and two state bank examiners today were making an audit of the books.

          Samuel Musselman, president of the bank, stated that the closing was voluntary and that every depositor would be paid in full.  Mr. Musselman says that as soon as few more collections are made the bank will be able to make an initial payment of fifty per cent of their total deposits and that this payment would be made in the near future.

          “Nobody will lose a nickel in the bank,” Mr. Musselman said.

          The Citizens State Bank of Macy had capital stock oif $10,000, surplus of $4,800, undivided profits $4,000, deposits of $180,000 and loans $120,000.  The bank had been in operation since 1908.  The bank was not a member of the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation, a government institution.  All other banks in Fulton, Cass and Miami counties are members of the FDIC, in which the United States government guarantees deposits to $5,000.  The banks in Rochester, Akron, Fulton, Kewanna and Leiters Ford are members of the FDIC.

          Until a secret meeting of the bank’s board of directors, June 5, Otto Cloud was president and chairman of the board of directors of the Citizens State Bank at Macy.  At that time Mr. Cloud resigned and Samuel Musselman, who had been cashier, was named president, and his son, O.E. Musselman, who had been the assistant cashier, was promoted to the cashiership.  Plans for reorganizing the bank were made at that time.

          The closing of the Citizens State Bank at Macy followed close on the receivership proceedings which were brought in the Fulton circuit court against stores owned by Otto Cloud, which he operated in Rochester, Fulton and Bourbon.  Boyd Peterson, former sheriff, was named receiver of the three stores by Judge Robert Miller and he last week filed his report showing that the stock of goods in the three stores had an appraised value of $12,201.64.  Mr. Peterson was attempting to sell the store at Bourbon today.

          Mr. Cloud in addition to operating the three stores at Rochester, Fulton and Bourbon, also sold electrical appliances not only in the three


stores, but also at offices in Indianapolis and Detroit.  The Clouds often took notes for balances due on electrical appliances and then sold them to financial institutions.  Among the banks where they sold these notes was the Citizens State Bank of Macy.

          Following the closing of the stores Paul Cloud was arrested for forgery after charges had been filed against him by a banker at Etna Green.  He is now at liberty under bond on this charge.  Otto Cloud is under $5,000 bond at South Bend on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses.  This charge was filed by a South Bend investment company.  The charges against the Clouds were filed by the financial institutions, it is said, because they had purchased some of the Cloud notes and found them not as represented.

          Wilford V. Waltz South Bend, prosecutor of St. Joseph county today, told International News Service, that the Clouds had defrauded 31 financial institutions through irregularities in their contracts.  “It is the worst case of its kind I ever heard of,” said Mr. Waltz who stated a St. Joseph county grand jury would begin an inquiry into the case Friday.

          In the meantime, the Fulton county grand jury, it is said, is also conducting an inquiry into the Cloud financial matters.  Today after making their routine inspection of the county jail, court house and county infirmary as they are required to do under the law, the grand jurors started their deliberations.

          It is said that heads and employees of financial institutions from various parts of Indiana were among those who went into the grand jury room this afternoon.  The grand jurors will be in session for several days before they conclude their deliberations.



Adds Butcher Shop

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1938

          Vernon’s Grocery at 822 Main street, has installed a new Holcomb and Hoke refrigerator meat display case and beginning today will handle a full line of fresh and luncheon meats with Walter McGuire in charge of the department. Mrs. Virginia Engle announced today.

          The market has been rearranged to accommodate the new fixture.






Maurie Sherman Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1938

          Maurie Sherman and his orchestra has been booked for Saturday night, July 9th at Fairview Gardens.

          Sherman features Bob Sherman and puts on a show that only Maurie Sherman can present.  His last engagement in this state was at the Indiana Roof, Indianapolis, May 29th on the eve of the 500 mile race.

          Maurie Sherman, who enjoyed a successful stand at Sherman Hotel, Chicago, and who has a wide following on his N.B.C. hookups will come to Fairview at regular prices.



Purchased by George H. Goetz

The News-Sentinel, July 5, 1938

          The meat market and grocery owned by Mr. & Mrs. Dale Bibler of Fulton, was sold last week to George H. Goetz of North Judson and took possession the first of this week.  Troy Miller who has been employed as clerk for the Biblers will be retained by Mr. Goetz.



Receiver Named

The News-Sentinel, July 5, 1938

          The Fulton County Grand Jury today resumed its deliberations at the court house in what is believed an investigation into the alleged tangled financial affairs of Otto Cloud.

          More bankers and heads of financial institutions in Fulton and surrounding counties were seen to enter the grand jury room which is on the second floor of the court house.  It is believed the grand jurors will be in session for several more days.

          Thomas Y. Yates, Logansport, who is the receiver of the United States Bank & Trust Company has been named receiver of the Citizens State Bank of Macy. Mr. Yater assumed his new duties at Macy today.  He was named receiver by Ross Wallace, chief examiner of the Department of Financial Institutions of Indiana.

          Efforts are being made at Macy today to reorganize the Citizens State Bank.  It is said that the old bank is solvent as it had only $4,000 worth of loans which could be classed as questionable and has uncivided profits which would more than cover this amount.



Several Top Notch Bands Coming

The News-Sentinel, July 6, 1938

          The names of Maurie Sherman, Eddy Duchin, Stan Norris, Clyde McCoy and their orchestras appear on the list of coming dance attractions for the beautiful Dance Gardens of the Fairview Hotel, located n the east shore of Lake Manitou, this city.



Coffee Shop & Regal Grocery Opening

The News-Sentinel, July 7, 1938

          Two business changes have occurred at Fulton during the past week.

          Mr. & Mrs. Harry Frymire have sold the Fulton Coffee Shop to Winnie Wales of Mexico and Mr. & Mrs. Frank Austin of Burlington have announced that they will open a Regal System Grocery in the room on North Main street formerly occupied by Virgil Baker.  A three day formal opening of the new Regal Store is now being held.



Erection of Hangar

The News-Sentinel, July 7, 1938

          The City Council meeting in special session at the City Hall Wednesday evening gave its official “go sign” to the Rochester Muniipal Airport grant which entails an expenditure of close to $70,000 and will provide work for 50 local laborers from mid-summer until late fall.  The city’ acceptance of the grant was forwrded immediately to the officer of the WPA administration in Washington, D.C.

          This project embraces the erection of a 60 by 80 foot modern airport hangar, equipped with restrooms, a large waiting room, offices,, an emergency repair shop and spaciou storage for all types of planes.  The building will be of steel and brick construction and when completed will be one of the most up-to-date hangars in the northern Indiana area.








Opens Saturday

The News-Sentinel, July 8, 1938

          R. Kondor of South Bend, will open a new Super Food Mart Saturday in the old Cloud location opposite the Char-Bell theatre.  The store has been rearranged and redecorated. - - - - -

          A spacious meat department will carry a full line of finest fresh and smoked meats and our attractive produce department will feature freshest of seasonable fruits and vegetables.

          George Smith will manage the grocery department.  Many former employees of the Cloud store will greet old customers at the new store.  Among the clerks will be Doris Slonaker, Mrs. Hatfield, Kenneth Tabler, Fred Perschbacher, Harrison Halderman, Lewis Alspach, Manford Newell and W.S. Coon.  Mrs. Kondor will assist in the store.

          Mr. Kondor operates two markets in South Bend.



Receiver Sells Stores

The News-Sentinel, July 9, 1938

          Boyd Peterson who was named receiver of the three stores operated by Cloud & Sons in Bourbon, Fulton and Rochester, announced today that he had sold the stores at Fulton and Bourbon.

          Ray Babcock who operates a grocery store at Fulton bought the stock of groceries in the Fulton store and A. Stewart of Chicago the dry goods.

          John Molebash and James Shere purchased the grocery and meat department of the Bourbon store.  The purchasers formerly operated the store at Burbon and sold to the Clouds.

          Mr. Peterson is seeking a buyer for the stock of linoleum and other goods carried in the Bourbon store.  The Rochester store was sold to R. Kondor, South Bend, who had the formal opening of the establishment today.



Sued For Divorce

The News-Sentinel, July 11, 1938

          Los Angeles, Cal., July 11 - Ida Linkenhelt has filed suit for a divorce from Otto E. Linkenhelkt, who was the original “Tarzan” under the name Elmo Lincoln.  They were married June 16, 1935



Purchased by Helen Moss

The News-Sentinel, July 13, 1938

          Miss Helen Moss, of Plymouth, has purchased the Silhouette Beauty Shop, 121 East 9th street, of Mrs. Laura Weed, and has already taken possession of the business.

          Miss Helen Moss, who is an experienced graduate cosmetic and beauty operator will be in active charge of the shop and will be assisted by another experienced operator.  Te shop is equipped with all modern appliances and the new proprietor caters to all kinds of beauty work.



Eddy Duchin

The News-Sentinel, July 13, 1938

          Eddy Duchin will bring his nationally famous orchestra to the Fairview Gardens on the east shore of Lake Manitou, this city, for a one night stand Friday, July 15th.  They will come direct from the Lyric Theatre at Indianapolis, where they are breaking all house records.  Augmenting his piano magic and his danceable orchestra music will be the songs of Stanley Worth and Durelle Alexander.  The charmeing Miss Alexander was featured by Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra before she joined Eddy Duchin’s organization. - - - - - -



Eddy Duchin

The News-Sentinel, July 18, 1938

          Eddy Duchin packed ‘em in at Fairview Friday night to set an all-time record of 2128, highest in the past 15 years, according to announcement made today by Harry Page.

          Eddy Duchin was enthusiastic over the reception given the band here.  He said he was so pleased with Lake Manitou that he planned to bring the entire band back here for a vacation later in the summer.- - -



First Circuit to be Energised

The News-Sentinel, July 19, 1938

          The first R.E.M.C. Circuit in Fulton county covering approximately 160 miles serving nearly 500 patrons and costing approximately $150,000 will be energised this week, says Ralph Murray, project superintendent today.



Six Firm Members Arrested

The News-Sentinel, July 20, 1938

          South Bend, Ind., July 20 (INS) - Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, five members of the family of Otto Cloud, former Macy banker and merchant, whose financial affairs are under investigation, were under arrest today.

          Those arrested were Richard Cloud, 29, of Rochester, and Paul Cloud, 33, of Bourbon, his sons; Mrs. Paul Cloud, 27; Mrs. Virginia Erwin, 23, a daughter; and her husband, W. Henry Erwin, 24, of Bourbon.

          Orvan Van Lue, 29, manager of the Cloud store in Rochester, also was arrested. - - - -

          Investigators inquired into reports that the elder Cloud, seriously ill at his Macy home, over a period of years persuaded customers to sign two or more copies of conditional sales contracts and then obtained loans on each copy, and that he also used the same securities to obtain several loans from different institutions.- - - - -



Robert Dielman, Manager

The News-Sentinel, July 26, 1938

          Robert Dielman has taken over the management of the Phillips Filling Station in Fulton which is operated in connection with the Kerch-Heckathorn garage



Buy Out George Dawson

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1938

          George V. Dawson, oldest merhant in point of years on Main street, today announed sale of his interest in Dawson & Coplen drug store to Gene Coplen, his partner since 1920, and Dave Shafer, Main Street’s youngest merchant.

          The new store, Coplen & Shafer, will be operated by the two men in partnership.

          Mr. Coplen has been associated with the store since 1909.  Mr. Dawson began work in the store 54 years and one month ago.  In 1884, after graduating from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Dawson went to work in the store then owned by his father the late Jonathan Dawson.


          “I’m going to take a vacation and have some fun”, Mr. Dawson said today when asked about his plans for the future.  “Might go out to see Carolyn”, he added.

          “I’ve enjoyed the association with Mr. Dawson over a long period of years.  I wish him good luck and I look forward to the future with enthusiasm”, said Mr. Coplen.

          When Dave was asked how he viewed the future he said, “I’ve always liked Rochester and I want to stay right here   Gene and I have many plans for development of the store.  We’re anxious to continue serving old customers and we’ll be happy to please new ones.”



Business Closed by Owner

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1938

          The Akron Motor Company has closed its doors to business in Akron and Claude Burrows, local proprietor, is workin for a finance company at Peru.  -- Peru Republican



“Dusty” Roades

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1938

          “Dusty” Roades comes direct from the Beverly Hill Country Club from where his sweet swing music has been broadcast nightly over station WLW, Cincinnati.  In the early spring and summer months Roades and his band completed a record run at the fashionable Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago.



In U.S. Dist. Court, So. Bend

The News-Sentinel, August 3, 1938

          South Bend, Aug. 3. (INS) - A petition for involuntary bankruptcy was filed in U.S. District court here today on behalf of Otto Cloud, 58-year-old banker of Macy, his wife, Sarah and his two sons, Paul and Richard, individually and as co-partners doing business as Cloud & Son in Rochester.

          Cloud is charged with fraud in grand jury indictments in St. Joseph and Fulton counties and his sons are charged with conspiracy in double and triple financing of chattel mortgage paper.





At Elston Drug Store, Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, August 3, 1938

          An unusual class reunion was held several nights ago in the drug store of Clyde Elston in Kewanna.  At this reunion the four male member of the 1902 graduating class of the Kewanna high school met and spent the evening reminising.  The four men were Floyd Leasure, Long Beach, California; Alvah Patty, Boston, Mass.; D.B. Hudkins, Kewanna and Mr. Elston, owner of the store.  The occasion marked the first time in the past 36 years that the four men had met at the same time.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, August 3, 1938

          The 23rd annual Burkett-Fouts reunion was held Sunday in the Pavilion at the Rochester City Park.  Regardless of the rain, seventy-three relatives and friends were present from Peru, Macy, Twelve Mile, Fulton, Rochester, South Bend, Liberty Mills, Moreland, New Castle, Albany, Tipton, Indianapolis and Akron.

          After a community dinner at noon an informal program consisting of readings, stories and songs, was presented.  It was voted to hold the reunion next year on the last Sunday in July at the same plac.  The remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.



Flashy Double Feature

The News-Sentinel, August 3, 1938

          At least one of the nation’s headline NBC broadcasting bands all the time throughout the summer season and sometimes a double headline feature like of that tonight - when Reggie Childs shares his stage with Jimmy Dorsey and His Famous Dance Band, marks the Colonial Gardens as truly one of the brilliant spots in the Mid-West playgrounds area, this season.

          These two great bands, each with numerous individual and group entertainment features, will furnish the hi-lights tonight for the Indiana University students mid-season confab.  The Childs Band will occupy the orhestra shell from the opening hour up until the close of their National Broadcasting Company’s program which terminates at 10:30.  From that time on Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra swings


into action.

          With these two top-ranking bands in a double feature program, the Colonial hotel management is making plans to accommodate what perhaps will prove to be by far the greatest crowd ever to assemble at its spacious gardens.  Scores of additional tables and chairs have been assembled throughout the gardens and a new latest-type, speaker system has been carried to all parts of the gardens and grounds to accommodate those who prefer to sit and listen to the sweet swing music rather than to dance.  An extra crew of men have been employed to assist in the parking of the automobiles.  - - - - -



Clyde McCoy

The News-Sentinel, August 3, 1938

          Clyde McCoy dance fans will find the Fairview Gardens, Lake Manitou, has provided many additional chairs and tables for their comfort when they attend the famous “Sugar Blues” orchestra’s one night engagement at the Fairview Hotel tonight.

          Tonight’s engagement will mark the only Indiana appearance of Clyde McCoy and His Orchestra for many months to come, for he is to continue east on a string of one nighters before locating at the Beverly Hills Country Club, outside of Cincinnati, Ohio for a four weeks stand.

          Featured with McCoy and His Orchestra will be the singing, swing, Bennett Sisters, who are easy on the eye as well as the ear.  Also included in the famous trumpeter’s entourage will be the same group of entertainers and musicians who broke all Indianapolis theatre records at the Circle Theatre this past spring.

          Dick Derf and His Orchestra are to be featured at the Fairview this Thursday night, for one night only, and are to be followed by Dusty Roades and His Orchestra on Friday night.

          Dusty Roades and His Orchestre - - - - has been a nightly feature on radio station WLW this past four weeks from the Beverly Hills Country Clb.  Prior to that time they were heard for several months in the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago.  They will occupy the Fairview stage from August 5th until the 19th inclusive, making way for the one night engagement of Red Nichols and His Orchestra on Saturday, August 20th.





Buys City Barn Lot

The News-Sentinel, August 4, 1938

          Lew Stewart and Max Hayworth, of the Rochester Lumber Co. today announced they had purchased the lot on east 8th street where the old City Sale Barn is located.  Ott McMahan, former owner of the property is supervising razing of the old building today and hopes to have work completed within a short time.

          The old barn has been an unsightly shell of a building for several years.  Residents on east 8th street will welcome the razing of the building. - - - - -



Opens Dental Parlor at Plymouth

The News-Sentinel, August 4, 1938

          Dr. R.M. Pownell, Fulton, yesterday opened a dental parlor in the Bee Hive Building in Plymouth.  He has equipped his office with all modern equipment including an X-ray machine.  Dr. Pownell graduated from the Indiana Dental College at Indianapolis in June.  He held second honors in his class which consisted of forty members.



Moves Into Its New Home

The News-Sentinel, August 5, 1938

          A large number of Rochester and Fulton county people attended the reception which was held Thursday in Marinello Shop’s new modern home, situated the northeast corner of Jefferson and Eighth street.

          This new building which is a coimbine of a beauty parlor and apartment house makes a most attractive improvement in the near-business area of the down-town district, was erected by Mrs. Della Pontius, proprietor of the Marinello Shop and her son Dr. Guy Pontius, of Chicago.  - - - - -

          The apartments are occupied by Mrs. Pontius and Mr. & Mrs. Don Plank, Jr.








Purchased by Roy Hill

The News-Sentinel, August 6, 1938

          Roy Hill, who has been affiliated with his brother Bob Hill, in a barber shop in Rochester, yesterday purchased a tonsorial parlor in Fulton from Alva Rans and will continue the shop in operation.



Will Not Return To Road in ‘38

The News-Sentinel, August 6, 1938

          The Cole Bros. Circus will not retrn to the road this year, Zack Terrell, part owner of the Indiana Circus Corporation, announced Friday at the winterquarters here

          “Unfavorable weather conditions and poor business prompted the decision to keep Cole Bros. Circus in winterquarters,” Mr. Terrell said. “I believe 1939 will be a banner year.”



H.O. Blackburn Home

The News-Sentinel, August 8, 1938

          The seventeenth annual Alspach reunion was held Sunday, Augst 7, at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. H.O. Blackburn, southeast of Rochester.  A community dinner was spread on a large table at the noon hour, with the small table being centered with bouquets of colorful garden flowers.

          After the dinner hour, the meeting was called to order by the president, Calder Alspach.  The secretary, Mrs. H.O. Blackburn, read the minutes of last year’s reunion and then the election of officers was held with the following results: Calder Alspach, re-elected president; H.O. Blackburn, vice-president, and Mrs. H.O. Blackburn, secretary-treasurer for the year 1939.  Eli Alspach of Peru gave an interesting talk after which Mrs. Sarah Alspach favored with a reading.  Community singing was enjoyed while Alfred Alspach played the accompaniment.  Miss Elizabeth Ann Blackburn sang a lovely solo and Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Alspach favored with a duet while their son played the guitar accompaniment.  Mary Betty Blackburn and Robert Blackurn also sang.  Refreshments were enjoyed later in the afternoon.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Eli Alspach and daughter, Mrs. Minnie McCarter and Mrs. Gertrude McCarter, of Peru, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Miller and daughters, of Indianapolis, Mr. & Mrs. Ola Alspach


and sons, of Kewanna, Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Storner and daughter, of Macy, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Wagoner, Mr. & Mrs. Calder Alspach, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Rogers and family, Mr. & Mrs. Thurl Piper, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Richardson, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Alspach and son, Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Ringle and son, Eldon, Mr. & Mrs. William Blackburn and daughter, Lucy, and Mr. & Mrs. Ray Shelton and son, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Shelton, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Hartung and children, Mr. & Mrs. H.O. Blackburn, Mr. & Mrs. Claud Alspach, Mrs. Sarah Alspach and Mrs. Lulu Piper, Mr. & Mrs. Elza Blackburn & children, Macy.

          The 1939 session will be held at the country home of Mr.& Mrs. Thurl Piper and Mrs. Lulu Piper, southeast of this city.



Clarence Graffis Home

The News-Sentinel, August 9, 1938

          The twenty-seventh Graffis family reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Graffis, northeast of this city, with sixty-five in attendance.  A lovely basket dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour after which a business meeting was held and Otto Rough was elected president and Helen Mitchell, secretary-treasurer, for the coming year.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Patterson and daughters, Mrs. Dora Patterson and Mrs. Ella Meyers, all of Mason City, Ill.;   Miss Fannie Graffis of Indianapolis; Mrs. Dessie Dull and son, Robert, and daughter, Dorothy, of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Alta Winger and G.A. Petit, of Chicago; Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Graffis and son of North Brook, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. Lester Graffis and three daughters, of Logansport; Mr. & Mrs. Bert Graffis of Star City, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mitchell and family of Winamac; Mr. & Mrs. Erratt Rouch and son, and Mr. & Mrs. Warren Graffis and family of Royal Center; Mr. & Mrs. Earl Graffis and son, Gerald, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Graffis and son, Fred, Mr. & Mrs. Orval Clark and son, Mr. & Mrs. Otto Rouch and Mrs. Bertha Rouch all of Kewanna; Mr. & Mrs. Noble Mathias of Fulton; Mr. & Mrs. Wendell Graffis of Remington, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Homer Graffis and son, Darrell, of Claypool, and Mr. & Mrs. Raph Foor and son Dale of Rochester.







Jake Gross Home

The News-Sentinel, August 9, 1938

          Members of the Big Foot Threshing Ring and their families met at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jake Gross and family, Monday evening.  The men held a short business session, and then delicious home-made ice cream and cake were served.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Lester Rogers and son, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Notz and son, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Kenneck, Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Rogers, Mr. & Mrs. Fred King and family, Mr. & Mrs. Herb Carlisle and family, Mr. & Mrs. Ora Anderson, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Shock, Mr. & Mrs. Bert Sausaman, Mr. & Mrs. Jay Asherman and family, Mr. & Mrs. Elgie Vandermark and son, Mr. & Mrs. Omer Cox and family, Mr. & Mrs. Herman Barkman and son, Artie Miller, H.E. DeLong, Mrs. M.O. Rogers, Bernard Rogers, Charles Peterson, Cecil

Sulton, Mr. Rhodes, Lowell Henderson, Joe Collins of Kewanna and Frank Smith of South Bend.



Red Norvo’s Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, August 9, 1938

          Another of America’s formost “name” bands, that of Red Norvo’s, makes its initial appearance at Lake Manitou tonight, where it plays at the spacious Colonial Gardens, on the north shore of the lake.

          Featured with Norvo’s orhestra will be the famed vocalist Mildred Bailey, who was the high-light entertainer of the Paul Whiteman band for several years.  Norvo’s band is being presented by the Music Corporation of America. - - - -

          On Thursday evening of this week another of the “Opportunity Night” programs will be presented under the direction of Reggie Childs and his band. - - - -



Guy Bryant Farm First With Power

The News-Sentinel, August 10, 1938

          Guy Bryant farmer living on state road 14 was the first to have electric power on his farm following energizing of the “A” system at 10:30 Wednesday morning, Ralph Murray, project supt. announced today. - - - -




Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, August 10, 1938

          The 28th annual reunion of the Horn family was held at the Rochester City Park on Sunday, August 7th.  A bountiful basket dinner was enjoyed by all, after which the business of the meeting was transacted.

          Mrs. Ota G. Fields of Ft. Wayne favored with an accordian solo during the social hour.

          Those attending were from Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Tipton, Mentone, Tippecanoe, Argos and Rochester.  The next reunion will be held the first Sunday in August, 1939, at the Rochester City Park.



Ted Fiorito and His Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, August 12, 1938

          Ted Fiorito and his orchestra will appear at Fairview Hotel Saturday night August 20 instead of Red Nichols, as previously annunced.

          Red Nichols has an opportunity for a two-week’s engagement and Fairview management consented to a cancellation of the date.  Dance goers will welcome the announcement regarding the Fiorito band.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, August 15, 1938

          The 29th annual Perschbacher reunion was held yesterday at the Rochester City Park with about 60 attending.  A basket dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour after which a short business session was held with the following officers for 1939 being elected: John Swinehart, Mishawaka, Ind., president; J. Howard Reed, Rochester, Ind., vice-president; and Mahlon P. Bair, Rochester, Ind., secretary-treasurer.  The Rochester City Park was again selected for next year’s meeting site.

          Letters from Mr. & Mrs. Willard Snyder, who are living in Aruba, N.W.I., off the coast of South America, Mr. & Mrs. Bert Perschbacher, Upland, Calif., and Mrs. Almira Perschbacher Foker and daughters of Alhambra, Calif., were read and enjoyed by all.

          Following the business session, ice cream was served and the


remainder of the time was spent socially.

          Retiring officers for the last two years were: Barney L. Perschbacher, president; Harold P. Kiler, vice-president; and Ernest D. Bonine, secretary-treasurer.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, August 16, 1938

          The Miller family reunion was held Sunday, August 14th, at the Rochester City Park.  A bountiful basket dinner was enjoyed at noon, after which a business meeting was called to order by the president, Harvey Miller.  It was voted that all officers keep their respective offices for another year and that the reunion be held the same place in 1939.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Edd Eash and family, William Miller, and Mrs. Edna Holtz, of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Orval Slife and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Haupert and son, of Burkett; Mr. & Mrs. Fred Miller, Sr., of Tiosa; Mr. & Mrs. Fred Reed and family, Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Reed and family, Victor Hammel, and Byron Gordon, all of Huntington; Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Miller and family, Miss Viola Harley, Miss Mildred Miller and friend, of Plymouth; Charles Miller of Talma; Mr. & Mrs. Dale Miller and family, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Bixler and daughter of Kewanna; Mr. & Mrs. Fred Miller, Jr., of South Bend; and Mr. & Mrs. Lee Woods of Richmond, Ind.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, August 16, 1938

          Approximately fifty alumni of the old Rochester College gathered at the Rochester City Park, Sunday, for the tenth annual dinner and social afternoon.  After the dinner hour community singing was direted by Don O. Nafe of Kewanna and then greetings were extended by the president, Lee Beehler.  Roll call was responded to with reminiscenses of “Old School Days.”

          Mrs. Lulu (Biggs) Kroft and daughter, Grace, and Miss Peggy Sedam of Logansport favored with a playlet, “Samantha Changes Her Mind.”

          Students were present from Culver, Argos, Plymouth, and the person present from the greatest distance was Miss Flo Delp of Albany, New York.  As usual a number of students attended for the first time.


          The class of 1911 was honored and Dr. Cleon Nafe of Indianapolis a member of that class, was present from the farthest distance.  The reunion will be held in 1939 at the same place on the second Sunday in August.



Culver City Park

The News-Sentinel, August 16, 1938

          Mr. & Mrs. Frank Mahler and Mr. & Mrs. Perry Guise of Monterey attended the Lunsford family reunion held at the Culver City Park Sunday.  About fifty members were present to enjoy the basket dinner at the noon hour.  At a short business session the following officers were elected: Mrs. Frank Mahler, Monterey, president; Earl Guise, South Bend vice-president; and Perry Guise, Monterey, secretary-treasurer.  The reunion will be held at the same place and the same time next year.  Relatives from Chicago, Gary, South Bend, Rochester, Logansport and Monterey attended.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, August 16, 1938

          About two hundred members of the Feece-Hartman families gathered at the Rochester City Park, Sunday, to enjoy the bounteous basket dinner at the noon hour.  Officers were elected as follows: Ezra Feece, of Fulton, president; and William Feece of Fulton, secretary-treasurer.



Carl Jordan Home

The News-Sentinel, August 16, 1938

          The Jordan family reunion was held Sunday at the Carl Jordan ome in Leiters Ford with about fifty members present.  Officers elected were: Bessie Harpster, South Bend, president; Mrs. Earl Demonte, Richland Center, vice-president; and Lillian Walters South Bend, secretary-treasurer.

          The reunion will be held at the same place and the same time next year.






L.D. Personette Home

The News-Sentinel, August 17, 1938

          Ninety-six descendants of James and Hannah Personett met recently at the home of L.D. Personette, five miles southwest of Argos.  James and Hannah Personett came to Marshall county many years ago and made Union Township their home for the balance of their lives.  They and their children have all passed on but their seven grandchildren, George Personett of Montague, Mich., Mrs. Roettat Feltx of Three Rivers, Mich., Mrs. Cora Quinn, of Burows, Ind., Mrs. Cofa Flagg, Bruce Lowman and Edward and L.D. Personett, of near ArgFs, were present at the recent gathering.

          Among others present were Mr. & Mrs. Orin D. Personett and daughter, Joan, of Erie, Pa.; Mrs. Virden Dubuclet of Chicago; Mr. & Mrs. J.P. Reis, of Fairbury, Ill.; Mrs. Jack Tomlin, Mrs. Betty Mow and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Thomas and children, Mr. & Mrs. Levi Whitmore, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Towne and son, all of Hammond; Mr. & Mrs. Ott Andrews of Tipton, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Walter Quinn of Logansport; David Warner of Vicky, Mo.; Mrs. Grace Thomas, Mrs. Margaret Personett and daughter. Mr. & Mrs. Billy Cowgill and daughters, all of East Chicago; Mrs. Lillie Fletcher and daughter and family, Ray Lowman and family, Mr. & Mrs. Hanly, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Smith and daughter, all of South Bend; George Wilson and family, Mrs. Bessie Cloud and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Wilson; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Towne and family, Mrs. Vina Lowman, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Fisher and son, Ned Smith and many other relatives from Fulton county.

          The second reunion will be held at Culver on August 1, 1939.  The following officers were elected for 1939: L.D. Personett, president; Bruce Lowman, vice-president; and Charles E. Towne, secretary-treasurer.

          George Personett, 76, of Montague, Mich., was the oldest person present and Laura Belle Wilson of Kewanna was only eight months old.



Rochester Tourist Camp

The News-Sentinel, August 17, 1938

          The Hipsher-Vandermark reunion was held at Rochester tourist camp, Aug. 14.  There were about 50 present and after dinner the


minutes of the previous reunion were read and same officers re-elected. The rest of the afternoon was spent in visiting.

          Tose prsent were: Mr. & Mrs. Jess Vandermark of Lima, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs. Levi Vandermark and Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Young and family, of Akron; Mrs. Mary Bidelman and Mrs. H. Rickel and Ganeta, of Sevastapol; Mrs. Allie Hullinger, Charles and Hazel Hullinger of Argos; Mr. & Mrs Con Hipsher and Eugene of Mishawaka; Mr. & Mrs. Walton and sons, Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Coplen, Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Clinker and sons, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Good and family, Mr & Mrs. Laurence Zehner and Adam Zehner, of Plymouth; Ned Smith and boy friend, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Mikesell and three friends, Mr. & Mrs. Amos Hess and Mr. & Mrs. George Hipsher and Ruth and Gertrude.

          The reunion will be held at the same place on the same date next year.



Now Employed as Insurance Salesman

The News-Sentinel, August 18, 1938

          Charles Flagg, formerly employed at the Coffee Shop, is now employed by the Empire Life and Accident Insurance Co.



Clover Club, Los Angeles

The News-Sentinel, August 19, 1938

          The King’s Jesters will open a month’s engagement at the Clover Club in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, September 10th.  They have been playing at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco and will play up to September 10th at the Sir Francis.



Locating at Brackett Bldg.

The News-Sentinel, August 20, 1938

          Final negotiations have been completed for the purchase of the Brackett building (SE Corner) Main and 5th Street, by the citizens committee, and the Elin Manufacturing company, Rochester’s newest industry, will start an extensive remodeling and improvement program soon.

          Jack Elin, formerly associated with the Master Garment Company, in Ligonier, exprssed himself as being enthusiastic concerning prospects for future business and said he was assured there


was an ample supply of labor available in Rochester and vicinity for operation of his production schedule.

          Donors to the factory fund delegated authority to turn over the deed to Otis L. Minter, trustee, Saturday.  The building will not be turned over to the Elin firm until all requirements of the contract are satisfied.

          One hundred seventy-five firms and individuals contributed to the factory fund during the past several weeks.- - - - -



George Smith Park, Lake Bruce

The News-Sentinel, August 22, 1938

          The 22nd annual reunion of the Smith family was held at the George Smith Park, Lake Bruce, Ind., Sunday.  There were about 100 present coming from Fort Wayne, Logansport South Bend, Hammond, New Castle, Winamac, Royal Center and Rochester.

          At noon the crowd enjoyed the usual big community dinner followed in the afternoon by a bounteous supply of ice cream.  The afternoon was spent in visiting and renewing acquaintances.

          The following officers were elected for the 1939 reunion, Chester Hunneshagen of Lansing, Ill., president; Henry A. Smith, of Logansport, vice president, and Mrs. Edna Nafe of Kewanna, secy-treas.  Next year’s meeting will be held at Culver, Ind.

          Mr. & Mrs. M.J. Sadowsky and sons, Mr. & Mrs. A.B. Shore and daughter and Harry Wilson attended from this city.



Harman L. Anderson Home

The News-Sentinel, August 23, 1938

          The 36th annual reunion of the Anderson family was held Saturday at the home of Harmon L. Anderson of northeast of this city with sevnty-five relatives in attendance.  A bountiful dinner was spread on tables prepared for the occasion.

          The afternoon was spent in enjoying various games and contests and visiting with old acquaintances.  Harvey Andrson, of Argos, was elected president and O.V. Fenstermaker, of Argos, secretary and treasurer for the coming year.

          Relatives were present from South Bend, Mishawaka. Plymouth, Argos, Mentone, Rochester and Miami Fla.  The next reunion will be held at the home of Dr. L.L. Anderson of Argos.



Riverside Park, Logansport

The News-Sentinel, August 23, 1938

          The Budd Reunion was held Sunday August 21st, at Riverside Park in Logansport.  Following a community dinner served at the noon hour, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.

          The reunion for the next year will be held at the home of Mrs. Lydia Budd at Winamac on the Sunday before Labor Day.  Tom Budd of Crawfordsville was appointed president and Mrs. Frank Budd of Winamac was appointed secretary.

          Those present were as follows: Mr. & Mrs. Tom Budd, Clara Budd, Mr. & Mrs. Lardle M. Budd, Theo. Budd and son, Beverly Budd and daughter, all of Crawfordsville, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Budd, Mrs. Rosetta Budd, Mr. & Mrs. Merrill Budd, Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Budd, all of Winamac; Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Budd, Mrs. Rosa Holmes of Lebanon; Mr. & Mrs. W.E. Morgan and children, John, Earl and Jesse, of Winamac; Mrs. Effie Perkins of Frankfort; Bobby Jane Carroll of Medaryville, Ind.; Russell Budd and son Robert and Charles, and Mrs. Kathryn Hayden, of Francesville; Mrs. Monica Lounsberry and Mrs. Lucille Budd, of Leslie, Mich; Mr. & Mrs. Henry McClain and Mr. & Mrs. Floyd ames (sic), Ralph and Lawrence, all of Logansport; Mrs. Golda Carter and daughter, Rosella, of Kewanna; Mrs. Lydia Budd of Winamac; James Budd and daughter of Tippecanoe; and Mrs. Eunice Muskelly of Memphis, Tenn.



Etta Emmons Erected Neon Sign

The News-Sentinel, August 24, 1938

          Miss Etta Emmons has erected a large new Neon sign advertising the Karn Hotel at 710-1/2 Main Street, which she owns.  The sign is a very attractive one.



Tommy Dorsey Aug. 30th

The News-Sentinel, August 24, 1938

          Harry E. Page, proprietor of the Fairview Gardens, announces today that on Tuesday evening, August 30th., the Music Corporation of America will present Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra at the Fairview Gardens.  Tommy and his trombone and his internationally famous band have topped some of the nation’s foremost NBC radio


programs for the past several years.

          Just recently Tommty and His Band completed a NBC contract on the West Coast where he was featured with the Cool-Raleigh program broadcast from the Palamar.

          “Dusty Roades and His Band playing nightly at the Fairview are drawing excellent crowds and a new and varied program is presented each night.



To Start Revamping Brackett Bldg.

The News-Sentinel, August 25, 1938

          Final negotiations have been completed for the purchase of the Brackett building on North Main street, by the citizens committee, and the Elin Mfg. Co, Rochester’s newest industry, will start an extensive remodeling and improvement program soon.- - - - -

          Improvements and rearrangment of the building will progress speedily.  Windows will be placed along the south side of the second story, the elevator shaft will be enclosed, miles of electric wiring will be placed, shelving and cutting tables will be constructed and everything will be put in readiness for installation of the machinery and tools that will be used in the manufacture of work garments.

          While actual operation of the plant will not start until about January 1, because of certain stipulations in the dissolution of partnership agreement entered into by Mr. Elin and the company at Ligonier, construction and repair work at the plant will begin at once.  An option on the two lots just south of the building has been secured by Mr. Elin who already has an eye to future expansion of the physical facilities of the plant. - - - - -



“Miss Fulton County”

The News-Sentinel, August 25, 1938

          Miss Maxine Craig 19, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Merle Craig was chosen “Miss Fulton County” in a beauty contest which was sponsored by the Fairview Hotel.  Choice was by balloting which closed Thursday evening.

          Miss Craig is a pretty blonde and is employed as dental assistant by Dr. C.E. Gilger.  She attended Rochester High School and two years ago won a Fulton county beauty contest in connection with the annual Northern Indiana Muck Crop Growers’ Association show.



Claude Johnson Owner

The News-Sentinel, August 25, 1938

          To correct a report that has been circulated Claude Johnson stated today that he will continue to operate and personally manage his meat market at 316 East Ninth Street.  Mr. Johnson several days ago became the partner of N.O. Nelson in the operation of the Rochester Poultry Company at 409 North Main Street, but this concern will not interfere with Mr. Johnson in the operation of his meat market which he established a number of years ago.



Manitou Future by Harry Page

The News-Sentinel, August 25, 1938

                   [Talk given by Mr. Paige to Kiwanis Club]

          I have asked for fifteen minutes on this program to prsent to you some facts and figures relative to the “step-child” in our midst, Lake Manitou.  I am bringing these facts and figures to your attention as citizens of Rochester, and not as members of this club, because I feel that each and every one of you and your business associates are interested in this community in which that step-child plays no small part.

          In the first place I feel that while you realize, in a sense the importance of the lake to this community, I do feel that you do not realize its importance to you financially.

          I want you to know that I am not speaking from my personal angle as far as the Fairview Hotel is concerned, but I am speaking with respect to the entire resort area.  I can well remember 25 years ago saying at a banquet which I gave in my hotel in the fall of that year, that I prophesised that Manitou would be one of the most popular lakes in Indiana, inside of 15 years.  And, I am now ready to prophecy something else.  At that time there were exactly 12 cottages on this lake and no hotel worthy of the name.  Through hard work and through spending every dollar that we could scrape together, we have built a community in ourself of which we are proud.  Over 525 cottages now exist on this lake, and there are two modern hotels, and several smaller ones.  The taxable value of this property is oiver three quarters oif a million dollars.  Based on an average of $15 a week spent by the people who occupy these cottages, and what is spent at the hotels, and that is a very conservative estimate, the total revenue is


over quarter million dollars a summer.  Now, seventy-five percent of this real estate, as gathered from the tax records, is owned by citizens of this community and the greater part of this money is spent at home.  This revenue has increased from year to year until most of you hardly realize that this amount of money is being spent.  And. I am afraid that you would sadly miss it if it were not here.  I know that many business houses in this community could not exist without the summer revenue. Mr. Smith of The First National Bank will tell you that he is shipping all of the way from $10,000 to $15,000 out of this community every Monday A.M. To the Federal Reserve, and during the increased over the average receipts during the summer season, and every person in the community, either directly, or indirectly, received some of this money.

          Manitou or any other resort depends upon several things to make it popular.  Among them is the consideration and the courtesy with which the visitors are received by the town people and by the lake hotels.  The class of entertainment that they get when they come here and the type of accommodations they get at both the cottages and the hotels are important.  You may think that I say these things because our business has not been good this summer.  I may say without fear of contradiction, that Lake Manitou is just about to close one of the most successful seasons in the past ten years.  And this has not been true of the larger portion of other resorts in northern Indiana.  Most of them have lost money, and a large portion of the remainder have made no money at all this season.  Now, why is Manitou particularly favored this year?  It is because we have given them the finest entertainment that is available anywhere in the United States.  We have brought to your door, to yourself and to your children, the highest type of entertainment at a great expense to Mr. Bradley and to myself.  But I want to tell you that you cannot run a summer resort, even with this outstanding entertainment, on the same principles that you run a city like Rochester.  And this brings me to the question of lake morals, abut which so much has been said this past few weeks.  The class of people that come to Manitou is far above the average in intelligence and morals, and each year the standard gets better.  But, people come to this coimmunity to be entertained in evry sense of the word, and they demand a certain amount of liberality and they will not come unless they can have it.  Now, that I am coming to the point of my little talk to you, not with the hope that this late in the season that anything will be done, for it is too late, but not for the coming year.  Let me remind


you that the public is very fickle.  I can cite you six or seven lakes in this immediate vicinity in northern Indiana, that were once flourishing and were very popular.  But they have ceased to be because the community in which they existed thought that the thing was there and could not get away from them, and they killed the goose that layed the golden egg.

          I am closing my twenty-eighth year at Lake Manitou, and during these twenty-eight years I can never remember when Fulton County has ever been asked to contribute one cent to the lake’s prosperity.  We have invested our money heavily, took our own chances, and have never asked for anything but moral support.  I am afraid that in the years gone by that this club, and many clubs which preeded it, have been following the Will-o-the-wisp, and have forgotten, or ignored, the one thing that has meant more to Rochester than any other enterprise, and that is Lake Manitou.

          A few years ago we tried to get this community behind a road around the lake, which would have doubled our capacity for cottages, but it never received any backing and died a natural death.  In closing I want to make one statement.  When I have come back from the South each year, it has been with the thought in my mind “What are they going to do to the lake this year and not what are they going to do for the lake”.  Each and every one of you men here are influential in your particular group and you have an opportunity to influence public opinion  It Is up to you.  But, remember this, you are running a summer resort and you have to be liberal in your views if you want Manitou to continue to be as prosperous in the years to come as it is today.  And, my prophecy is that unless you do just that, Manitou is facing the sme fate which befell the other lakes I mentioned to you.  And, I want to ask you to help Manitou, and if you cannot help it, do not make it difficult to operate it as a summer resort should be operated.



Wins Honor

The News-Sentinel, August 29, 1938

          Charles Lockridge won the honor of having two photographs placed in the national honor salon at Stevens Hotel this past week end while attending the National Photographer’s Convention

          Jane Ann Haskett and Karen Sue Zimmerman now have their photographs in the honor display.



Deloise Severns Country Home

The News-Sentinel, August 29, 1938

          The annual McMillen family reunion was held Sunday at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. Deloise Severns, south of this city.  A bountiful community dinner was enjoyed at noon after which the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.

          Those attending the reunion were Mr. & Mrs. George Wylie and family of Benton Harbor, Mich.; Mr & Mrs. Gerald McMillen and son, of Kokomo; Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bacon and family of Mexico, Ind.; Mrs. Rhoda Carrothers and family, of Warsaw; Mr. & Mrs. Don Thomson, Charles McMillen, Mrs. Etta Wylie and daughter, Ardeen, and grand-daughter, Mary Lou Wylie, all of Mishawaka; Mr. & Mrs. Rollo Bacon and Carl Bacon, all of Perrysburg; Mr. & Mrs. George McMillen and Dale Shipley, of Akron; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hill, of Peru; Mrs. Carrie Jones and Mr. & Mrs. Donald Leavell, of Fulton; and Mr. & Mrs. John McMillen and daughter, Frances, of near this city.



Reggie Childs

The News-Sentinel, August 31, 1938

          Reggie Childs and his orchestra will continue a nightly dancing program at Colonial Hotel through September 5, Labor Day.

          Jimmy Joy and his orchestra will play Sept. 10th in a one-night stand. - - - -



Bob Grayson

The News-Sentinel, August 31, 1938

          Bob Grayson and his Nursery Rhyme Orchestra may be heard at the Fairview Hoitel, Lake Manitou, during the six days ending Labor Day. - - - - -



Ralph Rinard Farm

The News-Sentinel, August 31, 1938

          The Henry Albrecht family held their annual reunion Sunday in the woods on the farm of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Rinard east of Argos.  Games, races, contests and the big swings furnished entertainment for the day.  Both dinner and supper were spread for the guests from the


abundance of food.

          Following the supper, a song fest around a big bonfire was enjoyed by Mr. & Mrs. Earl Higgins and family, Mr. & Mrs. W.J. Dorman and family, Mr. & Mrs. William Dorman, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Charles Dickelman, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Dickelman, Mr. & Mrs. I.B. Blanchet, Mrs. Ruth Albrecht and son, Miss Betty Cummings, Henry Albrecht and Charles Albrecht, all of Chicago, Miss Hattie Hupp of Mishawaka, and Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Rinard and sons.

          The reunion also honored the 70th birthday anniversary of Henry Albrecht which occurred today, August 31st.



Lukens Lake

The News-Sentinel, August 31, 1938

          Mrs. Harley St. Clair of Logansport was elected president and Mrs. Ellis Klein of Akron, secretary-treasurer, at the Stofer reunion held Sunday at Lukens Lake near Disko, Ind.  Entertainment was provided by Jess Cunningham, Mrs. Harley St. Clair, Mrs. Ferree and Mary Alberta Klise.  Talks were made by Mrs. Ferree and Betty Harmon.

          Seventy persons were present planning to hold the 1939 event at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Cyrus Stoffer of Mexico the last Sunday in August.



Tommy Dorsey

The News-Sentinel, August 31, 1938

          Harry Page today reported that the dance crowd for the Tommy Dorsey dance set a season’s record with 2480 paid admissions, beating the crowd for Eddy Duchin by 250.

          Folk came from all parts of Indiana and adjoining states to hear the distinctive Dorsey music.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 6, 1938

          The annual Davis family reunion was held Sunday, September 4th, at the Rochester City Park.  A bountiful comunity dinner was greatly enjoyed at noon after which the regular business session was held with the president, Rev. Harley Davis, in charge.  The following


officers were elected: president, Rev. Harley Davis; vice-president, Tola Rogers; Secretary-treasurer, Mrs. John Damas.

          After a program of stunts, songs, and some interesting stories, the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.  A picture of the entire group was taken by Charles Lockridge.

          There were members present from Michigan, Gary, Culver, Akron, Fort Wayne, Chicago, Mentone, Macy and Rochester.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 7, 1938

          Members of the Large family held their annual reunion at the Rochester City Park, Sunday, with about sixty present.  Following a bounteous community dinner, a social hour and business meeting was held.  The next reunion will be held the last Sunday in August, 1939.

          Among those present were Mr. & Mrs. Omer Moore of North Judson; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Gilmore and son, of Anderson; Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Parton of Warsaw; Howard Fairbanks, Mrs. Lutle Reece, and Miss Ruth Large of South Bend; Mrs. Emma Sul, of Battle Creek, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Stayton, Mrs. Lee Wynn and children, Mrs. Cleo Wynn and children, Mr. & Mrs. Thurman Condon and Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Large, of Culver; Mrs. Rose Beck and Mr. & Mrs. Esta Large, of Tiosa; Emery Large and family, Mr. & Mrs Orval Large, of Leiters Ford; Mr. & Mrs. Willard Stayton, Mr. & Mrs. Dave Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Pete A’Bair and son, Harold, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Smith and son, of Argos; Mrs Arlie Steininger and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Ted Dilsaver, and Frank Large, of this city.



Lincoln Wideman Home

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 7, 1938

          The annual Wideman family reunion was held Sunday, September 4th, in the home of Lincoln Wideman.  Those attending from Rochester were Mr. & Mrs. Cleave Biddinger and son, Robert, Mrs. John Sales, and from Leiters Ford, Albert Durr and Guy Durr attended.







Mert Hinseley, Custodian

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8, 1938

          Frank Ross has resigned his position as custodian of Eagles Lodge Club because of ill health.  Mert Hinseley has been named to fill the vacancy.



Barrett Bldg.

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8, 1938

          A new feed store has been opened in this city in the Barrett building opposite the City Hall, by Clifford Koch and Reuben Rynearson.  They are carrying a full line of nationally advertised feeds.



To Open Sept. 19

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8, 1938

          Mrs. Dave Shafer today announced that she would open a kindergarten at Lincoln School, Sept. 19.  A well rounded program of supervised work and play is in store for boys and girls who enroll.

          Arrangements can be made or transportation of children.  Last season Mrs. Schafer conducted a class at the school.



Vernon Scott Home

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8, 1938

          The annual reunion of the Sherrard family was recently held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Scott, eight miles northeast of this city.  A basket dinner was enjoyed at noon by 114 relatives.

          In the afternoon a business session was held and then a program was enjoyed.  Refreshments were served in the afternoon.

          Relatives attended the reunion from Ohio, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, New Haven, Columbia City, Peru, Logansport and Rochester.



Jimmy Joy and Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8, 1938

          The Colonial Hotel management today announced that on Saturday evening September 10th the Music Corporation of America will present Jimmy Joy and his orchestra at the Colonial Gardens.


          Featured with the Joy orchestra will be his well known special entertainers Bonnie Parsons, Kin Nealy and Guy McComas.

          On Sunday evening, Sept. 11th the Colonial will present another popular dance and radio band, that of Bob Wedmar’s which will be there for Sunday night only.

          The Four Regents, a musical quartet, will play an indefinite run in the Rathskeller of the Colonial starting their engagement on Saturday evening of the present week.

          These exceptionally clever entertainers comes direct from the Seelbach Hotel, of Louisville, Ky.  Dancing will continue nightly at the Gardens and Rathskeller, the management stated today.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8, 1938

          A gppd attemdamce was observed Labor Day at the Van Blaricom family reunion held at the Rochester city park.  At noon, long tables were arrangd for a bounteous community dinner after which Ora Van Blaricom, the president, called the gathering to order and prayer was offered by Rev. David Van Blaricm.  Following the lovely dinner, roll call was answered and then the minutes of the last year’s meeting were read and approved.

          The next reunion will be held in the same place nn Labor Day next year.

          [A speech, much too long to be included herein, was given by Sheridan T. Van Blaricom of St. Louis, Mo. - W.C.T.]



Allegedly Illegally Using Song

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 9, 1938

          South Bend, Ind., Sept. 9 (INS) - Although the song was entitled “Please Be Kind”, the complaint filed in Federal District Court today by Gene Buck, head of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers was anything but kind.

          Buck sued George and Mary Pollock on the allegation that they illegally used the song at their skating rink near Rochester.







Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 12, 1938

          Approximately 75 persons were in attendance at the Gottschalk family reunion held Sunday, September 12th, at the Rochester City Park.  A community dinner was enjoyed at noon and then a short business session was held during which time officers for the coming year were elected.  The remainder of the afternoon was spent socially with refreshments being served later in the day.



Robert H. German Home

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 13, 1938

          The annual reunion of the Holmes Family was held Sunday at Fowler, Indiana at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. German.  Following a community dinner at noon, forty relatives held a short business meeting and then enjoyed a social hour.  The youngest person present was William Howard Collins of Chicago and the oldest person was Robert H. German of Fowler.

          Last fall the reunion was held at the home of Mrs. Charles Collins in Kewanna, and the next reunion will be held at Milford, Illinois at the home of Mrs. Lida German.



Constructing Water Tank

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 14, 1938

          Breaking of ground for the erection of the city’s new water supply tank was started early today on the vacant lots situated on the west side of Madison street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

          The contract for the erection of the new 150,000 gal. re-inforced steel-concrete tank was recently awarded to the Pittsburgh, DesMoines Steel & Iron Co, of Chicago, at a cost of $19,500.  A sub-contract for the cement and ground work was let to the H. & H. Lumber Co., of this city, it was stated.

          The new tapering-type tank when completed will be 125 feet in height and at its base will be 90 feet in diameter.

          The contract on the water works pumping and conrol plant which will be erected at the site of the present water works plant on East 8th street has not as yet been awarded.

          The entire new water supply improvment is being erected at a


cost of $80,000, with $36,000 of this amount being a grant from the WPA.  The city’s portion of expense on the water supply improvement which totaled $44,000 is being financd through the issuance of long term revenue bonds.



McKinney and his Cotton Pickers

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 14, 1938

          Another big dance feature program is scheduled at the Colonial Gardens for the coming week-end, according to an announcement made today by the managment.

          On Saturday evening, the Consolidated Radio Artists, Inc., presents “William McKinney and His Cotton Pickers,” the well known radio and Victor Recording band at the Colonial.  The McKinney Cotton Pickers have recently been featured at the Roseland Ballroom, New York; Steel Pier, Atlantic City; Sebastian’s Cotton Club, Los Angeles, and many others of the nation’s foremost ballrooms.  Dorothy Derrick, vocalist, will be featured with this band.

          On Sunday night the music will be furnished by Bob Widmar and his orchestra.

          Johnny Morris and his Four Regents are playing nightly in the Colonial Rathskellar.  This orchestra came here direct from the Seelbach Hotel, of Louisville, Ky



Castleman Brothers, Managers

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 20, 1938

          The Marshal County Community Sales at Plymouth has come under new management and after Wednesday Castleman Brothers will be in charge.  They have leased the sales barn from Loren Lemmert and will conduct sales.



Ray Glass, Manager Again

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 21, 1938

          Lowell Wilhelm, manager of the Rex theatre during the past several months has been transferred to Noblesville, where he will manage another theatre for the chain.  Ray Glass, former manager, will resume managerial duties.




Peru Judge Rules on Claims

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 21, 1938

          Peru, Ind., Sept. 21 - A ruling setting aside preferred claims to be paid in full by the receiver liquidating the defunct Citizens State Bank of Macy was entered by Judge Phelps in Miami circuit court Tuesday.

          Trust funds totaling $3.720 and drafts outstanding amounting to $5,134.74 are to be paid 100 cents on the dollar.

          The court also held that $416.09 belonging to the Northern Indiana Power company is to be paid in full.  Customers of the utility in the Macy community paid their bills at the bank and the court held that those funds paid there were not a part of the bank’s funds.

          Other deposits and certificates of deposit totaling $175,272.22 are all to be handled as general claims, to be paid off as assets of the bank are liquidated.  It was reported by officers of the institution at the time it was closed that assets would be sufficient to re-pay depositors in full.

          The bank is being liquidated by Thomas Yater, special representative of the Indiana department of finanial institutions.



Debts and Assets Listed

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 22, 1938

          South Bend, Ind., Sept. 22 - Liabilities of $152,838.82 were filed Wednesday in the federal clerk’s office in South Bend by four persons as partners in Cloud & Sons company, store operators in Bourbon, Fulton and Rochester, Ind., who at present are out on bond on charges of fraudulent sales contracts to 31 Indiana financial institutions.

          The four, Otto, Richard, J. Paul and Sarah Cloud in listing their liabilities and assets before the clerk declared themselves in possession of $71, 286.91 in assets as against the $152,838.82 in liabilities.  In listing their individual liabilities and assets the record shows Otto E. Cloud with debts of $14,112 and assets of $3,075, Richard M. Cloud with debts of $147.53 and assets of $600, J. Paul Cloud with debts of $5 and assets of 800, while Sarah Cloud listed no debts and assets of but 50.

          The Clouds are being forced into involuntary bankruptcy by Butler Brothers, Inc., Chicago, Samuel Kunin and Sons, also of Chicago, and the National Mill Supply Company of Fort Wayne.


          Otto Cloud, a former Macy banker and head of the string of stores, is under indictment in St. Joseph and Fulton counties, while his two sons, J. Paul and Richard, are under indictment in St. Joseph county for conspiracy to commit a felony.  The cases are pending in ciruit court in this county on a plea in abatement, attacking the jurisdiction of the grand jury in the cases.



Purchased by Jack Meader

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 23, 1938

          The Beyer home at the (SW) corner of Pontiac and West Seventh street has been sold to Jack Meader.  The purchaser plans to remodel the house in the spring.



Kenneth Meredith, Akron

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 26, 1938

          Kenneth L. Meredith, aged 38, Akron has received a notice from the United States Bureau of Patents in Washington that his application for a patent on a tubeless radio had been granted by the bureau.  The patent is expected to revolutionize the radio industry.

          Mr. Meredith received a letter from the patent bureau in which it was stated that engineers there had tested the radio and that it worked successfully and was the only radio of that nature which had ever been submitted to them which was successful.

          Mr. Meredith is a graduate of the Akron high schol and the Chicago Engineering School, Chicago, Ill.  Meredith’s former instructors aided him with his invention. Mr. Meredith has been employd in garages, electrical appliance stores and radio shops since his graduation from the engineering school.  He has worked on his tubeless radio for six years before perfecting it.

          The inventor will not let persons see the same until he receives his patent from Washington.  The Meredith radio does away with tubes which always have been a source of trouble to radio fans.  Meredith plans to manufacture his product and has rceived orders from several radio and tube manufacturers for his invention.

          Mr. Meredith is the son of Henry Meredith, aged 87, who is the oldest resident of Akron.  Mr. Meredith Sr., was a Fulton county commissioner for twelve years.  He enjoys good health and spends his winters in Florida.



Gets Stage Roll

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 26, 1938

          Catherine Feltus, well known to residents of Rochester and Lake Manitou, was chosen this week for her first professional stage role in the new play, “Soliloquy”, now in rehearsal in Los Angeles.  “Soliloquy” opens Oct. 10 in San Francisco, for a two week’s engagment after which it goes to Los Angeles for two weeks.

          After the Los Angeles engagement, the company will make only one or two stops, one of which probably will be in Indianapolis, while enroute to New York where it will appear in a Broadway theatre.

          Born in Bloomington 22 years ago, Miss Feltus is the daughter of Roy Feltus, veteran theatrical manager and circus owner.  Her uncle is Paul Feltus, a member of the University Board of Trustees and publisher of the Bloomington Star.  She visited her aunt, Mrs. Robert Harris at Lake Manitou for many seasons and at various times appeared as guest soloist with orchestras at Fairview and Colonial.

          Starting in high school, Miss Feltus continued theatrical work at the University, where she studied drama under Prof. Lee Norvelle.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Gamma, social sorority.



A.G. Strouss Home

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 26, 1938

          The first Strouss family reunion was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. A.G. Strouss and son, Marolew, at Fulton, Ind., Saturday.  A community dinner was enjoyed and the afternoon was spent socially.

          Those present were Mrs. Mary Ennenbach and son, Billy Lee, Robert Strouss, all of Mendota, Ill.; Lloyd Morehouse and daughter, Audrey, of Meriden, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. Russell Weller and daughters, Evelyn and Beverly Jean, of Walnut, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. Merl Strouss and daughter, Betty, and Mr. & Mrs. Oren Strouss and daughter, Jeannette, all of Jackson, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Glen Strouss and daughter, Joan, and son, Gene, of South Bend.








Office Being Moved Today

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 28, 1938

          The Rochester Telephone Co. Business office is being moved today into the new telephone building on Eighth street, Roscoe Pontius, manager, annunced today.  Long distance booths in the new building will also be in operation.

          Beginning Nov. 1 the Telephone Company will act as sole agent for Western Union Telegraph Company in Rochester.  During business hours, telegraph business will be handled through the commercial office by means of a teletypewriter.  After business hours and on Sundays and holidays the long distance operator will handle telegrams through the switchboard. - - - - -



Depositors Get $75,200 Dividend

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 30, 1938

          Macy, Sept. 30 - Former officials of the Citizens State Bank of Macy closed since June 29 with arest of Otto Cloud, Sr. official forced to resign June 5, revealed today that Thomas Yater, liquidating agent for the state, will ask Circuit Court Judge Hal Phelp to approve a 45 per cent disbursement to depositors of the closed bank.

          The 45 per cent disbursement to the bank’s estimated 1,000 depositors will amount to about $75,200 on an estimated $168,000 in deposits.

          To date the liquidation administration under Yater has paid off $7,000 in preferred claims.  Most of these claims were in the form of drafts against the bank which were protested on the day that the bank was closed.

          Samuel Musselman, elected president by a meeting of the board of directors June 5 on the day that Otto Cloud, Sr., was ousted from leadership, and in charge of a frantic effort to straighten up affairs at the time criminal action was filed in Fulton and St Joseph counties against the Cloud family members, said today that 48 stockholders have already siged up in an effort to organize a bank to replace the present closed institution, but with state regulatin, insted of as a private institution.  It would capitalize at $30,000.

          Action against the Cloud cases still pends in the courts, but officials here believe the bank will pay off 100 per cent in liquidation.




To Head State Planning Dept.

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 1, 1938

          Indianapolis, Oct. 1 (INS) - Richard A. Wall, 32, was appointed to take charge of production and planning at Indiana state institutions.

          Wall is the son of Claude Wall, Boone county farmer.  He was graduated from Indiana university in 1930 and married Dorothy Deniston, daughter of State Senator A.L. Deniston, Rochester

          “The planning of truck garden production and canning plant schedules to meet the food needs of the institution will be one of Mr. Wall’s responsibilities”, said Thurman A Gottschalk, supervisor of state institutions.

          State institutions have more than 15,000 acres of farm land and more than a score of occupational industries.



Confesses Bankruptcy

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 1, 1938

          South Bend, Oct. 1 - The Cole Brothers-Clyde Beatty Circus, Inc. of Rochester, Ind., late Friday filed its consent to a judgment of bankruptcy in federal district court here.

          The action brught to an end part of a suit filed against the circus by four foreign trapese performers.

          The case now will be placed in the hands of Alvin F. Marsh, of Plymouth, referee in bankruptcy The acrobats must refile their claims for back salary with Marsh.



Purchased by Floyd (Brownie) Brown

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 3, 1938

          Floyd (Brownie) Brown announced today that he has purchased the Schultz Drug Store, which is located in the Char-Bell theatre building, (616 Main Street) this city.

          Mr. Brown recently resigned his position at the Blue Drug Store, where he was employed as manager for the past four and a half years.  Mrs. Lucile (Schultz) Irvine, former owner of the Schultz Drug Store has gone to LaPorte, Ind. where she will reside with her husband, Barrett Irvine.

          The new owner states he will strive to keep his new store in pace with other modern drug stores in this section of the state.



Picture in Chicago Tribune

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 3, 1938

          A picture of Miss Joan Barr of this city, daughter of Mr. & Mrs Guy R Barr, appeared in the Chicago Tribune Saturday, October 1st.  Miss Barr is one of seven contestants in the Indiana university freshman beauty contest, winner to be picked Friday, October 7th.



$70,000 Paid to Depositors

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 4, 1938

          Macy, Ind., Oct. 4 - Six hundred checks totaling more than $70,000 and representing a dividend of 45 per cent were distributed Monday to depositors in the Citizens Bank of Macy by Thomas Yater, receiver for the closed institution,

          Approval of the dividend, the first since the bank closed June 29, 1938, was granted Saturday in Miami circuit court.  A total of apprximately $168,000 was on deposit in the institution at the time it was closed.

          Otto Cloud Sr., former president of the bank who was forced to resign June 5, now awaits trial in federal court, disposition of the case still pending.

          Plans are now under way to reopen the Citizens Bank of Macy in the near future under state regulation.  Samuel Musselman, who succeded Cloud as president, is heading the group which expects to reopen the bank at a capitalization of $30,000.



Files Bankruptcy Claim

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 5, 1938

          South Bend, Ind., Oct. 5 - The Cole Brothers-Clyde Beatty Circus of Rochester filed a bankruptcy scheduled in federal district court here yesterday listing liabilities of $418,338.04 nd no assets.

          The liabilities included $219,324 of unsecured claims, notes and bills.

          The action was taken on a petition of four performers holding the circus had transferred its physical properties to the Associates Investment Company of South Bend to satisfy a $40,000 mortgage.





Cut & Hauled Corn for Waller Casper

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 7, 1938

          Twemty-two neighbors and friends of Mr. & Mrs. Walker Casper, residing 2-1/2 miles southwest of Fulton gathered at their farm Thursday afternoon cut an hauled corn from a twenty acre field and filled a large silo.  Men who did the work were: Vern Eber, Hugh Mathias, Carlos Jewell, Don Norris, Walter Goddner, Ora Fisher, Vern Dielman, Claude Fred, Elmer Hoiliday, Fred Burton, Lincoln Burton, John Rans, Marion Chizum, Leonard Hirk, Lloyd Rife, Chester Whybrew, Estel Champ, Lloyd Gault, Clarence Reed, Emmor Reed, Cecil Kistler and Jake Casper.  Eight teams and wagons were furnished.  Mr. Casper has been seriously ill for several days.



Purchased by O.A Head

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 7, 1938

          Lawrence Reyburn who has operated the Diamond Station on Main street in Fulton for the past fourteen months has sold his interests to O.A. Head of Argos who took possession this Friday morning.



H.S. Sumrow, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 15, 1938

          Mrs. Edith B. Ruh, proprietor of The Blue Drug Store today announced she has employed Mr. H.S. Sumrow, an experienced pharmacist, of Martinsville, Ind., to take over the management duties of her store.

          Mr. Sumrow for the past year has been in the employ of one of the leading drug stores in Martinsville.  Prior to his residency in the down-state city he was in the services of the Abbott Laboratories, of Chicago for a period of nine years.

          The new manager, who is married and the father of a five-year-old girl has already taken over his duties at the drug store.  He will move his family to this city as soon as he is able to procure a suitable place of residence.

          Mrs. Ruh, who recently assumed the managerial duties, pending the selection of a permanent manager, will continue to take an active interest in the affairs of the store, it was stated.




Canning Season Ends

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 15, 1938

          B.R. Overdorf, Akron, president of the Akron Canning Company, has announced that the packing season ended yesterday, and that the factory will not be run again until next season.

          The pack this season was quite disappointing to the owners, Mr. Overdorf and Mr. Scott, as the quality and the amount of tomatoes was not as good as they had anticipated.  They packed less than 30 cars this season.



Closed by Owner

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 15, 1938

          Vern Sanders has closed his restaurant in Kewanna because of his desire to procure outside employment.  Sanders has been in ill health for several months and doctors have advised him to seek other employment.  He will be employed as a traveling man and work out of South Bend.



Moved Across the Street

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 19, 1938

          William A. Howard announced today that he had moved his jewelry store and optical shop from 726 Main street to 717 Main street.  In the new location Mr. Howard will share the room with the Western Union Telegraph Company until the telegraph office is moved to the Rochester Telephone Company building. - - - -



Remodeling Progressing

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 19, 1938

          Work on the Elin Mfg. Co. building at the (SE) corner of Main and Fifth streets is progressing rapidly with a crew of 12 men busy making changes in the structure, Jack Elin said today.

          “Everything is being done to make it a pleasant place in which to work,” said Mr. Elin.

          New windows have been cut, old windows and doors have been bricked up.  An entirely new floor is being laid on the second floor of the two-story building.  The interior of the building will be


completely repainted and outside window and door frames will be painted too.

          A new heating plant is being installed today to supply heat for the plant on the coldest day.  New rest rooms are being built.  Everything is being put in readiness for installation of machinery, cutting tables, storage shelves, etc.

          The roof has been repaired, a new flue is being built and the structure is being made as nearly fireproof as possible.

          Mr. Elin and his brother, Seymour, are supervising the work.



Centennial Park, Plymouth

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 19, 1938

          Thirty-one descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Emma Jane Hunter met October 16th in Centennial Park, Plymouth, Ind. where they enjoyed a picnic dinner.  After the dinner hour, a business meeting was held and the following officers elected.  Miss Marie Norris, of Elkhart, president; Mrs. Floyd Humes, of South Bend, vice-president; Mrs. Otis Hunter of Rochester, secretary; Mrs. Ed Gilliland, of Rochester, assistant secretary; C.F. Hunter, of Culver, treasurer; Mrs. Maurice Bauer and Mrs. Raymond Hunter, program committee.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Otis Hunter and Mr. & Mrs Ed Gilliland, of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. C.F. Hunter, Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Hunter, of Culver; Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Bauer and family of Lakeville; Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Norris and family and Mrs. Martha Hunter, Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Humes and family of South Bend; Mr. & Mrs Noble Sours and fsamily, Alfred Norris, Mrs. May Norris and Miss Marie Norris of Elkhart.



Purchased by Fred Dyer

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 25, 1938

          Fred Dyer, of Logansport, today purchasd the Main Barber Shop, of this city, from Jesse Shelton.  Mr. Dyer took over control of this business immediately and Mr. Shelton will remain in the employ of the new proprietor.

          The new owner, who with his mother operates a Beauty School in Logansport, announced today that he plans several modern improvements to the Rochester shop.  For several years he was engaged in the barbering business at Winamac.



Bill Hayes

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 25, 1938

          Bill Hayes, formerly associated with Miller Bros., announces the opening of the Rochester Body and Fender Shop in the rear of 415 Main street.  Bill has been in the body repair business here for the past ten years.  He will open the new shop Monday, Oct. 31.



Jack Morris Buys 40 Horses

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 25, 1938

          Roy (Jack) Morris, Akron, horse buyer and county commissioner, Monday purchased forty baggage horses from the Robbins Brothers Circus.  None of the ring stock or menage horses were sold.

          Mr. Morris has moved the horses he purchased from the circus to his farm in Henry township.  Many of the horses are in mated teams.

          Mr. Morris for a number of years has purchased all of the horses which were used in the Robbins and Cole circuses and also for the circuses which have winter quarters in Peru.

          Mr. Morris will start in February to buy more horses to be used in the circuses of the Indiana Circus Corporation during their 1939 season.



Grand Opening

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 26, 1938

          The store will be open to visitors and customers Thursday for the first official time since its complete modernization.  Assisting Mr. Hill in the store is Mrs. Don Musselman and Alden Lichtenwalter who has had long experience in the hardware business. - - - -

          Besides the hardware line the store will carry Bendix washers, RCA radios, Crosley radios, Armstrong floor coverings, Smith-Alsop paints and many other nationally advertised brands.

          Ted Lewis, of Chicago, merchandising expert, has aided in the arrangement of the store






Mrs. Nellie Babcock, Mayor

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 26, 1938

          The city council at their meeting Tuesday night named Mrs. Nellie Babcock as Rochester mayor to fill out the unexpired term of her husband, Dr. James B. Babcock, who died October 7 of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

          The name of Mrs. Babcock was placed in nomination by Councilman Clarence Hill and was seconded by Councilman Dean Neff after which nominations were closed.  Mrs. Babcock will serve until January 1.  Councilman Russell Parker has been mayor pro-tem since the death of Dr. Babcock. - - - -

          Mrs. Babcock will be the first woman ever to serve as mayor of Rochester and the only woman mayor in Indiana.- - - -



Destroyed by Fire

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 26, 1938

          The Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens, Lake Manitou, one of the finest summer resort hotels in the mid-west states, was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday evening.  Early estimates of the loss to the building and contents were placed between $100,000 and $125,000.  The loss was only partly covered by insurance.

          The fire started in the soda fountain section, situated at the west end of the large dance pavilion, where a defective wire in the lighting or refrigeration is believed to have become short-circuited.  A medium-strong, southwest wind from the lake fanned the flames and quickly spread the roaring inferno to the main structure of the two-story, 50-room hotel, and to the tap-room, situated at the east end of the spaciou gardens.

          The structure of the new rathskellar which was completed in 1937, was only partly damaged by the flames, although practically all of the contents and fixtures of this modern-equipped branch of the hostelry were damaged or destroyed.

          The flames were discovered shortly before four o’clock by Tom Scanlon, one of the hotel’s caretakers, and the father-in-law of Mr. A.C. Bradley, owner of the hotel.  Dee Shuman, of this city is also employed as night watchman of the hotel property.- - - - -

          The Colonial Hotel a modest-type cement and frame structure building, was built in the year 1913 by Dr. Fred Davis, of Jeffersonville,


Ind.  Mr. A.C. Bradley purchased the resort, which is situated on a ten-acre plot on the northwest shore of Lake Manitou, in 1930.  From that date on the Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens underwent a continuous series of improvements under the supervision of Mr. & Mrs. Bradley, until the present date, at which time it was regardd as one of the finest and most popular resort hotels in the mid-west. - - - - -



Sold to C.O Dyche

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 28, 1938

          In a business transaction completed Thursday, one of the city’s oldest and widely-known stores, The Blue Drug Store, was sold by Mrs. Edith Ruh to C.O. Dyche, of Hobart, Ind.  The new proprietor who has been in Rochester for the past few days, during final negotiations of the transfer, has already assumed active management of this leading pharmacy.

          The Blue Drug Store was founded by the late Alex Ruh in the year of 1888, and remained in the Ruh family up until the present date.  Mrs. Ruh became owner of the store in 1934, following the death of her husband, Fred B. Ruh, who at that time was owner.  Alex Ruh preceded his son in death in October of 1933.

          The new prprietor, Mr. Dyche, who is in his early thirties, received his preliminary drug business experience in Childress, Texas.  He attended the Texas University for a period of a year and completed his four-year pharmaceutical course at the Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.

          In the years of 1926 to 1931, Mr. Dyche was employed in drug stores in Hammond and Gary, and for six years was proprietor of the Dyche Drug store, in Hobart, Ind.  This business he sold in 1937 and for a time was associated with the Hook drug store at Terre Haute, Ind.  For the past several months, however, he had been employed as a medical service detailist for the Parke-Davis Co., of Detroit.  His field of work in this position was the loop area of Chicago.

          Mr. Dyche, who is a single man, has already taken up his residency in this city and will devote his entire time in the management of the business.  The store will now become known as the Dyche-Blue Drug Store.






Jack Morris Purchases 35 Horses

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 29, 1938

          Roy (Jack) Morris Akron, horse buyer and county commissioner from the second district, Saturday purchased 35 baggage horses which had been used in the Cole Bros Circus during the past year.

          Last Monday Mr. Morris purchased 40 baggage horses which had been used during the past summer in the Robbins Bros. Circus.

          Mr. Morris has moved the 75 head of horses to his farm near Akron.  Many of the horses are in mated teams.  None of the menage or ring stock horses which will be used as nucleus for the two circuses in 1939 were sold by the circus owners.

          Mr. Morris for a number of years has purchased all of the horses used in the two Rochester circuses and those which have winter quarters in Peru as well.

          Mr. Morris has been commissioned by the local circus owners to start in February to purchase baggage horses which will be used in parades by the Cole and Robbins circuses during the summer of 1939 as the shows travel about the United States and Canada.



Lawrence Babcock Resignes

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 1, 1938

          Lawrence Babcock, who has been employed by his brother Robert Babcock as a butcher for several years late yesterday resigned his position and will devote his time to the operation of his boat landing on the north shore of Lake Manitou.



Moved to New Telephone Office

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 2, 1938

          Operation of the local office of the Western Union Telegraph Company jointly with the Rochester Telephone Company was begun today.  R.D. Pontius, general manager of the telephone company, will be joint manager of both the telephone and telegraph service here.

          The Western Union office on Main Street was closed last night.  William Leischman, manager, has been transferred to another assignment.

          A modern telegraph typewriter, working direct with the Chicago office of the telegraph company, has been installed at the telephone


building, 117 West Eighth Street.  This, according to Western Union, brings to Rochester the most modern facilities the communication field has to offer.- - - - -

          Western Union and the Rochester Telephone Company today issued an invitation to all perons interested, to call at the telephone building and see the telegraph typewriter in operation.




The News-Sentinel, Nov. 3, 1938

          The Overmyer Hatchery, 216 East 6th street today announces that it has taken over the Purina agency in this community and is now stocked with a complete line of Purina dairy, poultry and hog feeds and kindred supplies.

          Herman Ysberg, an experienced poultry and livestock man has been employed to assist Mrs. Charles Overmyer in the management of the hatchery and feed suplies business. - - - - -



Opened by W.A. Dyke, Nappanee

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 8, 1938

          W.A. Dyke who has had charge of the harness shop of the Indiana Circus Corporation for the past five years has resigned and will open a shoe and harness shop in Nappanee.  Dyke who is known by his many friends as “Waxie” left today for Nappanee.



Sold 40 Baggage Horses

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 10, 1938

          Jack Morris, livestock buyer of Akron, yesterday sold forty of the baggage horses which he had purhased from the Cole and Robbins circuses to a lumber company in Bangor, Maine.  The transaction was made by telephone and the horses were shipped by express to Bangor late Wednesday.  The lumber company had held off buying the horses until after the general election.  The company will use the horses in their logging camps in the state of Maine.







Will Open Bakery, Fulton

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 10, 1938

          William Plummer who operated a bakery in Fulton for a number of years has announced that he will again enter that business in Fulton.  Mr. Plummer for several years operated a bakery in Argos.



Will Stay in Business

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 10, 1938

          Horace Shelton, veteran dray-line operator of this city who on election night suffered the loss of his big gray horse “Billie”, stated today he had decided to remain in the dray-line business.  He is servicing his customers by auto truck at the present, but intends to purchase another horse to take the place of “Billie”.

          [See The News-Sentinel, Nov. 14, 1938. p. 4 - “Yes, He’s Gone,

Old Faithful Billy,”. poem too long to include herein. - W.C.T.]



Opens Shoe & Hosiery Store

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 11, 1938

          Miller-Jones Company will open a new Shoe and Hosiery Store at 726 Main Street this city, Saturday, Nov. 12th.  This store-room has been completely remodelled with a splendid new front, and a bright and shiny interior, complete with counters, shelving, fitting stools, and floor-covering.

          Miller-Jones Company is now operating 180 shoe and hosiery stores located chiefly in the central and northern states.  They will carry a complete line of shoes and hosiery, at moderate prices, in size runs and styles, to suit the needs and requirements of every member of the family, - - - - -

          Leon Myers is the manager of the new Miller-Jones store, here in Rochester, and with his wife, will, of course, become a resident of this city, as all managers are required to live in the city where their store is operated.  Mr. Myers comes highly reommended having served successfully as manager of the Greenfield, Ind. Store. - - - -







Nov. 15-16-17

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 12, 1938

          The Macy School barn dance show to be presented Nov. 15-16-17 will feature impersonators of famous radio, screen and stage

celebrities as well as El Dorado’s professional entertainers, school officials in charge of the affair announced today.



Reopened by Byron Hudkins

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 14, 1938

          The Hudkins Cafe in Kewanna which was closed several weeks ago when the former proprietor went to Michigan to reside was reopened Saturday by Byron Hudkins of Knox.  Mr. Hudkins is an experienced restaurant man and has operated cafes in Kewanna and Knox.



Formal Opening

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 18, 1938

          Fred Dyer, who recently purchased the Main Barber Shop, today announced the formal opening of his new Main Barber & Beauty Shop, for Tuesday, November 22nd.



New Bridge Completed

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 23, 1938

          Construction of the new cement Lake Nyona bridge has been completed by Vincennes Construction company.  The new structure replaces the bridge that collapsed last March.  The new bridge permits passing of two cars and has a walk on either side.



Otto Reed, Salesman

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 28, 1938

          Otto Reed, Fulton, has been added to the sales force of the Louderback Chevrolet and assumed his new duties today.  Mr. Reed has been a car salesman for the past ten years.





Charles Flagg, New Owner

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 1, 1938

          Fred H. Moore, realtor, effected a trade Wednesday in which the Fruitland Tourist Camp north of town on Road 31 was traded for the Charles Flagg residence on Madison street in Rochester   Charles Flagg will move to Fruitland and Irver Woodworth will move into the former Flagg residence early next week.



Opened by Maleta Barkman

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 5, 1938

          Miss Maleta Barkman, daughter of Mrs. Clarence Peterson, of Newcastle township, today announces the opening of a modern-equipped beauty parlor, which will be situated in the offices formerly occupied by the late Dr. J.L. Babcock, in the Dillon building.

          Miss Barkman is an experiened beauty parlor operator and is a graduate of one of the leading beauty training colleges of Indianapolis.  The formal opening of the new shop will be on Thursday, Dec. 8.



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