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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Purch. Joe Shelton

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 2, 1946

          In a deal transacted today Joe Shelton of this city becomes the owner of The Ewing Grocery, 301 East Ninth street and already has taken over the management of this well-known business.

          - - - - for the past six or seven months Mr. Shelton has been employed as head clerk at the store.  He plans to change the name of the business to The Shelton Food Market and will retain the same personnel as the former owner.

          Mr. Ewing is retiring from the grocery business after 38 consecutive years of operating a store on East Ninth.  He stated that during that time the street has twice changed its name - first, it was known as East Pearl St., secondly as Wall St., and now to its present title of East Ninth.

          The Ewing grocery is the pioneer of all the city groceries or markets and is regarded as one of the finest in the community.  The retiring grocerman stated he has no plans for the immediate future and will continue to reside in Rochester.



Acord Cantwell

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 2, 1946

          Acord Cantwell, who was recently appointed county agent for Fulton County, assumed the duties of his office today.  He will be assisted by Russell Cole and Miss Helen Wilson will retain her position as secretary and director of the 4-H home ec. organization.

          Mr. Cantwell, who comes here from Franklin county where he served as county agent for several years, is well known to Rochester and Fulton county citizens as a few years ago he served as assistant


county agent under M.J. Huxley.  Mr. & Mrs. Cantwell and their four children have taken up their residency here at 302 North Jefferson street.

          Former County Agent M.J. Huxley today took over his duties as agent for Knox county.  He and Mrs. Huxley, likewise, have taken up their permanent home in Vincennes, Ind.



Purch. Max Coble

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 4, 1946

          Henry Myers, former publisher of the Kewanna Herald has sold his Quality Print Shop at Plymouth, Ind. to Max Coble, of Redkey, Ind.  Mr Myers, who has been undergoing treatment at the Methodist hospital, Indianapolis for the past several weeks has been dismissed and he and Mrs. Myers are returnng to their home in Kewanna where they will reside.



William Deniston, Akron

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 5, 1946

          William Deniston has moved his Akron law office to the rooms which were formerly occupied by Dr. G.L. Ertzinger, located above the newly remodeled home of the Exchange Bank.  Deniston has been occupying the office rooms used by Loder Patterson, from whom he recently purchased his office.  All future business will be carried on in the new office.



Omer Richardson, Mgr.

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 10, 1946

          Omer Richardson has leased the Texaco Service Station, located at the (NE) corner of 11th & Main, and is now open for business

          The filling station, formerly operated by Charles Hendricks, has been closed since Dec. 21st.









Purch. A.C. Johnson

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 14, 1946

          Announcement was made today of change in ownrship of the Sunshine Dairy.  The new proprietor is A.C. Johnson, of Peru.  He purchased the dairy from W.M. Thompson who has operated it here for several years.  The new owner will take possession Wednesday.

          Mr. Johnson said that he will move the entire plant into the modernized building at 613 Madison within a few days.- - - -

          Jay Eshelman, well known dairy technician, has been retained as manager- - - - Milk will be distributed to Rochester, Akron, Fulton and Macy from this plant.

          Mr. Johnson has been in the dairy business for 19 year in Peru and is the owner of the Modrn Dairy there.  He owns a large plant located west of Mexico where the milk is processed for the Peru territory.

          Mr. Thompsn will continue to operate the Rochester Ice Company with the plant located in the same building and will furnish day and night service for the people of Fulton county.



G. Childress, Pharmacist

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 14, 1946

          Glen Childress, a registered pharmacist of Mishawaka, Ind., who just recently has been released from service in the U.S. Navy has accepted a position with the Baxter Blue Drug store and already has assumed his duties at the store.

          Mr. & Mrs. Childress and their baby daughter will make their home in Rochester as soon as suitable home or apartment is available.  A brother of the new pharmacist owns and operates a Walgreen Agency drug store in Mishawaka.



Formal Opening Jan. 19

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 17, 1946

          Saturday, Jan. 19th is the formal opening of the Jennings Motors Ford-Mercury auto agency in their new home 602-604 Main street, this city.- - - -

          Virgil Little, service manager, formerly with U.S. Navy; Jerald Hittle, mechanic, formerly with US. Army; Leo Long, parts manager,


Orval “Happy” Brown, office manager; Earl Chambers, mechanic; Fritz Cessna, mechanic, 4 years in service with U.S. Air Corps; John Evans, Metal shop mgr.; Jim Benner, mechanic; Donald Eller, mechanic, formerly with U.S. Army; Fred Bemenderfer, lubrication department, formerly with U.S. Air Corps; Bob Clevenger, parts assistant, Willis Fouts, mechanic, 3-1/2 years service in Pacific area and John Bunnell, janitor. - - - -



Office, 617 Main Street

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 18, 1946

          Rochester’s new utility, the Indiana Gas & Water Co., will soon establish their business office in the room recently vacated by the Jennings Motors at 617 Main St., it was learned today.

          The utility will occupy only the front, or display room of the building, it was stated, the rear or former shop facility will be retained by the local Ford-Mercury agency and will be used exclusively as a fender and body repair shop.

          The lease, dated Jan. 1, extends for a period of five years.  The water and gas company office is at present located along with the light and power headquarters across the street from the new location at 622 Main street where the business of the Public Service Company will be continued.



Opens at Akron

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 19, 1946

          Floyd E. Bowen of this city has announced that he will, in the near future, open a new automatic heating and electric refrigeration service at Akron.

          Bowen, a veteran of World War 11. has leased a location in the Scott building at Akron and has started moving in equipment.  He is married and the father of a small daughter.  The Bowens stated they will move to the Henry township hub as soon as a home is available.



Open Body Shop

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 21, 1946

          Arthur Brockey and Jay Sanders, well-known local mechanics, are opening an auto body repair shop which will be located a mile and


a half north of this city on U.S. 31.

          Brockey is an experienced metal worker and refinisher.  Both men have been engaged in this line of work for quite some time. - - - -



Opens 1419-22 Main

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 22, 1946

          The Superior Supply Co. is a successor of the Clay & Crowel Farm Implement Co.

          The opening will be held all day Thursday, Jan. 24, and a luncheon and motion pictures will be features for this occasion. - - - -

          The firm is representative for the Allis-Chalmers farm machinery; Packard motor cars; Goodrich farm and auto tires; Reo motor trucks; Kelvinator refrigerators, Marquette deep freezers; Thor Washers and other equally well-known and nationally advertised products.- - - -



Opened at Akron

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 24, 1946

          Another new business was started this week in Akron by retired veterans.  The firm is the Dilts and Tilden garage and general repair shop which is located in the large D.A. Pike building east of the J.H. Pralle Milk Plant.

          Russell Tilden was recently discharged from the navy after serving two years, 19 months of which were spent overseas.  He is married and has three children.

          Ernest Dilts, who is living at the home of his sister Mrs. John Davis, served five years in army ordnance and spent two years in the South Pacific.- - - -



Purch. By 4 of So Bend

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 28, 1946

          Jerry Mitchell, former local restaurant operator and more recently owner of a general store at Grass Creek, has announced the sale of that business, with possession Feb. 1, to Thomas C. & Dorothy Joynt and Jasper Michael Jr. and Joyce L. Michael, all of South Bend.

          The store was operated several years by L.F. Thomas, present Wayne Twp. Trustee. - - - -



To Be Razed

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 30, 1946

          On Friday, Feb. 1st dismanteling work on the Norris Service station, situated on the southwest corner of Madison and Ninth street, will be started.

          Mrs. Fern Norris, owner, who has operated the filling station since the death of her husband, Harry Norris, in June of 1945, plans to erect a new up-to-date service station at this same site during the coming spring months.

          The Norris station was the first auto filling station to be built in Rochester.  Mrs. Norris will announce plans concerning the new station at an early date.



Purch Hill Bldg.

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 4, 1946

          The building recently purchased from Clarence Hill by the Jefferson Machine Tool Co., of Huntington will undergo extensive improvements within the next two weeks.  The new tool company which will employ about ten men will make the front of the bukding entirely modern, will lay new flooring, install a new roof and add numerous windows and doors to make it a “daulight” plant.

          The new firm will take possession of the building on March 1st.

          [NOTE: The building, located south of Baptist Church on Main street,  was used by Mr. Hill’s father as a wagon factory, and later by Mr. Hill for blacksmith, welding and metal work.  -WCT]



Beezer is Back, Reporter

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 4, 1946

          Robert “Beezer” Bennett, former member of the noted “Bomber Barons” Fifth Bomb Group, of the U.S. Air Corps that hammered the Jap home island during the closing days of the World War, resumed his duties on the reportorial staff of The News-Sentinel today.  Throughout the three and a half years which Beezer was in the U.S. Service he kept in touch with The News-Sentinel readers by writing a column which dealt with his army camp and war routine.  His column proved so popular that it was carried in several camp and

home papers of members of the “Bomber Barons.” - - - - -



Purch. By R.J. Perkins

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 11, 1946

          The Standard service station of Fulton was sold Saturday by the owner, Robert F. Artley, to Randall J. Perkins of Chicago, it was announced today.  The station, formerly called the Campbell service station, will continue to carry Standard products after the new owner has taken possession on March 1.  The sale was made through the Fred H. Moore Realty Company.



Re-opened, by J.N. Hiatt

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 12, 1946

          John N. Hiatt,, who was recently discharged from the navy, re-opened the Launer Monument Works on South Main Street, today.  Hiatt was manager of the works for five years prior to his entry into the service, but now he is owner, having bought the establishment from Mrs. Charlotte Launer.- - - -



Earl Enyart & Sons

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 13, 1946

          A new Hudson auto agency has been opened in Rochester at 510 Main street, by Earl Enyart and Sons.  The elder Enyart has been engaged in the garage and auto rebuilding and repair business for a long number of years and has rebuilt auto parts for both wholesale and retail trade.- - - -

          The junior membes of the firm are Kenneth, who has already received his honorable dischare from the U.S. Air Forces and is now on a furlough, and Carl, the youngest of the firm, is attending the Rochester H.S.   - - - -



Third Interest Sold

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 16, 1946

          Ralph Pitts, who resides on a farm west of Rochester on Road 14, bought a third interest in the Farm Supply store at the rear of 118 East Ninth street from David S. (Riby) Rans on Feb. 11, it was learned today.  The other members of the firm are Harold Sheets and Carl Harvey.


          The Farm Supply store was organized in 1941 and it holds a John Deere Farm Implement Company franchise.  Mr. Rans, a native of Kewanna, will remain with the store for the coming month.  After that date he stated he had no future plans.



Daulton & Kochenderfer

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 19, 1946

          Don Lowman and Maurice Newman, owners and operators of Rochester City Dray Line for the past two years, today announce the sale of their business to Ben Daulton and Charles (Chuck) Kochenderfer.

          The new owners, both former veterans, have already taken over full operation of the business.  Daulton served over two years in the U.S. Army.  Mr. Daulton has had several years of experience in the draying and trucking business and sold the line to Lowman and Newman at the time he entered service.

          The new owners will maintain their freight and service station at the Lowman property on Road 14 at the south edge of this city.  They will operate 2 trucks and are prepared to do all kind of local or long distance moving as well as service the transit R.R. and truck line freight business in this area.

          The retiring owners’ plans for the future are incomplete at this time.



Opened by Ernie Newman

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 19, 1946

          Ernie Newman, former marine sergeant, has opened a repair shop in the Jones Implement store on East Seventh street, it was learned today.

          Mr. Newman plans to do all kinds of repair work and welding on everything from farm machinery to kitchen appliances, he stated.  He was a metalsmith during his five years in the service, both in the States and while he was serving with the Marines in the Pacific theater of war.

          Mr. & Mrs. Newman and their small daughter reside at Lake Manitou.






Open Hardware

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 22, 1946

          Charles Irelan, manager of Haldeman-Baum Elevator Co., has announced that this firm will open a Hardware Store in Akron on March 2nd.

          Workers have been remodeling the building north of the elevator making it into a modern hardware store.  Earl Shimer has been employed as manager of the new store.  Mr. Shimer has been connected with the hardware business for many years.  He was formerly employed by the W.K. Miller Hardware Co.



Lease Svc. Station

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 23, 1946

          Max Nichols and Dale Daulton of this city have leased the Sinclair filling station at the corner of East Ninth and Monroe street and have already taken over the management of the business.

          They are installing a hot-water system for the washing of cars.  This feature will be ready for service by Wednesday, it was stated.



Publicity Over WLS

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 26, 1946

          The Rochester municipal airport was given nation wide publicity Monday evening over radio station WLS.  Bill Renshaw, Indiana editor of Prairie Farmer, devoted most of a fifteen minute progran to  describing the local landing field, telling of its location convenience and of the excellent service rendered by the young ladies in charge, Mrs. Helen House Outcelt and Miss Jo Bardsley.  This was the start of a series of broadcasts on middle west airports and Rochester was honored with being the first on the list.  The speaker said that he had landed here many times in his flights over the state.



Purch. By Max Nichols

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 27, 1946

          The sale of the Main barber shop and newstand, 720 Main street, by Luther Keel to Max Nichols was announced today.  Possession will be given March 1.  Mr. Keel purchased the shop from Frank Justus.


          Mr. Nichols stated that he will personally manage the business and Bruce Morrett would continue as foreman of the barber shop.  The newstand is the agency for Chicago and other out of town newspapers.  Mr. Keel stated that he has no plans for the immediate future.



Returns To 9th Street

The News-Sentinel, March 1, 1946

          After March 4, the Merle Craig Cream Station will return to its former site at 112 West Ninth street behind the Kroger Grocery, Mr. Craig stated today.

          Since Nov 1 the cream station has been in the Barrett building at 119 East Seventh street due to renovating of the Ninth street location However, the new all-modern cement building is ready for use now and the local cream buyer stated that he would be completely moved into the store by Monday.



Purch. Challman & Swain

The News-Sentinel, March 6, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Jacques, proprietors of the Hawkins cafe, today announced the sale of the restaurant to Walton Challman and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Laura Swain, both of Plymouth, Ind.  The new owners took possession of the business today. - -- -

          The retiring owners have no definite plans for the future.  Mr. & Mrs. Challman, son and daughter, and Mrs. Swain and her daughter all plan to take up their residence in Rochester as soon as suitable living quarters are located.  The sale was transacted through the Fred H Moore real estate agency.



Robert Hartman

The News-Sentinel, March 8, 1946

          Robert Hartman, returned infantryman, announced today that he would open a lunch room Saturday across from the Erie Depot in the site formerly employed by the Erie Hotel.

          Mr. Hartman leased the former hotel and converted it into an apartment building last month.  All of the apartments are filled, he stated.

          The new lunch room will be open 7 days a week from six


o’clock in the morning until midnight.

          Mr. Hartman was in the restaurant business until his entry into the army in 1942.  Since his return he has been employed as a driver for the Rochester Laundry while establishing his new business.  He was born in Akron and has been a Fulton county resident all of his life.  His wife and two children live with him in one of their apartments



Joseph M. Hixon

The News-Sentinel, March 8, 1946

          Lyman Brackett, local property owner, who is now vacationing in Florida, has leased two Main street store buildings to Joseph M. Hixon of Plymouth who will convert them into one large Firestone supply store as quickly as supplies can be obtained, according to word received here today from Mr. Brackett.

          The buildings, which were last rented to the Turner Sisters Millinery Shoppe and Gamble’s Hardware, will be made into one large two-room store and Mr. Hixon intends to build a service garage behind the store this spring.

          The Plymouth man, a former architect, obtained possession of the buildings March 1.  Attorney Arthur Metzler handled the legal work for the transaction.



Opens in Ike Klein Bldg

The News-Sentinel, March 9, 1946

          Glen Christman will open a welding and repair shop in the west end of the Ike Klein building on the (NW) corner of 4th and Main streets, he said today.  Mr. Christman worked as a welder with the Youngstown Steel & Tube Company, a steel mill in East Chicago, during the war and also been employed in the Clarence Hill shop here.  He and his wife and 4 children reside at 140 Monticello Road.



John Pugh, Carpenter

The News-Sentinel, March 11, 1946

          John Pugh, recently returned from service in the Sea-Bees has accepted a position as carpenter with the A.R Fansler Lumber Co.





James W. Zimmerman

The News-Sentinel, March 11, 1946

          Herbert A. Zimmerman, manager of Zimmerman Bros. Funeral service, has announced that James W. Zimmerman, recently released from active service with the U.S. Navy Seabees, will again be associated with the local firm of morticians.

          Maj. Smailes Zimmerman, presently stationed in Nagasaki, Japan, is the only one of the four brothers in the services who is still on active duty.



Purch. Sarah Madlem

The News-Sentinel, March 12, 1946

          The Winona Cafe in Akron has been sold to Mrs. Sarah Madlem, mother of Mrs. T.D. Grogg, by Mr. & Mrs William Glaze, it was stated today.  Mr. & Mrs. Grogg will manage the restaurant which they assumed possession of Monday noon.

          Mr. & Mrs. Grogg formerly owned the Eat Rite cafe in Akron which they sold last Autumn to Roger Parker and Mrs.. Ruth Davis Mr. Glaze, a returned veteran, bought the Winona cafe several months ago.  He is undecided what his future plans will be.



David Shafer & Family

The News-Sentinel, March 12, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. David Shafer and son, Peter, will leave Rochester within a short time for California where they plan to make their future home.  They have purchased a deluxe trailer which will be their domicile while making the trip to the west coast and will house the family until they get permanently located.   Mr. Shafer was recently discharged from the navy after two years service and previous to that was a partner here in the Coplen & Shafer Drug Store.



Leased by Goldie Hindle

The News-Sentinel, March 14, 1946

          Mrs. Goldie Hindle has leased the Babcock Cafe located two miles east of this city at the intersection of State Road 14 and the Barrett road on the north shore of Lake Manitou.  Mrs. Hindle will


open the cafe about April 1. - - - -She is an experienced cafe operator and formerly conducted grills in Plymouth and Rochester under the name of “Goldie’s Grill.”



Apartments, 1229 Madison

The News-Sentinel, March 15, 1946

          An apartment building will soon take the place of the old Legion Home at 1229 Madison Street as rebuilding has been going on here for some time.  The home is being made over into four apartments by the owner, Charles H. Rauschke, and should be ready for occupancy within a short time. - - - -



Theodosia Eckley, Hired

The News-Sentinel, March 26, 1946

          Miss Theodosia Eckley, of Fulton, beauty operator has accepted a position at the Marinello shop, owned by Mrs. Della Pontius, of this city.



Opened by A.K. Smith

The News-Sentinel, March 30, 1946

          A.K. Smith, formerly of Chicago, has opened a modern auto repair shop a quarter mile west of Rochester on State Road 14 and is equipped to do all kinds of auto and truck repair work.

          Mr. Smith operated a garage in Chicago 10 years prior to World War 11.  He served with the U.S. Army for three and a half years as a civilian automotive advisor.

          Mr. & Mrs. Smith reside at a residence near the garage.  They purchased the garage building and dwelling from Peck Miller recently.



Agency Opens

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 9, 1946

          - - - - John McDowell has opened up a house trailer agency at the junction of roads 31 and 25 at the southern edge of Rochester.

          Mr. McDowell, who was employed at the A.B. Shore clothing store a few years ago, states he will handle all of the popular makes of trailers and these will range from $1600 to $2,600.. - - - -



Re-Opens Funeral Home

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 10, 1946

          Dale Sheetz, of Akron, has purchased the modern brick home of Mrs. Laura Long, on West Rochester street, Akron, where he plans to re-establish his funeral home.  He is to take possession of the property May 1 and remodeling operations will be started immediately.

          Mr. Sheetz, who is a graduate embalmer, was in the undertaking business in Akron at the time he enlisted in the Navy in December, 1942.  He was pharmacist 1-c and also served with the U.S. Marine Corps for 11 months overseas.  He was discharged in December, 1945.

          Mrs. Long plans to build a modern 5-room cottage on her lot directly west of the brick home.



Purch. By Hiland & Markley

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 11, 1946

          The Main Beauty Shop, 720 Main street, was sold Wednesday by Mrs. Sadie Tuley to Mrs. Maude Hiland and her sister Miss Juanita Markley, who took possession immediately.  The purchasers have been employed as beauticians in the shop for the past three months.  Mrs. Hiland and Miss Markley are graduates of the Warner Beauty College, Ft. Wayne, and both are licensed beauticians.



Branch in Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 12, 1946

          A branch of the Meck Radio Factory at Plymouth opened this week in Kewanna.  Arthur Cook, former Plymouth resident, is acting as manager of the concern.

          The factory is located on East Main street in the former Archie Moore building which is now owned by Lloyd Woolington of Kewanna. The factory employs approximately 25 workers.



Abbott, Mach Shop

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 17, 1946

          W.J. Abbott has opened a machine shop on the south side of Fulton, he stated today.

          Mr. Abbott, who will work the shop himself, said that he was


equipped to do regular and acetylene welding, electrical and all types of machine repairs and many types of woodwork.  He has been in this kind of business for the past eight years and is well known in the county, as he has been a Fulton resident all of his life.  During the war he was employed in defense work at Bunker Hill and Kingsbury.



Purch. By Topps Co

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 17, 1946

          Jack Elin, of the Topps Mfg. Co., today announces the purchase of the old Academy of Music building situated on the southwest corner of Main and 5th streets from Mrs. Anna Metzger, of this city.  For the past three years the Topps firm has used the basement and first floor of the three-story building as a cutting department for their garment plant.

          This building, which was built before the turn of the century, was erected by the Davidsons with the third floor and a portion of the second floor being used as an opera house.  For several years it was regarded as one of the finest opera houses in this section of the state and many high class stock companies presented their bills in the Academy of Music.  In more recent years the theater portion of the building was used by lodge organizations.

          Portions of the second floor are now used as apartments, it was stated.



Headed For Tokyo

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 22, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. Floyd J. Mattice of Chicago were guests of Rochester friends over the Easter holiday.  Mr. Mattice was recently appointed to represent the U.S. Department of Justice in the trials of Jap criminals at Tokyo Japan.

          In an interview with the U.S. Department of Justice official yesterday, he stated he was to go to Washington, D.C., Friday, April 26th, for a conference with the U.S. Attorney General, Tom Clark, on the work which he and other U.S. Counsels are to perform in the Japanese capitol.

          Mr. Mattice stated the U.S. Department of Justice was taking over a great many of the criminal hearings which before were being handled by the U.S. Army and added he was not positive whether his work would be in the defense or the prosecution of the Jap war


criminals.  For the past few years he has been with the U.S. Department of Justice offices in Chicago and prior to that he was associated in the same branch of service with offices in Washington, D.C

          He is to be flown to Tokyo along with 10 other special attorneys aboard a U.S. Army transport plane.  Another associate of Mr. Mattice’s Chicago offices is to accompany him on the trip.  Mrs. Mattice will not go to Japan, but plans to reside at a cottage at Lake Manitou during the summer and fall months.



Kemper, Half Int.

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 26, 1946

          C.R Kemper, of this city has purchased a half interest in the Fred Rowe Coal yards.  The business will be operated under the name of Rowe Coal Yards.  Mr. Kemper is also a stockholder in the Superior Supply Co., Inc., dealers in farm machinery and equipment, of this city.



Yearick, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 26, 1946

          It was announced today that the real estate agency of the late Fred H. Moore, situated on the north side of the court house would be operated for an indefinite period by A.O. Yearick, of this city.

          Mr. Yearick - - - - has been associated with Mr. Moore for the past six years - - - -

          Mrs. Helen Van Duyne will assist part time in the clerical department, replacing Mrs. M.L. Zartman, who is retiring next week to take up her residency on a farm west of Rochester



Purch. Dr. Cotton

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 30, 1946

          The Kewanna Lumber Co., which has been owned and operated by R.W. McConnell for a long number of years has been sold to Dr. Perry Cotton, of Elwood, Ind, and Woodward Fisher, an experienced lumber man of Minneapolis, Minn. - - - -

          The McConnells and their son, Joseph and family, are moving to Goodland, Ind., where they are planning to build and operate a modern movie theatre.




Purch. Leckrone

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 30, 1946

          Max Leckrone of North Manchester has bought the Earl Arter hardware at Akron and took possession today.  He purchased the building and stock and plans to do some remodeling and restocking before opening for business.

          The firm will be known as the Leckrone Hardware Store.  Mr Leckrone is experienced in the business, having been employed at the Urschel store in North Manchester for 13 years.  He spent three years in the navy during the war, seeing active service in the Pacific, and returned a few monhs ago.  He resumed his position at the Urschel store, but resigned Saturday to take possession of the Akron business.  The family will move to Akron as soon as a location can be found.



J. Roy Abel, Mgr

The News-Sentinel, May 1, 1946

          J. Roy Abel, who for the past six or eight years has been manager of the Schultz Brothers store in Plymouth, is being transferred to Rochester as manager of the company’s store here.  The transfer represents quite a promotion for Mr. Abel since the local store is one of the firm’s best stores. - - - - -



Moves - New Bldg

The News-Sentinel, May 16, 1946

          The Culver Citizen is now located in its new brick and steel building which was just recently completed.  The machinery was moved into the modern fireproof structure during the past week and Editor Robinson announces in this week’s issue of the Citizen that production has been resumed.  He stated further that all members of the staff survived the strain of moving.



Scopelitis & Montz

The News-Sentinel, May 18, 1946

          The Cooperative Creamery at Kewanna has been sold to E.A. Scopelitis of South Bend and Henry J. Montz of Kewanna, it was learned today.  The creamery, which was formerly owned by 350


stockholders from the Kewanna district, will no longer be called by its former name.  The name now stands Kewanna Creamery.  The new owners plan to remodel the building and make it larger with more equipment for condensing and drying, they stated today.   The creamery was incorporated in Sept., 1934, and prior to that time the building was used by a company that manufactured handles.



Russ Carlyle

The News-Sentinel, May 25, 1946

          Harry Page, owner of the Colonial Hotel and Gardens, announced today that a large crowd is expected at his resort on the north shore of Lake Manitou at its formal opening tonight.  The first dance of the season in the newly redecorated ballroom this evening will have music provided by Russ Carlyle and his 16-piece orchestra, a musical aggregation that has been acclaimed throughout the nation for a number of years.  They will also play for a dance Sunday evening.



Bob Alexander

The News-Sentinel, May 27, 1946

          - - - - -   Mr. Page stated today that Bob Alexander and his well-known orchestra will provide the music for the next dance of the season which is slated for Memorial Day this coming Thursday.  The Alexander group will also be starred at the dances next Saturday and Sunday evenings.



To A.L. Deniston

The News-Sentinel, June 1, 1946

                   Tuesday, May 21, Tokyo (Monday to you)

Dear Folks:

          One wouldn’t believe one could leave Washington and in 44 hours be in Tokyo, but that’s what they do with the ATC (Air Transport Command) 44 hours in the air I mean.  We stopped an hour at Topeka, Sunday, and Monday at San Francisco, an hour at Johnson’s Island, 2 hrs. at Kwajalein and a day and a night at Guam.  The whole trip was smooth and delightful.  That plane, the Douglas C-54, is a honey.  It cruises along at 200 m.p.h. at 8,000 or 9,000 feet withut a struggle.  They set the automatic pilot and very seldom have


to touch the controls.  I played gin rhum with one of the pilots for hours while he was in the pilot’s seat.

          Japan looks exactly like the pictures we have seen.  However, when one gets down on the ground, it has a drab appearance on account of the widespread devastation from our B-29 bombers.  Whole areas of a number of blocks are completly destroyed.  Mostly from fire.  Across the street from my hotel both east and west the buildings which were there were completely destroyed.  Nothing left but rubble, yet the hotel wasn’t much damaged.  The hotel is the Dai Iti, which means, The First One Hotel-dai meaning one and Iti, first.  I have a nice room by myself and the food in the dining room and in the mess over here at the War Ministry building is good.  I have an office in this building, a telephone and have been furnished with a typewriter.  They are short of stenographers, so says I, give me a machine and I’ll do my own.  I am the only one of the group which has one.

          Had a letter from Charlotte Monday which was only six days coming over.  My address is:   Floyd J. Mattice: GHQ SCAP (SCAP means Supreme Command Allied Powers) IMTFE (means International Military Tribunal for the Far East) APO 500 % Postmaster, San Francisco.

          Nothing costs much of anything around here.  A highball in the bar at the hotel is 5 yen which is about 6c in our money.  Cigarettes are 50c a carton in our money.  There are no stores, what, you will ask, no drug stores? - No, none. No restaurants.  No place to get a cup of coffee late at night.  We are not permitted to eat anywhere or drink, in any place except our own.

          The weather is delightful, cool and spring is here.  The Japs are setting out their rice paddies.  Lord they stand in mud and water up to their knees and set the sprouts out one at a time.  They work hard.  Waste nothing.  Saw them pulling sea weed out of the ocean.  They dry it and eat it.  Sunday a Navy Captain I know came with a car and took three of us on a real tour of the whole area.  We really saw Japan.

Countryside, small towns and the cities of Tokyo and Yokohoma (which is about 20 miles South.)   Visited three shrines,, Shinto and Buddist.  I have seen pictures of them many times, never supposing I would ever see them.

          I’m writing this amid the din of three Jap carpenters putting a partition across this big room.  They use the funniest looking saws - which they pull toward them instead of pushing as our carpenters do.  For a chalk line they use a string which they slide through a pot of


graphite.  Two of the three are barefooted, each is wearing part of his military uniform.  Understand they cannot obtain civilian clothes so they have to wear them.  Give them each a cigarette and they bowed and thanked me very profusely.  The Japs cannot obtain much of anything, cigarettes, beer, whiskey, or food.  Our GI’s sell (in the black market) a carton of cigarettes for which they paid 50c for $20 in our money.  The Japs are said to have plenty of Yen but cannot buy anything.  I hope you are all well and with my very best wishes, I am,

                             Sincerely yours,




Opens Dent Ofc

The News-Sentinel, June 1, 1946

          Dr. J.W. Mitchell of Indianapolis, who recently purchased the Dr. M. Wilson dental business, 112-1/2 East Eighth street, this city, announces that he will take over complete operation of the business on Tuesday, June 4. - - - - -



To Open Saturday

The News-Sentinel, June 7, 1946

          The Akron Locker Plant, Akron’s newest improvement in the business set-up, will hold open house Saturday. - - - - Ralph Leininger and Merl Tucker will be present all day to escort interested persons through the plant. - - - - -



Outside Pavilion

The News-Sentinel, June 10, 1946

          The Lakeview Hotel will open up its outside dance pavilion on Friday evening, June 14th according to an announcement made today by Emile Martin, proprietor.  Bill Bailey’s orchestra will provide the music - - - -

          Dancing throughout the remainder of the current month will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and starting in July dances will be held every evening excepting Mondays, throughout the summer season. - - - -





Opens, Leiters Ford

The News-Sentinel, June 11, 1946

          A modern and attractive cafe and soda service business which will be known as The Gedunk Bar was opened at Leiters Ford Monday evening.

          This new business is owned and operated by Mr. & Mrs. Glen Skersick, of Leiters Ford.  Mr. Skersick, who was a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the war is a son-in-law of Charles Wyland.



Purch. By Bathauser

The News-Sentinel, June 13, 1946

          The Johnson Meat Market, East Ninth street, and the Johnson locker plant were both sold this morning by Claude Johnson, owner of the establishment, to Samuel P. Bathauser of Anderson.

          Mr. Johnson intends to retain and operate the poultry house and dressing plant on East Ninth street, he stated today.

          The well-known local establishment has been under the ownership and management of Claude Johnson since March, 1929, - - -



Purch. Severns

The News-Sentinel, June 24, 1946

          Orville Severns, World War 11 veteran., has purchased the People’s Market, 426 Main street, from Robert Waltz, it was learned today.  Severns, a lifelong resident of Rochester, has been in the grocery business for a number of years.  Prior to his army enlistment, he was employed by the Morris grocery.  During the war he served for two years with the 101st Airborne Division in the European theater of war.  He and his wife reside at 130-1/2 West Eighth street.



Purch., R. E. Roe

The News-Sentinel, June 26, 1946

          Robert E. Roe today announced that he had purchased the Phillips “66” filling station on North Main street from Robert T. Artley and that he has taken possession.  The station will be operated under the name of Roe Brothers. - - - -




Purch. Felke Bros.

The News-Sentinel, June 28, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. Charles McVean today announce the sale of the Rochester Greenhouses and their residence to the Felke Brothers of Plymouth, Ind.  The new proprietors are thoroughly experienced in this line of work and for several years have been associated in the Felke Greenhouses in Plymouth which are owned and operated by their father. The new proprietors stated they would continue to operate the business under the same name, The Rochester Greenhouses.  The houses are located on West 11th street.

          The retiring owners who have operated the business for the past 28 years stated today that their plans for the future were indefinite at this time. - - - -



Opens in Akron

The News-Sentinel, June 29, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Kain of Logansport have announced that they will open a new home appliance store in Akron in the near future.

          - - - - will be in former F. & F. Market.

          The new place will be called The Akron Home Appliance Store.

Mr. & Mrs. Kain several weeks ago purchased the building they will occupy and the room housing the Akron post office from Mrs. S.N. Shesler.



Tippecanoe River

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1946

          More than 100 persons attended the historical meeting held at Island Park alongside the Tippecanoe river at the U.S. 31 bridge Sunday afternoon and heard the story of the “Trail of Death” recited by Dr. Ross Lockridge of Indiana University.

          The park is located on the site of Chippewanung, the last of the Indian villages, and where the final camp was held before the Indians were forced on their march westward to their new homes.

          Former Gov. Henry F. Schricker was called to his home at the last minute and could not be present at the meeting.  Dr. Lockridge presided and conducted the “class.” Paul Swenson of the State Dept. of Education spoke at the conclusion of the program, and outlined the               


plans for future Hoosier historical work and research.  The meeting was one of several to be held as part of university institutes set up by four Indiana colleges and where the lectures are being given “on the spot” where the history was made.

          Dr Lockridge said that Chippewanung was undoubtedly one of the most important and famed Indian villages in Indiana as at this place nine important treaties were drawn and signed by the red men and the white men.  The last, signed in October, 1832, opened all of the land of northern Indiana to settlement by the whites, with the exception of 22 sections which were to remain the property of the Indians for their homes and hunting grounds.  But this was not to be and the inroads made by the whites soon brought a demand for the remaining Indian land.  Despite the fact that Chief Menominee claimed that he never signed such a treaty the President of the U.S. ruled otherwise.  His proclmation gave away all the Indian’s land and provided that they be moved westward.

          It became the duty of Governor Wallace to issue the order and Gen. John Tipton came here at the head of a large detachment of soldiers and gave instrctions for the Indians to move.  The chief had to be roped and tied and forcibly carried away and his village, located southwest of Plymouth, was burned.  The Indians, about 800 in number, made a forced march along the Michigan trail to the Tippecanoe river where they could have water and here, on Sept. 4, 1838, they spent their last night on their home grounds.  When morning came 51 were sick and unable to move on.  The soldiers forced the others on and they passed through Rochester along the “Trail of Death” to Logansport which they reached two days later, thence they pushed along the Wabash to Terre Haute, into Illinois and on to Missouri where they found their new home.  Only about 600 reached their destination, the others having died.

          Dr. Lockridge told the story in an interesting way and brought the sad story of a departed race close home.  He described the setting as a perfect classroom and he toild many interesting stories of human incidents that occurred during this dramatic period.  He said that the Indian had three outstanding traits in that he believed in a supreme being, he had an everlasting sense of gratitude and finally he had the greatest respect for the dead.

          The instructor recommended that a monument should be erected on this village site and that it should be made a state or public park. - - - -



Partnership Broken

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1946

          Bryce Burton and Robert B. Miller, local plumbers and construction contractors, have announced that as of today their partnership is dissolved and Mr. Burton will be the sole owner of the concern.  Burton purchased his partner’s share oi the firm last week.

          The partnership was formed two years ago and the firm has engaged in the plumbing and heating contracting business.  Burton & Miller have had their offices and shop at 900 Main street in the Brubaker building.

          Miller said his plans for the future were indefinite.  Mr. Burton said he would have an announcement to make within the coming two weeks as to his business plans.  The name of the firm will be changed. Burton said.

          The office and shop at 900 Main street will be closed all week, Burton said today.



Buys Ins Agency

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1946

          George P. Buchanan and Nellie Bryant Smith today announces the sale of their general insurance agency to the Haskett & Jones Insurance Agency, of East 8th street, this city. - - - -

          This is the second agency which Haskett & Jones have bought within the past few months.  The other business acquired was the Bitters agency.



To Scott Bowen

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1946

          Excerpts from the letter follow:

                                                Tokyo, June 16

Dear Mary & Scott:

          - - - - Men are dressed in most anything.  Many in their military uniforms as they cannot buy any new clothes.  The women - some wear kimonas, some in European dress.  Most of the women and nearly all of the men wear wooden sandals and most of them have no socks - just bare feet “in them there sandals.” Haven’t seen a good looking Jap gal.   Some of them are kind of cute, are very friendly, but


have mugs like our Indians, with skin about the same color.  They are all flat-chested, with grand piano legs and if there is a shape in all of Japan it is well covered by a kimona.

          Last week-end I was a guest in the Atomi home of the Jap general whom I am defending, Gen. Ewane Matsui.   Atomi is about 100 miles southwest of Tokyo, is on a mountainside perched above the ocean and a more beautiful spot I never saw.  Must be a good deal like Switzerland.  Their home is modern, electric gadgets, bath, our kind of beds and the meals I had there made me not one bit angry.  Instead of having to sit on the floor cross-legged as I had expected, they have a pit under the table and all put their feet and legs down in it.  Very comfortable.  The women do not eat at the table with the men.  I had two men with me, a Jap lawyer and an interpreter and Matsui’s nephew ate with us.  Mrs. Matsui and her maid brought in the ten courses, got down on their knees, bowed and served us.  I have written Charlotte that in the future I want my meals served that way.  They had Budweiser beer, good bourbon and champagne.  Sunday forenoon they took me a drive in their wood burning car along the most scenic highway I ever saw.  Wood burning, I mean, not charcoal.  Small pieces size of a cake of soap, of some kind of cedar, burned in the retort on the back of the car, generate gas which is exploded in the motor and she runs like sixty.  Came back Sunday afternoon and then went to the interpreter’s home for dinner and the evening.  He also has a swell home (which escaped fire.)   His wife and 19-year-old son Richard (called Dick) all speak English, wear our kind of clothes and were very nice.  Another marvelous dinner, with Stateside beer (U.S. Beer), only this time I had to sit on a cushion on the floor legs crossed, but my host gave me a thick cushion anjd placed a thing like a canoe back rest behind me and I made it all right.  He brought me back to my hotel in a car smaller than the Austin and never was I so jackknifed in such a small space before.  But I took it and was none the worse.  This interpreter is a honey.  He was for 10 years U.S. Manager for Mitsui & Co., silk exporters, and lived in Chicago several years.  He has been in the silk manufacturing business.  His factory was destroyed by the bombing and fire.  He is working as an interpreter and paid by the Japanese government.   I handed him a Highland Golf Club match pad.  He looked at it and said he had played golf there - in 1923 as a guest of John Considine, the flour mills agent.  He’s been all over the United States.  Mrs. Shibagaki (wife of this man), gave me several lovely presents for Charlotte as did Mrs. Matsui.  I think Mrs.


Shibagaki is going to dig up some size 10 or 10-1/2 silk hose for Charlotte.  They will be out of pre-war stock, if she does, because all of the machinery was damaged.  They cannot get repair parts and any hose made have many defects in them.

          The Tribunal started the trial last Thursday.  The court room is the hottest place I have ever been in.  The weather is delightful but in that room the Kleig lights overhead make it like the proverbial bake oven.  Motion sound pictures are being taken all the time the tribunal is in session.  You no doubt will be seeing some newsreel shots of the thing. - - - -

          Trust you are both well and enjoying life.  Kindest regards and best wishes.





Clyde McCoy

The News-Sentinel, July 8, 1946

          Clyde McCoy and his nationally famous orchestra will make their eighth Lake Manitou appearance Wednesday evening at the Colonial Hotel and Gardens, announced Harry Page, owner of the popular local resort today.

          McCoy, who is known principally for his trumpet recording and rendition oif “Sugar Blues” will bring his 16 piece orchestra to Colonial enroute from the West coast to New York. - - - -

          Following McCoy’s appearance here, the next “big name” band will be that of Ina Ray Hutton, lusty, busty blonde baton weilder, a sister of movie star Betty Hutton, on Wednesday evening, July 24th.



Mgrs. Sprung-Scott

The News-Sentinel, July 12, 1946

          Another business establishment has moved to Rochester without any fanfare.  It is the Defiance Supply Co, of Defiance, Ohio which has opened temporary quarters in the rear of the Hoffman Farm Implement building on East Ninth street.

          This new firm will sell a complete line of small tools and implements for farm use and will cater the wholesale trade, it was stated. The business will be under the supervision of R.W. Sprung and

Milo Scott, both of Defiance.



Opens, 111 W. 8th

The News-Sentinel, July 12, 1946

          Rochester’s first complete sporting goods store opened today at 111 West Eighth street when Don Smiley and John Sawyer welcomed customers to the S.&S. Sporting Goods Shop.

          The shop, which has been constructed behind the Coplen-Erdmann drug store, is completely new.  Prior to its entrance into Rochester’s business life, the building was used as a storeroom by the drug store owners. - - - - -



Society Editor

The News-Sentinel, July 13, 1946

          Clarice Eshelman, former society editor for the News-Sentinel left the staff of the paper today to be married.  Her place is being taken by Mrs. James Walton, formerly Martha Day.



Guy Bryant Home

The News-Sentinel, July 16, 1946

          The Dan Bryant family held their first family reunion in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Guy Bryant, northeast of Rochester, Sunday, with forty-four people in attendance.  The afternoon was spent socially and musically.

          A bountiful dinner was served at one o’clock.  It was decided at this time to make the gathering an annual affair.

          The next reunion will be held at the city park the second Sunday in July 1947.

          Those present were:   Mr. & Mrs. John Mull and daughter of South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. Leo Chalk and daughters of Mishawaka; Mr. & Mrs. Rex Wood and family of Osceola; Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Casper and children of Fulton; Mrs. John Weigle of Oxford; Mr. & Mrs Omer Waltz and Mrs. Max Updike and children, all of Huntington; Mrs. Ethel Hungate and daughter of Ingalls; Miss Fern Bowen, Miss Lovie Bowen, Judy and Sharon Walters, all of Akron; Mr. & Mrs Delford Bowen and son, Mrs. Dan Bryant and Mr. & Mrs Guy Bryant and son, all of this city.





Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 16, 1946

          The Williams reunion was held at the city park, Sunday, with 60 people present.  This is the first reunion since 1942.

          A community dinner was enjoyed by the group at the noon hour after Mrs. Frank Robertson offered prayer

          The afternoon was spent socially and two contests were conducted with Mrs. Fred Ellis, Mrs. Russel Cooper, Mrs. Jacob Brubaker and Mrs. Orvin Lake winning the prizes.  Officers elected for next year are as follows:   Clarence Williams, president; Mrs. Faye Wysong, vice-president; Mrs. Charles Finney, secretary-treasurer.

          Mr. & Mrs. Frank Robertson of Tampa, Fla., were prsent for the first time in 19 years.



To Scott Bowen

The News-Sentinel, July 23, 1946

                                                Tokyo, July 7, 1946

Dear Scott:

          It has occurred to me that it might be interesting for my friends back home to know how it came about that I was sent over here.  As you know I got a call from the Department of Justice asking me if they could lend me to the War Department for service on the Jap war crimes trial coming up here June 3.   At the time I supposed it would be on the prosecution side but when I got down in Washington learned that it would be on the defense.

          It came about this way:   On the preliminary sessions, arraignment, etc., the International Military Tribunal (that’s what IMTFE means) saw that the Japanese lawyers were unacquainted with Anglo-Saxon court procedure and wrote General MacArthur that it felt that the Japanse counsel defending should have the assistance of American attorneys.  So--Gen. MacArthur ordered a Defense Section set up (which section, by the way, is in charge of two Hoosier Colonels, Meek of Greenfield, and Carpenter of Fort Wayne, and when set up the section found ten American lawyers among Army and Navy officers but could not find the other 18.  So MacArthur called on the War Department to recruit and send over by plane the 18.  The War Department assigned a lieutenant colonel and the Department of Justice assigned a man named Otto Lowe.  Working together the lieutenant


colonel and Lowe recruited the 18, of which I was one.  And funny background about that.  The Rochester Canning Company experience of mine away back in 1910-1917, really is responsible.  Lowe, like myself at that time, was a canner and a lawyer on the eastern shore of Maryland.  We knew each other and served together on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Narional Canners Association, but had forgotten about each other.  One day, while engaged in the recruiting task, Lowe met up with Harold Bachelor, an Indianapolis attorney-canner (Owns the Ladoga Canning Company, Ladoga, Ind) and upon inquiring of Lowe what he was doing and hearing said to him: “Why don’t you get hold of Floyd Mattice, he’s with Justice in the Criminal Division now.” Lowe didn’t remember me until Harold mentioned Rochester Canning Company and my former service with him in the national association.  Immediately Lowe caused the assistant attorney general to call me at Chicago.  Small world.

          At the Red Cross Officers club a few nights ago saw a Jap fencing show.  It was something,  While their swords were made of wood, their acting and blood curdling yells made it quite exciting.  First two huge mountain hulks of humanity did a sword duel after much bowing to each other and one of them won without either as much as touching the other.  All sort of like pantomime, the scoring being made on possible hits judged from positions.  Then they brought on 24 much smaller Japs dressed in long black robes (but barefooted) with padded hadgear and heavy metal masks over their faces.  Pads on their shoulders and arms and a leather sheathing around their midfriffs.  Their swords were about four feet long grasped with both hands, diameter of what would have been a blade if it had been flat about two inches.  Appeared to be made of several bamboo casting rods bound together.  They fenced, all the while shouting something which sounded something likr “Hondah” at each other the scoring object being to parry, thrust and slap the opponent on the head, the arms or on the midriff.  And when they slapped they slapped hard and you could hear it mile.  Two at a time, and by process of elimination, they got down to the two finalists or champions and they put on the piece de resistance.  Officers, civilians and their gals present laughed their heads off and I am not too sure but that offended the performers as they appear to take their dueling seriously.  Afterward they served ice cream, cake and coffee, there was bingo and in the billiard room two tables of that.  Jap gal playing three cushion against three officers playing straight rail.  She took ‘em.  (I told Ray about this).  I met the


Jap gal and learned that she is a granddaughter of the Jap Billiardist Yamada whom I saw play with Ora Morningstar in Rube Gilliland’s many years ago.

          Last night, being Saturday night, the brethren assembled in one of the private dining rooms of the Dal Itl Hotel.  Dealer’s choice, 5 yen limit (which is 33-1/1c to you).   Nice party--for me.  Up at 8 this mornng and started calling headquarters motor pool to fetch me a sedan so I could get over to this building and do some work.  No dice, meaning no sedans.  So--sitting out in front of the hotel hoping someone going this way would give me a ride, fellow who is a member of the prosecution staff came out with two Japs and askd me if I would like to take a ride.  I would.  One of the Japs, Umezo, a five footer, well drssed, affable and interesting, is known as the Al Capone of Tokyo He is quite wealthy, had a factory of some kind and has a French Renault with a driver.  They said they were going out to Umezo’s warehouse.  It was out in the Ishiyube district about eight miles.  He pointed to foundations saying that that was where his factory stood but the B-29s got it and that: “Those boys on B-29s good shots.” Also where his house had stood B-29s also got his house.  But the warehouse was undamaged and he is carrying on a building supply business therein.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped, with paths leading past stone pagodas, images, etc, etc., which he had gathered up in Korea and in other parts of Japan and had moved to and installed in his gardens.  One gate he showed us is 900 years old.  Down on the hillside was the wooden house of his superintendent.  He led us to the back end thereof and I thought he was taking us into the Woodshed.  He then explained that the rear end of the house was an ancient and valuable tea house which he had purchased in Kyoto (the ancient capital of Japan), had taken apart and rebuilt here.  Low down on the end was an open doorway about 2x3 feet He sat down in the doorway facing us,removed his shoes and swung himself in through it.  Sticking his head out he motioned to me, smiled and beckoned me in.  I did not see how I could ever get in through that hog-pen door but I managed it, as did my companion and, inside, sitting on the floor cross-legged we had Japanese tea.  (It tastes quite different but is O.K.) He pointed to three columns (he called them) which were about four inches in diameter and were built into the wall and said he had paid 30,000 yen apiece for them, that they were out of the house of an ancient Emperor of Japan Yes, I also removed shoes before entering.  One does that in Japan.  I guess they’s shoot you if you didn’t.  I will say, however, that


the homes I have been in are scrupulously clean.  I do not believe that they ever get dirty, because even dirty socks leave no mark, but dirty shoes will.

          I have a break for Charlotte:   One of the men I have been playing cards with, a Colonel Rouse, is the custodian for GHQ in the Bank of Japan of all enemy seized property and money.   In the game last night he was all smiles and told us that yesterday afternoon Gen. MacArthur had sent for him and ordered him to Seattle for three months to unsnarl the traffic jam of wives and children of service men and Army civilians who have gone to Seattle without army orders can’t find a place to sleep or eat and it is a mess.  I told him my wife was coming over through there in September and he said have her look him up and he will give back to her some of the yen “I didn’t win off of you.” He leaves by plane Tuesday for Seattle.   She will have no difficulty at Seattle.

          We are in the fourth week of the trial which is slow, tiresome and as yet rather uninteresting.   Iz Johnson’s trial before Bill Ewing on a charge of dynamiting fish afforded more in the way of interest.  At least Iz put on some good comedy.  It is a hard job for us American lawyers because we only had ten days before the trial started and as we are in court all day and all offices close at 5, we do not have much time to do the inside work.  To get at the law books I have to go over to the Imperial University in the evening There they have United States law reports and many of our text books.  No library here.

          There is great consternation in the ranks of the Japanese merchants.  After July 15 they may not lawfully have in their possession occupation currency.  To buy we will have to go to GHQ snf exchange occupation for Japanese currency and then go to the shop and buy with yen.  It will be a nuisance.

          Regards to eveybody





To News-Sentinel

The News-Sentinel, July 23, 1946

                                                          Tokyo, July 11, 1946


          - - - - - Have these Jap war Lords any defnse?  Frankly I do not know.  Probably not.  However, they are entitled to try and its our


duty as lawyers and officers of the Tribunal to assist them in attempting to make a defense.  One thing I have in mind -- may be nothing in it but it is worth a try.  I am contendng that the Tribunal was not lawfully constituted and therefore has no jurisdiction to try the accused -- because:   The Constitution of the United States provides that no officer of the United States (and MacArthur was and is such an officer) WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS (and Congress has not given such consent), may accept any office, token, or symbol of authority from any foreign prince, potentate or country.  Therefore, MacArthur’s acceptance of the ofice of Supreme Commander Allied Powers violated this clause of the constitution and renders illegal his acts concerning the setting up of the Tribunal. - - - - -



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 23, 1946

          The L.J. Polk and family reunion was held Sunday at the City Park.  The following people were present:   Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Polk and son of Lombard, Ill.; Mr & Mrs. William Polk and son of Muncie; Mr. & Mrs. Harold Gilbaugh of Leiters Ford; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Polk and family, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Polk and son and Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Polk and son, all of Rochester.



Greentown Elevator

The News-Sentinel, July 25, 1946

          Announcement was made today that Robert R. Miller, route 1 Rochester, and his son, Burk Miller, have purchased the Greentown Elevator Company at Greentown from H.E. Miller.  Possession was given July 22.

          Burk Miller was graduated from DePauw university at Greencastle on July 20.  He was attending DePauw when he enlisted in the navy where he served five years and three months.  At the time of his discharge he held the rank of lieutenant commander.

          Mr. & Mrs. Burk Miller have moved to Greentown where Mr Miller will be in charge of the elevator.  Robert E. Miller will continue to make his home at his farm located five miles south of this city on Road 25.





Purch. Herrell

The News-Sentinel, July 27, 1946

          The sale of the Phillips “66” station at Main and Fourth by Richard and Robert Roe to Vern Herrell on July 17 was annunced today.  The purchaser has taken possession and has employed his cousin, Loyd Herrell, Jr., as his assistant.  The Roe brothers are employed at the Stewart Bakery and Armour & Co. - - - - -



Store, Warsaw

The News-Sentinel, July 31, 1946

          Leroy Crownover of this city today announces the opening of another Crownover jewelry store on the main corner of the city of Warsaw, Ind.

          This new store will be in charge of Jack Cantwell and William Keller, two experienced jewelrymen from Indianapolis.  Dwight Reichard and Joe Swope of Warsaw are other employees of this new business. - - - - -

          Crownovers now have three jewelry stores in operation, namely at Rochester, North Manchester and Warsaw.



Owner, Fern Norris

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 1, 1946

          Another of Rochester’s new businesses will open Saturday morning 7 o’clock, August 3.  This latest addition is the Cities Service new modern $10,000 filling station located on the southwest corner of Ninth and Madison streets.

          The attractive new building is the property of Mrs. Fern Norris, of this city, and was built by Lloyd Woolington, well-known contractor of Kewanna.  The new structure occupies the same location as did the Norris Oil Service station which was razed last fall by Mrs. Norris.

          The Cities Service station will be operated by Robert (Bob) Utter and his two sons, Cedric and Morse.   The latter, who is now in the U.S. Army is expected to receive his honorable discharge in the near future. - - - - -






Asks to Abandon Svc

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 1, 1946

          The Winona Railway Company which runs throuigh the eastern part of Fulton county, has asked the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C., for authority to abandon about 40 miles of tracks between Warsaw and Peru, Ind.  The railroad said earnings of this portion of its line are low and the upkeep is high.

          The Winona Railway Company was built about 40 years ago and was an interurban line operating between Goshen and Peru   Ten years ago passenger service was annulled and now only four freight trains pass over the road daily.  These trains, two each way, are powered by a Diesel locomotive.

          The railway passes entirely through Henry township.  A station was maintained in Akron for many years.  Trackage in Fulton county is 6.49 of main line and .83 of a mile of siding.  The assessed valuations of the utility in Fulton county for 1946 was $13,560.



Hudson Agency

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 2, 1946

          The corner of East Fourth and Madison street is the scene of considerable activity these days as a new business structure is being erected by Earl Enyart and sons, Kenneth, Emerson and Carl.

          The new building will house the Hudson auto and truck agency of the Enyarts. - - - - -



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1946

          The Bryant reunion was held at the City Park Sunday, August 4.

          A beautiful dinner was served at the noon hour to approximately 85 to 100 people.

          Relatives from Dowogiac, Mich., Chicago, South Bend, Kewanna, Ft. Wayne, Culver, Macy, Athens,, Knox and Rochester were present.

          The program of the afternoon was comprised of recitations, readings and themes.

          A good time was enjoyed by all.




Culver, Ind.

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. Boyd Personett and family, Mrs. Margaret Personett, Mr. & Mrs. DeAlton Personett and family, Mr. & Mrs. Victor Personett and family of Berrien Springs, Mich., Mr. & Mrs. Hugh D. Wilson of Bremen; Mr. & Mrs. Leon Crippen of Grass Creek; Mr. & Mrs. George Wilson and daughter of Kewanna and Mr. & Mrs. Donald Wilson and family, Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Norris and daughter and Mrs. Hugh Cloud and daughter, of Rochester, attended the Personett Reunion at Culver, Ind., Sunday.



Rochester City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 6, 1946

          The 32nd annual reunion of the Beehler family was held recently at the City Park with 60 members present.

          Mrs Lizzie Rantz, age 84 of Peru, Ind., was the oldest person present, and Clair Overmyer, age three, was the youngest.

          Officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows:   Carrie Reinhold, president; Ida Utter, vice-president; Mrs. Thelma Kanouse, secretary-treasurer; and Mrs. Marion Buck, historian.



Richards, Owner

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 9, 1946

          Another new Rochester business firm, the Gamble dealership, owned and operated by E.M. Richards, will swing its doors open to the public on the morning of Aug. 14, at the 500 block on Main street.



Tatman, Owner

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 9, 1946

          Charles Tatman, of Akron, who recently constructed a milk plant on his property directly south of the Akron H.S. building opened his stablishment for business Thursday.

          The plant has a walk-in refrigerator 7 by 8 ft.  He buys milk for the Shively plant at North Manchester and delivers it to Akron customers. - - - -




Plat Sold, Homes

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1946

          Announcement was made today by Harry Page of the sale made today of the old Fairview Hotel grounds at Lake Manitou.  The section lying west of the road was recently divided into three 60-foot lots and these were purchased by Scott Bowen, Dr. Charles Richardson and Hugh A. Barnhart.  Mr. Page retained the balance of the land which is a part of the Manitou Park addition.  The purchasers all plan to build permanent homes on their lots.

          Mr. Page pioneered the east side of Lake Manitou when he came here in 1919 and managed the hotel.  In 1928, he purchased the buildings and grounds from Ike Wile.  Before that it was owned and operated by Frank Rader, who inherited the property from his father, David Rader.  Mr. Page stated that when he came here there were only three cottages on the lake.  He improved the hotel from year to year and constructed a beautiful outdoor pavilion, one of the finest in Indiana and one of the most popular.  The nation’s leading “name” bands played there during these years.  In January, 1939, the hotel burned to the ground and since that time the grounds have been vacant.



Reun, Anderson Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 13, 1946

          The 22nd annual reunion of the Messersmith family was held Sunday at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. Harman Anderson with 35 people present.  There were relatives from Stuart, Iowa; Logansport, Lakeville, South Bend, Burket, Warsaw, Atwood, Palestine and North Manchester.

          Officers elected for the ensuing year are as follows:   Emil Hedrick of North Manhester, president; Wilma Jean Hedrick, North Manchester, secretary-treasurer.

          The next reunion will be held at Palestine.



Jean’s Gift Shop

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 14, 1946

          Roscoe Pontius, manager of the Rochester Telephone Co., announces that beginning Thursday morning, August 15th the office of



the Western Union Telegraph Co., of this city will be located in Jean’s Gift Shop, 616 Main street.

          Mr. & Mrs. Wendell Tombaugh, owners of Jean’s Gift Shop will be in complete charge of the Telegraph office, it was stated.

          The telephone company manager added that due to the heavy increase in the telephone business it was necessary that this change be made in order that the personnel may devote their entire time to the Telephone service.  It was stated, however, that phone subscribers may still phone in their telegraph messages and have the same charged to their telephone account.

          The Western Union office has been located in the telephone company bulding since October of 1939.



Observations Japan

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 14, 1946

          Observations anent Japan:   Theatres, restaurants, Geisha

Houses, all bearing signs reading: “Off Limits to Allied Personnel.”   Great desires on the part of allied personnel to see what is inside.  Persistant rumors that Ernie Pyle Theatre air conditioning will be in operation tomorrow.  T’would be great help as the temperature therein unbearable.  International Military Tribunal closed down when the justices could no longer bear the intense heat and humidity.  Japanese nationals’ principal desire is food and American cigarettes.  One cannot blame them.  I tried one of their cigarettes.  One of our cigarettes which get you more in the way of service than cash money.  The building in which the Tribunal is holding court is full of Jap workmen falling all over themselves doing the cleaning jobs.  It is safe to say that they clean the floors several times a day using a sort of a soupy appearing mixture in a bucket in which they dip their floor mop.   Jap girls come in every morning dusting off the furniture with a few rags tied on the end of a stick.  When they have departed and the dust settles we get out our trusty old rag and wipe of the desk and table tops.  Air conditioning being installed in the building includes the chambers of the eleven memers of the tribunal but not the offices of the attorneys on both sides.  Watched eight or ten Japs fooling with long copper pipes.  They built a platform up in a tree about fifteen feet off the ground.  A length of copper pipe was then placed in position and two men on the platform poured sand into the upper end of the pipe while two others standing on the ground tapped the pipe with


pieces of wood.  When the pipe was thus packed full of sand it was placed in a charcoal fire fanned by a peculiar looking bellows and heated, after which the pipe was bent at right angles the sand removed and fittings placed on the ends.  The copper pipe is being used in connection with the installation of air conditioning in the judges’ chambers.  That for the court room is of another system-circulating air cooled by being passed through a sheet of water in a pent house up on the roof of the building.   Last evening we had the Japanese counsel at dinner with us and a meeting aftrwards, Dr. Kioshi, the chief Japanese defense counsel was bragging about being the oldest lawyer in the case.  Born in 1884, he said (which means 1883 in our method of computing time) and when I informed him that I had him beaten by one year he said: “Ah!  In America you do not grow old like we do.” I am now addressing him each morning by saying “Good morning young man.” Dr. Kioshi is the leading lawyer of Tokyo, probably of Japan, was educated in the Imperial University and had his law training in England.  While he speaks English very well he always addressed the tribunal in Japanese.  We get along very well with the Japanese lawyers.  They appear not to resent our association with them on the case and evidentlty welcome whatever assistance we can be to them.  Judge Higgins, (Boston, Mass.) the American member of the tribunal who resigned, is still sitting.  Evidently waiting for General MacArthur to accept his resignation.  The Phillipine member, who journeyed to Manila to attend the ceremonies of their independence as of July 4, has returned and is again sitting with the court.  Our greatest problem - how to get down town to attend to mailing packages and purchasing stamps.  The post office is only open from 9 to 12 and 1 to 4:30.  We are over here from 8 a.m until 5 p.m. and have no messenger service.  Next greatest problem is ice.  Our hotel now has ice only for kitchen use and the bar is serving whiskey, beer and coco cola warm and you take it or leave it that way.


                                                Tokyo, July 12, 1946

          A Japanese Directors’ Meeting   Looking across the street from my hotel room window into a room of a building opposite I observed a group of some twenty-five Japanese sitting around a long table covered with what looked like green billiard table cloth.   It dawned on me that it was a meeting of the directors of some concern.   So far as the meeting was concerned it seemed very much like one of the same back in the States.   However, I observed another long table nearby covered


with white cloth.   At intervals the whole group would leave their seats at the green table, move over to the white table and be served tea.  At dinner time they were served the first course of their dinner.   Half an hour later they returned to that table and were served another course.  Their dinner activity covered a period of about two hours.  The session continued until past midnight.  At intervals containers (which are much like a soup tureen with a lid) were passed to various of the men around the green table and, lifting the lid they would partake of rice using chop sticks as tools.   When they ate at the white table they used our conventional silver.  There was much drinking of something poured out of a pitcher, whether it was water, lemonade or sake I could not, from my point of view, determine.   Small World:   Many examples of the well known small world continue to crop up.  Sitting in front of the hotel evenings I have come to know, among others, a man named Stone.  Wearing army clothes I figured him to be some kind of an officer with rank of at least colonel.   Last night we fell to talking of railroading each of us remarking upon the effeciency with which the Japanese operate the four track electric railroad which passed on an elevation in front of the hotel.   Mr. Stone had previously told me his home was in Alaska.   He pulled a watch from the watch pocket of his trousers, looked at it, showed it to me and remarked that it was 4:24 a.m. Tomorrow in San Francisco (17 hours hence).  The watch hands showed 4:25.   I asked him why he kept that time.   He then exhibited his wrist watch which showed 9:25 p.m. Tokyo time and explained that he checked with San Francisco each day on time and thus was certain toi have correct iime at all times.   Then learned that he is an operator, both Morse and code and is manager of the Mackay Radio Company’s Tokyo office.  Of course, that explains how he checks with San Fran each day.   He carries on casual conversations with operators in that office every day.  But that is only half the story:   Upon my telling him that I was an old time Morse operator and one time managed the Rochester, Indiana office (1906-1912), he said that along about that time he was working in the Chicago Western Union office and worked with Rochester, Indiana and then -- he said:: “H- you aren’t that fellowat Rochester who signed “M” and upon receiving my affirmative reply said he was “GQ”.   I well remember working with “GQ” in handling telegrams, but of course, had never seen the individual.   He has had an interesting career.   Was ship operator in the early Marconi days, was with the signal corps in France during World War 1, worked for various railroads, including the Alaska railroad and was in charge of


a mobile radio and picture facsimile transmitting until which went into France behind the 3rd Army in this war.   He has promised to take me over to their offices, let me talk with San Francisco and suggests that while doing so I can get the San Francisco to “deadhead” a note for me to somebody in the home State.   If I get to do it I will put one through to Rochester.

                                                          Tokyo, Japan, July 20, 1946

          Observations:    The telephone in one’s room rings promptly at 6:30 a.m., despite directions left at the desk before retiring.  Once they get you down as a particular time riser there is no changing it.  Building, construction of which was started some time ago bearing sign “The souvenir Shop under cause of construction here will be complete and open for business on the middle of July” failed to make the grade.  Evidently had material or labor trouble.  Our carpenters would marvel at wooden building construction practiced in Japan.   They use no 2x4s.  Only 4x4s, morticed and not only for uprights (studding) but for transverse members.  They place the uprights about four feet apart, the horizontals six feet.  They use very few nails, the mortised joints being fastened with wooden pegs such as I have seen used in many a Fulton County barn frame.  They use this type of construction for building up to thre stories in height.  The frame work completed they next put on the roof, the roofing surface usually being of tile.   Then they tack on the exterior all around a latticed material apertures of about 3/4ths of an inch, over which they later plaster or stucco.  On the buildings more than three stories in height they pour monolithic type concrete columns with lintels thick and strong.    But for the exterior they again employ the lattice work, stucco and embed in the surface of the stucco while still wet, brick facing (in sheets half an inch thick) so that after completion it really looks like a brick building which bricklayers had laid up.  However, it is flimsy, as is attested by the rubble all around the city in which can be seen the broken slabs of succo and the imitation brick facing.   Shades of the Pyramids of Egypt: On all large buildings on which work is being done and on the exterior of which have been erected scaffolding of slender cedar poles tied together with rope, there is always a ramp leading from the ground to the top along one or more sides with the surface at about 35 degrees angle, cleats nailed across up and down which one sees the workmen trudging carrying their burdens.   They seem never to have heard of elevators being employed in construction work.  The great Tokyo railroad station, terribly damaged by bombs and fire is being rehabilitated.  Its exterior is a mass


of cedar pole scaffolding,   The former steel truss roof and several domes are being replaced with wooden trusses.   Two or three small cranes are employed in the roof work but all the balance of the material is carried up the ramps by men.  Their work progressed but slowly.   However, one cannot but admire their persistence for they are eternally at it.   Train service goes on just the same.   Hundreds of thousands of persons pass through the station daily to and from the three double track electric lines which use it.   No steam engines are employed on the downtown section of their railroads and no freight trains are seen.   It is said that their through trains, running, for instance, to Osaka and Hiroishima (some 800 or 900 miles and requiring an over night and part of one day) the equipment is first class, with dining and club cars, and excellent sleeping cars (but not for me for the berths are only five and half feet long).   Went me down the driveway to the G.I.’s Club House to get me a bottle of Coke.  Found it closd (Everything in Tokyo seems to close at 4 p.m.).   Along came a motor pool sedan bearing Mr. Justice Mansfield and two other officers, all on the Australian section of the prosecution.   Mansfield had the driver stop and, inquiring what I was doing down in that vicinity and hearing my reply that I was seeking a Coca Cola, invited me to hop in and promised me a “cold drink.”   I landed in the Canadian Embassy (where they are living) and had me, not a coke but, believe it or not a Scotch and Soda.  Friendly enemies, those Australian prosecutors.



Being Remodeled

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 16, 1946

          The remodeling of the Erie Elevator on North Main street at the Erie railroad tracks was started this week by the Fulton County Farm Bureau Co-operative Assn.   James (Doc) Newcomb, manager of the co-op, said that six weeks will be required to complete the project.

          George Callahan has the contract and his workmen have torn off the south wing of the old elevator.  Excavation was started today on a new building which will be 56x92 feet   This will be built on the south side of the elevator.

          Newcomb said that when the new elevator is completed it will be one of the most modern buildings of its kind in Northern Indiana.  New milling machinery including a hammer mill, mixer and equipment for cleaning grain have been ordered.

          The Fullton County Farm Bureau Co-operative Assn purchased


the Erie Elevator from Fred and Della Leiter last March 1.  It has been operated by the Leiter family for over 70 years, and was started as a grist mill with water power furnished from the Mill race by the late William Leiter.



Palmer Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 16, 1946

          The seventh annual reunion of the Obadiah Smith family was held Sunday August 11, at the home of Mr & Mrs. Oswald Palmer in Tiosa.  The following were present:   Mr. & Mrs. William Konow and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. L.L. Moore and son, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Moore and son, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Moore, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Shelly Sr., and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Billisitz and daughter and Boby Moore, of South Bend; Mr & Mrs. Lester Machlan, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Machlan, Mr & Mrs. Dale Shelly Jr., of Plymouth; Mr & Mrs. Darwin Roachrig and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Machlan, of Argos; Roy Shelly and daughter and Mrs. Coursey Pittman and daughters of Bartonville, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. Henry Albrerding of Knox, Ind.; Bill Graeber and Ira Graeber of North Judson; Mrs Alvin Reed and son, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Smith and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Otto Smith, Mr. & Mrs Robert F. Burns, Mr. & Mrs. Guy Smith, Mr. Hershel Zumbaugh, Mr. & Mrs. Oswald Palmer and family, of Rochester.

          A basket dinner was served at the noon hour with refreshments later in the afternoon.  The afternoon was spent socially and in contests.



Repairs, Ensminger

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 21, 1946

          M.H. Ensminger, an experienced repair man, has opened a home-owners service with office at 630 Fulton Avenue.  Mr. Ensminger states he is prepared to do all kinds of home-owners repair work and installation jobs of all sorts as well as repairing furniture and various types of household appliances.









Pritchard, Editor

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 23, 1946

          Kewanna, which has been without a newspaper for several years, will have one again next month when Charles Pritchard goes to press with the first edition oif The Kewanna Observer.

          Pritchard, former editor of the Camden Record News, Camden Ind, is no neophyte to the fourth estate.  For the past 30 years he has been working in the business of supplying the people with the news of their town, state and nation.

          Pritchard sold his Camden newspaper and will take some of the equipment from it to Kewanna plus some new equipment essential in the news business.  He has purchased a new linotype, among other things.

          The office of the Kewanna Observer will be in the Joe Brunk building, between the Harrison funeral home and Scott’s clothing store on the south side of Kewanna’s Main street.

          The first copy of the Observer will go to press some time in mid-September, it is believed.  Subscriptions, which are being taken now, will be dated to start on Oct 1.  Until that date Mr. Pritchard will distribute free issues of his paper.

          Editor Pritchard will move to Kewanna from Camden next week to begin getting the paper intoi shape.  His weekly edition will be larger than the former Kewanna paper, The Herald, and will carry seven columns to the page rather than 2ix, as the Herald did.

          The Kewanna Observer and its editor were urged to come to Kewanna by the Chamber of Commerce there.



Michigan City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 26, 1946

          The immediate members of the C.L. Rhinehart family held a family reunion at the Michigan City Park Sunday.

          A basket dinner was enjoyed and the afternoon was spent at playland and the zoo.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. C.L. Rhinehart and Barbara, James Alms, and Laura Rhinehart of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Kilander and son, Larry, of Valparaiso; Mr & Mrs. Robert Blackburn, also of this city; Mr. & Mrs Roland Cook and son Ronnie of Rensselaer; and Mr & Mrs. Robert Weltzin of Francisville, Ind.



Thompson Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 27, 1946

          The second annual reunion of the Indiana Fultz family was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Thompson.  The Thompson home was formerly the Fultz homestead.

          A basket dinner was enjoyed on the lawn at the noon hour by the 72 people present.  The afternoon was spent with pony rides and games for the children and socially by the adults.

          Guests present were Mr. & Mrs. Marion Fultz, Mr.& Mrs. Harley Fultz, Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Van Lue, Mrs. Emma Weaver, Mr. & Mrs. Dea Fultz, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Fultz and family, Mr. & Mrs. George Krom Jr. and family, Mr. & Mrs. Gene Thompson and family, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Van Duyne and family, Mr. & Mrs. Russel Barkman and family, Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Van Lue and family, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Minglin and family and Calvin Beaman, all of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Fultz and family, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Fultz and family, and Otto Fultz of Fort Wayne; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Culp of Edwardsburg Mich.; Miss Pauline Allen and Nancy Rose of South Bend, and Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Van Lue and family of Indianapolis.



Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 27, 1946

          The eighth annual reunion of the descendants of the Michael Walters family was held Sunday, Augst 25, at the Rochester city park with 34 relatives present.

          A basket dinner was served at the noon hour with refreshments later in the afternoon.

          Following the dinner a business meeting was held and presided oiver by the vice president, Mary Johnson.  The new officers for the coming year are:   Lee Beehler, of Logansport, president; Layton Nungesser of South Bend, vice president; Bette Miller, of Rochester, secretary and treasurer.

          The following relatives were present:   Mr. & Mrs. Walter Kale and daughter, Florence, Mr. & Mrs. Dallas Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Hayes, Mr. & Mrs. John Nungesser, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Utter, Mrs. Mary Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Miller, Sr., and daughters, Bette and Janet and sons James and Charles, and Misses Lovina and Mary Long, all of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Layton Nungesser and daughter,


Helen and son, James, of South Bend; Mrs. Roy Judy and daughter, Mary Catherine and son Ralph, of North Manchester; Mr..& Mrs. Lee Beehler and Mr. & Mrs. Earl Beehler of Logansport; and Dennis Kale of East Chicagoi.



Dykeman Pk Logan.

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 27, 1946

          More than 80 persons of the J.J. Kumler family attended the 26th annual reunion at Dykeman Park in Logansport last Saturday.  Following the basket dinner there was a short business meeting conducted by Frank Kumler, president.  Mrs. Marie Kumler of Logansport was elected president for next year.

          Those present were:   Mrs. Odessa Murray and Mrs. Carrie Pullen of Grass Creek; Mr. & Mrs. George Murray and son of Washington; Mr & Mrs. Cloyde Murray and daughters of Bremen; Mr. & Mrs. Earl Baker and son, Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Baker and children, and Mr. & Mrs. Harold Bonnell of Royal Center; Mrs. Kenneth Behlefeldt of Los Angeles, Calif;   Mr. & Mrs. Rex Murray, Miss Norma Murray and Mr. & Mrs. Everett McVay and family of Kewanna.

          Also, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Kumler and Don Kumler of Rochester; Mrs. Henry Reynolds and son, of Chicago; Mrs. Nelson Gerttula and daughter of Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Marie Kumler, Miss Jane Kumler, Johnny Kumler and Mr. & Mrs. Max Kumler and family, of Logansport; Mr. & Mrs. Bright Kumler of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. John Hargrave and family of LaPorte, and Mr. & Mrs. Hollace Smith and family of Red Axe, Mich.

          Also, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kumler and family and Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Kiser of Columbus, Ohio; the Rev. Earl Heimburger Miss Alice Marie Heimburger, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Roberts, Mr. & Mrs. Wendell Heimburger, all of Lafayette; Mr & Mrs Albert Heimburger and family, of Zionsville; Mr. & Mrs. Roy Kumler of Grass Creek; Mr. & Mrs. Lindsy Ewen and family of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Byron Kumler and family of Birmingham, Mich., and Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kumler and family of Kewanna.








Troutman, Lake Res

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 28, 1946

          The annual Neff reunion was held Sunday August 25th at the lake home of Mr. & Mrs. Earl Troutman.   Fifty-five relatives were present and enjoyed a community dinner.   Entertainment in the afternoon was community singing led by Earl Troutman.   Music was furnished by Earl Troutman on the mandolin and Phil Parker guitar.

          Guests were present from Ft. Wayne, Marion, Wabash, South Bend, Detroit, Mich., and Hollywood, Calif.

          Officers for 1947 were elected as follows:   President, Robert M. Walters; vice-president, Elmer Parker, Ft. Wayne; secretary, Lois Parker, Ft Wayne.

          The reunion in 1947 will be held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Amos Sanders, Akron, on the fourth Sunday of August.



Shidaker Bros Home

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 6, 1946

          The children of the late Milton Shidaker recently gathered at the home of the Shidaker brothers, the old homestead, northwest of Kewanna, for a basket dinner and reunion.  This is the first time in over 32 years that te brothers and sisters had been together.

          Those who attended were:   Mr. & Mrs. N.S. Platz of Leachville, Ark.; Mr. & Mrs. John Molter of Goodland, Ind.; Joe Shidaker of Brook, Ind.; Ralph Shidaker and Mrs. Mullins of Cromwell, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Russell Platz and daughter of South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Wilson of Mishawaka; Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Shidaker and family of Milford; Mr. & Mrs Harry Shidaker of Bremen; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bitterling, Mrs. Bessie Young and family, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Reams and Mr. & Mrs. Roger Werner and family of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Henry Sparks and son of Winamac; Mr. & Mrs. Manson Leap and daughter, Mr & Mrs. Jonas Shidaker, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Bitterling and children, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Overmyer, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Shidaker and daughters, Russell Shidaker of Kewanna.   The only uncle of the children, Joe Carrothers of Follett, Texas, was present.

          Fifty-four attended the reunion.






Coming Soon

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 7, 1946

          Another new industry will swing into operation on or around Oct. 1.  This was disclosed at noon today when Orlan Kepler leased the double rooms over his Olds agency on East Eighth street to the Quad Mfg. Corp., of Bourbon.

          The firm manufactures coil condensers for radios and will employ from 60 to 100 girls.  The Rochester factory will be a branch of the larger plant which has been in operation at Bourbon for the past several years.

          Representatives of the Quad corporation stated they planned to build their own factory building here just as soon as materials are made available.



Owner Retires

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 7, 1946

          Claude Johnson of the Johnson Poultry Co., 314 East Ninth street, announces his retirement from the aforementioned business effective as of Sept. 9, 1946.  Mr. Johnson’s retirement is due to ill health.

          The firm will continue to operate under the management of Alva Cooper, who has been an employee of the firm for the past seven years.



Ekblaw Home

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 10, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. Ekblaw entertained a group of 50 at their home Sunday, south of this city.  The occasion was a reunion and also to honor Fred Dahl, who has been away from this community for the past ten years.

          There were eleven in the Dahl family and all were present but two brothers, one from Illinois and the other from Michigan.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Fred Dahl of Erskine, Minn.; Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Dahl of Kensman, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs. Carl Dahl and Ronald of Williamsfield, Ohio; Mr & Mrs. Enoch Nelson and Ronald, Mr..Everett Nelson and Barbara, Mr. & Mrs, Kenneth Nelson, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smith and Arthur, Mr & Mrs. Ralph Nafzar and Donnie



and Janis, Mr. & Mrs. Layton Olsey, Carl, Warren and Donnie, and Mr. Martin Dahl, all of Paxton, Ill.; Mrs. Ethel Symonds of Rankin, Ill., Mr & Mrs. Ray Borgman and Jimmy, Kenny and Larry, Mr. & Mrs Bob Walker, of Chicago; Mr. & Mrs. Vern Wittkemper and Tommie of Hobart, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Fagner and Margarette and Wayne, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Fagner and Larry, Miss Anna Bulander, Miss Erma Sands, all of Winamac;   Miss Lola Ekblaw of South Bend.  Afternoon callers were Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Fagner of Burnettsville, Ind.



purch. Minardow

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 11, 1946

          The Fred Brugh hardware store, Leiters Ford, which is one of the oldest hardware businesses in Fulton county, was sold today to William Minardo, of Los Angeles, Calif.   Mr. Minardo is a former resident of Leiters Ford, where he at one time owned and operated a grain elevator.

          The business will be managed by Charles Wyland, son-in-law of the new owner, who has resigned as cashier for the Leiters Ford State Bank.

          A complete line of hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies will be carried by the store as well as a big stock of sporting goods.



Midland Bldg Inds.

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 12, 1946

          The Home Lumber Co., at Leiters Ford Wednesday joined several other lumber companies in this vicinity and became the property of the Midland Building Industries, Inc., of Indianapolis

          The former owner, Joseph S. Martin, a Leiters Ford resident, has retired from business and the Home company will now be managed by Ora Vandermark, a former Burket businsman.  The lumber company will retain its old name.

          Midland Industries a large Hoosier manufacturing firm, has purchased other lumber companies in this part of the state.  They now own companies at Macy, Fulton, Winamac, Burket and Leiters Ford.







Conkle, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 12, 1946

          Paul Conkle, son of Dr & Mrs. E.C. Conkle, has been named the new manager of the Sawyer Motor Sales, 1702-06 Main street according to a statement made today by John Sawyer, owner of the concern.

          Conkle is a graduate of the Rochester high school and of the Northwestern School of Commerce at Evanston, Ill.  For the past four years he has been employed by the Bendix Aviation Company at Sidney, N.Y.  He has had much experience in both sales and clerical work.

          Mr. Conkle is married and has two children.  He and his family are residing with his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Conkle, here.

          The Sawyer Motor Sales is the Fulton county agency for Dodge and Plymouth automobiles.



M.H. Ensminger

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 20, 1946

          Mr. & Mrs. M.H. “Doc” Ensminger, 630 Fulton street, will open an electrical appliance repair shop in their new building that has recently been erected at Seventh and Fulton streets.  The opening is slated for Saturday.

          Besides doing electrical appliances repairs, the shop will carry a complete line of woodcraft equipment and model maker’s kits and supplies for making model airplanes, boats, cars and trains.

          The new building is of the pre-fabricated variety and will be operated by Ensminger and his wife.  They are the parents of four children.



Suddith & Ritter

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 24, 1946

          Another new business for this community has been opened north of this city on U.S. Road 31 near the Tippecanoe river bridge.

          The business which is chiefly for the repair of auto and speed boat spedometers as well as magneto and carburetors is being operated by Beaman Suddith and Robert (Bob) Ritter, formerly of Indianapolis.  These men have been in the automotive and speedometer repair


business for over 24 years.

          They plan to move their busines in the down-town district as soon as a suitable location is available, it was stated.



Purch. Chilicott

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 28, 1946

          Mrs. Edna Grove has sold her “Town Tavern” in Akron to Mrs. Ruth Felty Chilicott, of this city.  Mr. & Mrs. Grove have purchased the Glaze farm north of Akron and have moved there.  The sale of the tavern can not be completed until Mrs. Chilicott has been issued a license.  She is the widow of a veteran of World War 1.



Asst. Mgr. Richard Bunnell

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 1, 1946

          Richard Bunnell, formerly of Indianapolis, has been appointed as assistant manager in the Boston Store here, it was announced today by the store’s manager, Milton Camblin.  Bunnell has served with the J.C Penney stores in Indianapolis and will be in charge of the ready-to-wear and men’s departments in the local mercantile establishment.  He began duties Monday and he and his wife and child will take up residency in Rochester.



Sorg Mill, Leiters

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 2, 1946

          Leiters Ford, new two-story sorghum mill which is located on the same site on which the Alspach Brothers’ old mill stood prior to the fire on Hallowe’en of 1944 will be put into operation this month.

          The new mill will be operated by Herbert Brown, a stepson of Alfred Alspach, and Charles E. Alspach will be in charge of the revived industry which will be operated as a corporation with a total capitalization of $35,000.

          The officers of the company are Herbert Brown, president; Ephriam Alspach, 77, vice president; Charles Alspach, secretary and treasurer, and the fourth member is the veteran Leiters Ford Miller, Alfred Alspach, who will serve as a director and in an advisory capacity.

          The major portion of the stock, it was stated, had been


subscribed and the few thousand dollars worth of shares are being

offered to the farmers in the western section of Fulton and southwestern area of Marshall counties.

          The plant’s capacity with its new equipment is 2,000 gallons of sorghum per day and the managers stated that eventually they expect to handle 60 to 75 thousand of gallons per season - more than four times the capacity of the old mill.  They also added that instead of hiring their facilities to the farmers as before, they will contract the purchase of their crops by the ton, process the the cane and pack the syrup for wholesale distribution through grocery jobers.

          Brown & Alspach also intend to make full use of the industry’s by-products.  The dried cane fiber makes a good litter for chicks and it is also a principal component of celotex and similar wall-board.

          The mill which is two stories in height is built of concrete block and the 80 foot smoke stack may be seen from miles around the town of Leiters.  Herbert Brown served 22 months overseas with the U.S. Navy and Charles Alspach was recently discharged from the U.S. Army.



Bowersox, Cashier

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 14, 1946

          Chester Bowersox has accepted a position as cashier of the Leiters Ford State Bank.  He succeeds Charles Wyland who recently resigned to operate the Village Hardware at Leiters.



In Business, Akron

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 24, 1946

          The McGlothlin Mfg. Co. branch factory has at last been started in Akron.  A year ago this company chose the second floor of the locker plant for its factory in Akron.  Work was begun at once but it was delayed many times because of the shortage of materials.

          The McGlothlin company’s main plant is in Peru    They make ladies’ rayon blouses, which are cut out at the Peru plant, brought by truck to the Akron plant, completely finished and taken back to Peru for pressing and boxing.

          W.M. Cox, manager from Peru, and Mrs. Lucille Langer, floor lady at Peru with 20 years’ experience, are working for serveral days with the Akron employees.


          Mrs. Harold Leininger will be manager and floor lady for the Akron plant.  Five women are now employed at the power sewing machines.  Twenty machines have already been installed and 20 more will be put in very soon.  Forty women will be employed within two months,  Mr. Cox said in an interview.  Five dozen blouses a day will be completed when the force is full.  A contract has been made with one large business concern to buy all the blouses that can be made by the company for the next few years.



Purch. Lee Snyder

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 25, 1946

          W.A. Howard, dean of Rochester business men, today sold the W.A. Howard Jewelry store, 717 Main street, to Lee Snyder of Winamac.  Through this transaction Mr. Howard, or “Bill” as he is better known to a legion of friends, completed 56 years of unbroken activity in the city’s mercantile field.

          In an interview with Mr. Howard today it was learned that he came to Rochester from Columbia City, Ind., and for a brief time was employed at the Rochester Woolen Mill, which was located in the north part of town and owned by Capt. David Rader, Jonathan Dawson and M.S. Weills, all now deceased.

          After a few months of manual labor, “Bill” retired from the woolen mill business and took a position in the C.C. Wolf Jewelry store, which at that time was located in the building now occupied by the Miller-Jones shoe store, 726 Main street.  Young Howard was 16 years of age at the time he began his apprenticeship as a jeweler and watchmaker under the tutelage of Mr. Wolf.

          “Bill” recalls that at that time Rochester’s downtown area had no paved streets, but had community hitching racks with chains and posts a half square in length, where both town and farm folks hitched Old Dobbin while they did their shopping.  The stores were lighted with oil lamps, or, in the instance of the C.C. Wolf Jewelry store, they manufactured home-made gas by means of a small tank which was situated at the rear of the store building.  Mr. Howard saw the transition from the coal oil lights to gas, and later to electricity, and from the horse and buggy days to the “horseless carriage,” and from the balloon to airplane era.

          Mr. Howard stated he well rmembers selling the first gramaphone which arrived in Rochester at the Wolf store.  This sale


was made to Bert Dudgeon, a farmer residing in the Sand Hill community north of Rochester.  Later, “Bill” states the gramaphone became known as the Victrola, and the peak of the talking machine business was attained with the beautiful cabinet models which came out soon after the turn of the century.

          A partnership was formed by Messrs. Wolf and Howard, and following the former’s death, Mr. Howard became sole owner of the jewelry store.  Several years later he formed a partnership with his watchmaker, Max Hardin of this city, and the store was regarded as one of the finest in northern Indiana.  Some time later Mr. Hardin retired from the jewelry business to enter the automobile sales field.

          During this period an orchestra, comprised of Mr. Howard’s two sons, Ayrton and George, “Ira” Bastow, Raymond Clay and John Ravencroft, would gather in the W.A. Howard soundproof Victrola room and practice by ear while listening to rcordings of some of the nation’s foremost bands.  From this group, three of the members a few years later beame internationally-renowned as the King’s Jesters, featured harmony singers with the Paul Whiteman orchestra.  This trio included George Howard, Francis (Ira) Bastow and John Ravencroft.  From this nucleus grew the King’s Jesters, well-known radio favorites of today who are now broadcasting daily over the nation’s top networks out of Chicago.

          A vew years ago, through the sale of the building at 726 Main street, the Howard Jewelry store was moved to its present location, where Mr. Howard was operating the business with the assistance of Mrs. Howard and a bookkeeper, Ben Brandenburg.

          The veteran jeweler stated he will assist the new proprietor in the operation of the business, and later plans to go into a well-earned retirement.

          Mr. Snyder owns and operates a jewelry store at Winamac and his brother, Harold Snyder, an experienced jeweler and watchmaker, will take over the management of the Rochester store immediately.

          The new proprietor stated he plans to modernize the business and carry a much larger and varied stock.  Harold Snyder and family will take up residence in Rocheter as soon as suitable living quarters are located. - - - -







18th Anniversary

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 29, 1946

          The Kroger super market located at the (NW) corner of Main and 9th streets, is observing its 18th anniversary this week and the Kroger groceries and markets throughout the nation are observing the company’s 64th anniversary.

          The local market coincidentally observes its first anniversary in its new location having moved there from the Copeland building, northeast corner of Main and 8th street.

          Harold Remy, manager of the Kroger store came to Rochester 18 years ago and has served throughout that time in managerial capacity.  Mr. & Mrs. Remy and their two children reside at 1020 Pontiac.,

          Dale Knipp, head meat cutter, resides with his wife and two children at 1020 Fulton avenue.  Mrs. Vida Nichols is the head of the produce department.  Mrs. Nichols who has been with Krogers for the past six years resides at 1317 Madison street.

          The new market on its busiest days employs from 10 to 15 local people and the manager stated that the store has had a steady growth of business during every year it has been in Rochester. - - - -



Branch Here

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 1, 1946

          Public announcement was made today by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce that a large factory will be erected in this city, probably next spring.  The Sealed Power Corporation of Muskegon, Mich., will build a plant in East Rochester which will employ a maximum of 250 men.  While no definite word was given as to when the plant will be built, it is understood that work will start early in 1947.

          - - - - - the automotive and engine parts factory will be located on a 22-acre plot located alongside of the Nickle Plate Road just north of the old circus winter quarters grounds.  The land was purchased from Otto McMahan and from Fred Leiter - - - -









Buy Ind Metal Prod.

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 4, 1946

          In a business deal transacted late Saturday afternoon, The Edon Products plant, located a halkf mile north of the Tippecanoe river bridge on U.S. 31 was sold to the Indiana Metal Products Corp by Don Holt, founder and owner.

          The home offices of the new owners are in Chicago and H.R. Campbell is president of the corporation.  The local plant will be under the supervision of Wilbut E. Carlson, of Rockford, Ill.

          - - - -Carlson stated the firm would continue the manufacture of auto bumper bolts with stainless steel caps; two and three-jointed adjustable electric lamps and other stainless steel equipment.  Later on the company plans to add other lines to its manufacturing list.   Approximately 40 skilled mechanics are now employed at the factory.

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Purch. Bldg Site.

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 27, 1946

          William Lakey, president of the Quad Radio Corp., Tuesday purhased 4.86 acres of land formerly known as Dawson Park, from Gene Brown, Rochester, according to Mayor Clarence Hill, who supervised the transaction on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.  Purchase price was $2,500.

          Mr. Lakey plans to build a factory in the southwest part of Rochester nexr spring when building materials become available.  At present the Quad Corporation is located at 118-1/2 East Eighth street where approximately 40 persons are employed.



Purch. Engle-Engle

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 29, 1946

          The Hoffman Tractor Sales, 311 East Ninth street, has been sold to Devon and Wayne Engle, Akron, who will have their formal opening Dec. 7.  Voris Hoffman opened the agency last Jan. 1 after coming here from Elkhart.

          Engle Tractor Sales has the Ford-Ferguson tractor and farm implement agency for Fulton county.  Devon Engle has been the repair foreman for the last three months and is an experienced mechanic.  He


is a veteran of World War 11, having served four years in the air corps, two of which were spent in the C.B.I.

          Mr Hoffman and his son plan to return to their farm near Elkhart where they are building a trailer.  When it is completed, the Hoffman family will travel to Florida for the winter.



Miller, Owner

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 3, 1946

          Doughnuts to take home and doughnuts and coffee to dunk and drink will be sold by Harold Miller who has opened a Donut Bar at 115 East Ninth street.  Miller is a veteran of World War 11 having served 27 months in the army.



Leased By Martin

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 3, 1946

          The Babcock Cafe at the intersection of Road 14 and Barrett Road has been leased by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Martin who plan to specialize in fish dinners and short orders when they open Dec. 5.  They also plan to carry a complete line of groceries.



Of Stewart Bakery

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 17, 1946

          A new downtown baked goods shop, corner Main and Eighth street will be opened Wednesday, Dec. 18 by the Stewart Bakery, according to an announcement made today by Fred Jordon, manager.

          This new shop which is located in the building formerly occupied by Kroger’s Grocery will carry a complete line of cakes, cookies, doughnuts, cream puffs and specialty breads.

          All of the goods which will be on sale there will be baked in the new modern ovens which recently were installed in the rear of the building.

          Mrs. Nobilene Spencer, formerly of the OPA offices here, will be in charge of the sales and William Rasmussen, an experienced pasries baker, will be in charge of production.

          This branch shop of the Stewarts Bakery will povide employment for five persons, Mr. Jordon stated.




Purch, Travis

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 28, 1946

          Charles M. Travis, of Ladoga, Ind., will begin operation of the Farm Supply Store at 118 West Ninth street next Thursday.

          He has purchased the store, which includes the John Deere Agency for Rochester, from Carl Harvey, Harold Shields and Ralph Pitts, who have had the store since 1941.

          Mr. Shields and Dale Henderson, a present employee, will assist Mr. Travis in operation of the store.  “Ribbie” Rans, one-time owner and former employee, will help on repair work and will be in charge of the stock department.

          Mr. Travis, who is not married, will make his home here.  He had a hardware and implement store in Ladoga before entering military service.



J.W. Sales & Svc.

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 2, 1947

          A new Taxi Service has been put in operation by the J.W. Sales & Service with taxi stand office located at 214 East 8th street, this ciy.  John McLochlin is the manager of this new firm.  The service will operate two new passenger cars on a day and night schedule, it was announced.



Purch. McKinley

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 3, 1947

          Mr & Mrs. Harold McKinley, Peru, have purchased the partnership rights of Bonnie’s Greenhouse from Mr. & Mrs. Ben (Bonnie) Nutt, of this city.

          Mr. Nutt recently bought the land and buildings formerly occupied by Howers Roadside Gardens south of Rochester on Road 31.  He plans to enlarge the greenhouse space and install a show room at the front of the building.

          Mr. McKinley is a veteran of World War 11 having spent two years in the Pacific theater.  He and his wife will reside in rooms being remodeled in the rear of the greenhouse.  The McKinleys intend to operate the business under the present title of Bonnie’s Greenhouse.




Purch. Newcomb

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 11, 1947

          Carl Newcomb, owner of the Fulton County Community Sales Barn, yesterday purchased the Winamac Community Sales Barn from James Wilson and Russell Dilts, of Winamac.

          The sales barn, which is new throughout, measures 170 by 100 feet and is one of the finest in this section of the state.  It is located a quarter mile north of Winamac on State Road 35.

          Mr. Newcomb stated that the auction sales would be conducted along the same lines as are those at the Rochester barn with the exception that the sales will be held on Tuesday of each week.  He is retaining the same personnel as was employed by the former owners.



T.J. Cronin, Owner

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 17, 1947

          T.J. Cronin, R. 1, Rochester, is opening a new restaurant and drive-in Saturday with 24-hour service.

          The restaurant formerly was the old Tippy Radio Shop and is located directly across the road from Fansler Lumber Yard and the Airport on Road 14.

          Mr. Cronin who lives on Wolf’s Point just a few cottages from Overstreet’s grocery, said the drive-in would accomodate approximately 50 cars this summer.

          Mr. Cronin and family have lived at Lake Manitou for the last seven years

          Everett Lapointe, a restaurant chef for many years in Indianapolis, will be chief chef and manager of the new establishment.  His menu will consist of steaks, chops, and short orders.



Haupert, Half Interest

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 24, 1947

          Tom Haupert has purchased a half interest in his brother-in-law’s business, the Moyer Funeral Home in Akron.  The new firm will operate under the name of Moyer & Haupert Funeral Home.

          Mr. Haupert is attending the Indiana College of Mortuary Science at Indianapolis, and will complete his training in June.  He is receiving practical experience with Shirley Brothers. - - - - -




The News-Sentinel, Feb. 5, 1947

          Merl Blacketor, route 1, and Ralph Ludwick, West 4th street this city, have leased the Mexico flour mill of George Black, Peru.  The local men are manufacturing corn meal and doing grist grinding but are not operating the roller mill for the manufacture of flour.

          The Mexico mill has been out of operation for a long number of years due to the destruction of the dam which provided it’s water power.  The grist mill is now being operated with an electric motor.



Purch. Helsel

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 5, 1947

          Charles Helsel, Argos, purchased the Main Barber Shop and News Stand from Max Nichols, Rochester, Tuesday.

          Mr. Helsel has announced plans for extensive improvements which include a modern news stand.  There will be no change in personnel.

          Mr. Nichols said he was going to :”take it easy for awhile” and then go gack to his farm four miles northeast of this city on the Fort Wayne road.  He bought the business from Frank Justus one year ago.

          Today was Mr. Helsel’s first day as proprietor of the four chair shop.  At present there are only three barbers, Bruce Morrett, John Inman and Kenneth Keeler, but he plans to hire a fourth in the Spring.

          Mr. Helsel and his wife, Mary, are living in Argos but will move to Rochester as soon as they can find living quarters.  They have a son, Ronald, 6, and a daughter, Charlyn, 2-1/2.



Opens In Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 6, 1947

          Dr Paul B. Heinsen, graduate of the College of Veterinary, of Ohio University has opened permanent offices in Kewanna.  He and his wife and two children have taken up their residence there.

          Dr. Heinsen served with the U.S. Veterinary Corps during World War 11 and received his honorable discharge Dec. 28, 1946.  Before entering service he practiced at Swayzee with Dr. J.F Roberts.

          Kewanna has been without the services of a veternarian since the death of Dr C.B. Hiatt early last fall.



Clinton Joseph

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 13, 1947

          Rochester has a new garage and body repair shop which will be open for business by March 1st in a new concrete block building on West 6th street by Clinton Joseph, of this city.

          Mr. Joseph, an experienced garage and auto mechanic who came to this city from Lexington, Ky., a little over two years ago, stated his garage was now equipped to do all kind of auto and truck repair work and also auto body and paint repair finishing.

          Mr. Joseph stated in an interview today that he will employ two auto mechanics and two body repair men and that within the near future he may take over the agency of one or more popular make autos and trucks.



Ford Johnson

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 17, 1947

          Ford Johnson, owner and operator of an ice cream factory and dairy bar at Akron, purchased the Johnson Dairy Bar, east 8th street, this city, Saturday evening of his diaughter-in-law, Mrs. Meriam Johnson, of this city.

          Mr. Johnson took over active management of the Rochester business Monday morning and will operate businesses in both Akron and Rochester.  Prior to his residency in Akron for the past three or four years, Mr. Johnson was engaged in the dairy and ice cream business in this city with his factory and salesroom being situated on the city lot, East Seventh St.

          In addition to operating the dairy bar, the new owner states he will also wholesale ice cream from his Rochester store.  The entire personnel of the local store is being retained, the new owner stated today.

          Bud and Meriam Johnson are planning on opening a dairy bar in northrn Illinois within the next few weeks, it was stated.










The News-Sentinel, Feb. 22, 1947

          Rochester is to have a new modern shoe store which will be opened for business during the first or second week in April according to an announcement made today by W.S. Felkner and W.F. Wagoner, of Warsaw, owners.

          The business which will be known as the Fashion Shoe Store will be located in the Wade Jarrette building, 804 Main street.  These gentlemen also own and operate shoe stores bearing the same name in Warsaw and Wabash.  They stated they selected Rochester as the site for their third store becase it was a thriving resort center and that industrial activity was also on the increase here.

          This well-known firm will feature only nationally advertised shoes for men, women and children.  The lines which will be carried here are the Florsheim, Buster Brown and Poll Parrot shoes for youngsters, Gold Cross Connies, Jacquelines and Paris Fashion shoes for women.  The size ranges will be complete from the 4-a to 4-e and the manager announced that it would be the policy of this new store to carry footwear for all those who are hard to fit.  The Fashion Shoe Store will install a new Prim-ex X-ray machine which will give a double-check on proper fittings.  A full line of hosiery will also be carried in stock.- - - -



Dec. 4, 1875

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 27, 1947

          - - - - Raymond Rogers, Newcastle township farmer today brought in a rather tattered copy of a truly antique Rochester newspaper.

          This paper was the December 4, 1875 edition of the weekly Rochester Sentinel.  Two columns of advertising were carried on the front page.  Among the advertisers in that early period were:   Dr. Boswell, surgeon dentist with offices in the new Dawson building opposite the public square;   A.A. Lawrence, agent and expert mechanic for Howe Sewing Machines;   The Central House, first class hotel accommodations and free bus to and from all trains;   Rochester Woolen Mills, B.O Johnson, prop., custom carding, spinning and weaving; M.O. Rees, Furniture and undertaking, east side on Main street opposite the post office;   The Dogs of War Let Loose, A fearful


Howl, Great Slaughter, headlines for a big sale conducted by Sharpe & Pierce Dept. Store - big showing of shawls from $1.25 to 2.50, all wool;   The Star Store owned by D.S. Gould had shoes, good ones at $1.00 per pair;   Deniston & Van Trump, Hardware & Farming Implements.

          The Rochester Sentinel at that time was owned and published by A.T. Bitters.

          Mr. Rogers stated the old newspaper was originally his grandfather’s, Hugh Bowman.  During that time Mr. Bowman was Fulton County surveyor.  He resided in Newcastle township and the grandson believes he was elected on the prohi ticket.



Purch. E.L. McFall

The News-Sentinel, March 4, 1947

          New owner of the Rochester Barber Shop & News Agency at 720 Main Street is E.L. McFall of Rensselaer, it was announced today.

          Charles Helsel, who purchased the business Feb. 4, said he and his family will move to the West coast in the near future.  Mr McFall took possession Mar. 1, Mr. Helsel said.

          The shop, formerly known as the Main Barber shop, will continue employment of all present personnel.

          Mr. McFall’s family, including his wife and two daughters, will move to Rochester as soon as they find a place to live.




The News-Sentinel, March 4, 1947

          The Tom Thumb Cafe was sold Monday by Jack Kofron to the Misses Gertrude McDaniels and Dorthy Gorham, of Logansport.

          Mr. Kofron, who has been operating the Tom Thumb since July of 1945, has no definite plans for the future with the exception of some extra sleep.

          The new owners said they intend to cater to teen-agers and serve only short orders and ice cream.  They plan to install a soda fountain in the near future.  They are planning to rename the cafe.

          Mr. Kofron formerly operated a taxi service in Rochester before entering the restaurant business.






Braman, Sole Owner

The News-Sentinel, March 4, 1947

          Emerson (Bud) Braman now is sole owner of the Standard Oil company filling station at 300 Main street, having purchased the half interest of co-owner Jess Dillman.

          Mr. Braman has operated the station since 1943 except during the time he was in military service.  Mr. Dillman has been associated with him about two years.

          Mr. Dillman said he has no plans for the immediate future.



Purch. Lyman B. Frick

The News-Sentinel, March 11, 1947

          The Pownall and Cornell hardward store in Fulton was sold Monday to Lyman B. Frick of Mexico who will take possession this week at the same location in the Runnells building, North Main street.  Mr. Frick formerly operated filling stations in Mexico.  Mr. Pownall and Cornell have not decided what their future plans are.




The News-Sentinel, March 13, 1947

          John Hoover, owner and operator of Hoover’s Restaurant, has closed shop at his present location and is making way for the Fashion Shoe Store

          Mr. Hoover, who has been doing business at the Main street location for a score of years, plans to reopen a cafe in Rochester as soon as a building is available.

          As usual he will serve full course dinners, short orders, and blue-plate specials and plans to make the next restaurant even “better than the first”



Branch, Closing

The News-Sentinel, March 17, 1947

          The Farmers & Merchants bank of this city today announcs that its branch bank in the town of Fulton will be closed permanently at the end of the regular business day, Saturday, March 22.

          The bank officials give as their reason for terminating the branch


bank at Fulton the inability of the Fulton bank to be operated at a justifiable profit.

          The Fulton bank was opened on March 20, 1939, by the Farmers and Merchants bank.



Purch. Shafer-Darr

The News-Sentinel, March 21, 1947

          Mrs. Idabelle Shafer and Miss Pauline Darr are now the owners of the Rochester Taxi Co., 716 Main street.

          Announcement of the sale of the company was made Thursday by Donald Gerrick, former owner.  The purchasers have taken possession.

          Mrs. Shafer and Miss Darr said they plan to add new equipment as soon as possible.  Mr. Gerrick said he had no immediate plans.



To Build Offices

The News-Sentinel, March 28, 1947

          A new and modern plumbing building and office will be erected this summer at 326-28 Main Street by Bryce Burton it was learned here today.  The young business man recently purchased the lots which lie adjacent to the Kline Brothers property from Charles Robbins and Son, Cyrus.

          Mr. Burton, who is at Lafayette where he has a large government plumbing contract on a housing project, could not be reached today but it is understood that he will build a structure with an 80 foot frontage on Main street and 40 feet deep The lot measures 82-1/2 by165 feet.

          The building will be of brick and steel construction, with attractive display windows and rooms.  It will contain an office, shop and supply room while the rear of the lot will be used for parking and storage.

          Mr. Burton plans to make this his permanent headquarters for his growing plumbing contract business and will live here with his family.  He will continue in the retail plumbing business in the community in addition to his government work.  He recently was low bidder on another large government building project at Rantoul Field, Ill.






Shaw-Wolf, Owners

The News-Sentinel, March 28, 1947

          Another new business was added in Akron this week.  A taxi service, operated by Ed Shaw and Red Wolf of Rochester, has been established with headquarters in the basement room under Mishler’s drug store

          They are opening their business Saturday by giving free service all day anywhere in Akron.

          Both Mr. Shaw and Mr. Wolf were formerly employed in the taxi business in Rochester.




The News-Sentinel, March 31, 1947

          The Phillips 66 station, 918 Main street, was sold last Saturday to Forest (Frosty) Skidmore and Robert (Bob) Cessna, both of this city.

          Al Hopper who has owned and operated this popular station for the past few years, has been ordered to take a much-needed rest for several months.  He has been suffering from a heart ailment.

          The station is equipped not only for the usual gas and oil service but also caters to car washing, simonizing and tire and battery service.




The News-Sentinel, April 1, 1947

          The Selective Service Act which slipped into obscurity Monday meant the termination of duties for the Fulton county board members with the exception of Miss Marjorie Braman, clerk.

          The board met at a final meeting Monday when it was announced that although regular duties would not be required of them, the members would stand by in case of emergency.

          The first board formed in October of 1940 included Carl Russell, Kewanna, chairman; Daniel S. Perry, secretary;   and Lewis H. Stewart, member.

          In the seven years of existence, the board processed more than 1,025 draftees.  It met once a week when men were needed most urgently and later when the demand for manpower eased off, meetings were conducted only once a monh.

          Mr. Russell resigned as chairman Jan. 1, 1943, and Mr. Stewart


became head of the board.  Whitney Gast, Akron, filled Mr. Stewart’s former position.  Mr. Perry resigned his secretarial duties in April, 1946, and Mr. Gast was named successor to Mr. Perry.  Harry Current then became a board member.  When Mr. Stewart left the board, Floyd Kindig was appointed to serve.

          The office at 727-1/2 Main street will remain open five days a week until May 2 but will be open part time afterwards according to Miss Braman.

          Other statistics available from the board’s headquarters was the fact that 1,073 Fulton county men have been discharged from the armed services.  Thre are 258 still in the reserve or on active duty.



Half Purch, Ada Blessing

The News-Sentinel, April 1, 1947

          Mrs. Lillie Schoehenberger, executrix in the estate of the late Harley McCarter, was granted the right to sell Mr. McCarter’s interest in Mac’s Cafe.  Miss Ada Blessing, Mr. McCarter’s partner at the time of his death, purchased the half interest.



Buys Out Partner

The News-Sentinel, April 3, 1947

          Ralph Leininger, Akron, purchased the interest of his partner, Merle Tucker, Wednesday and now is the sole owner of the Akron Locker Plant.  Mr. Tucker was forced to sell out because of ill health.



Sold Burkhart-Johnson

The News-Sentinel, April 15, 1947

          Mr. & Mrs. Bennet Nelson today announced the sale of The Streamliner lunch and ice cream business, situated on the north-east corner of Madison and Ninth streets to H.A. Burkhart and H. Chalbert Johnson, of Peru.

          While the new owners have already taken possession of the Streamliner they do not plan to be open for business until May 1st.  Mr. Burkhart who was in the service of the U.S. Navy throughout World War 11, has been operating a Dairy Bar in Peru for Mr. Johnson since being dischared from the Navy.  Mr. Johnson is owner of the Modern Dairy of this city and Peru.


          Mr. & Mrs. Burkhart, their son Curtis Cole, 6, and daughter, Diann, 5, plan to take up permanent residence here as soon as living quarters are available.  Mr. Burkhart is a brother of Noyles Burkhart, and official of Cole Bros. Circus.

          Mr. & Mrs. Nelson who have owned and operated the Streamliner since December of 1945 have not announced their plans for the future.




The News-Sentinel, April 16, 1947

          The remodeled Donut Bar, situated on the south side of the court house and owned by Bud and Miriam Johnson and Harold Miller, is holding a formal opening on Saturday, April 19.

          This modern cafe will serve short orders, ice creams, as well as manufacture all kinds of donuts.  Mr. & Mrs. Bud Johnson have been engaged in business in this city for over 10 years and formerly operated the Johnson Dairy Bar on East Eighth street.

          The Donut Bar will be open 24 hours per day and an ample staff of experienced cooks and waiters have been employed by the management.  These include Mr. & Mrs. Paul Griles, Mrs. Nellie Hendricks, James Watson, Opal Walton, Ike Watson and Joann Daugherty. - - - -



Purch. G. McMillen

The News-Sentinel, April 28, 1947

          Gerald McMillen today announced the purchase of a building from George Buchanan at 1615 Main street.

          Mr. McMillen, who previously operated a refrigeration and sales service at his rsidence, has moved his headquarters to the new location.  He said today he planned to continue operation of the Phillips 66 service station at that address.



Purch. Dennis Deeds

The News-Sentinel, April 29, 1947

          Dennis Deeds, owner of the Deeds Equipment Co., announced Monday the purchase of the garage building at 915 Main street occupied by J. Walter Brubaker and will take possession within the


next 90 days.

          Mr. Deeds has sold his interest in the building he has shared with John Sawyer at 1702 Main street.  He plans to continue the service station and use the garage building for his equipment offices.

          Brubaker, who built the garage in 1919, said he had no immediate plans.



Roy Fultz, Owner

The News-Sentinel, May 7, 1947

          Roy Fultz today announces he has received his permit from the Alcoholic Beverages Commission to wholesale beer in Fulton County and that he plans to be open for business within ten days.

          Mr. Fultz for a period of 12 years was associated with his father-in-law the late Chas. H. Bailey in the operation of the Bailey Beverage Co., beer distributors for Fulton county.  He stated this firm name would be retained.

          The business establishment of Mr. Fultz’s will be situated at the junction of U.S. Road 31 and State Road 25 in buildings which were once owned by the Manitou Hatcheries.

          The proprietor of the Bailey Beverage Co., is a former U.S. Navy man, who saw active service in the Philippines and at Okinawa.  He has been a resident of Rochester and community throughout his entire life.

          With the opening of this new business Fulton county will have two beer wholesale agencies; the other being the Fulton County Beverage owned and operated by Ted Jontz, with offices at the rear of 816 Main street, this city.



Purch. Paul Davidson

The News-Sentinel, May 8, 1947

          Paul Davidson, life-long resident of Leiters Ford today announces he has purchased half interest in the general store at Leiters from Mrs. Daniel Haschel.

          Mr. Davidson, an ex-GI, who saw service overseas stated the store will now operate under the name of the Overmyer general store with the change in name becoming effective at once.  This business establishment is one of the oldest in Fulton county and Mrs. Haschel has been the owner of the business for over two score of years.




Purch. Bennett Nelson

The News-Sentinel, May 9, 1947

          Mr. & Mrs. Bennett Nelson, of Rochester, have purchased the Aker’s Ice Cream Lunch at Plymouth and will be open for business in the near future.  They recently sold the “Streamliner” restaurant in Rochester.  The Nelsons were former residents of Plymouth.  Mr. & Mrs. Aker have not announced their plans for the future.



Frank Ascencio, Owner

The News-Sentinel, May 20, 1947

          A prefabricated utility and tenant home building business has been established a quarter mile north of Rochester on U.S. 31.  This new business, which is owned by Frank Ascencio, is located directly across the highway from the Earl Quick & Sons farm supply yards.

          Mr. Ascencio has been a resident of Rochester for over two years and has had years of experience in the contracting business.  Henry Scott, Mr. Ascencio’s father-in-law, will assist in the management and sales department of this new business.



Has Free Movies

The News-Sentinel, May 20, 1947

          The Business Men’s association of Leiters Ford has secured a new movie projector for the purpose of presenting free movies to the public.

          The association will present its first movie in Leiters on Wednesday evening, May 21, and each Wednesday evening throughout the summer and fall seasons.  The business men state they are renting “first run” films and most interesting entertainment should result.



Mullican-Faust, Owners

The News-Sentinel, May 22, 1947

          Miss Kate Mullican, formerly of Rochester with Miss Ruby Faust of Charlottsville as a partner, has purchased the Ye Homestead restaurant at Greenfield and took possession last Sunday.  The two young ladies plan to make the well-known business an outstanding eating place.


          Miss Mullican was formerly society editor of The News-Sentinel and has resided at Indianapolis the last 10 years where she was employed by the state as executive secretary in the Alcoholic Beverage commission and later in the Conservation department.  The last two years she was with the American States Automobile Insurance Co.  Miss Faust was a secretary in the beverage commission for eight years.

          The restaurant is located in the center of the Greenfield business section on U.S. 40.



Nick Brewster

The News-Sentinel, May 23, 1947

          Nick Brewster and his band will be the feature attraction Saturday evening, May 24 and 25, when Colonial Hotel and Gardens holds its grand opening.

          Dancing will be on week-ends only until June 14 when Colonial will open for the regular nightly run. - - - -



Bowers, Meat Dept.

The News-Sentinel, May 23, 1947

          Smith Food market, East Ninth street, this city today announces its meat department has been placed in charge of George Bowers.  Mr. Bowers has been engaged in the meat market business in this city for approximately 30 years and is regarded as one of the finest meat cutters in this section of the state.

          The Smith meat market department has undergone considerable improvement and is now carrying a complete line of both fresh and smoked meats.  Meats for picnic lunches, dressed chickens, in fact everything that is carried in a modern market will be available at Smith’s.



Has Free Movies

The News-Sentinel, May 23, 1947

          Talma, another Fulton county town today announces it will present “free movies” in the heart of its business area on every Monday evening throughout the summer season.  The first of these shows will be given Monday night, May 26.  Roger Wright of Peru will be in charge of the movie equipment, it was stated.



Winner at Morris B. Sachs

The News-Sentinel, June 6, 1947

          Little Barbara Halstead, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Hal Halstead of this city was all smiles and curls today and no wonder - she had just received a beautiful $75 Gruen wrist watch from Morris B. Sachs, Chicago.

          Barbara was one of the “top” winners in Sachs amateur hour show, which was broadcast over the air Sunday afternoon, May 25.  Little Miss Halstead did a song and tap dance number in such a pleasing manner she receivd a flood of votes from the midwest radio listeners. The little youngster is even more charming than she sounds and when television comes to the “fore” there’ll be more prizes.



Purch. by Senger Bros.

The News-Sentinel, June 9, 1947

          Rochester’s pioneer department store, M. Wile & Sons located on the west side of the court house has been sold to Fred and Mac Senger, of Peru.  The announcement was made today by Arthur E. Wile and Harold Fadel, of Chicago, administrators for the estate of Ike Wile.

          Arthur E. Wile, of this city, is the last surviving son of the founder of the Wile store, the late Meyer Wile.  This foremost of the city mercantile stores has been in continuous existence for nearly 80 years by members of the Wile family.

          In an interview this morning with the Senger brothers they stated the Rochester store would be operated as a distinct separate store and the firm name of M. Wile & Sons would be retained.  The Sengers, however, stated that the buying of merchandise would all be handled through the Senger Dry Goods Co., Peru.

          In this regard, Mr. Fred Senger stated that their firm is affiliated with one of the world’s largest buying organizations with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and also with European representatives.

          The new owners stated they planned to give the same type of service as they have practiced in the Senger store at Peru for over 41 years.  M. Wile & Sons department store will handle only the reliable and nationally advertised brands of merchandise and the Sengers added they would strive to give the utmost in both quality and service to the people of this community. - - - - -


          Arthur E. Wile, who resides at 1401 Main has made no immediate plans for the future.  He has served as manager and co-owner of the store since the death of his brother, Ike Wile, in February of 1945.



Gramd Re-opening

The News-Sentinel, June 10, 1947

          The Rex Theater will have its grand re-opening Saturday - - - -

          Lisle Krieghbaum, manager, said today the theater will be open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer season. - - - -

          Luther Keel, Rochester, will be the projectionist while his wife will be in charge of ticket sales.

          The Rex, which will accomodate approximately 350 persons, has been closed for three years.  The building is owned by the Alliance Theater Corporation, Chicago. - - - - -



Dean Hoare

The News-Sentinel, June 13, 1947

          Dean Arthur Hoare, Wichita University, Kansas, will be the featured speaker for the Rochester Normal University Reunion to be held at the Country Club on Jun 15.

          Blind for 29 years, Professor Hoare will base his talk on his experiences upon regaining his sight after such a lengthy period of blindness.

          The reunion itself will bring together students of Rochester Normal University which ceased operation in 1912.

          Professor Hoare will be especially qualified to speak at the meeting since he was on the original faculty of the university.  He taught here in 1906 and was the math and Greek instructor.  He has not been back to Rochester for 41 years.

          In a catalog loaned to The News-Sentinel by Mrs. W.H. Heeter of Delong the university advertises that “Thoroughness and Practicality count for more in scholarship than do largeness of curriculum or breadth of pretension.”

          At this time the university boasted a roster of nearly 200 students and held classes in everything from chemistry to glee club.

          Costs for university study would make a college student of


today turn in his proverbial grave.  Board could be had for $1.50 a week while good rooms were obtainable at from 25 to 30 cents per week.  It is also stated that “many students board themselves, thus reducing the cost of living to a minimum.”

          Registration for the coming reunion are under the direction of Miss Flo Delp.



Leaves Akron

The News-Sentinel, June 13, 1947

          The Sherman White company, poultry and egg dealers in Akron for more than 10 years, will consolidate with the Warsaw branch next week with headquarters in Warsaw.

          The company has erected a new building in Warsaw and the Akron business will be carried on through the new plant.  The consolidation will eliminate the overlapping of truck routes of the two communities.

          Two route trucks will remain in Akron but the rest of the Akron employees will be transferred to Warsaw.

          Milo Niblack, Akron manager, will become manager of the larger plant at Warsaw.  Mr. Niblack was first employed by the Sherman White company in 1924 and was manager of the Akron branch when the business was started in 1937.

          Since then he was transferred but returned last April.



Nears An End

The News-Sentinel, June 13, 1947

          Eighty-two years of bachelorood is nearing an end for Frank Kammerer, 178 Monticello road, Rochester, who applied for a marriage license today which will permit him to wed his housekeeper, Elsie D. Omlor, 62, Rochester.

          While this is Mr. Kammerer’s first attempt at matrimony, his mate-to-be has been married thrice previously.









Dean Hoare

The News-Sentinel, June 16, 1947

            Dean Arthur J. Hoare, of Wichita University, Wichita, Kansas, who a few months ago regained partial vision after 28 years of total blindness, was the guest speaker at the Rochester Normal University reunion which was held at the Rochester Country Club Sunday afternoon.

            Prof. Hoare, who spoke following a banquet which was attended by over 125 college alumni and friends took for his subject “Four-fold Life” and his address was most inspiring.  The noted educator who was professor of mathematics at the Rochester Normal reviewed many of his experiences at the old Rochester college during its early days which proved most interesting to his auditors.  He also touched briefly on the partial restoration of his eyesight and the changes he noted in present day trends of dress and modes from the time the curtain of blindness was drawn upon his vision nearly thirty years ago.

            Professor Hoare favored his audience with two bass solos; namely “On the Road to Mandalay” and “Crossing the Bar.” The latter was given in the form of a tribute to the late Guy Hoover, professor of Music at the Rochester Normal University; Roy Shelton, a student and Prof. V.B. McPherson.  The professor at one time was a member of the old college quartet which included Guy Hoover, Arthur J. Marbet and Irvin Butler.  During Mr. Hoare’s residency in Rochester he was also the bass soloist for the Presbyterian choir.

            The former Rochester college professor appeared to be in an exceptionally fine state of health.  Mr. Hoare stands well over six feet in height and his carriage is erect and his walk now belies the fact that his vision was ever impaired.  He plans to entrain for his home in Wichita, Kans., tomorrow, and stated he may possibly return for another of the college reunions at not too distant a date.  Hugh G. McMahan, former postmaster of this city and a former pupil of the Wichita University professor presented this distinguished guest and speaker.

            The musical entertainment which followed the banquet hour was provided by Mrs. Kermit Biddinger, Delbert Hunter and L.G. Alber, of Talma.  Lalla Jane Boswell, of this city, gave a most delightful reading.

            The entire affair was one of the most inspiring events of this nature ever held in this community.

            Many old friends of Dean A.J. Hoare, who were unable to attend the college reunion visited him today at the Arlington Hotel. - - - -




Commnder Elected

The News-Sentinel, June 17, 1947

          Wendell Tombaugh, a World War 11 veteran was elected commander of the LeRoy C. Shelton American Legion post Monday evening.

          He succeeds Fred Hodel who is retiring post commander.

          Joe Merrill was named first vice-commander; Tom Baldwin, second vice-commander; Garry Daniels, adjutant; Dr. James Mitchell, service officer; James Zimmerman, sergeant-at-arms, and Lotus Thrush, finance officer.

          The entire slate of nominees presented by the nominating committee was elected with the exception of the post sergeant-at-arms.

          The only other contested office was for commander.  Earl Sisson nominated Hal Halstead and in doing so suggested that a system of rotation be employed which would allow a World War 1 veteran to be elected one year and a World War 11 veteran the next year.

          Commander Fred Hodel urged members acquainted with Lloyd McCroskey to write him cards of sympathy.  A member of the local post, McCroskey now is in the Methodist hospital in Indianapolis with a crushed foot.

          After the election, a chicken dinner constituted the business for the rest of the evening.  Oscar Coplen and Ralph Zimmerman had been appointed to supervise and arrange the meal.  They solicited the aid of Mrs. William Chamberlain, Mrs. Oscar Coplen, Mrs. Russell Murphy, and Mrs. Ralph Zimmerman in preparing the dinner.



Shafer & Roy

The News-Sentinel, June 18, 1947

          The sale of the Colonial Hotel Terrace and Gardens, Inc., resort haven on Lake Manitou, to David Shafer and Ray Roy, of this city, has been formally announced by Harry Page, former owner.

          The sale price was not disclosed.

          The new owners plan to restore name bands to the dancing schedule as was the policy before the war.  The Colonial has featured dancing under the stars to such bands as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Wayne King, Guy Lombardo, Ben Bernie, Eddie Duchin and many others.

          Mr. Page acquired the Colonial Hotel from A.C. Bradley,


Rochester, who was operating it at the time of the disastrous fire in 1938.  The hotel was rebuilt and became one of the most popular summer resorts in Northern Indiana.

          Mr. Shafer and Mr. Roy are Rochester residents and veterans of both world wars.

          Mr. Ray formerly was the midwest regional manager of the Norge Division of Borg-Warner Corp., with offices in Detroit, Mich.  A veteran of both world wars, he was an infantry and air corps officer and served in Sicily and Italy in World War 11.  He is a past commander of the LeRoy Shelton American Legion.

          Mr. Shafer a graduate of Indiana University, was associated in the Coplen-Shafer Drug Store prior to entering the service.  He sold his inerest to Reid Erdmann.  Shafer served in the navy and was stationed on Guam for many months.

          Mr. Page intends to retire from business.  He will remain at his home on South Pontiac street.



Kindig, Manager

The News-Sentinel, June 18, 1947

          Fred Senger, of the M. Wile & Sons store, today announces the appointment of Floyd O. Kindig as the business manager of this well known store. - - - - -



Clyde McCoy’s Band

The News-Sentinel, June 19, 1947

          Colonial Hotel and Gardens, recently purchased by Dave Shafer and Ray Roy, will start its program to bring name bands to the lake Tuesday, June 24, when Clyde McCoy and his “sugar blues“ music will be on the bandstand for a one night stand. - - - -



Jack Olsen Orchestra

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1947

          Jack Olsen and his orchestre, the present attraction at the Colonial Hotel and Gardens, is creating a small sensation.

          Under the leadership of Olsen for only a year, the orchestra is fast becoming one of the best “small” bands in the midwest circuit.- - -




Prof., Mich. U.

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1947

          Phil A. Duey, formerly of Millark, has tendered his resignation as head of the Butler University Department of Music and as voice teacher at the Jordan Conservatory of Music to accept a position as associate professor of music at the University of Michigan.

          Mr. Duey, well-known locally, is an outstanding soloist and choir director and has been in opera and radio work for many years.

          A sister Miss Edith Duey, lives near Millark and a brother, George, lives at Nyona Lake.



Purch. by Showley

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1947

          Raymond Showley, Rochester, assumed full ownership of the Standard Service Station at the junction of state road 14, 24 and 31, Tuesday when he purchased James Jackson’s half-interest in the station.

          Showley owned it before entering the navy and sold it to Mr. Jackson.  After receiving his discharge, Mr. Showley purchased a one-half interest in the station from Mr. Jackson.

          Mr. Jackson said he has no immediate plans.



Guest of Relative

The News-Sentinel, July 3, 1947

          Mrs. C.W. Wilson of East Orang, New Jersey stopped in Rochester today enroute to hr home from a trip through the West.  Mrs. Wilson is he daughter of Leroy Armstrong, deceased author, who wrote such books as “The Man Who Came Back”, “The Outlaw” and was a frequent contributor to The Saturday Evening Post.

          Mr. Armstrong lived in Rochester before his death which occurred some 15 years ago in the West.  He was the editor of an early Rochester newspaper.

          At the height of his fame he was noted as one of the most-read authors in the nation.  The former Hoosier resided in Salt Lake City for a number of years.  Mr. & Mrs. Wilson will be joined by their son, Paul, today in Rochester.  They will then tour the East, ending their trip at their home in East Orange.  Mrs. Wilson is a cousin of Reed



Lough of this city.

          [NOTE: See Jean C. & Wendell C. Tombaugh, Fulton County Indiana Obituaries, The News-Sentinel, April 5, 1927. Leroy Armstrong]



N.Liberty Bank

The News-Sentinel, July 8, 1947

          Robert Overmyer, Leiters Ford, has assumed new duties as cashier of the Community State Bank at North Liberty.

          He formerly was employed as office manager and bookkeeper in the Fulton County REMC.  He also was formerly cashier of the Leiters Ford State Bank.



Ira Butt Home

The News-Sentinel, July 8, 1947

          Members of the Richard Butt family held a reunion Sunday at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. Ira Butt.  There were ninety-four relatives present, including Mr. & Mrs. Oren Butt of Honolulu.

          Other relatives came from Harvey, Illinois; Kokomo, Decatur, Warsaw, Deedsville, Denver, Roann, Gilead, Twelve Mile, and Rochester.

          A fine program was most enjoyed in the afternoon.



Sells Sporting Store

The News-Sentinel, July 10, 1947

          Another of Rochester’s pioneer business men has retired and plans to devote his entire time to fishing and hunting and in either of these forms of recreation he is most proficient.  This gentleman is Simon Bailey, well-known sportsman who for many years has engaged in the sporting goods business in this city.

          Mr. Bailey quite recently sold out his sporting goods business to the Bailey Bros. Hardware, with which firm he had been connected for a long number of years.  He has entered into retirement at his year around modern home situtate on the north shore of Lake Manitou.

          In an interview today with Simon he stated he started in business in Rochester around 1895 and a couple of years later he and George Elliott owned and operated a bicycle and sportsman’s store in the


Robbins building which is now occupied by Blumenthals, 708 Main street.  Rent on that down town business building at that time was $16 per month.

          Mr. Bailey stated when the landlord boosted the rent to $20 he and his partner moved into the building now occupied by the A.&P store.  Soon after the turn of the century the firm of Bailey & Elliott bought out the Randolph “Sport” Sperling sportsmans store and Rambler auto agency.

          His venture in the auto business, he dryly commented was “nothing to shout about,” as they sold but one Rambler - a fancy two cylinder roadster to Dr. M.O. King.  During these earlier years Simon and George both of whom were crack fishermen, hunters and trapshooters became widely known throughout central and northern Indiana as outstanding sportsmen.

          Stella Bailey, a brother of Simon, and George Black of this city in meantime had opened a hardware store in this city and soon after the big three story building in the 700 block Main street was erected by the late A.J. Dillon, Bailey and Black opened up their hardware in this modern new home.  Following the death of Stella Bailey, Simon Bailey moved his sporting goods business into the hardware store and the business was known as the Black & Bailey Hardware and sportsmen store.

          In more recent years and following the death of George Black the business was owned and operated by the Baileys, namely Simon and his nephews Max and Byron Bailey.  This latest change in ownership brings both the hardware and sportsmen store under the complete ownership of Max and Byron Bailey.

          Simon was somewhat reticent about discussing his prowess as a fisherman and huntsman but to all local sportsmen and old timers he will be remembered as one who always got his full quota of fish and game.  He’s to be found fishing for “Old Bailey” on Lake Manitou today and if he’s not too modest to hoist up his stringer the inquirer will find he’s catchin’ ‘em.



Opened by Ted Olsen

The News-Sentinel, July 10, 1947

          Ted Olsen, who has been in the cleaning business for 15 years, this week opened the doors on a completely new and remodeled cleaning and pressing plant to be known as The Olsen Cleaners.


          Employed at Allison Cleaners until 1936, Olsen then opened his own shop behind his home at 711 Jefferson and operated it under the name of Ted’s Press Shop until the recent installation of his new equipment.

          The addition of a new cement brick building and the purchases of complete cleaning, drying, and pressing equipment has made Olsen’s Cleaners one of the most modern in this part of the state.

          Addition of this equipment makes it possible for Olsen to do his own cleaning rather than taking it out of town and consequently speeds up service to his customers.

          In order to take care of the increased amount of work necessary with the new set up, Olsen has hired Don Polk of this city.  Don is a former Marine and will assist Olsen in the new plant.



Wm. Zimmerman

The News-Sentinel, July 16, 1947

          The history of 100 years of action, fraternal fellowship, service and progress of Rochester Lodge No. 47, Odd Fellows, was given by William Zimmerman, Past Grand Master, and who has been one of the leading and active officials for many years,   His story follows:

          Rochester Lodge No. 47, I.O.O.F., was granted a charter by the Grand Lodge of Indiana on July 15, 1847, upon the petition of Brothers John H. Stailey, Dr. H.W. Mann, Anthony F. Smith, Wilson Alexander, and Samuel Stailey.  It was instituted in the second story of a frame building on the west side of Main street over Shryock and Bozarth’s dry goods store.  Some years later a two story frame building situated on the southwest corner of Jefferson and Seventh streets was purchased and it was located there until 1875, when the building was sold to the Methodist church.

          In 1860 the lodge purchased lot No. 75, present location of the Coplen & Erdmann drug store, where it was planned to build a three story building.  About the same time Levi Mercer and Andrew Shepherd had just constructd a three story brick building on the northwest corner of Main and Ninth streets, (the present Odd Fellows building).  The third story of this building, known as Balcony Hall, was first used for an opera house.  It was purchased by the lodge and dedicated on August 12, 1875.  The two lower rooms were later acquired giving the Odd Fellows title to the entire building.

          The building has recently been repaired and all the interior re-


decorated.  The business rooms on the first floor have been modernized and two new cement block rooms have been added at the rear.  The Kroger Grocery Company has leased the front rooms for a super market, and the rear room is rented to Merle Craig for a cream station.  Recreation rooms, kitchen, and dining room, are located on the second floor.  The third floor is used exclusively for lodge purposes.

          The darkest days of the lodge were during the Civil war and the panic that followed.  Many of the Brothers answered the call to defend the Union, but the fraternal spirit of those remaining at home would not permit one of those brothers to become delinquent, but each paid his share until their return.  Many of the members were again called to defend their country during the Spanish American, World Wars 1 and 11, and the dues of all were remitted until they were discharged.  The lodge’s World War 11 Service flag, the largest in the State, has 54 stars, with three gold stars for Brothers Charles Coplen, William Gilliland, and Bennie DuBois, who paid the supreme sacrifice.

          Rochester Lodge No. 47, as the number indicates is one of the oldest lodges in the state.  The first Odd Fellows in America, Washington No. 1, was instituted at Baltimore, Md. On April 26, 1819.  Hope lodge No. 1, the first in Indiana, was instituted Feb. 4, 1836, at New Albany.  The Odd Fellows of Rochester have enjoyed an enviable place not only in the fraternal life of the community, but in the State as well.  They have the honor of having next to the largest subordinate lodge, the largest Encampment and Canton in the State, and Evergreen Rebekah lodge No. 57 with a membersip of over 300 holds third place.  Fulton county, also, has the distinction of occupying third place in the State, among all the other counties, and having more Odd Fellows in proportion to the population than any other county in Indiana.

          In the early days the lodge along with many others in the state were impressd with their obligation “To Bury the Dead” and as a result the I.O.O.F. Cemetery was organized in December, 1855.  The original tract of 23 acres was purchased at the northwest corner of the city and a small part of this was plotted.  Later an additional 37 acres was acquired making a total of 60 acres now owned by the lodge.

          The first burial was made Jan. 17, 1856 when the late Mrs. Alexander Ross was laid to rest.  She was the grandmother of the late Wm. P. Ross, a trustee of the lodge for many years.  To date 4,614 persons have been buried in the cemetery and proper record kept of each interment.  During the 91 years only seven men have acted as Sexton with Arthur Hartle servng in that capacity now.


          A study of the types of monuments erected through the years along with the names, dates and epitaphs will give one a complete history of the Rochester community from 1856 to 1947.  - - - - -



Purch. George Boots

The News-Sentinel, July 16, 1947

          George Boots, Champaign, Ill., former bookkeeper for the Illinois Electric Company, has purchased the Richland Center store from Clarence Payne.

          Mr. Payne, who has operated the store for two years, has added a locker plant with 200 lockers to the grocery store during his proprietorship.

          He did not announce immediate plans for the future.



Guy Bryant Home

The News-Sentinel, July 16, 1947

          The Dan Bryant family reunion was held Sunday in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Guy Bryant with 54 members and guests present.  After a beautiful dinner the aftrnoon was spent socially.  Those present were from South Bend, Osceola, New Carlisle, Huntington, Ingalls, Oxford, Fulton, Bremen and Rochester.



Leased Jackson

The News-Sentinel, July 18, 1947

          James Jackson, who recently sold his interest in the Standard Filling Station junction of U.S. 31 and Road 25, today announces he has leased the Shell Station formerly owned by J.W. Brubaker from the Deeds Equipment Co.

          The new lease is already operating the station and states he will also carry a complete line of Goodrich tires and batteries and all kinds of automotive equipment.









Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 22, 1947

          The annual Hendrickson reunion was held at the city park Sunday.  A community dinner was served to nearly fifty relatives present from Chicago, South Bend, Kewanna, and Rochester.

          Gifts were presented to the oldest and the youngest member of the Hendrickson family, 81 years old and 11 months old, respectively.



Wm Baldwin Cottage

The News-Sentinel, July 22, 1947

          The annual Baldwin reunion was held Sunday at the William Baldwin cottage at Trail’s End, on the Tippecanoe River.  There were about sixty relatives present for this affair.  A bountiful community dinner was served at the noon hour, followed later in the afternoon by refreshments of ice cream and cake.



Sam Bowen Home

The News-Sentinel, July 23, 1947

          The 28th annual Bowen reunion was held Sunday at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. Sam Bowen, near Akron, with an attendance of 185.  

          The guests were received and welcomed, after which a sumptious basket dinner was served.  Prayers of thanks were offered by the group.

          The program which followed was much appreciated and enjoyed by those present.  Scripture reading and prayer was given by Wendell Norris.  Included in the program were the following members: Piano solos, by Charlie and Daughter Rose Miller, Sharon Bowen, Judy Henry, Barbara Norris and Dennis Bowen; readings by Connie Brower, Barbara Norris, Marcetta Parker, Mary Lou and Jimmie Thacker, Beth Ann and Kathy Sue Ernsberger, and Helen Towle; vocal solos by Linda Figert, James Drudge, Donna Jean Towle, Norene Kinley; a quartet comprised of Judy and Jo Henry and Sharon and Jane Bowen, this quartet also gave a very pleasing instrumental number; harmonica number by Nelson Norris; a flute solo by Jo Henry; Harold Bowen favored with some reminiscing of songs and readings that he had given on similar occasions at these affairs as far


back as 1914.  Willis Bowen assisted him in his rendition of “Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again; Bernice Bowen and Patty Figert gave a piano duet.  The members of the John Bowen family were then presented, there being eleven of the thirteen present:   Wesley, Nelson, Joe, George, Sam, all of Akron; Vernie of East Chicago; Eva Mechling of Argos; Martha Kindig of North Liberty; Alice Norris of Rochester, and Rose Hatch of Macy.  Ray Baker of Rockford, Ill., and Sarah Weller of Elburn, Ill.,were unable to attend.  Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Bowen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary July 28, 1946.

          Four marriages in the family were reported and twelve babies were added to the register.  The election of officers was held with the following results:   Vernie Bowen, president; Ray Bowen, vice-president; Willis Bowen program director, and Irene Secor as secretary-treasurer.

          The 1948 meeting will be held on the third Sunday in July at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kindig and sons of North Liberty, Ind.



“Seven Were Saved”

The News-Sentinel, July 24, 1947

          The many Rochester and Lake Manitou friends of Catherine Craig will have the opportunity of seeing her in the lead role in “Seven Were Saved”: a movie which is being shown at the Times Theatre Friday and Saturday, Julty 25 and 26.

          Catherine Craig will be remembered by local people as Kate Feltus who for a number of years spent her summer vacations at the Harris cottage on the east side of the Lake.



Beaman Suddith

The News-Sentinel, July 25, 1947

          The Pure Oil Company station at Main and Fourth streets is now under the management of Beaman Suddith.

          Suddith purchased full ownership of the station from Robert Ritter Thursday.  Ritter said he had no plans for the immediate future.








Fleet of Diesels

The News-Sentinel, July 26, 1947

          The first of a fleet of seven 3-unit 4500 horsepower Diesel-electric passenger locomotives will go into service on the Erie Railroad next Monday, R.W. Woodruff, president, announced today.

          The balance of the engines now on order will be delivered within ten days at which time all Erie through-line passenger carrying trains will be diesel powered between Jersey City and Chicago. - - - - -




The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1947

          The Rex Theater was closed permanently last Sunday according to Lisle Krieghbaum, manager.

          “The Rex was closed because attendance indicated there was no justification for a second theater in Rochester,” said Mr. Krieghbaum.

          The theater, which was completely remodeled after being unused for more than a year, opened June 14 for weekends only.  It was believed by officials of the Alliance Theater Corporation, Chicago, that Rochester’s population during the summer months would merit another theater.

          The theater lost money every week-end it was operated according to Mr. Krieghbaum.

          The building remains the property of the Alliance Theater Corporation.



Dykeman’s Log.

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1947

          The 36th Graffis family reunion was held at Dykeman’s Park, Logansport, Sunday.  A dinner was served at the noon hour and refreshments followed in the afternoon.

          Otto Rouch presided over the business meeting in the absence of the president, Joe Graffis.  Officers for 1948 are:   President, Clarence Graffis of Rochester; vice-president,, Fred Graffis of Kewanna; secretary-treasurer, Warren Graffis of Royal Center.

          The next reunion will be held the first Sunday in August at Dykeman Park in ‘48.   There were forty-eight present.




Popularity Grows

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1947

          Few orchestras consisting of home talent have been able to stick together and make a musical success but Trib Biddinger’s 12-piece band, now playing each Saturday at the Lakeview hotel, is listed among the few.

          Although hard hit by vacationing members, the band has been able to maintain its fine brand of dance music.

          Before this summer, most of the musical organizations formed in Rochester were of the “combo” variety.  Trib’ s ambition is to have an even larger band that will offer stiff competition to outside bands.

          As Biddinger jokingly puts it, “Since I saw Tex Beneke I’ve been jealous and I aim to have a really big band.:”   But in March, he told the five-piece outfit he was then leading that he was going to have a 10-piece outfit.  Smiles of disbelief greeted this statement.

          One month later, Biddinger was heading a 11-piece band with local personnel.

          One of the chief reasons for the band’s popularity is fair-haired, smiling Art Wilson who plays the finest trombone in these parts.  His Dixieland “rides” are always greeted with a cheer from the audience as well as the band members.

          The return of Cal Austin, who plays any saxophone well, strengthened the orchestra greatly.  Ronnie Powell, a perennial favorite, enjoys singing “The Possum Song” and “Sister Kate” as well as the dancers love to listen.

          The present instrumentation includes three trumpets, one trombone, five saxes, base viol, piano and drums.

          The boys play at Lakeview each Saturday.



Claude Thornhill

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 5, 1947

          Composer-arranger and pianist par excellence - that’s Claude Thornhill, the great bandleader who brings his fine musical aggregation to Colonial Hotel & Gardens on Wednesday, August 6 after 32 months in the Navy.  Claude is a triple-threat man and the lovely theme song of the Thornhill orchestra introduces all three of the maestro’s talents simultaneously.  Claude is the composer and arranger of the hauntingly

beautiful “Snowfall” which also features himself at the piano.  - - - -



Reun, Roch. Cit Pk

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 11, 1947

          The thirty-seventh annual reunion of the Perschbacher family was held at the city park Sunday, August 10th.  Twenty-six relatives and a guest, Harold Haskett of Cincinnati, were present.

          A bountiful dinner was served at the noon hour after which a short business session was held.  Officers for 1948 were elected as follows:   President, Mrs. Wyle Bonine; vice-president, Ernest D. Bonine; Secretary-treasurer Mrs. Alma Shobe.

          The afternoon was spent socially and in making plans for next year’s reunion which will be held at the park.



Elliot Lawrence

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 12, 1947

          Elliot Lawrence, his piano and orchestra, will be the featured attraction at Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens on Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day.  This will be the third big name band to be presented at the resort and will be another step in the management’s plan to bring better dance music to northern Indiana.- - - - -



A Pioneer Business

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 16, 1947

          If a town is judged by the age and reliability of its businesses, Rochester can be justly proud, for the Shore and Hart store has been in business for over 70 years and the proof of its reliability is exemplified by thousands of satisfied customers.

          The Shore & Hart store, 506-508 Main street, formed the nucleus of a Rochester of 1,500 people when it was built in 1874.  Then the main section of town was built around what is now the Farm Bureau Elevator.  The city was linked throughout by dirt streets and this store served the thriving, hustling, farm city as one of the first modern groceries.

          The store itself was built by P.M. Shore and originally named the “P.M. Shore, North End Brick Store.” Earl Shore, one of the present owners, worked in his father’s store as a boy and he now runs the store with his son-in-law, Ned Hart.

          Mr. Hart joined the firm in 1941 and the present name of the


business was established.

          Just recently Shore & Hart have remodeled their store, adding shelf space and modernizing in many ways.  Their store offers north end customers and others a complete line of groceries and meats.  In addition, they maintain a dry goods business and a drug department.

          The store was originally built as a grocery but in 1904 a need was felt for a clothng department.  The section was added and still serves the community.

          The staff of the store numbers two besides the owners.  Mrs. Shore helps out when extra busy times arrive.  One of these will be coming soon for in addition to their other features, Shore & Hart deals in school books and the September rush of students makes for a busy time.

          You might think that a store which had served a community as long as Shore & Hart might just fade out of the community picture after awhile.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  As long as people need groceries and meats and other necessities of life, Shore & Hart will be there to serve, quietly, efficiently, and economically.



Hawaii Econ. Fndn

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 18, 1947

          Word has been received here by relatives that Bernard Clayton, Jr., son of Bernard Clayton, publisher of the Zionsville Times, has been named to the staff of the Hawaii Economic Foundation.

          The younger Mr. Clayton, a former resident of this city, is president of the Pacific News, Ltd.  Previously he was on the staff of Time and Life magazines in administrative and editorial posts.

          Mr. Clayton was named to an executive post with the foundation.

          Mr. Clayton and his wife and two children, Susan Beth, 6, and Jeffrey Clerk, 3, live in Honolulu.  He is a nephew of Mr. & Mrs. Earl Sisson and Mr. & Mrs. Jay Clayton of Rochester.



Walburn Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 20, 1947

          Mr. & Mrs. Harley Walburn entertained the Clifton reunion at their home Aug. 17.  There were over seventy relatives present from Hammond, South Bend, Plymouth, Argos, Rochester, Macy, Akron,


Decatur and Culver.  This was the 48th Clifton reunion to be held.  Mrs. Bertha Thompson, the oldest cousin, has never missed any of these reunions and she is 80 years old.

          The reunion will be held next year at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Judd on the third Sunday in August 1948.



John Hoover

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1947

          The sale of the Peoples Cafe from Mr. & Mrs. John E. Kramer to John Hoover, Rochester, was announced today.

          Mr. Hoover, formerly owner of Hoover’s Restaurant which was located where the Fashion Shoe Store is, will take possession Tuesday, Sept. 2.

          Mr. & Mrs. Kramer did not reveal their plans for the future.

          Mr. Hoover has been a restaurant operator in Rochester for many years.



The Village Shop

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1947

          Miss Elizabeth Baum of this city and her partner Miss Marjie Tissott, of Cleveland, O., will on Friday, Aug. 29 open a most attractive gift and art shop in Nashville, Ind.

          This business which will be known as The Village Shop, is located directly north of the old Pioneer Hotel near the center of the Brown county artists village.  The owners, who operated an advertising and commerial art agency in Los Angeles, Calif., for over six years will carry a high-grade line of gift goods, paintings by Hoosier artists and antiques.

          Their main display and sales room is of early Hoosier design with a large, stone fireplace and rough-beamed ceilings highlighting the setting.

          Miss Baum, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Baum of Lake Manitou, is a graduate of the American Academy of Arts in Chicago, and also took special courses at the Chicago Art Institute and Indiana University.  Many of her paintings have been exhibited in the Hoosier Art Salons.

          The other member of the Nashville Village Shop, Miss Tissott, is a graduate of chemistry and commercial courses in Kent College, Kent,


O.  The young ladies, who were in Rochester over the week-end stated they planned to keep their shop open the year ‘round.



Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 26, 1947

          Fifty-five relatives were present at the Batz family reunion held Sunday at the Rochester City park.  These people came from Alden, East Lansing, and Edwardsburg, Mich; Marion, Culver, and Rochester, Ind.

          Mrs. Clara Grove of Alden and Mrs. Lizzie Thomas of Marion, sisters are the daughters of Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Batz, Sr., and were born near Talma.  Mrs. Grove is ninety-three years of age and Mrs. Thomas is ninety.  Both of the ladies are enjoying fair health.



Opens Acctg Ofc.

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 28, 1947

          Byron B. Shore, who for over ten years was a certified public accountant for the George Rossetter & Co., accountants, of Chicago, has opened a business service office over the Schultz Variety Store, corner of Main and Seventh streets.

          Mr. Shore will do certified accounting, auditing, installation of office systems, bookkeeping and also will be available for all forms of tax consultations.  Byron, who is a graduate of Notre Dame, class of ‘36, also holds an accountng license for practice in the State of Illinois.  He is a veteran of World War 11, having served in the U.S. Army.



Robert M. Fishel

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 5, 1947

          Announcement was made today of the opening of Keystone Upholstering Shop at 1628 Main street.  The owner and operator is Robert M. Fishel, formerly of Princeton, Ill., who has moved to this city.  He has been in the upholstering business for seven years.  He is a veteran having served in the 112 Infantry 28th Division U.S. Army for four years.






Purch by H. Myers

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 6, 1947

          W. Henry Myers, former owner of the Kewanna Herald and his daughter, Mrs. Mary Alice Stokes have purchased the Coble Printing Co. Plant in Plymouth and are already operating the business.

          Mr. Myers sold the Kewanna Herald a few years ago and planned to retire.  At one time he resided in Rochester where he was employed in the printing business.



With Don Robey’s Band

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 17, 1947

          In a letter received today from H.J. (Hal) Halstead from Frontenac, Minn., he stated that their daughter, little Barbara, 5, has been appearing at the upper midwest’s newest and smartest dining and dancing spot, the Terrace Club, at Lake City, Minn.

          Little Barbara is booked as featured tap dancer with Don Robey’s band, Minneapolis, which is currently playing at the Lake City resort spot.  The Halsteads stated they would arrive home the forepart of the coming week.



Open Realty Agency

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 26, 1947

          A new real estate agency is to be opened in Rochester on Monday, Sept. 29, by former Postmaster Hugh G. McMahan and former Judge Robert R. Miller.

          Both men have been residents of Rochester and Fulton county for practically all of their lives and both are owners of Rochester and Fulton county real estate and are thoroughly familiar with property and land values in and about the city.

          Their office will be on the ground floor of the Arlington hotel in a room formerly used as a beauty parlor.  In an interview with Mr. McMahan today he stated the firm alrady has several farms and city and lake properties for sale.







Mitchell & Nicholson

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 26, 1947

          Miss Fredrika Sue Mitchell, Crawfordsville, daughter of Mrs. William P. Mitchell, formerly of Rochester, and William Nicholson, Rochester, were among 54 Hoosiers to be admitted to the Indiana bar this morning in ceremonies in the Supreme Court in Indianapolis.



Fred Rowe, Owner

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 2, 1947

          Fred Rowe, coal dealer of this city, today announced he and C.R. Kemper have dissolved partnership in the coal business which is situated on East Seventh street, as of July 1.  Mr. Rowe will continue on with the coal business in its present location.




The News-Sentinel, Oct. 9, 1947

          The Fulton County Farm Bureau’s new elevator supplants one of the city’s oldest elevators and business establishments, namely the Leiter Elevator, which the Farm Bureau purchased from Fred and Della Leiter of this city on March 1, 1946.

          The old elevator was erected at the present site of the new Farm Bureau building in 1895, by the late William J. Leiter.  This first elevator had a capacity of 11,000 bushels of grain and serviced practically all of the main grain farms at that time within a 15-mile radius of the city.

          The elder Leiter was one of the pioneer citizens of Rochester and previous to his entry into the elevator business he operated a flour and grist mill in the same location,    This mill which was run by water power through a mill race from the lake dam burned to the ground in February of 1893.

          A few years after the beginning of the current century the old mill race was closed and filled in to a point about halfway on what is now East Race street and Lake Manitou.

          William J. Leiter passed away in May of 1920.  The elevator’s business was then operated by his son, Fred, and daughters May and Della Leiter, until the business was purchased by the Farm Bureau n the spring of 1946.  Miss May Leiter died Jan. 1, 1946.


          Fred Leiter, the son of the founder of the old Erie elevator, is still retained in a managerial position by the Farm Bureau.



Church History

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 9, 1947

          [Editor’s Note:   The following is a complete history of the Leiters Ford Methodist church which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of existence.]

          As we turn back the pages of history to the coming of the pioneers, we find that those who sought a habitation and a home in this territory, found great difficulties and dangers to be met and overcome, trials and hardships to be endured.  A living picture of the life of these pioneers cannot be realized save by those who have lived through this period of privation and hardships.

          The dirt roads were at times impassable during the winter months.  The school houses, built out of logs cut from the forest, were the best places the people could meet for religious services.  Yet these frontiersmen had a faith and desire to know and worship God.  They were ever ready to listen to the preaching of the gospel by the ministers as they came to this part of the country.  Many of these early settlers brought their religion with them when they came to make their homesteads.  They would meet in small groups in the homes of those who would invite them and conduct cottage prayer meetings.  At times they would take their dinners and spend the day in Bible study and religious services.

          In 1847, the Methodist society was organized in a new log school house one-quarter of a mile south of Leiters Ford.  This society was admitted into the Indiana annual conference which met in its annual session at Roberta Park chapel in Indianapolis, Sept. 15 to 20, 1847.  Bishop Edmund Janes was the presiding bishop and assigned the society to the Winamac charge and appointed Rev. Jacob Cozad as pastor of the charges.  In 1852, the Northwest Indiana conference was organized and the Winamac charge, of which this society was a part, was transferred to the Northwest Indiana Conference because it was within the boundaries of this conference.  This society held services in the log school house for many years.  When the log school house was abandoned, a new school house was built across the road.  There services were held in the new school house, or at times, in a barn on the John Leiter farm.


          One of the early settlers in this territory was Samuel Hunter, who located on the right bank of the Tippecanoe river.  Finding a shallow place in the river near his farm, he leveled the banks on either side of the stream and made a ford, which for years was known as Hunter’s Ford.  The property later came into the possession of the Leiter family and soon came to be known as Leiters Ford.  The Methodist society adopted the name of Leiters Ford Methodit church.

          In the first 29 years of Methodism in this vicinity religious services were held in the school houses.  When the school houses were not available, services were held sometimes in the homes of the people.  If the house was too small to accommodate the congregation the service was held in a barn.  There are some people living in the community who remember when the services were held in the log school house south of town. - - - -

          During those pioneer years of Methodism there were in the vicinity of Leiters Ford, Christian people representing several protestant denominations.  In 1876. three of these denominations, Albrights (later called Evangelical), the Presbyterians, and the Methodists agreed to unite their effort in building a house of worship.  It was agreed that all three societies would solicit for funds for the new building and the denomination that received the largest sum of money would have the right to dedicate the building but would grant the other denominations the use of the building for their services of worship.  The Methodists succeeded in this campaign by collecting the largest sum of money.  Under the pastorate of Rev. William Wiley Jones, the Methodist minister, and assisted by the other two denominations, they built the church on a lot given by Sam Shadle to the Methodist society.  This was a neat frame building 31 feet by 60 feet, with the entrance at the north of the building and the pulpit in the south.  Mr. B.F. Stahl now living in Leiters Ford, remembers that when a boy he used his father’s team and hauled some of the stone for the foundation of this building.  It was the first church built in the township.   The trustees were Hiram Wagner, Henry Ginther and Sam Shadle.

          On March 7, 1877, during the first revival meeting held in the new Methodist church an electric storm came with great force.  During the service and while Uncle Mike Shadle was leading in prayer, the building was struck by lightning.  The lights were all extinguished and the building was plunged into total darkness.  Upon relighting the lamps, it was discovered that Elias Biddinger had been instantly killed by the lightning and several others wounded and stunned.


          Noah Wagoner had unhitched his team of horses and tied them to the wagon, one on each side.  The horse that was tied next to the church building was killed by the lightning.   The church was slightly damaged by the storm.

          The tragedy of this incident and the profundity of the spiritual implication upon the people in that service will long be remembered by the people of this community.

          During the first century of Methodism in Leiters Ford the church has been connected with a number of Methodist churches in this area.  In 1852, the year the Northwest Indiana conference was organzed, Winamac was made a station church.  This left Kewanna, Monterey and Leiters Ford combined as a charge.  They remained in this combination until 1875 when the Monterey chuuch was transferred to the Culver charge.  In 1890, the Sharon church was built and added to this charge.  In 1891, the Delong society built a church in Delong and was added to the Leiters Ford charge.  At this time Kewanna was taken off the charge.  This left Leiters Ford, Sharon and Delong forming the charge.

          In 1893, under the pastorate of Rev. John McCloud, the Leiters Ford Society built a parsonage east of the church building on a lot given for that purpose by Jacob Gamby.  In 1897, the Ames Methodist church was organzed and added to the charge.  In 1898, the Ames church was taken off the charge and the Burton church added, but remained for one year.  From 1899 to 1909, the charge was composed of Leiters Ford, Delong and Sharon churches.  In 1909 the Sharon church disbanded and the Monterey church was transferred back to the Leiters Ford charge, leaving Leiters Ford, Delong and Monterey combined together.  These churches have since been working together as one charge, their minister living in Leiters Ford parsonage.

          In 1901, under the pastorate of Rev. Erastus R. Wood, the church was remodeled.  The pulpit was moved to the west side of the building and a large class room built on the east side.  New pews and beautiful art wndows were installed.  A new floor was laid in the entire building.  The main enrance and belfry was built on the northeast corner of the main building.  A small room was built on the southeast corner of the building for the light plant.  A basement was built under the large class room on the east side and a basement 20x25 feet under the main building for a furnace which was installed at this time.  The rededication service was held in March, 1901.  Rev. James W. Shell of Chicago, a former pastor, preached the dedicatory sermon and


dedicated the church building.  The trustees were C.C. Campbell, A. Ginther, J.H. Cook, A. Reish, and C. Biddinger.

          In 1922, under the pastorate of Rev. J.E. Sidebottom, the church building was wired and electric lights were installed to take the place of the old acetylene lights.   In 1926, under the pastorate of Rev. H.L. Adams, the church was again remodeled.  The building was raised about three feet and a basement under the entire building and a new heating plant was installed.  Two small class rooms were built, one on each side of the pulpit.  The rededication service was held on June 6, 1926.  Dr. John J. Wilson, district superintendent, presided the dedicatory sermon and rededicated the church at the mornng service.  A basket dinner was served in the new basement by the ladies.  Rev. Charles Roush, a former pastor, preached at the afternoon service, and Rev. Harley Davis, also a former pastor, preached the evening service. The trustees were Adam Reish, George Taylor, Samuel Kelley, Omer Reichard and L. Luckenbill, who was also chairman of the improvement committee.

          In the early days of Methodism in this community a small group of devoted Christian women desired to make some contributions to the religious life.  They organizd the Ladies Aid society.  This faithful group of Christian women, possessed by an indomitable faith, worked, gave, and prayed that the work of the kingdom be supported and their church to be a living church.  In 1941 the Ladies Aid society was reorganized into the Woman’s Society of Christian Service.  This society seeks to unite all Christian women in Christian living and service.  The society now has 65 members and is divided into three groups, each group and the entire society meet once a month.  Mrs. Paul Reichard is the president.  The contributions and influence of these Christian women reach around the earth.  The records of the years gone by of this faithful group of women “are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

          The Sunday school, that was organized in the early church, has continued down through the century, faithfully teaching both young and old the word of God.  During these early years of the church and down through the century, there were many loyal consecrated Christian men and women who have given generously of their time and substance for the support of the Christian religion. - - - - -

          The present enrollment of the church school is 170.  Mrs. Harry Johnson is superintendent and Mrs. Chester Bowersox is superintendent of the Children’s department.


          In 1947, under the pastorate of Rev. Stanley Hall, approximately $1,500 was spent on improvements of the church.  The entire building was rewired and new lights installed.   The pulpit was remodeled and the entire building redecorated.  A new well was driven and a new water pump installed to furnish both the church and parsonage with water.  Many other improvements were made at this time.  The trustees are Harry Johnson, Adam Reish, Levi Leiter, Dan R. Haschel, Guy Stayton, Paul Reichard and Omer Reichard.

          The following is a list of the names of the pastors and the years they served the Leiters Ford Methodist Church from 1847 to 1947:   Rev. Jacob Cozad, 1847; John Leach, 1848; H.C. Badley, 1849; John S. Hatfield, 1850; Herman B. Ball, 1850; Ezentus Doud, 1852; Jacob Musser, 1853: Abram Utter. 1854; Leander Carson, 1855-56; William J. Forbes, 1857; T.C. Workman, 1858; Jessie S. Woodard, 1859; John E. Newhouse, 1860-61; John H. Cissell, 1862-63; Charles L. Smith, 1864-65; J.M. Bressler, 1866-67; Jesse Sparks, 1868 (supply); William T. Jones, 1869; J.E. Crane, 1870; Brenton H. Deall 1871-72; Wm. Reder and Jesse Sparks, 1873 (supplies); H.C. Langley, 1874; William Wiley Jones, 1875-77; G.J. Vaught, 1878; Alexander B. Bunder, 1879-80’ Ruben H. Banders, 1881-82; John C. Mastin, 1883-85; Benjamin F. Ivey, 1886-88; James W. Shell, 1889-90; R.M.S. Hutchens, 1891 (supply); John E. McCloud, 1892-94; Olysses G. Sholty, 1895-97; U.M. Creat, 1898; Erastus R. Wood, 1899-1900; Lynn Bates, 1901-02; E.G. Pelley, 1903; J.F Rogers, 1904; T.M. Markin, 1905-07 (supply); N.H. Calton, 1908-09; W.L. Boyd 1910-11; L.C. Garner, 1912; Oren W. Hankins, 1913; W.L. Taylor, 1914-15; Harley A. Davis. 1915; Joseph B. Harris 1917-18 six months; Charles V.. Rouch, 1918 six months in 1920; C.H. Todd, 1921 (supply); J.E. Sidebottom, 1922; L.M. Williams, 1923-24; H.L. Adams, 1925-29; Lawrence P. Green, 1930-32; Mack W. Crider,1933-36; John Walton, 1937-42; Merlin R. Burgette. 1943-45; six months; C.L. Hughhanks, 1945-six months; Stanley S. Hall 1946-48 - - - - -




The News-Sentinel, Oct. 10, 1947

          Four Rochester residents are now operating a restaurant at 1513 North Pennsylvania street, Indianapolis.

          They are Mr. & Mrs. John Kramer, former owners of People’s Cafe, and Mr. & Mrs. James Williams.  Mr. Williams has tendered his


resignation as custodian of the club room at the LeRoy Shelton American Legion home.

          The new restaurant has a seating capacity of 85.

          The Kramers have leased their Lake Manitou home to Clinton Kirk of Kokomo who plans to open a paint and wallpaper store in Rochester.



Sam Stephen, Mgr.

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 11, 1947

          Sam Stephen has recently taken over the management of the Texaco Service Station at (SE corner) Eleventh and Main streets, succeeding Omar Richardson.  Stephen has been in the oil business since 1935 with his father, Ora Stephen, who is the manager of the Texaco Oil Company bulk station in Rochester, both at the bulk station and as manager of filling stations.  The Eleventh St. Texaco station is one of the best equipped in the city.

          Richardson has managed the station for the past 21 months and has no plans for the immediate future.  Stephen served 47 months in the army in World War 11, two years in the Philippines and New Guinea.  He is a member of the local VFW and American Legion posts and is the immediate past quartermaster of the VFW post.  Stephen is married and resides at 822-1/2 Monroe street.



At New Location

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 15, 1947

          The Modern Dairy will be open for business Friday, Oct. 17, in its new building, situated at 216 East Ninth street, this city, according to an announcement made today by Chalbert Johnson, owner of the local plant and also the Modern Dairy at Mexico.

          The local plant was formerly located in the old ice plant building 613 Madison street, this city.  This building is now being dismantled by the Public Service Company of Indiana, Inc., for pending improvements.

          Jay Eshelman of this city is superintendent of the Modern Dairy plants both at Rochester and Mexico.  Hugh Kirkendall, also of Rochester, is manager of the local plant. - - - -





Tony Miller

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 16, 1947

          Kenneth (Tony) Miller today announces the opening of his plumbing and heating shop, 711 Monroe street this city.  Kenneth says he is carrying a complete line of plumbing and heating fixtures and is prepared to do all kinds of plumbing work.

          Mr. Miller is an ex-service man and has been engaged in the plumbing business here since his discharge early in 1945. - - - -

          The local plumber has been a life resident of Rochester and is married.  He and Mrs. Miller reside on the North Shore Lake road in “The Millers” cottage.



New Custodian

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 16, 1947

          Elton Nelson, formerly employed by the Bailey Beverage Company, is the new custodian of the LeRoy Shelton American Legion club-rooms.  He succeeds James Williams who has gone into the cafe business in Indianapolis.



H. Halterman

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 17, 1947

          Harrison Halterman of this city has purchased the Waltz Grocery Store on East Fourth street from Robert Waltz, it was announced today.

          A World War 11 veteran, Mr. Halterman was formerly in the grocery business at Richland Center.  He plans to carry a full line of groceries and choice meats.

          Mr. Waltz plans to devote all his time to the operation of his restaurant in East Rochester.




The News-Sentinel, Oct. 20, 1947

          Earl Richards, proprietor of the Gamble Store, 526 Main street, this city, today announced the sale of this store to Herman Hinshaw and Victor McCarty, both of Westfield, Ind.- - - - -

          Mr. McCarty has been engaged in farming near Westfield for


several years and Mr. Hinshaw has been employed at the Allison Engineering Company at Indianapolis.  He is a brother-in-law of James Leakey of the Quad Corporation of this city.

          Mr. & Mrs. Hinshaw and two children and Mr. & Mrs. McCarty and three children have already taken up their permanent residence at Lake Manitou.

          Mr. Richards, who opened the Gamble store here a little over a year ago, has not announced his plans for the future.



H.C. Herkless

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 20, 1947

          Charles E. Pyle, proprietor of The Racket Clothing store, has employed his son-in-law, H.C. Herkless formerly of Indianapolis, as a salesman.  Mr. & Mrs. Herkless and daughter Julia have purchasd a home in the Manitou Heights addition on East Ninth street and have already taken up their residence in Rochester.



Of Roch Youth

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 24, 1947

          Yokohama, Oct. 24 - Former Lt. Col. Shigeji Mori, onetime commandant of the Cabanatuan prison camp in the Philippines, pleaded not guilty before an 8th army commission today.  He is charged with having ordered the shooting of Thomas E. Hunt of Rochester, Ind., and 12 other American captives in 1942.



          Thomas E. Hunt who was the son of Mrs. Bertha Neighbor, South Main street this city, was a member of Battery D of the 200th Coast Artillery.  He was captured in the fall of Bataan in April of 1942.

          U.S. Army records disclosed that Thomas, along with 12 other U.S. Soldiers was executed at the Billibid prison in the Philippines in June of 1942.

          Besides his mother of this city he is survived by a sister, Mrs. A.J. Litavecz, Jr., of Chicago; a half-brother, Robert Neighbor Rochester and a half-sister, Mrs. Charles King of Lafayette.






To Mrs. Marsh.

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 28, 1947


          Mrs. Glenn Marsh of Bluffton, Ind., has recently received a letter from her mother, Mrs. Floyd J. Mattice (former resident of this city) from Tokyo which she believes will be of interest to the many friends of the Mattices in this city.  Mr. Mattice, a prominent attorney of Washington, D.C., and Chicago, has been stationed in Tokyo for approximately two years where he has been acting as a defense counsel for Jap war criminals in the U.S. Army trials being conducted in Tokyo.  This most interesting letter follows.)


Dear Helen and All:

          We had our bags packed and out the door of the Hostess House at six-thirty on the day of Friday, Sept. 5 - marked and ready for a pickup to be delivered to our cabin (this was important as we had been told we had to carry our own aboard).   I could have had another bag, which I truly needed.  I was very fortunate in getting Mary, she is your age, Helen, and hails from Chicago - a good bridge player and pal - we have spent all the time together.  Then breakfast and to the buses at nine o’clock.  There are 127 children and 147 women besides the enlisted men.  Everything went according to schedule.

          At the desk we were given our passports and our cabin numbers.  Mine is B deck, cabin 12 - the very best on the boat.  The A deck on this boat is the bridge.  There are 4 bunks.  I drew Violet age (40) from Alabama, Mary from Washington, D.C., and Lou, (50), from San Francisco all very congenial.  I also drew a lower birth which was grand.  With the band playing and flags flying we slid out at 12 sharp.  Not many orchids or tears as we were too far away from family and friends.  Mary and I stayed on deck and watched Seattle disappear.  That is a sight one won’t soon forget.

          It was very cold and my coat over my suit was perfect.  We went all of Friday and into the night in Puget Sound (it’s 100 miles long).    By morning we were on the Pacific Ocean and rough.  Over half the people were sick and many of the babies.  The hospital was full and overflowing.  The dining room was conspicuously empty.  I eat on the third shift, which is 8, 12, and 5:30.  The food is plentiful and good (Philippine waiters) we are allowed to tip $1.00 for ten days service also paid $20 in advance for food.  Never have I been treated


nicer.  Am out on deck writing so hope you can read this.  I did not get sick for which was as smooth as glass.  I never our cabin was sick.  (sic) The ocean was really not so rough, so the captain said, but everyone especially the mothers were tired.

          Still cold - two double blankets over us.  Quite a change from Saturday in Chicago (100).  During the night Saturday the sea calmed and everyone showed up for church Sunday morning.  The sun came out and warmed us up.  By Tuesday it was 74 and the ocean was as smooth as glass.  I never would have believed that this great body of water could be as smooth!  We started sun bathing in our deck chairs.  So the days go on - playing bridge (found four good players) sitting on the promenade deck (on which we live).  On Monday we were invited (18 of us) first class to have coffee with the Captain on the Bridge.  It was interesting as he explained everything to us.  There are 452 passengers 147 in the crew.  We were served coffee, cookies and cigarettes.

          This is Wednesday and I sent you a radiogram and one to Dad.  Had one from him yesterday.  Weather still perfect temperature 74.  Put on a dress today and felt so much better.  Mrs. Collett, Mary Moxley and I were asked to sponsor a bridge tournament which we did, the ship giving the prizes.  This is a very nice boat. It is running over with children, some have four.  One woman has three -(two on leash and one she carries.

          A girl who was in my coach on the train is very ill.  She laid in convulsions nearly all the time.  She was married by “proxy” and expected to be married in the church upon arrival.  They have sent word for an ambulance to meet the boat and take her to a hospital.  She asked me to the wedding.  By the way they have a well equipped hospital here.  The rooms are as nice as the B and C deck.  These rooms have four bunks and a private shower - no children on B deck.  It’s no luxury liner but I was fortunate I had port holes and air.  Some of them, especially the babies really suffered with the heat and no air.  We were told to bring warm clothing as we were going the northern route.  But because of the heavy storms around Alaska we came very far south.

          Picture shows every night - a P-X with everything.  We eat peanuts and candy and play cards all day.  Keeping even on the bridge- we’ve been playing five cents a game.  I have gotten acquainted with many people.  There is an Australian actress and a woman attorney on the trials also a Mrs. Logan whose husband is a defense attorney.


          This is Sunday and just came from church.  Lost another hour last night and skipped Saturday 13 altogether.  We have to make up 15 hours so we set the clocks back every other day then 24 hours altogether!  Fun?  Well I won second prize in the tournament - a box of candy.  It was fun meeting new bridge players.  Had four lieutenants who enjoyed it too.  One of them a Lieutenant Wyckoff won first prize.  We start another tournament Monday which lasts two days.  By Wednesday we will be packing and getting ready to dock Thursday (we think)!  We have to go into Yokohoma in the early morning, so if we get too close we have to slow up.  Thursday and Friday were the most glorious days I’ve ever experienced.  The water was rough enough to be bautiful, blues, greens, aqua and the air divine!  The sun was warm and we took advantage of our deck chairs.  The sun sets are out of this world.  I hope to see a sunrise before we dock.

          Was up Friday at 5 and the doors were closed - they were scrubbing the deck.  Here I was up at 5 dressed and no place to go.  We ran into a school of tuna and hundreds of them jumped into the air.  Always looking for whales but only four have shown up.  A bird landed on deck today - exhausted.  You wouldn’t think there would be birds so far from land but there are a few.  The Captain tells a story about the birds flying up in the sky to lay eggs (which come down with parachutes) and they hatch on the way down.  We have a paper published evry day gives us the scuttlebut (that’s a new word for me).  Last night the big swell came and today we are rolling.  Many are sick again.  It rained but now the sun is out and the air is so fresh.  The Captain said we had hit the tail of a storm.

          Thursday at 2:30 we had a burial service.  All the officers in full dress uniforms.  The ashes of a soldier scattered to the four winds.  Very impressive.  The church services are so impressive too.  Here we are in a little boat on this mighty ocean - wholly at its mercy -nothing but water and sky - so close to God.  Today Sunday we are 3354 miles from Seattle and 1543 miles to go.  We are making 17 knots an hour, water temperature is 76 - distance traveled in the last 24 hours 431 miles.  We’ve had 4 fire drills - our boat I just outside our door.  If you could see me in my Khaki coat life preserver, you would have seen everything - Mrs five by five.

          Today is Tuesday and the beginning of the end is beginning to begin.  We are in our cabins waiting for the nurses, just looking in our throats for a rash etc.  There are several cases of 3-day measles among the babies (kiss my babies for me and take care of them).  After what


I’ve seen of the 127 here I think yours are very worth while.  The ocean is really on a tear today.  We hear there was a typhoon on the east coast of Japan so we fear we’re in for it.  Many are sick again.  It’s still a beautiful day, warm sun bright.  Yesterday we had a bridge tournament and I won high - made the daily paper.  Wednesday and we are still rolling from side to side.  Last night as we sat in the picture show the water came over the deck and splashed in the portholes.  I was really frightened as in the dark the chair began to slide as many fell.  They had to turn on the lights and unscramble the people.  After the show went to bed took a sleeping pill and hoped for the best as I tried to tell myself “relax Charlotte there is nothing you can do you-re in the hands of God now.” So I slept while many roamed and fell - the dishes crashed - chairs fell over - drawers came out and ladders fell from upper births.  It wasn’t really dangerous so they said but very unusual.  Mornng found us quieted down - we expected to pack yesterday - but couldn’t stand up in the showers or anything, then we heard that the storm had slowed us down and that we wouldn’t dock until noon.  So this is the day everyone excited and busy, hair done up and heads tied up.

          Must tell you about the Captain’s dinner last night.  We were notified to dress up (that meant no slacks, but as per usual many wore them anyway).  There are some on this boat who should never have left “Shanty Town.” They have been announced by name over the loud speaker to come to the P.A. Room carrying on day and night with the soldiers and the help.  Well the dinner was very nice and we were served little cakes and ice cream.

          More of this our last day.  Was up at 4 as was determined to see a sunrise.  It was dark but went out on deck in my robe and behold there was a lighthouse blinking at me - in a half hour a glorious sunrise and soon I could see the dim outline of the shoreline of Japan.  Land!  I then dressed as we were to have breakfast at 6 and lunch at 10:30.  We had so much food and ate so often I met myself going to lunch when I came from breakfast.  Maybe that’s why I felt so good all the time - stomach full of good solids and hot tea.  Even in the storm my stomach didn’t turn over so I feel I’m a good sailor.  I stayed on deck so I could see all the sights.  At ten we anchored and the land crew came aboard - we ran up a new red and white flag to announce that the new pilot was there to take us in.  We filed into the lounge to have our baggage checked.  Money was changed into occupation money and $2 refunded out of the $20 so for $18 all this and heaven too.  Then



we lifted anchor and headed toward port.  My what a thrill - everyone was shaking and were hanging on the rail.

          Was very surprised to see the tall buildings one would think you were getting into Chicago.  Yokohoma is quite a city.  As we slid into the dock there were all the husbands with flowers and candy and much waving.  The band was playing for us and I dropped a few tears into the briney deep.  Here was Dad with a corsage - almost the first man I saw.  He has grayed at the temples, but boy did he look grand.  He snapped a picture of me right now.  They all came aboard - got to see our cabin and meet new friends - with Japs to carry all the luggage.  Col. Moore., with his chauffeur had brought Jack and we had a wonderful trip back to Tokyo and the Dai-Iti.  It’s good to be with my Jack again and I can see how very much more lonesome he was than he ever let on.

                                      Lots of love

                                      Your Mamasan and




Leased by Baxter

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 1, 1947

          Ernest Baxter will take possession of the Ewing Nursing Home Dec. 1, it was announced Friday afternoon.

          Mr. & Mrs. Delbert Ewing leased the home to Mr. Baxter for one year period.

          Jerry Eastburg will be superintendent and Mrs. Eastburg will be the bookkeeper.  Mr. Eastburg has served as a male nurse at Woodlawn hospital and served three years in the medical corps of the Navy.

          Mr. Baxter, owner of the Blue Drug Store here, moved here four years ago from Walton where he operated a similar business.

          Mr. & Mrs. Ewing, who founded the home 12 years ago, plan to go to Orlando, Fla., in December where they will visit Mrs. Ewing’s sister, Mrs. Adaline Meredith.











Building Church

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 4, 1947

          Construction began Monday on the new First Assembly of God church at 608 East 14th street.

          The building will be on the same lot as the gospel tent was this summer.

          This church is one of 12 new buildings being erected by the Indiana District of the Assemblies of God.

          The completion date is expected to be sometime next spring.

          Services are being held at 614 East 14th street, one door east of the building site.



Repairs Completed

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 5, 1947

          The electrification of the strike movement of the courthouse clock has been completed by employees of the Tower Clock Service Company, Springfield, O., according to County Auditor Harold B. Davisson.

          The time movement of the huge clock was repaired last month by this company. - - - -




The News-Sentinel, Nov. 10, 1947

          The Donut Bar, 116 East Ninth street, is now being operated by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Grile and Mr. & Mrs. Waldo Farris of this city.

          Virgil (Bud) Johnson, former proprietor, announced the sale of the cafe today.  The Johnsons have no immediate plans for the future.

          Mr. Grile has been a resident of Rochester for seven years during which time he has been employed at the Topps Garment Company.  He and Mrs. Grile, the former Mairian Yeazel, worked for Mr. Johnson when he took over the Donut Bar last March.  Prior to that time Mrs. Grile had been employed by Mr. Johnson when he was operating Johnson’s Dairy Bar.

          Mr. Grile is worthy president of the Eagles lodge and lives at 505 Madison street.  He has two step-sons attending Lincoln school.

          Mr. & Mrs. Farris came to Rochester from Clumbia City one year ago.  He has been employed by the Topps Garment Company as


a sewing machine mechanic.  Before moving here, he was employed by the Blue Bell Corporation in Columbia City.

          A veteran of World War 11, he spent two years in the Navy.  Mr. & Mrs. Farris live on RR 1, Rochester, and have two sons who attend Woodrow school.

          The new owners announced that they plan to serve hot lunches as well as short orders.



Purch By McCoy

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 10, 1947

          The Johnson Dairy Bar, 114 East Eighth street, has been purchased by Walter McCoy, Detroit, Mich., according to Mr. & Mrs. Ford Johnson, former owners.

          Born in Kewanna, Mr. McCoy is a veteran of World War 1 and is a past commander of a Detroit American Legion post.  He was employed in a Detroit auto factory for several years previous to his purchase of the local restaurant. - - - -



Purch Paul Edwards

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 11, 1947

          Paul Edwards, RR 1, has purchased the Standard Filling station at 10th and Main streets from Joe Wilhoit.

          Wilhoit, who has owned and operated the station for the last three years, plans to devote most of his time to the sale of used cars.

          Edwards was born at Logansport and operated a station for two years in LaPorte.  He married the former Lois Rouch of this city.

          Ray Bowen has been employed as attendant at the station.



Olsen & Johnson

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 11, 1947

          Mel Hall, unicyclist par excellance, has been booked to travel on a tour with Olsen & Johnson and Mickey Rooney throughout the Hawaiian Islands.  Hall will leave for Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 10 to join the troupe.






At Perrysburg

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 12, 1947

          Rex Richards, of this city today announces that he has leased a business building in Perrysburg, 12 miles southeast of Rochester on U.S. 31 where he has opened an antique shop.

          Mr. Richards states he will continue his repairing and refinishing furniture work, which he has been doing at his home here, in his Perrysburg store.  His new antique business will open Thursday, Nov. 13th.  The Richards will continue their residency in this city.



1/2 Purch Geo. Bowers

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 13, 1947

          Wilbur Smith of Smith’s Food Market has sold his one-half interest in the store to George Bowers, 530 East 13th street, it was announced today.

          Mr. Bowers has had charge of the meat department since Mr. Smith and his father, W.E. Smith, acquired the store several months ago.

          The younger Smith said his plans for the future were “indefinite” while his father intends to become a silent partner and turn over the management of the store to Mr. Bowers.

          The transaction will go into effect Monday.

          Mr. Bowers, a native of Winamac, came here from Kewanna and was employed in the meat department of Claude Johnson’s grocery store for 16 years.  He worked for the N.O. Nelson Poultry House two years.

          Mr. Bowers, son and daugher, James and June, will be full-time clerks while a younger son, Gerald, will clerk spare time.



Purch by Black

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 15, 1947

          Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Black have purchased the Snack Shack at 814-1/2 Main street from Miss Gertrude McDaniels, it was announced today.

          Mr. Black has been employed by Stewart’s Bakeries for several months and formerly was a traveling salesman for a bakery equipment concern.  The Blacks moved to Rochester from Sidney.


          Mrs. Margaret Darrah and Mrs. Ernest Becraft will be retained as employees.

          Miss McDaniels bought the Snack Shack early last spring from Jack Kofron.  She sold the restaurant becase of illness in her family.



Grocery by Otis

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 19, 1947

          Otis Halterman has purchased an interest in the Harrison Halterman grocery store, it was announced today.  Both men are working in the East Fourth street store.



To Build Apartment

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 19, 1947.

          - - - - The newly incorporated business firm comprised of 10 local business men was organized for the purpose of building one or more apartment buildings in the City of Rochester.

          The first board of directors comprising all of the incorporators includes, Clarence F. Hill, Karl B. Gast, Hugh A. Barnhart, Jack A. Elin, Roscoe D. Pontius, Lynn Chamberlain, Roger L. Dooley, Ernest Baxter, Dr. Dean Stinson and Maurice C. Barr. - - - -



To Talk on WGN

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 1, 1947

          A debate which will be aired over station WGN at 9:30 (CST) Tuesday evening, Dec. 2 will be of considerable interest to Rochester and Akron residents inasmuch as a former resident, John A. Barr will be one of the broadcasters.

          Mr. Barr, who is manager of labor relations for Montgomery Ward and Co., of Chicago will argue that labor does not lose anything under the Taft-Hartley law and Boris Shiskin, chief economist for the American Federation of Labor will take the opposition position.  Dr. William S. Stokes, of Chicago, will serve as the moderator.  John Barr is a nephew of Mrs. Harry Page and Mrs. A.L. Deniston, of this city.







Heads Bar Conf.

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 1, 1947

          Thomas C. Bigley, attorney of Columbus, Ind., has been appointed state chairman of the Junior Bar Conference of the American Bar Association for Indiana.

          The Junior Bar Conference is a section of the American Bar Association and includes all lawyers in the United States under the age of 36 who are members of the association.

          A native of Culver, Mr. Bigley graduated from Indana University with a B.S. Degree in 1934 and an L.L.B. Degree in 1938, in which he was also admitted to the Bar in Indiana.



Purch Doc Babcock

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 6, 1947

          Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Martin have announced the sale of their grocery and cafe at the intersection of state road 25 and the North Shore Drive to Lawrence (Doc) Babcock who owns the building.

          The Martins have operated the grocery since last spring.  Their plans for the future are not complete.

          Mr. Babcock will operate the grocery and cafe.



Schall, Manager

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 10, 1947

          Jerry Schall on Friday, Dec. 12 will take over the management and operation of the Standard Filling Station, corner of 10th and Main street, this city.

          Mr. & Mrs. Schall come here from Monterey where he operated the Shell filling station in that city for the past several years.  Mr. Schall is a veteran of World War 11 and had 36 months service overseas.  Mrs. Schall was a telephone operator in the Monterey Exchange.  They are planning to take up their permanent residency here as soon as a residence may be found.








Purch By Alspach

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 10, 1947

          Mr. & Mrs. Henry Alspach of Rochester have purchased the 43-acre orchard owned and operated during the past five years by Arthur Fansler, RR 2, Rochester

          The orchard is located on the old Spohn farm west of this city on road 14.  Possession will be given Jan. 1, 1948.

          The new orchard owners are natives of this city.  Mr. Alspach has been employed as a lineman by the Rochester Telephone Company.  He has resigned to assume his duties as manager of the orchard.



Opens Dec. 11

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 10, 1947

          The beautiful, new Berkway “Park and Shop” super-market situated at 915-919 (sic) East Ninth street, this city, holds its formal opening, featuring many special bargains, on Thursday morning, December 11, at 9 o’clock.



Randall Westwood

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 22, 1947

          Randall E. Westwood of Rochester recently completed a course at the International Barber School in Indianapolis and now is in business with his father, Fred Westwood, at 112-1/2 East Eighth street.

          Randall is a graduate of Rochester high school.  He and his wife have taken up residence at 427 Indiana avenue.



Fire & Mech Ins Co

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 23, 1947

          Russell Voorhees, outgoing county treasurer, announced today that he has been appointed the Fulton county agent for the Firemen & Mechanics Insurance Co. Mr. Voorhees, who goes out of office Jan. 1, will conduct his new line of business from his home on the west side of the lake.- - - - He has served as treasurer four years and previously served four years as the Fulton County Sheriff.  He came here from Garrett 23 years ago.




Dr. Cleon Nafe, Pres.

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 29, 1947

          Dr. Cleon A. Nafe, Indianapolis surgeon and son of Eugene P. Nafe of near Rochester, will assume the presidency of the Indiana State Medical Assn., Jan. 1.  This is one of the highest honors which can come to an Indiana physician.

          Born near Rochester fifty-five years ago, Dr. Nafe taught school for three years in and near Fulton before deciding to forsake the teacher’s pointer for the surgeon’s scalpel.  He took his pre-medic training at Indiana University, from which he was graduated in 1917.  He received his M.D. from the university’s medical school in 1921.  After an internship and two years’ residency in surgery at Indianapolis General Hospital, he served as superintendent of the institution for four years.

          Before his elevation to the presidency of the state association of 3,605 physicians, Dr. Nafe was chairman of its executive committee for ten years.  In 1945 he was president of the Indianapolis Medical Society.

          Dr. & Mrs. Nafe live at 5060 N. Meridian street, Indianapolis, with their son and daughter.



Purch. By Greathouse

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 29, 1947

          The Bob Waltz restaurant on East Fourth street has been sold to Everett Greathouse, it was announced today. [SEE INDIANA CAFE]

          Mr. Greathouse, who is employed at the Ohio Milk Sugar plant, said the restaurant would continue to be managed by Walter Weaver.

          Mr. Waltz said he plans to enter the painting, roofing, and light construction business.



Was Waltz Restrnt

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 5, 1948

          The prize-winning name of Indiana Cafe for the restaurant at Fourth street and Indiana avenue was chosen by Miss Betty Jo Bowen, it was announced today by Everett Greathouse, owner.

          The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Bowen, the winner, received $5 for submitting the chosen name.  Judges who sorted the


more than 140 names turned in were Mayor Clarence Hill, Lyman Langford and Faye Holman.

          A painted sign bearing the new name will be put up in the near future, Mr. Greathouse said.



Scheid Sells Int.

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 7, 1948

          A change in the ownership of the Rochester Canning Co., which was consummated at the close of 1947 was announced today by Robert Scheid.  Reuben Scheid who has owned and operated the factory since 1923 has retired from the busines but will continue to reside at his home 317 West Ninth St., this city.

          The business will be owned and operated by Robert Scheid, son of the retiring owner, and Ben Vernon and his son, John, both of this city.  The elder Vernon has been associated with the Scheids in the canning factory business since 1925.  Under the new management Robert Scheid owns 50 percent of the stock and Mr. Vernon and son, John, each control 25 percent.

          Reuben Scheid, who was one of the pioneers in the canning industry, started in business in Eaton, O, about 45 years ago.  Ben Vernon also was employed in the Eaton, O., factory.

          In an interview with Robert Scheid today he stated the plant which is one of the largest in northern Indiana, would continue to operate along the same lines and methods as in recent years.



Pontiac Agt.

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 12, 1948

          Dennis Deeds, head of the Deeds Equipment Co., announced today that his firm had been appointed Pontiac distributor for Fulton county. - - - -




The News-Sentinel, Jan. 19, 1948

          Bob Hill, Rochester, has interrupted his 14 years of barber service at his shop at 430 Main street to move to new headquarters at 707 East Ninth.  He has constructed a modern shop in his home and will be open for business there Friday.



Filmed Today

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 21, 1948

          An estimated 12,000 pages of Fulton county history was photographed for posterity today by a representative of the Permanent Record Company of Indianapolis.

          Practically all agencies wishing to protect papers, deeds, letters, or other written articles are being insured by being micro-filmed.

          The records are photographed in 1,000 foot rolls and are kept in bank vaults.  The regular books are kept at the courthouse. - - - -

- -      Nearly all of the records in the Fulton county courthouse have been micro-flmed.  The process is repeated yearly.      



To Move?

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 22, 1948

          It is reported in Kewanna that the Observer, weekly newspaper which has been published in that town for the last 14 months is moving its equipment to Fulton and will publish there in the future.  The paper is owned and edited by Claude Pritchard.

          It is understood that the paper will be given the name of the Fulton-Kewanna Observer and will carry news and advertising from both towns.



Store Opens

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 28, 1948

          A new store will be opened in Rochester on Saturday, Jan. 31.  This new business will be known as Kirk’s Wall Paper and Paint store and is located at 100 East Ninth street in the building formerly occupied by the Allison Dry Cleaners.

          Clinton D. Kirk, owner of the business who has already taken up his residency here with his wife and two children at Lake Manitou, comes here from Kokomo, Ind.  Mr. Kirk for a number of years was associated with Albright wall paper and paint stores at Kokomo and Peru and is thoroughly acquainted with this business.

          In an interview today, he stated he was carrying a full-line of the well-known O’Brien paints and varnishes and also would have on display between 200 and 300 latest patterns of the famous Peacock “colorfast” wall papers. - - - -



To Merge

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 28, 1948

          The Kewanna Beauty Shop which is operated by Mrs. Anetta Smith Besse will merge with the Florentine Beauty Shop owned and operated b Mrs. Florence Jennings Harbett as of February 3rd.  The combined shops will be one of the best equipped in that section of the county, it was stated.



Mrs. Wayland Resigned

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 7, 1948

          Mrs. Virgil Wayland of Rochester has resigned her position in The News-Sentinel bindery department, it was announced today.

          The Waylands plan to move to Indianapolis whee her husband is employed as a pressman on The Indianapolis Times.



Opened in Elkhart

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 11, 1948

          William R. Nicholson, former Rochester resident, who was recently married to Miss Marcia Pontius of this city, has opened a law office in Elkhart, Ind.  His place of business is located at 117 West High street.  Mr. Nicholson was formerly a captain in the U.S. Air Corps.



Purch , Mrs. Zolman

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 26, 1948

          Mrs. Harold Day announced the sale of the Frock Shop to Mrs. Harley Zolman.

          Mrs. Day, who has operated the ladies’ clothing store for three years, will aid her husband, Harold M. Day, at Wynn’s Grocery which was purchased by Mr. Day recently.

          Mrs. Zolman said her daughter Jo would assist her in the new venture.  The new owner said the shop would continue to handle a quality grade of merchandise.

          Negotiations for the sale have been underway for 10 days.





Wins Sectional

The News-Sentinel, March 1, 1948

     Congratulations to Richland Center

          The Winamac sectional basketball fans’ dope bucket was blasted right out through the roof Saturday evening, when the Richland Center H.S. quintet bowled over all competition and came through with a well-earned, hard fought victory over the Akron Fliers.

          This win by such a small school again proves that anything can happen on Indiana hardwood courts.  Several of the mighty and favored teams throughout the state were bowled over by fighting youngsters from the smaller communities, who simply refused to be whipped.

          The Center boys all through the current sectional found the going good and tough in every game.  Their wins were by narrow margins - but they were well-earned victories.

          Today Akron, Rochester and probably every oither community and town who competed in the Winamac sectional realize that Richland Center has something - a fighting outfit that plays and plays their very best until the crack of the final gun.

          The News-Sentinel and Rochester, we are sure, congratulate Coach Paul Rockwell and his boys on capturing the coveted sectional title.  Here’s hoping a similar victory may be scored at the regional.  Stranger things have happened.



Gets Corset Diploma

The News-Sentinel, March 1, 1948

          Mrs. John Henriott of Rochester may now sign her name “G.C.” (graduate corsetiere, that is!)

          Mrs. Henriott has just returned from a week of intensive study at the Gossard School of Corsetry recently held in Chicago.  She won her Gossard diploma by passing written examinations on female anatomy, figure analysis, merchandising, advertising and promotion.

          Her new ideas are so contagious that the merchandise and advertising managers at M. Wile & Son are helping her plan a figure consultation service to be operated without cost or obligation for the benefit of local belles and matrons.







The News-Sentinel, March 4, 1948

          Acord Cantwell has announced his resignation as Fulton county agent effective March 31 to Purdue University authorities and to Roscoe Burkett, county extension committee chairman.

          Mr. Cantwell has accepted employment with the Livestock Marketing Department of the Indiana Farm Bureau.  He will maintain his Rochester residence until the end of the school year and possibly longer.

          Mr. Cantwell served as county agent from Jan. 1, 1946, until this date.  Prior to 1946, he served as assistant county agent from July of 1941 until August of 1942.



Purch., Bergner

The News-Sentinel, March 5, 1948

          Robert Bergner of Bourbon has purchased the cement products plant formerly operated by Robert Kirkman of Rochester at 110 East Fourth street.

          Mr. Bergner, a mason by trade, has a similar shop in Bourbon.      Mr. Kirkman will continue to operate his service station at Main and Fourth streets.




The News-Sentinel, March 8, 1948

          E.L. (Bud) Braman today announces the sale of his 3rd and Main street Standard Oil service station to Myron C. Reed of this city and William E. Faulkner, a former U.S. Army man of Bourbon.  The new proprietors have already taken possesson of the station.

          Myron Reed, a former employee at the station, served four years, eight months in the U.S. Army.  Thirty-seven months of this time was spent overseas where he was a staff sergant in the U.S. Medical Department.  Myron is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Reed, of this city.








Hahne, Sales Mgr.

The News-Sentinel, March 8, 1948

          Henry Hahne of Rochester has accepted a position with the McMillen Refrigeration Sales and Service firm and will serve as sales manager, it was announced today.

          Mr. Hahne, formerly employed at the Boston Store, is well-known in this community and has had ample training in his present vocation.



Re-opens Today

The News-Sentinel, March 10, 1948

          The Air Port Grill, on road 14 east of Rochester, was re-opened today by its new proprietors, Mr. & Mrs. L.M. “Red” Braman.

          The restaurant has been enlarged ad redecorated.  Mr. Braman said in addition to counter and dining room service, he and his wife will specialize in family dinners and party catering.

          The grill will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m daily except Mondays, and will serve special Sunday dinners.

          Mr. Braman was manager of a cafe in Lafayette eight years, and was associated with Harry Page for four years before the Fairview hotel here burned.




The News-Sentinel, March 13, 1948

          Larry Williams, of the Larry’s Furniture Store, this city, today announces that the store will be closed permanently after the usual closing hour tonight.

          Mr. Williams added however that beginning next Thursday afternoon and continuing from day to day everything in th store would be sold at public auction.  Col. C.L. Bartley, well-known mercantile auctioneer of Terre Haute will be in charge of the auction.  Selling will begin every day at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and continued from day to day until the entire $30,000 stock is sold.   The store will reopen Thursday a.m. For inspection of the goods which will be offered at auction.

          Mr. Williams stated that thus far they have been unable to find a new location for the furniture store   The lease they held on their present loation for past three years expired.  The Eagle Lodge which


owns the building plans to make extensive improvements and will occupy the first floor for club rooms and recreation.



Nov. 28, 1885 Edition

The News-Sentinel, March 19, 1948

          Darius Jenkins, cream station manager of this city, uncovered an old Macy newspaper, The Macy Monitor, weekly edition of November 28, 1885 while in the process of spring cleanng the other day.

          The Macy newspaper at that time was edited by M. Lew Enyart and David O. Huffman was the publsher.  Highlights in the week’s news in that issue were the capture of Pat McGuire in Nashville, Tenn., who was wanted for the murder of Michael Kain, a farmer residing near Grass Creek, Wayne twp., Fulton county and the death of Vice-President Hendricks.

          Merchants in business at Macy then were Dr. M.M. Boggs, druggist; John Miller, tinner; George W. Ogden, barber; Cloud and Sons, groceries; L.J. Savage, furniture and undertaker; W.R. Tatman, wagon maker and others.  Rochester merchants advertising in the Monitor were C.C. Wolf, jeweler and J.M. Reiter’s boot and shoe store.

          Grain and produce prices were as follows: Wheat, 85c, corn 25c, oats, 20c; potatoes bu. 28c navy beans, bu. $1.00; lard 8c; butter 12c, eggs, 20c; chicken alive per lb, 4c; bacon 9c and ham 11c.- - - -



Michael R. Jewett

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 7, 1948

          Michael R. Jewett today assumed his duties as the new county agent.

          Mr. Jewett, who served as assistant county agent of DeKalb county 14 months and Benton county six months, was graduated from Purdue University in August of 1943.

          He has not secured living quarters here yet so his wife will remain at Fowler, Ind.

          A captain in the last war, Mr. Jewett served three and one-half years and saw duty in the Philippines and in Korea.

          Mr. Jewett is a native of Tippecanoe county, a member of the Methodist church, and a member of the Masonic lodge.

          He has always been interested in 4-H affairs and won a scholarship to Purdue through his club work.



Richards & Fred

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 13, 1948

          The Pottowatomie Trading Post, an antique shop owned and operated by Rex Richards and Howard Fred, both Rochester men, will have its grand opening Wednesday.

          The new business is located one-quarter mile north of the Tippecanoe River bridge on Road 31.

          Besides antiques, Mr. Richards and Mr. Fred will specialize in the refinishing, repairing, and upholstering of all kinds of furniture.

          The new cement block building which is 31x50 feet, was constructed from blocks and timber taken from the old Rochester Ice plant which was recently torn down.

          Construction began in the middle of December of 1947 with the weather playing an important role as to when the future businessmen could work.

          Ample space for parking was left on the north side of the building.  A workshop was created in the rear of the store where the painting and repairing is to be done.

          The store was stocked with antiques Mr. Richards had in his shop at Perrysburg.  Many collector’s items are available.

          Among the most interesting are phonograph records of tin pressed in 1883 and an old Edison original.

          Mr. Richards is a Rochester man and is well-known in this area.  His partner, Howard Fred, also is a Rochester product and attended Rochester high school.  Prior to entering the service, he was a salesman for Blue Products of this city.

          Mr. Fred was in the armed forces four years and earned the Purple Heart twice.



Leased to Purina Co.

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 15, 1948

          C.I. Bashore, prominent feed and poultry business man of Silver Lake, today announced that he has leased his feed and poultry supply stores in Rochester, Warsaw, North Manchester and Akron to the Ralston-Purina Company of St. Louis, Mo.  Mr. Bashore will still retain the ownership of the modern buildings in which these businesses are housed.  Possession is to be given as of May 1. - - - -

          The Rochester Bashore store was opened in 1942 in the building


now occupied by the Jennings Motors agency and in 1943 he built the modern two-story building at 419-421 Main street where the business has since been conducted.



Nina Waechter

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 29, 1948

          Mrs. Nina Waechter of Akron will assist Mrs. Della Pontius, owner of the Marinello Beauty Shop, each Wednesday and Friday during the summer months.  Mrs. Waechter is a teacher in the Akron school system during the winter months.



Phil Leininger

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 30, 1948

          Phil Leininger of Akron has been added to The News-Sentinel printing shop staff.

          A veteran of two years - 18 mo in the Pacific theatre of war - Phil plans to begin his higher education at DePauw University next fall.

          He became very interested in journalism while overseas and edited a small paper for his navy buddies.

          A graduate of Akron high school and the son of Mr. & Mrs. Claude Leininger, he “aspires” to be a reporter.



About Ready

The News-Sentinel, May 3, 1948

          The Sealed Power Co. Plant which less than a year ago was but a vague conception in the minds of Rochester folk today is rapidly taking the form of a mammoth, modern industrial factory.

          This huge, new steel, brick-and-glass consructioned building located a half mile north and east of the Rochester business district, directly north of the old winter quarters of the Cole Bros. Circus is one of a number of branch factories of the Sealed Power Corporation, of Muskegon, Mich.

          Ground was first broken on this plant on August 28th, 1947 and on or before July 1st according to plans of both management and contractor actual production will be underway.

          Manufacturing mahinery was arriving via heavy duty trucks in Rochester today and will be stored in warehouses of the Public Service (121)

Co. of Indiana Inc., ready for installation in the new building as soon as it is completed.

          Power, water and sewer lines have been installed; roadways completed; railway switch spur built; parking spaces provided and every thing is rapidly swinging into readiness for the new industry.

          In recent interviews with A.F. Eaton, resident engineer and inspector of Giffeis & Vallett, Associates, Engineers and Architects, of Detroit and Harley E. McGee, superintendent of construction of the general contracting firm of Strom and Strom, Muskegon, Mich., representatives of The News-Sentinel were given a most interesting preview of this great, new industrial plant.

          The main structure will be 152 feet in width and 382 feet in length.  Annexed to this huge building on its southeast corner is an all-brick power house size 50 by 50 feet with an all-steel smoe stack towering 90 feet above the ground level.

          The power house will contain a large, oil-burning furnace together with huge boilers for transforming the oil heat into steam for the heating of the factory and offices and air compressors.  This building also will house the huge electric transformers, dynamoes and such for the various currents which will be used in the main building property.  All of the power lines which lead from the power house building are routed out through openings made through heavy steel plates situated near the top of the building.

          A 4-1/2 foot brick wall goes completely around the factory building.  Double-strength glass set in stone panels atop this wall form the sides and ends of the plant.  The glass is set in steel frames making the overall height of the walls and ends at approximately 28 feet.  Running the entire lentgh of the center of the structure is the monitor control section of the roof with modern apparatus for the control of ventilating and heat regulation.

          The contracting engineers stated that approximately 20 tons of various type of construction glass were used in the building.

          The flooring is of steel net, reinforced cement laid in sections of 80 feet square and at a depth of six inches.  The top surface of the flooring is topped in a special steel and hard finish making it practically indestructable.

          The interior of the plant will have a color sccheme designed for both artisticness and efficiency.  The ceiling will be finished in eye-rest green; the metal deck, including columns and monitor sash will be done in a combination “off-white”. the flooring will be unpainted and all of


the machinery will be painted in a vista green - which is considerable darker than eye-rest green.  All of the metal sash and door frames in the lower part of the building will be in an “off-white”.

          Several types of glass are used in the construction, these being obscure wire glass, obscure glass without wire, special fluted glass; heat absorbing glass and heat absorbing wire glass.

          Currently there are approximately 150 men at work in the factory - these include electricians, plumbers, carpenters, glazers, metal workers, painters, stone and brick masons, machinists etc.



Free Movies

The News-Sentinel, May 17, 1948

          The Fulton free moving picture programs will start Tuesday evening, May 18.  The weekly shows will be much better than any former ones and the movies start at dusk, a member of the Fulton Merchant Assn. Stated.



Opens Auto Agency

The News-Sentinel, May 17, 1948

          Guy R. Moore, son of Mr. & Mrs. Levi Moore, 217 West Eighth street has just completed a showing of the Austin auto produced by British Motors Inc., at the Claypool hotel in Indianapolis.

          Mr. Moore, a native of Rochester, has been named the Indiana distributor for Great Britain’s most popular car.  His agency is located at 3302 English avenue in Indianapolis.

          Mr. Moore’s parents attended the Sunday showing in the Claypool lobby.




The News-Sentinel, May 17, 1948

          The Main Barber Shop and News Stand has been temporarily closed for remodeling - - - - -

          Everett McFall, proprietor, said it would take approximately two weeks to complete the project. - - - -

          The barbers, Bruce Morrett, John Inman and Jesse Shelton, have not announced plans for the future.

          Mr. McFall purchased the shop from Charles Helsel March 1,


1947.  Mr. Helsel had acquired the business from Max Nichols a month previous to the time of sale.  The Main Barber Shop has been in existence for more than 20 years.

          Mr. & Mrs. McFall operated a news stand in Rensselaer prior to moving to Rochester.



H. De La Roy, Mgr.

The News-Sentinel, May 18, 1948

          Moving into the city - - - - is a branch plant of the Crest Engineering Corp. of Chicago.  The local branch factory is located at 505 East Eighth street, and will be known as the “Plastic Division,” of the above mentioned firm.

          The plant which is under the management of H. De La Roy, chemist, formerly of Chicago, manufactures plastic covers for small radios, hearing devices and other small devices which have plastic coverings. - - - - -



Lake View Hotel

The News-Sentinel, May 19, 1948

          A real estate transaction of considerable moment was concluded today when the Manitou Lodge No. 1107 of the L.O.O.M., purchased the Lake View Hotel from Emile Martin of this city.

          The Lake View Hotel, which is perhaps better known as the West Side Hotel is the oldest of the lake’s hotels and has been in operation well over half a century.  A few years ago when purchsed by Mr. Martin, it was completely remodeled and made into one of the finest resort hotels and dance pavilions in northern Indiana.

          The property which has a lake frontage of 825 feet and includes nine acres of ground is one of the show places of Lake Manitou.

          Mr. Martin purchased the Lake View property from Chas. Krieghbaum eight years ago. - - - -

          They will operate their new home along the same routing as their present home which is located on the North Shore drive, Lake Manitou. - - - -

          The Manitou Lodge No. 1107 purchased its North Shore home and property in 1941 of William Boose of this city.  At that time the lodge had a membership of 110; today the membership roster exceeds 430. - - - -




The News-Sentinel, May 22, 1948

          Fifty-three years ago, in 1895, Rochester residents got their first glimpse of a novel form of entertainment that was later to become one of America’s greatest industries - the movies.

          Lyman Howe, a motion picture pioneer who roved the country with a projector and a valise full of films, set his newfangled machinery up at the old Academy of Music building in the summer of 1895.  His first extravaganza was the ever popular “Passion Play.”   Howe stayed here about a year (until his supply of films was exhausted) then moved on to greener pastures.

          Rochester did without movies for nearly thirteen years; then, in 1908 Wilbur Mitchell placed a few straight-back chairs and a screen in the Fieser building and opened his movie house.  He ran for only two years.

          Carl Jenson, now in real estate business in California, brought movies again to Rochester in 1910.  His show, “The Kaigee,” ran in an old frame building where  (716 Main street), is now located.  Jenson closed the show after one year.  About this time the movies consisted almost wholly of slapstick comedy and seldom was a show complete unless one of the comedy stars had his face made a mess oi with a blackberry pie.  The public seemingly wearied of the pie-throwing and since pictures offered little else, the show business langished in a new business low.

          Earle Miller, owner of the Blue Products Co., in Rochester, tried his hand next in the infant motion picrure game.  He opened “The Earle” in 1911 where the Kroger store is now located.  John Bunny, top screen funny man of the day, was thrilling to the demure young folks of Rochester when in 1912 a blown fuse ignited a roll of film which in turn sent the inside of the building and Earle’s business up in a puff of smoke.

          Soon afterward Mr. Mose Kimmell opened Rochester’s next show in the latter part of 1912.  His place was where the Kepler Auto Agency is currently located on East Eighth street.  “The Manitou,” as Kimmell named his house, usually featured a double billing of vaudeville and movies.  Kimmell was not successful, however, and closed after a couple of years.

          That same year, 1914, the Bassett Brothers opened a movie at the site of what is now the Berkheiser Grocery in the 800 block on


Main street.  The Bassetts were fortunate in that they opened “My Show,” (as their theater was called), just at the time when Pearl White was beginning to give motion pictures the spark that made them the billion-dollar industry they are today, with her “Perils of Pauline” series.  The Bassett Brothers ran “My Show” until 1918, when they closed.

          Roy Shanks then built an outdoor movie called the “Airdrome.” That was in 1919.  It was approximately at the present site of the “Times.” The “Airdrome” wasn’t a paying proposition however, since in winter snow and frigid temperatures made open air movie somewhat uncomfortable.

          The films were “in” by now, however, and the next year, 1920, Charles E. Krieghbaum purchased a building where the IGA store is now situated and opened the “Paramount.”   Mr. Krieghbaum stayed at that location until 1923, when he bought and remodeled the Kepler and Robbins garage at the site of the present “Times.”   In December of that year Lisle Krieghbaum went into partnership with his brother and on February 14, 1924 together they opened the “Char-Bell.”   They remained partners until August 1934 when Lisle bought Charles’ interest in the Char-Bell.

          The movie was nearing the end of its silent days then and many films had sound in parts by the use of synchronized phonograph discs.  Through 1924 and ‘25 the Char-Bell featured vaudeville on Friday and Saturday nights and tabloid shows during the winter.

          Late in 1934, Lisle Krieghbaum installed motiograph projectors with modern sound equipment.  That was the year when revolutionary sound equipment sent vaudeville spiraling down to obscurity.

          In December 1934, Lyman Brackett and Charles Krieghbaum opened the “Rex.” They ran until 1936 when they sold the Rex to Servaas amd A;examder.  The Char-Bell and Rex competed until 1944, when the Rex was leased to Alliance Theaters, who promptly closed it.

          Lisle Krieghbaum operated the Char-Bell until 1941 when he leased it to Alliance Theaters of Chicago.  Mr. Krieghbaum remodeled the Char-Bell extensively in 1942 and opened it as a member of the Alliance chain as the “Times.” He was retained in role of manager for this modern theatre.







Nyona Lake

The News-Sentinel, May 25, 1948

          Eldorado, former well known magician and entertainer, announces the opening of his new Danceland pavilion and Cafe at Nyona Lake on Sunday, May 30th.

          The new dance pavilion will feature the Starlighters Band, of Peru on Sunday evenings.  The Melodiers, on Saturday nights and on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and fall season the Rhythm Ramblers will provide the music. - - - -




The News-Sentinel, May 26, 1948

          The Anchor Milling Company, East 4th Street, a Rochester business since 1911, fell next in line for our recently revived historical reviews.

          First built in 1911 by Anchor Mills Inc., the Rochester concern had as its first president, Clarence Viers.  At that early date flour was the only grain milled here.  Viers was head of the local mills until March 29, 1938 when Glen Wilson, 312 West 8th street, purchased the Anchor Mills.

          Wilson first moved to Rochester in November, 1933 at which time he bought the Coal and Grain Co from James L. Brooks, then president of the business.

          Wilson Coal & Grain, aside from supplying this community with coal are shippers of wheat, oats and rye through Indianapolis to all points east.

          The Rochester branch of Anchor Mills has been shipping its products throughout the United States and until last year to Europe via a French port.  Their present shipping points are New York, Boston, Connecticut, Maine, Virginia, Michigan, Northern Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois.

          Two years ago, Mr. Wilson bought a modern corn drier.  With this new machine a drying capacity of 3000 bushels of corn per day is reached.  The Anchor Mills storing capacity for corn is 32,000 bushels.

          The Rochester mill buys grain from farmers in the tri-state area of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.  On average days they grind approximately 1500 bushels.

          In 1940 Mr. Wilson remodeled his whole plant, installing new


machinery to convert his mill to grind not only flour but cornmeal, corn flour and hominy, all under the name of Wilson Corn Products.

          Russell and Robert, Glen Wilson’s two sons, are in the grain business also.  Robert manages the Lakeville elevator while Russell is head of the two local elevators at East 7th and East 9th streets of this city.



Purch. Joe Ewing

The News-Sentinel, June 9, 1948

          Lawrence Babcock today announces the sale of the Babcock restaurant business and building to Mr. & Mrs. Joe Ewing, of this city. The grocery stock is being transferred to the Babcock locker service building just east of the restaurant which is located on the North Shore drive, Lake Manitou.

          Mr. & Mrs. Ewing will take possession of the restaurant June 15 and will immediately make several improvements to provide excellent service to the public.

          The new owners are exceptionally well qualified in the restaurant business and were former caterers at the Rochester Country club and prior to that they were in the grocery business on East Ninth street for a long number of years.



Gene Tippy, Mgr.

The News-Sentinel, June 9, 1948

          Gene Tippy, of this city today announces he has leased the Standard Oil Service Station corner of 10th and Main street and has taken immediate possession of this business.

          Gene is a veteran of World War11 in which he served in the U.S. Air Corps as a pilot.  He attended Manchester College and is the son of Mrs. Arley Morris, of this city.

          The Standard station is equipped with car washing facilities, tire and battery service department and full greasing and lubrication service for passenger cars and trucks.








Jack Olsen

The News-Sentinel, June 11, 1948

          The Colonial Hotel Terrace & Gardems will present the distinctive music of Jack Olsen, his piano ad orchestra, beginning Saturday. - - - - -



Haworths Owners

The News-Sentinel, June 15, 1948

          William W. Haworth of Attica, William M. Haworth of this city and Grace A. Haworth of Chicago have bought the holdings of Lewis H. Stewart, Rochester, in the Rochester Lumber Compay it was disclosed today. - - - -

          Mr. Stewart was a partner in the business for eleven years.  He announced no immediate plans.



Art Kassel

The News-Sentinel, June 16, 1948

          Art Kassel and his orchestra will play a dance engagement at the Colonial Hotel Terrace & Gardens Thursday evening, Dave Shafer and Ray Roy have announced. - - - -

          The leader of the band, who used to be quite a clarinet man, modestly put aside his instrument when a youngster joined his band who was better than himself.

          The lad’s name was Benny Goodman.  Among other now famous leaders who got their initial training in the Kassel “Krew” are Ben Pollock and Muggsy Spanier.



By Floyd J. Mattice

The News-Sentinel, June 21, 1948

          Although Floyd J. Mattice, former resident, is now stationed in Tokyo, Japan, where he is U.S. defense counsel for Jap war criminals, he still has memories of the early history of Lake Manitou.  In the Sunday magazine section of the Indianapolis Star appeared the following:

          “Indiana’s Lake Manitou - originally spelled Manitau - is said to have been named after a huge fish which Indians believed was


possessed of an evil spirit.  White men later became convinced that a huge fish, source of the Indian legend, actually inhabited the lake.  They named the fish “Old Baldy” and for years tried without success to hook it.

          About half a century ago “Old Baldy” lost some of his wariness and was caught by a fisherman named Andy Edwards.  The fish was the evil spirit turned out to be a huge but otherwise ordinary spoon-billed catfish about five feet in length.  Mounted on a board and exhibited in Rochester, “Old Baldy” was advertised as the slain evil spirit of Lake Manitou.”

                                      Floyd J. Mattice

                                      Tokyo, Japan



Colonial Hotel

The News-Sentinel, June 22, 1948

          Ninety were in attendance Sunday at the annual Rochester College reunion held in the Navajo Room at the Colonial Hotel, Lake Manitou.  After the dinner which was served at noon the meeting opened by singing “America” with Mrs. Ray Myers at the piano.

          A talk was given by Jesse Tombaugh, president, and Mrs. John Cessna, secretary-treasurer, read her annual report.  Miss Flo Delp, college secretary for several years, read a number of interesting letters from former students.

          Talks were given by several former students, including Mrs. Lucile Leonard., of this city, a member of the first graduating class in 1896; Estil Gast, a banker and contractor of Warsaw who graduated in 1898 and who stated in his talk while a student here he obtained his board and room in Rochester $1.50 per week; Floyd Neff, a college professor in Fort Wayne and Charles Lucas, Culver who graduated in 1908; Talmage Dillon, Valparaiso, Otto Babcock, Waterman, Ill.; E.H. Conn, Fulton; O.M. Miller, Hugh McMahan, and Marion Fultz, Rochester.

          Officers were elected for the following year with Ray Myers being chosen president and Mrs. A.B. Shore, secretary-treasurer.

          The 1949 reunion will be held the third Sunday in June, the place to be announced later.






“Pop” Martin

The News-Sentinel, June 26, 1948

          “Pop” Martin, who recently sold the Lake View Hotel to the Moose Lodge and bought Mac’s Restaurant on Main street, has begun the remodeling of Mac’s place and the installation of a “brass rail bar.” Martin has been in charge of the Lake View for the past few years.

          The remodeling of the restaurant started a few days ago and will be cmpleted within the next week or so.  The Moose will also start remodeling their new home in a few weeks.

          Mr. Martin stated he has not as yet decided on a name for his new restaurant and tavern.



Skating Rink

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1948

          A new skating rink in Fulton county will have its grand opening Saturday evening at Rock Lake, three miles east of Akron.

          The rink, owned by Earl Boone, a lake resident has 8,200 square feet of floor space with a separate room for skaters and also adequate space for onlookers.

          A seven-piece orchestra will furnish the music for skaters at the opening.  Later a large public address system installed by Ray Deering of Akron will carry the music for skaters from records.

          Refreshments also will be available since a concession stand near the rink is owned by Mr. Boone also.  His son-in-law, Leon Austin of Rock Lake, will assist Mr. Boone in the managing of the new venture.



Purch. Ridenour

The News-Sentinel, July 7, 1948

          Thomas Ridenour has purchased the Johnson Dairy Bar from Walter McCoy, it was announced today.  The business transaction took place Tuesday.

          McCoy had owned the business for the past year and has decided to retire.  He bought the restaurant from Ford Johnson.

          The Dairy Bar is now open under Mr. Ridenour’s supervision.






Elliot Lawrence

The News-Sentinel, July 7, 1948

          Elliot Lawrence, his distinctive piano styling and his orchestra will appear at Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens on Wednesday, July 14. - - - -



Motor Sales

The News-Sentinel, July 13, 1948

          The Safford Motor Sales, a Crosley automobile agency, will be located in the Bussert Brothers garage, it was announced today by Mr. & Mrs. Walter Safford.

          The garage will continue to operate with the Crosley sales as a separate unit. - - - - -



Purch. Richardson

The News-Sentinel, July 13, 1948

          Thomas Ridenour, 527 E. Ninth street, has sold the Johnson Dairy Bar to Bob Richardson of Rochester he announced today.  Mr. Richardson plans to remodel the eating place.  Mr. Ridenour will continue in the real estate business.



Lumber Yard

The News-Sentinel, July 15, 1948

          Ground will be broken Friday on the north section of the Mar-Jon Court, South Main street, for the construction of warehouse storage facilities and office space for Lewis H. Steward & Sons. - - - -



Midwestern Life Ins

The News-Sentinel, July 19, 1948

          Phil Schwanz, well-known Lake Manitou resident, formerly agency director for the Standard Life Insurance Company of Indiana, and a member of the Insurance Agent’s Million Dollar Round Table, announced yesterday that he and several other Indiana business men will soon complete the sale of stock for a life insurance company to be known as the Midwestern Life Insurance Company.


          Mr. Harry E. Page, of this city, former owner of Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens, is a director in the newly-formed organization.

          Incorporated with the state of Indiana on May 14, 1948, the organization has since sold $330,000 of the $500,000 worth of stock to be purchased.  One hundred thousand shares of stock are being offered at $5.00 per share.

          Up to date, agents of Midwestern Life have received pledges for $3,000,000 worth of life insurance.  The state record for the sale of life insurance is $3,200,000 in one year.

          The Midwestern Life Insurance Company will have its home offices in the Standard Office Building, 214-217 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne.  From these offices they will operate a nation-wide insurance company.

          Officers of the company incude: Phil Schwanz, Rochester, president; Sam W. Fletcher, president of Patterson Fletcher Company. Fort Wayne, vice-president; Benjamin W. Hartman, C.P.A., member of the firm of Hartman, Andorfer, Koeneman and Berger, and secretary-treasurer of the Stark Engineering Corporation, Fort Wayne, secretary; and John Havrilla, president of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Gary, president of South Shore Building and Mortgage Company of Gary, treasurer.

          Directors in the corporation are Harry E. Page, Rochester, Roy E. Herrold, Rushville, owner of several theatres, and Fred M. Knecht, Muncie, owner of the Muncie Tool and Engineering Company.



Charles Kindig Home

The News-Sentinel, July 21, 1948

          The twenty-ninth annual reunion of the Bowen family was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kindig and sons north of Walkerton.

          A dinner and program were enjoyed by 180 persons.  Fifteen births and three weddings were reported and added to the roster by Mrs. Sam Bowen of the records committee.

          Officers elected are Vernie Bowen of East Chicago, president; Irene Secor of Akron, secretary-treasurer; and Dee Dawson and Mr. Kindig, water tenders.

          The 1949 reunion will be at the home of Mrs. Ella Mechling in Argos, the third Sunday in July.




Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 21, 1948

          The first annual Shriver reunion was held Sunday at the Rochester City Park.  Ninety prsons attended.  Mrs. George Kotterman is secretary.

          The group’s second reunion will be the third Sunday in July, 1949.



Johnny Long

The News-Sentinel, July 21, 1948

          Johnny Long will appear at Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens on Wednesday, July 28.



Closes Rep. Shop

The News-Sentinel, July 22, 1948

          Bert Bryant, well-known auto mechanic of this city, today announces he is closing his auto repair shop situated in the rear of the Dillon building, 712-714 Main street.  Mr. Bryant, who operated the shop for the past 16 years, is accepting a position with the Louderback Chevrolet agency.  He will be in charge of the Chevrolet parts stock.



Richards & Fred

The News-Sentinel, July 26, 1948

          Rex J. Richards and Howard D. Fred, owners of the Pottawattomie Trading Post antique shop three miles north of this ciy on U.S. 31 today announced they are dissolving partnership and are closing their business.

          The antique shop was opened a few months ago by these two local men.  The retiring owners have not announced their plans for the future.  Their stock will be closed out at auction.










The News-Sentinel, July 26, 1948

          Wayne Atkinson, today announces the sale of his half interest in the Rochester Self-Service Laundry, 119 East 7th street, to his partner, Frederick Ensign, of this city.

          Atkinson and Ensign purchased the laundry from Milton Whittenbergr early in June.  Mr. Atkinson is a travling salesman for a Kansas City, Mo., school supply firm and will devote his entire time to that vocation.



Jake Wagoner Home

The News-Sentinel, July 26, 1948

          The Wagoner reunion was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jake Wagoner northeast of Fulton Sunday, July 25.

          There were 85 present, including Mr. & Mrs. Alpha Wagoner and families of Pine Village, Fort Wayne, Oxford and Attica; Mr. & Mrs. Earl Wagoner and daughter of Greenhill; Mr. & Mrs. Ray Meadows and family of Lafayette; Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Mae and families of Lafayette and Dayton; Mr. & Mrs. Guy Meyers of South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. William Meyers of Wabash; Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Wagoner and family of Metea; Mr. & Mrs. William Tropel and daughter of Riverside; Mr. & Mrs. Fern Pearson and families of Riverside and Lafayette; Mrs. Robert Dawald and son of Macy, and Mr. & Mrs. Chester James and sons of Rochester.



Steininger & Son

The News-Sentinel, July 27, 1948

          Another new business establishment has opened in Rochester at 119 W. 15th street, this city by Arlie Steininger and his son, Kenneth.

          The Steiningers will operate a newly equipped custom planing and ripping service and will do all kinds of carpentry and cabinet work.  The Elder Steininger has been engaged in the carpentry and millwork business here in Rochester for the past 35 years.- - - -







Purch. Frank O’Dell

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1948

          Mr. & Mrs. Glen Skersic, proprietors of the Gedunk Bar cafe at Leiters Ford, today announced the sale of the cafe to Frank O’Dell of Leiters Ford.

          The new owner will take possession of the business as of Aug. 1.  Mr. & Mrs. Skersic, who opened the business three years ago, will maintain their residence at Leiters Ford although their plans for the future are incomplete at the present.



Gene Tippy

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1948

          The Austin Motor Company, Ltd., Birmingham, England announced this week the appointment of Gene Tippy of this city as Fulton county agent.

          Tippy will operate the small car agency a 929 Main street.



In The News

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1948

          [Little Barbara Halstead is big in the news.]

          Once again Rochester and Little Barbara Joy Halstead take the spotlight in the large city newspapers.  In today’s edition of the Indianapolis News, Wayne Guthrie’s Ringside in Hoosierland column contained the following:

          “Little Barbara Joy Halstead, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Hal Halstead of Rochester, has been chosen to represent the Hoosier state in the annual ‘Little Miss America’ contest in Hollywood Calif., Aug. 20 to 22.  Her acceptance into the contest as ‘Little Miss Indiana’ was made known in a letter from Philip McClay, president of the Screen Children’s Guild in Hollywood.  Barbara is being sponsored by the Rochester Lions club, of which her father is a vry active member.  Her dad also is widely known in the American Legion, having been one of the most active workers in the state for years.  He is a veteran of World War 1.

          “The talented little miss, a singer and dancer, has received wide publicity through her appearances on the Maurice B Sachs amateur hour broadcast from Chicago.  Barbara has consistently placed high in


the judging.  Despite the fact that she’s young, she has had experience singing with ‘name’ bands touring the Midwest.

          “These Little Miss America contests have been conducted by the guild for the last 11 years and from the ranks of the winners have come such outstanding stars as Margaret O’Brien, Deanna Durbin, Joyce Reynolds, Peggy Ryan, Luana Patten and many others.

          “Barbara’s parents will accompany her to Hollywood for the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of seeing their charming little daughter appear on the stage of Hollywood Bowl.”



Yeakley & Mathias

The News-Sentinel, July 30, 1948

          Ray Yeakley and Oren Mathias, owners of the Yeakley and Mathias Garage, finished the movement of their machinery today and began setting up in their new building at 712-714 Main street in the rear of Bailey’s Hardware.

          Formerly occupying the room at the rear of 708 Main street, the two men have moved their business some 100 feet south.  They announced that they would maintain the same telephone number.

          The two garage men have made the change to make it possible for them to insall new equipment and take care of new commitments.  The new building they occupy gives them nearly twice as much floor space as before and will allow them to have a completely equipped automotive repair shop.

          Yeakley & Mathias occupied their former location for 18 years.

          The room formerly occupied by them will be used as a storeroom by Max Blumenthal, owner of Blumenthal’s ladies ready-to-wear shop.



With Lex Barker

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 2, 1948

          The first and 25th Tarzan will appear in the movie, “Taproot,” it has been announced.

          The first one is Elmo Lincoln, Otto Linkenhelt in real life, and the 25th will be Lex Barker, a comparatively young star.

          Linkenhelt, the son of Mrs. Dora Linconhelt, 86, who lives with a sister, Mrs. W.O. Kilmer, 607 East Ninth street, played the first Tarzan role 30 years ago in silent films.




Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 1948

          The 38th annual Braman reunion was held Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Rochester city park with 35 relatives and friends present.

          Mrs. Ray Kindig was elected the new president.  Other officers are Mrs. J.F. Fields, secretary and treasurer and Mrs. Elsie Braman and Miss Marjorie Braman were appointed program committee for next year.

          Two deaths, seven births and one marriage was reported.

          Following the delicious dinner and dessert ice cream the afternoon was spent socially.



Fred Van Duyne

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 1948

          A reunion of the late Daniel Conrad descendants was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Van Duyne, southeast of the city.

          A beautiful community dinner was served at the noon hour on a large table on the lawn.  The afternoon was spent socially.

          Those present were:   John Conrad, Mrs. Emma Weaver, Mr. & Mrs. Howard King and son Robert, Mr. & Mrs. Donald King, Janet, Carol and Billie King, Mr. & Mrs. Lora Nickels and children Jackie and Connie Sue and Mr. & Mrs. Claude Arven.

          Also Mr. & Mrs. Roland Hays and son David, Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Hays and son Nicky, Mrs. Lawrence Ways and daughter Pamela, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Miller and Fredrick and Marilyn Van Duyne. Mr. & Mrs. Roscoe Conrad called in the afternoon.



Dykeman Pk, Logan

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 1948

          The 36th Graffis reunion was held Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Dykeman park in Logansport.  Sixty-five were present for the dinner and after the lunch a business meeting was held.  The meeting was adjourned by singing “Bless Be the Tie.” The report was read and the election of officers was held.  It was voted that the same officers should retain the positions.

          Officers included Clarence Graffis, president; Fred Graffis, vice-


president, and Warren Graffis, secretary-treasurer.  The meeting came to a close by singing “God Be With You Until We Meet Agein.”

          Those attending the reunion were:   Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Patterson and family, Mrs. Dora Patterson, Warran Graffis and family, Mr. & Mrs. Otto Rouch, Mrs. Bertha Rouch, Mr. & Mrs. Everett Rouch, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mitchell, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Mitchell and baby and Mr. & Mrs. Earl Graffis.



H. Gillespie Cottage

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 4, 1948

          The first reunion of the descendants of Forest Gillespie and Fred Gillespie was held Sunday at the cottage of Mr. & Mrs. Howard Gillespie of Lake Bruce.

          Those who attended were Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Cassube of Orlando, Fla., Miss Barbara Gillespie of Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Una Wilson of Indianapolis, Mr. & Mrs. Forest Gillespie and Mr. & Mrs. Paul Fulkerson and sons Dale and Danny of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Jack Gillespie of Roann, Mr. & Mrs. Robert McKee and son Gerald of Mishawaka, Mr. & Mrs. Warren Gillespie, Mr. & Mrs. Bert Gillespie, Mr. & Mrs. Van Tuyl Gillespie and James Barnett of Kewanna.

          Howard Gillespie was elected chairman of the second reunion to be the last Sunday in July, 1949, in the same place.



Reun., Roch Cty Pk

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 9, 1948

          The 38th annual reunion of the Perschbacher family was held at the city park Sunday with 38 relatives and friends present.  A delicious carry-in dinner was served at noon.

          New officers were elected as follows:   Robert Swinehart, president; Miles F. Perschbacher, vice-president and Mrs. Robert Swinehart, secretary-treasurer.

          Guests present from great distance were Mr. & Mrs. John Perschbacher of Upland, Calif.; E. Lee Reed of San Jose, Calif., and Major George D. Haimbaugh of Long Island, N.Y.

          The afternoon was spent socially and it was decided to hold the 1949 reunion at the same place.





Leiter Homestead

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 9, 1948

          Levi Leiter and Mrs. Blanch Miller entertained 40 relatives Sunday at the Leiter homestead on the Tippecanoe river.

          A community dinner was served at the noon hour.  Relatives from Flora, Chicago, Battle Creek, Mich., South Bend, Rochester and Leiters Ford were present.

          Officers for 1949 were elected.  They are Hugh Campbell, president; Claude Wolfrom, vice-president and Miss Mollie Leiter, secretary-treasurer.   Messages were read from those not able to attend.

          Eugene Leiter of Battle Creek, Mich., flew his plane to the reunion and landed in a clover field near the home.  He was accompanied by Andy Henning of Battle Creek, who also attended the reunion.



A. Eshelman Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1948

          The annual Putman reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Eshelman, south of this city.  Following the delicious carry-in-dinner officers were elected for the new year.  They are Joe Gundee, president; Harold Kuhn, vice president, and Hattie Eshelman, secretary-treasurer.  A program was enjoyed by all and the remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.

          Those present were:   Mr. & Mrs. George Kreig, Mr. & Mrs. J.B. Davis and sons, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kroft and son, Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Kuhn, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Kuhn, Mr. & Mrs. A.J. Kuhn and daughter Hildred, all of Akron; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Horn, Mr & Mrs. Roy Brown, Mrs. Eva Eshelman and daughter Hattie of Huntington; Mr. & Mrs. Alva Putman, Plymouth; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Gamble and daughter, Servia, Mr. & Mrs. Arvid Putman and daughter, Silver Lake; Mr. & Mrs. Walter Penrod, South Whitley; Mr. & Mrs. Albert Eshelman and son and daughter and Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Eshelman of Rochester.

          It was decided to hold the next reunion at the city park.








Fred Van Duyne

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1948

          The descendants of the late Eugene Shelton held a reunion Sunday in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Van Duyne, southeast of the city.  The affair was held also to celebrate the birthdays of those present having birthdays in August.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Ray Shelton, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Shelton, Mrs. Grace Van Duyne and daughter, Mae, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Van Duyne, Mrs. Mary Rose and family, Mr. & Mrs. Adam Rentschler and daughter Donna Mae, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Braman and son Bill, Miss Dorcas Riddle and Fredrick and Marilyn Van Duyne.

          A bountiful dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour and the afternoon was spent socially.



G. Anderson Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 11, 1948

          The W.D. Leap reunion was held Sunday in the home of Mr. & Mrs. George Anderson at Kewanna.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Ray E. Kile of Chicago, Mrs. Dollie Dull of Monroe, Mich., Mrs. Ora McDaniel and Mr. & Mrs. Bob Reynolds and children of Advance, Ind., Bart Leap of Indianapolis, Mr. & Mrs. George McDaniel and children of Whitestown.

          Also Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Kile and family and Mrs. Charles Kile and two sons of South Bend, Miss Edna Keeney of Fort Wayne, Mr. & Mrs. J.E Sims and son of Culver, Mr. & Mrs. Loran Leap and daughters Eva and Treva, Mr. & Mrs. Manson Leap and daughter of near Leiters Ford, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Smith and family, Mr. & Mrs. D.P. Keeney, Norma Leap, Mr. & Mrs. Everett Jester and daughters, Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Adams and daughter and Mr. & Mrs. George Anderson and family of Kewanna.



Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 12, 1948

          The eighth annual reunion of the Waggoner, Wagoner and Wagner family was held Aug. 8, at the city Park with 27 relatives present.

          Omer Wagoner was elected president for 1949.  Other new


officers are William L. Wagoner, vice-president; Anna A Wagoner as secretary, and Robert Wagoner, treasurer.

          There were relatives present from Kokomo, Plymouth, Logansport and Rochester.  The afternoon was spent socially and ice cream was served.  The next reunion will be at the same place.



Buys Bldg

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 17, 1948

          Cyrus Howard Robbins of Rochester has purchased the buildings at 411-13-15 Main street from the I.N. Good estate, it was announced today.

          Robbins, who operates the Robbins Implement Company of Rochester with his father Charles, said the added space was needed because of expanding business.

          The building at 411-413 Main street is occupied by the Rochester Poultry company operated by N.O. Nelson.  The Clarence Schultz body shop and storage space for the implement company are contained in buildngs at the rear of the 82x185 foot lot.



Torn Down

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 18, 1948

          One of the landmarks of Rochester topled today when a wrecking crew tore down the ancient cupola on the Feiser building at the (NW) corner of Main and Seventh streets.

          The cupola was built in 1889.  Grade school teachers formerly used it as an example of a cone for their pupils according to County Clerk Robert Shafer.

          The entire front of the Feiser building will be torn away and replaced with a new, modernistic front by Emmett Cunningham, Peru contractor.

          It will be occupied by Larry’s Furniture and Appliance Store.



Kemnetz Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 18, 1948

          Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Kemnetz of Route 6, Rochester, were hosts for the Bruce familhy reunion Sunday at their home.  A picnic dinner was enjoyed by the following guests:


          Mr. & Mrs. Homer Lease and sons, Chicago; Mr. & Mrs. Erwin Bruce, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Bruce and daughter and Mr. & Mrs. Loyd Bruce and family, Lucerne; Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Eytcheson, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Zimpleman and Mr. & Mrs. Donald Eytcheson and family of Fulton.

          Also Mr. & Mrs. Howard Lease and family of Indianapolis; Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Reed and son of Logansport; Mr. & Mrs. Henry Kemnetz, Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Markley and Sue, and Mr. & Mrs. George Smith and daughters of Kewanna, and Mr. & Mrs. Harold Lease and sons of Rochester.




The News-Sentinel, Aug. 19, 1948

          The Brass Rail Cafe, owned and operated by Emil (Pop) Martin, will open with a flourish Saturday.

          Located at 604 Main street, the building has been completely remodeled and furnished with new equipment and fixtures.  The front is of black, structural glass.

          The interior is of knotty pine with chrome chairs and tables and a gleaming brass rail.  Indirect lighting is included among the many modern features in the new venture.

          Short orders and meals, cooked by Miss Bertha Mason, will be served starting Monday, Mr. Martin said today.

          Other employees in the new cafe will be Mr. & Mrs. Everett Davis, Ed Baird, and William Smith.

          Opening and closing hours will be 8 a.m., and 11:45 p.m.

          Mr. Martin formerly owned the Lakeview Hotel which was purchased by the Moose Lodge recently.



In Top Five

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 23, 1948

          Competing in a field of 96 of the nation’s outstanding, talented youngsters in the “Little Miss America” contest at Hollywood, Calif., little Barbara Joy Halstead of this city finished among the top five. - - -

          Several former local people were guests of the Halsteads at the revue which was staged in the Hollywood Bowl Sunday afternoon.  Among those in the Halstead box were Mrs. Edith B. Ruh, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Young, Miss Marjory Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Shobe, all of


Hollywood, and Mr. & Mrs. Roy C. Collins of Escondido. Calif.

          Barbara and her mother are due to arrive at their home here in Rochester next Sunday, Aug. 29.



Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 24, 1948

          The ninth annual reunion of the Michael Walters descendants was held at the Rochester city park Sunday with 30 members and three guests attending.

          A delicous basket dinner was served at the noon hour after which motion pictures were taken of the group by Guy Kline of Compton, Calif.

          A short business meeting was conducted by Mrs. John Nungesser.  The following officers will serve for the 1949 reunion:   president, Layton Nungesser of South Bend; vice-president, Leonard Beehler, and secretary-treasurer, Bette Miller, both of Rochester.

          The next reunion will be held at Overstreet’s Landing the fourth Sunday in August, 1949.



Clyde Neff Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 24, 1948

          The Neff family reunion was held Sunday at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Neff.  Approximately 80 people were there.  Following a delicious carry-in dinner the afternoon was spent socially

          There were relatives present from Fort Wayne, Wabash, Indianapolis, South Bend, Rensselaer, Bremen, Cincinnati, Ohio, Warsaw, Marion, Akron, Kewanna and Rochester



J.W. Bunnell Home.

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1948

          The Bunnell family reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John W. Bunnell.  A delicious dinner was enjoyed by the following relatives:   Mr. & Mrs. John W. Bunnell, the hosts and two sons Harry and Charles, Mrs. Diania Bunnell, Mrs. Richard Smith and Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Bunnell, all of Rochester.

          Also Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Stewart of Star City; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Calhoun and family of Crown Point; Mr. & Mrs. Carl Koons,   


Gary; Mr. & Mrs. Carl Cox and family and Mr. & Mrs. Harlen Nickell and family of Hobart, and Mr. & Mrs Otho Bunnell of Peru.

          The remainder of the afternoon was spent socially.



Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 25, 1948

          The seventeenth reunion was held at the Rochester city park Sunday with 69 members attending.  Rochester, Logansport, Lucerne, Royal Center, Kewanna, Kokomo and Chicago were the cities represented.

          Four generations were present, namely, Jess Sutton, Lucerne; Harry Sutton, Logansport; Mrs. Ralph Rodkey, and little Harry Rodkey of Kokomo.

          A delicious basket dinner was served at the noon hour after which pictures were taken of the group.

          A short business meeting was conducted at which the following officers were elected: Harry Sutton, president; Elmer Sutton, vice-president, and Carol Jackson, secretary and treasurer.

          The next reunion will be held at the city park the fourth Sunday in Aug., 1949.



Arthur Guise Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 31, 1948

          The Miller family reunion enjoyed a get-together at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Guise at Hammond Sunday.

          Three family events received special attention - the return of Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Kline from a vacation trip to the Great Lakes and Canada; the departure of T.B. Richards Sept. 6 on the Queen Elizabeth for Swanson, Wales, for his first visit there in 35 years; and the presence of Perry Miller, whom members of the family had not seen for 13 years.

          Guests were Perry Miller of St. Louis, Mo.,. & Mr. & Mrs. Charles Miller and son, William and Betty Mikesell of Delong, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Kline, Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Kline and son of Culver; Mr. & Mrs. T.B. Richards of Gary, and Miss Lena Miller of Hammond.






Sales & Svc

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 1, 1948

          Charles Overmyer, local Minneapolis-Moline farm implement dealer, today announced he is adding a 40-foot section to his newly-erected sales building on Road 14 east of Rochester.

          The added space will allow more room for the parts and garage department and also more room for displaying new equipment.

          In addition to the farm machinery, the Overmyer Sales and Service has been named Rochester area dealer of the James Motorcycle - a British product.

          The building is of the quonset type with a rectangular, cement block front.



Bldg, Going Up

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 1, 1948

          The site of the $112,000 15-apartment building in the 1200 block on East Ninth street is a bee-hive of activity these days.

          Lloyd Woolington of Kewanna, general contractor for the entire project, has cleared the grove of unnecessary trees and started excavation.  Pouring of concrete for footing is expected to begin within a few days.

          The lumber to be used in the structure is on the site.  Preliminary work on the grounds has been going on for several days.

          The building is supposed to be under cover by winter months and the interior will be finished then by Paul Eiler and Guy Barger, sub-contractors.

          The first apartment residents will move in next spring according to present plans.

          The building will be 160 feet long and 28 feet wide.  There will be three two-bedroom units on each end of the structure, the lower ones being of the terrace type while the inside ones will contain one bedroom.

          All kitchens will be equipped with an electric stove and refrigerator.  The entire building will be fireproof and oil will be used in heating the apratments.  Laundry facilities and storage space will be provided in the basement.

          The apartment is being built through a loan from the Mid-City Investments Company of Gary with the sanction of the Federal


Housing Authority.

          Stockholders in the corporation are:   Clarence Hill, Roger Dooley, Karl Gast, Ernest Baxter, Roscoe Pontius, Maurice Barr, Dr Dean K. Stinson, Hugh Barnhart, Lynn Chamberlain and Jack Elin.



Lutheran Church

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 1, 1948

          The family of the late Mr. & Mrs. John Umbaugh enjoyed a reunion Sunday in the basement of the Lutheran church.

          The honored guests were the Rev. & Mrs. G.F. Dittmar and son Theodore and daughter Mary of Bolivar, Ohio and the Rev. & Mrs. William Kibler of Pittsburgh, Pa.

          Relatives were present from South Bend, Osceola, Hammond, Peru, Argos, Rochester and Harvey, Ill.  There were 65 in attendance.



Radio & Appliance

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 2, 1948

          Paul C. Dorsett, owner of Dorsett’s Radio and Appliance service will move his business into Larry’s Furniture building upon the completion of that structure it was announced today.

          Dorsett’s will continue in the radio and appliances business on North Main street until then.



Has Booking

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 2, 1948

          Little Barbara Joy Halstead, recently back from a screen Children’s Guild contest in Hollywood, Cal, left today in company with her parents, Mr & Mrs. H.J. Halstead, for Lake City, Minn.

          Barbara Joy will play a two-week engagement at the Terrace Club, in that city, with the Don Roby band.  This is the second appearance for the little local tap dancer and singer at Lake City.









Purch. J. K. Lungren

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 9, 1948

          J. Keith Lungren, formerly manager of the Gonzales, Texas feed store and hatchery, the largest company-owned Purina store, has purchased the Bashore Feed Store in this city and in Akron.  The Rochester business will be known as the Farm Center.- - - -

          There will be no change in the staff of the new store.  Mr. Lungren announced that Bob Woodcox, with the store three years, will remain as manager of the new enterprise.  He will be assisted by Fred Reese, Walter Cunningham and Earl Wilson.- - - -

          Mr. Lungren is not a stranger to the Middlewest.  He was born in Harcourt, Iowa.  Mrs. Lungren is the former Mary Tillet of Francesville, Ind.  They were married at Monticello, Ind.  They have three children.



Reun, City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept.13, 1948

          The Fulton-Clark reunion was held Sunday at the city park with 60 in attendance.  Most of the people attending were from South Bend.

          Mr. & Mrs. Charles Krieghbaum and Mr. & Mrs. Lisle Krieghbaum and son Bill and daughter Pat were among those present.



Purch. Minna Brewer

The News-Sentinel, Sept.14, 1948

          Mrs. Harley Zolman today announced the sale of her Frock Shop, situated at 115 W. 8th street to Mrs. Minna Brewer of Fort Wayne.

          Mrs. Brewer and her sister Miss Arlene Gallman, also of Fort Wayne, will take immediate possession of the shop and plan to have it open for business this current week-end.

          Mrs. Zolman, who purchased the business early last January is retiring on account of ill health.









Buys Out Partner

The News-Sentinel, Sept.15, 1948

          Dean Drudge of the firm of Drudge & Cutshaw has purchased his partner’s interest in the auto body repair shop, rear of 620 Jefferson street this city.  Paul Cutshaw is moving to Arizona soon.



Skersick Hired

The News-Sentinel, Sept.20, 1948

          Glenn Skersick of Leiters Ford has accepted a position with the Farmers & Merchants Bank this city and assumed his duties in the institution today.

          Mr. Skersick, prior to the war was employed six years in the Industrial National Bank of Detroit.  During World War 11 he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific are.  He is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

          Following the close of the war Mr. & Mrs. Skersick owned and operated the Gedunk Bar at Leiters Ford.  They sold this business a few months ago.

          For the present the Skersicks, with their little daughter Penny and son Stevie, will reside in Leiters Ford.  Mrs. Skersick is the daughter of Charles Wyland of Leiters Ford.



Prof. Univ. of Va.

The News-Sentinel, Sept.20, 1948

          Fredericksburg, Va., Sept. 20 - Dr. James L. Allison of Rochester, Ind., a graduate of Northwestern University with A.M. and Ph.D degree from Harvard University, has been appointed assistant professor of English at Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia.

          Dr. Allison, a communications officer in the U.S. Navy during the war, has been on the Harvard University faculty for the past two years.








Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept.20, 1948

          An Oliver reunion was held at Rochester City Park in honor of Mrs. J.A. Oliver’s 80th birthday.  Mrs. Oliver lives in Fulton.

          The guests from Rochester were Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Oliver, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Oliver and sons and Mr. & Mrs. R. Shelton.  Guests from Logansport were Mrs. Anna Oliver and family Mr. & Mrs. Earl Jackson and family, Bob Karney, Irvin Oliver, Mrs. Kenneth Martin and sons, Mr. & Mrs. Thompson Lawrence and Mr. & Mrs. Lowell Oliver and son of South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. Don Hizer and family, Grass Creek; Mr. & Mrs. Art Cummings from Detroit, Mich., and Mr. & Mrs. Arden Kincaid.



Purch. John Kreisle

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 25, 1948

          Fred Rowe today announces the sale of his coal yards situated on the corner of East 7th and Monroe streets to John Kreisle, of this city.  The new owner has already taken possession of the business and announces he plans a general expansion of the business.  The business henceforth will be known as The Consumers Fuel & Supply Co.

          M. Kreisle, who came here from Tell City, Ind., is a graduate engineer of Purdue Univesity.  He was a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps and served with the heavy bomber division as a navigator in the European theatre during World War 11.  He was married recently to Wilnetta Jean Adamson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Egar Adamson of this city.  Prior to coming to Rochester he was employed by the Seeger Corporation at Evansville.

          Mr. & Mrs. Kreisle are residing at Lake Manitou.

          Mr. Rowe is retiring on account of ill health. - - - -



Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 27, 1948

          The Nutt reunion was held Sunday at the Rochester city park.  This was the first reunion of the family.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Will Gray, Mr. & Mrs. Bonnie Reed and twin daughters of Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Bailey and daughter, Fulton; Mrs. Esther Miller, Logansport; Miss Virginia Nutt,


Indianapolis; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Newcomer, Indianapolis; Kenneth Nutt, Peru; Mr. & Mrs. Roy Nutt, Mr. & Mrs. Chester Smith, Kenneth Smith, and Miss Brooks of Kewanna, and Mr. & Mrs. O.J. Nutt of Selina, Ala., former residents of Fulton county.




The News-Sentinel, Sept. 29, 1948

          Youngsters who are not too fond of attending school should have been residing in the little town of Rochester in the 1860’s.  In those days, or in the year of 1866 to be exact, the school term in Rochester began on Dec. 17 and ended on Feb. 9 - a term of 12 “long” weeks.

          These facts concerning school days of yester-year are all available in a “Teacher’s Report to School Trustees” book which was brought into The News-Sentinel a few days ago by Superintendent of City Schools Fred Rankin.

          A check of the records in this well preserved old book revealed that in the days immediately following the Civil War there were but four departments or rooms with two teachers employed for the 12 week period for each department.  There were the primary department, two intermediary departments and the higher department in Rochester’s educational set-up.

          Wesley Case, teacher of the higher department who fixed his signature to a teacher’s contract for the 12 weeks term in the winter of 1866 and ‘67 received the sum of $2.66-2/3 per day for a five day week.  Female teachers in the lower grades or rather departments were paid $1.33-1/3 per day.  Enrollment of the students in the higher department in 1866 were 29 males and 36 females.  Intermediary classes were about the same and in the primary room there were 92 youngsters.

          Longer terms of school, but far shorter than those existing today were begun in 1868 and in 1873 the terms were lengthened to approximately the same number of days as the current school year.

          Textbooks used in those early days were Osgoods, McGuffeys readers, Riders writing, Rays 3rd and Higher arithmetic, Michell’s geography, Clarks & Pinneoas grammar and Willard’s U.S. History.

          The Rochester school board of trustees in 1866 was comprised of Robert Wallace, Benjamin S Lyon and C.J. Stradley.  Other teachers in that era were Christopher Fitzgerald, Miss Mary Ewing, Miss



Harriett Osgood, Miss Cleo King and Miss Emily Barnett

          In the forepart of “Teacher’s Record” book was a list of “Rules and Regulations for the Fulton County Schools.” Article V111 reads:

Sanitary Regulations

          “The use of tobacco, in any form, within the school room, is strictly prohibited, unless those using it have spittoons to use and keep them clean.”

          The records of the school teachers were kept intact until the year of 1881.  At that time the board of school trustees were Jonathan Dawson, C.S. Hickman and A.V. House.

          The book is on file in the office of County Supt. Earl Rouch where those interested in such data may inspect its records.



Purch. Dutch Smith

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 7, 1948

          John Davis of Akron has announced the sale of his Main Street Tavern to Everett (Dutch) Smith.

          Mr. Smith will take over the management of the establishment as soon as the transfer of the license can be made.



Open For Business

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 7, 1948

          “Norman’s Shop,” featuring an extensive line of greeting cards and magazines, was opened Wednesday at 508 Main street by Norman Walters of Rochester.

          The Dorsett Brothers radio shop is located in the same building and will remain there until Larry’s Furniture and Appliance store is completed.  The shop then will be moved in with Larry’s.  Norman will occupy the front half of the building and the rear portion will be used by his father, Alvah Walters, in the plumbing business.

          Mr. Walters also plans to cary office supplies and accepts subscriptions for all magazines.

          Office hours of 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. will be observed.








Store at Akron

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 8, 1948

          Loyd Saner, son of Mr. & Mrs. Homer Saner, will soon open a jewelry store in Akron, in the room formerly occupied by the Surge store.  Work at remodeling the store is now in progress and as soon as the fixtures can be installed he will be open for business.

          Mr. Saner plans to do watch and jewelry repairing and will sell phonograph records.  He will also operate a pick-up service for a dry cleaning firm.

          Mr. Saner attended watch repair school at Pittsburgh where he took the two year course offered by the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute.  He worked for some time as a repairman for the Crownover store of this city.

          The new establishment will be known as Saner’s Jewelry Store.



Purch, R. Shoemaker

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 9, 1948

          Joe Bidwell of Akron today announces the sale of the Tiosa Elevator which he has owned since December 1945 to Ralph Shoemaker of Richland township.  The new owner is to take possession of the business on Monday, October 11.

          Russell Cauffman who has been managing the elevator since 1945 will continue in the employ of the new owner, it was stated.



Hoagy, Lake Visitor

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 13, 1948

          Thirty years ago Hoagy Carmichael was driving everyone that lived around the “Fairview” insane by composing for hours at a time.  He talked of nothing but music, and kept mostly to himself, says Madeline Dahl Nagle in the Oct. 1 edition of the Whitefish Bay Herald.

          Mrs. Nagle, now of Whitefish Bay, Wis. summered near the Shafer cottage, “The Wigwam,” when Hoagy made his appearance with the little band from Bloomington.

          In the interesting feature story Mrs. Nagle reminiscens when Hoagy used to play the battered old square piano with the mandolin attachment that was pushed in a dusty old corner of Pop Polyopus’s Kandy Kitchen three decades ago.  It was there he thumped out all the


old favorites, “Margie,” “Dardanella,” “Stumbling,” “Whispering” and “They Didn’t Believe Me.”

          “Hoagy now lives in a magnificent house with spacious gounds in Hollywood with his wife and two sons, Hoagy Bix, eight, and Randy Bob, six.  They have a swimming pool and a barber shop where Hoagy cuts his boys’ hair.  Hoagy has his own radio program on a CBS network.  He’s written a very successful book.  He’s published 107 song hits.  Probably his most famous is “Stardust.”

          “His road from Star Dust to Gold Dust hasn’t been an easy one.  Paul Whiteman set up his first recording, “Washboard Blues.” He wasn’t sure that Hoagy could sing the number, so he took a spare singer along, just in case.  That spare singer was Bing Crosby.  Paul said of Hoagy, ‘He’s one of those natural guys, a farm boy whose instincts have stayed rooted in the soil.  He’s a mixture of rube, pixie, and smart aleck.’

          “After his first hit thngs began to change for Hoagy.  Other bands as well as his own began to play ‘Stardust.’ Walter Winchell raved over it, so did thousands of other people

          “Fame, wealth, success and popularity hasn’t changed Hoagy - except for the better.  He’s a funny little guy - just like the boy who learned to play by watching his mother and practicing on an old out-of-tune piano.  He’s the same boy who composed on the shores of Lake Manitou.”



Bright-Danner, Mgrs.

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 18, 1948

          The Airport Grill will reopen Friday under new management, T. J. Cronin announced today.

          The managers will be Verle Bright and Glenn Danner, both of Elwood.

          The grill will be open from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m.

          Mr. Bright is a veteran of World War 11, in which he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy for three years.  He is married and is the father of two sons.  He has lived in Elwood all his life and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

          Mr. Danner has lived in Elwood all his life and is a member of the Quincy Odd Fellows Lodge and the First Baptist church.  He has been engaged in restaurant work most of his life.  He is married and is the father of four children.


          Mr. Danner with his family will move to Rochester this week and Mr. Bright will move his family here as soon as living quarters are available.



Has a Hobby

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 19, 1948

   (By Phyllis Onstott)

          We’re always hearing about interesting people in other cities, other states, and other countries.  But have we ever stopped to realize that some of the most intriguing personalities live right in our midst?

          Mrs. Eldon Sherbondy of 518 Pontiac street has been collecting pen-pals all over the world ever since 1931.  She now corresponds with people in Cuba, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, all over Africa, Belgium, Malta, England, Scotland, Ireland, and many other smaller countries.  Mrs. Sherbondy gets a lot of enjoyment out of reading just how other people really live, and how they feel toward the United States.

          There is no trick to becoming a correspondent to many people even in the farthest corners of the world.  Mrs. Sherbondy has always been fascinated by pen-pals, for who doesn’t like to get a lot of mail?  There are many magazines that publish the names of persons who wish to correspond with someone in another state or country.  Mrs. Sherbondy receives her names and addresses from a publication edited by a California woman.  This publication carries the names, addresses, birthdays, hobbys, etc., of each person.  And, of course, each person knows another person, so once you get started it isn’t difficult to get a real collection built up.



Drug Store Moves

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 21, 1948

          Gilbert Drug Store, which was formerly located at the (NW) corner of Main and Seventh streets, will be reopened for business Friday, Oct. 22.  The new location of this popular store will be at 117 East Ninth street in the building once occupied by the Townsend club.








Baker Home

The News-Sentinel, Oct. 25, 1948

          Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Baker and Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Martin were hosts at Sunday dinner for 24 people at the Baker home in North Judson.  The reunion dinner was in honor of two brothers and two sisters who had not been together for 30 years.  They are Mrs. Francis Spohn of this city; Omer Martin of Fort Myers, Fla.; Mrs. A.G. Schreiver of Chicago, and Charlie Martin of North Judson.

          Family pictures were taken in the afternoon.



Purch Frank Bell

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 1, 1948

          The People’s Market at 426 Main, formerly owned by Orville “Shorty” Severns was sold to Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bell of South Bend.  Mr. & Mrs. Bell lived near Tiosa several years ago and moved to South Bend from there.  They have had 35 years experience in the meat and grocery business and hope to make their store here a success



To Lead Large Orch.

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 5, 1948

          Evan Whallon, Jr., son of Mr. & Mrs. Evan Whallon of Akron, will conduct the Philadelphia Philharmonic orchestra in a concert in December.  He won this honor in a competition made possible by Eugene Ormandy, conductor of this great orchestra.

          Evan Whallon, Jr., is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he is working on his master’s degree.



Defense Counsel

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 13, 1948

          It was learned today that Floyd J. Mattice, formerly of this city was the U.S defense counsel for two of the seven high Japanese war lords who were sentenced to hang yesterday by an International court in Tokyo.

          Attorney Mattice represented Iwane Matsui and Sheishire Itakaki, two Japanese generals who were responsible for hundreds and hundreds of deaths of American soldiers captured by the Japs in the    


Far East theatre during the early stages of World War 11.

          Mattice at one time was deputy Indiana Attorney General, and during World War 11 he was head of the Midwest war frauds division, Justice Department with offices in Chicago.  He also is a former Fulton county prosecutor.

          Mr. & Mrs. Mattice, the former Charlotte Killen of this city have been stationed in Tokyo over two years.



Harvest Corn Crop

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 20, 1948

          Forty-two friends and neighbors of Orville Ellis gathered at his farm Thursday and cribbed 35 acres of corn.  Mr. Ellis has been in ill health since last May and is slowly improving.

          The men used 11 corn pickers, a similar number of tractors, wagons and scoop shovels and the entire field was picked as clean as “a hound’s tooth” by two o’clock, one of the neighbors stated.

          The ladies of the workers served a community dinner in the Ellis home during the noon hour.



Major Bowes Hour

The News-Sentinel, Nov. 22, 1948

          Mrs. Howard Howard and daughter, Robin Lee, of Winona Lake leave Tuesday morning for Detroit where Robin Lee will appear on the original Major Bowes amateur program.

          The show will be broadast over the ABC network at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

          Robin Lee, an accomplished pianist at seven years of age, appeared on the show over radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne recently.  She was selected from a group of 200.

          Miss Howard won several firsts last summer during amateur night programs at the Times Theatre here and also at Logansport.



Lawyer, Las Vegas

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 1, 1948

          Michael Hines, Jr., of Kewanna, has accepted a posiion as assistant city attorney in the city of Las Vegas, Nev.

          Mr. Hines recently was graduated from U. of Notre Dame.



Major Bowes Hour

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 1, 1948

          Little Robin Lee Howard, seven-year-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Howard Howard of Nyona Lake, is “wowing” them by television these days.

          After appearing on the original Major Bowes amateur hour in Detroit last Wednesday, the young pianist was asked to appear on a television broadcast in New York the following Sunday.

          The Howards drove from Detroit to New York City where daughter made her initial debut under the klieg lights.

          The televised broadcast will be shown over Chicago stations and in California this Sunday.

          The talented Robin Lee has appeared on several amateur programs in this area winning many first honors.  Final decision as to hour will be made known tonight her outcome on the Major Bowen and the television results will be announced Sunday.



Closing Out Sale

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 1, 1948

          The Gamble Store of Rochester began a huge closing out sale at 9 a.m. Friday, it was announced today.

          Victor McCarty and Herman K. Hinshaw of Rochester, co-owners of the store, hope to sell out completely and are offering merchandise at greatly reduced prices. - - - -

          Neither Mr. McCarty nor Mr. Hinshaw have anounced plans for the future.



Major Bowes

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 2, 1948

          Miss Robin Lee Howard, seven-year-old pianist from Nyona Lak, Wednesday night was declared a second-place winner on the “Original Major Bowes Amateur Hour.”

          The little girl performed on the proram in Detroit a week ago but the outcome was not announced until Wednesday.  She also appeared on a television show stged in New York City last Sunday.

          She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Howard Howard.




Store Opens Sat.

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 3, 1948

          Larry’s Furniture, Appliance, and Record Shop will be open for business Saturday in a completely remodeled store.

          Extensive redecorating has been carried out in the new building.  The record shop, one of the most popular features of the store, has been given added space in which to display the latest waxings.

          A complete line of Westinghouse appliances is handled by Larry’s and new household furniture of the latest model has been procured.



Co Opens In Akron

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 3, 1948

          R.B. Harlan has announced the opening in Akron of the R.B. Harlan Coal Co.  The new company is located on the Erie tracks just east of the Mobil Gas bulk station and is completely set up to do business.  They recently purchased a new truck and have rented office space across the street from their yards in the Akron Canning Company building.




The News-Sentinel, Dec. 13, 1948

          A new lunch room, situated directly north of the Times Theatre will be opened to the public on Wednesday.  The shop will be known as the Medlock Sandwich Shop.  Mr. Medlock is an experienced restaurant man coming here from Plymouth.  His wife will assist him in the management of the eating place.



Purch. Charles Maul

The News-Sentinel, Dec. 29, 1948

          M.R. Robinson, publisher of the Culver Citizen, one of the outstanding weekly newspapers in northern Indiana, today announced the sale of the newspaper to Charles Maul, Jr., a member of the Culver Military Academy staff.  Mr. Robinson had been editor and publisher of the Citizen for the past 25 years. - - - -

          Mr. Robinson has not announced his plans for the future.



Heads Large Bank

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 3, 1949

          It was announced Friday in the Lafayette Journal-Courier of Lafayette that Ralph D. Shoemaker has been elected as president of the Lafayette Loan and Trust Co.  Charles R. Ball of Lafayette is the retiring president.

          Mr. Shoemaker, who was born and reared in Kewanna, Ind, is the son of Postmaster and Mrs. L.M. Shoemaker of Kewanna.  He had been in the employ of the bank since 1937, starting as a trust officer.  Later he was given the additional duties as treasurer; he will also continue his duties as trust officer, the announcement said.

          Ralph is a graduate of Indiana University.  He has been engaged in the banking business since 1929, first with the Guaranty Trust Co. of New York and then with the Indiana department of financial institutions before entering the Lafayette bank.  Mr. Shoemaker assumed the duties of president of the institution today.



Purch. Roy Morris

The News-Sentinel, Jan. 8, 1949

          Roy Morris of Chicago bought out Earl Enyart & Son’s, 510 Main street business.  Mr. Morris has been an electrical engineer for the past 12 years in Chicago, and for the past four years was employed by the Guard It Manufacturing Company, of Chicago.

          Improvements including a modern machine for “ignition work” will be made in the near future, Mr. Morris stated.  He and his wife and son, Peyton, 15, moved here Wednesday.  Peyton will be a junior at Rochester high school.  They reside on the east shore of Lake Manitou.

          Kenneth and Raymond Enyart will remain with the company.



Store Purch, Yerkes

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 2, 1949

          Alvin R. Yerkes of Monon has purchased the Elston Drug store in Kewanna from the Elston estate and has already taken possession of the buriness.

          Mr. & Mrs. Yerkes and their son and Mr. Yerkes 16-year-old brother have taken up their permanent residence in Kewanna.




Purch Chas. Wyland

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 4, 1949

          Dale Davis, today announces the sale of the Leiters Ford Garage to Charles Wyland, proprietor of the Village Hardware of Leiters Ford.

          The garage, which has been in operation in that town for a number of years will be managed by Ellis Grizelle, an experienced auto and truck mechanic.  Mr. Wyland will take possession of the business on Monday, Feb. 7.

          Mr. Davis has not announced his plans for the future.



Purch Joseph Martin

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 7, 1949

          Possession of the Tippe-A-Cona Inn at Leiters Ford has been taken by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Martin of that vicinity.  The Martins purchased the inn recently from Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. O’Dell, also of Leiters Ford.

          Martin was the owner of the Home Lumber Company for several years and is a native of Lucerne.  O’Dell, a machinist, will return to the Studebaker Corporation plant at South Bend where he has been employed for approximately 25 years.



Pat Abell

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 7, 1949

          Rochester’s Jamboree Queen, Miss Patricia Abell, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Abell of this city, has added more stars to her “crown.”

          It was announced yesterday that “Pat” had been chosen “Hoosier Princess” from 16 competing Indiana colleges to reprsent Indiana in Washington’s “Cherry Blossom Festival” to be staged in the capital city in April.

          Sunday’s edition of the Indianapolis Star carried a feature story about Miss Abell and its woman’s section devoted an entire page of photos of the new “Hoosier Princess,” surrounded by the top winners in other state college contests.

          Among these was Miss Joyce Delaney, DePauw University’s selection for the high honor.  Miss Delaney is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Delaney of Michigan City, former residents of Rochester


          The following article concerning the selection of the “Hoosier Princess appeared in the Sunday’s edition of The Indianapolis Star.

          “Indiana will send Patricia Ann Abell to Washington’s Cherry Blossom Festival in April as its ‘Hoosier Princess.’

          “The 18-year-old freshman at Ball State Teachers College was chosen by the Star’s committee of five judges from a field of 16 coeds - each a campus queen representing an Indiana College or university.

          “Thursday afternoon the judges spent more than an hour studying the photographs which had been submitted and Miss Abell was the choice from the field of 16 beauties.

          “In the event that Miss Abell should be unable to make the trip to the nation’s capital in April, the judges picked Nancy Gant of Franklin as the alternative. - - - -

          “Miss Abell is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph (Roy) Abell, Rochester.  At Ball State she is enrolled in a pre-nursing course and expects to begin her nurse’s training at Ball Memorial hospital, Muncie, in June.

          “‘Pat.’ as she is known to her classmates at Ball State has blue eyes and chestnut brown hair.  She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 105 pounds.

          “In the opinion of the five men students who acted as judges at Ball State, this plus her warm personality, adds up to the beauty of a queen.”- - - -



Paper Sold to Lyon

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 7, 1949

          Charles Pritchard, Kewanna, has announced the transfer of ownership of the weekly Kewanna-Fulton newspaper, “The Observer,” to William Lyon of Marion, Ind.

          Lyon has assumed his duties and will continue to publish each Thursday.  The paper has offices in both Kewanna and Fulton.

          Pritchard, a Kewanna resident of three years, said he had no future definite plans for the present.



Shop Opens Feb. 10

The News-Sentinel, Feb. 8, 1949

          Mrs. Cranor Smith, of this city, today announces she will open a modern beauty shop at 915 Madison street, this city Tursday, Feb. 10.


          The shop which will be known as Eve’s Beauty Shop will be equippd to do all kinds of permanent waves, coiffure sets, manicuring and scalp and beauty treatments.

          Mrs. Smith is a graduate of the Wedeking Beauty College of Logasport and has had considerable experience in this profession.




The News-Sentinel, Feb. 14, 1949

          Harold Shields and Raymond Blacketor have assumed managerial duties of the J.W. Motor Sales Co., 214 E. 8th Street.  John McLochlin, owner, will devote most of his time looking after his farm.

          Shields, who will supervise sales and service, said that the company plans to construct a new building within the next six months.  Blacketor will have charge of the office




The News-Sentinel, March 1, 1949

          The Gift Engineers store which was started in the Thacker building corner of East Eighth and Madison streets last June is moving into the north half of the Brackett building 713 Main street.

          The transferring of the stock and subsequent improvements to their new location will requre several days, Messrs. Fred Jordon and Trib Biddinger, proprietors stated in an interview today.

          The new store room more than doubles their space and a larger stock will be on display here.  The firm will carry a complete line of jewelry, Baldwin pianos, Hammond electric organs and a wide and varied line of appliances and gift goods all of nationally renown make.

          The jewelry department as well as repair work will be under the supervision of Dwight Reichard. - - - -



Opens Office

The News-Sentinel, March 2, 1949

          Dr. John C. Glackman announced today that he has officially begun practice at 716-1/2 Main street.  The office and equipment formerly belonged to the late Dr. H.A. Markley.

          Although from Denver, Colo., Dr. Glackman is a former resident of Indiana, having practiced medicine and surgery in Rockport for 40


years.  At one time he was president of the Indiana State Board of Health.

          Dr. Glackman is being assisted by his daughter, Jacqueline - - - -



Factory at Talma

The News-Sentinel, March 8, 1949

          Talma is to have a thriving industry which will employ 30 people when the business gets in its stride.  Mrs. Mildred Kramer of Talma, an experienced factory worker is supervising the organization of a new garment factory which will begin operation on Monday, March 14.

          This new Fulton county industry will be located in the Walker building at Talma and will manufacture ladies dresses and garments.  Applications for employment in this business are now being taken by Mrs. Kramer.



Speedometer Svc.

The News-Sentinel, March 9, 1949

          A special speedometer, generator and ignition service shop has been opened in the McMillen’s “66” Service Station, 1617 (Main Street) by Suddith’s Speedometer Service..

          Mr. Suddith’s electric repair shop was formerly located in the Suddith Filling Station corner of Main and Fourth St., this city. - - - -



Church Burns

The News-Sentinel, March 10, 1949

          Fire destroyed the Five Corners church, three miles southwest of Macy, Tuesday afternoon, although the church was recently repaired and often used for reunions.

          A grass fire is believed to have started the blaze.  The church has always been the scene of the Keller Five Corners reunion.  There was no insurance.









Magazine - Gretonas

The News-Sentinel, March 11, 1949

          Carl Lewis, Indianapolis Star Magazine feature writer and Dean Timmerman, staff photographer, were in Rochester today planning an article on Otto Gretona and his family, internationally renowned high wire troop, formerly with Cole Bros. Circus.

          The article and pictures will appear in the Star magazine in about six weeks, Lewis said, and will cover two or three pages. - - - -

          Otto, his son Enrico and daughter Shirley, all veteran performers, posed on the high wire, amidst a slight snowfall this afternoon for last-minute pictures.



Pennell, Asst Mgr.

The News-Sentinel, March 22, 1949

          Bob Pennell, Route 2, has replaced Merle Snyder as assistant manager of the Boston Store, Milton Camblin, manager, said today.

          Snyder resigned March 19 to accept a position as field representative of the Shell-American Oil company in Pulaski, Marshall, Kosciusko and Fulton counties.  Pennell had been working in Snyder’s department, Camblin said.



Purch Bob Moore

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 1, 1949

          Mrs. Ike Klein today announced the sale of the two story brick and frame building 330 Main street to Robert P. (Bob) Moore of this city.  Possession of the property was taken today by the purchaser.

          Mr. Moore, who is engaged in the retail and wholesale livestock feed business at 821 East Ninth street has not annunced definite plans concerning the use of his North Main street property.

          He did state, however, that he planned to improve the property and beautify the grounds and added that work on this project was already under way.

          The building housed the Klein Brothers salvage business which was founded thirty years ago by the late Ike Klein.  He operated the business until his death since which time it has been conducted by Mrs. Klein.  Mrs. Klein stated today that she plans to sell her home at Ninth and Jefferson streets and return to Chicago her birthplace to reside



Opens at Fulton

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 11, 1949

          The Palmer Auto Sales and Service company, Logansport, was scheduled to establish a sub-dealership for Hudson automobiles today in Fulton.

          Jim Blacketor, Fulton, will manage the new business.  Blacketor has previously been employed by the firm in Logansport.

          Used cars will also be handled, but service work will be taken to Logansport.



Judgement Order

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 11, 1949

          Execution of a Judgement against the Leiters Ford Sorghum Mill, Inc., handed down last June was ordered today by Judge Kline Reed.

          The order calls for the property to be sold to satisfy claims of $2,285.33 owed to the Leiters Ford State bank.

          Five other judgements against the mill were handed down today, allowing creditors $8,142.89.



Purch Shafer-Coplen

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 14, 1949

          A boyhood ambition will be realized Monday, with the summer opening of the Colonial hotel on Lake Manitou.

          The story unfolded today as David Shafer, part-owner for the past two years, announced that he and Maurice Coplen have purchased Ray Roy’s interest in the $150,000 resort.

          Ever since they were kids, Shafer said, he and Coplen had dreamed of being in business together.  A third boyhood friend, Jim Brackett will come here May 13 to act as floor manager.  All three parted company 12 years ago, never realizing that they would ever be together again.

          Coplen, however, will not be at the hotel in a working capacity this summer, Shafer pointed out.  This summer Mr. & Mrs. Shafer, who will reside at the hotel, will act as supervisors.

          Roy and Shafer bought the 32-room hotel two years ago from

Harry Page and Julius Simon.  - - - - -




Of Inman-Morrett

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 15, 1949

          A remodeled and redecorated barber shop will be installed at 121 East Seventh street about May 1.

          The shop was recently leased by John Inman and Bruce Morrett, both experienced barbers, from John Barrett, owner.

          The building was formerly occupied by Reid Lough, barber, who has moved his shop to a spot on U.S. 31, north of Rochester.



Buy Thacker-Sharpe

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 16, 1949

          Zimmerman Brothers today announced the purchase of the Thacker and Sharpe funeral home, at 1118 Main street, and all of its equipment.

          Although the new owners have made no definite plans, Milton Thacker and Lee Sharpe, former owners will devote their full time to Thacker’s Radio and Appliance shop at eighth and Madison street.

          The Thacker and Sharpe home is considered one of the best in this part of the state.



Purch Ray Doering

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 22, 1949

          Ray Doering, who operates radio and electrical repair service near Akron, has purchased the Shesler building in that town.

          Stanley Kain, of Illinois, purchased the property from the Shesler heirs several years ago.

          Doering plans to open a modern radio service store in the building soon.



314 E. 9th Street

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 23, 1949

          Crest Engineering Co. is situated at 314 East Ninth.  And one look at the clean white building will dispel all your notions of a smokey factory.  Crest Engineering is a corporation of six men, managed by H. DeLaRoy and his wife.   Mr. DeLaRoy was born in the United States and raised in Switzerland.  He is a graduate of the University of


Vienna, the University of Chicago, and the University of Mi chigan.  He has made many studies in the fields of pshychology, Chemistry, and metalurgy.

          Crest Engineering heaviest runs are on compass housings, myriads of plastic toys, lucite lamps, and many other articles.  All of these are made from the original designs and molds of Mr. DeLaRoy.



By Frank Graves

The News-Sentinel, Apr. 30, 1949

          Troy Frank Graves, five miles northwest of Rochester, opened a new taxi stand in Rochester today.

          Mr. Graves, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Graves, will operate his taxi from the Johnson Donut Bar.  For the present he will have one automobile but will have another soon.

          Mr. & Mrs. Graves and children plan to move to Rochester as soon as suitable living quarters are found.



Frank Ascencio

The News-Sentinel, May 5, 1949

          Frank Ascencio today announced that he had opened a Sinclair service station and three tourist cabins about one-half mile north of Rochester on U.S. 31.

          Ascencio said an 8x10 foot city directory will be soon placed near the station and that three more cabins would be constructed soon.

          Service station attendants are Walter L. Scott and Robert Scott.



Opens Next Week

The News-Sentinel, May 5, 1949

          Mr. & Mrs. E.J. Cotner and son Don, formerly of Kokomo are building a hot dog stand beside their new home at 701 East Ninth street.  The special feature of this new stand will be hot dogs with Spanish sauce, a delicacy which originated with them some 16 years ago in Kokomo.

          This has been the Cotner family’s life work, and they expect to continue it in Rochester.  They plan to open the “Main Spanish Hot Dog and Hamburger Stand” the latter part of next week.




Pontiuus Elec Pres

The News-Sentinel, May 5, 1949

          Indianapolis, May 5 (INS) - Roscoe D. Pontius, general manager of the Rochester Telephone Company today was named president of the Indiana Telephone Association.

          Pontius was elected to succeed W.J. Scheidler of Greensburgh today at a meeting of the association’s board of directors.  More than 500 officials and employes of 312 Hoosier ‘phone companies ended a two-day convention today in Indianapolis.

          The Rochester general manager formely was a vice president of the Indiana Telephone Association and has served continuously on the board of directors since 1934.

          At a general business meeting of the convention, five directors were named.  They include Pontius, Frank E. Bohn of Fort Wayne, RF. Lucier of Warsaw. C.E. McCormick of Terre Haute, and Sanford K. Trippett of Princeton.

          The new directors were named to terms of three years each.



VP Monty Ward

The News-Sentinel, May 10, 1949

          John A. Barr, former Fulton county resident, was elected a vice president of Montgomery Ward & Co. at a meeting of the executive committee held in Chicago Monday afternoon.  Barr, who is about 40 years of age, is the son of Mrs. Bertha Barr.  His father, Earl Barr passed away several years ago.  He is a nephew of Mrs. Harry Page of Rochester.

          The young man who has reached a top position in one of the nation’s largest firms, grew to manhood on the Barr farm located northwest of Akron.  He graduated from Akron High school and five years later he stood at the top of his class when he graduated from Indiana University Law School at Bloomington.

          Shortly afterwards he joined a law firm at Gary and after several years practice he went with Montgomery Ward as an attorney and rose to the position of labor relations manager on the legal staff.  During the war when Sewell Avery, president of the firm, defied the U.S. Government relative to federal regulations of industry and was carried from his office by U.S. soldiers, he was represented in the legal battle by Barr.


          At the election held yesterday Stuart S. Ball, 45, was named president of the big mail order and chain store after serving as vice presdent and secretary.  Barr was elected to hold both positions formerly held by Ball.

          Mrs. Bertha Barr is now at Woodlawn Hospital here where she is ill.  Her son visited her here just a few days ago.



Photos In Billboard

The News-Sentinel, May 12, 1949

          Pictures of Clyde and Harriet Beatty, veteran animal trainers and circus owners appeared on the cover page of the May 14 edition of The Billboard.  The “shot” taken on their circus lot while showing in their home city of Los Angeles, Calif.  Billboard stated the Beatty Circus opened its ‘49 season with a turnaway crowd.

          The Beattys made a series of movie pictures during the winter months in Hollywood.  Mr. & Mrs. Beatty have many friends throughout Rochester where they resided for several years, while Clyde was starred with the Cole Bros. Circus.



Officers Elected

The News-Sentinel, May 13, 1949

          Robert Tombaugh has been elected president of the Akron Agricultural Fair association.

          Other officers are Jack Stucker, vice-president; Joe Bahney, secretary; Tom Haupert, treasurer; Herschel Fenstermacher, Robert Leininger and Ralph Coffing, directors.

          Advisors are Al Price, Elmer Miller, Winston Coffing, Carl Keim and Henry Smith.

          Plans are being made to sell the advertising catalog early this year and get the premium lists out earlier than in past years.



In Life Magazine

The News-Sentinel, May 14, 1949

          Elmo Lincoln, the original Tarzan better known to home folks as Otto Linkenhelt, and who is currently visiting his mother, Mrs. Eldora Linkenhelt, received considerable publicity in this week’s edition of The Life Magazine.


          On pages 159-160 of the May 16 issue of Life appears large pictures of Elmo, the original Tarzan and Lex Barker, the 10th Tarzan.  Linkenhelt made his first appearance as Tarzan in 1918.  In a feature story carried in a recent issue of the South Bend Tribune, Mr. Linkenhelt gave the following review of his experiences in the role of Tarzan and other movie parts during his many years in Hollywood:

          “Today’s movie Tarzans are sissies in the estimation of Elmo Lincoln, who played the ape man in the first Tarzan film in 1918.

          “Of the recent breed of Hollywood ape men, Elmo mutters somewhat contemptuously, ‘They’re streamlined and refined.  Why in New York they whistled at Lex Barker, the latest Tarzan!’

          “Lincoln dropped into the Granada theater Monday evening to visit the assistant manager and his No. 1 fan, Bob Walters.  Walters has been collecting Lincoln raves and clippings since he was knee high to a ticket cutter.

          “Elmo reported that he was enroute to his hometown of Rochester, Ind., to visit his mother, 87-year-old Mrs. Dora Linkenhelt.  ‘I plan to take her back to Hollywood, Calif., with me,’ Elmo said.

          “Otto Elmo Linkenhelt, alias Elmo Lincoln, broke into the movies on Friday the 13th in April, 1913.  The late, famed movie mogul, D.W. Griffith, spotted Elmo’s king-sized barrel chest and asked, ‘How would you like to work in the movies?’

          Since Elmo had tried about every other kind of job since leaving Rochester in his mid-teens, he agreed to Mr. Griffith’s offer.  A long list of silent films starring Elmo in bit parts and lead roles followed.

          “Among the more famous Griffith pictures in which he appeared are ‘The Battle of Elderbrush Gulch,’ still considered one of the best two-reelers ever produced, and the famous Griffith masterpiece, ‘Birth of a Nation.’

          “In the latter, Elmo played about 10 parts, ranging from White Arm Jim, one of the leads, to a Negro mammy.  ‘It was an extravaganza with thousands in the cast.  Since there were only hundreds available for the cast we had to spread our talents around,’ Elmo explained.

          Elmo became a serial hero, too.  By some accident, he was roped into a contract for an 18 episode thriller titled ‘Elmo the Mighty’. He played a forest ranger.  The entire serial, complete with 17 climaxes, was shot in 20 weeks, he recalls.

          He became Tarzan by an odd set of circumstances, too.  Two other Tarzan candidates had disappointed the producer and director by



falling out of trees.  Elmo proved more tree-worthy and had a Tarzan-like chest, too.

          “He shunned a leopard skin because strong men wore them and he didn’t want to be known as a strong man.  So he girded his loins in a wolf skin, more fitted to the Hollywood idea of ape men, and donned a long-haired wig.  Naturally he went bare-foot and spent most of the film in trees, occasionally springing from a palm to an elm to add variety and harry the cameraman.

          “‘The modern Tarzan wears moccasins and never gets into a tree,’ Elmo scoffed. ‘Johnny Weismiller was always in the water, Lex Baxter spends most of his time on the ground.’

          “‘They don’t pound their chest and beller as I used to either.  Now they just yell once or twice.’

          “Elmo played in two more Tarzan films before he quit the movies in 1927 to try his hand at mining in Arizona.  He returned to the screen in 1939, doing bit parts.  Recently he has appeared in ‘Unconquered’ and ‘Tap Roots.’

          “Yet Elmo says he’ll never forget the high point of his Tarzan career.  It happened in the first ape man picture.  Instad of killing an ape, he was ordered to do in a live lion.  He explains that there was only one live ape in the film and perhaps they needed him for sequels.

          ”When the movie reached the dramatic point of the killing, the lion was doped and tied up.  Elmo jumped the harmless beast and tried to carve him up with a tin butcher knife.  His hide was so tough that the knife broke.

          “Next day the lion was doped again and Elmo did the retake with a small sword.  After stabbing the slumbering beast, Elmo jumped on him, per script.  The air in the lion’s lung was forced out and caused the dead animal to let out a roar.

          “‘I set a new record for the broad jump trying to get away,’ Elmo says.”




The News-Sentinel, May 19, 1949

          Dean Ford today announces he will open a new radio and television repair service shop in this city on Saturday, May 21 in rooms over Larry’s Furiture store, (NW) corner of Main and 7th streets.

          Mr. Ford is well qualified for this service having been employed by the Delco Radio Corp. of Kokomo, manufacturer of General


Motors Auto radios and Delco home radios.  Of the three years spent with this company, 18 months were in an executive position and 18 months in the experimental laboratory of the engineering department where he worked on a new type automatic tuning radio which will go into produiction sometime during 1950.

          This man has completed special courses in Television and has been employed as an experimental engineer and special consultant.  His shop will be equipped with the latest devices to test all sorts of electronic apparatus. - - - -



Centennial, Hist.

The News-Sentinel, June 1, 1949

          [Very long first hundred years history of the Rochester Masonic Lodge, No. 79]



Centennial, Speech

The News-Sentinel, June 2, 1949

          [Speech by Samuel D. Jackson, Featured Speaker for the occasion]



Shop Moved

The News-Sentinel, June 4, 1949

          Vachael Walters, owner of the Kewanna Walters Sewing Machine Shop, will move his business to the Miller Brothers Auto Supply store here within the next few weeks.

          The sewing machine shop will occupy part of the Miller Brothers store and Walters will assist firm employees here in selling supplies.

          Walters and his family will continue to live on a farm west of Kewanna.



Planned In Kewanna

The News-Sentinel, June 4, 1949

          Tentative plans for a motion picture theater in Kewanna have been released by Joe McPherson, Pure Oil Service Station operator.

          Plans for the new building, which will be erected on Main St., are already in the hands of contractors for estimates.


          McPherson was connected with the last theater in Kewanna that went out of business many years ago



Purch Roy Rice

The News-Sentinel, June 4, 1949

          Roy Rice, North Manchester, has purchased the Kewanna Creamery from E.A. Scapolitas, South Bend.

          Rice who owned the North Manchester Creamery for nine years, plans to install an homegenizing unit at the Kewanna plant.



Food Mkt Closing

The News-Sentinel, June 8, 1949

          The Berkheiser Food Market, 812 Main street, will be closed out by Saturday, June 18, Myron Berkheiser, owner, said today.

          The store, located at the present site for the past 13 years, will have a closing-out sale beginning Thursday, he said, which will end June 18.

          Reason for vacating, Berkheiser said, is to devote more time to the Berkway Super Market on East Ninth street, of which he is co-owner with Conde Holloway.

          Clyde Entsminger, manager of the Levi Building, in which the Berkheiser store is located, said today that he was sorry to see the firm leave.  No plans have been made for the building as yet, he added.

          Berkheiser, formerly with A & P and Kroger, has been in the grocery business 22 years.  Both he and Holloway plan improvements at the Berkway store.



Laundry Purch

The News-Sentinel, June 9, 1949

          Frederick Ensign announced today that he has sold the Rochester Self Service Laundry, 119 E. Seventh street to Harry W. Dawson, Culver.

          Ensign will continue his work as district manager of the Thermold Company, Trenton, N.J.

          Dawson, who will operate the laundry with his wife, lived n Rochester for ten years before entering service in World War II, and has one child two years old.  No immediate plans to move here yet.- - -



Tex Beneke

The News-Sentinel, June 10, 1949

          Tex Beneke and his orchestra, which will appear at the Colonial Hotel, Rochester, Indiana, on Thursday, June 16, is now the nation’s undisputed dance orchestra leader, according to the outstanding authorities in the field and to the nation’s leading critics.

          Before the war there was no question that Glenn Miller’s orchestra was the unchallenged leader in the popular music business.  Today Tex Beneke’s orchestra, the band which Miller had intended to bring back before he was lost in action, has recaptured the number one record-breaking position held by the pre-war band. - - - -




The News-Sentinel, June 14, 1949

          :Ada’s Cafe,” operated by Miss Ada Blessing, has been opened 4 miles north of here on U.S. 31.  The cafe formerly housed the “Pottawattomie Trading Post.” Miss Blessing at one time was in the cafe business in Rochester.



Paul Eiler Res.

The News-Sentinel, June 14, 1949

          A Sutton family reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Eiler.  The guests enjoyed a carry-in dinner at noon and conversation during the afternoon.  The guests were:

          Mrs. Margaret Sutton, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Wolfe and daughter; Mr. & Mrs. Lowell Wolfe; Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Brannon, all of Battle Creek, Mich., Mr. & Mrs John Lewis and sons, Bill, Terry, and Henry of Culver; Mr. & Mrs. Leo Sutton of Argos, and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Shively, Mr. & Mrs Forrest Sutton and daughter, and Mr. & Mrs. Robert Nellans and family all of Rochester.










Don Ragon Band

The News-Sentinel, June 17, 1949

          Don Ragon and his orchestra will be the band featured at the Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens as dancing nightly begins with the Friday performance of the group. - - - -



Roch. Country Club

The News-Sentinel, June 20, 1949

          The 21st annual Rochester College reunion was held at the Rochester Country Club Sunday, June 19.

          Sixty-three school mates of long ago renewed acquaintances and enjoyed a dinner which was served at long tables decorated with crepe paper streamers in the college colors of light blue and yellow, also bowls of blue and yellow garden flowers.

          The prayer was given by Mrs. Amos Sanders.

          After the dinner the meeting was opened by the president, Ray Myers.   Community singing, led by Frank Bryant, with Mrs. Ray Myers at the piano, was enjoyed.

          Little Miss Linda Lukens, in her sweet and charming way, gave a reading, “The Star of Bethlehem,” which by her audience’s applause, agreed she was a talented little miss.

          Students from a distance, who told of their college days and their present whereabouts were Hal P. Bybee of Austin, Texas; Chas. Lucas, Culver, Ind.; Clarence Adamson, Plymouth, Mich.; Floyd Neff, Fort Wayne; Bessie Young Richardson, Berkeley, Calif.; Estil Ginn, Mt. Summit, Ind., and Errett Carvey, Converse, Ind.  A letter from Ray Mow, Fort Wayne was read along with other letters.

          The honor of “R.C.M.” degree (Rochester College Mother) was conferred on Miss Flo Delp, due to her devotion to the welfare of the Rochester College students, which was purposed by Chas. Lucas.

          The report of the nominating committee which were Estil Ginn, Mt. Summitt, Chas. Lucas, Culver, and Clarence Adamson, Plymouth, Mich., was read.   The following officers were elected:

          President, Mrs. May Hurst Fowler, Macy and secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Amos Sanders, Rochester.

          The 1950 reunion will be held the third Sunday in June, the place to be announced next year.




Roch. City Park

The News-Sentinel, June 23, 1949

          The 15th Annual Becker Reunion was held at the City Park Sunday with a fried chicken dinner.  Norman Becker of Dansing, Ill., presided at the business meeting.  Donna Becker of Ahens was secretary.

          New officers elected were Mrs. Morton Snyder of Plymouth, president and Elwyn Becker of this city, secretary and treasurer

          Ice cream was enjoyed during the afternoon by the 56 relatives present.



Will Open

The News-Sentinel, June 28, 1949

          The Ajax Heating and Plumbing Company, owned by Donald Fisher and Burdell Leiter, will open a business at 214 E. Eighth street around July 1. - - - -

          Metal and electrical work will also be handled by the firm.  Fisher was formerly with the Fansler Lumber Company and Leiter has been in the heating business for the past 14 years. - - - -




The News-Sentinel, June 29, 1949

          “The Wig-Wam,” a new restaurant, will be opened on U.S. 31 about 1-1/2 miles north of here, in several months by William Godfroy, last Miami Indian war chief.

          Godfroy, who moved here several months ago from Peru, at present operates a truck-stop restaurant on U.S. 31 at the Tippecanoe river bridge.

          Location for the new restaurant, which consists of 28 acres, was recently purchased from Mrs. Hattie Cook, 517 Jefferson.










Purch Ivan Boylan

The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1949

          Ivan Boylan, local insurance agent connected with the Haskett and Jones Insurance Agency for many years, has purchased the Berger Insurance Agency in Akron and will take possession oif the business during the next few days.  He will replace Mrs. Marie Wilson who is moving to Rochester.

          Mr. & Mrs. Boylan plan to take up residence in Akron as soon as all arrangements have been completed.




The News-Sentinel, July 1, 1949

          Construction on a two-car drive-in Standard Oil service station at the northeast corner of Ninth and Madison streets will begin sometime this summer, J.H. Myers, firm agent here, announced today.

          The Streamliner, or Modern Dairy Bar, located on the corner since 1938, will probably move to a new location, Chalbert Johnson, co-owner, said today that the restaurant would definitely stay in business in Rochester

          The new service station will be covered with ivory porcelain and constructed similar to the one at the south edge of Rohester.  Local contrators will be onsidered, Myers said.



Buys Bldg

The News-Sentinel, July 2, 1949

          Robert Richardson, owner of Richie’s Coffee Cup, 114 East Eighth street, today announced that he would purchase the building in which the restaurant is located.

          Present owners are Mrs. Enmma Bitters and Mrs. Clarence Dillon.

          The restaurant, at that location for almost a year, recently underwent extensive interior and exterior remodeling.  Further improvements are planned, Richardson said.







Elliott Lawrence

The News-Sentinel, July 5, 1949

          Elliott Lawrence and his popular young orchestra will play a one night stand at Colonial Hotel on Tuesday, July 22.  It will be the third straight year that the young band leader has played for Lake Manitou crowds.- - - -



Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 6, 1949

          The Steininger reunion was held at the city park on July 4th with about 60 present.

          Those from a distance were the Rev. Dwight Steininger and family of Hudson, Mr. & Mrs Forest Steininger of Waterloo, Dee Steininger and family of Auburn, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Steininger of Chicago, Mr. & Mrs. Claude Steininger of Monticello.

          A bountiful dinner was served at the noon hour and all enjoyed a program in the afternoon.  The next reunion is to be held at Fort Wayne.



Purch Ned Hart

The News-Sentinel, July 6, 1949

          Ned Hart today announced that he had purchased Earl B. Shore’s interest in the Shore and Hart store, 506 Main street.

          Shore, who will retire, started in the store 53 years ago with his father.  After that, the late Harry Wilson purchased an interest and the store was known as Shore and Wilson.  Hart bought an interest in 1940 following Wilson’s death.

          The store will continue to operate under the name, Shore and Hart, for the present, Hart said.  No immediate changes have been planned.











Baldwin Cottage

The News-Sentinel, July 18, 1949

          The Baldwin reunion was held at the William Baldwin cottage on the Tippecanoe river, west of the city, Sunday with 82 present.  A basket dinner was enjoyed.  Games and contests were featured, and ice cream was served in the afternoon.

          The next reunion will be held at the same place next year on the third Sunday in July.

          Officers elected for next year are as follows:   John Baldwin, president; Louis Cleland, vice president, and Mrs. Robert Mow, secretary and treasurer.

          Next year’s entertainment committee will be in charge of Louis Cleland, Joe Williams, and Delma Minglin.  Refreshments will be served by Mrs. Bessie Voorhees and Mrs. John Baldwin.



Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, July 26, 1949

          The Dahl reunion was held Sunday at the Rochester city park with a basket dinner being served at noon and refreshments in the afternoon.

          Those who attended are as follows:   Mr. & Mrs. Anton Dahl and Eunice, Saginaw, Mich.; Mrs. John Viola and sons, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; Mr. & Mrs Ed Lindel of Hawthorne, Calif.; Miss Wilma Smith, Glendale, Calif., and Mr. & Mrs. Jerral Kimbrough and Betty Lou of Nashville, Tenn.

          Also Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Enoch Nelson, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Nafziger and Donnie and Janis, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Skog, Milford and Florance, Miss Ellen Dahl, Mrs. Beda Dahl and Martin Dahl, all of Paxton, Ill.

          Mrs. Ethel Symmons, Rankin, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. Walter Dahl, Rantoul, Ill.; Larry and Kenny Borgman, Chicago, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. Layton Okey and Donald, Bluffton, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Fagner and Mr. & Mrs. Ray Fagner and Bonnie of Burnettsville, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Fagner and Morris Lee, Miss Marguerite Fagner of Winamac, and Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Fagner of Knox.

          Also Mr. & Mrs Verne Wittkamper and Tommy of Wanatah, Edwin Fagner and Edith Radkey of Logansport, Lela Ekblaw of South Bend and Mrs. Ed Ekblaw of this city.



Real Est. & Insurance

The News-Sentinel, July 27, 1949

          Al Sibert and Bill Deniston have formed a partnership in the loan, real estate and insurance business.  The two have been citizens of Rochester all their lives and have had previous experience in the real estate business.  Deniston received hts experience in the Akron area and Sibert worked with an agency in Cincinnati.

          The business will be located in Deniston’s law office, which is located directly above Miller-Jones Shoe store.  The firm expects to be operating within a month.



Purch St. Clair

The News-Sentinel, July 27, 1949

          The Fletcher Lake store, formerly owned by May and Bill Burke, was sold Monday to Mr. & Mrs. Devon St. Clair.

          Mr. & Mrs. St. Clair took immediate possession of the house, store and boat landing and plan to make several improvements including a bathing beach.

          Mr & Mrs. Burke have no immediate plans.



Train Thru Roch

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1949

          Four sections of the Ringling Bros. Circus train passed through Rochester early this mornng over the Nickle Plate railroad enroute to Fort Wayne where the show will play tonight.  The trains were routed east over the Nickle Plate lines at Argos. - - - -



Omer Ross Res

The News-Sentinel, July 28, 1949

          Mr. & Mrs. Omer Ross, 200 Jefferson street, and their daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Peter Gorlitz will entertain wekend guests and will observe a family reunion Sunday.

          Mr. & Mrs. Clifton O. Cresly and daughter Joan of Taft, Calif., and the Rev. Leslie J. Ross and son Steven of Scottsdale, Ariz., will arrive Friday and will remain here for a two weeks visit.

          Dr. & Mrs. Harold T. Ross and daughter Patsy of Greencastle


will come Sunday and plan to stay a week at Lake Manitou.

          Another son of the Omer Ross’, Mr. & Mrs Emery Ross and son Carl of Chicago will spend Sunday here.



Van Duyne Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 1, 1949

          The Daniel Conrad decendants held a reunion at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Van Duyne, Sunday.

          A delicious community dinner was served at the noon hour and the afternoon was spent socially.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Verrel Conrad and son, of Lima, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs. Devern Brubaker and children, South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. Byron Conrad, Elkhart; Mr. & Mrs. Glen Conrad and daughter, of Logansport, and Mr. & Mrs. Lora Nickel and children and Mr. & Mrs. Claude Arven, of Fulton.

          Also, Mr. & Mrs. Loyd Craig and family, Mr. & Mrs. Roscoe Conrad, Mrs. Howard King, Mr. & Mrs. Don King, Janet, Carol, and Billie King, John Conrad, Mr. & Mrs. William King, Mrs. Emma Weaver, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Braman and son, Miss Dorcas Riddle and Fredrick and Marilyn Van Duyne.



Purch Ed Umbaugh

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 1949

          Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Umbaugh took possession of Harvey’s Cafe, Argos, this week.  The restaurant was recently purchased from Mr. & Mrs. Lavon Miller.

          The cafe was owned by the Millers between June, 1944 to June, 1946.  Mr. & Mrs. Fermin Cox owned it from 1946 until 1948, when it was again purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Miller.

          Mr. & Mrs. Umbaugh were born in the Argos community and have spent much time in that area.  They have operated shops in Plymouth and Rochester and still own a beauty shop in Argos.









Trails End Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 1949

          Eleven brothers and sisters of Stephen Fansler family held their family reunion Sunday, July 31.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Blaine Clawson, of Wheatfield, Ind., Mr. & Mrs William Fansler and daughter of Peru, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Zeider and family of Niles, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Loren Chambers, of Logansport, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Alvah Crabb and son, of Kewanna, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Fansler and daughter of Coldwater, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Earl Fansler and family of Rochester, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Fansler, of Rochester, Ind.; Lester Fansler and family, of Gary, Ind.; Mrs. Emma Fansler and sons of Logansport, Ind.; and Gilbert Fansler, of Milwaukee, Wis.

          Other guests present were Mr. & Mrs. Bert Grauhl, of Lucerne, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs Jacob Grauhl and family of Lucerne, Ind.; Mrs. Anna Metz, of Kokomo, Ind., and Mr. & Mrs Ameil Selmar, of San Pierre, Ind.

          There were 64 present.



Charles Miller Res.

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 9, 1949

          The Enyeart reunion was held at the Charles Millers “Carefree” cottage, Lake Manitou.  It was the 27th reunion with approximately 50 present.

          The oldest lady present was Cora Hamilton, 76, of Winamac, and the oldest man present was Isaac Enyeart, 84, of Logansport.

          The youngest baby there was Mary Ann Riggs, five months old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Rex Riggs of this city.

          Frederic P. Walters, of Defiance, Ohio, was elected president and his wife, Lee Cretia Ann, was elected secretary and treasurer for the following year.










Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1949

          The 34th Beehler reunion was held in the city park with an attendance of 75.  A lovely basket dinner was served at the noon hour.

          Following a delightful program in the afternoon the following officers were elected:   President, Lee Beehler; vice-president, Clyde Beehler; secretary-treasurer, Thelma Kanouse, and historian, Ruth Overmyer.

          The reunion will be held again on the first Sunday in August, 1950, and will be at the same place.



Van Duyne Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 10, 1949

          The home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Van Duyne was the scene of the reunion of the Eugene Shelton descendants.  A beautiful community dinner was served at the noon hour and the afternoon was spent socially.

          Those present were:   Mr. & Mrs. Ray Shelton, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Shelton, Mrs. Grace Van Duyne, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Crill, Mr. & Mrs. Adam Rentschler and daughter, Mrs. Mary Rose and family, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Van Duyne, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Van Duyne and family, Miss Dorcas Riddle, and Fredrick and Marilyn Van Duyne.



Purch Mrs. Kerschner

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 11, 1949

          William Godfroy announced today that he had sold the “Indian Village” restaurant on U.S. 31 at the Tippecanoe River bridge to Mrs. Irene Kerschner of Fulton.

          Mr. & Mrs. Godfroy are considering opening another restaurant on U.S. 31 somewhat closer to Rochester, following a brief vacation.

          Mrs. Kerschner has been in the restaurant business previously.



Purch R. Mishler

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 12, 1949

          Mr. & Mrs. Royce Mishler, Akron, have purchased the Scott store building from Mrs. E. Scott. - - - -



Reun, Roch City Pk

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 16 , 1949

          The annual Perschbacher reunion was held at the city park Sunday, Aug. 14.  Everyone brought well-filled baskets, and at 12:30 o’clock a bountiful dinner was enjoyed by about 40 people.

          Four guests were present, Mrs. Morse of Chicago, mother of Mrs. Robert Swinehart; Mrs. Olive May Jones of Terre Haute, mother of Mrs. Wyle G. Bonine; Bill Haworth and Russell Newel of Rochester.

          After the dinner a social time was enjoyed by all.  Later Robert Swinehart, president, called the meeting to order.  A report of last year was given by Mrs. R. Swinehart.  Election of officers for the coming year was held.  New officers are:   Harold P. Kiler, president; Allen Hack, vice-president, and Mrs. Hack, secretary-treasurer.  The 1950 reunion will also be held at the city park.



Leiter Homestead

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 16 , 1949

          Levi Leiter and Mrs. Blanch Miller were host and hostess to the 16th annual dinner Sunday at the Leiter homestead on the Tippecanoe river, with a large crowd in attendance.

          Following the dinner which was served at noon on the lawn the Rev. Stephen Gubi entertained the group with his many tricks of magic.

          Election of officers were held during a short business meeting with the following results:   Robert Leiter, of Battle Creek, Mich., president; Hugh Hunneshagen, vice-president, and Mrs. Hugh Hunneshagen, secretary and treasurer.

          The remainder of the afternoon was spent socially and the group was invited to meet again at the same place in 1950 on the second Sunday in August.



Glen Chapin Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 23 , 1949

          A family gathering was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs Glen Chapin, of near Rochester.  A basket dinner was served at the noon hour to the following:

          Mr. & Mrs. Fred See, Mr. & Mrs. Orville Cumberland and


daughter, Mrs. James Smith and family, Mr. & Mrs. Murrell Sutton and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Garl Hopper and daughter, Rochester; Harold Smith, of Fort Wayne; Mrs. Bertha McCarter, Athens; Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Brown, Athens and Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Schooley and family, of Elkhart.

          Also, Mr. & Mrs. Ross Pickens and family, South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. LeRoy Moss, Logansport; Mrs. Loila Collins and son and Miss Mary Collins, Indianapolis; Mr. & Mrs. Joel Stahl and family, and Mr. & Mrs. Glen McGinnis and son, Macy, Joe Black and Francis and Cecil Keley.



Karl Gast Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 23 , 1949

          Dr. & Mrs. Howard Petry and son, Robert, were weekend guests of Mr. & Mrs. Karl Gast at their Lake Manitou home.

          Dr. Petry is a noted lecturer and psychiatrist located at the State Hospital at Harrisburg, Pa.  His visit to relatives and friends was on his schedule of five-weeks’ tour through the West, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

          Guests other than the Petry family were Mr. & Mrs. Charles Leininger, Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Mallott, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Busher, of Beavr Dam, Mrs. Ida Thompson of Nyona Lake, Beulah Cook, Margaret Kistler, Dr. & Mrs. Evan Whalon and daughter, Harriet, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Boswell and family, all of Akron, and Mr. & Mrs. Evan Whalen Jr., of New York City.

          Also, Mr. & Mrs. Kermit Leininger and sons, of Fort Wayne, Mr & Mrs. Tom Gast, of Rochester, Dr. & Mrs. Vangilder and daughter, of Mentone, and K. Stuart Gast and family, of Winamac.

          The direct Petry relatives visited by Dr. & Mrs. Petry and family are Phiana Thomas, Mrs. Retha Rogers, of Beaver Dam community and Ruth and Fern Petry, of Rochester.



Reun, Roch City Pk

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 23 , 1949

          The Knauff and Brown reunion, which was held Sunday at the city park, was well attended.  Guests were present from Kokomo, Terre Haute, Peru, Berne, Twelve Mile, and Rochester.

          They are as follows:   Mr. & Mrs. Luther Brown, and Mr. &


Mrs. Clem Woodfall, Terre Haute, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Miller Jr., Akron; Mr. & Mrs. Chester Adkins and daughters, Peru; Mr. & Mrs. Myron Knauff and son, Twelve Mile; Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Rich and son, Berne; Mr. & Mrs. Truman Knauff, Mrs. & Mrs. Glen Knauff and son, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Knauff and family, Rochester, and Mr. & Mrs. Otto Carrol, and Mrs. Ivy Knauff, Macy.



Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 23 , 1949

          The Bunnell family reunion was held Sunday at the city park with a carry-in dinner being served at noon.

          Those present were Mr. & Mrs. Darl Bryant and family, Hebron; Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Stewart, Star City; Mr. & Mrs. James Fenstermaker, South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. Carl Cox and family, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Koons and family, Mr. & Mrs. Harlan Nickels and family, and Don Goins, Gary, and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Calhoun and family and Mr. & Mrs. Ed Bunnell and family, Crown Point.

          Also, Harry Bunnell, North Judson; Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Bunnell, Logansport; Mr. & Mrs. Gerry Bunnell and family, Mr. & Mrs. Dick Newell and family, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bunnell, Mrs. Diana Bunnell, Mr. & Mrs. Dick Smith and family, and Mr. & Mrs. John Bunnell, Rochester.

          Also, Mr. & Mrs. Otho Bunnell of Peru attended in the afteroon, which was spent socially.



Sales, Nash Agency

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 27 , 1949

          Enyart Motor Sales, 204 E. Fourth, has been named distributor for the Nash Automobile Company and will have a 1950 model on display in their show room Sept. 23.

          The local firm, owned by Earl Enyart and his sons, Emerson and Carl, has handled used cars and repair work for several years.



Ends Engagement

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 29 , 1949

          Barbara Halstead, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Hal Halstead, will close her engagement with the Carl Miller band in Lake City,


Minnesota, tonight.

          Barbara, who has been tap dancing at the “Terrace,” one of Minnesota’s most beautiful supper clubs, has been booked again for next year.  The Miller band is from Madison, Wis. - - - -

          Mr. & Mrs. Halstead and Barbara expect to return home this week.



Purch Bus

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 29 , 1949

          The congregation of the Christian church at Talma has purchased a bus to be used in transporting people to Sunday school.  The use of the vehicle is not restricted to children only, but adults are welcome to ride on it to the church.  Laverne Ladison, a former school bus driver, is the operator, so with an experienced driver, parents have assurance of safety for their children.  Hebrert Kubly and Harold Swihart have volunteered as substitute drivers.



Store, Soon

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 29 , 1949

          Robert P. Moore, owner of Forest Farms Products, announced today that he had sold his lot at 821 E. Ninth street, and that a new, modern drug store will be erected there in the near future.

          Purchaser was G. Wayne Heisler, Bourbon, who now operates the Bourbon drug store.  Mr. & Mrs. Heisler are registered pharmacists and their son, a June graduate of the Purdue Pharmaceutial School, will be associated with them.

          Only the real estate was sold, Moore said.  Removal of the Buttermilk Products buildings and shrubbery will be completed within the next 30 days.



Van Duyne Home

The News-Sentinel, Aug. 30 , 1949

          The fifth annual Fultz reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Van Duyne.  There were 68 present.

          Those from a distance were Don Bennett, Detroit, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Cleo Brundige and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Max Feece, South Bend; Mr. & Mrs. Harry Fultz and family, Angola; Mr. & Mrs. Hubert


Fultz and family, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Fultz and son, and Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Scott and daughter, all of Fort Wayne.

          Also, Mr. & Mrs. Marion Fultz, Mr. & Mrs Harley Fultz, Mr. & Mrs. James Van Lue, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Minglin and family, Mr. & Mrs. Cloris Barkman and family, Mr & Mrs. Dee Fultz, Mr. & Mrs. John Fultz, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. George Krom Jr., and family, Mr. & Mrs Gene Thompson and family, Mrs. Calvin Braman and son, Nancy Rose and Marilyn Van Duyne, and Mrs. Emma Weaver.

          After a bountiful community dinner the afternoon was spent socially.  A melon feast was enjoyed in the afternoon.



Lunch Counter

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 1 , 1949

          Workmen are busy putting the finishing touches on a new hardwood floor for the Smokehouse, local billiard room.  Put in to give a better foundation for equipment, the new floor will also be the first in a series of improvements and additions for the local business.

          Harold Lowe, owner of the business said this week that he planned to put a lunch counter and grill.  He previously had lunch facilities, but took them out during the war when materials were difficult to get.  Current plans are to have the floor and other improvements done within the next week or ten days.

          The building is owned by Lyman Brackett.



New Location

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 2 , 1949

          The Modern Dairy Bar, formerly the Streamliner, will be open at its new location Saturday at Roads 25 and 31, it was announced today.

          The drive-in restaurant was recently moved from Ninth and Madison streets, where a new (Standard) Service station will be constructed soon.









Visits Akron

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 6 , 1949

          Spectators on the streets of Akron Saturday evening about 5:00 p.m. witnessed a strange sight as a slender, wiry little man rode into town on a bicycle loaded with baggage that showed evidence of a great deal of travel.

          The stranger was Earl Hattery, 52, from San Diego, California, and he had come to Akron to visit his birthplace.  He was born in the building which is now occupied by the Paul Lamoree Radio Shop.  After the death of his parents William and Margaret Hattery, who died shortly after his birth, he was sent to an Orphans’ Home when he was a year old.

          Hattery left San Diego on his bicycle April 1, 1949.  It took him almost two months to come to Plymouth, Indiana where he stopped a few days at the home of his brother.  Then he went on to the East, stopping in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and on to Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

          On July 15th he celebrated his 52nd birthday as the guest of the Governor of Maine at the Augusta, Maine, Hotel.  His picture was taken with the governor and exploited in the larger Eastern papers.

          He has traveled 5500 miles since April, and will spend the next two months touring the South through Ky., and on to Florida.

          He plans to total 7500 miles, which will make his expense one-half cent a mile, since his bicycle cost $37.50.  He travels around 65 miles a day.  He has had only one spill and three flat tires so far.

          Hattery was forced to walk over some of the mountains in the West and in the East, too.  An attempt was made to steal his bike in San Diego and in Philadelphia unsuccessfully.  However, some of his luggage and his 22 year old diary were taken.  He averages about $1.50 expenses for a day.  He said he had spent $200 and was now starting on another $100 which would take him home again in a couple of months.



Purch C. Kramer

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 6 , 1949

          Mr. & Mrs. Chester Kramer, RR 2, announced today that they have purchased the Rochester Taxi Company, formerly owned by Thomas Ridenour.   - - -24 hour service will be given.



At Indianapolis

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 6 , 1949

          Kenny Jagger’s picture appeared in Monday’s edition of the Indianapolis Star.   Mr. Jagger, recording artist and organ-piano stylist is currently appearing in the Graylynn Blue Room, Indianapolis.   He is a former graduate of the RHS and resided in Rochester for several years.



Pee Wee Hunt

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 6 , 1949

          Pee Wee Hunt, his band and performers closed out the dancing season at Colonial Hotel and Terrace Gardens, Monday, Labor Day, with a splash of “12th Street Rag” and a blare of trumpets. - - - -



Buys Property

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 8 , 1949

          The Ohio Oil Company, Findlay, Ohio, Wednesday purchased parts of the Maude M. Mow property along the Erie Railroad.  It is reported that a bulk plant will be built on the site.



Berghoff & N.Y. C.K.

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 10 , 1949

          Flames of unknown origin gutted the New York Candy Kitchen and the Berghoff Cafe, Ninth & Main streets, early this morning - - - estimated damages of more than $100,000.

          The Berghoff Cafe was opened by Louis Ninios in 1933 on Christmas Eve.  The building was occupied by the Rochester agency of the Ford company before Ninios purchased it in 1932.

          The New York Candy Kitchen was founded in 1911 by George Cardemimus.  Peter Ninios purchased the establishment from Cardemimus in 1920.









Bldgs, Purch Cripe

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 12 , 1949

          The Forest Farms Products buildings on East Ninth Street were sold at auction Saturday evening to John Cripe, who will move them to his farm east of Woodrow

          A new and modern drug store will be erected in the same location in the near future.



Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 12 , 1949

          The Barber family held a reunion Sunday at Rochester City Park with 44 present.  A basket dinner was enjoyed at noon.

          Those present were:   Mr. & Mrs. David Barber, Niles, Mich.; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sommer and Mr. & Mrs Vern Eikenberry, of Peru; Goldie and Chas. Pearson of Akron; Mr. & Mrs. Ayrton Howard and Mrs. Nellie Howard of LaPorte; Mr. & Mrs. Jim Greer, Osceola, Ind., Mr. & Mrs Leon Babcock and David and Mr. & Mrs. Leo Dutrieux and family of South Bend.

          Also present were Mr. & Mrs. Frank Babcock, Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Barber, Mr. & Mrs Brick Judd, Mr & Mrs. Martin Ernsberger and family, Mr. & Mrs. Estil Rogers and Denny Gray, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Holloway and Diane and Mrs. Toy Chamberlain and Chera Lynn and Mickey, all of Rochester.

          Officers for next year are as follows:   Mrs. Vern Eikenberry, president; Mrs. Leon Babcock, secretary; and Mrs. Toy Chamberlain, treasurer.




The News-Sentinel, Sept. 13 , 1949

          Microfilming of 25,000 pages of Fulton county documents was begun Monday afternoon at the court house by a representative of the Permanent Record Company, Indianapolis.

          The film, which will be available in case records are destroyed, will be stored at the First National Bank here.  The process was started several years ago.





Roch City Park

The News-Sentinel, Sept. 13 , 1949

          About 45 relatives attended the annual Burns Reunion Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Rochester City Park.

          A basket dinner and ice-cream were enjoyed by all, after which a business meeting was held, electing the same officers.   President, Lloyd Pickens; vice-president, Arthur Zents, and secretary-treasurer, Vern Sanders.

          The next meeting will be at the same time and place.  Relatives were present from Culver, Fort Wayne, Lucerne, Kewanna, Plymouth and Rochester.