November 4, 2009

Five Years Ago

Two new Habitat for Humanity homes were dedicated. One home went to Pam Listenberger and daughters Kelsey and Kayla. Melanie Robertson and daughter Olivia was the recipient of the other.

Special Ed preschool enrollment more than doubled at Smith-Green.

Dana Corporation was named Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

Reverend Dr. Clark Hobby, author of “Homeboy” was the featured author at the Churubusco Public Library. The book chronicled his childhood growing up at the Hershey, Pennsylvania home and school founded by chocolate king, Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine.

The O.D.D. Fellows 100F Lodge #765 of Dunfee, Indiana donated $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

Ten Years Ago

CNN aired the “Across America” segment featuring Churubusco’s local resident “nice guy,” John Krieger.

Many volunteers, including students from CHS metals class, showed up at the Churubusco Public Library to help place book shelves and books. The library had been closed for extensive renovations.

Griffin Young was the grand prize winner in the costume contest held at Wal-Mart in Columbia City.

Dana Corporation announced third-quarter sales of $3.1 billion, an increase of nearly six percent of the same period the prior year.

Churubusco Lift Truck, U.S. 33 North, was burglarized. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

Dennis and Ruth Ann Shively announced the birth of their son, Luke Alan.

25 Years Ago

Kevin Gilbert, graduate of Churubusco High School, was appearing in the Civic Theatre’s performance of “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.”

The new Green Township Store opened. George and Marilyn Pippenger were the owner/operators. Fresh meats, bread, soda and a small variety of their quick item groceries were available. In the back of the store, the couple placed a few benches for the loafers of the Green Center Area.

Jeffrey and Judy McNeal announced the birth of their son, Jon-Erik James.

Roger and Debra Hall announced the birth of their daughter, Tiffany Lee.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gordon announced the birth of their son, Derek Allen. 

50 Years Ago

Two box cars loaded with soybeans derailed from a six-car train two miles east of Churubusco. The rails had spread, causing the cars to jump the track and tear up the right-of-way for a 100 feet or more.  Service was disrupted for three days.

American Legion members from Churubusco and Columbia City visited veterans hospitalized at the Fort Wayne Veterans Hospital.  

The residence of Arnold Hobbs, convicted embezzler, was sold for $20,000. The home was a three bedroom home including maid’s quarters and a swimming pool. It was the first of his assets to be sold.

Police were investigating the chain saw robbery of the Bockelman Implement Co. Two saws worth the total of $405 were taken from the store. Burglars broke a window to gain entrance but left by the front door. The safe was ransacked but the thieves did not get any money.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Geiger announced the birth of their son, Gregory Scott.

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