October 28, 2009

Five Years Ago

Retired State Senator “Potch” Wheeler of Larwill passed away. He served Senate District 17 in northern Indiana from 1983 to 2002, and was Majority Caucus chairman upon  his retirement.

The prospect of a 21 percent increase in health insurance premiums faced the Churubusco Town Council. They were seeking other options including changing carriers, increased deductibles and/or increasing employees co-pay.

Pedro Gongora Cabrerizo and Ma. del Mar Gomex de Mercado Garcia of Almeria, Spain returned to Churubusco to visit with his 1983-84 “exchange” family, Emily Nichter and family. He also attended the Churubusco High School’s class of 1984 20-year reunion.

Reverend Vaughn and Marie Powell celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. 

Arden and Jill King announced the birth of their son, Azariah Jadon.

Ten Years Ago

The Churubusco Church of the Nazarene celebrated its 75th anniversary. Dr. William Prince, general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene  was the speaker. A carry-in dinner followed the service. The Chapel Quartet performed in the afternoon.

The I-REACH Traveling Museum visited the Churubusco Elementary School. The exhibit included exhibits on Native Americans, Indiana’s Cultural Heritage, Music in Society and Indiana’s Limestone Story. This was made possible by the Churubusco PTA.

Guy and Lois Gross celebrated their 70th anniversary.

The Class of 1959 hosted a a 40th year class reunion at Don Hall’s Guesthouse in Fort Wayne.

25 Years Ago 

Employees of the Churubusco Distribution Center of Dana Corporation came to a contract agreement ending two weeks of negotiations between the company and union.

Churubusco still led the county in meeting the goals set for giving to United Way.

GTE offered a new service – “On the Move Message”. An operator would provide the caller with a phone number. Residential customers could use the service to provide callers with new phone numbers and addresses. Business customers were charged $10 a month for the advertising tag line. Residential customers paid a $5 monthly fee.

Over a hundred people toured the Churubusco newspaper facility, learning how the papers were put out each week, and how some of the printing was done.

Tom and Debbie Frazier announced the birth of their son, Richard Thomas.

Mr. and Mrs. James Fulk announced the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Roseann.

50 Years Ago

Petitions were filed with the Indiana Public Service Commission by residents protesting the proposed rate increase by General Telephone. Residents said they had suffered with faulty connections, 10-party lines and breakdowns. The petitioners said General Telephone had flatly refused to improve the service. Hearings were to be held in Superior Court in Fort Wayne.

Ethan Stangland lost his latest battle with the government. In the latest appearance, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that it had no jurisdiction to quash execution of an order to take Stangland’s tractor in payment of a $394 fine plus costs for over-planting wheat in 1953. Stangland did not announce his next move.

Turtle Days showed a profit of $746 after paying off the deficit from 1958. Total receipts for 1959 were $4769.93 and expenses were $4023.10. That included a deficit of $1150 from the prior year.

The first organization meeting of the “Churubusco Astronomical Society” was held. Eight persons had already indicated their interest in joining.

“Darby O’Gill and the Little People” was showing at the Columbia Theater.

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