Five Years Ago
Local car buffs Wade Wheeler, LeRoy Blessing and Dennis Duggan competed with 2,400 others at the 25th annual James Dean Run in Fairmont, Indiana. Winning in the top 20 were Duggan for his 1948 Chevy pickup, Blessing for his sleek 1957 Chevy Coupe and Wheeler for his 1958 Chevy Apache.
Police were still searching for the man who robbed Bank One in Columbia City.
Mail carriers across Indiana were collecting glasses and hearing aids. The collected glasses went to the Lions Recycling Center in Upland, Indiana. Each month 120,000 refurbished glasses ship out. The hearing aids went to the Indiana Lions Hearing Aid Loaner program at Riley Hospital.
Mark and Jackie Young announced the birth of their son, Mason Robert.
Ten Years Ago
Molly Green was crowned Homecoming Queen.
The Churubusco Public Library was in the process of being remodeled. Included was an upgrade to the electrical system, painting, carpeting, shelving, furniture and heating and air conditioning.
The Chamber gave the go-ahead to the downtown sidewalk project. Plans called for new sidewalks and curbs to be installed along the length of downtown Churubusco.
Beulah and Jimmie Allman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception.
25 Years Ago
Whitley County REMC asked for a rate increase caused by a 6.1% increase in the cost of wholesale power from Wabash Valley Power Association.
The CHS class of ‘31 met at the Magic Wand for their annual reunion.
The Town Board was in need of a clerk-treasurer. The previous clerk, Mary Poynter submitted her resignation citing family and employment conflicts.
Alleged lack of concern over park funds by the Park Board resulted in almost $4,000 of unpaid bills for the Park that the Town Board could not pay.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sparkman announced the birth of their son, Tyson Ron.
Dr. and Mrs. Rex Allman announced the birth of their son, Luke Francis.
50 Years Ago
A group of top executives and engineers from Japan toured the J.I. Case plant to observe the latest techniques of the heavy equipment field.
More than 85 drivers competed in a tractor pulling contest put on by the Ideal Fish and Game Club. First place winners were Bernard Wappes, Leon More and Glen Nicodemus.
The Whitley County Opportunity School opened in its new Columbia City location on North Line Street.
Huge crowds filled the CHS gym to hear the Reverend Jack Cochrone during the Community Crusade for Christ.
Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Cox celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a dinner in their honor.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brumbaugh announced the birth of their daughter, Jo Ella.
Bob Iron’s Green Grill featured a special of chicken dinner with a quarter chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, slaw and rolls for 59¢.