Five Years Ago
The BMV announced the closure of six branches. Churubusco was to learn their fate at a meeting the end of September.
IPFW set a new record for class enrollments with 121,470 class enrollments. That was an increase of 1.1 percent.
The Churubusco Freemasons Lodge #515 introduced their Child Protection Program. The program and material were free.
The 2005 State Budget Committee allotted over $20 million to the DNR. The money was to be used for capital improvements at various DNR properties.
Allen and Marilyn Zeigler celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family dinner.
Ten Years Ago
Churubusco’s SAT scores were higher than the state average but lower than the nation. Busco’s composite score was 1009 compared to 999 for the state and 1019 for the nation.
Todd Fleetwood, a student at Indiana Institute of Technology, was named NAIC Academic All-American for the 2000 season in baseball. Fleetwood, a Busco graduate, was one of four Indiana Tech players named Academic All-American, more than any other school in the nation.
Smith-Green School Board had three open positions. Five candidates filed to run for those positions. Those filing were LuAnn McConnehey, Joan Lillmars, B.J. Heath, Jeffrey Rosswurm, and Michael Miller.
Clifford and Betty Ann Perlich celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a little early because many of their friends spent the winter in the south. Their actual anniversary was in December but celebrated with an open house at the Nazarene Friendship Hall.
25 Years Ago
The 30th anniversary of the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Collector Car Auction was held at DeKalb High School. There were approximately 760 cars up on the auction block bringing a total of $4,950,000 in sales.
Darrin Geiger won the senior division of the 4-H Tractor Operators Contest at the Indiana State Fair.
Dean and Karen Hoffman announced the birth of their son, Jordan Christopher Dean.
Art and Rose Ann Phend announced the birth of their son, Brandon Michael.
Omar and Frances Stangland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Burr Oak Baptist Church.
Reverend Tony Bartlett was the new pastor at Sugar Grove.
Churubusco Elementary School had a new and unique educational tool. John Tresslar, retired teacher and principal, painted United States and Indiana maps at the school to help teach geography to students.
Lee DeTurk was Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Athletic Director.
50 Years Ago
Local Scout Troop 81 hosted some 200 other Scouts from Huntington and Whitley County at a camp-o-ree near the community building.
Charges of involuntary manslaughter were filed against Morris Manth in the death of Gary Wade.
Enrollment at the Eel River-Perry Consolidated school was 1,115, an increase of 45 over the prior year.
Churubusco principal Clare Alexander announced the enrollment figure in the elementary school was 504.
The Whitley County property tax rate was cut from $1.09 to $1.07.
There were 1,530 farms in Whitley County, according to the 1959 census. Average size of the farms was 127.6 acres.
Swoverlands advertised “logger boots,” heavy duty, re-tan treated leather for $12.95 a pair.