Five Years Ago
The Churubusco Town Park increased in size to over 70 acres, thanks to a donation of nearly 15 acres from Ron and Dave Johnson. The new land would not be developed, but would have hiking trails.
John Black was awarded the 2007 United Way Volunteer of the Year at the Day of Caring kick-off breakfast.
Richard Conrow, owner of C & A Tool, hired his 400th employee. Employment numbers were projected to reach 500 in the near future.
Mr. Lee Prescott was welcomed as the newest member of the Churubusco Rotary Club.
The Bargain House in downtown Churubusco expanded its inventory. Located upstairs was “Your Halloween Headquarters” where you could purchase all your needs for Halloween.
State health officials reported the first West Nile virus death in 2007. The individual was from Floyd County.
Ten Years Ago
The Whitley County EMS team racked up top honors at the Annual State EMS Conference. They had been winners many times over at the State Conference. A new winning category was the Public Relations Award.
The ornamental grass walks continued at Taylor’s Ornamental Grasses, owned by Dave Taylor.
Farmers & Merchants Bank gave the bank robbery reward money to two local citizens who were instrumental in the arrest of the robbery suspects. The people wished to remain anonymous.
George Crowe was the new branch manager of Wearly Monuments in Columbia City.
Governor Frank O’Bannon said the Amber Alert system would be ready to operate statewide on October 1.
Home-based child care for more than five unrelated children required a license.
State health officials announced the third possible West Nile virus death in Allen County.
Bill and Rosemary Berry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.
25 Years Ago
Floyd’s Auto Sales had closed its doors. A public auction would be held to sell shop equipment and auto parts.
The official reenrollment at Smith-Green was 1341. Kindergarten students were counted only half because they attended a half day.
Bohn and Grable Real Estate office moved from South Main Street to 233 N. Main Street. Manager Walter Barnes said the need for more space prompted the move.
The Town Board decided to hold off on awarding a bidder for the storm sewer project because funding for the project was still a question.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Walker celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house. Clyde and Belle started the B& K Root Beer Stand at Wolf Lake.
Brent and Kathy DeWitt announced the birth of their daughter, Alison Marie.
Gary and Sharon Sloffer announced the birth of their daughter, Kristen Alean.
John and Molly Faylor announced the birth of their son, Reid Michael.
50 Years Ago
Work had begun on a 50 acre housing development for the Churubusco area by developer Harold McCoy. The first street, Sunnyslope Park, had been laid out and construction of about 40 homes was planned.
The 1962 Whitley County United Fund had a countywide goal of $26,500.
Under a new program of tuberculin testing of Whitley County school children, the old patch system was discontinued and the Heaf system was used. It was thought to be more accurate than the old system.
Mrs. Abe Nestel asked police to patrol the road past their home to watch for speeders. The first offender was her husband Abe. He was “fined” by fellow Rotarian “Doc” Minnick, sergeant at arms at the Rotary meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Gaff announced the birth of their son, Marc Elgin.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kimmel announced the birth of their daughter, Robin Sue.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Witzenman announced the birth of their daughter, Rose Marie.
Specials at Shelton’s IGA included T-bone steak at 89¢ a pound, a 25 pound bag of flour at $1.79 and Smucker’s grape jam was 27¢ for a 20 ounce jar.