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100 Years Ago
84 YEARS AGO: Students under teacher Laura Whitcomb at Hayden pose for a group photograph circa 1936. Row 1, from left: E. Rudolph, Doris Downs, Audrey Speck, C. Clouse, Maxine Felter, Ruth George, Virginia Marshall, Mary Galyen, Betty Maschino; row 2: James Casey, Buddy Weddle, Charles “Barney” Sullivan, Lowell Cobbs, Sadie Grow, Lorrane Hughes, Wilma Carr, Theodosia Gurecki, Eleanor Eakins, Evelyn Bushong; row. 3: Earl Counts, Carl Brumfield, Delbert Hauersperger, Earl Williams, Charles Ray, Elmer Marling, Charles Smith; row 4: teacher Laura Whitcomb.—Photo courtesy of Hayden Historical Museum
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84 YEARS AGO: Students under teacher Laura Whitcomb at Hayden pose for a group photograph circa 1936. Row 1, from left: E. Rudolph, Doris Downs, Audrey Speck, C. Clouse, Maxine Felter, Ruth George, Virginia Marshall, Mary Galyen, Betty Maschino; row 2: James Casey, Buddy Weddle, Charles “Barney” Sullivan, Lowell Cobbs, Sadie Grow, Lorrane Hughes, Wilma Carr, Theodosia Gurecki, Eleanor Eakins, Evelyn Bushong; row. 3: Earl Counts, Carl Brumfield, Delbert Hauersperger, Earl Williams, Charles Ray, Elmer Marling, Charles Smith; row 4: teacher Laura Whitcomb.—Photo courtesy of Hayden Historical Museum
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North Vernon
Plain Dealer
Feb. 5, 1920

The Sun
Feb. 5, 1920

Farm Colony news

The trustees of the new Indiana Farm Colony for the Feeble Minded have selected Ernest Chenometh of Winchester, a former lieutenant in the first officers training camp at Ft. Harrison, Indi­anapolis, to head the institution located at Butlerville. He was reared on a farm in Randolph County.

Several months will elapse before the institution is in shape to receive inmates. Adult persons now at the School for Feeble Minded at Fort Wayne, as well as feeble minded persons at the Epileptic Village in the Hospital for the Insane and in the prisons of Indiana will be transferred to the Butlerville colony.

William P. Kellar of Columbus was chosen president of the board of trustees of the farm colony; William Altkenhead of Purdue University, treasurer; Guy Humphreys of Bloomington, secretary; and Elmer E. Scott of Madison, vice president.

[The Indiana Farm Colony for the Feeble Minded, also known as the Muscatatuck Colony, was renamed the Muscatatuck State School in 1941.]

City Council absentees
Are the City Councilmen laying down on the job? One would think so after reading the minutes of a recent council meeting.

Because the councilmen failed to appear at the regular council meeting Jan. 23, the mayor [Albert Tripp] had to instruct the city clerk to notify the members to get back on the job the evening of Jan. 30.

Here's the notice that went forward:
"You are hereby notified that under and by virtue of the authority vested in me as mayor of the City of North Vernon, a meeting of the Common Council will be held in the Council Chamber at
7 o'clock Friday, Jan. 30, 1920, for approving bills and such other business as may come before said council."

St. Mary's priest dies
The Rev. George L.T. Widerin, age 73, for 27 years pastor of the local St. Mary's Catholic Church, died at his home in this city shortly before 9 o'clock Tuesday morning of heart trouble. He had been in poor health for several months and his death so sudden came as a shock to the entire community.

In 1877 he was ordained a priest and since that time his pastorates have comprised several charges. Coming to North Vernon in 1893, Father Widerin has proved himself a worthy pastor.

Father Widerin suffered excruciating pains during Monday evening and at times was heard to remark, "How much longer?"

The venerable priest apparently realized that he would soon be called and during his suffering doubtless desired the relief that death would bestow. However, he bore the painful attacks with a grace and fortitude characteristic of a man of God.

The body of the late Rev. Father Widerin will be removed from the rectory Sunday to the church where it will lay in state until the funeral services.

Birthday party
Miss Lurley McQuaid entertained at dinner Sunday, it being her 20th birth anniversary.

The following guests were there: Misses Anna Gaughan and Doris Lattimore; Messrs. John Short, Bernie Wrapp, Sebe Green, Charlie Bland, Roll Millspaugh, George Branham, Roger West; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Lattimore, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bland and children and Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Euler and children.

The afternoon was spent in playing music and a social good time.

Jennings County's population for 1920 will soon be made public.
Perhaps you will like to make comparison of the figures 10 years ago with those of this year. Clip out the following schedule from 1910 and save it for reference:

1910 population figures: Bigger Township 832; Campbell Township, 1,035; Center Township including North Vernon, 3,844; City of North Vernon, 2,915; City Ward 1, 1,938; City Ward 2, 1,067; City Ward 3, 910; Columbia Township, 1,000; Gen­eva Township, 1,656; Lovett Township, 779; Marion Township, 827; Montgomery Township, 750; Sand Creek Township, 819; Spencer Township, 1,347; Vernon Township including Town of Vernon, 1,305; Town of Vernon, 453.
Part of Campbell Township annexed to Sand Creek township in 1900. Part of Lovett Township annexed to Vernon Township in 1905.

Total county population in 1910, 14,203.

Marriage licenses
Dallas George Dit­linger and Daisy Currie.

William G. Hall and Alma M. Ringer.

Asa S. Haney and Inez Rusow.

Body found
The body of a 19-day-old boy baby was found late yeastrday in an abandoned well on a farm in Republican Township, Jefferson County, near the New Liberty Church. James R. Arbuckle and William Site, farmers living in that vicinity made the search.

Carl Henning, coroner, and Gilbert Gilhammer, sheriff of Jefferson County, were notified. The infant's body was turned over to Laurel Elison, trustee of the township, who buried it beside the body of Blanche Moore, the mother, who died last Tuesday.

The mother was 20 years old and had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. William Amos since she was a child. The body was found on a farm just across the road from the Amos home. Neighbors, who failed to see anything of the baby when they attended the mother's funeral last week caused an investigation to be made, which resulted in the finding of the body.

Dr. Carl Henning attended the mother at the time of the child's birth and placed the baby's age at 19 days. When found, the baby's body was nude but bore no marks of violence.

The well is about 15 feet deep and is on a farm owned by an Indianapolis man.

Sheriff Gilhammer and William Demaree, a deputy, brought Mr. and Mrs. Amos to this city last night in order that they might testify at an investigation which the coroner conducted this afternoon.

Mrs. Roy Carlock, formerly Miss Ethel Wohrer of Hayden, died at her home in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1 of influenza. Her body was brought to her former home at Hayden where funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 5. at the Wohrer home with burial in the Wohrer Cemetery.

Mrs. Lilly Dennerlein, aged 43 years, wife of Chris Dennerlein, died at her home at Queensville Saturday night, Jan. 31. Burial was at Bear Creek Cemetery.

North Vernon
Arrangements at the new public library are progressing splendidly. The building will be opened to the public as soon as the furniture arrives and is placed.

The Co-operative Glass Factory has shut down their plant for two weeks to make some repairs on the boilers.

John Clerkin, Dr. J.W. Cooper and J.D. Cone comprise a committee appointed by the Chamber of Commerce to meet with the City Council with a view of improving the electric light conditions. There has been some talk of overhauling the plant in general.

The condition of Henry Hinchman, who has been quite ill for some time, remains unimproved.

Devil's Ridge
Charles Rockey, who has been living with a daughter, Mrs. Deppert, since the death of his wife last summer, moved in with his son, John, and family here last week.

B.H. Lewis made his usual trip to Seymour Monday.

Those on the sick list this week are: Mrs. Fred Lowery, Mrs. Charles Lewis, Mrs. Alfred Moore, Misses Amey Walker and Amy Mathews.

Several in the home of Web Sage and many more with colds but all are reported much better at this time.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Lucilla Deputy of the Marion neighborhood who was laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Caleb Keith is spending a few days in Indianapolis where he is looking for a house to move to soon.

Fred Lowery and Harve Lewis, Jr. made a business trip to Crothers­ville Monday.

Ed Beaty has set his sawmill in the J.G. Marsh timber and is cutting lumber.

Mrs. Ed Stewart is on the sick list this week.

Joe Bertram's family are recovering from the measles.

Jake Bergmier fell from his hay mow and broke his arm.

Mrs. James Gaughan had the misfortune to fall and break her arm.

St. Ann

Herman Gehl went to Indianapolis last Sunday to the bedside of his

George Haag is visiting friends at Four Corners this week.

Joe Hill and family called on some friends at Long Branch Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Eder and Jake Lauer called on Joe Singer and family Sunday.

Rush Branch
Mrs. Nellie Heid entertained the Aid Society Wednesday.

Miss Lillian Jackson entertained friends Sunday.

Miss Carie Livengood is working for William Hare at North Vernon.

Miss Kate Fry called on Mrs. Squires Friday.

It is reported that Claudie McDowell of this place and Harriet Trisler of Hopewell are married. Congratulations.

Shep Whitcomb and wife spent Friday evening at Tom Schlotman's.

Edgar Gallian and family visited Mrs. Gallian's parents Mr. and Mrs. O.G. Crank Saturday night.

Little Harold and Otto Gallian have been on the sick list.

Reed Thompson has purchased property in East Columbus and will move there in the spring.

Miss Edna Wilkerson of Commiskey visited her cousin, Mrs. Leroy Carson Saturday night and Sunday.

Miss Agnes Green is visiting friends at Columbus this week.

Miss Ollie Detraz is on the sick list.

Mrs. Will Byron is ill at this writing.

Dr. Frank Wynn of Indianapolis was here last week to see his sister,

Mrs. D.B. Clapp, who is slowly improving after having a very sore arm.

George Carson and son, Kenneth, of Elizabethtown, were in our town Monday.

O.M. Poore is on the sick list.

Carpenters are at work on a tenant cottage on Cyrus Amick's farm.

The family of Close Leahigh are all about sick. Six of the family are confined to their beds with the flu.

T.E. Goforth of Seymour was here on business Tuesday.

Enough stock has been received for the manufacturing plant of tile and cement blocks. See what can be done just going after it? Now, let's hustle for something else and see our town grow.

Frank Barnum of Needles, California, came Saturday evening for a visit with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Tucker and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Miles visited at the S.D. Morrison home Sunday.

George Moore is sick with lagrippe.

Mrs. Otis Wildman spent Sunday with Dr. Wildman and wife at San Jacinto.

Mike Pool has purchased 40 acres of the John Pool farm, a part of the old home place.

Jacob Woolf is some better.

Mrs. Ervan Morrison is real sick with pneumonia.

Miss Nellie Brougher was a recent guest of Miss Virginia Daubenheyer.

Mrs. Lucy Nixon of Commiskey visited Ernest Shepherd and family a few days last week.

C.W. Thompson has purchased the mission building and will move it
out to his farm.

The house occupied by John Phillips and family caught fire Saturday morning, damaging the roof considerably.

Armstrong Barkley and wife transacted business at North Vernon on Thursday.

Ernest Reeve is able to be out after a week's illness.

Mrs. Martha Cotton has been sick but is better now.

Mr. Everheart, who has been seriously sick, is much better.

Donald Overfield got his finger hurt while playing basket ball recently.

Russell Smith has a black eye from playing basket ball.

Robert King is home from Camp Devens, Mass.

Mrs. Alice Richardson is spending a few days with her son, Dr. Richardson at North Venron.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Ale, a daughter.

Mr. Powell went to Grayford to attend the Powell-Parker wedding Sunday.

Mr. Losey, who has been very sick, is much better.

Hugh Carney had the flu and now has the pneumonia and is very sick at this writing.

Mrs. Ed Walker has bought the restaurant from James Shaw and will move it in the building which is occupied with Shepherd Whitcomb's office.

Mrs. Walter VanCleave entertained Mrs. Ben Downs Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wilkerson and family visited at Queensville Sunday.

Mrs. W. Richards called on mrs. VanCleave Tuesday.

Mrs. Will Day was the guest of Mrs. Andrew Olson Tuesday.

Angeline Jackson is improving.

Hadley Jordan entertained James Hilbert SUnday.

Misses Alta, Alma and Irene Pierce and Agnes Huntington spent Sunday afternoon with Ephram Jordan and wife.

Vern Callahan spent Sunday with William Holzlider and family.

Angelina Jackson and daughters, Edith and Mrs. Opal Starkey, spent Thursday with Perry Barnes and family.

George Tucker returned to his home in Texas after a few weeks visit here with his uncle, J.H. Pierce.

S.T. McCammon and family spent Sunday with Selah Starkey and family.

Two Mile
Mr. And Mrs. Edgar Pettit and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John Leonard.

Miss Mildred Weber and Miss Lena Gallion attended service at the Holiness Mission Sunday morning.

The Rev. and Mrs. J.G. Wire of English, Ind., are spending a few days with the former's parents here.

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