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100 Years Ago
Students in the Wohrer School in western Spencer Township are shown with teacher Susie Wohrer, left, in this photograph from around 1900. No names for the students but they would have been children of the families who lived near the one-room schoolhouse that was located on the northeast corner of Base Road and County Road 900 West.—Photo Courtesy of the Hayden Historical Museum
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Students in the Wohrer School in western Spencer Township are shown with teacher Susie Wohrer, left, in this photograph from around 1900. No names for the students but they would have been children of the families who lived near the one-room schoolhouse that was located on the northeast corner of Base Road and County Road 900 West.—Photo Courtesy of the Hayden Historical Museum

North Vernon
Plain Dealer
March 11, 1920

The Sun
March 11, 1920

Surprise party

It was some party Sunday evening last, a farewell surprise was held on Mr. Seth Shinolt at Zenas, who is leaving for school in Cleveland.
It was rather unique to say the least, in the fact that Mr. Shinolt got the affair up and invited the guests himself, to hold, as he thought, a birthday surprise on Leslie Boi­court, principal of the Zenas High School.

The party was held at the home of Earl Farling. The guests all arrived
early and Seth was toted off to church by a lady friend who had the dope on the doings.

After church the guests were hid and Shinolt was shifted to the Farling home by a little slight of hand work and the surprise took place. It was some surprise.

Then starts the gay jamboree. If we would have had a few more instruments we would have had a jazz band. Some of the gents volunteered to sing but after a few discards and several cutting personal remarks, their ardor was dampened.

Everyone coaches Matty Woods for a violin solo and after an hour's coaxing, Matty consented to render one selection but we didn't have any violin so we started a game of rook.

The boys found a pair of dice in the carrot outfit and a crap game was immediately started. A lot of mind bets were made and an awfully lot of money changed minds. One man won 15 apples, they turned out to be wild crab apples.

Throughout the evening sorties were made on candies, fruits and popcorn. At 12 o'clock, the whole gang were drawn up in battle array and made a flanking assault on a real buffet luncheon composed of, oh, everything, even pop. A few films were ruined taking flashlight pictures. Then the music was again resumed.

A glee club was formed, named that way not because they could sing but because they were gleeful. A collection was taken up to pay for the eats as per agreement and believe me the poor boobs had to dig deep.
About 1:30 Mr. Farling sat quietly down to the piano and started to play "Home Sweet Home" and by 2 o'clock the guests took the urge of that gentle hint and decided to call it a day as the Farling home was a complete wreck. In all there were 22 guests and one dog.

Those present were: Mesdames Seth Shinolt, Leslie Boicourt, D.A. Woods, Matty Woods, Bill Mauer, Bill Brandeweide, Loyd Ryan, Merrel Nich­ols, Earl Farling, Lester Baker, Glenn Gault.

Misses Ella Gault, Florence Woods, Helen Phiefer, Gusie Brandeweide, Olive VanBriggie, Lendell Baker, Baby Boicourt.

P.S. After all bills were settled and all disbursement made, the treasury of the glee club had 94 cents left. It's in good hands.

Greensburg's tree
The tree on the (Decatur County) courthouse tower has made Greensburg famous and given it the name of the "Lone Tree City."
The tree first appeared in 1871 and has weathered the storms for nearly 49 years. It is still alive and vigorous, leafing out in the spring as soon as the other trees and waving its beautiful branches at the height of 110 feet from the ground.

It is said that there is only one other place on earth where there is anything of the kind and that is an old mill in Scotland, near the birthplace of Robert Burns.

When a passenger train goes through Greensburg, the windows go up and heads are thrust out. Everyone is craning their necks trying to see the wonderful tree atop the courchouse.

Joseph Moss, a druggist in Greensburg, says that in 1875 a photographer named J.H. Mat­thews took a picture of the tree and sent it to Queen Victoria of England. He received a beautiful letter of acknowledgement with the queen's own signature.

Tournament scores
Scores at the (basketball) tournament in Columbus were: Vernon 11, Scipio 6; Sandusky 26, Versailles 13; Letts 28, Osgood 4; Madison 42, Clifford 5; Greensburg 14, Holton 9; Scottsburg 33, Hanover 8; Aurora 26, Vevay 7; Burney 15, North Vernon 6; Newburn 11, Milan 4; Columbus 68, Vernon 4; Sandusky 28, Letts 13; Madison 17, Greensburg 10; Scottsburg 24, Aurora 6; Burney 43, Newburn 11.

Marriage licenses
Victor E. Bedford and Letha C. Wetzel.

William H. Davis and Beatrice A. Kirkham.

Louis Callahan and Mary Belle Dandridge Coleman.

Mrs. Harry McCabe, age 56, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Ewan, of Indianapolis last Thursday afternoon following an illness of several months. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon conducted by the Rev. Mr. Gibbs from the Methodist church. Interment in the city cemetery.

Fred Bernard, the 7-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kellar of Washington, ind., died at the home of Mr. Kellar's parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Kellar, at Brewersville Thursday, March 4. Burial took place at the Vernon Cemetery. The little fellow is survived by his parents and one little sister, Dorothy; also by his grandparents and a number of other loving relatives, who mourn his departure.

Lyman L. Boles, aged 79 years, died at his home at Vernon Thursday, March 4. Funeral services were held at the Vernon Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon by Rev. W.D. Cole and the burial took place in Vernon Cemetery.

Everett Sweeny and wife lost their youngest child, a baby about a year old, last week while visiting at Reddington. The child was buried there.
John Waughtel was at Indianapolis last week.

Mrs. Dave Spears has returned from Wilmington, Ohio.

Newt Wilkerson and family of North Vernon visited his parents here part of last week.

C.T. Green and wife and Miss Agnes Green were at North Vernon Wednesday.

Miss Bertha Miller visited Miss Rosetta Wolfinger at North Vernon Saturday and Sunday.

Claud Clapp and family moved to a farm north of Sardinia last week.

George Banister and family will move to the M.L. Clapp farm just vacated. Homer Hulse has rented Mrs. Hattie Hutchings farm and with his mother and brother will move there soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Waldroff of Scipio celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Monday, March 8. They were married in 1870 by the Mayor of Vernon in the old Jennings County Courthouse. The celebration was held in the basement of the Presbyterian Church at Scipio. All 10 of the Waldroff children were present.

North Vernon
Ted Matthews spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Matthews.

W.J. Hare, George Crist and Judge Bear were in Indianapolis Monday before the state highway commission in the interest of the state road.
George Litchfield and Ovid Richardson were at Calloway Station Monday
in the interest of some lumber holdings.

Mrs. Carrie Lewis, who has been visiting relatives at Anderson, returned home Tuesday.

Mrs. Hattie Coleman of Scipio spent the week with her sister, Mrs. Frank Tuttle.

Mr. Walker of Butlerville visited in the Heaton family Wednesday.

Mrs. Ralph Davis died at her home north of Columbus Thursday. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church at Hayden and interment in the Conologue Cemetery Saturday. Mrs. Davis was formerly Miss Myrtle Reeves of this place.

Max Whitcomb and Millard Morrison left for Indianapolis Monday where they will work the coming season.

T.W. Kennedy and family of Nebraska visited N.W. Sullivan and family Tuesday.

Mrs. Grace Long, who has been very sick, is improving.

George Hartwell and wife were at Vernon and North Vernon on Tuesday on business.

The Jennings County Library at North Vernon is completed and is now open to the public, but no formal opening or dedication has taken place. It will be in a few days.

The Shipping Association of the Farmers Federation has shipped two or three loads of stock and are enthusiastic over the saving effected.

St. Ann
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Matern March 5, a girl, Helen Clara.

Frank Ditlinger returned home last Friday from Brazil.

Joe Hill and wife called on Paul Matern and wife Sunday.

Miss Ellen Streit is on the sick list.

Joe Eder was home over Sunday.

Louis Streit was at Four Corners last Sunday.

Gladys Robbins spent the weekend with her parents at Columbus.

Squire Carpenter of Rat Tail is moving near our village in the house vacated by Mr. Dunn.

Elizabeth and Josephine Phillips of North Vernon spent the week-end with their parents here.

Orlando Beesley and wife are taking care of their son, Ray, and family who have the flu.

Fish Creek
Marcellus White is reported not any better.

Dr. B.F. Holmes is slowly improving.

There are several farms in this neighborhood that some good farmer ought to rent.

C.W. Thompson, who has purchased some building at Queensville, is moving to his farm.

Dr. B.F. Holmes is slowly improving.

Mr. And Mrs. Carl Wilkerson are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine baby girl.

Lena Olin entertained the Van Cleave sisters Sunday.

The Zohrlaut children are better at this writing.

Willard Sparks is a new pupil at the Else School this week.

Else School has four pupils in the eighth grade and we hope to see them attend school at North Vernon next fall.

County Line
Mrs. Charles Mason of Columbus visited her parents here Saturday and Sunday.

Thurman Jury and family and Earl Graham and family of St. Louis Crossing was the guest of John Piercefield and wife Sunday.

Miss Vail Carson of Elizabethtown visited her brother, Kenneth, here Friday.

Dan Morland is to move his family to Kentucky this week.

G.L. Bowman of Reddington was in this vicinity Sunday.

Marble Corner
Robert Mayberry, who has been working in Indianapolis, has rented the Johnson brothers farm and will move on it in a short time.

Talk about music, Marble Corner has it now. S.B. Anderson has been letting us hear his military band organ over the telephone wire, but many scorched dinners have been the result.

Abe Van Antwerp bought a horse of Henry Milk of Big Creek a few days ago.

Ostin Donovan is improving at this writing. He is able to sit up for a few minutes at a time.

Reva Holzlider, the infant daughter of Crydean and Dola Holzlider, is quite ill with the pneumonia.

Miss Inez Pierce entertained Miss Ruth Armstrong Sunday.

J.C. Hutchings and daughter, Elizabeth, spent Sunday at Scipio.

Mason and Stella McCammon, Bertha and Russell Holzlider are will with the flu.

Two Mile
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Fox on Saturday morning, March 6, and took away their youngest son, Ross Fox, aged 9 years, 3 months. Death was due to influenza and pneumonia. Funeral at the home at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning by Rev. Jewel. Interment at Queensville.

Edgar Pettit sold his personal property at public sale Monday and is going to move to Indianapolis in the near future.

Misses Catherine and Charlotte Pettit spent Monday night with Mr. and Mrs. Grant Wire.

Mr. and Mrs. John Leonard and son, Sam Leonard, took dinner at Edgar Pettit's Monday.

Mable Horton spent the week end with friends at Greensburg.

Agnes Huntington spent Saturday and Sunday with Alta and Alma Pierce of Pierceville.

Scott Pavey went to Anderson to look after improvement.

Mrs. Mary L. Moore is on the sick list.

A few new cases of flu have been reported.

Albert Holwager of Nelson was in town on a shopping trip Saturday.

Dr. Hallett of Needmore was in town on business Saturday.

Those who contracted to grow tomatoes for the canning factory can get their seed by calling at Marquis' Hardware Store.

Harvey Cahoon of Angel Creek was in town Saturday afternoon shopping.

Lancaster Township teachers held their last institute for the school year at the high school building Saturday. All of the teachers were present and an interesting program was rendered.

James Wharton, township assessor and manager of Schlosser Brothers cream station, has resigned both positions and moved to Columbus last week to take charge of a cream station there. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Miller have charge of the station here and Mr. Charles McCaslin has been appointed assessor of Lancaster township.

James Graham has been appointed manager of the Kentucky cream testing station.

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