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100 Years Ago
Two people stand in front of the Gottwalles Building, circa 1900, at 416 E. Hoosier St. in North Vernon’s historic Uptown neighborhood. Constructed in 1893 at a cost of $1,100, the building was used as a grocery by the Gottwalles family for two generations. The property is currently owned by Mont Calhoun.—Submitted Photo
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Two people stand in front of the Gottwalles Building, circa 1900, at 416 E. Hoosier St. in North Vernon’s historic Uptown neighborhood. Constructed in 1893 at a cost of $1,100, the building was used as a grocery by the Gottwalles family for two generations. The property is currently owned by Mont Calhoun.—Submitted Photo
Tracy Eder

North Vernon
Plain Dealer
March 18, 1920

The Sun
March 18, 1920

Payment in mink skins

A local pastor remarked about the present price of mink skins.

The preacher remembers years ago how a couple of lovers came over
from an adjoining county and rousted him up at 2 a.m. to marry them. And when they were leaving, the groom confided that he didn't have any money to pay the preacher, but he would bring him a couple of mink skins if that would do.

The pastor told the bashful young man to bring on his skins. But the preacher sort of considered he had the worse of the bargain because a mink skin was worth less than a dollar in those days.

But the sky pilot wishes some of his matrimonially include customers would pay him in mink skins now. The price of a prime mink skin on the floor of the International Fur Exchange in St.Louis is $75, or 350 percent higher than ever has been said before.

Think of a preacher getting $150 for tying a true lover's knot.

Painful injury
Mrs. William S. Campfield met with quite a serious and painful accident at her home on March 3.

While meat was being smoked in the smokehouse, the building caught fire. Mrs. Campfield was trying to extinguish the flame when she fell and broke her right leg above the ankle.

Her daughter, Mrs. J.J. Baumgart, of Seymour is taking care of her. She is gradually improving.

Race horse dies
Hazel Garr, the well-known racing mare, formerly owned by W.W.
Olcott of this city, died at Rob's Farm on Monday night.

Mr. H.H. Harder of Rob's Farm recently purchased the mare from Mr.
Olcott for $1,200.

Settlement reached
The case of Marietta Josephine Thompson to contest the will of her mother, Alice B. Wilkerson, came up for hearing in Jennings County Circuit Court Monday morning.

The plaintiff asked for a continuance of the case until the next term of the court on account of the absence of a witness. The court granted the continuance at the plaintiff's cost.

In the meantime, a move for settlement was started and as a result the case was compromised.

Under the terms of the will, Mrs. Thompson received a one-fifth interest in the Wilkerson farm, north of town. This she conveyed to her brothers and sister and judgment was entered establishing the will and confirming its probate.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mrs. Thompson receives $4,800 in cash in full of her interest and a settlement on her lawsuit.

The estate consists of $25,000 worth of real and personal property in Jennings County and a one third interest in real estate in Greenville, Pa., worth $60,000.

The plaintiff was represented by Hugh Wickens of Greensburg and William Fitzgerald of this city. The defendants were represented by H.C. Meloy of this city and S.A. Barnes of Seymour.

John Clerkin is the executor of the will and he will now proceed to settle the estate according to the terms of the will.

Circuit Court news
Owen Brattain was granted a divorce from Rosabelle Brattain.

Webb Spencer was granted a divorce from Zella Spencer.

Martha Harwick was granted a divorce from George Hardwick.

The court permits William Yeager and Emily Yeager to adopt Wilma

The court permits Louise Peters to change her name to Louise Miller, her name as result of a former marriage.

Baby mourned
Louis Donald Perry, the 5 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis G. Perry, died at their home in this city, Saturday, March 13. Funeral service was held by Rev. Croy at the Baptist Church Monday and the burial took place in the City Cemetery.

The father, mother, a little brother, sister and the grandparents are left to mourn the little fellow's death.

Mrs. Hattie Lough of North Vernon came Tuesday morning to visit the sick at the J.W. Silver home.

Mrs. Amos Silver of North Vernon spent Saturday and Sunday at the J.W. Silver home.

J.E. Murphy lost a year old mule last week. The animal got into a water hole and by the time they got it out, it chilled to death.

County Superintendent Whitcomb of Vernon was visiting the school here Monday.

James Huntington of North Vernon was here Monday on his way to Nebraska to attend the Collins sale.

Ervan Morrison is very sick with the flu.

Mrs. J.J. Hutton has been spending the last week at the home of Dr. J.W. McClure at Milan.

Some of our Ford owners have been bragging that whenever they go anyplace they always get back. Well, they can not say that any more as two Fords got stuck in the mud last week and had to be pulled out.

There is surely one thing that Jennings County ought to be ashamed of and that is her roads. Why is it that Old Jennings cannot have some good roads? Editor's note: All the roads in the state are in the same condition at present.

James Higginbotham of North Vernon was here Monday on his way to Nebraska to attend the Collins sale.

Mrs. C.S. Wilkerson was at Columbus Friday.

Robert Amick is visiting his brother, Chester, at Bloomington.

Mrs. C.N. Amick and daughter, Miss Eunice, were at North Vernon Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Patton are visiting their son, Chaunce, and wife at Greenwood.

Jasper Wilkerson is visiting his daughter, Mabel, who has been ill with the influenza at Greenwood.

Agnes Molony visited Grace Wilkerson Sunday.

William Byrum has been on the sick list this week.

Miss Opal Hadfield was the guest of Grace Wilkerson Monday night.

Miss Marjorie Clark was the guest of Mildred Shafer Monday night.

John Turner was a business visitor at North Vernon Monday.

After five weeks absence from school on account of having the flu, the White children are able to attend school this week.

Leo and Lyola Tirney came home Saturday on account of the serious illness of their father.

Leo Palmer is at Indianapolis where he has employment.

As this goes to press, Mr. Tierney is very low and Grandma Farran is also very poorly.

North Vernon
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Helm on Friday, March 12, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kirchner, Sunday, March 15, a daughter.

Leo Ponsler of Westport was in North Vernon Monday.

Miss Lenora Wasson visited friends at Aurora Sunday.

John McConnell of Dupont was here Monday.

Bert Baker spent Sunday with his parents here.

Regina Eder was shopping at Louisville Monday.

John Specht was a visitor at Columbus Saturday.

Indian Creek
Mr. White has bought the Weininger farm and will move onto it some time this month.

Mr. William Working has moved into his house on the Otis farm.

We are proud of our 1.5-mile pike, for it is the best in the county.

Martha Fisher, who works at North Vernon, spent Sunday here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fisher.

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Hite spent Sunday with William Boner and family.

Pete Bertram has moved to Seymour.

Owen Noon has moved to North Vernon.

Rush Branch
Robert Fry and family have moved near Dabney in Ripley County. A family by the name of Myres from Vermillion County have purchased and moved onto the farm vacated by Mr. Fry.

Mrs. William McDowell has been sick but is slowly improving.

Rev. Mitchell and family have purchased and moved into our vicinity on what is known as the D.L. Hough farm.

Walter Lough and wife spent Saturday night and Sunday, March 7, with George Etter and family.

Dale Ploughe is able to be out again. He has been sick with pneumonia for several weeks.

Harry Runyan has the measles.

Blanche Baker is home from Anderson caring for her son, Gilbert, who has the measles.

Mrs. Meyers has moved to her farm recently purchased of J.W. Hare.

Bennett's Branch
Lee Wilkerson and family entertained at dinner Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Jacob St. John and daughter, Vera, and Miss Mary Milholland of Scipio.

Mrs. Neaser Bennett has been real sick but is some better.

Mrs. Harry Davis was brought home from the hospital at Columbus a few days ago where she had been seriously ill for four weeks.

Mrs. Bertha Schmoe, who has been suffering with a gathering in her head, is able to be around again.

Lett Herring, who had a stroke of paralysis several days ago, is improving.

A.J. Carmichael and family were guests of W.S. Walker and family Sunday afternoon.

Mis Irene Osborne was the guest of George Bennett and family Sunday.

Two Mile
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Pettit and family spent Sunday with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Leonard.

Mrs. Otto Funke called on Mrs. Grant Wire Thursday afternoon.

Aaron Wire took dinner with Harold Klein Sunday.

Over the Rhine
Mrs. L.C. Law and daughter, Miss Ruth, who has passed the winter in Florida, are expected home in a few days.

Mail carrier McClure informed us Saturday that a part of his route will have to be abandoned until there is an improvement in the condition of the highway.

Dennis Cassin, B&O Railroad supervisor, left Wednesday evening for Chicago where he will attend the National Exhibiton of Railway Track Appliances.

To the people of Butlerville: On account of sickness, I had to discontinue delivering bread. But we still handle the same kind of fresh bread, the kind that makes you sit up and take notice and call for another slice. Comes every morning, so call and get your share. - Evan Morrison, Butlerville.

J.W. Miles was real sick last week but is now able to be out again.

One of the men that was brought here from the reformatory at Jeffersonville to assist with the work on the farm had the misfortune to fall from a horse on Sunday and break his arm at the wrist.

Another one of the men has been real sick with the flu.

Mrs. Russell Eakins and Mrs. Frank Hendricks were at North Vernon on business Monday.

Oscar Walker and Miss Mary Heaton of Hayden were married last Saturday.

Ervan Morrison is some better.

Mrs. William Hinchman returned to her home at Vernon on Saturday after several days visit at the home of Albert Hinchman east of town and Mrs. Mary King here.

Fish Creek
Theodore Klein has rented the Tom Noon farm for another year.

Rev. William Wilkin has sold his farm and will retire from farming. He is going to buy property at Indianapolis.

Dr. B.F. Halmer is slowly improving.

C.W. Thompson has improved his farm by building a dairy barn.

Pleasant Hill
Charles Spry and wife of Crawfordsville now occupy the property which was recently vacated by Henry Bawen.

Mrs. Andrew Daily is convalescing from an illness of several weeks.

Mrs. Rose Van Hoosier of New Castle has been at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Andrew Daily.

Miss Florence Rogers is recovering from a recent attack of the flu.

Otto Gardner and E.L. Palmer of Cincinnati called on friends here Sunday.

Miss Mary Gaughan of North Vernon called on Mrs. A. Daily on Sunday.

Busy Corner
Mary Low is very poorly at this writing.

Alex Ponsler and wife and Charles P fillips and wife visited F.M. Low Sunday.

F.M. Low made a business trip to Zenas Monday.

New Bethel
Wilson Grimes and wife attended a funeral at Letts Saturday morning.

Ephriam Jordan and family moved last week on the farm he recently purchased.

Peter Barnes is having a sale and moving to Westport.

Vern Callahan is in a very critical condition at this writing due to influenza and pneumonia.

Reba Lucille Holzlider, 5-month-old daughter of Clyde Holzlider and wife, passed away early Sunday afternoon after a two weeks illness. Interment was made in the Westport Cemetery.

Ernest Smith was at Westport Monday.

Happy Glen
Albert Wilds was at North Vernon on business Saturday.

Sam Johns and son, Paul, were at Queensville Monday on business.

Will Little of Sand Creek was the guest of Mamer Shinolt at Hill View Sunday afternoon.

J.G. Marsh is shipping hogs today.

Howard Childs, the efficient mailman, is on Rural Route 8.

Our school truck failed to make the run to Vernon last Friday on account of the roads.

A wood chopping will be had Thursday for the Zion Church.

St. Ann's
The U.S. mail is now delivered on Rural Route 1 by a carrier going on foot with the mailsack on his back. The pike is almost impassble.

Peter Eder and wife called on Ed Ley and family Sunday.

Nick Schulties called on his father last Sunday.

Matt Streit is planning to go to Iowa this season to work.

Born to Charles Vinson and wife on March 12, a son.

Ray Jacobs, who resides in Kentucky, came last week to be at the bedside of his father who is very ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Hallock entertained friends from North Vernon last Sunday.

Will Thomas will move to the farm vacated by Mrs. Wilbur Heacock.

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