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Established in 1855, the Vernon Clionian Society is the oldest women’s club in Indiana and still meets monthly at the North American House in Vernon. In 1938, its members included, from left: row 1, Florence Nauer, Almeda Welker, Essie Summerfield, Carrie Basnett, Maggie Abbott, Emma Hengstler, Otha Ale, Anna J. Trapp; row 2: Mary S. Whitcomb, Della Stafford, Mae Bernhart, Ruth Kennedy (holding her daughter), Fay Jordan, Lois Whitcomb, Maggie Fisher, Gladys Stewart, Phoebe Whitcomb, Florence Simpson, Bernadine Boggs.—PD&S file photo
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Established in 1855, the Vernon Clionian Society is the oldest women’s club in Indiana and still meets monthly at the North American House in Vernon. In 1938, its members included, from left: row 1, Florence Nauer, Almeda Welker, Essie Summerfield, Carrie Basnett, Maggie Abbott, Emma Hengstler, Otha Ale, Anna J. Trapp; row 2: Mary S. Whitcomb, Della Stafford, Mae Bernhart, Ruth Kennedy (holding her daughter), Fay Jordan, Lois Whitcomb, Maggie Fisher, Gladys Stewart, Phoebe Whitcomb, Florence Simpson, Bernadine Boggs.—PD&S file photo

North Vernon
Plain Dealer
March 25, 1920

The Sun
March 25, 1920

Wants to Belong

Lafe Rutledge, a prominent merchant of Dupont, announced while in this city, Saturday, that he will circulate a petition soon in Lancaster Township, which is that part of Jefferson County adjoining Jennings County on the south, asking that Lancaster Township be taken from Jefferson County and made a part of Jennings. All citizens of the township will have an opportunity to sign the petition if they so desire.

The petition is the outgrowth of the recent battle between the two factions in Jefferson County who petitioned for the two different roads for the state highway. The people of Dupont were vitally interested in the selection of the State Road route through North Vernon and Dupont, and on to Madison. The other faction worked for what is known as the Michigan Road, which route is through the eastern part of the county. The people of Lancaster Township claim that the active interest taken by the Madison businessmen in working for the Michigan Road, has revealed the fact that they have no thought for the welfare of the people of Lancaster, hence their desire to withdraw from the county and become a part of Jennings County. Mr. Rutledge says that he will have the petition prepared by a Madison attorney and will present it at the next meeting of the legislature.

Two Fires
The Fire Department has had two calls during the past week, but in each case the blaze was extinguished before much damage was done. On Sunday morning, a run was made to the home of Mrs. R.C. Beer on Hoosier Street, where the roof was ablaze. During the noon hour on Tuesday, fire broke out in the roof of the Goyert and Vogel Poultry House but was discovered immediately and, being a short run for the department, a stream of water soon had the blaze under control.

Injured
Harry Day, the 10-year-old son of Sherman Day, was quite seriously injured while playing in the Big Four Railroad yards in this city Sunday afternoon. The little fellow, with a number of companions, was playing on the turntable and while one of the boys was turning it, he fell off and was caught between the track and the wall. He was badly crushed before the thing was stopped, and an examination by a physician showed that the flesh had been torn from his right leg from the ankle to the hip. He was also crushed about the abdomen and hips and it is feared that he suffered internal injuries. The boy is at his father 's home on Hoosier Street.

Aurora Borealis
The gorgeous display of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which was visible in the sky Monday night was viewed by a number of people in this city. The color effects were beautiful and the bright rays gave a light almost like day. The phenomenon was visible between eight and nine o 'clock, and in many places the strong electrical current affected telephone and telegraph wires.

Schools
The following figures shows Jennings county 's progress in school consolidation and abandonment of one-room schools since 1890.

One-room schools 1890, 84; 1920, 63. Abandoned: 21 percent abandoned.

Reliance News
A.T. Bard, R.R. Rader and C.E. Rathburn were here on business Wednesday.

Gertrude Bergman spent the weekend with friends at Columbus.

Eddie Wetzel is the new boy at the factory.

The Reliance girls are planning to have a fishing party Saturday afternoon.

Ada Shepherd spent Saturday and Sunday with friends at Seymour.

The girls are all back to work now after being off on account of sickness.

Personal Paragraphs
Mrs. Lincoln Dixon was at Cincinnati Tuesday.

Lloyd Hudson made a business trip to Indianapolis Monday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Ogden Sunday, a daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Wilson Friday, a son.

Mrs. Merle Laugh was at Seymour Monday.

Miss Bertha Seiner spent Sunday and Monday with friends at Louisville.
Joe Barth, a student at Depauw, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. H.E. Barth.

Misses Regina and Lena Mangold went to Scipio Monday to attend the funeral of a friend.

Scipio
Edward Tierney, aged 69 years, died at his home south of here Saturday, March 20. He had been in poor health for several weeks. The funeral and burial was held at Scipio St. Patrick 's church Monday.

The home talent play Saturday night was given before a large and enthusiastic audience. About $63 was taken in. The proceeds go to the Presbyterian ladies aid.

W.A. Hutchings and family entertained Wednesday, Mrs. Elvira Hulse, Miss Grace Hulse, Mrs. Clarence Wilkerson and Homer Hulse.

J. Frank McConnell of Indianapolis spent the week-end here. He had a position and began work with a hardware company in Gary.

O.G. Tomlinson and family of Brown 's Corner spent Saturday with Sylvanis Reid and daughter.

Two Mile
Mrs. Otto Funk is on the sick list.

Those who visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kinsier Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Klein and children,Harold and Mabel, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Wire, Mose Wire, Mrs. Frank Clinton, Blanch and Irene Day, Ruth Kingsley and Letha Craig. Music was enjoyed and a good dinner served.

Edgar Pettit went to Indianapolis Monday on business.

Zoar
Harry Chenoweth and Omer Weaver have returned to their homes in Frankfort, Ind., and Bucyrus, Ohio, after spending several days here looking after their farm.

Willie Wilkerson and family of North Vernon spent Sunday with Ed Lewis and family and Mrs. Umensetter and daughter.

Frank Johnson and family are moving near South Bend.

George Kipper and wife spent Sunday with the latter 's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mat Holdreith.

Pleasant View
Robert R. Roane made a business trip to Indianapolis last Monday then spent a few days with relatives and returned home Thursday.
School closed at this place Wednesday after a successful term with M. Hale as teacher.

F.A. May purchased a team of horses one day last week.

Word has been received that Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCammon of Clarksburg, Pa., formerly of this place, are proud parents of a baby girl, Beatrice May.

Cecil P. Schuyler purchased a fine driving horse one day last week.

Dupont
Several parties from Dupont were summoned before the grand jury at Madison Thursday to testify concerning a misdemeanor committed by some boys not long ago. Whether the jury elicited any information or not is not known but some of the boys in town hope not.

It is reported that Joe Yeager has purchased 10 acres of land of C.L. Rutledge a half-mile east of town and will build a new house there this
spring.

While there is no flu in town and has not been for some time, there is two or three new cases at Middlefork and several families in the Mosquito neighborhood just recovering from the effects of it. Several sales were held in that neighborhood recently and somebody peddled the malady pretty successfully. No deaths resulted, but some of the victims were very sick for a few days.

Mrs. Silas Lambert is recovering from an attack of pneumonia.
Chas. Holmes, who has been confined to his home all winter with a sore foot, is reported some better.

Pierceville
Sunday school attendance 64; collection $1.54.

Vern Callahan died late Friday evening after a two weeks illness of pneumonia. The remains were taken to Rushville for burial Saturday.
Olin Armstrong returned home last Thursday after finishing his course of school at Detroit.

Ray Cummings entertained James Hilbert Sunday.

Henry Armstrong, who is working near Grammar, spent Saturday and Sunday with home folks at this place.

Eph. Jordan and family entertained company Sunday.

Zion
C.W. Woodard was taken suddenly ill last Thursday night but is much better.

Hoard Childs is on Route 2 this week as a side line. He does some dental work using wire pliers instead of modern forceps to extract teeth.

Beatty 's saw mill started again this week.

J.G. Marsh and son, Raymond, were in Vernon Sunday calling on relatives.

Eula Woodard rendered a beautiful solo at the morning services at Zion church Sunday.

Commiskey
One night this week we had high winds and rains doing considerable damage to telephone wires, etc. Some of our folks hurried next day to get cyclone policies or to get policies they already had increased where buildings had been improved.

Mrs. Cox, who has been at her old home, Deputy, for about five weeks after she took the influenza, and left here, has now gotten back and is filling her former position as clerk at Lurton's store.

Miss Linnie Wilkerson, who has been at North Vernon helping in the Curtis restaurant, is at home again.

The moving fever seems to have moved her win town this spring, three of them moving away to other counties and states and two new families moving in. Raymond Kinder, now carrier on R. 1, will move into the Muster house soon.

The new carrier on R. 2, Ross Baker, will commence his duties next Monday morning. Walter Reeves, the substitute, has been carrying the mail about a year since the resignation of Everett Shepherd, as carrier.
Fred Perry and family were at Dupont on business last Wednesday.

Court Burtch and wife visited at Sherman Wilkerson 's in Marion Township yesterday. When returning home, just as they neared their place, one of the horses to the wagon slipped and fell in a wash-out in the road. As it was dark and raining hard, Mrs. Burtch hurried to some of the neighbors for help. The horse was rescued and was unhurt.

St. Ann
Geo. A. Daeger, Albert Daeger, Misses Lena and Regina Mangold attended the funeral of Ed Tierney at Scipio last Monday.

Tom May is on the sick list.

Wm. Gasper attended the funeral of Ed Tierney at Scipio last Monday.

Born to Ed Ley and wife, March 20th, a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Deywort of Zenas called on Geo. A. Daeger and family one day recently.

Mrs. Daeger, Mrs. Holdrieth and Mrs. Kipper called on Ed Ley and wife last Sunday.

Mr. Chat. Ley is on the sick list at this writing.

Elzea
The Misses Zohrlaut entertained several girls from North Vernon and Lena Olson from this place Sunday.

The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fox is quite ill.

Alice and Martha VanCleave visited friends in North Vernon Sunday.

John Euler called on Andrew Olson Sunday.

Deer Creek
Clofe Leahigh and Jesse Wilson of Butlerville, and daughter Mrs. John Losey of Rush Branch and Mrs. Thos. Wickens Jr., spent Friday night with Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Leahigh.

J.E. Simmons had his finger badly cut by his buzz saw, but is recovering from the effects.

Mrs. Margaret King, wife of Absalom King, died at eight o 'clock Sunday morning after an illness covering several weeks. Although her illness was such that her recovery could not be hoped for, the end came very suddenly.

Zoar
Jos. Horstman and family have moved to their new home at North Vernon.

Will Wilkerson and family of North Vernon spent Sunday here with friends.

John Day and family of North Vernon have moved on the Ed Burke
farm.

Rush Branch
Myra Brooks was a business caller at Anderson the first of the week.
Mr. Crank and wife, Claude Plough and family spent Saturday evening at F.H. Schlotman's.

Floyd Hough and wife were business callers at North Vernon Monday.
James Morris and family spent Sunday at Tom Schlotman 's.

Miss Reva Shull of Brewersville spent Sunday evening with her sister, Mrs. Earl Mills.

Vernon
Mrs. Florence Hill spent a few days last week with her sister, Mrs. J.E. Wagner at North Vernon.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilds of Scipio are visiting her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hulse.

Mrs. Greathouse and Mrs. Hulse called on Mr. and Mrs. Will Hulse Tuesday and Wednesday.

Aunt Jane Wiggam entertained her niece, Mrs. Phillips of Butlerville Monday.

Rabbit Plains
Miss Dessie Anderson, whose term of school at San Jacinto closed last Friday, entertained her scholars and Miss Zoe Holmes and Miss Monta Beach of San Jacinto at her home here Monday.

Russell Baker left for Illinois Tuesday to work.

L.F. Giddings is busy spraying his orchard.

Westport
S.D. Layton and family, who moved to Oklahoma about 18 months ago, are on their way to this place and will arrive some time this week.

M.W. Merriman and wife have returned from a visit with relatives in Indianapolis.

Harry Smitha and wife have a new son, Leonard James.

John Pickett, aged 40 years, died at the home of his father, J.D. Pickett, near St. Dennis. The remains were shipped to Kokomo for burial.

Mrs. Jane Nicholson VanCleave died at the home of her brother, Geo. Nicholson, last Thursday night, March 18. She had not been in good health for a long time and just returned from the hospital at Columbus the day before her death. She was taken suddenly worse on Thursday morning and died the same night. The body was taken to Otter Creek Church, her old church home, where regular funeral services were held and burial took place by the side of her husband in the cemetery by the church.





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