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100 Years Ago
Old photograph showing Tunnel Mills, located in Vernon, Indiana.  Photo submitted by the Jennings County Historical Society, Kay Brown estate.
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Old photograph showing Tunnel Mills, located in Vernon, Indiana. Photo submitted by the Jennings County Historical Society, Kay Brown estate.

100 Years Ago
Plain Dealer
May 27, 1920


The commencement exercises for the Center Township common schools were held at the Jennings Theatre in this city Saturday afternoon. The program opened with music by the North Vernon High School Orchestra which also rendered several selections at the conclusion of the exercises and during the motion picture show, which followed.

The graduates and their parents and friends were received by Henry miller, township trustee and Shepherd Whitcomb, county superintendent of schools. The graduates were ushered to the front of the room where they were presented by Mr. Miller with red and white carnations after which, as the orchestra played a march, they marched to their places on the stage.

The graduates were: Roger Lewis, Florence Beeman, Wallace Richards, Loscent McMillan, Arthur Wetzel, Aaron Wire, Lena Olson, Ruby White, Louisa Buchanan, Mary M. Richardson, Pearl Bernice Vancleave, Henry Lemmer, John WIldey, Clarence Staublin, and Ruth Sparks.

Hospital Site
The Chamber of Commerce will shortly select a site for Jennings County memorial Hospital and have an excellent location in view, which may be closed with in the next few days.

The Chamber of Commerce has one thousand dollar fund towards the selection of a site. There is a law which enables counties to build and maintain public hospitals. Whenever the Board of County
Commissioners shall be presented with a petition signed by 200 resident freeholders of such county, 150 of whom shall not be residents of the city or town in hitch it is proposed to locate such public hospital, asking an annual tax levy may be levied for the establishment and main penance of a public hospital at a place in the county named therein, and shall specify in their petition the maximum amount of money proposed to be expended in the purchasing or building of said hospital.

The Chamber of Commerce, who are putting on the North Vernon 1920 Follies Home talent how at the Jennings Theatre June 10 and 11 under the direction of Jimmy Withers, wish to announce that reserve seat tickets will be on sale June 1. Mr. Withers will put in full time in the next two weeks in rehearsing the program and expects to have two hours of solid snappy entertainment.

The price will be 50 cents, 75 cents and $1. The money will be used namely in building of a Jennings County Memorial Hospital. Everyone should purchase liberally of tickets.

Purchases Truck
D.D. Gregory has purchased a new one and one half ton truck equipped with pneumatic tires all around. Mr. Gregory now has two new trucks and with this new equipment has the best trucking outfit in the county.

Three of the squad of Jeffersonville Reformatory prisoners who ware working on the State Farm for the Feeble Minded at Butlerville escaped last Wednesday. This is the second bunch of prisoners who have made their escape since the men were taken there to employment.

The men who escaped are: Harry Anderson, 21, who was sent to the reformatory from Lake County for grand larceny; Ezra Criss, 23, sent from Sullivan County for burglary; and Wm. Watson, 17, sent up from Clay County for burglary. The men were working on the building for the new farm colony.

Circuit Court
In the matter of the estate of Wolf Gumble, deceased, report of sale of interest of deceased to Jennie Gumble for $8,095 will filed; and petition to sell bank stock by executer was examined and approved.

Elsie Nay was granted a divorce fromPaul A. Nay and her maiden name, Elsie West, restored.

Louis Cheesebrew pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery and was fined $2.00 and costs. Roy Cheesebrew pleaded guilty to a charge of assaullt and was fined $1.00 and costs.

Carl Robinet pleaded guilty to charge of gaming and was fined $10 and costs.

Mayor's Court
Mrs. Bessie Admire was fined $5.00 and costs in Mayor Tripp's court Tuesday for assault and battery on Mrs. James Day.

Bridge Party
Mrs. N.J. Inman was hostess for her bridge club at her home on Jennings Street Tuesday afternoon. Three tables were played, the members present being: Mrs. O. Bacon, Mrs. Fred Verbarg, Mrs. F.E. Bacon, Mrs. R.C. Gautier, Mrs. E.G. McClure, Mrs. Frank Robinson, Mrs. N.M. King and Mrs. Everett Bemish. The guests present were: Mrs. E.H. Tripp of this city, and Miss Florence Talburt of Greencastle. A delicious luncheon of chicken salad and hot rolls, cherry preserves, pineapple sherbet, devil's food cake and coffee was served.

Marriage Licenses
Leonard M. Young, North Vernon, and Blanch May Fields, North Vernon; Noble Shane, North Vernon, and Nellie Dunham, North Vernon.

Miss Cynthia Herring, age 62, of near Alert passed away at four o'clock yesterday afternoon of a nervous breakdown following the death of her brother, Lafayette, two weeks ago. She is survived by two sisters, Miss Jane Herring and Mrs. Margaret Beesley. Funeral services will be Sunday morning at 10:30 at the Bear Creek Church. Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Parcel, aged 85 years, died Sunday morning May 23, at the home of her son, John Parcel, near Queensville. A short funeral service was held at the residence Monday morning and the body was taken to Winamac, Ind. for burial.

North Vernon
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ervin C. Amick at Shelbyville Sunday, May 16th, a daughter, Helen Jean. Mrs. Amick was formerly Miss Mabel L. Tweedy of this city and Mr. and Mrs. Amick resided here for some time after their marriage.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stewart of Indianapolis at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McLaughlin, in this city Tuesday, May 25th, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Lancaster Friday, May 21, a daughter, Laverne Love.

According to reports from some of the train men, the north bound Pennsylvania passenger train, one day last week, carried a carload of whiskey from Madison to Indianapolis. It is believed that the whiskey was being shipped from a Kentucky distillery to Chicago for export, it being, of course, whiskey that had been manufactured before the prohibition law became effective.

Mrs. Orlando Bacon and Mrs. Frank Bacon spent Monday at Cincinnati.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Beck and little son motored to Madison Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Staples and son, Paul, are moving to Seymour this week to take up residence there. They are vacating the Gaddy property on Walnut St, which was recently purchased by Edgar A. Platter. Mr. Platter will move his family to their new home and the property which they are vacating on Gum St. will be occupied by Ed Arnold and family who have purchased it. The Arnold family are vacating the Wheaton property on Gum St. which has been purchased by W.F. Brumblay. The Olcott property on College St., which will be vacated by the Brumblays has been rented by Chas. Weber and he is waiting to move his fam ily there form their present residence on N. Madison Ave.

Over the Rhine
James A. Deputy, after a short illness, died Thursday evening last. Burial at Mt. Zion Saturday. Mr. Deputy lived the life of a celebrate until about 50 years ago when he married Mrs. Elizabeth Lett nee Liddle. To this union was born one child, Burt, now living at the old homestead. A few years after his marriage, Mrs. Deputy died and then later, he married again. A son was born to this marriage, also, and the two boys are now the only living members of the family. Mr. Deputy was born in August 1830, hence, was nearly 90 years of age when claimed by death.

Today is the 24th day of the month and up to date but little corn has been planted, but a small acreage of ground plowed and the grain planted is in bad condition. The continued rains and cool weather together with a last flood over the creek bottom has put the farmers in the soup. At the very best no full crop can be planted and the lateness of the season can result only in an inferior quality of the matured corn.

The State Farm Colony has rented a part of the J.W. Silver furniture building for their office rooms and Mr. Silver is having it remodeled by putting in a partition, new windows, repapering and will pipe water into the building.

Aaron Elliott, wife and son, Stanley and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Elliott of Westport, spent last Thursday at the home of Mrs. Alice Elliot.

Misses Marie Schonfeld and Thelma Hinchman of Hanover spent Saturday and SUnday with their parents.

Mrs. Isa Wilson and children of North Vernon have been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.F. Phillips and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Lydia Johnson spent Thursday at Milan.

Mr. and Mrs. Audrey Pool of Dupont were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Miles.

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