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100 Years Ago
Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library
Tracy Eder

100 Years Ago
Plain Dealer
Thurs., June 10, 1920

Commencement Exercises
The commencement and closing exercises for St. Mary's Catholic Parochial School were held at the school hall Sunday evening, June 6. The hall was decorated for the occasion, the stage being draped with the class colors, pink and white, and ornamented with bouquets of pink and white roses.
The following graduates from grammar school were: Leona Zohrlaut, Francis O'mara, Anna Sell, Catherine Firsich, Mary Finnerty, Edward Burke, Fern Smith, Laura McQuaid, and Herman Kirsch.

Not Mad
Thomas Semon of Vernon advises us that he has learned that his dog, which died recently and was reported to have been a victim of rabies, was not rabid. He says that a skilled chemist at Cincinnati examined the dog's body and said that death was caused by slow poison, quantities of which were found in the dog's stomach. He claims that the State Board did not find rabies int he dog's head as was reported.

Melvin Dean, the little seven-year-old son of Joseph Dean, living at Centerville, suffered a painful gash about his right eye in a fall from a foot log last week. The cut, being dangerously close to the eye, caused the eye to swell almost shut. Mr. Dean brought him to the city for medical attention and it is believed that he will suffer no permanent injury from the wound.

Base Ball
The Athletic Ball Team defeated the Hercules Giants at the fair grounds Sunday by a score of 8 to 4. This was the second game on the home grounds this season and the boys showed great improvement over the previous game. The Hercules team was composed of colored players form Southern Indiana and Kentucky and played a very creditable game both in the field and at the bat but the local team had the best of the argument all the way through.

Chief of Police Schwacke assisted by policemen G.S. McCaslin made a raid on public gambling houses Saturday night and succeeded in rounding up the proprietors and players in several places. As a result, 14 men appeared in mayor's Court Tuesday morning and paid fines. Those running the games were fined $10 and costs; and the players were fined $5 and costs.
These raids were an attempt on the part of the police to clean up some of the gaming places which have been running wide open for some time past and which have been creating much public comment and causing the city police to be censured. The work of the police Saturday night would have been more successful had not the affair been "tipped off" to several gaming places are the first place was raided.

Buy Truck
Charles Webster's two sons are displaying the thrift of young America, 12 and 15 years old, believing in getting busy during the summer months they have purchased a Ford one ton truck from Wetzel & Klingner, Ford Dealers run this city and are using it to take of their laundry business. They will also do a general line of light hauling.
These are the kind of boys we like to see growing up in our community. They will grow into men who believe in motive power. The boys know when their power plant is working, it not being eating up their profit as two horses would be doing, while standing idle on bad days and in the winter months.

Mrs. Sarah Wilson, aged 87 years, widow of the late Samuel Wilson, died at her home just west of this city on the Hayden Pike Tuesday, June 7. Funeral service was held at the residence Thursday morning by Rev. Markland and the burial will take place in the City Cemetery.
Anthony Gasper, one of the pioneer residents of the St. Ann neighborhood, died at the home of his son, William Gasper at that place this morning. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Father Joseph Klein, a former resident of this county died at Waco, Texas, where he had been pastor of a parish of the Roman Catholic Church for many years. The body will arrive in this city today and will be taken to St. Mary's Church where it will lie in state until nine o'clock Friday morning when funeral service will be held. The burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Local Interest
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eder, Tuesday, June 8th, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Stewart, Monday, June 7th, a son, Thomas Charles.
W.S. Matthews is attending the Republican Convention at Chicago this week.
Miss Jessie Specht, who is employed with the telephone company force, went to Salem Tuesday where she will work this week at the telephone exchange.
Ewing Campbell, a student at Indiana University, Bloomington, is home for the summer vacation.
Master George Specht is spending the week with relatives at Madison.
Mrs. Homer Harlow and little daughter are enjoying a visit with relatives at Indianapolis.

Mrs. Lou Ferguson returned Tuesday after a few days visit with her sister, Mrs. Jennie Jones.
William Dawson of Vernon was at this place one day last week.
Carl Featherston and wife of Chicago are visiting his mother, Mrs. Ella Hoffman.
Elizabeth Layman and Hallie Thomas were shopping at North Vernon Thursday.
Arthur Vance's barn is being completed.
Will McClellan and wife and Henry Davis and family spent Sunday with Will Ferguson and wife.
Ralph James of Seymour is visiting Ralph Thomas and wife.
Jim Hoffman and wife were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hoffman.

W.F. Miller was a Sunday guest of H. Parcel and family.
Miss Mildred Stearns and brother, Lee, visited their cousins, Evelyn and Wm. Stearns at Brewersville Monday evening.
Miss Lulu Dennerlein, Dorothy Beesley, Gladys Robbins, Mary Parcel, Mrs. Bessie, Ernest Carpenter, Clyde Dennerlein, Fritz Parcel, attended the commencement at Scipio Saturday.

Mrs. J.W. Eakins was called to Marion, Ind. last week on account of the serious illness of her mother who has pneumonia.
Mrs. Walton Grinstead is improving.
The body of Will Wilson, son of Mrs. Emma Wilson, was brought here from LaGrange, Ky., on Saturday. Funeral services at the M.E. Church on Sunday morning conducted by Rev. Mitchell and burial in Butlerville Cemetery. Mr. Herman Wilson and Mrs. Mary Smith accompanied the body here on Saturday.
A barn on the State Farm known as the Lack Place was destroyed by fire on last Thursday night. It caught fire by cigarettes being thrown down in the barn by some of the Feformatory boys.
Carl Elliott has the measles.
J.M. Swarthout has purchased a new Chevrolet. All the spare moments are spent now in learning to manipulate this machine.
Isaiah Irwin, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Miller of Dupont, visited on Wednesday of last week at Mrs. Alice Irwin.

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