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August 6, 2020

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25 Years Ago & Longer
Jennifer Corya of North Vernon shows off her grand champion barrow, her trophy and ribbon following 4-H swine show Monday night at the Jennings County Fair back in 1995. —PD&S File Photo.
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Jennifer Corya of North Vernon shows off her grand champion barrow, her trophy and ribbon following 4-H swine show Monday night at the Jennings County Fair back in 1995. —PD&S File Photo.

25 Years Ago

Editor's note: The piece below was written by Bryce Mayer, son of this newspaper's longtime editor, Dick Mayer. Dick passed away last summer.

Bryce followed in his father's footsteps into journalism. He is currently the sports editor of the Evening News of Jeffersonville, Indiana. We thought, and Dick's wife Annie thought, our readers would enjoy this column.

Nothing goes better with Father's Day than golf.

Baseball, fishing and other sports may come to mind when some think of their fathers. For me, it will always be golf.

My dad encouraged me to enjoy golf for what it is-a sport of character and, quite possibly, the ultimate test of sportsmanship.

Sure, I can remember my dad muttering a profanity or two after a shank, but that's all.

I never saw him throw a club. I never saw him pick up his ball and quit in disgust. I never saw him let his temper interfere with the sanctity of this great game.

He would, however, get angry with me if I let myself get out of control.

He did a lot of nurturing on the golf course, always praising a good shot, never criticizing a bad one. He never pushed me or my siblings too much either, even though my much-more-athletic brother went on to become a golf pro.

Friends and family of Kimberly Thomas are having a bake sale Saturday, July 8, to help the local woman with medical expenses. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart.

The 20-year-old Thomas has Hodgkin's Disease and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for tumors that have developed and also have to have radiation treatments.

Thomas works at McDonald's and is the daughter of Julie and Lowell Thomas of North Vernon.

In addition to the bake sale, a pancake breakfast is planned for Saturday, July 22, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Rolling Hills Shrine Club. There will also be drawings for raffles during the breakfast. Cost of the meal is $3 per person.

A fund has been set up for Thomas at the Home Federal Savings Bank. Donations may be made in her name at the North Vernon Home Federal location.

The first (1814) printing of the National Anthem had a typo, which over the years has made it possible to prove its authenticity. Only 10 copies of the original Baltimore printing of "The Star Spangled Banner" are known to be in existence, and each has the subtitle "A Pariotic Song"-the "t" noticeably absent. IU's Lilly Library has one of the copies currently on display.

As every schoolchild used to know, the lyrics to the anthem were penned by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed the British nighttime bombardment of Ft. McHenry drying the War of 1812. The flag that "was still there" is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

A North Vernon man died in a fiery crash at 10:57 a.m. Thursday, June 29 when his 1988 Ford Bronco collided with a gasoline tanker on Ind. 7 about a mile north of the Jennings County line in Bartholomew County.

Dead is Kenneth L. Davis, Jr., 32. The driver of the semi rig owned by Johnson Oil Company was William Martin, 36, of Columbus. He escaped injury. Davis was headed towards Columbus, the truck was southbound.

Larry Fisher, deputy Bartholomew County coroner, reported Davis died from multiple trauma. "The impact of the accident killed him," Fisher said Monday morning.

The first person on the scene of the wreck was North Vernon attorney Jon Webster, who was returning from a court hearing in Columbus. "There were flames all over," said Webster.

Webster went to Davis, who was lying on an embankment beside the highway. Webster stated the truck driver came running towards him, yelling, "We need to get out of here, it's going to explode!" In a matter of moments, the tanker erupted as Martin and Webster ran from the scene.

It was estimated the tanker held 7,000 to 8,000 gallons of gasoline. It was decided to let the fuel burn because it did not pose a hazard to individuals or property. Firefighters used foam to extinguish the fire after most of the gasoline had burned. "It was a massive fire," said David mann, sheriff of Bartholomew County. "We were very fortunate it didn't spread."

Mr. Davis was a group leader for Cosco Inc. in Columbus, where he was a member of the Cosco basketball team and bowling league. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wi. He also was a member of the 1979 Columbus East High School state championship football team.

Born in Green County, AL, May 27, 1963, he was the son of Carl Davis of Columbus and Mary Buchanan Davis Wray of Milwaukee. He married the former Detra Litzy September 13, 1986. She survives.

Sharing the honors of flipping on the new Pony League lights on last week were, from left to right, Councilor Allane Colbert; Kathy Huston, Ben Hauersperger and Sharon Collins, officials of the park program; Councilor Jack Wickens; Mayor John Hall; Councilor Harold 'Soup' Campbell; Hank Byram of Majestic Electric; and Councilors Patti Yount and Eric Thompson.

30 Years Ago
The 110th Jennings County 4-H Fair will begin Sunday and reigning as queen will be Jeannie Miller. Serving this year as 4-H Queen is Cindy Blackburn.
The first annual Mark Clark Memorial Race at Twin Cities Speedway was very successful. Darrell Small-wood took the checkered flag in the race.
Mollie Corbin of Jennings County was named Miss Madison Regatta at the annual queen contest Monday night.
Lorena Seal has been elected vice-president of education of the Indiana South Central chapter of the American Institute of Banking.
Howard and Thelma Simmons celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.

35 Years Ago
Bertha Moore, who has served so faithfully as this paper's corepsondent for Butlerville the apart number of years, has retired from her post.
"Rise Up America" the giant Christian-patriotic presentation given by the North Vernon Church of the Nazarene, has in a short time become almost as much a tradition for the Fourth celebration in Jennings as the giant fireworks display at the park.
WNVI-FM has a new tower going up near Scipio and work should be completed by the end of the week. The tower is 500 feet tall and will more than triple the area the station now covers.
Michelle Olds Living-ston holds two trophies she received for having the most stolen bases and the highest batting average for the Jennings County High School girls softball team.
Billy Strickland, Dusty Castetter and Matt Reudlinger captured first place finishes at the AAU Junior Olympic Regional. Rusty Castetter got second place and thirds went to Mike Deaton and Chris Crone. Tim Olds received fourth.

40 Years Ago
The Town and Country 4-Hers met at the home of their leader, Larry Allsop. Donna Biehle called the meeting to order.
Three new school board members will be sworn in during Thursday night's meeting. They are Howard Malcomb, Warren Byford, Michael Megel.
It is official, now. U.S. Army representatives announce confirmation of a decision to maintain government, in-house operation of the Jefferson Proving Grounds.
Pvt. Wayne Neace and Pvt. Ronald Shaw recently completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA.
Lt. Governor Robert Orr, GOP candidate for governor, will be at the city park Sunday evening.

50 Years Ago
Roger Lovegrove picked up $3,000 for his expertise at trap shooting in the Ohio State Tournament last week.
North Vernon is slated to get a new modern 40-bed nursing home. It will be located on Henry Street on the north edge often.
On hand when the new bookmobile came to Jennings last week were William Gregory, Vernon mayor Robert Rockey, Bob Powell, Charles Dove, Frances Wawcett and Bob Schneider.
Minnie Childs has been named the national president of Kappa Delta Phi sorority.
Tom Harmon received top hitters honors for the JCHS 1970 baseball team. Danny Coquerille was named the top pitcher.

60 Years Ago
Apparently, there is no shortage of basketball coaches in Indiana. That is the only conclusion possible, says Lloyd Wagner, superintendent of the North Vernon system. he has received 50 applications for the vacant cage coaching spot at the North Vernon High School.
In an effort to encourage entries in the 1960 Jennings County Fair Queen contest, sponsors of the event stated that every girl entering will receive a $5 cash award.
Steven Martin of Lafayette was named as the new assistant football coach for North Vernon High School.
Jim Hemmings, North Vernon driver, ran into a bit of bad luck in the Salem race on Sunday and finished 10th in the consolation. He ran into some loose gravel and lost control of his vehicle.
Sarah Carson of North Vernon is among 156 IU undergraduate students receiving straight A averages last semester.

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