10 Years Ago
Lynnette Whitaker, Winona Lake, captured a World Championship title June 28 at the 2004 World Championship Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth, Texas, by showing an 8-year-old gelding, “Scenic By Tardy.” She bested a field of 10 for the win. Katie Kemper, 13, Claypool, was named World Champion in Showmanship at Halter for the second time. She competed against 79 others with her 9-year-old gelding, Dupont.
Doris Kubacki has been selected to be the Pierceton Day’s grand marshal. The theme of this year’s parade is “Television to Remember: Past and Present.” Leon, Doris and 1-year-old Michael came to Pierceton from Manistee, Mich., in 1952. Doris and Leon were named Pierceton Citizens of the Year in 1981.
25 Years Ago
The Kosciusko County Fair gets underway July 31. The royal 4-H couple are Queen DeNae Bouse, 18, daughter of Terry and Susan Bouse, Silver Lake, and King Duane Kline, 19, son of Earl and Cheri Kline, Rt. 2, Claypool. Both are 10-year 4-H members. Runners-up are Penny Williamson, 19, daughter of Richard and Barbara Williamson, rural Pierceton, and Kevin Ousley, 18, son of Roy and Becky Ousley, rural Pierceton.
Kevin Masur, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Masur, Warsaw, and a student at Sacred Heart, was named one of the top 10 winners in the fourth-grade level for the National Wildlife Week Poster Contest. His pencil sketch depicts a wolf stalking a rabbit, and is displayed in the Children’s Museum, Indianapolis.
50 Years Ago
For the first time in history of the Wagon Wheel Playhouse, every single seat for the entire two weeks run of the “Sound of Music” opening July 28 has been sold out. Demand has been so great that two afternoon and one evening performances have been added. Lorna Doone and Larry Gray have the title roles. The seven children are Hannah Butterfield, Missie Mosbaugh, Debbie Coolman, Ellen Parks, Sharon Mauzy, Elizabeth Vrenios and Randy Kirkendall.
The 325-acre hog farm three miles south and a mile east of Mentone will be the third stop of the State Swine Management Tour Aug. 24. The farm is operated by Max Nellans, his father H.V. and brother Dale.
75 Years Ago
May 31 is the 50th anniversary of the Johnstown, Pa., flood which occurred in 1889, within the memory of many older Warsawans. A dam broke 16 miles above the city and washed away the entire town. Catherine Woods Foster, great aunt of Edwin C. Aborn, Warsaw, and aunt of the late Thomas Woods, Warsaw, was one of the few survivors.
Comrade Ben Elder, native Warsawan, passed away June 1. He enlisted in 1916 with Co. H, Third Indiana Infantry, served on the Mexican border and throughout the World War was a soldier in Warsaw’s Battery D, 137th Field Artillery. He was a gentleman and model soldier, nicknamed “Crackerjack” by his comrades. His buddy in France was Warsaw’s Russell Phillips with whom he shared a pup tent.