10 Years Ago
Dorothy Larrew Flora came across an old photograph, taken by her father Melvin, of her and the great Burkey burr oak tree dated around 1944 after a tornado downed the giant. The tree exceeded 124 feet in height and was 7-1/2 feet in diameter at the base. It was believed to be the largest burr oak in the United States and was 500-600 years old. Citizens tried to preserve the tree, which was a natural lightning rod. A slice of the tree is on display at the Old Jail Museum.
Brian Redshaw, town manager, helped Arthur Marsh, CEO, cut the ribbon for the grand opening July 9 of Arthur’s Fresh Market, 107 W. Pickwick Dr., Syracuse. Willie Sparkman, an eight-year employee, is the store manager.
25 Years Ago
Ruth Casner, Sylvia Ryan, Dorothy Sweeney, Mary Reece, Eldora Neher, Verna Felts, Janet McFarren, Virginia Zuck and Sue Mock, members of American Association of University Women, sorted through stacks of books for their book sale during Pioneer Days July 14-16.     
Warsaw’s Loren Dalrymple, 16, son of Sherrylynn Dalrymple, placed second in the Junior Olympic Great Lakes Regional Roller Skating Championships in Canton, Mich. He competed in the men’s freestyle and now has earned the right to participate in the U.S. National Junior Olympic Championship at Fayetteville, N.C., Labor Day weekend.
A total of 15 basketball games will be played on the Grace College courts, both inside and outside, as the L Club is sponsoring a round-robin tourney with six college teams.
50 Years Ago
Michael Jon Klondaris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry J. Klondaris, 1308 Ranch Road, Warsaw, is a summer camper at Howe Military School summer camp, which offers a variety of sports and water activities as well as math and English.
4-H judging contest winners are Jo Ann Wise, Silver Lake; Patty Meinert, Warsaw; Carol Tuttle, Pierceton; Janet Goshert, Mentone.
Linda Lou Beigh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Beigh, Akron, received the Grand Ambassador of Good Will award at the 25th Grand Assembly of Rainbow for Girls. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Beigh, Claypool.
Larry Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Evans, Warsaw, and Ray Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Clark, Silver Lake, attended a rodeo in Culver. They may ride in the next rodeo on Labor Day.
75 Years Ago
Theodore Dreiser and his family lived for a time in the old brick Thralls residence on West Center Street, long since razed when the late Samuel Hathaway erected his home thereon. Dreiser, 14, attended Center Ward School, then at the corner of Market and Detroit streets. He was a pupil of Josephine Fielding, teacher under the superintendency of the late Prof. Mather. During the world war, he and a friend toured Indiana by auto and Dreiser later wrote his “Hoosier Holiday,” in which he refers to Mrs. Nathan McConnell, mother of attorney Frank McConnell, who gave him cookies. His loafing place was with friends at the Old Corner Book Store at the corner of Buffalo and Center Streets. Dreiser went to school in Chicago, became a reporter at The Globe in 1891 and later a novelist.