10 Years Ago
American Legion Wawasee Post 223, Syracuse, honored two men for their service March 27. Charles McKibben received a 50-year certification of appreciation from Indiana Legion and a life-long membership card from Post 223 presented by Commander Wendell F. Holbrook. Donald G. Byrd joined the Legion at age 18 in Muncie at Delaware Post 19 after his honorable discharge June 2, 1944. He won golf championships for the American Legion in 1947 and 1948. Holbrook presented Byrd his 60-year certificate of appreciation.
Judy A. Kinsey, fourth-grade teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, is the first recipient of the “Indiana Small Rural School Association Teacher of the Year Award.” She has worked tirelessly for her students and community for 29 years.
25 Years Ago
Grace Pherson Wolf celebrated her 101st birthday Saturday by going out to dinner with her stepdaughters Frances Doran, Big Chapman Lake, and Eva Penn, Wawasee. She was born March 25, 1888 near Royal Center and graduated from nursing school at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, in 1912. She practiced nursing for more than 50 years.
Warsaw Christian School sixth grade will present the musical play “The Pied Piper” at Community Grace Brethren Church auditorium. Directors are Christine Marken and Becky Dyck. Cast members include Tim Wright, Joe Slaughter and Julianne Tucker as the Pied Piper.
50 Years Ago
Milford School spelling bee champions: Sherrie Graff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Graff, seventh-eighth; Carol Speicher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl “Bill” Speicher, fifth-sixth. Runner-ups: Audrey Gingerich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gingerich, seventh-eighth; Rick McDonald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlo McDonald, fifth-sixth.
Little Linda Nice clasps her hands in anticipation of an Easter egg as the Warsaw retail merchants began passing out 3,000 eggs on the courthouse lawn this morning. The plastic eggs contain numbers which can be matched to corresponding numbers in participating stores for valuable prizes. James Bell is chairman of the retail merchants division of the Chamber of Commerce. Linda is with her father, Stanley Nice.
75 Years Ago
John Ames, 96, lifelong resident of Bourbon, is the only remaining Civil War veteran in the town. Ames is quite spry, reads without glasses and walks without a cane.
Stop at Robinson’s and see the display of Spanish-American War relics, including photograhs, belonging to Jerry Paul who lives southwest of Warsaw. The placard reads, “Remember the Maine, February 15, 1898.”
Nearly 1,500 members of the Pioneer Trails council will join thousands of other Boy Scouts of America in the celebration of the 29th anniversary of the movement the week of Feb. 8 to 15. There are 54 units distributed in Elkhart, Kosciusko and LaGrange counties, eight of those located in Warsaw and Winona Lake.