10 Years Ago
The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle of World War II in which the United States participated. More than a million men fought – Germans, Americans, British. Don Nichols, now 78, was there. After graduating from Warsaw High School, he sought entry into the Air Force in the summer of 1943, but he ended up a Sherman tank gunner in the Third Army’s 10th Armored Division. He also had three brothers serving in World War II and they all came home. Sally Anne McConnell Nichols enlisted in the U.S. Navy when she was 20. She was promoted to Storekeeper Third Class and served in Mechanicsburg, Pa., at the Navy Supply Depot. Sally’s sister, Jane McConnell Chinworth, was an Army nurse.
25 Years Ago
Alice Chen, daughter of Charles and Janet Chen and a graduating senior at Whitko High School, has been named one of 500 semifinalists in the 1989 Presidential Scholars Program. These were chosen from some 1,500 students who were identified as potential candidates for the program. Scholars will be invited to Washington June 17-21 to receive the Presidential Scholar medallion in a White House ceremony.
Wawasee School Corporation officials met May 1 at the future site of the new middle school for ground breaking ceremonies. Construction is expected to start soon with classes to be held in the fall of 1990.
50 Years Ago
Lincoln School PTA is sponsoring a “Spring Festival and Carnival” with fun for the entire family to be held April 10. Mrs. William Chitwood is chairman; Mrs. Stanley Hull, co-chairman. Each grade is providing an amusement booth through the help of their teachers and room mothers. These are a fish pond, fortune teller, dart game, fun house, bean bag toss, white elephant sale and cake walk. Committee chairmen are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chilcote, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. George Glant, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Poatz, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Horn, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Strayer, Mrs. Max Greenman and Mrs. Edward Johnston. Students Michael Reap and Brian Essenburg check out the refreshments.
75 Years Ago
Engineer Harry Bitner has one of the preferred runs on the road; he pulls the throttle and pilots the “New Yorker,” one of Pennsylvania’s best trains. When he gets near the Scott Street crossing about 11:30 a.m., he sounds a signal to notify his friend Toby Aborn, who resides on nearby Winona Ave., that he is coming. Aborn comes to the door and exchanges signals of greetings. Bitner makes his home in Fort  Wayne now, but when back in Warsaw makes his headquarters with his old boyhood chum George Loveday at his tailor shop on East Market Street.