10 Years Ago
Sesquicentennial Moment by Sally Coplen Hogan: During the antebellum days, a station of the “Underground Railroad” was located near Warsaw. Phrenoy Willis lived three miles southeast of Warsaw and was an active assistant in the escape of slaves who were attempting to make their way to Canada and freedom. Willis hid escaping slaves in his barn until arrangements could be made to transport them to Cass County, Mich., where they were regarded as safe. Willis would bring the escaping slaves to Warsaw where he met other men who would drive them to Goshen. They were then transferred to another driver and moved into Michigan. The receiving and departing of the slaves took place at night. The fugitive slave law was frequently broken.
25 Years Ago
Harold Edwards II, 1703 Crescent Drive, was installed as Exalted Ruler of Warsaw Lodge 802, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, by his father March 31. It was 10 years ago to the day that his father, Harold Edwards Sr., was installed as Exalted Ruler. Long-time Elks say this is the first time for such an occurrence at the lodge.
Warsaw Uniroyal factory manager J.A. Dobersch announced that Edwin Feldman, 20-year employee, has been promoted to shift foreman at the plant replacing Terry Conley who has been promoted.
Syracuse Hardware has received Hoover’s Dealer Appreciation Award for doubling their purchases in 1988. The family-owned store has been in Kosciusko County for 20 years. Damien Carboneau is manager.
50 Years Ago
Kosciusko Community YMCA members Linda Kinsey and Glen Ruch will be helping to sell thin mints and salt water taffy from now until April 18. Proceeds will be used to support members at day camp sessions at the county fairgrounds and resident camp at Camp Crosley this summer.
Warsaw Police Cpl. Eldon Werstler showed the girls how to have their fingerprints taken as they toured police headquarters during Girl Scout Week. Sherry Zellers doesn’t like having her fingers “inky.” Betty Jo Carlin, Elsie Morrison and Carolyn Jackson, Etna Green, look on.
75 Years Ago
Work is progressing on the old Globe clothing store building, 113 S. Buffalo St., soon to be occupied by the Fashion Shoe Store which hopes to move into its new quarters from its present location, 103 E. Center St., March 1, it was announced by store manager Joe Hellerman. The Style Shop, occupying the site at 102 N. Buffalo St. for the past three years, will move to the location vacated by the Fashion Shoe Store. It will have a larger selection of women’s wear, stated owner and operator Harry Reich.