10 Years Ago
Seventy years ago today on April 13, 1934, around 1:15 a.m. Warsaw Police Officer Judd Pittenger was walking his beat and was accosted by John Dillinger in front of the Candy Kitchen on Center Street. Pittenger was whacked on the head three times by Homer Van Meter. He was forced to unlock City Hall and lead them upstairs to the police department gun cabinet. While the robbery was going on, Pittenger fled down the stairs and into an alley back of the Centennial Theatre. He alerted nearby authorities and state police. Bulletproof vests taken were made by local tailor Ferdinand Laurien by stitching a steel plate into a cloth pouch.
25 Years Ago
Jesse Fisher, 12, Pierceton, was the top scorer at the Super Mario Nintendo Contest held at Video World. Each contestant was given 10 minutes to score as many points as possible; Jesse had 576,500 points.
Warsaw Community High School girls track team opened its season with a victory over visiting Triton Wednesday afternoon. Elizabeth Irvine, Michelle Berry and Nancy Alderfer led the team with three first places each. Other winners for the Lady Tigers: Shelia Willis, Theresa Smith, Kim Harrison, Paige Schwinnan, Lori Vanosdol, Tara Wright, Patti Howie, Amy Jones and Kerrie White.
50 Years Ago
North Webster High School Principal Wendell Bryant, county volleyball tournament chairman, presents the winner’s trophy to one of his own students, Chad Beazley, who accepted the trophy on behalf of the entire team. The Trojans clipped the Sidney Wildcats in the championship round 15-13, 10-15 and 15-9. Coach Donnie Butts praised the work of his two “spikers”, Beazley and Jim Hunt, and “set-up” men, Craig Baker and Tommy Reiff.
Gregory Mishler, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Mishler, Milford, has been selected to represent Milford School at Boys’ State sponsored by the American Legion. Mike Hamilton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hamilton, Milford, is alternate.
Lloyd Myers, Nappanee, landed a four-pound 20-inch largemouth bass and a seven pound 27-inch dogfish on Webster Lake.
75 Years Ago
Lilac bushes budding green in yesterday’s 48 degree warm rain at John Boyle’s South Scott Street home are likely to get nipped today while the temperature is dropping rapidly to the 20s.
Leo Druckamiller, Syracuse painter-decorator, landed an 8-pound pike Wednesday fishing through the ice on Wawasee Lake.
Virginia Lytle has made the first team in basketball at East Wayne School; Aloma Jay was elected president of the class.
Russell Phillips, World War veteran and jack-of-all-trades has been Pierceton’s well-liked day marshal for the past two years. He is also head electrician at Pierceton Light and Water Company when not on duty, assisted by his son Russell Jr.