10 Years Ago
PFC. Jonathan J. Springer enlisted in the Army and graduated from the Defense Information School in journalism in October 2003. In January he deployed with the 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne) and currently is at Victory Camp, Iraq where he handles all media relations. He offered to email periodic reports on the troops to the Times-Union in his column, “View From the Front.” His parents, Jim and Kathy Springer, and his sister, Jessica, live in Warsaw.
Josh Wall and Joseph Spite of Troop 730 became Eagle Scouts in a ceremony April 24. Wall raised funds to purchase and build a play area for children behind Mary’s House in Pierceton. Spite raised money and built a fence for a Columbia City area being converted into a shelter. Jim Molebash awarded the ranks.
25 Years Ago
Vivian Kaylor, volunteer coordinator, presented Donn Boswell with the “Kosciusko Community YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award” for providing more than 150 hours.
Firefighters from Sidney, Pierceton, Burket, Claypool, Winona Lake and Warsaw battled a barn fire Wednesday morning. The barn, owned by Dan Ransbottom, is located south of the Ransbottom Landfill. Sidney fire chief John Dome estimated damage at $75,000. Farm tools, wagons, a drill, pump and car were stored in the barn.
Revolutionary War troopers gathered on the shores of Pike Lake at Lucerne Park July 8-9 for the second year. Nearly 300 troopers and their families from the North West Territory Alliance set up camp to prepare for battle with the British.
50 Years Ago
Jackson T. Dobbins has been cutting glass for 50 years this week. He began as an apprentice with the Warsaw Cut Glass Co. June 4, 1914. The Warsaw factory was one of three factories built by a large glass company in 1911, the Johnson-Carlson Glass Co.  It was closed during the depth of the Depression, but in 1933 the late Oscar Hugo re-opened the shop with Dobbins as foreman. In 1957 Dobbins and his wife bought the business. He uses the original wooden frames, tubs and water hoppers from which water drips on his cutting wheels. He made the cutting wheels himself, and when they wear down, he reshapes the wheels with a brick. He said, “You have to love this craft to stay in it. I have no intention of retiring.”
75 Years Ago
Local young men tested their wallop powers on punching bags at Breading’s Cigar Store. Machine measures the impact power of each punch in pounds. The race to see who can hit the hardest is a tie between “Roundhouse” Perry Yoder and “One Punch” Mush Warner. Soda jerker Floyd Breading displays a mean wallop as does shoe shiner Earl Ketrow. There’s unthought-of power in bricklayer Al Hodges’ punch. “Tubby” Warner unleashes a potent haymaker. Contest continues tonight provided Johnny Baughn can repair damage to collapsed bag.