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home : columnists : paula dunn December 14, 2017


Carl Fogelsong, the Armstrongs, the Indiana Condensed Milk Factory and More
I think we're overdue for a reader column!

Remember the Clancy's column and how I said Clancy's founder, Carl Fogelsong, was dedicated to community service? I've got another story to prove that.

Back in 1974 a Noblesville High School senior was hired to run a children's tennis program for the Noblesville Parks Department. At the end of the session, he wanted to create a tournament for the kids, but there was no money available for anything like that.

Friday, December 8, 2017
I have something new to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - well, technically I have two new someBODIES to be thankful for.

Last month, I visited a friend I hadn't seen in several years who just happens to volunteer at an animal shelter.

I was still mourning my cat, Chloe, and had absolutely NO intention of adopting anybody yet, but my friend wanted me to see her shelter's new building and I agreed, thinking it might be a way of starting - just starting, mind you - to get myself psyched to go looking for a new furry companion.

Friday, November 17, 2017
Fighting to free the world
Since Veterans Day is tomorrow, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of America's entrance in World War I, it seemed appropriate to devote this week's column to some of the Hamilton County soldiers from that war.

Back then, the Noblesville Daily Ledger often published letters written by servicemen fighting overseas to their friends and relatives at home. As with World War II, all communications were censored, so no dates or places were mentioned and there were few details of actual fighting, but the letters still managed to give some idea of what the local boys were experiencing.

Friday, November 10, 2017
The return of a taste of heaven
Oh man, the news that Clancy's is coming back to town sure stirs up memories!

Okay, technically the restaurant will be the "Grindstone Public House" and it's supposed to be more of a Grindstone Charley's than a Clancy's, but still, Toppers will be back and there's nothing that says "Clancy's" more than a Topper!

Friday, November 3, 2017
The Creature of Horseshoe Bend and other tales (tails?)
I recently saw where Bigfoot was spotted again in California. As far as I know, Hamilton County can't claim any Bigfoot sightings, but over the years we've had our share of mysterious creatures wandering about.

The Jan. 3, 1924 Noblesville Daily Ledger told of a strange animal terrorizing northeastern Hamilton County and southeastern Tipton County with its weird cries.

That mystery was soon solved - more or less - when the beast was shot by a homeowner who caught it peering through his window.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
August fogs and wooly worms and Persimmon seeds, Oh! My
The good thing about this time of year is that I can start thinking about running up to Gatewood's to replenish my persimmon pulp supply.

The bad thing is, it's time once again to try to figure out what the heck the weather signs are telling us about the coming winter.

First on the agenda is counting the number of fogs in August. Since I went on vacation then, I got that information from my cousin, the Dancing Librarian. (Don't worry, she's qualified. Her grandmother, Sheridan's Clara Hoover, was THE local expert on interpreting weather signs.)

Friday, October 20, 2017
Acorn Farm, cinder tracks, covered bridges and State Road 13
I've got more reader feedback this week!

Karen (Booker) Fuller wrote that she worked at the Acorn Farm Camp while she was in college during the early 1960s. As head counselor for "the Chipmunks" (the five year-old campers) she heard a LOT of camp songs. Karen not only remembers the song that begins "Do your ears hang low . . .," but all the hand motions that went with it!

Friday, October 13, 2017
Leslie Haines' 'Stop and Go' signals
Okay, I've been driving on roundabouts for a few years now and I can honestly say I'm no more fond of them today than I was when they first started sprouting up in this county like toadstools after an April rain.

I can handle the smaller, less busy ones, but I avoid those big ones like the plague. If I wanted to up my heart rate that much, I'd take up running again.

The roundabouts have, however, given me a greater appreciation for what drivers must have felt like in the early 1920s when they encountered their first traffic signals.

Friday, October 6, 2017
A bridge to the past
With the 18th annual Potter's Bridge Fall Festival set to take place this week, this seemed a good time to devote a column to a little Potter's Bridge history.

For those of you completely new to this area, Potter's Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County. It's one of four that once spanned White River. (Besides Potter's Bridge, there was one at Strawtown, the Logan Street Bridge in Noblesville, and the Eller & Heady - later just "Eller" - Bridge at 116th Street.)

Friday, September 29, 2017
Tackling a little NHS football field history
Homecoming last week started me thinking about Noblesville high school football fields of the past. There have probably been more than you realize.

Unfortunately, the really early years of NHS football are a little hard to research. During the first decades of the 20th century, football wasn't nearly as big as baseball and basketball, and the games weren't always written up in the newspaper.
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Friday, September 22, 2017



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