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home : columnists : paula dunn September 15, 2014

Bad, bad, bad, bad boys
With all the talk about bullying and gangs in recent years, you might think these were new problems.


I was reminded of that when I was searching for information about the soap factory that used to be near Aroma and stumbled across the tale of Perkinsville's Peanut Gang.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
When the Millers went marching in
Do you know what victory Noblesville was celebrating 62 years ago today?

Give up?

On Aug. 28, 1952, Noblesville High School won the Indiana State Fair band contest, for the first - and so far, only - time.

(OK, that was a semi-trick question. You'd have to remember the State Fair used to be held at the end of August instead of the beginning.)

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wooly worms, weather omens and William Dudley Pelley
Time to catch up with readers again!

Several people remembered William Dudley Pelley.

• David Dugger emailed that he used to be a paperboy for the Noblesville Daily Ledger, and the Soulcraft building was on his route in 1949 and 1950. Whenever he collected there, they always sent him off with a copy of their latest publication.

• Joan Love met Pelley when she was a clerical assistant at the Hamilton County Clerk's office during the 1950s.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
You don't have to be old to remember the old days
When I was first asked to consider writing a column for the Times, I'll admit I dragged my feet a bit.

One reason was, I was afraid I was too young to do what I wanted to do, i.e. continue Jerry Snyder's tradition of writing about "Old" Noblesville. After all, Jerry had 25 years of memories I didn't.

I got cured of that pretty quick.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Remembering my boy, Arie - with a smile
It's amazing how empty a house can seem without one small bundle of gray fur.

I lost my boy, Arie, a couple of weeks ago.

Over the years he managed to cope with some serious health issues, but, just like the rest of us, he couldn't outrun Father Time.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Continuing the story of William Dudley Pelley . . .
When Pelley arrived here in December of 1940 many Noblesville residents weren't exactly thrilled to have a nationally known Fascist and anti-Semite in their midst, especially with Hitler marching across Europe.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Soulcraft and Silver Shirts - William Dudley Pelley, Part I
You may recall when I listed famous people buried in Crownland Cemetery in the Memorial Day column, I mentioned William Dudley Pelley.

I'm willing to bet some people out there don't know who that was. I didn't myself until I was in high school.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Torpedoes, toads, Tick Ridge and other things
I am WAY overdue for a reader column.

Remember the old time newspaper ads? Ed Snyder raised an interesting point - he wondered if any of those Howell Grave Torpedoes might still be around.


Friday, July 11, 2014
Aroma, Omega, ooh I wanna take ya
You've probably noticed I write a lot about Noblesville. That's partly because I grew up in Noblesville and know it better than any other part of Hamilton County.

It's also relatively easy to research since it's the county seat, and was, for many years, the largest town in the county.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Riverview, how the hospital came to be
Having written a column on the old Harrell Hospital, I decided I really ought to also cover the beginnings of its replacement, the hospital we know today as Riverview . . .
Thursday, June 19, 2014

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