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  • Sheridan, celebrated 100th 60 years ago?
    7/1/2020 Sixty years ago today I was on pins and needles because I was about to spend a week with my Sheridan relatives while the town celebrated its centennial.
    I wasn’t five years old yet and don’t recall everything about that visit, but I do remember the 1860s dress — complete with pantaloons — my mother made for me. You had to be properly attired if you wanted to be an official “Centennial Belle.” (I still have my certificate and Centennial Belle pin!)
    Sheridan celebrated its 100th birthday with an eight-day extravaganza, each day of which had a different theme.
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  • Paula shares reader feedback
    6/24/2020 I heard from two people who confirmed that the building with the glass front just south of the Hamilton Hills Animal Hospital (if you’re a longtime resident that’s the old Aunt Bee’s restaurant, the place with the big chicken out front) did indeed start out as the Newby brothers’ Tucker dealership.
    Frank Newby’s granddaughter, Kay Essex, was around when the dealership was constructed and recalled seeing the huge turnout when the new Tucker Torpedo was put on display.
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  • What came before online challenges?
    6/17/2020 It never fails to amaze me how research on one subject can often lead to a column on something completely different.
    When I was looking for information on Preston Tucker, I stumbled across a story that appeared in the Noblesville Daily Ledger shortly after daredevil stunt car driver Earl “Lucky” Teter was killed during a benefit show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1942.
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  • Nostalgia for our old drive-in theater
    6/10/2020 During the last few weeks I’ve seen several stories in the news about how this country’s few remaining drive-in theaters have experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to social distancing.
    That really made me nostalgic for Noblesville’s old ABC Drive-In Theater.
    Just think how great it would be if the Drive-In was still around.
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  • Cruising old Riverwood via paddlewheel, wet collie
    6/3/2020 In the last reader column I mentioned that Sue Macy had loaned me a copy of “The Puk-Wud-Jies of Indiana,” a book written by her uncle, Paul Startzman.
    Startzman was considered something of an expert on Pukwudgies. In addition to the book, he penned an article on the subject for Fate magazine and he was interviewed in a 1995 segment of the old PBS television program, “Across Indiana.”
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  • Strolling through archives
    5/27/2020 Take a break from the gloom and doom of the coronavirus reports! I’ve got more amusing and / or odd old newspaper items that — hopefully — will generate some smiles and remind you our forefathers were just as human as we are.
    The November 30, 1923 Noblesville Daily Ledger described a “Lemon Party” held by the Young Ladies Mission Circle of Noblesville’s Christian Church (What was it with Noblesville and lemons in the 1920s? Remember the man who got drunk on lemon extract?)
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  • Reader feedback from Paula and a hope about those tomatoes
    5/13/2020 We are WAY overdue for a reader column!
    After I wrote about the census, Jeanne Flanders sent a story about her mother, Iola Rutherford. Iola was a census taker back in 1950 when all information was collected by enumerators who visited people in their homes.
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  • Horsing around with old detective group
    5/6/2020 Several years ago while I was at the courthouse doing research in the old deed record books, I ran across paperwork dealing with the organization of a group called the Horse Thief Detective Association.
    My initial reaction (apart from being puzzled as to why a document like that was included with land transfers and plat maps) was that it sounded like something out of a Mel Brooks movie.
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  • ‘Victory Gardens’ making return?
    4/29/2020 If you’ve ever thought about putting in a garden, this is definitely the year for it, what with the pandemic looming over our heads.
    As the tee shirt says, “Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”
    My “herby” friend, Kim Porter, thinks there’ll be a resurgence of Victory Gardens this summer and I suspect she’s right. I’ve noticed an unusual amount of seeds and plants have already sold out online.
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  • Earth Day history here a bit fuzzy
    4/22/2020 It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970.
    Founded by the conservation-minded Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was designed to be a “national teach-in on the environment.”
    Senator Nelson wanted to tap into the same energy that was fueling anti-war activism on college campuses at that time in order to spark a grassroots movement that would bring environmental issues to the attention of his fellow politicians.
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