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.
Dale Unger was 9 or 10 at that time. He remembers three cars being in the showroom and said one of those big searchlights was used to promote the event. The light was visible as far away as his home in the Durbin area! 
(Remember how you could always tell when there was a grand opening somewhere because they’d shine one of those lights up into the night sky? I just realized I haven’t seen any of those spotlights in several years, probably because they’d get lost in all the lights we have around us now.)
LaVella Hyter, the President of Roberts Settlement’s Board of Directors, passed along the news that, because of the coronavirus, the historic site’s annual Homecoming will be celebrated via a social media platform this year. The premiere viewing will be July 4th at 2 p.m.
This will be the 97th consecutive Homecoming celebration and will carry the theme, “Love Will See Us Through.”
LaVella wrote: “Spiritual expressions in word and music (including descendants from across the country) will be on the program, as well as historical perspective, community outreach activities, and descendant achievements and accomplishments.”
For more information, visit www.robertssettlement.org.
Ed and Claire Snyder forwarded a link to an article on interurbans that Claire found on Facebook. Although mainly concerned with the lines that ran through Tipton County, the article included a photo of the old Atlanta substation.
Does anybody else remember the substation? It was a block building that sat on the corner of County Roads 50 W. and 600 S. Ed noted that the traction buildings in Tipton and Noblesville shared the same design.
The column about the ABC Drive-In Theater struck a chord with several people. Larry Cloud, Hank Lammers, Ted Archer, Nancy Waltz-Stern, Marilyn Conner, Lisa Hayner all remembered the Drive-In fondly. (I’m using capitals because it was THE Drive-In for those of us who lived here.)
One of Larry’s earliest memories of the Drive-In was of watching a Ma & Pa Kettle movie, “probably from the back seat of a 1949 Chevrolet.”
Hank wrote that I reminded him of some things about the Drive-In he’d forgotten, while Ted recalled seeing the first Flintstones movie there and Nancy mentioned watching Batman, Godzilla and John Wayne movies.
Marilyn Conner said she was glad when her husband’s company transferred him back home to Indiana in 1974 after a stay in Missouri. She couldn’t wait for her sons to have their very first drive-in movie experience here. There were no drive-in theaters near them in Missouri.
Lisa Hayner’s memories of the Drive-In included attending a July 4th show where debris from the fireworks fell all around their car. Needless to say, that was the one and only time she went to the Drive-In when they had fireworks!
She also recalled being able to see a few moments of whatever movie was playing whenever she traveled down State Road 37.
I remember that, too, but from another angle. When I was a kid, we’d drive into town on State Road 32/38 after visiting my grandmother. I always had fun trying to guess what the movie was.

Paula Dunn’s From Time to Thyme column appears each Wednesday in The Times. Contact her at younggardenerfriend@gmail.com