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.
The high school student happened to mention his idea to Joe Arrowood, the man who'd hired him. Presumably, Arrowood passed the word along to Carl Fogelsong because shortly that, Fogelsong donated enough money to provide medals or trophies (after 40+ years my source couldn't remember which) for the winners.
Fogelsong never told anyone about his good deed, preferring to remain anonymous - that's just the kind of guy he was.
I didn't have room in the Veterans Day column to mention that Westfield's Armstrong Park was named in honor of the family that produced the five brothers who served in the U.S. army during World War I.
Larry Cloud wrote that he remembered Ezekiel "Zeek" Armstrong. Ezekiel was the last of the Armstrong brothers to live in Westfield. Larry said he occasionally saw him attending the Westfield Friends Church in the early 1960s.
Pam Ferber noted that the other World War I soldier named Armstrong from the Veterans Day column, Noblesville's Emmet Armstrong, attended her church when she was younger.
I don't actually remember Emmet Armstrong, but I sure remember Armstrong's shoe store. After Craycraft's closed in 1962, my mother bought all my shoes there. (The Asian Grill currently occupies the old Armstrong's store.)
Besides selling shoes, Emmet Armstrong was active in the community. He was quite musical and played in the Noblesville Military Band. He also helped form a theater group that put on shows at the Wild Opera House. The profits from the shows went to the Kiwanis Club to provide medical care for underprivileged children.
Lisa Hayner recalled more items sold in church bazaars in years past: stuffed wreaths (the material was patched together in a ring tube and stuffed with padding,) and wreaths made from ribbons, various signs and scenes made with a wood burning tool, scenes painted on old saw blades and jewelry made of buttons, buckeyes or Indian corn.
Neil Stahl provided some information about the demise of Sheridan's Indiana Condensed Milk Company factory in 1961.
The official line from Kraft Foods, which had been producing Swiss cheese, and later cheese spreads, at the plant since 1955, was that the factory would be closing April 1, 1961 due to a change in the distribution system.
That may be, but Neil pointed out there had also been an ongoing disagreement over the company's sewage bill.
I found an article which stated that Kraft owed $44,244.29 in sewage charges - almost 90% of the delinquent taxes owed the county at that time!
When Sheridan listed the plant for sale to try to collect, Kraft managed to block them with a restraining order. I wasn't able to track what happened next, but we all know the ultimate outcome.
A reminder for all bird watchers - There's still plenty of time to join this year's Christmas Bird Count which will take place at Cool Creek Nature Center and other places around the county on December 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's free and open to adults and older children, but you'll need to register by December 27. To do that, or to get more information, call the Cool Creek Nature Center at 317-774-2500, or email amanda.smith@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.
Paula Dunn's From Time to Thyme column appears each Friday in The Times. Contact her at younggardenerfriend@gmail.com