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LOOKING BACK

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By Hilda Parrish

50 Years Ago (March 23, 1961)
Prospects are building up for a most exciting county election year, and the races may take on a torrid complexion before May 23. Filing is still open and will be until April 8. Dallas Ogden is in the County Clerk’s race against Wallace Wright, and Ernest Rowlett is running against Tommie Powell for Magistrate in the Bedford-Barebone district. Other filings are Howard Long filed for Sheriff; Orville Smith and Norman D. Young have filed in their respective districts; Merchant Colbert filed for Trimble County sheriff.
Historic landmark, the former home of Noah Parker and noted for the Bedford Springs Hotel, will be auctioned here Saturday. Mr. And Mrs. Charles Bell now owns the property.
Three hundred Trimble county 4-H members are enrolled in seven local 4-H clubs. In addition to existing projects, three new projects have been added this year: Automotive, Career-Exploration and Photography.
Joanne Heaton announces her engagement to Jimmie Logan.
Lois Rawlins wed Harold Price Feb. 26; Elizabeth Joyce becomes wife of Marion Wentworth on Friday evening, March 3.  

Deaths: Mrs. Fannie Raker, 78, Hunter’s Bottom; Clarence Wesley Graves, 65, Bedford; Alvin Liter, 83, Milton; Sally McAllister, 99, Mt. Carmel;

60 Years Ago (March 22, 1951)
Walter Mitchell came into The Trimble Democrat office with a violin constructed by his own hands. He explained it took 13 years to accumulate the wood  for construction. He played “Good Night Irene“ and “Tennessee Waltz.” Best sounds this writer has heard in a long time.
 Coach Dudley Whitaker’s Miltonians have won the right to represent Trimble County in the regional tourney at Fern Creek. They are favored to edge Bagdad in tonight’s tussle and they have a reasonably good chance of upsetting Shelbyville. The inspiring cheerleaders are Joan Andrews, Charlotte Fox, Leota Lawson and Beth Barringer. Coach Whitaker’s squad is made up of Billy Ward, Jewel Long, Phil Detmer, James Gossom, Junior Coghill, Bob Duncan, Gary Rowlett, Bob Harmon, and William Richmond. The assistant coach is Jerry Gray.
Area churches are preparing special Easter services.

Deaths: Mrs. Berta Long, 68, Indianapolis, formerly of Mt. Tabor; Mrs. Fannie Alexander, Indianapolis; Rev. William Wood, 84, Indianapolis, formerly of Trimble County; Tom W. Leach, 80, Poplar Ridge; Elizabeth Perkinson, 45, New Castle, results of a tragic accident a week before in which she received 92 per cent third degree body burns.

 70 Years ago (March 27, 1941)
A national chapter of Red Cross representative arrived here Monday to view the wreckage and begin an investigation into the fire disaster of last week. The needs of each of the seven families were carefully listed from the requests made to the local committee by the sufferers. For every one dollar the local chapter gave, the national chapter gave three. The seven families received aid consisting of kitchen, bedroom furnishing and clothing. All granted sufficient furnishings to prepare meals, sleep warm and enjoy the comforts to which they were accustomed.

Deaths: Charles Elbrage Colbert, 58, Bedford; Maggie Jane McKay, 46, Milton.  

80 Years ago (March 26, 1931)
Baptist Church buys theater building for Standard Oil Company. Plans are under way to have the building moved as soon as possible after April 1.
Forty spellers from Milton and Bedford were in competition for the Spelling Bee at Milton High School Building on Tuesday night.

Deaths: Minnie Wright Peak, 60, Bedford; Mrs. Homer Clem, 42, Bedford; Albert Broad, 94, oldest citizen in Milton dead from complication of pneumonia; Mrs. Adolphus Abbott, 74, Carmel neighborhood.