With Pomp and Circumstance heard as the Francesville graduating class of 1935 climbed the stairs to the school’s stage, few in the audience could have imagined that one of the pupils would go on to be the governor of Indiana, and a President Ronald Reagan cabinet member. On this date in 1935, the man who went on to answer to the nickname “Doc” graduated from Francesville High School.
Otis R. “Doc” Bowen served two terms as governor, from 1972 to 1980, making him the first man to serve two consecutive terms since 1851.
He was the Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan from 1985-1989.
Also on this date, more than 30 patrons of the North Judson-San Pierre district attended a school board meeting expressing the opinion that the San Pierre Elementary School should not be closed. The year was 1999.
On this date in 1969, groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of the West Central Junior-Senior High School were held. The school cost $4 million.