It was in 1975 that the Knox Alumni Banquet was held at the Ruth Palmer Building and the new Knox High School. Alumni President Bill Barnett reported that a crowd of 190 were served at the dinner alone. Entertainment was provided by Bill Harvey, and dance music was provided by the Tony Barren Band of South Bend. The 1975 banquet was the largest ever.
Jayne Cowen, 23, of Knox was a contestant in the Miss Indiana Scholarship Program at Indiana State University’s Hulman Center on this date in 2001. In Cowen’s talent portion, she performed an exciting two-minute exercise and dance routine to the music of “The Twilight Zone.”
On this date in 1974, the Starke County Commissioners met in special session and discussed plans and costs for the new county jail. According to Starke County Auditor John “Jack” Milner, the new jail could cost $500,000 to $580,000. The sheriff’s office was currently being operated from the Starke County Courthouse.
Also in 1974, a new addition was planned for the U.S. Army Reserve Center in North Judson. The new addition would house an indoor rifle range, assembly hall, a large kitchen, and a motor pool. The new addition will cost $1,000,000 and an open house and groundbreaking ceremony would be held on Sunday, July 14.
On this date in 1970, the owners of the Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Corporation were receiving notice that the Federal Communications Commission had approved a new AM radio station in Knox. The announcement came from the office of Ray Paul of the firm of Prince and Paul in Washington D.C., the attorneys for the applicant.
The standard broadcast station would operate on 1520 kilohertz at a power of 250 watts during daytime hours. The station would go on to carry the call letters of WKVI. The AM application had been submitted in May 1968.
The year was 1977, and despite the extreme lack of moisture which is normally associated with the development of mosquitoes, conditions must have been ideal for the insects because an unusually large mosquito population was evident that spring.
Knox Mayor at the time, Robert Lynch, stated that the city was trying to combat the mosquito problem by spraying certain areas of the city that seemed heavily infested with the insects.
North Judson Town Board member Don Risner said that North Judson had been sprayed a number of times already.
Contacts with several retail establishments in the area show that the purchase of mosquito repellant was also on the increase that year. The manager of Hook’s Drugs in Knox said the store had sold almost as much repellant already in 1977 as it did for the whole season in ’96.
It doesn’t seem possible, but it was 13 years ago that the world premier of the film “The Best Man” was being shown. WKVI’s Ed Hasnerl had a small part in the independent film as, of course, a minister.
The Best Man was made at a cost of $320,000 and was written, co-produced, and directed by John Newcombe. The actual shooting of the movie took place in mid-1997 at Grass Creek, Kewanna, Star City, and Knox.
On this date in 1977, Gene Novello, a senior who earned ten varsity letters in his high school career, was named the winner of the coveted Ben Bowen Award during Honor Day ceremonies at Knox High School. Chris Duca, who was one of the first girls to win as many as eight varsity letters, received the Bonnie Taylor Award– the female counterpart of the Bowen Award.
One year ago, Knox High School was announcing its Valedictorian and Salutatorian Darienne Griffith and Hayley Windbigler.
On May 2, 2001, the new Knox Post Office grand opening celebration was held. Peggy De Vries, Knox Postmaster, greeted the crowd, and later conducted a tour of the new building.
On this date in 1977, Bob March resigned as Head Basketball Coach at Winamac High School. March was a member of the 1956 Indians sectional basketball team.
Thirty years ago today in 1982, Farm Bureau was issuing its annual school population report.
Here were the figures for some area schools: Knox 2144, North Judson-San Pierre 1592, Eastern Pulaski 1383, Culver 1250, West Central 1064, and Oregon-Davis 813.
The Knox J.C.s were announcing their new officers 30 years ago today. They included: Gene Case, Chairman of the Board; Tom Jordan, President; Art Garbison, Vice President; Larry Platt, Secretary; A.J. Gappa, Treasurer; Gary Shepherd and Oscar Cowen, State Directors.
One year ago Claude Slisher was announced as The Older Hoosier of the Year and Joan Chesak was selected as Senior Volunteer of the Year.
Also one year ago, the Executive Director of Marshall-Starke Development Center, Mike Lintner, was reporting a shocking statistic. 70% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Marshall-Starke Development Center has been working for many years to help those with disabilities to become employable.
Former Congressma John Hiler is celebrating his 59th birthday today. Also born on this date 85 years ago was the late G. Edward Cook. Mr. Hiler represented Starke County as a U.S. Representative, and Mr. Cook represented us as a State Representative.
Remember the Busy Bee Restaurant in North Judson? The Busy Bee opened on this date in 1985. Jerry Patterson then moved to the location and changed the name to Patterson’s. It is now Brantwood, which is North Judson’s former name.
The U.S. 35 widening project began in Knox on this date in 2001. Culver Road was closed for a two block stretch between U.S. 35 to Main Street. This was part of a $7 million dollar widening of U.S. 35 to four lanes. Construction extended from the Yellow River Bridge on the north to just past the Astoria Motel on the South.
In Culver on this date Mr. T’s Pharmacy became known as CVS after the sale of the pharmacy by the family of the late Ron Tusing.
Finally organized sports began in Indiana as the Summit City Baseball Club was organized in Ft. Wayne.
It was 20 years ago in 1992 that a 1970 North Judson graduate, Dr. Richard Radke, and a 1965 grad, Robert “Leo” Schreiber, were inducted into the 5th Annual North Judson-San Pierre Academic Hall of Fame.
Back in 1945, the Chicago Cubs played in the World Series. They didn’t win the series, but at least they played.
20 years ago today, Thomas Jefferson Bell was given the Henry F. Schricker Award. William Davis, Sr. was named Citizen of the Year. His award was accepted for him by his wife, Almo Jean.
This is a memorable day in the history of Starke County. On this date in 1965, three people were killed and 200 buildings were damaged during the Palm Sunday tornadoes. The hardest hit area was Koontz Lake where then-Sheriff Gordon Armstrong reported 156 houses severely damaged. 33 of the homes were completely destroyed. Killed at Koontz Lake was 50-year-old Everett James. The other two victims were rural Walkerton residents.
It was 11 years this week that the Starke County Sesquicentennial Kick-Off Dinner was held in North Judson at the Lutheran Education Center. Chief White Eagle and wife Bobbie Bear provided the program. Chief White Eagle had appeared in a number of movies and such television shows as “Bonanza” and “The Lone Ranger.” Also performing was the WKVI Musical Ensemble. WKVI’s Ed Hasnerl was the Master of Ceremonies.
It was on this date five years ago that the Oregon-Davis Boys Basketball team won the Class A IHSAA Basketball Tournament. Quick, who did they beat? If you said Barr-Reeve, you’d win a prize. The final score was 63-52.
Three weeks before the O.D. Girls won the state tournament 54-42 beating Wood Memorial in the final game. It was the first time a boys and girls team from the same school won the tournament in the same year.
To top off the day, five years ago, Adam Pflugshaupt won the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude award.
Plymouth won the 3-A tournament, beating Evansville Bosse 72-61.
In 1979, 68 percent of those polled by WKVI thought the energy shortage was a hoax or a scheme by the oil companies to raise prices. Prices of gasoline had already hit $.90 per gallon of regular and it was expected that $1.00 a gallon would hit before mid-summer.
How many remember the fire in June of 1998 at the Starke County Annex?
It was on this date in 1999 that the Starke County Government Building was formally opened for business. The re-dedication services gave government officials a chance to thank those who helped contain the fire and those who helped restore it to its present condition.
Also in 1999, Dan Frain and Bob Curtis asked the Winamac Town Board’s approval to seek Lilly Endowment grant money to build a “Y” in Winamac next to the town swimming pool.
It was on this date in 1995 that Red Carpet and Furniture in Winamac burned to the ground.
In 1999, long-time Winamac resident Bill Russell, passed away. Russell, along with brothers Joe and Fred, plus brother-in-law Don Bome, ran Russell’s Trading Post in Winamac.
The Chicago Bears won Superbowl XX. The score was 46 to 10 over the New England Patriots.
Former State Trooper and professional singer, Larry Dembinski, is 71 today. Larry is from Knox and he is now living in Hawaii.
Al Capone, who was reported to have been in Starke County more than once, died 65 years ago at the age of 48 in Palm Island, Florida.
The 54 American hostages held by Iran for 444 days arrived home on this date in 1981. Included in the group was Rick Kupke of rural Francesville.