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1973: Winchester elevator going down, but stubbornly
55 years ago

Robert C. Lainhart, Williamsburg, had bad luck all the way on Valentine’s Day. He first saw a hawk and seized his 12-gauge shotgun and rushed out the door to shoot the hawk. He slipped on ice that had formed from water from a leaky faucet. The gun flipped from his hands, hit the ground and discharged into his leg. He was taken to the Reid Memorial Hospital suffering with a severe leg wound, but his condition is good.

Leon Houchins was robbed of household items estimated to be about $450 value in his home west of Mount Comfort. The Harrison Elliott home nearby had been robbed of clothing, and the Heber Bundy farm north of Eden was also reported as being robbed of gasoline and motor oil.

Thirty-nine head of boars and gilts were exhibited and sold at auction at the Eastern Poland China Hi-lite Show and Sale in Rushville recently. The Grand Champion Gilt was exhibited by Mapes and Lethaman of Unionville Center, Ohio, and sold for $320.
Enos Groves of Fortville, Ind., exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt, which sold for $140. The Grand Champion Boar was exhibited by Don Orr of Tipton and brought $185, and the Reserve Grand Champion Boar was sold by Roland Jackson of Powell, Ohio, and brought $305.

40 years ago

A fire in nearly zero-degree weather destroyed a hog barn housing seven registered Duroc sows and about 60 purebred pigs at the home of Shelby County Auditor Dwain Laird, south of Shelbyville. The family was not home when the fire was discovered. Estimated damage was set at $4,000, cause of the fire undetermined at this time.

The demolition of Winchester’s tallest landmark, a grain elevator, is progressing according to schedule despite the stubbornness of the building to crumble in blasting attempts. The concrete structure proved to be so well reinforced with iron rods that the central tower did not come down even after a second blast.

The remainder of the building will be taken down by a wrecking ball. The elevator dates back to 1896, the central tower to 1913 and another addition, to 1929.

Executrix’s public sale: Consisting of 289-acre farm and personal property, various farm machinery and antique furniture, belonging to the late Joseph Ryan, located in Union and Fayette Counties – Harry “Jake” Campbell, Auctioneer.

25 years ago

Dennis Equipment, New Castle, Ind., open house cash and carry savings: IH plow parts, 16-inch share, $9.95; Rock Moldboard, $56.99; 22-foot coulter, $27.30; LH & RH 4-inch disc chisel shovel, $16.76; Air 815 & 1440 combine filters, $30.80; Hytran 55-gallon oil, $228.20; #1 Oil, 5 gallons, $22.54.

Natalie Mann of Pine Village, Ind., is the 1988 Indiana Saddle Horse Assoc. youth ambassador. She will represent the organization at various shows and events through the year. She is the daughter of Leo and Marilyn Mann.

Farm for sale: 702-acre farm, 475 acres tillable, home and numerous outbuildings, seller would continue to farm for buyer if wanted, priced at $950 per acre – Bob Geis-Hinshaw Realty, Inc., Carmel, Ind.

10 years ago

Dillman Enterprises of Peru, Ind., has used farm equipment for sale: Case 1030 (western special), adjustable front, 3 pt., 1 owner original with manuals, $5,800; Ford 6000 G, new engine, new paint, four new tires, $4,800; D19 Allis-Chalmers, turbo diesel, 1 owner, extra nice, $4,800.

Real estate for sale: 1,477 acres bottom ground, woods and water, for hunting only. On both sides of Mascatatuck River in Washington and Jackson counties, Ind. Make a hunting preserve for one buyer or a group of buyers, $850 per acre. Could split and sell, 780 acres in Washington County or 697 acres in Jackson County, 10 minutes off Interstate 65, 40 miles north of Louisville or 75 miles south of Indianapolis – Mark Morin.

Bill Tempel of Gentryville was elected president of the Indiana Pork Producers Assoc. (IPPA) and vice president is Alan Wilhoite of Lebanon. Also elected to the IPPA’s board of directors were: Kim Drackett, Lewisville; Dr. Jeff Harker, Frankfort; and Michael Lewis, Greenfield.