The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update


September 18, 2013

Editorial: Dickmanns' generosity makes Anderson a better place

Few people have given as much to the community of Anderson as Charlie and Hazel Dickmann have given.

Charlie, 94, is an Anderson attorney who takes pride in the longevity of his practice, located in a beautiful building at Jackson and 10th streets. A bust of Abraham Lincoln, one of Charlie’s heroes, stands in the lobby.

His firm, now known as Sansberry Dickmann Freeman Builta & Cook, has been based in downtown Anderson for 162 years, making it by some counts the oldest business in Anderson.

It’s one thing to hang around a long time. It’s quite another to work tirelessly and give selflessly to make the community a better place to live.

Over the years, Charlie and Hazel have served on many boards and committees, providing leadership through good times and bad.

Charlie has made a good living, no doubt, as a shrewd and energetic businessman. And he has given back liberally to the community. No fewer than 13 endowments administered by the Madison County Community Foundation have been established by the Dickmanns.

The most recent of these is an endowment to assure that Town Center Park in downtown Anderson is well cared for in the present and future. Thanks to the Dickmanns’ generosity, proceeds from the $100,000 endowment will fund maintenance, improvements, activities and programs at the attractive little park nestled between the YMCA and the Paramount Theatre.

Lots of people in Anderson know Charlie and Hazel Dickmann. Both are community treasures who will be remembered fondly long after they’re gone.

But their kindness extends beyond the realm of their friends and business associates. It extends to thousands of people who enjoy the benefits of their endowments and other efforts.

The true spirit of giving is reflected in the efforts of those who give without the assurance of recognition. The Dickmanns’ charity will live on in the positive impact it will have on people decades into the future. Many won’t even know the Dickmann name; but they will know the benefits of Charlie and Hazel’s generosity.

Just think of children playing in the water jets at Town Center Park. They romp and frolic, knowing only that the park is there and that they’re having fun. That’s enough to make people like the Dickmanns smile.

In summary Charlie and Hazel Dickmann continue to show leadership through community contributions.

Text Only
  • OPN - HB0802 - hp photo with editorial - SU Editorial: Dan Patch Invitational brings national focus The Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Aug. 8 brings some of the best standardbreds into the state and brings the local track into a national spotlight. This is a great chance to support the effort to keep the city on the map and a big crowd helps add to the atmosphere.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0728 - World War 1 Local Bob Quinn 2 Editorial: WWI commemorated at 100th anniversary On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. There was overwhelming support. Neutrality was no longer an option. The sinking by Germany of the British ocean liner, the Lusitania, further committed Americans to the cause. Madison County answered the call, too.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Editorial: Ring the bell! School is back in session Whether it’s the first first day of school or the last first day of high school, a multitude of unknown obstacles, achievements and milestones await. Enjoy every single one.

    July 30, 2014

  • Editorial: City overzealous in calling for Chamberlain probe In the aftermath of The Herald Bulletin's recent news report that City Councilman Rodney Chamberlain had been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in relation to basketball league funds, one question stands out.

    July 30, 2014

  • Editorial: Plan to attend reservoir session As discussion on the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir moves along, there have been strong voices concerning both sides of the project.

    July 29, 2014

  • You Said It: About graffiti, electric bill and Dr. Mares Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of readers’ comments from coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.

    July 28, 2014

  • Editorial: Prison behavior reflects inappropriate culture If the Pendleton Correctional Facility is still rife with a sexualized climate, then it is time to clean the place up. It would be wise to reiterate and enforce the workplace ethics. And if one lesson is learned, it is to seriously consider staff complaints about inappropriate conduct.

    July 26, 2014

  • Editorial: Animal ordinance first step in fighting abuse, cruelty Laws like Alexandria’s new animal ordinances are a first step toward ending animal abuse and cruelty. Hundreds of scared and hurting animals are waiting for us to take the next one.

    July 25, 2014

  • Editorial: County needs preschool funding Five Indiana counties received great news this week from Gov. Mike Pence's office. Madison County was not one of them.

    July 25, 2014

  • Editorial: Celebrate students' progress but don't think work is done For too long now, there has not been a high enough value placed on education. There were always other options. The working world, however, has evolved, and so must this community’s attitudes about preparing our young people for the future.

    July 24, 2014

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

How many Dan Patch races have you attended?

3 or more
All 20
     View Results