Compiled by Elmore Hammes
For The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago — 2003
May 27 — This summer, Anderson Community Schools will host Camp Invention for the first time. Camp Invention is a premier educational outreach program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio. Anderson will be one of 400 camps in 39 states sponsored by Camp Invention this summer. The camp is open to students leaving first grade to students leaving fifth grade at the end of this school year. The program consists of five hands-on, activity-oriented thematic modules. Campers will make inventions and other creative activities.
May 28 — A little piece of Anderson history was demolished Tuesday to make way for the new. As wrecking balls and demolition crews turned the old Pay Less Super Market at 29th and Meridian streets into piles of dusty concrete and twisted metal, onlookers from around the city watched the process. Some observers watched with excitement and eager anticipation for the newer, more modern Pay Less store that will take its place. Others came to say goodbye to old memories. Jeff Golc, a Kroger spokesman, was pleased with the positive sentiment and said that building a new Pay Less is Kroger’s way of emphasizing its long-standing relationship with Anderson. The new store — a $6 million project — is a much needed improvement from the old one, built in the 1950s, Golc said.
25 Years Ago — 1988
May 26 — AIDS hotlines have been set up in Madison County and across the country to respond to a mass mailing being distributed to more than 100 million homes. “It is being done to clear up existing concerns and misconceptions about how AIDS is transmitted and give people information to protect themselves from exposure,” said Walter Lemons. Lemons is a disease intervention specialist for central Indiana and is one of 10 such specialists who will help man the Indiana hotline. Dr. Otis Bowen, secretary of Health and Human Services, who ordered the mass mailing, said the educational materials on the deadly disease will be sent to every household in the United States starting today and continuing through June 30.
May 27 — Secret Service agents have arrested three Madison County men — a father and his two sons — on charges of counterfeiting money. Arrested Wednesday were Joe Johnson, 20, 802 W. Jefferson St.; Lawrence E. Johnson Jr.,56, 2515 E. Third St.; and Jay Johnson, 24, 912½ College Drive. Federal agents and Anderson police officers searched Jay Johnson’s residence and seized $35,000 in counterfeit notes, said Raymond Yonkus, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis office.
50 Years Ago — 1963
May 26 — Plans have been announced for the development of a family membership recreation club to be located on the eastside of Anderson. It is identified as the East Side Dolphin Club, a social and athletic organization, according to officers and directors making the announcement. Leonard Church, president and manager, reports the center will have an entrance off of East 10th Street, with ample off-street parking and that the entire center will be enclosed. Facilities will include a clubhouse, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, as well as facilities for volleyball, badminton and other attractions.
May 29 — More than 20,000 vehicles have been safety checked this month since the annual drive began May 6. Traffic Capt. Fred Richardson, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored program, said that 1,473 of the 20,439 vehicles checked so far have been found defective. Of these, defects on 1,241 vehicles have been corrected and the cars rechecked. Most of the defects found were rear lights. The traffic head stated that blockades for involuntary checks will be set up on city streets this week.
100 Years Ago — 1913
May 27 –— A ponderous record book for use in connection with the new inheritance tax law was received yesterday at the county clerk’s office. This law requires that a mass of information regarding the estate of every decedent whose estate may be taxable under the new law, and about each heir-at-law, be entered on this record. The county clerk is at sea as to how much of this information is to be obtained. Ostensibly, he will have to employ a corps of Burns detectives to look after estates.
May 31 — The Homecoming and “Made in Anderson” weeklong exhibit opens. Gov. Ralston, accompanied by Joseph E. Hennings, Ray Lambert, Dale J. Crittenberger and E.C. Toner, will ride in a nickel-plated automobile that has been made especially for the occasion by the Lambert Automobile Co. The car is said to be a beauty and no doubt will be one of the main attractions of the big parade which will move at 1:30 today.