10 Years Ago – 2003
Oct. 13 – With new housing developments and students moving from school to school, several Anderson Community elementary schools are at capacity. According to ACS, there are 729 students attending Valley Grove, 648 enrolled at the new Anderson Elementary School and 607 at Tenth Street. At the bottom of the attendance ladder are Twenty-fifth Street School with 155 students and Meadowbrook with 158. Those schools will close at the end of the school year, while the new Erskine Elementary School opens next fall.
Oct. 14 – Delphi E will be closing Plant 18 in 2004 and moving its engineering division to Mexico. Thirty-five engineering jobs will follow south, four will go to Michigan and six will be transferred to Plant 20 in Anderson. Anderson City Council President Donna Davis said she received a phone call Friday morning notifying her of the shutdown. Davis said she was called by Brad Jackson, of the Delphi Automotive Holdings Group, and by Cheryl Kilborn, director of public affairs and communications for Delphi.
25 years ago – 1988
Oct. 13 – Anderson is 202nd among 286 cities rated in terms of psychological well-being, according to a researcher writing in Psychology Today magazine. Bloomington and Lafayette-West Lafayette were the two Hoosier cities listed in the 25 best places, which was topped by State College, Pa. Robert Levine, a psychologist at California State University in Fresno, ranked 286 metropolitan areas based on rates of crime, suicide, alcoholism and divorce.
Oct. 14 – Local high school students have a chance Sunday to have some fun and help provide funds for Special Olympics. The Anderson Free Fair Association is sponsoring an appearance by “Club Coca-Cola,” the nation’s largest touring dance club from 2 to 6 p.m. at Athletic Park. Gene Dill, president of the Free Fair Association, said profits will go to Madison County Special Olympics. About 500 students are expected to participate.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Oct. 15 – More than 1,300 Boy Scouts and leaders of the four-county Kikthawenund Area Council participated during the weekend in the 16th annual Westward Ho! – setting new attendance records for both attendance of Scouting personnel and visitors. Troop 594 of Tipton won the Grand Totem Award for outstanding performance among all units presented from Madison, Hamilton, Tipton and Henry Counties. Among district winners were Troop 310, South Anderson Church of God, and Troop 351, Central Christian Church.
Oct. 18 – A two-hour preview and reception, marking the opening of its new art gallery, is scheduled at Anderson College tonight with the initial exhibition featuring work of the school’s first professor of art, the late Ruthven Holmes Byrum. “A Byrum Retrospective” will be on exhibit through Nov. 10, President Robert H. Reardon announced. Four to six shows in sculpture, painting and crafts are being planned for the 1963-64 school year.
100 Years Ago – 1913
Oct. 14 – The board of public works has invited the public to visit the city detention hospital east of this city next Sunday afternoon. Mayor Foster wishes citizens to see the pest house and see the twenty-five acres owned by the city near the hospital. The Union Traction cars will be run to the White River bridge. There are no patients nor contagion of any kind at the pest house.
Oct. 15 – Night school, as a part of the city school system, without tuition fee to residents of Anderson, opened last evening at the high school building with 579 students ranging from youngsters to people at mature years. The surprise was mutual, Superintendent Pearcy and teachers not expecting more than 300 people for the opening night. The large auditorium was taxed to capacity and all were anxious to pick out their particular course. Mechanical practice, commercial and domestic courses were most sought after, with more than 400 people enrolling in the three courses.
– Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin