The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
June 17 – Charles Wesley Naylor was a pioneer Church of God songwriter who expressed much of the movement’s theology in song. He was buried in Maplewood Cemetery in 1950. On Monday, a group of North American Convention-goers who have sung his songs for many years gathered at his gravesite to dedicate a new monument. “This is a day of rejoicing,” said Anderson University President Emeritus Robert H. Reardon. “This is a group of people who have been blessed by the music of this wonderful man.” The memorial includes a portrait of Naylor by Anderson artist David Liverett, who also designed the monument.
June 20 – As a result of the heavy spring rains, a familiar sound in Madison County is the buzzing of the dreaded mosquito and the higher than normal population of the pesky insect. Local officials are keeping a close eye on the mosquito population in hopes of preventing an outbreak of West Nile virus. Last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 people in Indiana died from the virus, although none of those were in Madison County. John Coale, chairman of the Anderson Board of Public Works, said the city intends to spray along all city streets. The Indiana Blood Center is testing all blood donations for West Nile, as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
25 Years Ago – 1988
June 16 – Athletic Pool will not open this year. The Anderson Parks and Recreation Department has decided against opening the pool in Athletic Park because of the city’s water situation. “It would take several thousands of gallons (of water) to fill it,” a spokeswoman from the department said. Because of the drought conditions and the water mandate throughout the city, the department determined it is not feasible to fill and open the pool. As a result, pool hours at the other two municipal facilities – Shadyside Beach and Southside Pool will be extended beginning Saturday.
June 19 – Multi-colored balloons filled the skies above the Anderson Airport twice Saturday during the Herald-Bulletin Great Lakes Regional Balloon Championship. The event was part of Airfest ’88, the third weekend of the Anderson Summer Festival. The morning competition drew 18 entrants; 16 balloons lifted off from the Anderson airport event. Steve Darlington, Airfest chairman, said the weekend’s clear skies provided perfect weather for the balloonists and helped draw the day’s more than 2,000 spectators.
50 Years Ago – 1963
June 16 – X-Raying will continue through this week, in the survey conducted by the Madison County Tuberculosis Association. The mobile X-Ray unit will be at the Tuberculosis Association office. All persons needing a chest X-Ray for food-handling permits, persons who have been in contact with active cases of tuberculosis, contacts of positive reactors, domestic help and all others should take advantage of the X-Ray unit at this time.
June 18 – With the daily agenda ranging 15 to 18 hours long, the Church of God moves programming of its 74th annual International Convention into gear here – thousands of people from all over the world to participate through next Sunday in activities focused on East Fifth Street convention grounds. Dr. Harold L. Phillips, editor here of “Vital Christianity,” the movement’s principal weekly publication, opens a series of three-a-day general sessions this morning when he speaks in the 7,5000-seat Warner Auditorium on the subject, “The Holy Spirit at Work in the Church.”
100 Years Ago – 1913
June 17 – The March flood is made to figure largely in the defense of William Simmons, a Park Place resident, in his answer to suit of Rothschild & Company, filed yesterday in circuit court. The plaintiffs, piano dealers, have brought suit to recover $150 on a piano purchased by Simmons. Simmons claims the piano was damaged by an “act of God,” the White River flood, and that he did “not have any notice of said catastrophe.” He asserts he made all possible efforts to save the piano and also that he offered it to the plaintiff before the flood came.
June 21 – Car No. 253, that was on display by the Union Traction Company in the “Made in Anderson” exhibit, was tried out last night. The car was run between here and Indianapolis and carried several officials and testers. The car was tried for speed and made 14.3 miles in 15 minutes. The car will carry a number of Union Traction Company officials to Toledo next week to attend the meeting of the Central Electric Association.
– Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin