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
March 25 — Jimmy Morgan wasn’t shocked when Delco Remy International Inc. announced it was closing three Delco Remy America manufacturing plants in Anderson. He is disappointed the way his 44 years of service to General Motors and its spin-off, the decade old DRA, have been treated. His wife, Valerie Morgan, said her 63-year-old husband’s final days as a skilled tradesman weren’t appreciated. “There were no balloons, no cake, no parties, the company quickly ushered him out the door,” said Valerie Morgan, also about to lose her job after 10 years at DRA. Leah Campbell, communications specialist for DRA, said several luncheons, dinners and pitch-ins were held on a departmental basis.
March 29 — Reading programs at Anderson Public Library are educational, not a baby sitting service. In a room on the second floor of the library, children stomp their feet, clap their hands and sing songs while listening to stories being read to them. It’s fun for the children but it is all a very programmed approach to early childhood literacy development, said Marcia Murphy, manager of children’s services. “There’s a whole group of children entering school not prepared,” Murphy said. “What we’re trying to do here is make it so they aren’t behind.” The reading programs are available at the library eight times a week, with specific sessions aimed for various age groups.
25 Years Ago — 1988
March 24 — It’s show time in Anderson. Time, that is, for the annual Lions Club Home and Auto Show. The doors will open Tuesday for the 41st show in the series which allows residents to see what is new and available for the community. For four days exhibitors will display in the Anderson High School gym a variety of items, big and small, while the money they spent for space will enrich the coffers of the Lions Club. “This is a major fund-raising effort for the club,” Marion Collins, general chairman for the show, said. “We use the money to support activities in the community.”
March 25 — V-G Supply Co. of Morton Grove, Ill., is opening a wholesale distribution center in the former Nicholson File building in the 3200 block of Columbus Avenue. The announcement came during a news conference in Mayor J. Mark Lawler’s office. The company’s first-time expansion to Indiana initially will create 18 full-time jobs and 14 seasonal jobs. V-J Supply is a wholesaler of lawn, garden, landscape and nursery supplies.
50 Years Ago — 1963
March 28 — Some 300 delegates, representing the 110 members of the United Nations, will debate South Africa’s policy of racial segregation at the 17th annual U.N. Model General Assembly at Anderson College. Students from Indiana high schools form the mock United Nations assembly. The Model Assembly will be staged in the new O. C. Lewis gymnasium.
March 29 — Anderson Fire Department and the Fire Prevention Committee of the Chamber of Commerce will be hosts at Saturday’s Fire Prevention meeting. Over 200 firemen from 16 cities in the Ninth District of the State Firemen’s Association will meet at the F.O.P. Badge and Gun Club. C.M. Stroup, of Kansas City, a representative of a bottled gas company, will present two demonstrations of fighting bottled gas fires. This is the first district meeting to be held in Anderson in a number of years.
100 Years Ago —1913
March 25 –— Flooding of an historic nature hit this city. Because more rain is forecasted, it is expected the White River will equal if not exceed the high mark of nine years ago and the west half of Park Place will be inundated. Overnight, families in the flooded area piled furniture onto second floors and waited rescue. Water stood about 14 inches deep in the city light plant last night and washouts prevented the Union Traction cars to go north of Fairmount.
March 26 — Because of the overflow of the White River flooding the pumping station of the municipal water works was compelled last evening to stop its pumps and men were forced out of the pumping department. With the pumps stopped, the city was left without fire protection by water service. Supt. Drach, of the water plant, said the water works forced battled with the back water from the river until the water was six feet deep. It rushed in much faster than it could be pumped out. The city light plant has also shut down due to flooding.