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
July 28 – The planned business development center in Anderson will receive $175,000 in additional funding from the federal government. The U.S. House passed the 2004 appropriation bill for Veterans Affairs and the Housing and Urban Development departments which included funding for Anderson. Rep. Mike Pence secured the funding for the center, which in June was officially named the Flagship Enterprise Center. The 40,000-square-foot facility will be used to develop new businesses for the community. Anderson has previously secured $4.5 million for the project.
July 31 – A new president has been named to take iPower Technologies from developing distributive power generators into production for a worldwide market. James E. Luckman takes over as president and chief executive officer of the Anderson-based company, replacing John H. “Jack” Combes. Combes will be vice-chairman of the board of directors. “Luckman’s extensive engine management background is ideal to move us to the next level,” Combes said.
25 Years Ago – 1988
July 29 – Disagreement over distribution of projected revenues from a county-wide food and beverage tax continued during a meeting of area officials. Anderson city leaders scheduled the meeting to inform officials from Alexan dria, Elwood and the Madison County Council of the proposed 1 percent tax and the planned distribution of the tax revenue. Anderson officials have said they would agree to an 80/20 split of the funds and noted an estimated $400,000 per year would be needed to pay off bonds for the construction of a civic center along White River.
July 31 – A rural Anderson man was jailed after his car crashed into the side of a brick house, sending a boy and his bed skidding across a bedroom. Todd E. Johns, 25, was arrested after his 1975 Trans Am crashed into the side of Floyd E. Alford’s brick house in the 2600 block of E. County Road 150 South. Johns was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended, and resisting arrest. Deputies said the boy was not harmed by the event.
50 Years Ago – 1963
July 30 – And a good time was had by all! 42,200 persons – actual count at the gate – attended the third annual four-day Delco-Remy Guide Lamp Family Festival held at Killbuck Park, the 214-acre playground for General Motors workers in Madison County. All GM employees were invited to the festival which featured free carnival rides and shows, and a daily stage show starring the Hoosier Briar Hoppers, a variety group; the Tom Moriarity Trio; Chicki Hopkins, Indianapolis TV Personality; and the James Perkins “World of Magic” show.
July 31 – A sales clerk at the Victory Inn just east of Anderson College was forced at gunpoint yesterday to give away $130 to three men reported to have driven a black late model car. According to sheriff’s deputies, the robbers entered the store at about 4:25 p.m. The clerk was apparently too frightened to give adequate descriptions of the three men. Authorities said the getaway car was last seen headed north on Nursery Rd.
100 Years Ago – 1913
July 29 – Acil Alexander, 24, the Union City farmer who is going from city to city in search of a brown-eyed girl to become his wife, was in Anderson on Sunday. He called at the home of Miss Mildred Gibbons, 522 West 13th Street, but Miss Gibbons was not at home. Mr. Alexander also called at the Herald office on Sunday afternoon and introduced himself. He made a few inquiries for girls with brown eyes, but got no encouragement at the Herald office. Mr. Alexander left this city for Muncie to continue his search.
July 31 – Fire Chief Alford made his first run in the new chemical outfit yesterday when Nos. 1 and 2 hose companies were called to the L.O. Williams hose on Delaware street, south of 17th Street, to fight a blaze believed to have started from a tinner’s fire-pot on the roof of the house. It took more than chemicals to stop the blaze, with $200 in damage done to the roof before the fire was extinguished.