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
June 23 – As the school year drew to a close, Anderson High School calculus students put their math skills to work on behalf of the city. The 25 students quantified advantages of living or working in Anderson compared to other communities. “We’re trying to spread the word that Anderson is a viable location for business to consider,” said teacher Rick Ziuchkovski, who guided the project. The spiral-bound product – which contained 34 pages of key information on Anderson’s average cost of living, salaries, crime rate, tax rate and other data – was distributed to 100 businesses of all sizes, including Intel, UPS and United Airways.
June 25 – The Madison County Division of Family and Children Services scored lower than any other state agency reviewed this year for providing services to at-risk children. The Quality Assurance Review (QAR) found that Madison County scored 71 percent when it came to providing services to at-risk children, and 77 percent overall in providing services. The state standard is 90 percent. Bruce Stansberry, director of the Madison County office, submitted a corrective plan that was accepted by the state.
25 Years Ago – 1988
June 25 – Broadway Sales Co. was “still alive” despite the repossession of nearly 50 vehicles from its lot by Citizens Bank. Gary Schlafer, owner of the Chrysler-Plymouth dealership, said he plans to continue business despite the setback. “The bottom line is this dealership is alive, maybe not as well as we were, but we are definitely still alive,” Schlafer said. Bank representatives arrived at the dealership at 633 Broadway Thursday afternoon after obtaining a preliminary judgment order. By late Friday, Schlafer had restocked his dealership lot with about 22 used cars.
June 25 – Test well No. 1 is unsuitable for use, Anderson Water Superintendent Tom Brewer said after a city-hired contractor drilled 110 feet down at the Lafayette Plant on Hartman Road. Water was present but the ground formation – limestone and a very fine sand – was not suitable, he said. The city will continue to search for other water sources, including test drilling a potential well site on North Madison Avenue.
50 Years Ago – 1963
June 23 – Plans for the Anderson Free Fair to be held from June 29 to July 6 have been completed in all but minor details according to Earl J. McCarel, secretary-treasurer of the Free Fair board. Main features of the fair will include Olsen carnival rides, concessions and shows; pony trotting raves for children on opening day with a purse of $1,000 offered; pacing and trotting races July 2 through July 5; and the traditional fireworks display on July 1.
June 27 – Mortgage burning ceremonies will be highlighted Sunday when Walter P. Reuther, national UAW-CIO president, speaks to officers and members of Local Union 662. The occasion marks the debt-free status of the union’s $600,000 home on Hillcrest Drive. The celebration, open to the general public, will feature tours of the building, free sandwiches and drinks, rides for the children and other attractions.
100 Years Ago – 1913
June 26 – All Anderson ice dealers will have to have regulated scales on their ice wagons after July 1, and all ice no matter how small the piece, must be weighed, according to the announcement made yesterday by William Lagle, county weight and measures inspector. Lagle states that ice men have a habit of guessing at the weight of the ice. At this time of year it is a necessity, and all patrons of the ice companies will be glad to know that they are to get exact weight.
June 27 – Ralph, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Brown, residing northwest of Anderson on Perkinsville Road, has been suffering from a bad case of lockjaw since Tuesday afternoon. While playing about the house, the boy stepped on a nail protruding from a board and by evening his jaw had set. A physician was summoned.