The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
10 Years Ago – 2003
July 14 – When a food and beverage tax was approved for Madison County, the stated purpose was to provide funding for the construction of a convention center in Anderson, but 15 years later that dream remains unrealized. Since 1988 the 1 percent food and beverage tax in Madison County has generated $15.8 million. The money has gone into projects such as the Paramount Theatre restoration, construction of the city’s Crystal Arch, road and infrastructure improvements and local businesses. Anderson is no closer to opening a convention center than when the idea was first proposed in the 1980s during the administration of Thomas R. McMahon. Current mayor J. Mark Lawler said the revenues are committed to other projects, but “once the juvenile center bonds are paid off, there will be more funding available to the city.”
July 15 – Five years and 33 states after Ruth Thomas’ trek across America on bicycle began, she’s arrived in Anderson. Thomas, who’s traveled exactly 9,927.1 miles, is visiting the smallest town in each state, which brought her to River Forest, an incorporated community of eight houses and one street, located off West Eighth Street and enveloped by the city of Anderson. Thomas was given two Anderson pins by Mayor J. Mark Lawler to commemorate her visit.
25 Years Ago – 1988
July 15 – A potential well on the south side of Shadyside Lake could produce around 720,000 gallons per day and maybe more. Preliminary tests indicate the well appears to be productive, Anderson Water Utility Superintendent Tom Brewer said. With the possible well and two others in the Ranney well field manifold, Brewer hopes to increase the water supply by 2 to 3 million gallons per day. As the drought continues, it is beneficial for the city of Anderson to increase its water capacity, Brewer said.
July 20 – The city of Anderson is committed to supplying a potential industrial park at Interstate 69 and Pendleton Avenue with utilities, according to Mayor J. Mark Lawler. The mayor said when the Anderson Corporation for Economic Development purchases the site and creates a development plan, the city will connect utility services to the area. ACED is in charge of negotiations with the local Bagot family, owners of the potential site, Lawler said.
50 Years Ago – 1963
July 14 – Jim Barnett, 15-year-old Madison Heights student, competing against hundreds of youthful model car designers from throughout the Midwest, has won the Junior Division competition of the Fisher Body Guild in Indiana, it was announced today in Detroit. Jim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Barnett, 410 E. 49th St. Young Barnett, whose car was judged best in the state, then in the region, will receive $150 in cash and will attend an expense-paid convention in Detroit. At the convention his car will be eligible to win one of 18 national scholarships valued between $1,000 and $5,000.
July 20 – Anderson’s Julie Hull overcame a tenacious opponent, her own erratic, though at times brilliant, golf game, and the steaming heat at the Anderson Country Club to win the Indiana Women’s Amateur championship 2 up in 36 holes. The new champion and Sue Fullmer, Indianapolis, began their long day of golf at 10 a.m. and the championship went to Hull on the final hole at about 6:30 p.m. In those 8 1/2 hours a gallery that fluctuated from 200 to nearly 500 at the finish saw brilliant shots and some agonizing misses as the pressure built up. Hull was also state champion in 1958 and 1960.
100 Years Ago – 1913
July 15 – To settle an old grudge about the De Tamble Motor Car Company, Frank Waiters, connected with the De Tamble plant at the present time, and Clarence Berkshire, former bookkeeper for the same company, came to blows in the rear of the Grand Hotel last night. Patrolman Kinkead stopped the fight. Walters and Berkshire were arrested and each gave $11 cash bond for their appearance in court today. They had only slightly bruised each other when arrested.
July 19 – Thinking it was his medicine, Orville Taylor, a farmer, west of town, swallowed a solution of carbolic acid by mistake this morning. A veterinary surgeon, Dr. Mingle, had left the solution for one of Mr. Taylor’s horses. Mr. Taylor’s condition for some time was serious but tonight he was improving and will recover. It was only due to the fact the acid was diluted that the young man was not fatally poisoned.
– Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin