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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  •   Their three children are all talkative and into politics
    Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    Church! Great place to meet the mate. In fact, these two got together at the same place the hubs and I did – St. Bernard’s where they are still quite active today. In fact, one of his old girlfriends fixed ‘em up which might be a first in my how-they-met-tales. Certainly, I was lucky enough to spend some time with these two cuties. Known him since he was a tot and have loved her grandmother for decades so was glad to get to know her a bit better.
    He was a Southmont boy involved in swimming until a serious neck injury while diving put a stop to that. Once better, he stayed involved in basketball and baseball. Jim and I (at yes, Pizza Hut) heard him say he was a 9-year-4-H member. I laughed, “Not a 10-year-one?” He explained that his parents were pretty frustrated with him about it but that’s the decision he made. 
    Sports was what she loved in high school as well. She was involved as a cheerleader, plus she was on the softball and swim teams. She graduated from CHS in ’94, he three years before from South. For him, it was on to the Kelley School of Business at IU. They met when she was a senior at Marian College. Their 18th wedding anniversary will be about the time this article appears.
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  • Town Talkins - Alamo
    Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    The top of the old school with its beautiful mural really the only part still pretty much intact, peeped out at me as I drove through Alamo the other day, going for a Town Talkins in Waynetown. Thought about it off and on about all day. On the way back through, that ‘ol place seriously beckoned me to stop. I just parked right on one of the streets that once had a restaurant, school, grocery store, gas station and many more people. The town came to life in my mind from when I was a teenager and many people lived in the town, bought from the store, went to school, and played games in the streets. 
    Today, the church, Mason/Eastern Star Lodge and super nice Fire Station that houses the still present, Post Office, plus the falling-down school is about all that is left of the place. Presently, there are about 66 people in town, but the homes seemed much cleaner and nicer (a few new tin roofs even) than the last time I was there. In fact, the Median House value is up to $48,363 from 2000 when it was not even $23,000. Same with the income, $20,400 up from $8,800. The town has six streets but is still considered (by as being 100 percent rural. The male/female population is split in half and the median resident age is 48 years old. 
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  • They circled around and landed back in C’ville
    Thursday, August 03, 2017 4:00 AM
    Who only knows what cousin I am to this gal, but we both go back to William the Conqueror and he has Davidsons; Sampsons; Benders; Lankfords; Harshbargers; Boohers and Hamptons in our area. In fact, he says, “I’m related to half of the people in Darlington.” 
    Although I wasn’t there to talk genealogy, we had a great time telling stories regarding the ancestors. My fav story was on his side when his ancestor came here and on the ship, her child died and was buried at sea. She was so distraught that (varying versions) she went up on the deck with a large black pot and jumped overboard (or it pulled her overboard) because of the child dying. Sailors saved her and the Harshbarger Iron Pot is I believe at the Montgomery County Historical Society. 
    Her family names include Davidson, also and Kerr and Cade with a maiden name of Coats. She is Scotch, Welch, German and English. One of her direct ancestors is Oliver Cromwell’s oldest daughter and Henry VII, too. He says he doesn’t have any braggable ones, just some interesting nice folks. Her mother’s goal was to get all five of her children through college and the plan was the oldest would graduate and help the next and so on, but that didn’t work exactly. 
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  • Town Talkins - Waynetown
    Monday, July 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    Had such a good time in Waynetown, first heading to the pool where I met Waylon and Jessie (who live on the county line just outside of town) and their aunt, Georgia Paxton from C’ville. They were playing in the splash pad area. I was fascinated as I’d never seen a splash pad before. What fun. There are little sprayers in the ground on a cement pad that splash up into the air, sometimes softly and at other times with more force. Learned while there that it’s darn near impossible to take a good picture outside in the sun with an iPhone. Couldn’t see a doggone thing. Was pretty sure I got a good one of the boys standing together splashing. Nope, I didn’t, but love this one I had no clue I even took. Surely shows what the splash pad can do. I got a little wet and had a blast! The pool was just opening at noon, so the kids and Aunt Georgia were on their way inside for more fun.
    Took my cue, and went to grab a bite to eat at the Pizza King. Although it has been in Waynetown since 1980, it is under new owners, two Montgomery Countians (Brad and Kathryn Fruits Eads) who went out to see the world, and came back again, and are now helping their community. The Texas BBQ was absolutely scrumptious. I eyed someone else’s salad and wished I’d gotten that along with it, but I was quite full eating about 5 potato chips and the sandwich, so it’s a salad next time, for sure!
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  • Town Talkins - Darlington
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Definitely, this town’s name is perfect. I breezed in to “Darling”ton the other afternoon and was so warmly greeted, think I’d move right in if I didn’t already love my own hometown.
    As I was driving to the General Store, I passed the beautifully refurbished Fountain-Trust Bank. Dan Bever, whom I sat beside at the counter in the General Store and I struck-up a conversation. Dan, who has lived in Darlington since 1993 and loves his town, was extremely excited about the bank’s new look, telling me about the beautiful, ornate, old wood. “Why, they even have cookies and coffee. It’s so nice I could live there!”
    Owner Trisha Teague then introduced herself. Sweet lady who told me she got in the restaurant business because it came up for sale. She married Rick who retired from the military. Cute love story as they dated more than two decades before marrying, reconnecting years later.
    Next, I conversed with Rick about the service a little since I have grandson Dane in the Air National Guard and grandson AJ who by the time this appears will have just left for the Navy. A couple of others commented about someone they knew in various branches. I loved Rick’s comment: “Well, it doesn’t matter what branch they’re in, we all serve our country!”
    Kind of neat that in the day time, it’s the General Store/Bakery and then Pizzeria in the evenings. I was short on bucks, but my sweet tooth was crying for a piece of yummy-looking pie. Next time! 
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  •   It's home, work, repeat for these two
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s a family joke in regards to how these two met. According to their then six-year-old, it’s this way: “My mommy was a dancer and Daddy was a drummer.” Although pretty funny, there’s truth in it, actually as they were both in Indian Dance Units. She noticed him first at Tecumseh Lodge of Indianapolis when doing a show. Although he was Assistant Scout Master at the time, she thought he was one of the kids because he looked so young, but at the Children’s Museum at another show they looked at each other, and literally heard the vibes of the beating tomtoms. Finally, a couple of months later, at the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon at Fort Ouiatenon her mom, who was secretary and taking information, began talking to him and it was then a done deal. Loved how they had a standing date every Sunday. 
    They most often did something out of doors and one beautiful day on the way to the Shades he gave her a drilled-out ring. She thought that was it, but on their adventure for the day, they went out to the edge on Prospect Point (even though she’s afraid of heights) where he really proposed. He jokingly told her if she said no, he’d chuck her over. Of course, she said yes, hugged him and cried. When they came off the point, all the people were smiling. They married 35 years ago this last April, so I guess it’s a good deal Mommy being a dancer, Daddy a drummer and that momma said yes at Prospect Point!
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  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Waveland – it’s a happening place! In fact, the new slogan being used is, “We’re family! We’re Waveland. It’s what we do!” They’re doing a lot, and it is so much fun to see the town growing in friendship and camaraderie.
    Last summer, the Farmers’ Markets began and recently, the second one for this summer happened! Delicious brownies, amazing Pecan Pie, wow homegrown potatoes and cucumbers, were my purchases, plus I bought a char-broiled burger for the hubs for supper and he said it was one of the best hamburgers he’d ever tasted. Pretty good compliment from a man who ran a restaurant for 40 years.
    Ron Keedy, a 50-year-projectionist, recently retired and with help from his, “Waveland family,” has put up a large wooden screen where, after the Farmers’ Market, a movie is shown. The last “Movie Under the Stars,” was Sing, which was appropriate that a “humanoid animal,” brings on the song to help save his theatre. The upcoming movie is July 28th is Hoosiers (Waveland Christians in Action Church). August 25th is Kong: Skull Island (R2G Sales). Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market and the great burgers cooked outside pre movie. Also upcoming in July is a fun event with the Brown Township 4-Hers (leader, Nicole Brann) helping to decorate rocks to be encircled around the large rock that was in the school yard for many moons. Sounds like fun! 
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  • At age 93, he’s not crying about his life, he’s had a good one
    Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    This fella’ is so versatile that I’m not sure where to begin. The year of 1924 brought our young man into the world. Since 1939, he has belonged to the Whitesville Christian Church. He graduated from CHS in 1941 with exercises in the large gym. “It was like walking into the coliseum at the state fair.” 
    He has been a Mason for over five decades, along with many years in Shriners, the Legion and he served as the County Chair of the Democratic Party. “My biggest moment was seeing a little boy for whom the Shriners had funded prosthesis run across the stage at a Shriner’s meeting.” Two of his sons were active Shriners and also Masons.
    Let’s continue the longevity story. For 36 years, he had his office in the Ben Hur Building. “Doctors, Dentists, Insurance Agents,” were mainly ones with offices there and he fits that category. Actually, he had three or four major businesses throughout his nine plus decades, along with being a farmer by birth. He cash-rented the land most of the time, but today, his grandson lives in the family home. 
    His father, Oscar, was described as tall and slender on his WWI draft card. My guest fits that bill even yet. Really, he has had fairly good health. Once he had a gallstone, though and when they gave him medicine, he hallucinated, “seeing martians and my granddaughter.” Then, last year he had a heart attack. Yet, he keeps busy, especially watching episodes of his favorite show, American Pickers. “But, I can’t go to my office anymore on a daily basis.” As he noted, “My God, I’m 93!” He feels “pretty darn good,” though, overall!
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  •   Six kids and around the world in 180 days
    Thursday, July 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    Lots of kids. Lots of love. Lots of energy and lots of faith, not particularly in that order, describes this couple. They met in third grade and because of band were always in the same home room. On her senior cords, a clarinet and trombone holding hands are decked-out in a heart. They just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary and still absolutely in love as you can see in the picture (but don’t look yet or you’ll ruin my mystery).
    After CHS, the two ventured to Indiana Central College. She graduated with an Associates in Arts and he did his student teaching (BA in History) at inner city Wood HS. The students only did a few bad things, such as rock throwing, because, “They liked me.” When he took them to the library for research, he heard, “No one brings these kids in here.” He did and of all things, they appreciated it – “You’re the only one who ever expected anything from us!” I love it!
    While at Christian Theological Seminary, he served as Youth Minister at Third Christian. It was this youth group they took to Mexico for the World Convention of Christian Churches. The two years previous, they were youth leaders at Crestview Christian Church and took that group to Jamaica. She giggled, “They had weird bananas, rice for breakfast and I had my sheet stolen.” 
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  •    He said it best: She's the real deal
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:47 PM
    We’ve had some interesting “how we met” stories in the ATC articles, but I do believe this is a first in my interviews. My couple this week were introduced in England and fell in love in Greece. Both Ball State students, they were on a work-study overseas with a professor, his wife and 19 others. He said it best. “After being together day and night for weeks on end, the candy coating wears off, and you find who you like and who you don’t.” For sure, she was “the real deal,” and the lasting friendship turned love story is still going strong after more than 30 years of marriage. 
    Actually, it was rather a fluke they both ended-up on that trip. He happened to see a flier stating, “Last meeting for trip . . . ” and literally got stuck listening to the spiel and filling-out papers. However, he had wanted to go to Turkey to meet friends with whom he’d become acquainted. She on the other hand, had really wanted to go on the trip before but wasn’t chosen. Fate, I’m tellin’ you, fate!
    When I assumed she was a C’ville native that wasn’t particularly the case. She did graduate from CHS but spent her first six years on their long-time family farm in Parke County which they were forced to sell to add acreage to TR State Park. At CHS she was a diver, gymnast, track member, did a few plays, but mostly behind the scenes. She loved chemistry so was in the Science Club, Honor Society and more! Even though it was quite some time ago she graduated, she will constantly say,” We are still young and beautiful and don’t you forget it!” Love that philosophy!
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  •  Prom started four decades for this duo
    Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    My taste buds were a bit fishy this week as hubs and I ventured to Long John Silvers. There, we encountered a couple I’ve been wanting to interview for quite some time. Luckily, they graciously accepted my request for an interview. Said they had fun and he even commented, “Well, that wasn’t as bad as I thought!” I try to make it painless!
    Often, my first question is, “How’d you meet?” However, it was a stumper for this duo. Finally, he blurted-out, “I needed a date for prom!” Well, it’s a tad more complicated, as she was already committed for prom. However, their mutual cousin (don’t panic - different sides of the family), Sally Hester, kept after him to ask her out. Finally, since she really liked his Ford Grand Torino, complete with the white vinyl roof and knew he was raised a good Christian, that she said they’d go out. Also, his family had gone to the Browns Valley Christian Church for generations and hers had started going there, but the paths just didn’t cross. Oddly, they lived five miles apart on the same rural route but they really didn’t know each other. She went to New Market grade school; he to Waveland; he was in FFA and choir. She worked in the student store, in the library and was in business classes. In fact, at South, he was a noted librarian rebel-rouser (well, okay, he liked to talk) and she had to turn him in once so she did know his name. Obviously, things work out as God intended them, as these two celebrated their 40th anniversary last November. Congratulations, kids!
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  •  These two truly feel it's not about the "I" but the "WE"
    Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Buddies then, buddies now, and I’m predicting buddies for eternity for my guests this week. Friends long before they started dating at the end of their Sophomore year at Southmont, they are the bestest of pals yet. Love how they get up early to walk together or the way they work-out their date night plans. Speaking of love, it’s such a joy to know this couple and watch the way their love blossoms in so many directions, yet keeping the focus on not only them, but their large and interesting family, and especially the Good Lord! Their amazing philosophy in regards to their marriage and family life is that it’s never about the “I” but the “we”. Not what I should do, but what “we” should and what’s best for all of us! Always since they were fairly young, I’ve thought they were great kids as individuals but as a duo, they are truly amazing!
    They graduated with my daughter, Suzie, and several in that class married. That class was pretty special, some awesome kids and these two were right on top. He had a sister and she had two brothers and all are South graduates. Their children will be, as well. The whole family has (he a great baseball player) and I’m thinkin’ will always be involved in sports. More on that later! 
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  •  This mom and daughter are crafty folks
    Thursday, June 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    One of my most fun interviews was with a mother and daughter, and I was lucky enough to meet up with just that combo this week. The daughter is in my Dewey’s book club and she’s a winner. Always such bright ideas and thoughts on what we’ve read. Her mom used to be in Dewey’s as well but before my time. If you’ve always wanted to join a book club, love to have ya’ the 2nd Monday night of each month. Just sign-up at the main desk at CDPL, get your book, read it and come and enjoy the fun. Hope to see you there!
    So, I’ve known the younger of these two but this was the first peak at Momma. She is adorable. Raised on the outskirts of Danville until she was eleven, her family moved to Glenwood near Chicago. From the farming community to the city life, she was thrown into great ethnicity and poordom. During the Depression years, everyone was poor so no one really felt any different. “Only one or two of the kids in my class ever got anything nice.” Entertainment was not expensive, just fun with the neighbors, or running out to watch a plane go over. They were lucky to have an inside bathroom and most of the time food on the table. However, you learned to eat whatever was put in front of you and never complain as the people next door may be starving that evening.
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  • Neither of these two ever dated anyone else
    Thursday, June 01, 2017 4:00 AM
    Well, I reckon I’ve known this fellow his whole life as I’m more than a wee bit older than he is. His birth mother’s parents were my parents’ best friends. Even called them Aunt and Uncle. Sadly, his mother was killed in an automobile accident and his adoptive mother has been one of my best friends since first grade. Plus, I’ve known his father for 50 years or more. I’ve likely known my fella’s wife a few years less, but believe she used to come in the restaurant with her parents when she was young. They are both sweet, involved with family, friends and church, and I think he can outtalk me. Well, maybe it’s a toss-up!
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  •  This week’s fellow says he has eight lives down . . . at least
    Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Bits of this week’s interview reflected one not so long ago as I had the privilege to interview another sharp WWII vet, this one having his adorable wife along! I think they even enjoyed their pizza (and his salad) at what has jokingly become, “my office,” the Pizza Hut (fondly referred to as PH). Needing no prompting whatsoever, he launched right into his WWII days, as an Army tankman. At one point, a German bazooka hit his tank and while rescuing the tank commander, he received severe burns, bad ears, a medal and 45 days in the hospital, not particularly in that order.
    Back in his tank again, they followed the Germans across the Rhine River with Armor and Infantry parading with them. Forging through behind the river, they wiped-out 51 German tanks (vs 39 US). Their unit went to stay and rest in large German homes, the majority of the villagers gladly giving their home up for a brief while to their liberators. Most often, the family would go to the basement, relatives or friends. 
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