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Saturday, May 30, 2015
  • Karen’s subject this week is a workaholic
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:04 PM

    For the last seven years while following our grandkids in athletics, I’ve watched this young man and I think he may be the biggest workaholic I’ve ever known. He grew up in Crawfordsville and is a 1992 CHS graduate where he played tennis, basketball and was in America’s PRIDE and NHS. He received his BA in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies from DePauw. Spending four years teaching Social Studies at Tuttle, he was Athletic Director there as well. He received his masters in Athletic Administration from Grace College and you know by now, likely, that my subject is the one and only great Bryce Barton, and he’s amazing at his job.

  • No curve balls here, Karen’s subject is a great young man
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:40 PM

    This week’s guest is a fantabulous young man. He has his priorities straight and goes out to accomplish what he wants. Also, he’s fairly unique that he went two years at the old high school and two years in the new CHS. For grade school, he attended Nicholson, and the Middle School in 6-8. It was at Tuttle that he found his first love, Jen Carroll. She ended-up his wife. Jen is now a first grade teacher at Hose. Although I had met, seen and heard of Jen’s husband, Brett Motz, I didn’t really get to know him until last semester when he became my lunch hour buddy at CHS. Since a bad break, I have no strength in my left arm, so I greatly appreciated Brett grabbing my Diet Dew bottle and opening it. I didn’t however realize that I had lunch about every day with CHS baseball royalty. 

  • Little ditty about Jean and Dion
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:32 PM

    Waveland was his town; Ladoga her place, but at Southmont, during typing class, they thought perhaps a Canner and Hornet might work. They went out a few times, then he thought, “Well, she seems disinterested,” but they remained pals. After all, her locker was convenient to the lunch room where he hustled to hang-out with the Wavelandites and she carried their books to her locker. This was all at the end of football and by the time Spring rolled around, their relationship was clinched. Thus began the story of Dion and Jean Wilson Thomas.

  • It’s a Navy life for this week’s guest
    Thursday, May 07, 2015 1:02 AM

    In awe through the whole interview, this week’s guest told me she really wasn’t very interesting. Boy, I thought so, and sure hope my readers agree. This gal grew-up in Montgomery County, her father being born here as well (in a log cabin near the Fountain County line). Her mother was Margaret Ratcliff, father Manning Davis. Both she and her father graduated from Waynetown HS. One day, there was a young man she’d not met before home on a Navy leave and she eyed him while driving around. “He was a good looking guy in a uniform. We honked, talked and got a coke.” However, when they parted, he forgot her name. Finally, he asked a friend how to contact her and Dale and Ruth Davis Trump began a quick romance but long marriage. She was 17, he 18.

    They only “dated”, mostly through letters from May until October. He came home three weekends and went out a few times, then dated on a 10-day leave. When he was transferred from Great Lakes to Florida, he came home on another 10-day leave, and they were married. She stayed here to finish her  
  • Lawyer son of a dentist’s son
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:26 PM

    This week’s guest grew-up a doctor’s son, but never desired to follow his father’s occupation.  However, the portion of dad’s life that did interest him was the love of politics.  During his growing-up years, Dad was gone a lot.  With Dad having his own practice, he made many house calls, often times taking some of the family along.  However, when Dad was home, he made the best of it and was a confident, loving father.  That father was one of my fav people, Dr. Sam Kirtley and our subject this week is his equally awesome son, Ray.

    Ray’s gpa’ Kirtley was in the medical field, as well, being a dentist who passed away during the 1918 flu epidemic when Sam was just eight years old. Ray’s “Nanna” was also a political influence on him as she was Montgomery County’s first female office holder.  Besides that, she won as a Democrat in a Republican community.  Nanna was also around her son’s home quite a bit to help raise the boys, clean house, cook or whatever was needed, as Ray’s mother had contacted t.b. when she was attending nurse’s school and remained weak throughout the rest of her life.  When Dr. Sam Kirtley was in the  
  • “No worries” says this week’s subject
    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:57 PM

    Born in Tacoma, Wash., this week’s guest is the son of a Methodist Minister and spent much of his early life in northern Indiana, Cambridge City and New Haven in his younger years, then, Gary and South Bend in his teen and young adult time.  Being in the inner city, he quickly learned that skin color makes no difference.  It’s a philosophy that Peter Utterback took into his classroom and has always believed and followed.  Way to go, Pete!

    Graduating from South Bend LaSalle High School, Pete played the trombone there as well as at DePauw.  He also swam in high school.  Church Youth Group was very important in Pete’s early life.  Pete has a brother who is a financial adviser in Wisconsin and a sister who is a teacher in South Bend.  His mother still lives in that area.  Four nieces and a nephew round-out his original family.

    Interestingly, Pete knew early on what his career would be.  Sitting on the school’s step one day as an 8th grader, Pete’s teacher asked what Pete thought he might like to do in life.  “I want to be an English teacher like you!”  Several years later, Pete wrote Mr. Morous a letter telling him that he had indeed accomplished the task and loved it.

  • Local man has a heart of gold
    Wednesday, April 08, 2015 3:37 PM
    Saw this man at the library the other day. He had brought his darling granddaughter to story/craft time. It was cute to see her come bounding over with the biggest smile on her face to show gpa' the dream catcher, peek-a-boo-chick and purse she had just made. He was so gentle, ooohing, aaahing and commenting about her wonderful work. Well, our everyday conversation quickly turned into Claude Johnson graciously allowing me an interview for this week's ATC.

    Growing up in Delphi, Indiana, he wasn't in much during high school as his father passed away when Claude was just 12. He and his two brothers all worked, Claude in a grocery store for five years, being one of the grocer's longest-running employees. Claude worked up to meat cutter. At age 16, he joined the Army National Guard, then the Navy at age 17, going to Great Lakes for training. He had a cousin in Chicago and asked if there might be dates for Claude and his buddy. Cousin came through and the six went downtown Chicago walking around. This date cultivated into a marriage (December 10, 1960) that lasted 54 years. Sadly, he just lost his sweet wife, Linda (Beaumont) at the end of February.

  • Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:29 PM
    This week's couple was so much fun. Jim and I enjoyed every second of our visit at their beautiful home. So, let's meet these two. It was during the sectional tourney. He had come to Crawfordsville with some friends, stopping at Dreyer's Drug Store. His eyes roamed to a cute little gal whom he thought looked 15. When he discovered she had finished school, he asked her out. That was it. Since then, they've had a wonderful life, four children, two grandchildren, traveled many places, enjoyed their friends and religion. With all four of us dressed in green (March 17th), it's appropriate that this week's guests are Dave and Margy McCafferty.

    It's obvious that McCafferty is Irish but there was a whole wall of Irish folks of Margy's as well, the Clancys, Brennans, and others. I loved that wall. A huge Irish map brought attention to the memorial area along with pictures of their Irish ancestors, and them kissing the Blarney stone during their 50th anniversary trip.

    Dave worked at R.R. Donnelleys for 45 years, in the composing room production and then bindery production. The last 12 years he worked days, the rest of the time was spent on the famous Donnelley swing shift. "It was a fun place to work," Dave said.

  • This might be my coolest love story ever
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:09 PM
    Although this week's guests have lived in the Crawfordsville area for quite some time, a great deal of their years was spent in my hometown of Waveland where he was active on the town board, fire department and about everything else. Both are WHS graduates, him, 1947 and her in 1948. His most memorable time was his junior year playing basketball with Lowell Harbison, Charlie Arvin, Kenny Mitchell and the Starnes boys. "It was simply so much fun, and we only lost three games!" Two of those he had to admit were to Alamo because of their great player, George Gillis, "Who, had he played all of us, he could have won!" That's hard to believe when Charlie and Bob Gooding went on to ISU, where they played for the famed John Wooden. 
  • Three decades later, still high school sweethearts
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 2:06 PM
    This week's duo were high school sweeties and are still very much in love with a 34th anniversary coming-up soon. As our fella' says, "she was a flag flipper and I a trumpet geek." Pat Sowers was also in FHA, a class officer and worked during her high school years. Duane Moser was in FFA and although active in several sports through grade school, he only stuck with tennis and never felt deprived from it. He kept active with band, and working on the family farm. Their high school highlight was that they were in the top 16 bands at the Indiana State Fair.

    After graduating high school, Duane studied music at Ozark Christian College and was a member of their Impact Brass group. "Some sang, some sang and played, I just played!" The group toured all over the nation. Missing Pat, Duane joined her the next year at Purdue. When Pat received her bachelor's degree, she spent the next dozen years as a social worker and Mom to their beautiful daughter, Megan. 

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