Early 1940s brought changes

Rick Edwards stopped by the other day with some December 1941 Indianapolis Star newspapers. He found them in Amy Kuhn’s old house on County Road 300N, which he is rehabbing.

Several people have found newspapers in the walls and floors of old homes. Folks back in the good old days didn’t waste anything and would use old newspapers for insulation.

Amy Kuhn’s house has probably been rehabbed several times over the years because it seems to be an old log cabin. I would like to identify all the old log buildings still in existence in Hancock County. Do you know of any?

The year 1941 was a monumental one for Americans. For one thing, it was the state’s 125th year anniversary of admission to the Union.

The Shrine and the B’Nai B’Rith pledged full support to the defense council units and the American Red Cross. Also the last bucket of concrete was tipped into the Grand Coulee Dam.

Greenfield Mayor Ora Meyers died at 67 years of age. He served as both the mayor and the postmaster of the city of Greenfield. He was active in the local Republican Party and the Christian Church.

“Nazis flee Russia in a Napoleon Retreat” was another 1941 headline, along with Pearl Harbor.

In 1941, men’s overcoats sold for $17.95, women’s blouses for $2, 12 pounds of oranges for 50 cents and women’s fur coats for $69.50.

In Greenfield in 1941, 60 percent of the homes had electricity.

Hancock County was out of debt with the last bonds of the Memorial Building being retired.

Will Vawter, an illustrator of Riley books and one of the founders of the Brown County Art Colony, died at the age of 69. He was buried in the Greenfield cemetery. He made his first drawings for the Hancock County Democrat newspaper.

In 1941, Stokley Packing Co. bought out Greenfield Packing Co. locations in Fortville, Mount Comfort and New Palestine for $17,000.

Maxwell Lions won the sectional tournament and would go on to Anderson. The Greenfield Boys Club Glee Club came in second in a national contest judged by Kate Smith and Guy Lombardo. About 350 clubs participated in the event.

Enough. I have told you everything that I know and some things I don’t. Talk to me.

Write to historian Joe Skvarenina at jskvarenina@hotmail.com or in care of the Daily Reporter, 22 W. New Road, Greenfield, IN 46140.