Back When Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Sept. 26

In 1979, Olympic gold medalist Jaycie Phelps was born in Greenfield.

Sept. 27

In 1967, about $50 in change was taken from Sheets Standard Service in Shirley. Marshal Glen Cupp believed the thief entered through a rear window.

Sept. 28

In 1940, a 100-lap race was the main attraction at the first program under the lights at Charlottesville Speedrome midget track, a quarter-mile oval.

Sept. 29

In 1927, it was reported that the Greenfield Country Club Association had purchased an 80-acre tract on Morristown Pike from Charles E. Pauley of Indianapolis for $7,000, with the intent of building a golf course and country club.

Sept. 30

In 1904, New Palestine Cemetery was dedicated.

Oct. 1

In 1838, Jonathan Evans platted the town of New Palestine.

In 1906, a gas line explosion in New Palestine killed three men and destroyed the original town hall and fire station.

Oct. 2

In 1902, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church was dedicated in Shirley, with 103 attending the service. When the town’s gas boom faded, so did attendance; the building was razed in the late 1920s.

In 1966, the cornerstone was laid for a new Fortville Christian Church building at 9450 N. County Road 200W, where the church still meets today.