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Oct. 3

In 1974, a two-ton rock, engraved to mark the spot of James Whitcomb Riley’s “Old Swimmin’ Hole,” was dedicated after the Mayor’s Breakfast of the Riley Festival.

Oct. 4

In 1909, work began on North State Street on new cement sidewalks, replacing black pitch walks that were put in some 18 years before.

Oct. 5

In 1964, a petition with about 175 signatures was filed with the county auditor; signers were asking county commissioners to grant Greenfield Plan Commission authority over a “buffer zone” just outside city limits.

Oct. 6

In 1997, Shirley Town Council established a 10 p.m. curfew, hoping to curb Halloween-related vandalism.

Oct. 7

In 1849, “Hoosier Poet” and Greenfield native James Whitcomb Riley was born.

Oct. 8

In 2001, Hancock County Commissioners said they would pay the maximum allowed by law to owners of homes they wanted to buy to make way for a new courthouse annex southeast of the courthouse.

Oct. 9

In 1970, Greenfield-Central High School senior Barbara Reuter was selected the first Riley Festival queen in judging sponsored by the Greenfield Jayshees and Jaycees at the Hancock County Courthouse.