Dec. 5

In 1925, Col. Edwin P. Thayer of Greenfield was elected secretary of the U.S. Senate by the Republican senatorial caucus.

Dec. 6

In 2007, below-freezing temperatures forced the groundbreaking ceremony for a $17 million new Mt. Comfort Elementary School inside the existing school building. Shovels of dirt were turned in a blue kiddie pool on stage.

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Dec. 7

In 1957, Greenfield Mayor J.L. Allen named the five men he was appointing to the city’s first Board of Zoning Appeals.

Dec. 8

In 1977, Greenfield City Council approved funds to demolish a former police station on West South Street, next to Greenfield Fire Station 1, to make room for about 20 additional downtown parking spaces.

Dec. 9

In 1987, a Post Office official unveiled three prime choices for a new Greenfield post office in a meeting with city officials. The post office, however, remains today where it was then: 207 N. State St., although today it occupies a larger footprint on the block.

Dec. 10

In 2013, Greenfield Mayor Dick Pasco died after a long battle with liver cancer.

Dec. 11

In 1954, Hoagy Carmichael sang a musical version of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem “When the Frost is on the Punkin” in Chicago at the 40th annual meeting of the Indiana Society. The Hoosier composer said when he visited the poet’s boyhood home in Greenfield in 1939, Riley Old Home Society secretary Arthur Downing had encouraged him to try to set some of Riley’s lyrics to music.

In 2011, Mt. Vernon High School graduate Michele McConnell assumed the role of Carlotta Giudicelli in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. She had made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of the show.