Back when: Dec. 7-13


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 1971, boys rabbit hunting near Fortville found the decomposed body and skeletal remains of a woman, with three bullet holes in the skull. Officers identified the body as a missing 24-year-old woman from Indianapolis.

In 1971, city officials dedicated a new water filtration plant on East Main Street.

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.

Dec. 12

The sewing and knitting department of the Hancock County Red Cross shipped another lot of supplies. During November and that far into December, the women had made and shipped 163 suits of flannel pajamas, 50 hospital shirts, 87 pairs of operating leggings, 102 pairs of bed socks, 37 bathrobes, 11 operating caps and other items. Knitters contributed 176 pairs of socks, 60 sweaters, 57 mufflers and 56 pairs of wristlets.

Dec. 13

In 1901, the Barnard Family Orchestra gave its first concert in what is now Eden United Methodist Church. According to George Richman’s “History of Hancock County Indiana,” Elwood and Ola Barnard and their five children drove to Fortville to catch a train to Indianapolis for the children’s music lessons at the Metropolitan School of Music. The group played for Hancock County school commencements in 1902. The family later moved to Indianapolis and became popular on the chatauqua circuit.

In 1919, an astronomer reassured Hancock Countians that the “end of things” predicted for Dec. 17, 1919, would indeed not occur. He said the coming conjunction of planets to occur that day would not noticeably affect the planets or the sun.