Back when: July 12-18


John Modglin

July 12

In 1946, former Greenfield resident Sally Butler was elected president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs at the organization’s convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Butler was an attorney and deputy manager of the Indiana Community Service of the United States Savings Bond Division.

In 2020, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church gathered for the last service at the church.

July 13

In 1977, a car-train wreck on the Conrail tracks crossing County Road 600 East east of Greenfield resulted in the deaths of two Fountaintown boys, ages 1 and 12.

In 2021, Greenfield native Kyle Gibson represented the Texas Rangers in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

July 14

In 1925, Englishman John Francis Gillin set out from Greenfield’s Columbia Hotel during a bicycle trip he was making from his home in Cleveland, Ohio, to St. Louis, where he was a member of the St. Louis Cycling Club. He said he often took his summer vacation by bicycle.

July 15

In 1935, Paul Lacy opened a grocery store in Fortville. He operated Lacy’s Market, as well as a meat locker he opened in 1945, until his death in 1966.

July 16

In 1986, Hancock County officials opened bids on a new two-story, 50,000-square-foot jail to be built on East Main Street.

July 17

In 1900, the interurban line between Greenfield and Indianapolis began regularly carrying passengers.

July 18

In 1933, the Daily Reporter included word from Shirley that two men digging a basement had unearthed a human skull and several other bones, which they believed to be part of the skeleton of an American Indian. The wife at the home said older residents had told her the site was an old Indian mound and cemetery.

In 1967, Hancock County’s John Modglin died in Vietnam.