Back when: July 19-25


Country music star Skeeter Davis drew a packed house for her 1972 concert at the Hancock County 4-H Fair.

July 19

In 1972, country singer Skeeter Davis performed in Greenfield at the Hancock County 4-H Fair.

In 2007, Greenfield’s Jake Fox made his debut with Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs.

July 20

In 1924, the Memorial Building in Greenfield was dedicated.

In 1959, county employees were working to copy public records to microfilm.

July 21

In 1989, Greenfield officials announced Greenfield Senior Center would merge into the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department. Parks superintendent Clark Ketchum, part of the announcement in the center at 19 W. North St., said it was possible a combination senior center-community building would someday take shape near the Riley Park shelter house.

July 22

In 1916, “Hoosier Poet” and Greenfield native James Whitcomb Riley suffered a stroke, his second in a month, and died.

In 1970, Hancock County’s Mark Draper died in Vietnam.

July 23

In 1927, fire destroyed Shirley Christian Church and a nearby home where the fire began. A new brick church building was dedicated in March 1928.

In 1996, Greenfield’s Jaycie Phelps and other members of the “Magnificent Seven” U.S. women’s gymnastics team won the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta.

July 24

In 1916, James Whitcomb Riley’s body lay in state at the Indiana Statehouse; during those 10 hours, more than 35,000 filed past.

July 25

In 1966, Green Meadows Shopping Plaza won zoning approval from the Greenfield Board of Zoning Appeals.