Back when: Jan. 17-23


Jan. 17

In 1957, the Citizens Advisory Council on Education began mapping plans for a new Greenfield junior high school. The council also discussed the need for a school cafeteria in the district; school board member Martin Hayes said it was a “must” and “we are 10 years behind now.”

Jan. 18

In 1977, Greenfield-Central Superintendent Max Glenn announced the district’s schools would remain closed for the rest of the week. Eastern Hancock and Southern Hancock were also closed for the week after Indiana Gas Co. issued an order directing its large-volume customers to reduce usage to “plant protection” levels. The emergency was brought on, at least in part, by extremely cold weather.

Jan. 19

In 1942, the Wilkinson High School Class of 1942 brought forth more than $400 that had been raised for its canceled senior trip and bought defense bonds.

Jan. 20

In 2002, police discovered what they believed to be a meth lab in a Greenfield motel room, thanks to a tip from the clerk. A Greenfield man was arrested in the incident.

Jan. 21

In 1982, Greenfield resident Umberto “Humbert” D. Egizi was buried in Oaklandon. He grew up in Turkey and moved to Pittsburgh with his family at the age of 14. He became an orchestra conductor who toured with David Wark Griffth’s silent movie classic, “Birth of a Nation.” He later conducted the orchestra for KDKA, the first commercial radio station in the world. He had married harpist Donna Watson of Oaklandon, and the couple moved to Greenfield in the 1950s. He did not talk to local residents about the work he once did.

Jan. 22

In 1996, a fire destroyed the clubhouse at Heartland Resort.

Jan. 23

In 1997, area churches gathered for a community Unity Service at St. Michael Catholic Church in Greenfield. Three church choirs were among those participating in the service.