Back when: Feb. 7-13


Anne Durham Smith | Daily Reporter

Feb. 7

In 1942, Hancock Countians were reminded to move their clocks up one hour before going to bed to change “from standard to war time,” assured that after doing so “then forget about it until six months after the war, when regular time will return again.”

In 1978, Greenfield Board of Zoning Appeals approved a conditional use that made possible the building of a 45,000-square-foot nursing home on Green Meadows Drive. Today the facility is operated by Kindred.

Feb. 8

In 1947, inventor and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller was in Greenfield, staying at the Riley Hotel. Weather conditions, including snow, forced him to ground the private plane carrying him back to Wichita, Kansas, from Cleveland, where he had addressed a group of architects. Fuller was designer and creator of the circular “Dymaxion House,” a round house designed for mass production. It’s featured in an exhibit at The Henry Ford history museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan.

In 1972, a Greenfield woman was surprised to learn her money and milk order were missing from a pillbox in front of the house when the milkman arrived. The “thief” turned out to be the family dog; after discovering him with the pillbox, the milkman got his money, and the family got its milk.

Feb. 9

In 1977, Eastern Hancock Superintendent Keith Davis announced students would return to a full day of classes the next morning. Area schools had been cutting back hours or canceling classes altogether amid a gas shortage. Even as they returned, Davis advised classrooms would be heated to 60-65 degrees, with the gym and auditorium unheated, so he encouraged students to dress warmly.

Feb. 10

In 1965 (and 1971), Jack L. New of Greenfield took office as Indiana’s state treasurer. He served from 1965-67 and 1971-79.

In 1969, Hancock County natives William Brees Jr. and Huger Phelps died in Vietnam. Huger L. Phelps Drive, near County Road 600W and Interstate 70, is named for Phelps.

Feb. 11

In 1941, John William “Will” Vawter, longtime illustrator for poet James Whitcomb Riley’s works, died. He was buried in Park Cemetery in Greenfield.

In 2009, gusts up to 60 mph blew through Hancock County. One knocked down a large tree next to State Road 9, which hit a vehicle as the tree broke in half. The driver was fine.

Feb. 12

In 1951, readers were assured that while Pfc. David Ferris of Greenfield had suffered minor frostbite while in combat in Korea, “rumors of triple amputation, which have been widely circulated … are reported as untrue by his sister, Margaret.”

Feb. 13

In 1891, poet Barton Rees Pogue was born. He grew up in Greenfield, and his family later moved to Indianapolis. He was a Methodist minister and a professor at Taylor University. He had a radio show on Cincinnati station WLW.

In 1982, Sugar Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department moved from a former schoolhouse into its new Station No. 2 at 3337 W. U.S. 40 in Philadelphia. In March 2018, the department moved from that station to a new one on Gem Road south of U.S. 40.