Back when: May 29-June 4


Mt. Vernon High School’s George Burhenn poses for a picture with his first-place medal in the 110m high hurdles at the Boys Track State Finals at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on June 2, 2023.

May 29

In 1979, Hancock County Commissioners opened bids for a mini-computer to help county employees more quickly complete taxing procedures, bookkeeping and payroll processing. IBM submitted the low bid of $30,950. County Auditor Irene Kramer said the machine would replace a 12-year-old model that had “served its purpose.”

May 30

In 1942, Raceland, a midget auto race track on State Road 67 between McCordsville and Fortville, opened. The $250,000 track, one-fifth of a mile, was built by owner and manager Frank F. Farney.

In 1962, David Cochard of Greenfield sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the Indianapolis 500. He was a bass soloist with the Purdue University Glee Club.

May 31

In 1924, Greenfield Mayor Marshall Winslow and Hancock County Clerk Theo Richey sat up until 2:30 a.m. in the courthouse waiting for a couple seeking to be married. Winslow had received a call around midnight about a couple driving over from Indianapolis, and he said he would marry them if they had a license; they didn’t, so he woke Richey. The couple did not show.

June 1

In 1830, David Templeton laid out the town of Charlottesville with 56 lots.

In 2010, crews blocked off traffic to begin building a roundabout at McKenzie Road and Franklin Street, days after the opening of the roundabout at McKenzie Road and Apple Street. They were the second and third roundabouts in Greenfield, following one at McKenzie and Broadway built in 2004.

June 2

In 1876, Greenfield City Council met for the first time.

In 1981, the former Philadelphia United Methodist Church building was loaded onto a trailer and driven along U.S. 40 to Apple Street, where it was placed in the southeast corner of Riley Park. It became Chapel in the Park Museum, home of Hancock County Historical Society, which raised money to have the building moved. The structure’s stained glass windows remained in Philadelphia at the new church building.

In 2017, New Palestine High School’s Sam Voelz won a state title in the 800 meters during the state track and field finals at Indiana University. Voelz was also part of two relays that qualified for state; each finished second.

June 3

In 1973, Calvary Baptist Church dedicated a new building with a 300-seat sanctuary on West Main Street.

In 2023, Mt. Vernon High School’s George Burhenn won a state title in hurdles.

June 4

In 1828, John Anderson was deeded the first lot sold from the original plat of Greenfield.