Back when: July 10-16


The congregation of First Presbyterian Church in Greenfield gathers July 12, 2020, for the church’s final service after 165 years of ministry.

July 10

In 1910, poet James Whitcomb Riley suffered a stroke.

July 11

In 1968, a fire at Brookside Corp. in McCordsville caused an estimated $10,000 to $25,000 in damage.

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 600E 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 at 123 E. Main St. Now the jail is a few miles east of Greenfield on U.S. 40.