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150 Years Ago
May 8, 1872
We are no croaker, but we are satisfied that the land seeded to wheat last fall will not average five bushels to the acre. We are getting no rain of consequence. Wells and streams are drying up. Grass is backward and pastures are extremely short. Oats and corn are coming along finely as there is moisture enough to start them.
We learn that Marion Gray, son of our worthy county treasurer, had a grand wolf chase the other day, which resulted in the killing of an old one and capturing her eight pups. The chase was said to have been very exciting and will relieve the neighborhood northwest of Pittsfield of a curse that was proving very annoying.
125 years Ago
May 11, 1897
There is a great dispute as to the correct name, Hull or Hulls. The village was named after its first postmaster, David Hull, but the railroad companies named the place Hulls, because there is a Hull station in Iowa.
After a long struggle, our good friend John McCrory was elected chairman of the board of supervisors of the Kingdom of Pike.
The demand for first class, trained primary teachers seems to be greater than the supply.
One afternoon last week, 200 boys and girls used rakes, spades and wheelbarrows in cleaning up the East School yard.
You can get a reserved seat for the Pittsfield commencement and Dr. Hanson’s address for 15 cents.
May 14, 1897
The Perry people are well pleased with the nomination of the Hon. Harry Higbee for circuit judge.
The essays of the 11 graduates of Perry High School were delivered last week, but the rooms in the building are so small that only a few could get in to hear them. Besides, many of the poor cannot raise 20 cents to pay their way into a larger hall. Why not have the commencement exercises in the park?
Farmers, remember that even a half dozen sheep are better than none, as they will keep down the weeds.
Janitor S. N. Jones has a large cage at one of the west basement windows of the courthouse, which makes a playground for about 25 young squirrels until they are tame enough to be turned loose in the park. It is a great attraction for little, big, old and young.
100 Years Ago
May 10, 1922
More than 400 pupils of the East School in Pittsfield took part in the annual May Day program under the supervision of Miss Vida Nighbert. Seats had been built on the school grounds, and a large number of parents attended the program, which was concluded with a grand serpentine march.
The senior operetta, “The Gypsy Rover,” is to be one of the closing events of the school year in Pittsfield.
The Pittsfield board of education released a list of who had been employed. Salaries ranged from $2,500 for the superintendent to $765 for grade teachers.
The safe at the Clyde Collard Poultry House in Pleasant Hill was blown about one o’clock Sunday morning. The door of the safe was blown through the front window of the building. For their trouble, the burglars secured nothing but a few checks, which they could not cash.
75 years Ago
May 7, 1947
One of the most impressive weddings of the spring season was that of Miss Rosemary Canterbury, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Canterbury of Barry, and Robert Dale Metcalf, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Metcalf, also of Barry, Saturday evening, May 3, at the home of the groom’s parents.
In compliance with President Truman’s request, M & D Meat and Grocery will give a 10 % discount on everything but cigarettes from May 8 to May 14.
New Canton nosed out Griggsville and won the 34th annual conference track and field meet held in Pittsfield yesterday afternoon and evening. Emmett Horton, crack New Canton track man, broke the high hurdles record and then broke his own record in the low hurdles.
Mayor Charles Hooper has learned that due to delays in delays in getting government approval and shortages in gas pipe, Pittsfield will again be short of natural gas next winter.
The theme of the P.H.S. Junior-Senior banquet was a Mexican fiesta. Marilyn Yaeger, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Yaeger of Nebo, was crowned queen of the banquet.
50 Years Ago
May 10, 1972
A stray deer crashed through the front glass door of the Strauss store sometime between 6 and 7 a.m. last Wednesday, going out through a front window between two mannequins, who apparently never batted an eye at the odd occurrence. Kenneth Gallagher sighted the deer leaving the store and notified Al Wuellner and John Brass, who promptly arrived at the store, and reported that remarkably little damage was done inside the store.
Perry High School graduates 15 at the high school gym May 26. Rev. Dale Lovelady, minister of the Chambersburg Christian Church, will be the speaker.
Terry Hubbard of Nebo broke a Class A county record in the recent Pike County junior high track meet with a high jump of 5 feet 1 ¾ inches.
Mrs. Roger Yaeger and Mrs. Jack Alsup, both of Pittsfield, have been named co-chairmen of the county-wide Red Cross blood program.
25 Years Ago
May 7, 1997
Larry Snyder gave up a full-time job to become Pittsfield’s mayor. “I decided to accept the mayor’s position,” Snyder said. “I feel like I can’t let the people down.” Snyder was sworn in last Thursday at the Pike County courthouse by County Clerk Roger Yaeger.
The National Day of Prayer Thursday noon drew a crowd of at least 250 to the courthouse lawn in Pittsfield. Christine Henthorne, one of the task force members who organized the event, said, “We were pleased and amazed with the turn-out.”
The new elevator in the courthouse is installed, working, and will be opened to the public shortly after a final inspection, said Burdette Irwin, courthouse custodian.
Kenneth Stark is opening a new bank in the Professional Plaza building, and that will cause five tenants on the second floor to find new locations. He plans to call the new facility “Community Bank.”
Newly-elected Mayor Ed Venicombe was sworn in at the Barry City Council meeting Monday night.
At age 27, Ted Schwartz is the youngest supervisor in Pike County, and may be the youngest person ever elected to such a post in the county. He was elected April 1.
10 Years Ago
May 9, 2012
Approximately 40 residents, faculty members and parents of the Griggsville-Perry school district attended a meeting May 2 concerning the new building, which is not yet completed. The district started the $2.5 million project in the spring of 2010, with an estimated completion date of the summer of 2011, but the building is still not complete.
Work is being completed on the Western Community YMCA facility at Holy Redeemer Park in Barry.
■ Compiled by Michael Boren