KRIDER-BAIR AMBULANCE—Four patient capacity, medical oxygen, aspirator, resuscitator and a registered medical technician, was well as direct radio communication with four area hospitals, were some of the features of Krider-Bair Funeral Home’s new emergency ambulance in 1974.

One year ago

Chad Fulkerson had two important roles at Churubusco Jr./Sr. High School. The school resource officer was selected as Smith-Green-Community Schools’ assistant athletic director, assisting AD Chris Paul with athletic duties after school.

Churubusco would soon have a new playground, Oscar’s Playland, which was slated for construction in August 2018. The park was named after the legendary 500-pound snapping turtle, first spotted at the end of the 19th century in Churubusco.

Continuing to build on a long history of teaching local students about the power of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of Whitley County launched a new summer program called Camp Lend-A-Hand. The week-long program offered seven Whitley County ninth- and 10th-grade students a chance to gain an in-depth understanding of local nonprofit organizations.

The Sons of the American Legion Post 157 held a fundraiser to support the Ideal Fish and Game club expansion and made a donation to the club.

Alan Tio, former Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president, was named CEO for the Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation.

10 years ago

Churubusco’s football team racked up 407 rushing yards with 13 different ball carriers in its 39-0 win over Central Noble.

John Grimm placed second at the 2009 BASS Northern Divisional in Michigan.

15 years ago

The Churubusco Town Council discussed staffing at the Town Hall, concerned with the possible extended absence of the town’s Clerk-Treasurer Anna Gordon. Assistant utility clerk Sharelle Woll would be responsible for covering.

George and Barbara Kirkpatrick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Churubusco Middle School cheerleaders competed in the annual cheerleading competition at the Elkhart County Fair and placed first against nine other squads. Team members were Alayna Skinner, Brooke Shearer, Tiffany LeFever, Taylor Sordelet, Cortney Ray, Allison Norris, Hannah Dodson, Nicole Pippenger and Meghan Huelsenbeck.

25 years ago

The First Eel River Baptist Church and the Eel River Association renovated the church cemetery fence.

George and Barb Kirkpatrick celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Scot and Heidi Geller announced the birth of their first child, a son, Evan Scott.

Churubusco High School’s varsity cheerleaders were Linsay Walden, April Aguilera, Kassie Fletter, Carisa Ballinger, Jeni Rollins, Sara Griffiths, Christy Draper and Melissa Ott.

45 years ago

Whitley County REMC members would select four directors for three-year terms and one for a two-year term. Those up for election were: Ernest Gross, Kenneth Stickler, Archie Hartman, James Johnson, Charles Frey, Dale Naragon, R.T. DeBrunner, Bob Doerr, Henry Hilger and Tom Miller.

Ken Liggett and Pam Zeigler attended State Fair School for Boys and Girls.

Churubusco’s football team was prepping for the 1974 season, led by coaches William Humphrey, Larry Shively, Herschel Arrowsmith and Charles Jones.

Bangs Store was selling turtle neck shirts for $4.98, screen-print blouses for $8.98, slacks for $12 and sweaters for $3.98.

The value of Indiana farm land and buildings totaled $11.1 billion, 23 percent more than the year prior. The average value of farm land was $629 per acre.

Ray Zeigler was the winner of the REMC Feeding Award at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.

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