Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on October 16, 1960 · Page 47
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 47

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, October 16, 1960
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1960. , THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA PAGE NINETEEN This Changing World By WILL BALL, Pres. Cass Co. Historical Society PART 627 The portrait of -Mrs. Madeline Fitch Thomas that headed this column last Sunday failed to display Mrs. Thomas' good looks, as shown in the original photographs. These were evidently taken at-the time she christened the destroyer named ior her great-uncle, Commander Leroy Fitch, of the United States Navy. The writer never knew Madeline Fitch as a girl in Logansport. We're told she attended Washington school, which means that she lived on the West Side. We do remember her father, another Le ; Roy Fitch, nephew of the Com mander, who was one of the handsomest men we ever knew; about six feet tall, erect, slender, square- shouldered. One would look a long time before finding his equal in appearance. HIS WIFE, THE former. Anna Lesh, know we never knew. We did several members of her family, who were all good looking, so it's no wonder that Mrs. Thomas maintains the family trait. She told us, in a letter a month or two ago, that she was . born in "Aunt Mollie's house," which means that she was born before October, 1893, for that is the date the trustees of St. Josephs Hospital took over Aunt Mollie's house. Therefore she wasn't far from 50 years old when she went to Boston to break a bottle of cham- •pagne on the bow of the new de stroyer on which she bestowet her great uncle's name. • THERE WERE several mem bers of the Fitch family livinj in Logansport away back when (There are still some, by th way). .The most prominent, by far was Dr. Graham Newell Fitch who came here in 1834 from hi native town of LeRoy, in the ex treme western part of New Yor) state, 60 miles or so east of But falo. The doctor was born in 1810 so was .only 24 years old when he came here. We get that information from Helm's history of .Cass county which we have found to be pretty reliable. Helm says his father's name was Frederick, that of his mother, Mary, but .mentions no other members of his family Helm also says he studied medi cine in his father's office, which was common practice then. Mos doctors got their education in an other doctor's office. DR. GRAHAM FITCH, who bull the handsome home at 711 Eas Market, was elected to the Indiana legislature in 1836 and 38, anc to the lower house of Congress in 1847, later re-elected for other terms,. Mrs. Fitch accompanied him to Washington, and became interested in the 1 movement to restore Mount Vernon, the George Washington homestead, which al that time was rapidly falling into ruins. She became a member oi LOGAN Now Playing thru Tuesday . Box Office Opens 3:15 P.M. 80c-25c Mat. Sat. & Sun. Only the organization that purchaser, and rehabilitated the; home,, am. for a long time was the Indiana vice-regent for the group. The anonymous neighbor wh told the writer some of the fact concerning the family also^tolc us that it was she, rather, than hei half-brother-in-law, the Command er, who brought the weeping wil low twig to Logansport and planted it in the formal garden east of the house: the .part in which there was' located a sun dial. IT IS A FACT, readily confirm ed, that the body of Napoleon was buried under the shade of weep ing willow trees on the island o St. Helena, and that the bodj was removed to France in 1840 about 15 years after his death We haven't' been able to confirm the statement that United States Naval vessels accompanied the convoy which escorted the body of the "Little Corporal" to France although we .remember having read something about such an event. At .any rate, we do remember the huge weeping willow thai stood near what is now the northeast corner q.f the Kroeger Mortuary yard, .and that it had evidently been planted before the iron Fence was built, for the fence curved around the tree. We also recall that- the tree was blown down in a storm, arid that the : ence broken by the fallen tree. was rebuilt without the curve, just as it is ,today. We believe the rebuilding was done by George W. Seybold, who had bought the doctor's garden plot and erected he frame house that is there today. GEORGE SEYBOLD was the xnmder of the Seybold Dry Goods Company; the oldest of four jrothers who operated the .estab- ishment for many years. Abner, Sylvester and- Oscar Seybold were he other members of the firm. They sold to Olsen's several years ago. SERVICE PERSONNEL YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT. Make Us Your Headquarters For Drugs Cosmetics Luncheons Tobaccos Liquors Sundries Notions Short Orders Magazines Newspapers A Friendly Place To Meet phoir ' 4417 -* x °»i*- 3382 OPEN SUN.-* O .m. to6 P . m. Commander LeRoy Fitch was >brn in 1835, the year after the amily came from New York. A lalf-brother of the doctor, he must lave been the son.of a second wife of Doctor Frederick Fitch, Show Starts at 7:15 SUNDAY "The Geisha Boy" (color) Jerry Lewis - Marie McDonald NOTICE! The above wil! b» our closing program, and .we wish to take this opportunity to thank each and every one for their fine patronage this season. Bye now, see you next' iprmg. • Shakespeare Aniwtr to Prtviout Puzzl* ACKOM 1 Feiryquwn I- - Miriwj 11 Exist 14 - Chat* 15 Color 16" - Nifht'i Dreun" 18 "Tempest" chancier 20 Animal 21 Measure* of land 22 Sad 'err 34 Tibetan monk 3Madman 4Youo| sheep 5 Operatic solo • Take by fore* 7 Editors (ab.) ' SActi »-^- Mater 10 Eisenhower . and others llMinile 17 African river 27Diilikes 41 Comlorti IB Angry 28 Fish 42 Direction 23 Jungle beasts 29 Otherwise 43 Opposed 24 majesty 31 Shakespearean 44 Pace 25 Hebrew character 48 Outlet month 33 Ledger entries 47 Medley 2t Founder 38 Sway 48 Seines mentally 40 Sicounters 50 Winglike "part 27 En 30 Girl'l nam* 32 Vaulted 34 Shiny fabric 35 Saltpeter* 38 Before 37 Soaks flax 3t Gaelic 40 Colt's mother 41 MeasurM oftyp* 42 Artist's tabl* 45 Avoidance 4,9 Coma befort 51 Suffix 52 Let it stand 53 Unit-pirated 54 Insect egg 55 Gratuitle* SB Shakespeare • contributed to the fine 57 Distress signal 1 2 Range DOWN Antony ICKW4PAPKR ENTERPRISE ASSfC. Dr. Graham Etch's father. A second son was bom to the older co.uple in 1840; they called him Fred, after his father. This son Decame the father of more than one son, one of whom was the Le- Soy whom the writer' knew, and who was the father of Madeline Thomas, now living in Salt Lake City. CLYDE FITCH, now living on Eoyal Center Rural .Route 1, is another grandson of Fred Fitch, as is.Owen Fitch, living on the Vest Side. Owen has a son living n Indianapolis, 'also a grandson n college. Each generation of the family las had a representative in some ranch of the armed services ol he country. At present that representative is Naval Commander larry Fitch, now stationed at Key ffest, Florida. 'Owen Fitch told he writer that he received a pic- ure of the Commander and his hree daughters last Christmas. Dr. Graham Fitch had two daughters, one of whom married an Evansville man, Charles Den >y, who later became a member of the diplomatic corps as ambas sador to • China. The other girl married Dr. Asa Coleman, who was her father's partner, 'and vhose home was at 1012 East tfarket. Two grandsons and a granddaughter of Dr. Coleman ive in New York City. WE HAD A LETTER from the >randdaughter recently, in which she says she doesn't recall the arge weeping willow; in fact, she aid she is inclined to believe it was nothing' more than a myth She does recall a smaller one al he west edge of the lawn, near the fence, because, as a young girl she had to keep it watered Our guess is that the~ one she NOW THRU WED. rotfre all sinners lYou'llaJl burn in hell! Tell'emGorttry... tell 'em everything -but not about your whiskey and your women! Gwmnr FEATURES START AT 1:15-3:55-0:35-9:15 -with This amazing top-of-the- range burner makes every pot and kettle in your home an automatic cooking utensil.. No need for expensive plug-in pans and fryers. Simply set it and forget it—just like -your oven. nursed was grown from a twig off the first one. THERE ARE several weeping willows growing in the East End, and every time the writer sees one he wonders if it might have grown from a twig off the tree in the Fitch yard at 711 East Market. When, and if, the reader visits Mount Vernon, remember that a Logansport woman, Mrs. Harriet V. Fitch, wife of Hoosier Congressman Graham Newell Fitch, was a member of the group of dedicated women who bought the place something like a century ago, and restored it to something like its original beauty, as the father of-his country planned and build it. "Ole SalctT Looking For Retirement Site ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Louis Satchmo Armstrong is looking around this West African republic for a retirement homesite. His wife, Lucille, says the veteran trumpeter, now 60, has a strong, urge to settle hereabouts. Civil Engineers Alert To Keep Runways Open During wintertime the already large-scale duties of the Civil Engineers office at Bunker Hil] reaches monumental proportions When the words "snow on the runway" filter through the office the reaction is akin to an "alert" call for jet pilots. What happens (hen is just as important and effective as 'the operation of an airplane. The base snow removal crew is equipped with two 54,000 pound "Rollover 10"'trucks, which operate at a speed of 45 miles per hour; two "Rollover 8" trucks, with similar speed; and^six huge rotary blowing trucks, each of which is capable of removing six tons of snow in 15 minutes. MAJOR NORRIS GOODWIN, the officer in direct charge of the civil engineer office, said an airman must receive 50 hours of specialized training before he is certified to operate the big blow ing machine. Major commented: "If you Goodwin think an airplane is complicated, just crawl into one of these machines. Even pilots wonder how we operate them." Whenever snow on the runway exceeds one inch, the engineering crews scramble into the blowers and begin their removal task. The machines, which are powered by a 12 .cylinder air cooled aircraft engine, are kept on the job until the runway is • cleared. In the event of an all-night storm the work is tremendous and,-for the airman engineer, seemingly endless. As Major Goodwin explained, unless the airstrip is cleared, the planes can't, land. THE COUNTY AND state roads which lead into the base must also be given consideration. The civil engineer office has a mutual agreement with state and local county' officials to assist in the event of a severe disaster or snow. Snow removal is just one aspect of the civil engineer operation, however. Major Goodwin's duties can be compared to a utilities superintendent of a city the size of Logansport. Central heating, for instance, is under his supervision. The base heating plant contains four 1,200 horsepower boilers, each of which is capable of generating 45,000 pounds of steam per hour. NINE CIVILIANS and two airmen work at the plant. It is so designed that, during the winter, three of the boilers provide the required heat. The fourth is used as a spare in case of a breakdown or a sudden and severe cold spell. During summer only one unit, operating at 45% of capacity, is in use. This provides heat for the base hospital. The long list of units heated by the plant include: flight lines, the industrial area, base exchange, theatre, service club, officers club, hospital, dormitories, and mess halls. Five thousand people in all phases of base activity daily receive the benefit of the steam plant's heat. THE ENGINEER'S office, in addition, is responsible for the upkeep and small construction problems of all base real estate (which is extensive), all roads, airfield pavement, the military office buildings, water distribution system, and electrical system. It also supervises the storage and dispensing of fuel for airplanes, trucks, and official cars. The utilities in all 930 of the base housing units .must be kept in top running order. This the civil engineers also see to. And, according to Goodwin, it is this activity which makes the office more extensive .than a regular city utilities chief.' The latter is not responsible, for instance, for a pipe leak in a private home. THE CIVIL ENGINEERS building where Major Goodwin is located also has a carpenter shop, an electrical shop, and a plumbing shop. When the Major was asked about the fire, department, which also falls within the realm of his office, he came to a halt, indicating that it was worth a full story in itself. Two Recipes for Ham Awarded To Jacqueline BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP)That tantalizing smell coming from Jacqueline Kennedy's kitchen soon will be ham, old ham from Kentucky. And it'll be cooked by one of two special recipes which Mayor R. D. Graham forwarded to the Democratic presidential nominee's wife in Washington. Why two recipes? "So she'll have a choice. Just like in politics," the mayor explained with a grin. Install Gum Wad Disposal Envelopes OSAKA, Japan (AP)-The consciences of chewing gum makers Bothered -them when discarded wads marred the marble sidewalk n the new Shinsaibashi shopping :enter. Graham presented the ham- weight unknown—to Sen. John F. Kennedy last Saturday after he made a campaign stop here. Kennedy, probing the mold with his fingers, decided "he would take everyone's word that this is good and eat it." He asked Graham to let "Jackie know how we should handle this" and scribbled her address on .a piece of paper. The mayor, not wishing to lake chance, borrowed the recipes from the county agent's office, which has a "good home economics instructor." Both start out the same way: Wash and scrape ham to remove mold. Place the ham, rind side up, in a large kettle or lard can and simmer in water. Then, says recipe No. 1: "Cook ' until lender or until thermometer placed in center of ham registers 170 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes 20-30 minutes per pound. Cool in the broth, remove the rind, sprinkle surface lightly with white sugar, flour and cornmeal and bake in a hot oven." Recipe No. 2 says the ham, after simmering, should be cooked "until the skin wrinkles and the bone shows. Roll off the skin or the rind and bake for 3 hours at 250.degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle with white sugar, cornmeal, powdered cloves and brown in a hot LOOK WHAT lOe BUYS AT A&P! A&P Applesauce ^ A&P'S SLICED 14-OZ. STIX 2%-OZ.. Butterfield Potatoes Whole BeetS I on a Hominy CAN l-LB. BE«TEX BRAN* . . CAN l-LB. . CAN 15-OZ. ... CAN .15-07.. CAN l-LB. TURNIP, MUSTARD OR KALE CAN' AW WHOLE WffiTE A&P Spinach Greens Sultana Pork Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Golden 'n' Beans l-LB. . .CAN SH-OZ. •<•• AMERICAN BEAUTY m. CREAM STYLE . . . AND MANY MORE is-oi- • CAN SALE BENNETT'S — SAVE 17c Prune Juice 3 QT- 1.00 BTLS. -VW A&P SLICED OR CHUNK Pineapple 3 20-OZ. ^ .00 CANS FRESH DAILY — JANE PARKER — "ITS NATIONAL DONUT MONTH" Glazed Donuts 33 C MARVEL ANTI-FREEZE Was $1.89 NOW 1 69 Gal. OXFORD PARK GRASS SEED 98 5 IB. BAG

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