Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on November 10, 1957 · Page 61
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 61

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, November 10, 1957
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1957 THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and 10GANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT. INDIANA PAGE FTVB This Changing World Cass County Historical Society PART 472 1 hotel near that corner now is only On October 27 the new Sunday the Annex to the original New Bar- paper carried an editorial com-,nett, which extended clear to the mending Longcliff, the-Logansport I corner. The first Barnett Hotel State Hospital, a mile or so down stood on the corner of Third and the Wabash from towr;, and prais-i Market, a block east of the site of ing the work now being done there by Dr. John Southworth, the present Superintendent. All very fine; we were giad to note the appreciative expression. A day or so later we came across an editorial of a different tone. Here it is, verbatim: "There are grave doubts of the desirability 'of an asylum for the insane as a near neighbor of a small city like Logansport, and it Is not probable that the Legislature will act on the matter at this session. Moreover, the Smithson College building is not in any sense fit for such a use, while it is undeniably adapted for many uses that would be more pleasant and profitable. Let us stop and think a little before we waste efforts to secure the gloom of the presence in our midst of hundrerds of bowling maniacs." Date, February 7, 1883. We don't know who wrote that editorial. W. D. Pratt was the owner and nominal editor of the Journal, which published it. He had a "City editor" at one time, named James T. Bryer; he may have been the man; if so, he probably discussed the.matter with Mr. Pratt before it appeared. At any rate, it appeared in Pratt's paper, so he had to accept the responsibility. The reaction was prompt and rigorous, and must have been rather startling to the Journal staff. It brought a repercussion from as far as Indianapolis. Simon P. Sheerin, "Si" to his friends, a former Logansport man living in Indianapolis, answered immediately, condemning the attitude of the Journal. A lot of local men, all prominent citizens, got into the fight. Public meetings were called at the Court House, the only place in town, apparently, available for such affairs. Men like" Judge Dykeman, Dr. J. M. Justice, attorney Quiticy A. Myers, Joseph T. McNary, James McTaggart, and others which mean nothing to us today, but which were leaders in the town then, participated in the squabble. Petitions were circulated, asking the Legislature to give favorable consideration to the advantages of the town as a site for one of the several such institutions that it was proposed to establish in the state. The petition invited the legislature, then ir: session, to visit Logansport and see how good we really were. Rufus Magee was a member of the Assembly, and he did his part in agitating the matter at his end. Finally, on March 18, which was Sunday, two passenger coach loads of legislators came to Logansport via the Panhandle railroad, now the Pennsylvania, and gave Logansport the once-over. The trip was made at no expense to the visitors; the railroad donated the special train. The newspaper account is rather incoherent, but we believe the crowd came Saturday afternoon and returned Monday morning. Some of the visitors were entertained in private homes; the rest put up at the two principal hotels, the Murciock and the New Barnett. For the record, we're going to Identify these hotels a little more. The Murdock, now gone without a trace, was at 317-319 Broadway; the ew Barnett, so advertised to distinguish it from the old hotel of the same name, stood on the northeast corner of Second and Market. It burned about 1919 or 1920; the long...have to .rush to HIATTS for my NORCROSS Christmas Cards Wrappings HIATT'S Next To Logan Theatre the new hotel, and on the south side of the street. For a long time it was occupied by a class of citizens which kept the police force busy. With that fact in mind it is easy to understand why Atwater Barnett insisted on having his place known as the "New" Barnett. Just like all newspapers do now, the Indianapolis newspapers sent reporters along with the Legislators. The man who represented the Sentinel, Jap Turpin, was handy with his adjectives. The Journal printed some of his stuff as it appeared in the Sentinel after he got back. Here is the way he described Logansport: "Well-shaded streets walled on either side by stately mansions" "Business block adjoining a principal thoroughfare plate glass front towering five stories . . property of Senator Magee." Did you know you lived in that kind of a town? We assume the property belonging to Rufus Magee By WILL, BALL, $55,000 for the building and 320 acres of land. Vague mention was made of river frontage, which we don't understand, because none of the property reached within a half mile, or more, . of either river. The ground at the foot of the hil!, now built up, -including Chicago, College and Liberty streets, from Pollard and Columbia streets south to the bed of the Wabash & Erie Canal, now Water street, was vacant. It was a swampy tract, and generally considered of little value until John Lux, of the South Side, platted the tract and.began building OE it. Most of the houses there now were built by him" in the 90's. The Legislators returned to Indianapolis, and, so far as we could find in the Journal, adjourned without taking action in the matter. However, a commission was appointed, evidently with power to act, for a tract of land, the Andrew G-. Shanklin farm of 160 acres, was selected, and purchased. The citizens of Cass County donated 121.86 acres adjoining, making a total of 281.86 acres. The State paid Mr. Shanfclin $14,500 for his farm. It was interesting to note how the Journal reversed itself when it . ...... .... , was the three story building at ; IO " n d that its attitude was unpopu- 317-9 Fourth where Grover Tim . ; lar with influential citizens. A day berlake is now but to the besti cr so after, that first editorial ap- of our knowledge it was never 5|Pff e lf^ er .. 0 l e ,!? ld ; stories high. Some present-day readers will understand the reference to Smithson College as a possible site for the Journal wanted to support whatever was best for the good of the community. Others followed, each one a little nearer- acceptance of the idea of tolerating, the prox- the proposed new institution. Ten imity of a colony:Q £ "howling ma- or twelve years before this con-: niacs „ Fina]ly ^ ter about a week _ troversial matter came up, the;u iev were SU p por ti n g tne idea Umversalist church, aided by a .'heartily bequest of Philip Pollard, who j Prior'to that time Indiana had built the magnificent home on the; on , lv one hospital for person . s a£ . southwest corner of Seventh andi. flicted mental ! v . Tnat was at j n Market, established a college on dianapolis, away out on West the hill-top at the north end of Sycamore street, now North Third. That institution lasted only a few years, and at that time was vacant. It had been mortgaged to an insurance company before the college folded. Washington street, the Central State Hospital now, then known as Mount Jackson, for reasons unknown to the writer, for there is no noticeable -elevation anywhere near. It was proposed to establish Judge Dykeman was trying to'three more, and that was actually interest the Legislature in. taking'done; one here, one at Richmond, over the empty college building j and one at Evansville. for the new asylum. The structure! Incidentally, Fort Wayne was a was a three-story and basement. contender for the. location of the building, perhaps 80 or 90 feet long^ by 50 or 60 feet wide, standing at the top of the hill on the west side of the road. It was a well-built brick edifice, and, judging by its condition when the writer first saw it, about six years after the Legislature visited it, would have been a fine site for another school. In fact, another school, the American Normal, did take it over shortly after the Solons turned thumbs -down, but the tenure of that outfit was shorter than that of the original school. It lasted only two or three years. We have small grounds ,for our surmise; nothing but a fair acquaintance with Judge Dykeman in: later years, but we wonder if the Judge was expecting to collect a real estate dealer's commission from the mortgage holder if he made a sale. The proposition made to the Assembly was a price of $25,000 for the building and 12 acres of land, or, if more ground was wanted, one finally established here. The picture shows the Shankh'n farm before the State took it over. It is an oil painting, long owned by the late William Heppe. The kindness of Mrs. Mildred Carew, daughter of Mr. Heppe, made it possible to copy the painting. Kewanna PJA Has Education Session KEWANNA—The Parent-Teachers Association sponsored an afternoon "Come as You Are" meeting Tuesday in co-operation with National Education Week. Grades 7-fl2 were also invited to the meeting. Paul Bowman, Director of Admissions at Manchester College spoke on preparing in high school for college and also to students who are not planning to attend college. Friday evening, November 1, the Sunshine Society sponsored a Retired Man Lists Three Steps To Happiness BL BEULAH STOWE There are three parts to retirement, says Mr. H. L. Harris, a department store executive who retu-ed three years ago. There is anticipation—when you! can't wait to walk out of the office for the last time and leave your problems to some younger man. There is realization—when you have been retired for about two weeks and you l)egin to wonder what to do next. There 'is readjustment—when yiju have been retired for a year or more and have found happiness. "During the first .year I was retired-I discovered boredom," Mr. Harris admits. "For the .first time in my life there were too many hours a day. 'Relaxing doesn't come easy to a man who never had time for it before,, and I had to learn how." Mr. Harris-gives a speech for a men's club now and then and he likes to paint water colors. These are the only two things he does in retirement that he planned ahead. . , "The worst part of retirement," says Mr. Harris, "is that you lose all your playmates. My friends were mostly business friends, and they had no time for me when I became a man without a job and a title. -"And the best part, of retirement-is getting rid of the worries and pressures of a job. Personnel problems, competition and pleasing the boss made my job a tough one. ^Freedom is a wonderful experience." ' .. ' • The third phase W retirement, 'achieving happiness, would be easier with more pre-retirement. planning, Mr. Harris believes. Any man past 50 should devote vacations and leisure time to planning what he will do when he receives full-time- freedom for a 65th birthday gift. ' He should make friends who will still be friends when the business tie is broken. And he should develop himself and his talents so that when he retires he will still be a complete individual, not an over-age cog discarded from the machinery of business. * • * • ' Q—"My husband died two months ago, and I am alone in a house which is too big and lonely for me. My two daughters, both married, have both asked me to come and live with .them. Would you advise me to sell the house and live with my children?"—Mrs L. C. B. A—No. Two months is too soon to decide, and living with one's children is often not satisfactory for either generation. If there are grandchildren, they may annoy you, no matter how much you love them. Close your house and visit your daughters. Be clad fnr your children want you, but keen your independence if you c.n.' |£ arg^'^'l^ssibly To^ge Record Hop after the Kewanna- Star City game which was held in the Kewanna gymnasium. Jeanne Brown, junior class candidate, and Tom Livengood, from the Sophomore class reigned as king and queen of the Halloween Carnival, Wednesday evening, October 28. Carol Reinholt and "Marion Foust were crowned prince and princess. The amateur talent show was another highlight with first prize going to Mary 'Ruth Anderson, Sandy Miller, Kate McKinney, and Sandra Hinderlider, who sang "Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild, Wild; Men." Second .prize was awarded to Sharyn Johnston and Jan Reinholt for their act, "Two Tramps." _ Betty Newgent won third prize with her twirling act. THE GOLDEN YEARS Parents At 65..*A Time To Reflect By THOMAS COLLINS PARENTS AT 65 ... A TIME TO REFLECT A good bit of intellectual nonsense about an adult child's responsibility to a retired parent is being peddled around. ' The gist of it is that a child shouldn't have any. 'And it seems to be coming from well-educated experts who base their opinions on statistics,, and from people who want the problems of growing old to become a public affair handled by public agencies or the U. S. Government. Let's have a look: Retired parents in huge numbers need things their adult children could supply —but probably no more than a fourth of them' are asking their children to supply them. Some need money. Some need a position of some importance in the society of our times. Almost all of them need companionship. There is no question about the needs. Seven to eight thousand letters that have come in from retired people over the last six months, and that are in the file cases beside my desk, list thorn. NEEDS ARE PERSONAL There is no supermarket where these needs-can be filled. For the retired delinquent there is..— the nearest public welfare office. But not for the average, self-respecting citizen who has always loolf- ed after his own. There are pensions and Social Security, but the needs are too personal for even a Welfare State to"fill. Adult children can fill them. And it is difficult to see why they think they shouldn't. People now retired, like most parents had their children by design or accident, and had them 6 or so it was still a matter of •personal joy, plus responsibility. But from then on the pattern changed. Almost every decision the parents made was ma.de with an eye on what, would help the children attain a good life — where they lived, in order to get good schools; what they ate, in order to develop good bodies; what youthful friends they encouraged and discouraged, what rules they made,, what home duties they imposed — in order to give the children the environment and the self-reliance that would help them get a good life. , Love and happiness of the- parents were all mixed up with this, of course. And you could argue all night that 'such things were the parents' duty ... ''We didn't ask to be born." child who ever dares say "I didnt ask to be born" does, after all, know how to get unborn fast. ' Few,children could make up in a lifetime for just one thing their parents did — turning their lives into turmoil on Sunday mornings to get them to church. And I doubt many of them had much personal fun doing it, or had to. CHILD'S RESPONSIBILITY Every adult child of retired people should: 1. Inquire, when the parents retire, about their financial security. Don't probe. Just ask if help is needed. Do this especially if the parents have been forced to retire. ' 2. Until such time as society can find a place for retired people — it has none now — mak« efforts to find them one. It may be a social niche somewhere, friends, a civic position, or even a job. Children can. ask and seek these things with more dignity than their parents. 3. Go visit them. SIMPLY GO VISIT THEM. Most of them are lonely, and they long mostly for you. Go once in a while your own children. 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