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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1937 THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA PAGE FIVE This Changing World Cass County Historical Society PART 472 On October 27 the new Sunday paper carried an editorial commending Longcliff, the Logansport State Hospital, a mile or so down the Wabash from town, and praising the work now being done there by Dr. John Southworth, the present Superintendent. All very fine; we were glad to note the appreciative expression. A day or so later we came across an editorial of a different tone. Hero it is, verbatim: "There are grave doubts of the desirability of an asylum for the insane as u near neighbor of a small city like Logansport, and H 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 Let us stop and think hotel near that corner now is only the Annex to the original Mew Barnett, which' extended clear to the corner. The first Barnelt Hotel stood on the corner of Third and Market, a block east of the site of 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 i" 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 :>ent reporters along with the Legislators: The man who represented the Sentinel, Jap Turpin, was handy with his adjectives. The Journel printed some of his stuff as it appeared in the Sentinel after he got back. Here is the way he described Logansport i "Well-shaded streets walled on a little before we waste .efforts te secure the gloom of the presence in our midst of hundrcrds of howl-! ,„„„,„. * "Business block adjoining a principal thoroughfare plate ing 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 vigorous, and must have been rather startling to the Journal staff. It brought a repercussion from as far as Indianapolis/ Simon P. ! glass front towering five stories . . . properly of Senator Magee." Did you know you lived in that kind of a town? We assume the property belonging to Rufus Magee was the three story buildin,; at 317-9 Fourth where Grover Timberlake is now, but to the best of our knowledge it was never 5 stories high. Some present-day readers will understand the reference to Smithson College as a possible site for the proposed new institution. Ten or twelve years before this controversial matter came up, the Universalist church, aided iy a bequest of Philip Pollard, who By WILL BALL $55,000 for the building and 320 acres of land. Vague mention was made of river frontage, which we i 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 hill, 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 or; it. Most of the houses thete now were built by him in the 9Q'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. Sharvklin 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. Shanklin $14,500 for his farm. It was interesting to note how the Journal reversed itself when it found that its attitude was unpopular with influential citizens. A day Retired Mon Lists Three Steps To Happiness - BL BEULAH STOWE There are three parts to'retirement, says Mr. .H. L. Harris, a department'store executive who :etired three years ago. There is anticipation—when you car.'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 begin to wonder what to do next. There is readjustment—when you 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 doesnjt come easy to a man who never had time for it before, ajid 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 ior 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 of 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 or so after that first editorial ap- so that when he retires he will still be a complete 1 individual, not peared another one said: of course, , arl over-age cog discarded from the machinery of business. Sheerin, "Si" to his friends, a for- built the magnificent home on the mer Logansport man living in In-; southwest corner of Seventh and dianapolis, answered immediately, 1 Market, established a college on 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 Quincy 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 the hill-top at the north end of Sycamore street, now North Third. That institution lasted only u few years, and at that time was vacant. It had been mortgaged to an insurance company before thu college folded. Judge Dykeman was trying to interest the Legislature in taking 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 proximity of a colony of "howling maniacs." Finally after about a week, they were supporting the idea heartily. Prior to that time Indiana had only one hospital for persons afflicted mentally. That was at Jn- dianapolis, away out on West Washington street, the Central 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 looked 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 A—No. Two months is too soon to decide, and living with one's! People now retired like most children is often not satisfactory for eitlier generation. If there parents had their children by are grandchildren, they may annoy you, no matter how much you ' Jove them. Close your house and visit your daughters. Be glad 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. 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 XI. S. Government. Let's have a look: Eetired 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. child who ever dares say "I didn't 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: 3. Inquire, when the parents retire, about their financial security. Don't probe. Just ask if help is *-...-.-,. s ™™=,; =»o? s zn«po* -a »-*r±r a r ance 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 them. . your children want you, but keco your independence if you can. sign 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 made with arc 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." tire. •1. Until such lime as society .for their own personal joy. There's I Still, no law required the par- no arguing this. Possibly to age'ents to do ALL they did. And any can find a place for retired people — it has none now — maka 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 tor you. Go once in a while wilhput your own children. Loving and honoring elders are deeply ingrained traits of good people. It's not always going to be fashionable to think panuoi* are fools. LONGEST MIGRATION North American land bird with the longest migration is the nighthawk, which travels from, as far ,south as Alaska to Argentina in South America. Record Hop after the Kewanna- Star City game which was held State Hospital now then known inTtile Kewanna gymnasium . _ _' ; Jjnnnnn Rrmirn innirw />laci Jeanne Brawn, junior class can- as Mount Jackson, for reasons un-1 ..^f nlle f ° wn > ^ alor CJa , 5fi rcan ' known to the writer, for there is «, £*?•"»1 ^om ^vengood from noticeable elevation anywhere near. It was proposed to establish three more, and that was actually done; one here, one at Richmond, over the empty college building |.and one at Evansville. for the new asylum. The structure was a three-story and basement 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 st over shortly after the Solons turned thumbs down, but the tenure of agitating the matter at his end. I that outfit was shorter than that Finally, on March 18, which was of the original school. It lasted 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 only two or three years. We have small grounds for our surmise; nothing but a fair acquaintance with Judge Dykeman in- Incidentally, Fort Wayne was a contender for the location of the one finally established here. The picture shows the Shanfclin 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. KewannaPTAHas Education Session REWANNA—The Parent-Teachers Association sponsored an afternoon "Come as You Are" meeting Tuesday in co-operation with .National Education Week. Grades later years, but we wonder if t.he| 7 _, 12 were ^ 0 invited to ^ meet . Judge was expecting to collect a| ing . p au j Bowman, Director of real estate dealer's commission from the mortgage holder if he made a sale. incoherent, but we believe thej . The proposition made to the As- 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 Murdock 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 sembly was a price of $25,000 for the building and 12 acres of land, or, if more ground was wanted, Admissions at Manchester College spoke on preparing in high school Tor college and also to students who are not planning to attend college. Friday evening, November 1, the Sunshine Society sponsored a 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 Mc.- Kinney, 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 Nawgent won third prize with her 'twirling act. confidential CASH LOANS quickly! 500 ^ W l-¥»-l Open Wednesday Afternoon 226 S. Third St., Logansport 285S .rush to, HIATT'S for my NORCROSS Christmas Cards Wrappings HIATT'S Next To Logan Theatre BASEMENT STORE IMPORTED NEW ROYAL PLYMOUTH COTTON HOOKED RUGS Oval And Oblong 22"x34" 23"x43" • 34"x54" 44 // x68 // 91"xll4" 9'xl2' 2.88 3.88 6.88 10.88 39.Z. 49.95 "TALK OF THE TOWN" CLIPPED CHENILLE 24x70 RUNNERS All with NON.SKID Backs Perfect! Washable! 14 Beautiful Colors! Runners: For hallways, entrances, and heavy -traffic areas on large rugs — for srairs and offices too! 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