Friday, January 27, 2023
24 Hours in Addison Township: 7:40 a.m.
Shelbyville Middle School teacher Ken Wilson leads a weekly math tutoring session. A test scheduled for the day of the photo shoot helped ensure a full classroom. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS
Wilson to Run for City Council
Shelbyville Common Council 1st Ward candidate Kassy Wilson, right, stands with her campaign chair Aleigha Simerly-Crouch and Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Rob Nolley on the courthouse staircase. | submitted
Editor’s note: The following press release was submitted on behalf of Republican Shelbyville Common Council 1st Ward candidate Kassy Wilson. Joanne Bowen, a Democrat, currently holds the 1st Ward seat, but is running for an at-large position. Susie Pouder will run on the Democrat ticket in the 1st Ward.
My name is Kassy Wilson, and I filed to run for 1st Ward City Council on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. My husband, Ken Wilson, is a math teacher at Shelbyville Middle School. We have been married for 10 years and are the proud parents of Kenneth (9) and Lucas (7). We have lived in Shelbyville for almost 14 years. I have worked at First Financial Bank for almost seven years, specializing in Affluent Banking as a Preferred Banker with Wealth Management. We are a very active family involved with school activities, coaching youth baseball (9u), and youth basketball year round. Both boys play on travel teams for both baseball and basketball. I am a member of the Major Hospital Foundation Committee, Vice President of Coulston Elementary PTO, Christian Chair and involved in the youth ministries at First Christian Church. Additionally, I volunteer monthly delivering Meals on Wheels with Shelby Senior Services. I am excited to run for City Council because I feel a need to be more involved in the community and I look forward to bringing conservative solutions to the City of Shelbyville. The City of Shelbyville has seen great investments in our local businesses and our downtown expansions in recent years and I look forward to further growing our community in a responsible manner.
Shelbyville Middle School Athletes of the Meet at this week’s swimming competition were Hannah Shouse, Emily Keifer, Everett Stegemiller and Brody
Shelbyville Central Schools’ 8th grade Information Night for incoming Shelbyville High School freshmen is Monday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. at SHS. Students and their families will start in different areas of the building based on alphabetical location: (A-G: Golden Bear Room, H-P: Media Center, Q-Z: Garrett Gymnasium) All 8th grade students and families interested in SHS are welcome to attend.
Editor’s note: Loyal subscribers - A few housekeeping matters as we wind down - 1.) There should be no further charges to any account moving forward. I’ll monitor this, but if you have any questions or issues, let me know. 2.) You can disregard any “unsubscription” emails from The Addison Times. You should continue to receive each daily edition! 3.) Our final edition will be March 1. Given Feb. 28 is a busy meeting night for local government and organizations, we won’t leave you hanging; we’ll see February through. 4.) Again, thank you so much for your loyal support of The Addison Times. - Kristiaan Rawlings
HOOSIER NEWS: A national pet brand chain is a driving force behind two Indiana bills that would block local communities from enforcing outright bans on the retail sale of pets, drawing pushback from animal advocates. Such ordinances already exist in cities like Bloomington and Carmel. Pet stores in those municipalities are currently barred from selling cats or dogs within city limits. Instead, they can only collaborate with animal care or rescue organizations to show adoptable cats and dogs. Corporate and franchise representatives from Petland, the nation’s largest chain of stores that sell puppies and other pets, testified that the bills offer “relief” from those types of bans and promote a regulated market for pet stores to sell animals from reputable breeders. They maintained that Petland stores do not purchase animals from puppy mills. The Humane Society of the United States and other advocacy groups challenged that claim while testifying at the Statehouse, however, doubling down on their nationwide lobbying efforts to call out Petland for “routinely deceiving consumers into believing the dogs they sell are raised humanely.” (Indiana Capital Chronicle)
NATIONAL NEWS: American women age 50 or older commit fewer than 100 gun homicides in a typical year. In contrast, men 49 or younger typically kill more than 500 people each year just with their fists and feet; with guns, they kill more than 7,000 each year. (Nicholas Kristof/New York Times)
SHELBY COUNTY PEOPLE & PLACES: Century-Old Barnard Farm Home is Near Morristown
Editor’s note: In the mid- to late 1940s, The Shelbyville Republican published a series of articles by Ave Lewis and Hortense Montgomery covering community people and places. Below is one of those 35 features.
A step into the past can be made by any who enters the century-old farm house of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Barnard, in the northern part of Shelby County. An abstract to the Barnard property in Hanover township shows that the Barnard land was entered in 1830 and that 10 years later, Jacob Green purchased 56 of the farm's acres and an additional 112 acres in 1844. The farm deed, executed on July 21, 1840, records the location in the following manner: "The west half of the southwest quarter of section number 18, Township 14, north of range 8, containing 132 acres, more or less." The farm is located one and one-quarter miles southeast of Morristown and about one-half mile south of Highway 52.
Deed to the farm was transferred by Jacob and Sarah Ann Green (parents of Sallie A. Barnard) to Granville Barnard, on September 26, 1868. An interesting stipulation to the deed was contained in the mortgage given in return for it by Granville and Sallie Barnard. This states in part: "In return for the deed to the farm, Granville and Sallie A. Barnard are to provide comfortable sustenance for Jacob and Sarah Ann Green and all the necessities of life for their natural lives, and to the survivor of them, and upon failure to so provide at any time, the equity in redemption herein may be foreclosed." Arthur B. Barnard is a grandson of the original owner. He and his wife, Monta B. Barnard, bought the home from the other two heirs.
At the time the farm was purchased by Jacob Green, the only building on it was a log cabin. Mr. Green, who was a cabinet maker and carpenter by trade, immediately began cutting timber to build a workshop and house, both of which are now standing. The buildings are constructed of wood from yellow poplar trees, which grew on the farm. The house is of colonial type and was built in 1846. It includes a recessed porch, center hall, and spacious rooms with 11-and-a-half foot ceilings. The walls and ceilings of the living room are of yellow poplar. The dining room has dado walls finished in French blue and white trim. The antique hanging lamp has been converted into an electric fixture.
The now-modern kitchen originally was a back porch. The cabinets were made from some of the original lumber of which the house is built. The cabinet tops are constructed of single boards, two feet wide and one and one-half inches thick. They now are covered with inlaid linoleum.
The well and utility room, adjacent to the kitchen, now has an electric pump and pressure system, which supplies water for the modern bathroom. A small room, once a pantry, now houses the farm locker plant. The owners have attempted to keep the furnishings in accord with the colonial-type house, while adding every modern convenience.
Another interesting part of the old farm is the workshop, built by Jacob Green more than 100 years ago. Joists were made from eight to 10-inch poplar logs, scored on the side for floor and ceiling. In this shop is the original carpenter bench, 13 feet long. The top is four feet wide and is made from two one-inch poplar boards. There is a wood vice on each side of the bench, at opposite corners. The large tool chest, handmade from wild cherry, contains the original tools used by Mr. Green.
Among the tools are a broad ax, foot adze, planes for making flooring, window frames and sash and long wood screw clamps for making doors and all kinds of frames. A three-inch pump auger with a long shaft for boring out wood pumps and pump logs is among the tools. In the shop also hangs an old ox yoke, used extensively in an earlier day.
Mr. Barnard owns the old flax flail and reap hook used by his grandfather, the candle molds and tar bucket. In the backyard hangs the old dinner bell, which called the men from the fields. The dinner bell also was used to call for help in case of a fire or an accident, in a day when telephones had not yet been invented.
According to Mr. Barnard, his grandfather was the only cabinet maker in this vicinity at the time and constructed all of the coffins for the surrounding community. He said his grandfather related that it was not unusual in those bygone days to see a man coming on horseback carrying a cornstalk which was the measurement for a coffin.
The old family Bible, with the signature of Jacob Green, and the date 1825, also is in Mr. Barnard's possession. Other old articles include a number of books, among which is a McGuffey fourth reader.
Still among other features of the interesting old farm is a large catalpa tree which stands in a recess formed by three sides of the house and is four feet in diameter.
This Week in Shelby County" works by George L. Stubbs Sr. are owned by the Shelby County Historical Society (Grover Center) and used with permission.
THIS DAY IN SHELBY COUNTY HISTORY
News around Shelbyville and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in history. Selections are curated from the Shelby County Public Library Genealogy Department.
20 YEARS AGO: 2003
Brady Claxton, a 1999 Shelbyville High School graduate, surpassed 1,000 points in his college career playing for the Division III Wabash Little Giants.
The Waldron Mohawks had four players in double figures in an 81-62 Homecoming victory over the Oldenburg Academy Twisters. Jordan Barnard scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Justin Barnard added 20 points and seven blocked shots. Bryan Hurst and Justin Sawyer each added 13 points.
30 YEARS AGO: 1993
Local officials reviewed transforming abandoned rail tracks for a jogging trail. The tracks ran from Hodell Street on Shelbyville’s west side, south to St. Joseph Street, east to Jefferson Avenue and northeast to Hendricks Street. The spur formerly was a train supply route for factories in the city. The trail would be near Morrison, Willey and Sunrise parks, and the proposed Civic Center.
40 YEARS AGO: 1983
An accidental leak of tons of liquid farm fertilizer from a bulk tank at Sohigro Service Co. at Rays Crossing was deemed unlikely to endanger the nearby Little Blue River, state officials said.
50 YEARS AGO: 1973
Shelbyville High School senior Kevin Zerr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zerr of 310 W. Mechanic St., was selected “Teen of the Month” at the Shelby County Youth Center. A member of the Junior REC board, Zerr was president of the S Club, sergeant-at-arms of the Student Council and a member of the Science Club and Boys’ Cheer Block. Kevin, 17, had lettered two years as a tackle on the varsity football team, and the past year in wrestling. Two of his older brothers were in college, one doing graduate study, and a younger brother was a freshman at SHS.
60 YEARS AGO: 1963
The first game was played in the brand-new Triton Central gym. There was room for 2,500 fans on bleachers, which folded up against the walls to give extra room when necessary. The gym was illuminated by mercury vapor lights.
70 YEARS AGO: 1953
Bob Eck, Certified Public Accountant, received the sixth annual Jaycee “Young Man of the Year” award from attorney Fred Cramer, who was a member of the Jaycee committee chosen to pick the man under 35 who did the most for his community in 1952.
80 YEARS AGO: 1943
“Fantasia” and “The War Against Mrs. Hadley” were on at the Ritz Theater’s midnight show.
The Keen Market, 148 East Washington St., announced that due to labor shortages, they would stop dressing poultry. “We will continue to sell poultry on foot,” the ad read.
90 YEARS AGO: 1933
About 125 gallons of gasoline were stolen from the Harry Endicott filling station in Flat Rock. The thief had pried the lock off the pump.
100 YEARS AGO: 1923
Dr. Paul Tindall’s vehicle was struck by a traction car at Broadway and Harrison Streets. Dr. Tindall’s car was carried about 35 feet by the car but was not overturned. Tindall was not hurt.
George Leffler, of St. Paul, caught a 20-pound raccoon on the John Townsend farm. The raccoon had reportedly been evading trappers for two or three years.
Thefts were reported in the 800 block of Meridian St. and first block of Habig St., Shelbyville, and the 100 block of S. Meridian St., Fairland.
JAIL BOOK-INS: Darian J. Howell, 27, domestic battery; Timothy E. Wallace Jr., 39, attempted theft.
Bettye Owens, 42, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at her residence. She was born August 3, 1980 in Pampa, Texas to Bobby Joe Owens and Donya (Smith) Rutkowski.
Bettye attended Shelbyville High School and also the First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville. She enjoyed playing video games and listening to music. Bettye was a homemaker and loved to do arts and crafts. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She married Paige Nicole Slavey on January 23, 2016, and she survives. Bettye is also survived by her son, Trenton Redd; daughters Samantha Owens and Jacqueline Owens; grandchildren, Paris and Londyn; sisters, Tammi Finley (husband, Michael) , Emily Aycock and Bobi Sue Owens (husband, Bryan Newbold); brother Gary Owens (wife, Samantha); grandmother, Joyce Owens, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and her grandfather, Gary G. Owens.
There will be a Gathering of Friends on Saturday, January 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN. 46176. Funeral Directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Bettye’s family. Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.
Jason Parton, age 48, of Franklin Indiana, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023, at his residence. Jason was born on Wednesday, February 27, 1974, in Franklin to Larry Parton and Paula Fortner Bottoms.
Jason was a 1992 graduate of Triton Central High School. Jason grew up in Fairland, IN. He was the oldest sibling out of three. Many memories were made running those country roads. He started his own power washing business - servicing businesses in IN, IL and OH - cleaning kitchen exhaust hood systems. He was a diehard Chicago Bears fan, as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr. If he wasn't wearing his Urlacher Jersey, you would see him sporting his Dale Jr. attire. Jason was always so proud of the accomplishments of both of his children, whether it be sports, music, work or academics.
Jason is survived by his loving children, Damon Parton of Indianapolis, IN, and Dakota Parton of Mooresville, IN. Other survivors include his parents: Larry Parton of Whiteland, IN and Paula (Johnny) Fortner Bottoms of Bargersville, IN; brother Jon (Shelly) Parton of Bargersville, IN; sister Dr. Amber (Jerome) Furlow of Signal Hill, CA; nephew Dayton Parton; many aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends. He was proceeded in death by his loving grandparents Alva Dayton and Virgie Parton, Sara and Harold Lusk, Robert Fortner and his stepfather, Bobby Bullock.
Family and friends may gather from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 at Indiana Funeral Care, Greenwood Chapel, with the service will follow. In lieu of flowers, any donations towards the funeral would be appreciated. Please call the funeral home directly at 317-348-1570 if you'd like to make a donation.