50 years ago
May 18-23 was Mailbox Improvement Week. Its purpose was to call attention to the need for improving mail receptacles which are conveniently located, neat in appearance, safe to use and protect the mail from weather.
Joseph Williams was selected as the new head basketball and track coach at Batesville High School.
BHS had 82 graduates, one of the largest in school history.
Vernon Hess and James Harpring were named Sunman Hoosier Boys State delegates. Alternates were Bill Mosmeier and David Riehle.
The Batesville Memorial Swimming Pool staff included Robert Brokamp, manager; Robert Uhlmansiek, assistant manager. The cost for season passes were $20 for a family, $8 for adults and $5 for children.
At Harmeyer’s Super Market, hamburger was 49 cents a pound, three packages of biscuits were 25 cents, two bottles of catsup were 29 cents, four cans of peaches were $1, two heads of lettuce were 25 cents, a dozen lemons were 35 cents and Ore Ida crinkle cut French fries were 39 cents for a 2-pound package.
75 years ago
A supply of nuts to feed the squirrels at Liberty Park was donated by Gerald McClain, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McClain. Park authorities asked for donations of food for the squirrels which were released in the park last winter. They appreciated the response of citizens.
The St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Yorkville, rectory was destroyed by fire.
Batesville led the state in the total and per capita purchases of U.S. savings bonds among cities having second-class post offices, and in this class ranked ninth in the entire country in average per capita sales, according to figures released by Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthan through local postmaster Clarence Andres.
Local ladies organized the Margaret-Mary Hospital Guild Batesville Chapter. Officers elected included Mrs. Clarence Andres, president, and Mrs. Lloyd Hisrich, secretary-treasurer.
The Batesville Board of Public Works asked citizens to remove downspouts from the sewer system, regardless of whether the property is served by the new or old system, because they are forbidden in a sanitary sewer. Mayor Andrew Benz said two practices, driving at excessive speeds in the city and careless bicycle riding, must stop immediately.
Strawberry pies were 25 cents at Talbert Bakery.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.