25 years ago – 1997
July 2 – Backorders rose to 770 for the walkway of the Carnegie Building, which will become the new home of the Anderson Fine Arts Center. As part of a fundraiser to restore the Carnegie Building, the center sold 521 $150 bricks and 249 $250 bricks.
July 7 – Anderson Public School students may soon be subject to drug testing. The ACS Board will review the system’s first policy on drug testing, which corporate lawyer David Gottshall believes will have the support of a majority of student parents. He said students suspended for more than three days or suspected of being under the influence of drugs, including alcohol, may be required to submit a urine test.
50 years ago – 1972
July 1 – Anderson College will officially unveil its new Bennett Natatorium on September 5, along with C. Carson Conrad, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, as a special guest for the occasion. The building is dedicated to Dr. Rollie A. Bennett, Anderson’s longtime dentist who was a strong supporter of Anderson’s college athletics from the start.
July 6 – During Wednesday’s two-hour Anderson Free Fair tour, Senator Birch Bay, somewhere between the Young Democrats Egg Throw booth and the Anderson High School Band’s water dunk, managed to discuss his possible VP nomination. When he was chosen as McGovern’s running mate, the young senator said, “The chances are not very good.”
100 years ago – 1922
4th of July – Mrs. Hanora Krok, 85, widow of Robert Croke, one of Anderson’s original residents, died last night of heart failure at her home on Jefferson Street. Mrs. Croke came to this city in 1858, shortly thereafter met Mr. Croke and married him. The house was built over 60 years ago and is an Anderson landmark as it is the only surviving log house in town.
July 8 – As a precautionary measure, Special Officer Thomas Laramore of the Big Four Railroad Company asked the sheriff’s deputies to assign several railroad company guards to patrol the southern yards. There have been no outbreaks or riots, but salespeople who quit the railroad on July 1 are actively picketing around shops in the Big Four yards.
Since the 1800sJuly 6, 1897 – Stuart and Ho had $11 stolen from the money box at the green house yesterday during dinner. Sergeant Robbins investigated, and his suspicions settled on Edgar, Mr. Stewart’s 15-year-old son. Robbins called the boy to the police station, where he confessed to taking the money.
July 9, 1897 – This afternoon, from a train laden with the sons of veterans, a delegation from Major Doxey’s camp arrived from the state camp at Marion. The Anderson crowd was happy because Captain Horace S. Stilwell of Major Doxey’s camp was elected delegate-at-large to the national camp by 130 votes to 36.
Compiled by Elmore Hammes for The Herald Bulletin.