From the Nov. 13-18, 1940 editions of the Princeton Clarion-News

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO PRINCETON BY PLANE NOV. 23Santa Claus’ big single-winged airplane swooped low over Princeton Tuesday and dropped off a letter to all of the kiddies of the vicinity.

It said:

“My little friends in Princeton and vicinity, this is just to remind you that I will be back at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23. That is just 10 days off now. I hope that I will see a lot of you kiddies in a big parade from the landing field to the Hotel Emerson, where I will make my headquarters in Princeton. I’ll be seeing you!”

In addition to the time he spends on the streets, he has promised to appear at several stores in downtown Princeton between Nov. 23 and Christmas.

In previous years Princeton has had a Christmas display of lights and decorations second to none in southern Indiana. Merchants and other leading citizens already have started making plans to repeat and improve their decorations.

Princeton Clarion-News and Daily Democrat are planning a special Christmas edition to go to press Friday, Nov. 22, just prior to Santa’s visit.

CITIZENS’ INTERESTS AT STAKEInterests of the citizens of Princeton are at stake in the petition of the Hoosier Gas corporation, now before the Public Service Commission of Indiana, in which officials of the company seek a revision of existing gas rates for all its customers of the city.

BEAUTICIANS PLAN XMAS PARTYDuring the regular meeting of the Princeton unit of the Indiana Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association held Tuesday evening in the Doll-Up Beauty Shop, plans were made for a potluck dinner and Christmas party to be held in December at the home of the president, Mrs. Flora Mae Rainbolt.

Miss Florence Kilroy, health nurse, showed an educational moving picture, and regular business was transacted.


With field goals of the teams even, Mackey High School’s cagers dropped 16 free throws through the drapes in 24 attempts to triumph over Oakland City here last night, 28 to 17.

Mackey paced all quarters at 7-3, 16-6 and 18-13 as the scoring was distributed. Three players left the tilt on personal fouls.

Oakland City Seconds copped the preliminary, 19-12.

HARMON WELL SHOT; OIL, WATER FLOW FOLLOWS BLASTThe McCloskey test on the farm of John W. Harmon, this city, being drilled by the Mohawk Drilling company and Major Oil company, as a farm-out of the Carter Oil Company, was shot with nitro-glycerine shortly after noon today resulting in a mixture of oil and water, it was announced at Owensville this afternoon.

Efforts will be made by the drillers, it was said, to close the water off and if successful, make a test of the oil. Casings had been set for about seven feet of saturation.

AROUND THE SQUAREMrs. Corwin Whitman window shopping on the north side...Robert Hall standing on the west side, watching the “Pot Of Gold” crowd...Mrs.Fred Luecking talking to a friend on the east side..Mrs. J.B. Lear and daughter, Mrs. John Watkins cut across the south courthouse lawn...Shelby Stevens hurrying south on the west side...Mrs. Ralph Heim leaving the Farmers bank...Ed Turner and Floyd LaMar walking west on the inside of the square on the south the temperature remained below freezing this morning AROUND THE SQUARE.


Many questionnaires mailed out to Gibson County residents are improperly filled out when returned to the county selective service board, Don Moore, chief clerk of the board, said today.

Because of this, every registrant is urged to obtain the advice and assistance of an adviser, which is furnished free of charge to the registrants. A list of the advisers is included with every questionnaire mailed out by the board.

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Something new in basketball is promised in the Owensville High School gymnasium Friday night, when a ghost game will be played. It is reported the game will be played in total darkness, with the uniforms, balls, nets and court lines painted with special paint which glows in the darkness and gives a weird appearance.


Confusion of brief duration was created yesterday afternoon during the Gottman murder trial in the Gibson circuit court, when a swivel chair occupied by Judge A. Dale Eby, suddenly broke and let His Honor fall heavily, backwards, to the floor.

Court attaches hastened to the aid of the judge, another chair was procured and after a brief recess, the trial resumed. Judge Eby appeared today to be none the worse for the occurrence.


“Fathers’ Night” will be observed at the regular meeting of the Lowell Parent-Teacher association to be held Tuesday evening in the school assembly at 7:30 o’clock. The school building will be open at 7 o’clock and teachers will be in their rooms in order that parents may have an opportunity to get acquainted with them.

Albert J. Veneman of Evansville, judge of the juvenile division of the Probate Court, will be guest speaker.

A large attendance of mothers and fathers is requested.


Gibson county’s quota of three men for the first call in the selective service were announced today by Don Moore, chief clerk of the Gibson county selective service board.

They are: Darby Waters Linxwiler, Owensville (No.1); William M. Watkins, Francisco (No. 13) and Leo Nulton, Owensville, (No.14).

These three men passed the local physical examination here Saturday and will report at the local selective service office next morning and will then go to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, for further physical examination, issuing of equipment and instructions.

It is planned to have a color guard, from either the Princeton American Legion Post No. 25 or from Battery “D” 139th Field Artillery to escort them to the C.&E.I . Depot.

Moore stated that although Linxwiler drew number one, Watkins, who drew number 13, volunteered, and thus would be listed as the first one from Gibson County.

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