Excerpts from stories published in the Sept. 16-17, 1971 editions of The Princeton Daily Clarion:



A pickup truck and trailer transporting horses to Audubon raceway caught fire mysteriously between Haubstadt and Fort Branch on U.S. 41. There were no personal injuries and neither of the two pacers being transported to Audubon were injured. The pickup was totally destroyed and the trailer heavily damaged. owner Ronald Murphy of Logansport theorized that the straw might have been ignited by sparks from a passing diesel truck.


Miss Ellyn Woods, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Woods of Oakland City, was crowned 1971 football queen at Wood Memorial by her classmates.

NEW SHOPPING CENTERWork is nearing completion on a new shopping center on outer West Broadway in Princeton. Men were laying bricks on the Hook’s drug store which should be competed by the beginning of November. The first store to open will be Danner’s Discount Department Store (3D). The grand opening is expected to be October 20. Other stores will include a Winn-Dixie supermarket, Conservatory of Music, a bakery and a fabric store.

NEAR PERFECT FOOTBALL CLIMATESweater weather replaces swelter weather for Gibson county high school football fans planning to attend games at Princeton, Oakland City and Owensville Friday night.

The head should be no problem with a low of 43 expected overnight.

PRESIDENT ON PRINCETON LINE“Yes, Mr. President” were three big words spoken by Congressman Roger Zion that Princeton’s Mayor Bill McConnell and his wife, Jessie, won’t forget for a long time.

Congressman Zion was in Princeton to speak at a Gibson County Republican Women’s Club breakfast meeting at the Emerson. He received a telephone call near the end of the meeting and was told to return a Washington, D.C. call on a private telephone line.

Zion went to the McConnells’ nearby home and dialed the Washington operator. To his amazement, President Richard Nixon was calling him to wish him well on his 50th birthday. Zion said the President had quipped about his being 39 and said he had trying to track him down before the meeting so Zion could convey greetings from the President to fellow Republicans attending the meeting.

WOMAN PROFESSOR AT OCC TO BE SWORN IN AS AN ATTORNEYMrs. Virginia O’Leary, associate professor of English at Oakland City College, will be sworn in as an attorney before the Indiana Supreme Court and before the federal district court of Southeastern Indiana on Wednesday, Sept. 22 in ceremonies at Indianapolis.

Mrs. O’Leary, whose husband is university librarian at the University of Evansville, and whose children attend Bosse High School in Evansville, resides in Evansville.

Both Mrs. O’Leary and her sister were especially pleased to have been informed of passing the bar examinations before the death of their father, the Honorable Robert M. Morton, who had been a prominent Louisville attorney for 37 years.

HARMLESS DYE POURED IN RIVERA harmless bright red dye will be poured into the White river starting Sept. 30, weather permitting. The dye will be monitored from Freedom to Hazleton in connection with “time-o-f-travel” studies of the river by geological survey hydrologists.

This will be the first dye study on the White river between Freedom and the mouth of the east fork White River, however, similar studies have been made on other Indiana streams, as well as the White River from the mouth of the east fork to Hazleton.


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