Looking Back Through The Years

50 Years Ago
LaGrange Standard
December 21, 1972

OIL PAINTINGS – A collection of oil paintings, appraised at $1.8 million, is being donated by George L. Potter of Lafayette to Howe Military School.

The paintings are the work of German artist A.F. Gerstmayr.

The paintings, historical and religious in theme, have been appraised at $90,000 to $95,000 each, and two larger works titled “Jesus Walking on the Water” and “Sermon on the Mount” are worth $150,000 each.

Potter, a Howe graduate of 1909, decided to make the gift to his alma mater after meeting with Supt. Raymond R. Kelly and Development Director Charles Rock.

WHITE CHRISTMAS – The traditional image of an outdoor Christmas scene brings to mind, for most of us, the brilliance of sunlight on snow-covered fields and hills. But this is an idea that originated in the northern parts of Europe and America and of course it doesn’t really apply to the climate of most parts of our country.

Even in the north, today it often happens that snow fails to appear at Christmas. But tradition is stronger. We like the look and the idea of snow, and its tradition is reflected in our holiday decorations and greeting cards.

TOP FIREMAN – Max Bergman of LaGrange, was named Fireman of the Year by the LaGrange Fire Department Chief Don Curtis. Bergman, a captain in the department, is head of the emergency squad. The 12-year veteran was selected by Curtis on the basis of performance, service, and general firemanship.

25 Years Ago
LaGrange Standard
December 17, 1997

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS – What began three years ago as a dispute over junk cars along SR 9 has become a major environmental concern for the county as county and state officials descended on two LaGrange County properties Monday to begin investigating potentially dangerous environmental conditions.

LEADERSHIP AWARD – Elisa Bontrager, a senior at Lakeland High School, has been named the recipient of the Principal’s Leadership award in a program sponsored by the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals and the Herff Jones company.

BEANIE BABIES – Two of TY Inc.’s newest Beanie Babies, the limited production “Princess,” have been donated by the Kaleidoscope in Shipshewana, to the Westview Dollars for Scholars program.

The first one was auctioned off Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Westview basketball game, fetching an amazing $2,000.

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