April 11th, 2011
One hundred and fifty years ago, rumblings of war were heard across the United States, and no more or less than in Whitley County.
In âHistory of Whitley Countyâ by Weston A. Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, 1882, a synopsis of the day that Whitley County called for its men to stand for the Union is given by Goodspeed.
On Saturday, almost 150 years to the day, a commemoration of the events will take place on the courthouse lawn at 2 p.m. presented by the Whitley County Historical Society.
Gregory W. Suelzer, 54, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday evening, April 10, 2011 in the emergency room of St. Joe Hospital. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 25, 1956 in Quebec, Canada. A son of William F. and Esther J. (Walda) Suelzer, his formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School.
He was employed over 15 years at Doswell Kover Vault Company.
Surviving relatives include his sister, Julianne (Charles) Strack of Columbia City; a niece and a nephew, Jacqueline Butcher and Adam Strack.
Martha E. Kessler, 77, of Churubusco died at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born May 19, 1933 in Noble County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Evelyn (Stewart) Graves.
She attended school in Wolf Lake. On July 4, 1953 she married Robert Lee Kessler in Churubusco. She was a homemaker and mother, raising their two daughters.
Ruby L. Peoples, 89, of Fort Wayne, widow of Wayne Peoples, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Cleveland Township, a daughter of the late Rollo and Dessie (Tyner) Steele.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Sudan Interior Missions (SIM). Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Sylvia Sue Solt, 73, of Lakeland, Fla. passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla. Born April 14, 1938 in Angola, she was a daughter of Lawrence Larry and Avis (Hall) Murbach.
Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Rollyn LeRoy Solt; daughters, Jo Lyn Hensley and Lu Ann Solt; sisters, Carolyn Roach and Linda Murbach.
At Mrs. Soltâs request there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private at a later date.
Elizabeth Hollis King, 97, of Hamilton, Mont. died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Marcus Daly Hospice in Hamilton. She was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Arthur C. Hollis and Mabel Gardiner Hollis. Her parents and grandparents were from Hartford City, Ind. and her parents, older brother and sister had moved to the dry Albuquerque climate for her mother to recover from tuberculosis. Elizabethâs grandmother and grandfather, both medical doctors, would go back and forth from Indiana to New Mexico to oversee the recovery of their daughter-in-law.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City residents will have an opportunity to spruce up the walkways in front of their homes, thanks to a program being launched by the city.
Mayor Jim Fleck announced the Columbia City Sidewalk Enhancement Partnership Program for 2011.
Fleck said the city will partner with residents for a 50/50 match on public sidewalks.
âIt really, actually works out to be more like 60/40,â Fleck said, adding that the city assumes the cost of eliminating debris, âwhich is an expense.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Local government agencies and schools, as well as some businesses, will be joining organizations throughout the Midwest in a coordinated drill for earthquake preparedness.
âItâs just preparing for the âwhat if,ââ said Cathy Broxon-Ball of the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
Broxon-Ball said the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which will be observed in Indiana April 19 due to conflicts with ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) testing, will involve all three school corporations in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â A former U.S. Congressman is taking it upon himself to educate his countrymen on the document that helps keep the country democratic.
And, he says, most Americans have a lot to learn.
âWe must become educated,â said John Hostettler, who served the 8th U.S. Congressional District from 1995 to 2007 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hostettler spoke at a recent meeting of the Whitley County Patriots.
The former legislator formed a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching citizens about the U.S. Constitution.
COLUMBIA CITY â The head of Whitley Countyâs Geographic Information System (GIS) Department is constantly trying to stay one step ahead of advancing technology in order to make his office a vital tool for the entire county.
GIS Coordinator Dan Weigold briefed the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week about the variety of roles his department plays throughout the county.
âThe state is looking at doing another flyover,â said Weigold, who explained that GIS departments use aerial photography on a daily basis.