Looking Back – April 26

Around Columbus

April 26

News around Columbus and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in the pages of The Evening Republican and The Republic 10, 25 and 50 years ago.


Cummins Inc.’s Diesel Workers Union approved a two-year contract extension that immediately improved wages by up to 50 cents, provided a signing bonus of up to $750 and capped employee health care cost increases.


At a private ceremony with workers and top company brass, the first forklift truck was driven off the production line at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, the first Toyota industrial vehicle manufactured outside Japan.


Members of Columbus High School auto mechanics class discovered a former classmate pinned under a car in the school parking lot and used a tire jack and a concrete parking curb to lift the vehicle off the unconscious man’s chest until an ambulance arrived to take him Bartholomew County Hospital.