Looking Back – Feb. 13

Felton Bragg, top, and Robert Cress, both members of a Columbus-based state highway crew, take down a 55 mph speed limit sign on US 31 near the Cummins Engine Co. general office building on Feb. 13, 1974. Cress said crews had been out changing signs to comply with a new federal law but were told to change the signs back because legislation reducing the speed limit had not yet been formally signed into law.


Residents at Parkside Court were treated to a Valentine surprise when several local firefighters arrived by fire truck, before dancing with residents to some classic tunes. Enrichment coordinator Courtney Bell and staff members came up with the idea as a way for the residents, 90% of whom were women, to all participate in a Valentine’s Dance.


Southside Elementary School students acted as reporters and staged a press conference during “Edison Alive,” one of the Indiana Humanities Council’s History Alive! programs. Thomas Edison, played by Hank Finken of Indianapolis, was brought to life along with Henry Ford and Francis Yale.


Columbus resident and Indiana State Trooper Donald Spurgeon was named the Exchange Club Officer of the Year for 1974 during a banquet at the Donner Center. The banquet was a highlight of National Crime Prevention Week in Bartholomew County.