Looking Back – March 26

Ralph Croddy of Hartsville, left, ran into “just one of those things that happen” March 26, 1974, while operating a bulldozer during the demolition of a house in the 400 block of Second Street. The basement wall of the house gave way, causing the bulldozer to slide over into the hole. Coworker Larry Elgar looks at the situation.


Cummins Inc. planned to build a $30 million headquarters for its global distribution business in downtown Indianapolis, while maintaining its corporate headquarters in Columbus. Cummins and the city of Indianapolis announced that the company acquired a full city block that was cleared with the 2001 demolition of Market Square Arena.


Three Columbus North students got swept up in a spring break drama on Fort Myers Beach in Florida, helping save the life of a child. Jason Buis, a junior, and Nathan Johnson, a sophomore, were credited in assisting the rescue of 4-year-old Erica Roza of Milton, N.Y.


Several Columbus high school girls were chosen to attend the 33rd annual Hoosier Girls State at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Delegates from Columbus East were Margaret Fear, Janice McFarland and Kathy Hackman, and delegates from Columbus North were Nancy Schoettmer, Susan Kendall and Cheryl Stewig.