Looking Back – May 7

The Round Barn, located on State Road 9 one mile south of State Road 46, came down with a rumble on May 7, 1974, when Dennis Smith, bulldozer operator for Contractors United, Inc., of Columbus, thrust the machine into the building’s concrete base. The barn was the center of a failed fund drive in an attempt to move the structure.

From The Republic archives


A Columbus East softball team that was taking baby steps to improve took an impressive leap when they evened their Hoosier Hills Conference record at 2-2 with a 9-1 pounding of visiting Madison.


Columbus musician Jimmy Ryser and his mother, Marilyn, received their bachelor’s degrees on the same day at IUPUC’s ceremony at the Holiday Inn. Jimmy received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and Marilyn received her bachelor’s degree in general studies.


Michael Cleland, Hauser Junior Senior High School eighth-grader from Hope, placed 33rd out of 131 students from 24 counties in the Central Indiana Spelling Bee Competition at Arlington High School in Indianapolis. Karen Kolopanis, eighth-grader from St. Peter’s Lutheran School, was 50th, and Lynda Neff of St. Columba Roman Catholic School was 75th.