Looking Back – May 24

The Wright Brothers perform during the Salute! concert on May 23, 2014, in Columbus.

From The Republic archives


The annual Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Salute! concert for veterans was held on the sun-splashed lawn of the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. An estimated crowd of 1,000 people gathered for the concert, waving American flags and wearing stars and stripes.


A king-size Scrabble tournament with jumbo letters was held at The Commons, sponsored by the Columbus Jaycees, The Commons Mall, Viewpoint Books and Snappy Tomato Pizza. Marguerite Hartt of Columbus was awarded the grand prize for the most points in the final round.


An Indiana University team led by Director James H. Kellar of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology in Bloomington began precision digging on a farm at the southeast edge of Columbus. The sand and gravel there was believed to have the most significant prehistoric Native American relics and artifacts ever found in Indiana.