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Throwback Thursday The French Piano Co. and Martin Bundy

By KEVIN GREEN - kgreen@thecouriertimes.com

March 8, 2008

Ten years ago today, the lead story on the front page of The Courier-Times was a story decrying the lack of contested races in the upcoming primary election.

The centerpiece photo was of Riley Elementary students Michelle Corderol, Alexa Northcott and Dalton South eating lunch prior to being dismissed from school early over concerns about an approaching winter storm.

A secondary story along the left side of the page reported (R) Mike Drake was seeking his party’s nomination for the office of Henry County Coroner. Already on the ballot were (R) Dudley Guffey and (D) Stacey Guffey.

Blue River Valley Elementary student Grace Madison was pictured in the upper-right corner along with the weather forecast.

A photo on page A3 showed an ice-covered monument at South Mound Cemetery submitted by C-T reader Ruth Coffey.

This page also featured a lengthy story and three photos about the Jesse French Piano Company. Located on New Castle’s south side, the factory employed more than 500 of the world’s finest piano makers, according to one of the photo captions. The business eventually closed and the last tenants of the building was Modernfold. The site is now home to a scrap metal and recycling business.

There were two pages of Sports coverage; neither of them included any local sports coverage or photos.

A photo on page B6 depicted a bricklayer working on the bathhouse at the Aquatics Center at Baker Park, which was still under construction.

The Neighbors page was dominated by a story and several photos marking New Castle resident Mary Lott’s approaching 100th birthday. Lott credited a healthy diet for her longevity.

The second Neighbors page also included several engagement announcements. They included Jennifer Renee Winkhart and Kristopher Michael Berry, Megan Whitney Wesolowski and Brandon “BJ” York, Lisa Moffett and Brad Knotts, Jennifer Porter and David Terpstra, and Ashley Lynne Dagley and Bradley Richard Webb.

March 8, 2003

Fifteen years ago today, the lead story on The C-T’s front page was about the possibility of war with Iraq increasing.

The centerpiece photo showed New Castle Mayor Sherman Boles, local attorney Bill Baker, former Henry County Circuit Court Judge John Kellam and Henry County Circuit Court Judge Mary Willis sitting at a table during a program at the Henry County Youth Center.

A story along the bottom of the page reported the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Henry County Bowl for Kids’ Sake event raised $20,640.

A secondary story reported a possible strike threat by Kroger employees, including those here in New Castle, had been averted at the last minute.

Page A3 featured a flashback story and photos about Martin L. Bundy and his home on S. Main Street in New Castle.

It was noted that Bundy was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, that he organized the First National Bank of New Castle in 1865, that he had served as a county treasurer, state legislator and judge, and that he was the father of General Omar Bundy, a noted hero of World War I fame.

The lead story on Sports was about New Castle losing to Muncie South by 20 points in the first round of boys basketball sectional play. Anthony Turner led the way for the green and white with 23 points.

Other student athletes pictured on the Sports pages included Shenandoah’s Brian Score and Blue River Valley’s Justin Gard.