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December 26, 2013

Postcards from the past is calendar theme

2014 Decatur County Historical Society calendar

Have you seen the 2014 Decatur County Historical Society calendar? It’s for sale at the Museum on N. Franklin and at Crafts and Occasions on the North side of the Courthouse Square. In case you haven’t seen it though the theme this year is “Postcards from the Past.” Russell Wilhoit, Ginny Garvey and Tom Barker shared some of their postcards for the calendar, Lois Carol McCormack did the research and George Granholt wrote the text.

The front shows two cards, one is simply “Greetings from Greensburg,” and another shows the Greensburg High School when it was on West Walnut Street until the middle fifties when it was turned into a junior high. The back of the calendar shows a postcard that states, “If you don’t come to Greensburg You’re missing the time of your life.”

The inside cover has a history of postcards and tells about a book of Indiana postcards compiled by Robert Reed, published by Indiana University Press in 2003. It quotes a British minister who wrote, “Today I sent my first post cards…They are capital things, simple, useful and handy…”

It was difficult to choose a favorite this year but it would probably be the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Church as it was before some changes were made. The High Altar and side alters are shown on the card that was mailed to St. Joseph, Michigan in August 1908. Granholt wrote that St. Mary’s is conducting a search to collect artifacts and other memorabilia for educational purposes and to evoke memories of the “good old days.”

Another favorite would have to be the picture of the three bridges over Flat Rock River. I’ve always loved that picture because it is so unusual. Only one of the bridges still spans the river. In case you never got to see it, the picture shows the three arch stone bridge, the railroad bridge and the traction bridge. Granholt explained it a lot better than that. The Westport bridge is also pictured.

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