Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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August 21, 2013

Columnist eats crow

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Something that everyone agreed on is that the basketball players themselves chose the name Raiders out of loyalty to both schools. Instead of Clarksburg Knights or Sandusky Blackhawks they chose Raiders. Of course, the Raiders lasted only four years until consolidation when the North Decatur Chargers began their outstanding success as a ball team. 

There are cheerleader photographs on the walls of the Clarksburg Fire Station but I didn’t get the years or names. Lo and behold two long-time friends, Claudette Begley and Lois Hull, were both cheerleaders at Clarksburg. I suggest that a bunch of us ask Bill Smith to give another tour when some of those cheerleaders, ball players and former Clarksburg residents can go. I can imagine all of the, “Come look at these,” we’d hear on that tour.

I did learn why the concrete road went to Clarksburg from Greensburg instead of the other towns in Decatur County. Jerry Lee said that it was because the other towns I mentioned in last week’s column had a railroad so in 1929 it seemed fair for this road to go to Clarksburg.

George Morgan said, “It was originally a toll road with three toll booths. From what I heard there was one at the Greensburg end of it, and one in Kingston. The one that was south of Clarksburg later was moved into Fee's field just East of Mom and Dad's house in Clarksburg. We came home from Church on Easter Sunday in 1963 to find that a grass fire had caught the old toll house on fire. It burned to the ground. It hadn't been lived in for many years. It was probably a hired hand's shack who worked for Fees.”

George also said that up until the early 80's the Main Street in Adams was concrete. Blue Ridge , the small town in Rush County, there was still a portion of concrete street. He doesn't know if it’s still concrete, or if they have paved over it by now.

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