Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 2, 2014

A reverence for local history

Greensburg —

Decatur County is lucky to have residents interested in its history.

Not all counties are as fortunate. It does make old hearts beat with renewed rhythm when young people show interest and find new fangled ways to correct mistakes made through the years. As Joshua Rutherford said, “The work that was done before mine was a great resource and an excellent base from which to expand and update the data.”

Yes, Josh has found some mistakes in records of our veterans, but he doesn’t think of them as ‘ah-ha’ moments. He says, “Nothing I do, and others from the past, will ever be infallible.” You may have met Josh or seen some of his work if you receive Lori Osting’s “Decatur County History” in an email from the library. The email goes to patrons of the library with email. Recently Lori sent the stories “Sandcreek Sectional Victory of 1946” and “Pirates Whip Two Good Clubs to Grab First Regional Cage Crown in 29 Years” from 1966. Both stories were taken from files of Greensburg Daily News at the library and additional information was taken from Jack Poore’s books about Decatur County sports.

Occasionally, Lori has had Josh Rutherford as a guest columnist. In two recent stories he shared pictures and information he learned about the Ray family buried at Memorial Cemetery. It’s a story that points out so clearly the tragic lives our ancestors often had to endure. Another is of the grave of John O. Gullion, the Revolutionary War veteran buried in the woods on a Decatur County farm. Josh has found something odd about this grave. Gullion was wounded and discharged at Valley Forge but re-enlisted.

The two young people are interested in our history which also includes their histories. Lori’s Ewing family goes back to the founding of the county. She earned a degree in English and a master’s in library science. Josh also has a family history in the county. His father Ray worked at the hospital for many years. When Josh entered college he wanted to teach history like Mark Craft, his history teacher at North Decatur High School. He said Craft was “very hard but effective” and gave him an enduring interest in history. He took history courses, but later changed his major to business administration. His interest in the subject however has never wavered. He is manager of Papa John’s Pizza in Greensburg.

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