Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 9, 2014

Pat Smith: The retiree mental fitness evaluation

It’s not every day that a person learns that she might be getting a bunch of money.

Of course, I’ll try not to change and become snobbishly and arrogantly pretentious.

Here’s the story: As anyone who has ever lived in a very old home knows, the chances are that there will be a lot more dust than in a new home. But to compensate for that dust there are also all kinds of nooks and crannies in old homes. The house I live in was built well before 1900 by my late husband’s grandparents. Oh sure, a bathroom was added later and my husband and I added a family room, some closets, modernized the kitchen and so on. Still, I continue to find all kinds of little surprises.

The other day I found certificate # 124 for the 1859 - 1959 Greensburg Community Centennial, Inc. It is a rather fancy thing – light green with a fancy edging and certifies that my husband purchased 15 shares of the “Souvenir Stock of Greensburg Community Centennial, Inc. held as evidence of participation in the Centennial Anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Greensburg, Indiana in 1859. In Witness Whereof, the said incorporation has issued this certificate with its profound appreciation for the assistance given in making the Community Celebration of June 13-20, 1959, an historic success. Shares $1 Each.”

The certificate is signed by W. Forrest McCardle, General Chairman. It doesn’t state how much, if any, interest one would receive when the certificate was turned in, but let’s say it was only 5 cents a month. Let’s see now, it’s been 55 years, 660 months so take that times five cents times 15 shares would be – wow! Close to $500 dollars. Did I do the math right? Oh well…

*Another story of something that I found in the nooks and crannies of this old house was to be the subject of this column but it seemed necessary to check with someone who would know about a particular organization before I put it in the column. That will be for next week. In the meantime, George Morgan sent an email that is so clever I can’t wait to share it with you.

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