Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 23, 2014

Pat Smith: Pat's potpourri

This is a Pat’s Potpourri day. Sometimes bits and pieces of things that don’t quite make a whole column, but are still interesting to readers and me, become a column.

Roger Welage told me not long ago that he spent the first 25 years of his life on South Michigan Street. “If you were heading out of town at that time,” he said, “it was called State Road 29.” He didn’t remember when it was changed to Highway 421 but, he said, “When coming into Greensburg at that time, about 30 yards before you got to Wilder Street, there was a sign that said “Greensburg, Population 6014.”

Roger doesn’t know where the city limits are now, nor do I, but it would be interesting to know where the city limit is on all of the roads that lead into town. All I can tell him at this point is how the population of Greensburg has changed since he saw that sign many years ago. According to the 2010 census, the population of Greensburg was 11,492. For the whole county of Decatur it was 25,740 as of 2010.

It was interesting to note that there are few to no “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.” I hope we aren’t accused of being prejudiced against Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders. There were 1,974 veterans living in the county (that seems low to me.) The average value of owner occupied housing units was $117,500 and there were 9,881 households in the whole county.

• You have probably read that the center of population of the whole country in 1880 was in Decatur County. Now it is in Missouri near a town called Edgar Springs which has a population of about 300 residents. It’s been going west since we became a country. In 1790 it was in Maryland.

• Someone on Facebook didn’t believe me when I mentioned that the tree on the Courthouse Tower is a mulberry tree. It’s true, though. Not long ago, a piece of the tree was saved when it was being trimmed and sent to Purdue and it was examined by several Purdue University foresters. They found that it was definitely a mulberry tree. Mind you now, I have no doubt that the original tree was an Aspen but apparently trees, just like everything else, change over time.

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