Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


October 25, 2013

Family, Indiana history goes to auction in Osgood

OSGOOD — Ask the average citizen in Osgood if they know a Damm, and they’ll likely reply “yes.”

In the least, the average citizen in Osgood has HEARD of a Damm. Be it the Damm Dairy, the Damm Tailor, the Damm Bakery and Lunchroom, the Damm Auto Hotel, Bob & Judy’s Damm Good Pizza & Donuts, or – the granddaddy of them all – the Damm Theatre, Osgood has no shortage of Damm history.

Starting Nov. 1, huge pieces of that history go on sale at the Damm Theatre/Family Estate Sale in Osgood.

Cindy Smotherman and her Firehouse Antiques-Estate Sales of New Harmony will be coordinating. The event will include a sizable collection of memorabilia from the Damm Theatre, which has been an Osgood fixture since first opening in 1914 under the proprietorship of German Immigrant and family patriarch Louis Damm.

Smotherman stressed that the Damm Theatre itself is not among the items available at the three-day sale.

“The Damm Theatre on Hwy 421 is NOT closing,” she said. “The items on sale are from the Damm Family when they owned the Damm Theatre in Osgood.”

The Damms, in fact, haven’t owned the theatre since the late 1990s.

Viola Damm was the last of the family to run the endeavor on a full-time basis. She was the widow of Louise’s son Joe, who died 1973, after having owned and run the Damm with Viola for 43 years. With the help of her son Bob and grandsons Andy and David, Viola would carry on the theatre’s legacy for another 26 years until her own death in 1989.

Bob and his wife, Judy, attempted to keep the theatre going, but in the end, it proved too big an endeavor. In the late 1990s, the couple sold to Osgood’s non-profit Reynolds Foundation.

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