"A Columbus Farm Of Today & Fall Colors Popping Out On Leaves"
This is a beautiful local farm of an ole friend for many years. He just completed the gathering of soybeans. The total of all the fields is not shown. This family type farm goes back to around 1947. Almost 60 years of farming for this family and still going. Of course it must have been a farm before this family of today. The present family plants corn and soybeans in rotation over the years.
Bob, You have surely been busy! All those beautiful Columbus pictures! You don't even live in town yet you come up with so many lovely photos. The rest of us, who do live in Columbus, should be ashamed of ourselves that we haven't done more of this.
Thank you so much for all your work and all the really great photos. I've been gone and it was so refreshing to get back to the "boards" and see all these wonderful pictures. :-)
Thanks, Babs and if I did live in Columbus I would be out 3 times a week with a camera looking for old and new in the countryside and town. I wish more people would take the time and interest to capture the beauty of the farms, rivers, creeks, building around Bartholomew county. What a great hobby that would become.
There are so many spring, winter, fall and summer scenes that could be captured for historical purposes. Let's face it history is only recorded by actions of today.
Post by Margo CHS Class of 55 on Oct 26, 2006 0:18:49 GMT -5
Thanks so much for pointing this picture of " OUR ELEPHANT"out to me !! The four McCalip girls loved to ride this almost every afternoon as we stopped by while we walked on our way home from Lincoln School.
We always felt like the Gardens were our own private playground. It started all our creative juices flowing as we acted out so many " dreamed up " plays over the years.
We were always very respectful of the gardens and spent so many HAPPY childhood days there.
Did you ever pick up Buckeyes from under the tree by the Elephant? I think that is the only item we ever took home to keep as there were so many of them on the ground.
I wish they had shown a picture of the Wishing Well also. I do have a post card that shows it and hope to get it scanned and sent to the web site in my " spare time". The many times we dropped a small rock through the hole in the wrought iron above it. Then we always made a "Special Wish"............ I often wonder now how many times we amused someone looking out from the house. I'm very sorry I could not take the tour as I was " under the weather" that weekend.
The youth of today could use some advice on how to use their imaginations. We traveled the world through our "Adventures" in that wonderful place. Thanks for calling up wonderful memories once more. .... your 5th St neighbor..Margo
my link www.fbccolumbus.org CHS Class of 1955 meets the third Saturday of each month for lunch. Any Class member is invited to attend.
Yesterday, October 25th 2006 was an historic day for Columbus as First Lady Laura Bush visited our small town!!!!
My husband and I were returning from visiting a sick friend and were just at the point where the planes land at Bakalar when this plane flew over the top of our car. I looked up and was so sure it was "her plane". However, seeing the picture Rhonda took at the airport, I realize it was not. The plane we saw land had an American flag on the tail but no blue on it, so I was incorrect. Don't think many planes have a flag on the tail though so its possible it was Secret Service or some other personnel who were traveling with her. The time was 3:39 and I think the Republic stated she landed at 3:30.
Know at least one member of our committee had tickets to the event at the fairgrounds and will call her to see if she won't post her "thoughts" on actually seeing the First Lady. Wish I could've done so.
The Republic had quite a bit of coverage today and pictures of Mrs. Bush so hope everyone will get the chance to read about her visit to Columbus.
I just looked at the pictures of Mrs. Bush's plane again and by golly it did have the American flag on the tail.........SO guess we may have seen her plane land after all. From our vantage (behind and under the plane) we could not see the blue on the bottom of it. I have no idea if it was "the" plane or not but if it wasn't then it surely was a plane connected with her visit.
Margo, I, too, remember the "wishing well" at Irwin Gardens. Since we went to church at First Christian, just across the street, the gardens is where we always took lots of pictures for special events....graduations, holidays, etc. We'd toss in a penny and make a wish. What great memories! :-)
Didn't live as close as you did, so it wasn't "our playground" as you said but always a very special place to go and we would always show it to out of town visitors.
Columbus, IN, October 25, 2006 --(PR.COM)-- Grafted, one of the hottest new bands to hit Christian music in years, announces the release of their new web site - www.graftedband.com
Grafted is a fusion of contemporary Christian, rock, country, and a sprinkling of southern gospel. Their sound has been described as "The Eagles doing contemporary Christian music." Although their music is diverse, their goal is simple - Bring glory to God and point people to Him.
“If people are entertained in the process that’s fine but if the ministry is lost, there is no point. Opening our new website is another piece of our ministry. Getting out on the web will allow us to reach a much larger audience and expose our music to people all over the world," stated Ron Bridgewater, lead vocalist for Grafted.
The latest album from Grafted, "Enough," is available to sample and buy on the website, along with upcoming events and information about the band.
Grafted is a contemporary Christian band based in Columbus, Indiana. To learn more about Grafted, visit their new website - www.graftedband.com
The following information was in this mornings Columbus paper, The Republic.
First Lady Laura Bush visited Columbus October 25, 2006.
Laura Bush stepped off the plane to far-off applause and a wide grin from U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel, R-Ind., who waited with his wife, Keta, to greet the first lady.
Sporting a grin of her own, Bush shook the couple's hands, exchanged pleasantries with them and ducked into a black vehicle at Columbus Municipal Airport.
A large crowd lined the gate and airport fences and cheered as the motorcade passed, headed in a roundabout way to Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Around 4 p.m., the first lady's motorcade stopped at Hackman's Farm Market.
Dressed in matching sweatshirts, workers at Hackman's Farm Market giggled behind the counter as Bush perused their jellies, jams and fall produce and bought a pumpkin.
Camera shutters clicked a mile a minute. Secret Service agents guided back reporters they thought were getting too close.
Bush admired the merchandise, occasionally talked to the press and picked out a pumpkin. She paid with a $20 bill, which the employees wanted to refuse, but she insisted on paying.
Roughly seven minutes later, her motorcade, which included vehicles from the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department and Columbus Police Department, vans and a black SUV, continued toward the fairgrounds.
From the airport, the motorcade headed south on Central Avenue, turned left on U.S. 31, East on Indiana 46 past Hackman's Farm and at about 4:10, after heading down State Street and through downtown Columbus, was headed on Indiana 11 toward the fairgrounds. Bush arrived in Columbus at 3:30 p.m., about 10 minutes behind schedule.
An insiders account of her time at the Laura Bush Columbus visit.
I received the following from Linda Brown, one of the committee members of the ‘Columbus – Celebrating Our History’ on July 15, 2006.
My son-in-law, Jay Brown, is again mentioned in this article. First Lady Laura Bush actually recognized him in her speech at the fairgrounds. She acknowledged that he won the Soldier of the Year award and just re-enlisted after two deployments in Afghanistan and Bosnia during her speech. It was very exciting to be there and witness the honor he received of her mentioning him. I am very proud of Jay Brown and support his decision 100%. The audience gave Jay a very large and long round of applause as she pointed him out in the crowd. We definitely received the VIP treatment.
I actually thought I was in a dream. When Jay, Traci (my daughter) and I arrived at the fairgrounds it was amazing. We didn't even have to go through any type of security screening. I was shocked as they waved us through. Once inside they directed the three of us to a "friends and family" area to the very front and left of the stage. There were not very many people in there when we arrived. We first listened to some of the local candidates speak. Right before First Lady Laura Bush arrived, Ted Ogle, the Columbus Republican Chairman, asked us to follow him. We went to the other side of the building where there was a long line and he told us we were to be moved to the front of the line. Shortly thereafter Laura arrived and they led us to the back of the stage where we had our picture taken with Laura with her arms around Traci and I. I was on her right side and Traci and Jay were on her left. It was amazing how personable she was. She personally thanked Jay for his service. Traci and I introduced ourselves. The line moved very quickly as there were probably about 50 - 75 people behind us that had their picture taken also.
After the speech we were still standing at the front and she came along and did autographs. I actually received a postcard of her that she autographed to me. She also autographed a picture of the First Cat and First Dog for Jay's children. Laura Bush looked great. She actually looks so much better in person than what I have seen on TV. She is very much a people person. During her speech she seemed more "plastic" and stumbled a few times but yesterday will be remembered as one of the most special days in my life. I feel very honored to be a part of that history in Columbus!
The following information was in this mornings Columbus paper, The Republic.
Free from oppression[/b]
Bush and Sodrel stressed the importance of the troops in Iraq.
Bush said the Iraqi people are free from the oppression of Saddam Hussein.
"If we pack our bags and leave tomorrow, Iraq will fall into an all-out civil war and will fall into the hands of terrorists," Sodrel said.
Bush said servicemen such as Staff Sgt. Jay Brown of Columbus, a member of Indiana Army National Guard, are examples of people who risk their lives to keep their families safe.
Brown re-enlisted after two tours and took the oath of re-enlistment from Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh.
"I feel like the military is being supported, and I can't express how much of an honor it is," said Brown, who met Bush before her speech and had his picture taken with her.
Brown was honored as soldier of the year in the 151st Infantry Battalion, the same unit in which Sodrel served.
Post by Ricky_Berkey on Oct 27, 2006 5:58:28 GMT -5
Wow...I've been very busy with work and other activities lately and have not been able to keep up with all the new postings. Looks like lots of great information!
I never really saw any "minutes" sent out from the last committee meeting. If any of the members who were not able to attend need a recap of what we talked about just drop me a note.
The Historical Society homes tours was great! I visited them all in a whirlwind morning tour and volunteered for the rest of the time. Everyone seemed to have a great time and the turnout was incredible. A really interesting variety of homes and especially fascinating to me were the upper story condominiums above three of our historic downtown buildings. I finally got to see the Irwin house from the inside...I've spent so much time outside in the Irwin Gardens looking in...it was really neat to be seeing them from inside the house.
I loved the History Train. Being a train nut as well as a history buff, it's a great combination for me! This years topic is the Civil War. Although no major Civil War Battles were fought here, Indiana sent the second highest number of troops to the War of all the states. Also incredible was the high death toll, 25,000 of those 200,000 Indiana troops lost their lives.
I'm giving my version of the Columbus Visitors Center tour on Sat (10/28/04). Tours leave the building promptly at 10 and 2...so be sure to be there about half and hour early to sign up, see the exhibits inside the Visitors Center and watch the intro film (its a very good short documentary film about Columbus - highly recommended that you watch it). We have changed our tour slightly from the past...it now goes out around the airport area - old Bakalar Air Base area and home of Ivy Tech/IUPUC and the new Columbus Learning Center. We are no longer going thru the east Columbus area which I was none too happy about. The morning tour on Saturdays goes inside First Christian Church and inside First Baptist. My afternoon tour usually goes inside the Commons and a short walk downtown and later inside the hospital.
Linda, Thanks so much for your insider's report. I was so hoping you would "tell all" and let those of us who weren't so fortunate to see Mrs. Bush have a small glimpse at what went on. I'm glad you didn't have to go through all the security as I know that can really be a hassle. Those pictures that you had taken will be "family history" for many generations to come.
Our son-in-law is best friends with one of the men on the President's Secret Service group and Glen has gotten our daughter Laura, grandson Austin and Kirk into many special situations. One year at Christmas when President Bush visited his brother in Florida (Jeb is governor) grandson Austin had his picture taken in front of the Presidential limousine and that was their Christmas card they sent out (A side note to this, to Austin it was just "Glen's car"! I thought that was funny.)
I am glad you had a fun day and thanks again for "letting the rest of us in on your special day".
" Columbus Indiana Garland Brook Cemetery 2006" (Located at Gladstone Street & 10th Street)
God Bless & Rest In Peace
Many years ago tombstones became less apparent for grave marking. Today the newest part of Garland Brook Cemetery plots are marked with embossed/engraved brass plates with permanent flower cup holders.
It is interesting that most flower placements today are artificial (made of plastics), in lieu of fresh real flowers. This has allowed the old hand pump water wells to disappear for the lack of need.
On special National Veterans Days and a few others the small American Flags can be seen throughout the terrain.
Many of our parents, families and friends for generations are buried in Garland Brook. The management of the cemetery does a professional job in the upkeep maintenance to keep it's beauty.