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50 Years Ago in the Standard

August 5, 1965


Miller and Sons, Inc., Topeka-Shipshewana – Velveeta Cheese, 2 lb. box, 83¢; Pillsbury Cake Mix, choice of Orange, Banana, Lemon Crème or Pineapple, 3 pkgs. $1; Folger’s Instant Coffee, 10 oz., $1.09; IGA Bread, 2 large loaves, 39¢; Miracle Whip Salad Dressing, quart jar, 49¢; Heinz Catsup, 20 oz. bottle, 29¢; New Plymouth Purple Plums, #2½ size can, 21¢; IGA Lemonade, 6 oz. cans, 3 for 25¢; Swiss Miss Fruit Pies, 4 for $1; California Lemons, dozen, 49¢; Seedless Grapes, 4 lbs. $1; Eckrich Weiners, 69¢ lb.; Cubed Pork, 59¢ lb.; Fresh Sausage, 59¢ lb. Free delivery daily.


Home From Nassau – Mrs. Goldie Cisler of LaGrange was aboard the cruise ship, Bahama Star, that sailed from downtown Miami, Fla., to Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise offered shopping, swimming, and sightseeing during the day and fine hotels and native clubs in the evening. The ship was tied right at the dock in downtown Nassau. She returned home recently.


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25 Years Ago in the News

August 10, 1990


County motorists believe oil companies are “price gouging” – Gas prices in LaGrange County have risen dramatically in the past week, just as they have in other parts of the country and the world, as a result of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The price for unleaded regular gasoline at LaGrange stations have jumped approximately 30 cents, from 98¢ to $1.28 per gallon in the past week.


Wolcottville-Rome City residents seek toll-free phone service to Kendallville – Residents of Wolcottville and Rome City early this summer completed a petition seeking toll-free telephone service to the Kendallville area. The petition must include the signatures of 10 percent or 100 telephone users from the Wolcottville and Rome City area. The petition will now be reviewed and verified by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).

    The IURC will determine if there is the need and want for toll-free telephone service between Wolcottville and Rome City’s 854 exchange and Kendallville’s 347 exchange. According to Jerry Rumple, Community Relations Manager with United Telephone, once the petition is validated by the IURC, United Telephone will be directed to complete a study and cost analysis for telephone users in Wolcottville and Rome City to realize toll-free service to Kendallville. The study must show that 51 percent of residents in the 854 exchange call Kendallville three times per month.

    Rumple explained that if the study indicates the want, the need, and frequency requirements, ballots will then be sent to telephone users in Kendallville, Rome City and Wolcottville asking if they want the toll-free service. Rumple said often telephone users in the larger exchange area do not want the toll-free service, which would then force users in the smaller exchange area to determine if they want to pick-up the extra cost for the service.

    Rumple added the study and the balloting of telephone customers is not a short procedure. If the ballots indicated the want, Rumple explained, “Toll-free calling service between Wolcottville-Rome City and Kendallville is still at least a year away.”