FOOTSTEPS IN HISTORY


 

 

How well do you know White County history

1) Walter Simons is pictured here in his WWI Uniform. What was Walter’s claim to fame in Monticello?

2) Dye and Gardner Car Dealership handled the U.S. Tire Company products. In the summer of 1920, two signs were placed. One was 1 ½ mile east of Monticello and the other 1 mile east of Monticello. What was the purpose of these signs?

3) Griffin died in Monticello in 1934, how did he die?

ANSWERS

1) Walter Simons is pictured here in his WWI Uniform. What was Walter’s claim to fame in Monticello?

Answer: Walter was born in Reynolds in 1882. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War and WWI and worked at the post office in 1941. Following his post office career, he served as a court bailiff in White County for eight years. Water died in 1961 and is buried in Riverview Cemetery alongside his wife Marjorie.

2) Dye and Gardner Car Dealership handled the U.S. Tire Company products. In the summer of 1920, two signs were placed. One was 1 ½ mile east of Monticello and the other 1 mile east of Monticello. What was the purpose of these signs?

 

 

Answer: These U.S. Tire Company signs were in the shape of an opened History Book. On the left page was a little info on the town of Monticello and on the right side page was an ad for U.S. Tire. These signs were everywhere across the U.S. 3) Griffin died in Monticello in 1934, how did he die?

Answer: Mr. Griffin was making his home at the residence of his son Arion at 418 S. Main St. in Monticello. Griffin was run over by a car driven by Dr. B. F. Neilman , a dentist from Indianapolis, as Mr. Coffin was crossing Main Street in front of his son’s residence.

The impact of the auto threw Griffin 50 feet, mangling the body in a distressing manner. Coffin was taken to the Logansport hospital but nothing could be done to save his file. A skill fracture and a concussion of the brain along with internal injuries were the cause of death. At one time Griffin owned the Almo Café which was located on the west side of N. Main Street in Monticello. His store occupied the space where the McClintic-Downey Insurance company was located. Griffin also owned the newspaper in Remington.

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