It is winter —
—- Many years ago in the winter it was ice-making season on the ponds, rivers and lakes of Starke County. Really, I should say “ice harvesting.” Farmers and others from the area would be hired by the Ice Companies to cut blocks of ice to store for the next summer’s use. These blocks of ice were elevated and placed in large “ice barns” and insulated with saw dust or marsh hay. Because of the large mass of ice in one location, the ice would last for several months. Often the ice, in large blocks, was loaded into railroad box cars and shipped to Chicago and other places for the customers’ kitchen ice boxes. Bass Lake had a railroad line on the south side of the lake to carry vacationers in the summer and ice in the winter.

Ice house at Bass Lake

The Modern refrigerator has changed the way people live all around the world. It’s easy to take the “white box” in your kitchen for granted. Just take a look at places in the world which don’t have refrigeration. People go shopping every day. They may lower dairy products and other foods into a well or spring so they will stay cool for a couple of days without spoiling. There is no way that a modern America would be recognizable to you or me if it weren’t for refrigeration.

In the 1930’s, before electricity, I remember the ice box. It was a common fixture in every home. Ice boxes were usually made of wood with insulated walls, lined with tin inside. There was a door for a large (maybe a 100 lb) block of ice. The other doors were for milk, fruit, vegetables and other perishables. There was a drain tray at the bottom for the melting ice water. My Mother would put a sign (see attachment) in the window, letting the ice man know how much ice she wanted to buy that day. He would cut that approximate size with his ice pick, grab it up with his ice tongs, throw it over his shoulder, carry it into the house and put it into our ice box. I was usually close at hand to see if I could find any small chunks of ice which I could suck on during a hot summer’s day.

This last picture (left) shows the Shaws from Knox with their delivery truck ready to haul ice to customers. The Shaw family had ponds and ice houses just north of the Yellow River and north of the present location of the Knox Railroad Depot (Gateway area). Across U.S. 35 from the Depot, they owned a coal yard and ice storage building. They would regularly deliver ice in the summer and coal in the winter.

Refrigerators, as we know them now, have only been mass-produced since the late 1940s. Appreciate yours!

Jim Shilling
Starke County Historical Society

Local Scoring Leaders

Boys Season Scoring Leaders (Through 1/29/11)

Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 39.2ppg; Season Total: 549

John Eckert-North Judson: 19.2; Season Total: 270

Zoe Bauer-Culver: 18.6ppg; Season Total: 261

Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 17.8ppg; Season Total: 232

Elliott Coad-Knox: 16.0ppg; Season Total: 225

Matt Walker-South Central: 15.6ppg; Season Total: 203

Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 14.5ppg; Season Total: 189

Winston Yergler-North Judson: 13.3ppg; Season Total: 187

Aaron Heims-West Central: 12.8ppg; Season Total: 206

Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 12.8ppg; Season Total: 180

Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 12.3ppg; Season Total: 173

Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 10.4ppg; Season Total: 136

Career Scoring Leaders (Minimum 300 points)

Zoe Bauer-Culver:  1265

Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 972

John Eckert-North Judson: 906

Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 567

Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 534

Matt Walker-South Central: 489

Josh Risner-Knox: 352

Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 448

Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 377

Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 352

Alex Chrzan-West Central: 351

Aaron Heims-West Central: 346

A.J. Neace-Culver: 303

Girls Season Scoring Leaders (Through 1/31/11)

Jacy Borlik-John Glenn: 17.9ppg; SeasonTotal: 323

Gwen Zehner-Culver: 16.7ppg; Season Total: 334

Ashley Campbell-Oregon-Davis: 15.2ppg; Season Total: 289

Jesse Averone-Oregon-Davis: 15.1ppg; Season Total: 287

Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 13.8ppg; SeasonTotal: 236

Marissa Hamilton-West Central: 13.3ppg; Season Total: 236

Stephanie Balon-South Central: 11.4ppg; Season Total: 194

Justine Kruger-West Central: 11.0ppg; SeasonTotal: 177

Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 10.9ppg; Season Total: 197

Patrice McBee-Culver: 10.8ppg; Season Total: 216

Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 10.5ppg; Season  Total: 179

Career Scoring Leaders (Minimum 300 points)

Gwen Zehner-Culver: 1,229

Jacy Borlik-JohnGlenn: 945

Stephanie Balon-South Central: 851

Allie DeFries-Winamac: 673

Justyne Kranenburg-Oregon-Davis: 550

Janyl Zachary-Knox: 537

Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 536

Kierstynn Combs-Knox: 524

Katie Bekavac-South Central: 520

Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 488

Shelby Worthen-South Central: 487

Ellie Kiser-Winamac: 450

Patrice McBee-Culver: 449

Whitney Sanders-Culver: 435

Nicole Carnegie-Culver: 424

Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 415

Paydin Barrett-North Judson: 412

Kenley Sanchez-North Judson: 376

Elisabeth White-North Judson: 376

Christine Malecki-LaCrosse: 361

Courtney Nelson-West Central: 345

Elisabeth Caudill-Knox: 322

Alison Zehner-Culver: 320

Cayla Ochs-John Glenn: 311

Justine Kruger-West Central: 308

Single Game Bests (Boys): Minimum 20 points

Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 55 (vs. Gary 21st Century)

Trent Elliott-Culver: 33 (vs. OD)

Elliott Coad-Knox: 32 (vs. Tippecanoe Valley)

Alan Baum-South Central: 31 (vs. Morgan Twp.)

Zoe Bauer-Culver: 30 (vs. LaCrosse)

John Eckert-North Judson: 30 (vs. North Newton)

Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 30 (vs. Washington Twp.)

Aaron Heims-West Central: 27 (vs. Morgan Twp.)

Matt Walker-South Central: 26 (vs. Boone Grove)

Zeph Conley-West Central: 25 (vs. Frontier)

Alex Chrzan-West Central: 24 (vs. Kouts)

Brock Solmos-John Glenn: 24 (vs. Argos)

Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 23 (vs. Triton)

Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 23 (vs. Culver)

Josh Risner-Knox: 22 (vs. Bremen and Kankakee Valley)

Dalton Taylor-Oregon-Davis: 22 (vs. LaVille)

Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 21 (vs. LaVille)

Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 21 (vs. North White)

Craig McIntosh-Oregon-Davis: 20 (vs. S.B. Trinity)

Winston Yergler-NJSP: 20 (vs. Rensselaer)

Single Game Bests (Girls): Minimum 20 points

Jesse Averone-Oregon-Davis: 34 (vs. Argos)

Gwen Zehner-Culver: 29 (vs. Argos and Bremen)

Ashley Campbell-Oregon-Davis: 28 (vs. CGA)

Marissa Hamilton-West Central: 28 (vs. LaCrosse)

Jacy Borlik-John Glenn: 27 (vs. Bremen)

Stephanie Balon-South Central: 25 (vs. River Forest)

Justyne Kranenburg-Oregon-Davis: 25 (vs. Culver)

Taylor Guse-LaCrosse: 23 (vs. Covenant Christian)

Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 22 (vs. Kankakee Valley)

Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 22 (vs. Tri-County)

Patrice McBee-Culver: 21 (vs. Argos)

Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 21 (vs. Culver)

31 Area Wrestlers Advance To Regionals

Once again our area has seen great success in high school wrestling. Last year our area had 28 wrestlers advance out of their Sectionals, including 7 weight class champions. This year we have had another great start to the wrestling post season with 31 individuals advancing to the Regional round, including 6 weight class champions! Here is a list of all 31 wrestlers who finished in the top 4 of their weight classes to advance to this weekend’s Regional as well as their individual season records:

Culver (5): 112lbs-Allen Betts-4th (21-20); 135-Ian Randolph-2nd (26-9); 160-Mark Hurford-4th (15-24); 189-Matt Hurford-1st (36-2); 285-Jeremiah Harvey-3rd (34-4).

Glenn (7): 103-Andrew Frey-4th (26-15);112-Kaleb McCallum-1st (37-3); 119-Ryan Ishmael-3rd (29-13); 125-Myles White-2nd (31-9); 130-James Frey-4th (24-18); 160-Cody Strange-3rd (34-6); 189-Jacob Ayers-4th (12-20).

Knox (5): 119-Eric Dan-4th (22-10); 140-Devann Biddle-2nd (22-4); 152-Garrett Majchrzak-3rd (17-7); 215-Tyler Keeton-4th (17-19); 285-Logan Short-1st (22-11).

NJSP (2): 103-Andrew Ledford-3rd (33-5); 285-Quentin Barnhart (21-7).

West Central (6): 103-Cody Denton-3rd (27-14); 125-Dillan Rehn-1st (38-3); 160-Logan Wuethrich-4th (30-13); 189-Steven Masters-1st (33-3); 215-Bryce Tanner-2nd (37-4); 285-Jordan Culp-2nd (21-4).

Winamac (6): 119-Payton Windsor-4th (15-14); 125-Jorden Bitterling-3rd (21-15); 130-Robert Hartley-4th (31-7); 160-Richie Doty-3rd (27-9); 171-Ridge Parks-3rd (20-12); 285-Zach Dix-1st (26-3).

Congratulations to all of our area wrestlers on a great start to the post season!!

New Name of Starke County Hospital Getting Positive Response

Linda Satkoski (L) helps present the new Indiana University Health flag to the community

“All seems to be positive!” That was the word from Indiana University Health-Starke Hospital CEO, Linda Satkoski, about the name change of our local hospital. WKVI talked with Satkoski last week, and again asked about the build up to the name change.

“When the IU, Riley and Methodist Hospitals in downtown Indianapolis joined, they became Clarian in 1997,” explained Satkoski. “In 1998, LaPorte Hospital joined the Clarian system. Then in 2009, when LaPorte Regional Health System purchased Starke Memorial Hospital we became part of the entire system also.”

When asked about why the name change occurred, she replied, “That means it’s an assurance to the public that they will be getting the same care, same education, same research availability across the system. It really is all about the assurance that we can guarantee to our patients. They will receive the same standard of care across the system.”

Community Hospital Board President, Ben Bennett, has been out and about and reported positive feed back on the name change.

“Ben told me he was quite excited,” stated Satkoski. “He said he’s been out and about in the community and has been getting very a positive response. He said that the IU Health name really brings a lot of recognition.”

Indiana University Health-Starke Hospital. The new name of the former Starke Memorial Hospital.

Purdue Cooperative Extension Services Facing Cuts

Alan Kurtz
Alan Kurtz

How much in jeopardy is Extension as we know it in Indiana? Governor Mitch Daniels has proposed deep cuts in spending on state universities, and part of the funding for County Extension Offices comes from Purdue University.

Allen Kurtz, of the local extension offices in Starke and Pulaski Counties, was asked that question recently by Ted Hayes.

“I think we’re optimistic,” replied Kurtz. “We had a good meeting with Mrs. Dembowski last week and had some good discussion about the importance of some of the line items that we have from the State and how they impact our Extension Service, 4-H and the Fair.”

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Ted Hayes Remembers Jesse Clabaugh; Friday’s Show to Feature Ben Lipke

Ben Lipke and Donna Brown prepare for the Grand Opening of the Five Star store

Hope you listened to the first “Ted Hayes Remembers” Friday. Ted will be in again this Friday with another interesting story from out of the past.

“You have to go clear back to 1943 for this one,” said Ted. “On this day, Jesse Clabaugh, the Community Defense Director during WWII, called for a black-out test for the county. Everyone had to turn their lights out in case of attack by the Germans. Jesse Clabaugh was the grandfather of our own Nancy Dembowski.”

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Maxinkuckee Players to Choose a Different Summer Production; Location

The Maxinkuckee Players have announced that plans for the 2011 summer production will be changed due to construction at the Culver High School Auditorium, the usual venue.

In an announcement this week, Players president Mike Overmyer said the group will choose a different play, with a smaller cast, that can be more conveniently rehearsed and staged at another, still unannounced, location. Earlier, the musical Crazy For You had been selected and was announced for presentation in late July.

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TV Trivia Winner Announced

Dee and Harvey Hammerlund are enjoying a new 32 inch flat screen TV. That’s because Dee was the winner of our January TV Trivia contest. Dee told WKVI management that their TV has just gone out over the weekend.

It pays to listen to WKVI! Our next contest is Time Capsule and it begins February 7th.

Library Program Canceled

Karen Land and Borage

You know there’s rugged weather on the way when the person coming with her dog that has raced in the Iditarod race is postponing her appearance in Starke County today.

Karen Land, and her dog were to be at the Henry F. Schricker Library. The appearance has been changed to February 14th at Knox and North Judson.  She will be at the North Judson Library at 3:30 p.m. CT and the Henry F. Schricker Library at 5:30 p.m.

Town of Winamac Issues Snow Emergency Parking Plan

Winamac Town Hall

Due to the predicted storm, the Town of Winamac is invoking its snow emergency parking plan starting at 7:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, February 1st and ending on Friday, February 4th at Noon ET.

During this time, on-street parking is restricted to the odd addressed side of the streets. This is being done to facilitate keeping the streets open during the storm, movement of emergency vehicles during the storm and snow removal after the storm is over. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

Sunday Morning Mixed League 01/30/11

Sunday Morning Mixed League 01/30/11
Team Standings:
1. The Unknown 97.0-36.0
2. WRJN 79.0-61.0
3. The Quest 76.0-64.0
4. Split Heads 64.0-66.0
5. The Smelly Cats 73.0-67.0
6. Lucky #7 64.0-76.0
7. Strange Brew 63.0-77.0
8. Snowdon’s Lawncare 59.0-81.0
9. S*** Happens 59.0-81.0
10. Odd Balls 56.0-84.0
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Knox City Court Judge Announces Candidacy for 2011 Municipal Election

Charles Hasnerl

Judge Charles Hasnerl announced last week his campaign for re-election to the Knox City Court in the 2011 Municipal Election. Hasnerl, a Republican, has served as Knox City Court Judge since 1996. Judge Hasnerl presides over misdemeanor and infraction cases for all of Starke County and Knox ordinance violations. There are 3,000-4,000 cases filed annually through Knox City Court.

Judge Hasnerl is a Valparaiso University graduate and he and his wife, Lisa, reside in Knox with their three daughters.

Knox City Council Discusses Contract with Fire Department

The City of Knox does not have a Fire Department. That was explained to the Knox City Council this week by City Attorney, David Matsey. The discussion was held after Mayor Rick Chambers read a letter asking the City to sign a contract to provide fire coverage in Jackson Township.

Matsey explained that the Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department is incorporated. It is funded by the city of Knox ($115,000 yearly) and Center Township ($30,000 annually) but is an entity of its own.

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Center Township Precincts in Knox to Consolidate for 2011 Primary Election

Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski

Starke County will go from 21 to 19 precincts in the spring Primary Election.

“We’re consolidating Center one, two, three, and four from their current locations to the Community Center,” said Starke County Clerk, Evelyn Skronski. “Hopefully, this is going to make it cost effective and voter comfortable.”

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Representative Dembowski not in Favor of Upcoming Unemployment Bill

State Representative Nancy Dembowski

State Representative Nancy Dembowski (D-Knox) yesterday labeled the unemployment bill coming up in the House as totally unacceptable. Dembowski, saying the way to fix unemployment is through creating jobs, released a report that first talked about the proposed bill.

“The Majority has come up with another bill and their plan to fix the unemployment issue is to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes from big businesses to small businesses and then cut benefits to the workers by 25 percent,” said Dembowski. “That’s totally unacceptable and it is the largest benefit cut in the history of the State.”

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Knox TIF District Fund over $151,000

Knox City Council #2
Back Row: Mayor Rick Chambers, Ed Blue, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Greg Matt and Attorney David Matsey. Front Row: Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg and Ron Parker

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers has notified the Knox City Council that the TIF fund has grown to just over $151,000. The fund has grown to this level over the past two years. Before that, those funds were not building, but the City contracted with Umbaugh and Associates to determine the amount due. Money from the TIF fund can be used within the district for redevelopment, public improvement projects, training, or making bond payments.

The Council members are to prepare suggestions for how a portion of the funds can be used for upgrades.