Chris Furlin and Shonda Johnson in their Good Ol' Days shop. Photo by Jason Selby
BEGINNING AT OLD SETTLERS, SEYMOUR COUPLE DOING THEIR PART TO RETURN ECONOMIC LIFE TO CORYDON SQUARE
Chris Furlin’s grandfather spent his days underground—early in the 20th century, there was a thriving coalmining industry in southern Iowa. And when John Furlin wasn’t wielding a pickaxe by carbide lamp, he was digging graves. Before there were backhoes, men used shovels and sweat to inter the dead.
“He was the one down in the hole,” Furlin said of his grandfather’s coalmining experience. “One of the few who never got black lung disease.
“Him and my dad used to dig graves by hand with sand shovels and spades.”
Around that time, Seymour was the biggest town in Wayne County. Agriculture had not yet turned to mass production, and the Corydon Square was full. No storefront was empty. Aug 15, 2016, 09:19
2016 Old Settler of the Year Pat Swartzlander. Photo by Jason Selby
When Pat Swartzlander learned she had been chosen 2016 Old Settler of the Year, her first thought was to doubt whether she qualified, since she was not born in Wayne County.
“It’s an unbelievable honor for me,” Swartzlander said. “Then I think of all the people who do so much more, and are so much more active in the community, and I think I’m not up to those standards. I’m just like everyone else who works and tries to make this a better place.”
Swartzlander moved to Wayne County over 40 years ago from Eldora, where she graduated from high school in 1964.
“Actually, when we found out we were moving here, I really didn’t know where it was. I didn’t have any memory of hearing of Corydon." Aug 8, 2016, 09:25
From left to right, Jason Hughes with son Dylan and wife Emily.
WAYNE GRAD—AND FORMER BUDDY HOLLY IMPERSONATOR AND ALASKAN FISHERMAN—TO SPEAK AT OLD SETTLERS
Jason Hughes has not journeyed to Corydon Old Settlers for seven years. This summer, he does not have an excuse to skip the festivities—he has been named speaker for 2016. Though Hughes does not claim to have much to talk about, he always has plenty to say.
He also has the experiences to back him up, from playing Buddy Holly in Japan—and in-between, driving a cab in Kentucky—to fishing commercially in Alaska.
“My reaction was, I haven’t done much special,” Hughes said. “I’m not a wrestling coach like some of the other Corydon people I stay in touch with, no military honors or anything, I’m just a guy taking care of business. I’m appreciative.” Aug 1, 2016, 09:23
Clockwise from left, Millie Paugh, Brooks Paugh and Josie Paugh.
DIAGNOSED WITH LIPOMITOSIS AT YOUNG AGE, PAUGH PREPARES FOR ANOTHER OPERATION AND MONTHS OF RECOVERY
Eight-year old Josie Paugh was born a twin and was born with a facial infused lipomitosis, causing Josie’s left cheek to grow out of proportion with the rest of her face. Her smile droops on one side.
“A lot of lipomas, like the ones people have on their hips are encapsulated, they’re in something and you can take those out all in one piece,” began Erin Paugh, Josie’s mom. “Hers is fatty and it’s like it’s not in a case, so it just fingered into all of her good tissue and smothered out the nerve and the muscle." Jul 18, 2016, 09:20