1917 CORYDON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SERVED AS CHIEF INVESTIGATOR AGAINST THE INFAMOUS LUCKY LUCIANO
Though it might seem like a distant memory, in the 1930s, organized crime was a fact of life in the United States. Next door to prohibition-era Wayne County, Centerville saw visits from high-ranking members of the Mafia such as Al Capone. In New York City, corruption was rampant. It paid to be a criminal.
A newspaper article by Fred Allhoff from Halloween of 1936 described the scene thusly:
“Crime had not merely been put on a business basis. Crime was the biggest business in Manhattan. The police department was neither organized nor financed to cope with the situation. The office of the District Attorney was not coping with it.
“New York, to sum it up, was badly in need of a savior.” Nov 16, 2015, 08:46
Honored at the 2015 Corydon Old Settlers were World War II veterans, from left to right, Elbert Pidcock, Ralph Alshouse and Burl Klinger. Photo by Jason Selby
VETERAN SERVED IN PHILIPPINES BEFORE RAISING A FAMILY AND SURVIVING THE FARM CRISIS IN WAYNE COUNTY
At 90 years old, World War II veteran Burl Klinger still works eight-hour days in the maintenance department at Centerville’s Wal-Mart. It keeps him alive.
“I had to have something to do to make a living,” Klinger said. He started working in the lawn and garden section in 2002. “I was getting nervous. It keeps me in better health doing something rather than doing nothing. My dad quit farming when he was 70-something, and he didn’t live too long after that.”
The summer of 2015 at Corydon Old Settlers, Klinger was honored along with fellow World War II veterans Elbert Pidcock and Ralph Alshouse. They were escorted during the parade around the Wayne County Courthouse square in the back of a pickup truck. Nov 9, 2015, 09:04
World War II veteran Maurice Stamps, right, on his 100th birthday gets a visit from literary compatriot Enfys McMurry. Photo by Jason Selby
THROUGHOUT LIFE, SEYMOUR EDUCATOR LEARNED ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE, REMAINS INTENT TO PASS ON THIS LESSON
On the morning of his 100th birthday, Oct. 29, 2015, World War II veteran Maurice Stamps got a song from Seymour Community High School’s glee club, 109 homemade cards from local schoolchildren, an interview with the 'Times-Republican,' and a kiss from friend and literary compatriot Enfys McMurry.
In October, it took an entire month for 'The Seymour Herald' to cover his life story, broken up into 25 years each week.
“It’s a 100th birthday—many people make it sound like that’s the end,” Stamps said. “But tomorrow will be another day, and as along as the days are here, I’ll try to live them.” Nov 3, 2015, 10:05
WAYNE AND KANSAS STATE FOOTBALL STANDOUT NOW OWNS VETERINARY CLINICS THROUGHOUT SOUTHCENTRAL IOWA
One autumn day 28 years ago at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, two former Wayne Falcons faced off against each other for two major college football programs. Both were Division I starters. While Matt Garver blocked from his guard position for Kansas State, Tork Hook made tackles from free safety for Iowa.
Hook was highly recruited out of high school, but Garver, a 1983 Wayne Community High School graduate, took a more circuitous path, one that helped him find his identity.
“I always thought of myself as an overachiever,” Garver said. “If I thought, ‘I ought to be here,’ it would’ve been a lot different.” Oct 19, 2015, 09:25
WAYNE GRADUATE FINDS 15 MINUTES OF FAME AND MORE WHILE HELPING YOUNG CANCER PATIENTS TO SUFFER LESS
Appearing on the front page of 'The Des Moines Register' on Aug. 3 is just one of the many fortunate events that have marked the life of Dr. Nick Street, professor of management sciences at the University of Iowa. Street understands statistics. Therefore he also knows there are some outcomes that cannot be predicted.
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Street is a 1981 graduate of Wayne Community High School. He is the son of Caryl and the late Nick Street. His father was an electrician and worked for Moore Electric in Corydon, and the family made their home in Cambria when he was growing up. Oct 12, 2015, 09:10