Waynedale History

Barb Noble dropped her husband, Ed off at The Waynedale News on Wednesday. Ed came in carrying a large picture of the Chamber of Commerce of Waynedale Charter Membership. The 2ft x 3ft picture frame listed 42 Chamber members from 1930. Amongst the names were Lester Umber of Umber's Hardware, Jim Ferguson of Ferguson Carpentry, and Rex Roof of Indland Oils Co. Ed Noble of Noble Realty was one of those members. Ed also carried a file folder stuffed with old pictures and news clippings...

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Photo provided by Larry D. Goss  Front Row: Clyde Ploughe, ?, ? Mitchell, Donna McCague-Clayton, JoAnne Watkins, Marilyn Parkinson-Roehm, Verda Clausen, ?, Scott Parkinson. Middle Row: Don Goss, Roger Ploughe, ?, ?, Evelyn Parkinson-Fultz, Helen Mutton-Herman. Back Row: ?, ?, ?, Mary Lou Smith, Mae Ploughe, Grosvenor Ward, Faye Parkinson, Bill Wetzel, ?, Ruth Hoopengardner, Lorene Sheddick, Herb Winkleman, Don Richardson, John Clayton, ? Spencer.

Larry, a former resident of Waynedale, came across this photo while going through some old albums. It was taken at a picnic at the John Clausen cottage on Lake Wawasee around 1947-49. Bill Wetzel was the choir director and sometimes the organist at the Waynedale United Methodist Church for a number of years. Alma Brydon was the regular organist, but Bill gave concerts on the vintage Allen organ when it was new. Donna McCague directed the children's choir for a year or so when it was first...

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The first edition of The Waynedale News came out on September 2nd, 1932. The name of the paper at that time was The Waynedale Press. Arden McCoy was the editor and the paper was a single sheet measuring 15X10 inches. Noble's Food Store was the main advertiser. They listed Hershey Cocoa at 1 pound for 17 cents and Camay Toilet Soap at 5 cents per bar. Potatoes were 7.5 cents a peck and 25 cents per bushel.

In a small corner of that first paper was a note from the local businessmen. It...

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