Richard S. 'Dick' Roth

Richard S. "Dick" Roth, 88, of Wabash, IN, and a native of Bippus, IN, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at 12:10 p.m. at Wabash County Hospital.

Mr. Roth graduated from Lagro High School in 1939 and served with the 125th Cavalry of the United States Army during World War II. He retired in July 1986 from Celotex in Lagro after 33 years. He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 15, Wabash, and a founding member and long-time president of the Celotex Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

Roy D. Lehman

Roy D. Lehman, 80, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Lehman worked as an electrician for Local 305 for 45 years, retiring in 1987. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a graduate of Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He was a member of Christ Church at Georgetown.

He was born Sept. 29, 1928, in Huntington. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty J. Lehman, of Fort Wayne.

Weldon G. Hougendobler

Weldon G. Hougendobler, 74, of New Haven, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Hougendobler had worked for Penske Trucking for five years and had previously worked as a mechanic for the bus division of Fort Wayne Community Schools. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.

He was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Columbia City. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hougendobler.

Martha E. 'Mert' Chambers

Martha E. "Mert" Chambers, 81, of Marseilles, IL, and formerly of LaFontaine, IN, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Chambers was a 1946 graduate of LaFontaine High School. She had been employed by Delta Electronics before moving in 1962 to Morris, IL, where she was employed by the Federal Paper Board Company and as a route driver for the Morris Daily Herald. She was a member of the LaFontaine Christian Church and the First Baptist Church in Morris, IL.

Michael A. Cummings

Michael A. Cummings, 49, of Marion, IN, and having family members in LaFontaine, IN, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at 2 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Cummings had worked at Sonoco Packaging for 20 years.

He was born Dec. 9, 1959, in Marion to Russell and Margaret Rogers Cummings. His parents survive in Seminole, FL. He married Kelly Ryder on March 5, 2004. His wife survives.

Lancaster Township once a bustling center of activity

The Boyd covered bridge was built in the mid-1860s of native lumber sawed nearby, which included oak, poplar, hickory and elm. The cost was $14.50 per thousand feet, and the total cost for the bridge was $900.
Illustration provided.

Originally published Sept. 6, 2004.

Lancaster became the third township in Huntington County when it was organized on May 15, 1837.

It originally contained the areas that later became Polk and Rock Creek townships within its bounds. Lancaster Township is notable not only for its fertile soil, but also for its rich treasure of early history.

From the past

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Hill Topper pitcher Russ "Limpy" Kaufman tosses one to a member of the Ohio Village Muffins during the team's game on Saturday, Aug. 9. The teams dressed in old-fashioned baseball attire and played by early rules of the game.

This week in Viking athletics

Thursday, Aug. 13 8 a.m. - Girls' varsity golf at Bruin Reserve Invitational. (Colonial Oaks).
4:30 p.m. - Boys' varsity tennis at Warsaw.

Friday, Aug. 14
7 p.m. - Varsity football at North Side.
Monday, Aug. 17
4:30 p.m. - Girls' varsity golf vs. Warsaw.

Taste of Roanoke is Saturday on Main Street

The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 16th annual Taste of Roanoke on Saturday, Aug. 15, on Main Street in Roanoke.

The Taste of Roanoke will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature some of the local restaurants, non-profit organizations and civic groups along with live entertainment by the Conglomernotes. This 17-piece orchestra plays big band music that will entertain diners outside on the street. Room on the street will also be available for dancing.

Among the food items on the "menu" for the Taste of Roanoke are:

Huntington University gets a second top college ranking from

For the second time, has named Huntington University one of America's Best Colleges.

At No. 97 on the overall list, Huntington was fifth among Indiana public and private colleges and universities and the second highest-ranked member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. In addition, Huntington ranked No. 86 on's list of America's Best Private Colleges.


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