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150 years of history find way into book

150 years of history find way into book

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HEYWORTH - 2006 has been a year for the history books as Heyworth celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding.

Now residents will have a history book of their own to remember it by.

"Echoes of an Era - 150 Years" was compiled by Heyworth residents Jane Amerman, Jenalee Macy, Helen Robeson, Vivian Mouser and Alice Studeman.

The 100-page book is on sale at Heyworth Village Hall for $10.

Rather than a scholarly look at the village's history, the book is more a collection of memories, profiles of some of Heyworth's fondly remembered personalities, a listing of businesses past and present and the background of several of Heyworth's churches.

"Our book may be a little different type of book," Amerman said. "I think ours is entertaining and we picked up on a lot of things that we hadn't heard before."

The project began as a request for an article to be included in a time capsule that was part of the village's sesquicentennial plans, Amerman said. It quickly evolved into a book.

Grows in scope

Initially, the committee thought the book should concentrate on the last 50 years of Heyworth's history, but it soon grew in scope.

"They had a centennial book, and they wanted us to start from there forward," said Amerman. "But you can't start in the middle, so that's the reason we went back."

The group had people who helped gather information. They also used the Heyworth Public Library for microfilm copies of The Heyworth Star, previous history books and recollections of residents who had committed their memories to tape.

Everyone involved said the project triggered memories they had forgotten over time.

For Macy, the hardest part was deciding what to include in the book.

"This is 150 years, so what are you going to pick and choose?" Macy said. "We can't do it all, so what do you leave out?"

While pleased with the finished project, the group regretted the items that had to be left out.

"We've all looked at the book and now we know other things we could have put in," said Amerman. "Already there are changes."

Time capsule

Some of the information not in the book will be included in the time capsule village officials will bury in May at Centennial Park.

People profiled include Dr. F.L. "Doc" Wakefield, who practiced medicine in Heyworth for more than 50 years and set up the village's first telephone system, and Wilson "Bob" Tucker, who enjoyed international fame as a science fiction writer.

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