Wilson, Richard G. 1931-1950, Medal of Honor Recipient

Richard G Wilson Medal of Honor RecipientRichard Gene Wilson (August 19, 1931 – October 21, 1950) was a United States Army soldier and a posthumous recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Korean War. A combat medic, Wilson was awarded the medal for attempting to rescue a wounded soldier at the Battle of Yongju. Continue reading

Bandy, Wallace A. 1880-1941, State Legislator

Wallace Bandy 1880-1941Wallace Albert Bandy was born on July 19, 1880, in Sandy Hook, Elliot County, Kentucky to William H. Bandy and Sarah Howard (see Sam’s Notes).

He received his education in the public schools and the high school at Sandy Hook, and later took a special course in law and attended one term in military training school.

He enlisted on July 21, 1898, into the U.S. Army, Company H of the 4th Kentucky Infantry during the Spanish American war, serving in the Philippines and HawaiiHe was discharged from the regiment on February 12, 1899 as a private. Continue reading

Roberts, Mary Lou (Bethel) 1926-2012

Mary Lou Roberts 1926-2012Mary Lou (Bethel) Roberts was born Sunday, October 24, 1926 in McCormick, Illinois in Pope County to Jewell Guy Bethel & Elma Houston.

In the 1930 census, the family was located in Hammond Lake, Indiana. Mary Lou was then 3 years old and her father was doing his best to support the family during the depression by working as a laborer in the steel mills. Continue reading

1919, Child Falls Down Elevator Shaft

Marion State and Savings Bank ca 1920After seeing images of the old Citadel Building on the Marion Square in a January 2007 issue of Marion Living Magazine, Ms. Sharon DuPont of Johnston City wrote the magazine. She recounted the story about her uncle, Guy D. Hogan, who as a lad of three in 1919, fell down the elevator shaft located in the then active Marion State and Savings Bank building. The incident caused quite a stir in Marion. Continue reading