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1920: Bridgeport feud ends in killing

Posted on October 27, 2020


Remember When is gathered from past pages of the Daily Record and other Lawrence County newspapers.

100 years ago

Oct. 27, 1920

Clyde Gillespie was shot and killed by W.H. (Doc) Rogers at Bridgeport. For a year the principals had been on bad terms, and the shooting was not unexpected. Rogers was sitting in front of the Bridgeport Auto Company, talking to J.E. King and Wyatt Gray when Gillespie approached and struck Rogers several times. Later, Rogers drew a gun and fired twice at close range, with the second shot striking Gillespie in the head.

75 Years ago

Oct. 30, 1945

A state-wide investigation extending into Missouri was being made for the location of Richard Marion Lukens, a 15-year-old former carrier boy of the Daily Record who has been missing from his home for more than a week. Appeals to state and local authorities and international press associations have been made by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur G. Lukens, who live on Ash Street. He left home on Oct. 22, presumably to go to school. His parents said he had much of his clothing with him.

50 years ago

Oct. 29, 1970

Texaco, Ind., has announced the promotion of Charles Brandenburg to inspector and B.J. Engle to assistant foreman of maintenance at the local plant. The announcement was made by A.L. Bishop, plant manager. Brandenburg is a native of Lawrenceville and has been employed at the plant since 1950. Engle is a native of Vincennes and was employed by the company as a laborer in 1950.


Oct. 30, 1995

Following a bizarre vehicle accident in which there were no injuries, Lou’s minimart in Bridgeport has reopened. Damage was expected to be in the thousands of dollars, and it took two days to clean up from the accident. According to Bridgeport police, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle driven by Billy Jason Crump, 23, Bridgeport, drove through the front of the store at 1008 Judy Ave.

To celebrate the end of Red Ribbon Week, Lincoln School students were treated to a hot dog cookout. The theme for the cookout was “hot dogs, no drugs.” Grade school students received gummy worms to eat, to remind them of the message.


Oct. 28, 2010

To celebrate Red Ribbon Week at Parkside Elementary School, students were asked to bring a teddy bear, as part of an effort to teach the students to be drug free. There was a drawing each day for a chance to win a T-shirt.

Lawrenceville native Josh Weger is a candidate for the 55th District state Senate position, as he is challenging long-time legislator Dale Righter, a Republican. Weger is a graduate of Lawrenceville High School, and has been employed as a legislative aide in the office of State Representative Chuck Hartke. He is a region manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The Lawrenceville FFA recently attended the 83rd National FFA convention in Indianapolis. In all, more than 50,000 FFA memebrs attended. Among those from Lawrenceville who took part were Kendra Farrar, Gage McIntosh, Caitlin McClure, Thomas Weger, Mackenzie Hill, Zach Crossen, Scott Beard, Joe Buchanan, John Thompson, Matt Siegle, Dalton Dining, Jesse Croslow and Ashley McGill.

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