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Volume 1 Issue 2 February 1994 The Alexanders, Residents of the Month Ron and Mary Alexander have been Greentown residents since 1987. After their marriage in 1983, they lived in Georgia for three years and began remodeling an older home there. When Ron began working at Delco, the Georgia home was sold and the family moved to a rental home on SR 26 just south of West Liberty. Both had always been impressed by Greentown even before moving here. They both like a small town and it was a nice distance from Kokomo where Ron worked. They were interested in a good school system for their five children and knew Eastern was one of the best. Other factors they liked about Greentown were: it was not " big city", good food at the fair, and driving to and from work without the sun in you eyes! Since becoming residents, they say Greentown will always be their home. When Earl Petty, a local realtor, showed the Alexanders the house at 804 E. Main, Mary said it was the answer to her childhood dream. That dream included an open staircase and a fireplace. This home had both! The house was built in 1912 by Charles Jenkins, a relative of David Jenkins, owner of the glass factory. The builder's name and the year built were found written on a wall behind several layers of old wallpaper. Sometime later the house was sold to the McQuiston family and eventually became a rental property. The house was old and needed a lot of repair, but the Alexanders were not discouraged. Ron and Mary purchased their home in April of 1987 and began the remodeling before moving in. For several months, they worked day and night, eating microwaved frozen dinners until the home was ready to be occupied. They have stripped the old paint from the woodwork, staircase, and fireplace and have repainted. The attractive " gingerbread" trim on the exterior is handmade by a man in Tennessee. Future plans include a new garage, shutters, and a picket fence surrounding the yard. Although they say much more needs to be done, the house looks beautiful and is a definite asset to our Ron's hobbies, beside working on his home, are restoring old cars and bass fishing in the reservoir. He works at Delco Electronics as a tinsmith. Mary's hobbies are toll painting, crafts, and antiques. After giving up her job in the Eastern High School cafeteria, she and her brother started their own business. " Sign- Up" community. The Sawdust Shop, Business of the Month Like many small businesses, the Sawdust Shop had it's beginnings in " a hobby which got out of control." Five years ago Marvin Rees crafted a toy train in hs wood shop and showed it to some fellow workers. It sold that day and he took orders for three more. Since then his shop, just west of his home at 228 E Railroad St., has yielded many more trains, trucks, doll furniture and other wooden items. Marvin's trucks have an authenticity born of experience, as he recently retired after 21 years as a truck driver. An area he expects to expand into is doll house furniture. A graduate of Western High School, Marvin and his wife Kay moved to by Jolene Moore designs and constructs custom signs for businesses. Ron and Mary both say that one of their favorite activities is spoiling their five grandchildren! the Alexander family! The CRAP€ viIv€ is proud to feature by Rachel Jenluns Greentown in 1955 after his discharge from the Air Force. They have been in their present home since 1956 and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Marvin has served as a Director of the Greentown Area Business Association and has worked on their craft and flea market committee. He presently holds the office of Junior Steward in the Masonic Lodge and is a member of the American Legion. Marvin displays h s creations at craft shows and at the Howard County 4- H Fair. He invites you to call him at 628- 3863 or stop by the shop. Each month's Featured Business is selected at random from the membership list of the Greentown Area Business Association.
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 1994-02, 01:02|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
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|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
|Usage Statement||The Greentown Area Residential Association has granted permission to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society to copy any and all issues of the Greentown Grapevine. Permission granted to view and print items from this digital collection for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching.|
|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: The Alexanders, Residents of the Month; The Sawdust Shop, Business of the Month
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, February 1994, Volume 01, Issue 02|
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