Friday, June 16, 2006


Progress in Prevention
Early Detection

Thursday, June 15, 2006


1891-A molar tooth weighing four pounds, from the jaw of a mastodon, was found on the Blair farm about three miles northwest of the city, near the prairie ditch, by parties sinking a drain, a few days ago. It was discovered about two feet below the surface in the bed of the old run which has been dry since the drainage of the prairie by the new channel. The tooth consists of dentine invested by enamel with a layer of a substance like cement around the fangs and spread over the crown. Search will be made for other portions of the pachyderm.
People have bragged about Big Foot--the people of Peru can brag about Big Tooth!

Amateur Circus for Kids in Peru, Indiana

In 1959, Tom Hodgini, a local business man organized the first amateur circus . Tom was a former bareback rider and circus performer himself. Tom hauled his old high-wire riggings and started training the teens that were to perform under the big top. The operation then moved to an abandoned high school gym, then into the old Peru Lumber yard. Through much effort and a lot of hard work the arena is now air-conditioned and will hold 1,600 circus lovers.
My grandson, Joey, has not experienced the joy of getting to see the circus. I took him to the circus building last week and asked if it would be o.k. for him to watch one of the acts practice. They were very gracious and said "yes". We timed it just right because his first glimpse of the Peru Circus was the high flyers. I had to snicker because when they were up in the air practicing their tricks Joey was sitting in the stands, eyes glued on them, and singing "I Believe I can Fly". It put a smile on a few faces.
The circus teaches the children to have self-confidence, committment, and respect for their trainers and all the other kids involved. The picture in the blog was taken several years ago. These kids are now parents and grandparents. What a legacy!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Circus Menageria Burns in Peru, Indiana

Jan. 25, 1884-- Col. Benj. E. Wallace's circus menageria went up in smoke Monday. For some time he had been collecting wild animals for his circus which is to take the road in the spring. These animals he had stored in temporary cages in the old chair factory, on the south side of west Second street, across the street from the National hotel and west across the alley. An overheated stove caused the blaze which started the fire. The intense heat and smoke soon ended the lives of the animal which included some lions, tigers, deer, kangaroo and monkeys. It was a cold morning and there was a heavy snow on the ground, and the firemen fought hard to save the animals. Col. Wallace says that he will begin again and when spring arrives that he will be ready to open his season. The circus opened April 26, 1884.

Relay for life in Peru, IN

Survivors walk first lap around Bengal Stadium Friday. Come and show your support.Walkers, walk Friday and Saturday.

Then and Now in Peru, Indiana

Monday, June 12, 2006

Circus Band in Peru, IN.

The rain did not dampen the spirits of avid Cole Porter fans this past weekend. The Miami County Museum was filled with Circus Band members and music lovers of all ages. A lot of toe-tapping was going on. If you have never experienced hearing the circus band, it's a must. They have two free concerts to go--June 21 at 7:00 in the PHS auditorium and July 5 at 7:00 at the Fire Station. After that, they will be in the loft at the Peru Circus Center for all ten performances.
Band members come in all ages and professions-- to name a few: Don Smith-postal worker; Dan Roberts-surgeon; Kathi Urban-teacher; Zak Tschiniak-recent recipient of both the Lily Foundation and Cole Porter scholarships; Christy Sullivan-teacher; Wendy Edwards- dental hygienist; Brent Embrey-attorney working for attorney general in Indiana; Gordon Cheever-Delphi; Chris Hickman-Band Director at Southwood High School; and many others to numerous to mention. The band has grown to over 140 musicians. The band loft only holds a capacity of 64, requiring that some musicians take turns. They give their time and talent so that Peru is truly the Greatest Amateur Show on Earth.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Miami Co. Museum Invites You-Flag Day Celebration

On the June 14th, 2006 -2pm to 4pm and 6:30 to 8:00 you are invited to enjoy music, refreshments, and observe the retiring of a Civil War Flag to it's rightful home, The Indiana War Memorial Museum.
The flag belonged to the 99th Volunteer Infantry of which Miami County supplied two companies, Company D and Company I. The 99th regiment was organized at South Bend, In. and mustered in October 21, 1862. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., thence to Memphis, Tenn. The Regiment lost during service 45 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 5 Officers and 147 Enlisted men by disease. Total 197. They moved to Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign, ordered to Vicksburg, Miss., assault on Kenesaw Mountain, Battle of Atlanta, March to the Sea, March to Washington D.C. to name a few. The men were mustered out June 6, 1865.
The flag was discovered this spring by a museum staff member. Ms. Schmink of the Indiana War Memorial will be here to accept this Flag on their behalf.
The Company Singers from Huntington will be providing Civil War music and a short ceremony to retire this grand old flag at 7:30. Show your support to this momentous occassion.