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Sign dedication highlights Old Settler's weekend

Monday, August 27, 2007

Clay City Boy Scout Pack 48 members (from left)_Ben Kinser, Brett Wilson, Zachary Barnett, Jacob Gilbert, Dillenger Wilkinson and Braden Wilson salute the crowd during the sign dedication ceremony in Bowling Green Saturday.
BOWLING GREEN -- A large crowd of proud residents, past and present, attended the dedication ceremony of the new Welcome to Bowling Green sign.

L.T. Clark, longtime resident and supporter of the Old Settler's Day committee, addressed the crowd with a welcome speech about the history of Bowling Green, and some interesting facts about the area.

Special guest speaker, Siebert Thomas, spoke about his history in the town. Thomas is a direct descendent of David Thomas, the first white man to enter Clay County in 1812.

"We are proud to be related to such a brave man," Thomas said. "He came here with nothing to his name. He lived in an unwelcoming land where he had to fight off Indians to make his home. He lived in a one-room log cabin that he built, with paper over the windows to keep out the weather, and he made a life for himself and his family."

Thomas' granddaughter is the ninth generation of Thomas' to live in Bowling Green.

Intermittent showers didn't deter the crowd from celebrating the arrival of the sign or what the sign meant.

"It was through the support of local residents that we were able to put this sign here," Clark said. "Donations are still coming in, and with Duke Energy donating the floodlights for the sign, and others donating time to put this together, we have created a monument to what it means to live in Bowling Green."

The sign was created and painted by Signs of the Times' owners Ron and Sandy Glasscock, who did the sign in pieces.

The pieces were laid out on the floor of the Windows of Hope Church in Clay City to keep the design intact.

The sign dedication was just one of the many reasons why visitors came to Bowling Green on Saturday. There was the 139th annual Old Settler's Day picnic, contests, and an antique tractor pull.

The Old Settler's Day Picnic is the longest running event in Indiana.

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