Our County History
by County Historian Marion W. Coplen

Harold Beyer, of Warsaw, recently turned over to us a copy of the Warsaw Daily Times, of May 29, 1885. This issue has a number of very interesting items in it including market quotations, train time tables, local advertisements and news stories of the day. A perusal of this issue will reveal that in 1885 corn was 50 cents a bushel, oats 25 cents a bushel, and eggs 10 cents a dozen. Nine passenger trains per day were stopping at Warsaw on the Pennsylvania line, and four per day on the Big Four. The Ripple & Snyder Livery Stable, the William J. Johnson Blacksmith Shop and the C. W. Chapman cigar factory all have advertisements in this issue.

Probably the most important historical information is the announcement put out by Kosciusko Post No. 114 of the Grand Army of the Republic concerning the Memorial Day procession and program which was to be held the next day in Warsaw. The Warsaw Band was to lead the parade, followed by the G.A.R. Next in line were the carriages of the speakers and other dignitaries. The Knights of Pythias, the Odd Fellows, the Sunday schools, the Fire Department and the county and city officials, all were to take place in the procession. The column was to move from the corner of Center and Buffalo streets at 1:15 p.m. and march to Oakwood cemetery for the program. W. D. Frazer was the officer of the day; I. B. Webber was the chief marshall and Peter L. Runyan, Perry Brown, John W. Chapman, H. M. Cook and Will McCarter were his assistants.

This issue of the Daily Times gives a complete list of the soldiers who were at that time buried in the two Warsaw cemeteries. This list contains a total of 76 names, 21 from the War of 1812, 5 from the Mexican War, and 50 from the Civil War.

There also is an item which shows that even in 1885 some people were thinking of Warsaw and Kosciusko county as a resort area. The item says, "The Warsaw people are about awakening to the realization that they will either have to bestir themselves in the near future or allow the town to go backward. Summer resorts are springing up all around. With all of her natural advantages Warsaw can be made the most beautiful and pleasant resort in the State."

Warsaw Times-Union Mon. Aug. 24, 1953