Editor’s note: This is a retrospective article that runs a few times a month on InkFreeNews that relies on files from the Kosciusko County Historical Society
Aug. 1, 1981 — Improvements and new ideas brought to The Warsaw Speedway have been a major factor in drawing larger crowds to the dirt race track at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds this summer.
Bob Grindle, a hometown resident who says he is “friends with everybody,” is serving as manager of The Warsaw Speedway for the first time this season. For the past 25 years, he was just one of the boys racing all different types of autos around the dirt track.
After race drivers complained about the track management last year and remonstrators appeared before the Warsaw Common Council to complain about the late night noise, Grindle was selected as the new track manager.
Aug. 3, 1973 — A world’s record was established today in Warsaw by two 17-year-old high school seniors. Dan Robinson and Dan Yoder completed their marathon 25-day ride on a hand-made teeter-totter, located in front of the Penguin Point Drive-In on East Center Street. The record now stands at 600 hours.
Aug. 1, 1947 — An original idea conceived by a native Chicagoan, Donald J. Dalton, who came to Warsaw in 1910, was developed, and as a result, he headed for many years one of the city’s most successful industries, Dalton Foundries Inc.
Dalton was president of the company at the time of his death Aug. 1, 1947. He established his first foundry in an empty building on West Market Street in 1910. The then-abandoned building had been a foundry edifice and was adjacent to the Pennsylvania Railroad main lines. The late founder of Dalton Foundries Inc. was 66 years old at his death.
– Compiled by InkFreeNews reporter Lasca Randels