Electric Company Authorizes Plan For Streetlights

June 24, 1954


HUNTERTOWN  Final authorization for the installation of streetlights in Huntertown has been given by the Indiana-Michigan Electric Company, Wilbur E. Spangle, the president of the Huntertown Lions Club, said this week.


          Representatives of the electric company will begin soon “Staking our” the positions where the lights will be placed.


          Meanwhile, the Lions Club, sponsors of the project, continued to wind up the final financial arrangements for the project. The board of directors of the club worked Monday night in getting some of the last pledges to the street light fund in and reported that “about $96” in pledges still remained out.


          The company’s authorization was the final step before work begins on the actual installation of the lights and came seven months after the Lions Club opened its campaign to provide the town with lights. Funds  for the project have been raised by Lions Club activities and through pledges made by residents of the Huntertown area.


Street Lighting

Celebration Set

For Coming Week


HUNTERTOWN  A special street lighting celebration will be held Monday at the Huntertown Park, with the affair slated to get underway at 7 p..m.

  An ice cream social will kick off the celebration, with cake and soft drinks also to be served.

  The Huntertown Band will entertain for a half-hour starting at 7:30 p.m., to be followed by a novelty act at 8:00 p.m.

 A special attraction will be a water battle between member of the women’s auxiliaries of the Huntertown and Washington Township fire departments.

 Harold Martin, Lions Club program chairman, is in charge of arrangements.

 Another feature of the program will be songs by the Reddy Kilowatts, a Fort Wayne barbershop quartet, followed by square dancing.

Tri-County Truth

August 25, 1955


Tri-County Truth Sept. 2, 1954


Street Light Dedication Held Monday Night At Huntertown


HUNTERTOWN   Huntertown streets are lighted at night now.


          The main switch to a $3,500 system of 37 lights in the town was thrown open at dedication ceremonies Monday night while more than 1,200 persons from the Huntertown community watched.


William J. Snyder, one of the oldest residents of the area pulled  the switch after speeches by prominent Huntertown and Allen County residentshad extolled the completion of the street lighting project.


          The added safety factor, which the lights give to the town, was greatly impressed on those attending the dedication. Efforts by the Lions Club, sponsor of the project, were spurred by the pedestrian accident which killed a Huntertown girl more than 10 months ago just as the Lions Club was considering plans for the project. The system. Indiana and Michigan Electric Company officials said before installation, makes Huntertown a well lighted as any small community served by the company.


          The safety of Huntertown traffic “is certainly improved by the lights,” Sheriff Harold Zeis said in a message delivered at the ceremonies by Guy Amsdem, Allen County chief deputy. Sheriff Zeis was hospitalized and unable to attend, but expressed a strong desire to see the new lights.


          J.C. (Bud) Hill, division manager of Indiana and Michigan commended the people of Huntertown and surrounding area in completing the project. “When I first heard of the project, I didn’t think it would be a reality, but after I met the community I could tell by the caliber of men in Huntertown and in the Lions Club that they were capable of completing any endeavor undertaken.” Hill said.


          Paul Seitz, deputy district governor of the Lions Clubs and master of ceremonies Monday night, described the organization and praised the Huntertown unit for initiating and carrying to a conclusion the lighting plan. The Huntertown Lions Club was incorporated during the drive in order to make the lights a reality because the law requires an organization to sign the contract with the electric company, Seitz pointed.