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 Beloved Physician Dr. Gatmaitan Died 25 Years Ago


The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana presented the Sandi Servaas Memorial Award to Historic Knightstown, Inc., during ceremonies held in Indianapolis last week. The award is presented to a non-profit organization or agency that has developed and implemented an effective program to marshal public support for historic preservation in Indiana.

Dr. Alejandro Gatmaitan, for years Knightstown’s only doctor, died unexpectedly in the emergency room at Henry County Memorial hospital. He was 62 years old. Dr. Gatmaitan came to Knightstown in 1973 after the town had been without a family physician for more than 18 months. Well-known as a doctor who made house calls and followed up on patients as if they were his own family members, Dr. Gatmaitan had more than 7,000 patients from the tri-county area at the time of his death.

Northern Michigan University public safety patrolman Thomas Leisure was named “Officer of the Year” by the Marquette County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. He is the son of Norman and Dee Leisure of Knightstown and is a 1967 graduate of Knightstown High School.

Death notices published this week in 1983: William Cronk, Jr., Bessie Delph, Frank Hamm, Marie King Booth, Wilfred Jacoby, Dennis H. Cheatham, Harold Lockridge, AFC Greg Fitch, Alonzo Tarter.


Four area fire departments fought a truck fire on Interstate 70 in the west-bound lanes north of Knightstown, and had a much more difficult mess to clean up than usual. An “Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips” trailer overturned and caught fire, spilling supplies over the roadway, including cooking oil, tarter sauce and thousands of fish fillets. The smell of frying fish could be detected for miles, Knightstown fire chief Clarence Post said.

Twenty-five Knightstown High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society, including J.B. Vogle, Dave Kilmer, Steve Carrow, Janie Caudill, Brenda Cropper, Susan Dalton, Connie Kelley, Lisa Brewer, Debra Lee, Diane Martin, Lisa Richmond, Rita Richmond, Necia Sneed, Shirley Steurer, Jay Tweedy, Alicia White, Suzanne Whitfield, Leah Wyatt, Joe Beavers, Lynn Ahlering, Mary Gardner, Kathy Genaro, Patsy Rodewald and Bob Sitler.

The Carthage Lions Club elected new officers during a meeting held at the Community Center. Robert Stull will be the new president, while Dr. H.L. Hensler, Hubert Hunt and Jerry Underhill will be vice-presidents. Bill Alexander will be secretary, Ercel Bever, Jr. treasurer, Warren Reynolds is the new Lion Tamer, while Tom Shields, Clyde Ruby and Lewis LaFuse will be directors.


The home of Eddie Gorman in Knightstown burned earlier this week, leaving the family homeless and without any of their possessions. Donations of clothing and other items are being accepted at various locations in Knightstown.

Leslie Ohlemiller and Muriel Fort will represent Knightstown High School at Girls’ State this summer.

George Sherry has opened an electric service shop on east Main Street in Knightstown.


Arnold Butler, deputy marshal for the last year, was appointed as the new town marshal by the members of the Knightstown town board.

The Knightstown Elevator is planning a large-scale expansion program, which will get underway on June 1. Manager Lewis Peacock said the expansion will increase the elevator’s capacity by more than 60 percent.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hamm and children Beverly and David entertained at their home Sunday in celebration of the birthdays of Jackie, Jimmy and Richard Kirk, both Mr. and Mrs. Hamm, son David and Leland Taylor.


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