Oct. 1961: North and South P’Ville to vote to combine

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Local History

By Cindy DiFazio

Oct. 19, 1951

Former Henry boy killed in Korea in September

Howard J. Mathis Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Mathis, was killed in action in Korea in September, according to a letter to the parents. He graduated from Campbellsburg High School where he played basketball for two years. He was born and reared in Henry County. He was registered and left from Henry County on Feb. 6, 1951. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the Campellsburg Lodge of Masons.

Mr. and Mrs. Mathis have received the following letter from his Commanding Officer

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Mathis:

It is with deepest regrets that I notify you of the death of your son, Howard J. Mathis Jr. He was a member of my command during a recent support of Heartbreak Lodge.

Your son was a member of my gun section but sincce my forward observers’ parties were low on personnel, he volunteered to go out and help them. He was in line for a Sergeantry in this position and would, I know, have made his rating and been a fine reconnaisance sergeant.
Everyone here liked “Red” as they called him and although we know how you feel over it, I want you to know you are not alone in your grief.

Red’s full party was killed during the operation. At first two men were killed and then the others. He at that time left to help another party and on his way over a mortar fragment killed him. This story was related to me by an infantryman who had become good friends with him.

He was a fine man and a credit to the Army. He was as fine a natured man as I had here. I truly admire his courage, having been on forward observation during the past winter...

If I can be of any further aid to you, kindly let me know.

Sincerely, Leon L. Decommevant, Capt.

Oct. 5, 1961

Ordinances passed to give North and South Pleasureville chance to combine.

The citizens of N. Pleasureville and Pleasureville will have the opportunity to vote, at the regular election held in November, as to the future of their cities.

Each town council has prepared an ordinance that proposes to place before its citizens the proposition that they vote for or against the consolidation of the two above named towns. Each town must vote “yes” before the consolidation can take place. Upon verification of the ballots by the county clerk that the motion has carried, the two town boards will become one board and those members will serve out their terms. These men are to apply for a new charter and thus the beginning of a new town known as Pleasureville. The boards will serve during these two years to forumlate the guiding principles for the new Pleasureville. This will combine the voting power and the good will of both into one thus adding to the possibilitieties afforded the stronger commuity. As a larger community, there are advantages, such as daily mail carrier, sewage disposal, and adequate police protection that singly they could not afford or qualify for.