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ADRON B. SLUDER

Educator/Principal/Local Historian/Civil Leader

Adron B. Sluder born in Hamilton County in 1895, he was the son of Mary Edith (Brendel) and Perry Sluder. He had lived in the Zionsville area all his life and died at the age of 70.

He was a most distinguished resident, a former school principal/ educator, civic leader, businessman, and church member in Zionsville. During World War I, Mr. Sluder served in the Army in France. Sluder taught history, social sciences and junior high school in Zionsville 27 years, retiring in 1948. During the years he taught junior high, he had each student write an autobiography which he also kept on file. For five of those years, 1931 through 1935, he was principal under the direction of Eagle Township Trustees- Bert Mills, George Pock and William Schofield.

After his retirement he was associated with the grocery business in Zionsville and later with Phillippi Funeral Home, Flanner & Buchanan Mortuary and the Elliott Pharmacy in Zionsville. He was a vice president and director of the Zionsville Building and Loan Association.

He had been a member of the American Legion since 1919. He was a member of the Zionsville Christian Church, Zion Masonic Lodge, Veterans of World War I and the Boone County Sesquicentennial Committee and active in the Zionsville Historical Society. He was active in organizing the first Boy Scout Troop and leading the Boy Scouting movement in Zionsville. He served as Scoutmaster, troop committeeman, and merit badge counselor. Mr. Sluder was a Charter Member, May 20, 1930, of the Zionsville Lions Club that has had the motto "We Serve".

He had compiled a history of Zionsville and collected items tracing the history of the town. He had a collection of pictures of every graduating class of Zionsville High School since 1925 and had commencement programs for every class since the first in 1888. In 1937 he built a room onto his home on Walnut Street to store and display antiques and artifacts for the general public to enjoy.

In 1962, Sluder received the Zionsville junior Chamber of Commerce's distinguished service award for his activities as "teacher, principal, businessman, church member and amateur historian." He is buried at Little Eagle Creek Cemetery.

Compiled and nominated by Ralph W Stacy

 

 
 

Eagle Elementary School and the Fifth Street Varsity Gym were constructed while he was at the helm. After the Phillippi Funeral Home was sold to Flanner & Buchanan, Mr.Phillippi became a retail merchant, first working for Cruse & Co. who owned variety stores in Zionsville and Beech Grove. They later owned the Phillippi 5c-$1 in Brownsburg for three years. He took a position as a field representative for the Indiana Board of Tax Commissioners in 1961, becoming chairman of the commission. When he retired in January, 1981, he had the distinction of having served as chairman longer than anyone else. To quote the February 2, 1979, Indianapolis News article, "Complaints and confusion generated by the statewide reassessment of real estate create problems for assessors, but the "buck" stops at the desk of Carleton Phillippi, chairman of the State Tax Board". He was a member of International Association of Assessing Officers.

Mr. Phillippi joined the Zionsville Volunteer Fire Department in 1943, and served as treasurer of its corporation and was a dispatcher and firefighter. Mr. Phillippi served on the advisory board of the Zionsville Water Utility, the Hussey Memorial Library Board and on the Cable TV Advisory Board. Aletha delivered Meals on Wheels to shut-ins. He was a past president of the Zionsville Lions Club, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a member and past master of Masonic Lodge. They both enjoyed being members of the Zionsville Historical Society and the Zionsville United Methodist Church. He was a amateur photographer and both members of the Republican Party.

He was named Town Crier by the Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce in 1987 and a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Otis Bowen in 1979.

Mr. Phillippi fostered the International Lions Clubs objectives to promote the principles of good government and good citizenship, to take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community, and to encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and to promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works, and private endeavors. His dad Jesse F, Phillippi, first Zionsville Lions Club President and a founding club member in 1930 would definitely be most proud today as well as all their parents.

Aletha attended Indiana Business School, was employed at Zionsville Pitman Moore, special secretary at Eagle Elementary and Zionsville Middle School for at least 20 years. She volunteered her time and talent in Boone County 4-H, fund raising for the Zionsville Volunteer Fire Department and has been a long term member and now Life Member of the Zionsville Woman's Club and Honorary Member of Zionsville Auxiliary Chapter Psi Iota Xi, Alpha Lambda Chapter . To me the closing verse of Psi Iota Xi exemplies Aletha. "It is a noble thing to give cheer to those less fortunate about you. Let us then be of good cheer that the lives of those about us may be enriched".

Prepared by Ralph W. Stacy