75 Years Ago

Diehl’s Crossroads Vandalized


January 6, 2022

Herald of Jan. 2, 1947

Diehl’s Crossroads Church of the Brethren near Curryville was vandalized when 30 to 35 gun shots were fired inside the building. Damage was estimated at $500. All but two windows were shot out, five of six light shades were shattered, hands were shot off the clock, and the piano was shot. Police believed the suspects to be excellent marksmen.

The father-in-law of Thelma Rhodes, who was killed a few weeks earlier by her husband, believed that the shooting was accidental, even though the coroner ruled it murder. Sanford Rhodes theorized that his son was planning to sh...

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