On Sunday, the 206th anniversary of Samuel L. Rugg's birth, the City of Decatur, to which he gave birth, celebrated his memory as the final event of the community's 175th anniversary extravaganza.
Well over 100 people turned out for the afternoon unveiling of the four-sided black marble monument to Rugg that sits in the front lawn of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce office by the St. Marys River, 125 E. Monroe St.
Election 2011 in Adams County will be one of the shortest and easiest in history, with only seven city offices in Decatur and Berne to be voted on — and few names facing the voters.
Due to a state law that went into effect on July 1, the names of all unopposed candidates will not be printed on the ballots, as a way of saving money and streamlining the voting process.
Max Miller, who, along with Larry Isch, co-chaired the Decatur 175th Anniversary Committee, read a summarized history of Samuel Rugg at Sunday's ceremony to honor the founder of Decatur.
Rugg was born in 1805 in Oneida County, New York; came to Cincinnati in 1825; and moved into Indiana in 1833.
He made a home in what became Root Township and, after the county was created three years later, he began riding a horse around the area to find a suitable place for a county seat.