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Question: What do those years have in common?
Answer: They are all anniversaries not only of Decatur, but also Adams County, since both came into being in 1836, 20 years after Indiana became a state in 1816.
Decatur held celebrations for the centennial in 1936 and for the sesquicentennial in 1986 and, now, city leaders are gearing up to celebrate the 175th birthday next year.
Mayor John Schultz and two prominent local residents, Larry Isch and Max Miller, have jointly announced that two meetings will be held on Wednesday, December 8, in Riverside Center to receive ideas from the public on how to celebrate the city's 175th year of existence.
The meetings will be start at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to give people two choices, depending on their work, activity, or family schedules.
The announcement said, "Please plan to attend either of these meetings with ideas and also join our committee. Thank you for your interest in helping with the planning of the 175th celebration."
Isch is a retired local banker and the younger brother of former mayor Fred Isch.
Miller is one of the founders of the Decatur Small Business Association.