Kathleen Van Nuys loves history and writing. She gets that from her paternal grandfather, Ira M. O’Banion, co-founder of The Tipton Daily Tribune in 1895. Only one link in a four-generation newspaper family, she began working at that small Indiana town paper during junior high school.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, with journalism and history majors in 1943, the author was a copywriter in Chicago. In 1945, she returned to work as reporter/editor at The Tribune and, over several years, handled page make-up, wrote headlines, learned to set type and operate a linotype machine, passed paperboys’ routes when they failed to show up and often accepted customers’ classified ad payments on errands downtown. To meet The Tribune's V-E edition deadline after World War II, she well remembers working an 80-hour week.
During a two-month 1948 seminar tour of Europe, Kathleen and her sister, Mary Jane, dispatched daily stories about travels and talks with government leaders that The Tribune published. Marriage to Charles B. Van Nuys brought her to Hopewell, west of Franklin, Indiana, in 1956. She became a columnist/reporter for The Indianapolis Times' Women’s Department in 1957, covering the city’s social activities. The Times closed in 1965, but she took the same position at The Indianapolis News, retiring in 1995. Interviews led her to three generations of Winston Churchill’s family, Rev. and Mrs. Billy Graham, two First Ladies, a few senators and dozens of “500 Mile” races.
Among the columnist’s awards over 55 years are two Community Service Council plaques for stories of women’s groups that raised major funds for prime Indianapolis projects. Kathleen has a deep appreciation for the historic area where she lives and counts herself fortunate to have traveled to 45 foreign countries.
PS from Kathleen's son John Van Nuys: My mother spent 5 years writing this book. Few churches and rural areas have had their histories recorded in such detail -- and with such love. My mother loved Hopewell. I hope reading this book helps you remember Hopewell -- or fall in love with Hopewell, too.