The Howard County Historical Society will celebrate the accomplishments of the 2012 class of Howard County’s Hall of Legends during an evening of fine dining, fun, and history.
This year’s inductees represent the city’s accomplishments in the automotive industry from the standpoint of management, as well as labor. They also highlight the community’s dedication to the military through service and innovation. And they personify excellence in the fields of anthropology and corporate management. Hall founder Craig Dunn said he is greatly anticipating this year’s class on inductees -- the third for the Hall of Legends.
“We’re really happy with the class we’ve selected,” said Dunn. “We have a nice mix between living and those who have died. We’re looking forward to hearing from the folks who have made Kokomo a better place over the years.
“The thing I’ve been most amazed about in the two we’ve previously done is the presentations from those you might have known the least about and least expected it to be a moving presentation are the ones who make it worth coming. You never really know.
“Howard County played a substantial role in these people’s lives. But we never know what it was. For Tavis Smiley last year, it was a teacher and his family. For Steve Kroft, it was just the friendly hometown setting that helped launch his career. You have to be there to hear it. I’ve been thrilled in every one of the recipients. This is a worthy event to support; we’re recognizing people for non-athletic achievements. In this community, that’s a big step forward.”
The Hall of Legends banquet and induction ceremonies will take place in the Casa Bella room of Pastariffic Italian Restaurant, 3001 S. Webster St., on Aug. 17. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased at howardcountymuseum.org or at the Howard County Historical Society offices. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the phone number is 452-4314.
The 2012 class
Kenny Hill became active in union leadership in 1979 as a member of United Auto Workers Local 685 in Kokomo. He moved through up through the union ranks over the following 10 years and was elected to the president’s office in 1990. During his time in that position he played a key role in the negotiations, which brought the Indiana Transmission Plant and ITP2 to Kokomo.
When Chrysler began developing a new transmission plant in 1994, Kokomo wasn’t on the site list. Hill and Local 685, along with local community leaders, convinced them to consider Kokomo, and then to locate the plants here. That decision saved thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue and payroll income. After his term ended, he accepted a position as UAW International Representative, which he held until his retirement in 2003.
Dr. Emily Craig
After earning her master’s degree in medical illustration from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976, Dr. Emily Craig worked at the Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation in Columbus, Ga., for 15 years. During that time she earned a worldwide reputation for her anatomical illustrations and three-dimensional teaching models of the human musculoskeletal system. In 1994 Dr. Craig earned a Ph.D. in forensic physical anthropology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Dr. Craig now works full-time as the state forensic anthropologist within the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office. Her job requires that she conduct the field recoveries, laboratory analyses, and identification of decomposed, fragmented, and skeletonized human remains. She also helps direct the Kentucky Coroners/Medical Examiners Mass Fatality Response Team.
Dr. Craig was a key member of the team that discovered and analyzed the fatal gunshot wounds in the Branch Davidians in Waco, and she helped identify victims from Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center, and the Tri-State Crematory incident in Noble, Ga. Emily’s narrative non-fiction book Teasing Secrets from the Dead was first published in August 1994 (Crown Publications) and is now in seven different languages and in paperback.
George Kingston came to Kokomo in 1901 to work in the Ford and Donnelly Factory as a pattern maker. He brought with him from Michigan the natural mechanical abilities and inventive nature that made him a Kokomo icon.
During his time at the Ford and Donnelly foundry, he tinkered with a new design for a carburetor. In 1903, he left the foundry to produce carburetors for his friend Henry Ford’s Model T. When production outgrew his small shop, he joined three other men to start the Byrne-Kingston company, which eventually merged with Kokomo Brass and Kokomo Electric to become Kingston Products.
The success of the carburetor led to other designs and products, including spark plugs and coils and a line of toys. The race cars, fire trucks, and roller skates manufactured under the name of Kokomo Toys are highly prized today by collectors. During World War II, Kingston shifted to war production, building high explosive shells and parts for military vehicles. The company earned production awards from the Army and Navy in 1942, 1943, and 1944. Kingston Products operated in Kokomo until 1989.
His factories and designs made Kingston a wealthy man, so much so that he was able to purchase the Seiberling Mansion as his residence in 1914. His family lived in the Seiberling until 1931, and his son and daughter were born there. According to his daughter, the murals on the second floor were commissioned by George and represent his interests in fishing, Michigan, and Florida.
After his death in 1946, the family sold the property to Indiana University.
F. S. Badger
Frederick Sidney Badger, or “F. S.” as he seemed to prefer, is an historic linchpin of Haynes International. From the 1930s through the 1950s, Badger’s fingerprints can be found on most of the major events and decisions that shaped the future of the company.
He was responsible for the initial foray into investment casting of turbocharger buckets for military aircraft engines preceding World War II, an emphasis upon alloy innovation during his leadership of Research and Development that led to 80 percent of the company’s products sold and expansion of the company’s plan to build a limited wrought products manufacturing facility in Kokomo to include a full spectrum of wrought forms and scope of size capabilities .
Badger moved to Kokomo and the Stellite Division of Union Carbide in 1936. He rose quickly through the R&D hierarchy and in 1939 was made Technical Director. In 1944, he was appointed VP of R & D for the Stellite Division.
Badger’s career culminated in the late 1950s with the consolidation of all applied nickel-base, cobalt-base and refractory alloy research (and associated process research), then being done at various Union Carbide company facilities at a newly built Technology Laboratory under his direction here in Kokomo in the mid-1950s.
Taking early retirement, F. S. Badger left to pursue another career at the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation in 1959, where he worked until the 1970s.
Sam Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company, a position he’s held since February 2010. Allen was named President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2009. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the company and a member of the Deere & Company Board of Directors in June 2009.
Previously, he served as president of Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division and was responsible for the global operations of John Deere Power Systems. He also was responsible for Deere’s intelligent mobile equipment technologies and for Deere’s advanced technology and engineering. He has served as a senior officer of the company since 2001, with additional responsibilities in human resources, industrial relations, and John Deere Credit’s global operations.
Since joining John Deere in 1975, Allen has worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the Consumer Products Division, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, John Deere Power Systems, and the Worldwide Agricultural Division including managing operations in Latin America, China and East Asia, and Australia.
In addition, Allen also serves as Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness as of January 2010. He was appointed to Whirlpool Corporation’s board of directors in June 2010.
Major General Edward L. Trobaugh (US Army-Retired) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, in 1955, and he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry and awarded a bachelor of science degree. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
General Trobaugh held a wide variety of command and staff assignments, culminating as Deputy Commanding General, Fifth U.S. Army at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Other key assignments as a General Officer included Assistant Division Commander, 9th Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.; Assistant Commandant, United States Army Infantry Center, Ft. Benning, Ga.; Chief, Joint U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group, Madrid, Spain; and Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC.
Other significant assignments included a tour in Korea as a Company Commander, two tours in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division (1967-1968) and the First Cavalry Division (1970-1971). He commanded the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and his last command was the 82nd Airborne Division which he led in the invasion of Grenada in 1983.
General Trobaugh’s decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1st Oak Leaf cluster), Purple Heart, (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), and Bronze Star (with V Device), and Air Medal with (V Device). His awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.