Some new books have recently been added to those we sell at the museum. These may be
purchased at the museum or mailed to you for an extra shipping charge.
Dan Rottenberg, former editor of The Commercial Review, has written a book titled The Education of a Journalist: My Seventy Years on the Frontiers of Free Speech. In Dan’s words, the book draws on his “career to make the case for a life in journalism to young people who may be skittish about entering the field amid the turmoil of the internet.” The book includes much about his first job after graduating from college and the time he spent in Portland and Jay County from 1964 to 1968. You may remember his special section to the CR just before he left the area which was an historic tour of Jay County. Dan was actively involved in the formation of the Jay County Historical Society while he was here and has continued to generously support JCHS financially and otherwise. He has
donated a box of his books to JCHS. These are softbound copies and are being sold for
$18 each (plus postage, if shipped), with JCHS keeping the money.
Rural Portland resident and Civil War enthusiast, Michael T. McBride has published My Diary of the Great War, 1917 — 1919, Stephen Curtis McBride, 31st Dixie Division. Stephen Curtis McBride, Michael’s grandfather, had placed every item he brought back from the war in two footlockers. When these were opened sixty-five years later, six handwritten diaries documenting Stephen’s daily camp life were found. These were used to compile his story in this fully illustrated
book. This documentation of the daily life of a World War I soldier may be purchased at the
museum for $30 for a hardbound copy and $20 for a softbound book
If you are looking for easy and enjoyable reading, three little books by James A. “Jimmie” Schindler are available at the museum. Mr. Schindler, who was born in Geneva in 1934, was
the owner and founder of Jimmie’s Pizza Inns and Bandidos. These restaurants were in Fort
Wayne, and Portland at one time. Despite an unhappy, poverty-stricken childhood, he maintained
an extremely positive, cheerful outlook. Jimmy passed away in 2020. The books, all softbound, are Look 10 Years Younger in 10 Minutes, Short-Short Stories & Uncommon Sense, and Tiny Tales and Whatnot. They are bargain priced at $2 each.
903 E Main St.
Portland, Indiana 47371