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Top 10 Summer Outdoor<br />

Destinations • 6<br />


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JULY | AUGUST <strong>2012</strong><br />

VOL. 5, ISSUE 4<br />

PUBLISHER | Karen Hanger<br />

karen@silivingmag.com<br />

EDITOR | Sam C. Bowles<br />

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abby@silivingmag.com<br />


Kimberly Hanger<br />

kimberly@silivingmag.com<br />

DISTRIBUTION | Jim Hamilton,<br />

Chase Scott, Summer Whelan<br />


Lee Cable, Michelle Hockman,<br />

Kathy Melvin,<br />

14<br />

Regulars<br />

pictured: Hemlock Cliffs in<br />

Hoosier National Forest<br />

Features<br />

A little about us • 10<br />

Meet the staff of SIL!<br />

Bon Appétit • 14<br />

Louis Le Français brings<br />

France to <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

Plants, art and whimsy • 18<br />

Bob Hill’s hobby “run amuck”<br />

Would you like some<br />

monosaccharides with that? • 26<br />

Local teen wows science community<br />


18<br />

Speedy Old Geezer • 30<br />

Roger Brown is not slowing down<br />

A Step Back • 36<br />

A labor of love<br />

The John Hay Center • 40<br />

Briefs • 8<br />

Flashback Photo • 42<br />

Everyday Adventures and Chicks in the Kitchen<br />

will return in the fall issue of SIL!<br />

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DIVE IN<br />

Story // Abby Laub<br />

1. Delaney Creek Park<br />

The lake at Delaney Creek Park in Salem is your summer swimming<br />

destination, with a deep end that includes two diving boards and a diving<br />

platform. The lake is monitored by lifeguards and the park includes<br />

a cafe and concessions close to the beach. The remote, tree-lined location<br />

is a quaint way to cool off this summer, and the park has many other<br />

outdoor activities.<br />

www.delaneypark.com, 812-883-5101<br />

2. O’Bannon Woods State Park<br />

<strong>Indiana</strong>’s newest state park will please history and outdoor enthusiasts<br />

alike. Consisting of 3,000 mostly-wooded acres surrounded by<br />

Harrison-Crawford State Forest, O’Bannon Woods borders the Ohio and<br />

Blue Rivers. Enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, naturalist services,<br />

picnicking and more.<br />

O’Bannon Woods was the location of one of the few African-American<br />

Civilian Conservation Corps units. The O’Bannon Woods Nature Center<br />

and Farmstead has a uniquely restored, working haypress barn, complete<br />

with oxen for power and a mid-19th century pioneer farmstead.<br />

www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2976.htm, 812-738-8232<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> has plenty of places to<br />

go for a swim this summer<br />

3. Patoka Lake<br />

Your ultimate summer cool-off destination, Patoka Lake will appease<br />

the daredevils and loungers alike — offering everything from houseboating<br />

to wakeboarding to fishing. You really don’t want to miss it this<br />

summer!<br />

www.patokalakeindiana.com, 812-685-2464<br />

May/June July/August <strong>2012</strong> <strong>2012</strong> • 6• 6

top 10 Outdoor summer<br />

Destinations<br />

Tired of the same old summer hangouts? Get off the<br />

couch and enjoy <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>’s outdoor attractions<br />

that will make this season one to remember!<br />

4. Veteran’s Trail at Lake Salinda<br />

The brand new Veteran’s Trail at Lake Salinda in Salem was<br />

dedicated in May and includes two trails — a paved walkway<br />

and a primitive trail. Hikers can enjoy the lake, bird watching,<br />

hiking, picnic areas and a fielded area for frisbee or other activities<br />

all while honoring the military with commemorative plaques<br />

on picnic tables throughout. The excavated primitive trail is .65<br />

miles behind the lake, and the paved road trail is .8 miles with<br />

lake views. The trails also can be combined into one longer walk.<br />

www.cityofsalemin.com, 812-883-4265<br />

5. Hoosier National Forest<br />

With 200,000 acres and truly something for everyone, the<br />

Hoosier National Forest leaves plenty to explore for the entire<br />

summer. Pack a cooler and head out for a weekend of camping,<br />

hiking, biking, boating, swimming, sightseeing, wildlife spotting<br />

and geology explorations.<br />

Included in the forest is the Hemlock Cliffs Trail, a 1.2-mile<br />

trail that leads you into the canyon under a lush canopy of large<br />

trees, through rock shelters and past high seasonal waterfalls.<br />

www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier, 866-302-4173<br />

7. Buffalo Trace Park<br />

Add some disc golf, sand volleyball and tennis to your summer<br />

fun at Buffalo Trace Park near Palmyra. The park packs a lot<br />

of punch into 147 acres, including a swimming area, canoe and<br />

paddle boat rentals, fishing, a walking trail, petting zoo, picnic<br />

pavilions, horseshoe pits and more. Call it a fun summer day!<br />

www.harrisoncoparks.com, 812-364-6112<br />

8. Sycamore Springs Park<br />

One day will not be enough time to explore all 250 acres of<br />

this privately owned farm, so plan to spend the night in one of<br />

the primitive or RV lots. The property includes abundant wildlife<br />

spotting opportunities, playgrounds, fishing, ponds, cliffs,<br />

bluffs, lazy river rafting and much more.<br />

www.sycamorespringspark.com, 812-338-3846<br />

9. Letty Walter Park<br />

Sports enthusiasts will not be disappointed with this park<br />

along Little Indian Creek in Floyds Knobs. Contained in just 35<br />

acres are basketball courts, football and soccer fields, horseshoe<br />

pits, baseball field, tennis courts, sand volleyball court and a<br />

playground.<br />

www.nafcparks.org, 812-948-5360<br />

6. Blue River Valley Farm<br />

Need a getaway from modern life this summer? Visit Blue<br />

River Valley Farm in Milltown for an agricultural weekend stay<br />

at the 120-acre farm’s renovated farmhouse while exploring all<br />

aspects of farm life with your family. Bordering Blue River, the<br />

farm has all kinds of farm animals to interact with and observe,<br />

you pick produce, nature trails, river swimming, and a 5,000<br />

square foot garden. The farm is a close drive to Marengo Cave,<br />

wineries and Cave Country Canoes.<br />

www.bluerivervalleyfarm.com, 812-633-7871<br />

10. Springs Valley Trail<br />

With 12.7 miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain<br />

biking, the Springs Valley Trail circles and offers scenic views<br />

of Springs Valley Lake. There also is a campground available.<br />

Horse riders and mountain bikers must have a trail permit.<br />

www.indianaoutfitters.com, 812-547-7051<br />

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iefs<br />

History Comes Alive<br />

Bicentennial style show/luncheon offers stories, fashions of the past<br />

New Albany’s rich history came alive recently at the second Bicentennial Style Show and Luncheon this spring featuring several members of the<br />

Bicentennial Commission’s <strong>Living</strong> History Committee in authentic costumes as they related their stories as first-person interpreters. This year, the<br />

event’s focus was 1830 to 1890, while next year’s final Bicentennial Style Show and Luncheon on April 6, will cover fashions from all 200 years.<br />

Lucas to speak at<br />

Pearls of Wisdom<br />

Charlotte Lucas (right) of<br />

Lucas Oil Co., Inc., will be<br />

the guest speaker at the<br />

next Pearls of Wisdom, sponsored<br />

by 1si, Wednesday,<br />

Sept. 19, from 8-10 a.m. at<br />

Kye’s I in Jeffersonville. Don’t<br />

miss an opportunity to hear<br />

Charlotte’s success story. For<br />

information or to make a reservation<br />

for Sept. 19, call 1si<br />

at (812) 945-0266 or log on to<br />

www.1si.org.<br />

Judy Miller of Milltown vacationed with Erin Parker and<br />

Theryn Parker in Okaloosa Island, Fla., in May. The trio<br />

brought along some reading material for the trip!<br />

Hot Business at Chillers<br />

Troy Ward and his wife, New Albany native Susan Walters Ward,<br />

posed at the counter of their new business with their children Sarah<br />

and Ethan. Residents of Marysville, the Wards recently opened the<br />

Chillers franchise at 1515 McClain Ave. in Scottsburg and offer a vast<br />

array of sandwiches, beverages, and other items, with a specialty in<br />

soft-serve and hand-dipped ice creams in dozens of flavors.<br />

July/August <strong>2012</strong> • 8

A little<br />

It is an absolute joy bit<br />

about for<br />

us...<br />

to tell you<br />

about what is going on<br />

in <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>!<br />

So, we thought we’d turn the tables.<br />

// karen hanger<br />

publisher<br />

// hometown: Marengo, Ind. (I’ve<br />

lived within a 30-mile radius my<br />

entire life.<br />

// what made you interested in SIL?<br />

I was born with ink in my blood. My<br />

great-grandparents owned a community<br />

newspaper, my grandfather<br />

was an editor, my mother was an<br />

editor and my father was a printer. I<br />

cut my teeth on a linotype (hot metal<br />

type), so when I left my job of 30<br />

years in newspapers I wanted to do<br />

something in publishing ... I lived it,<br />

I breathed it, I loved it. It would allow<br />

me to have a flexible schedule to<br />

spend more time with my family. It<br />

would give me the freedom to attend<br />

my grandchildren’s recitals, games<br />

and school programs.<br />

// the best part about living here?<br />

The caring, loving people.<br />

// then why do you drive to lexington,<br />

ky., so much? Because that is<br />

July/August <strong>2012</strong> • 10<br />

// sam bowles<br />

editor<br />

// hometown: Marengo, Ind.,<br />

though I grew up in my grandparents’<br />

general store/gas station, The<br />

64 Market, a few miles down State<br />

Road 64 in Taswell, Ind.<br />

// school: Crawford County High<br />

School, class of 2004. University<br />

of <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>, class of 2008<br />

with a degree in English.<br />

// family: I’m the oldest of five boys<br />

(the youngest will be a 4th-grader).<br />

// favorite part of working with<br />

SIL? I don’t really fancy myself<br />

a “journalist,” as I have no training<br />

and little experience, but I<br />

thoroughly enjoy meeting people<br />

and hearing their stories. In a<br />

year, I have been to so many great<br />

places and met so many wonderful<br />

people that I might never have had<br />

the privilege of meeting otherwise.<br />

// so you ride a motorcycle? I bought<br />

// abby laub<br />

creative director<br />

// hometown: Argyle, N.Y. Currently<br />

live in Lexington, Ky. Don’t<br />

ask me how many times I moved<br />

in between.<br />

// school: Argyle Central School,<br />

class of 2001. Palm Beach Atlantic<br />

University, class of 2005, Journalism<br />

// family: World’s best husband,<br />

Jeff. Dog, Murfie. I’m one of five<br />

siblings, including an identical<br />

twin sister. My family lives all over<br />

the globe so we don’t see each other<br />

nearly as often as we’d like.<br />

// favorite part of working with<br />

SIL? Working with Karen and Sam<br />

is the best. We are a great team,<br />

and I love watching the magazine<br />

get better with every publication,<br />

thanks to our readers, writers and<br />

advertisers. I’ve enjoyed learning<br />

more about <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>. My<br />

husband is from Louisville, but I<br />

had never ventured across the river.

karen hanger<br />

where my granddaughters live. I want to be a part of<br />

their lives. I want to be their “Nonny” who sees them in<br />

preschool, school, dance recitals and church, who reads<br />

to them, listens to them as they read and tell stories, who<br />

laughs, dances, prays and talks with them, has sleepovers<br />

and pizza and swim parties. I want to know their hopes<br />

and dreams, and be a part of their fun memories.<br />

sam bowles<br />

my first bike, a 250cc Suzuki in 2008, but last year I upgraded<br />

to a Harley-Davidson Dynaglide (or as my uncle<br />

said, “A real motorcycle.”) After signing the papers and<br />

being handed the keys to my bike, I turned to see my<br />

dad point to a yellow bike and tell a salesman, “I think<br />

I’ll take that one.” We’ve been riding together since then.<br />

// why are you crossing the river this fall? It’s always<br />

been my plan to continue my education, and I’m happy<br />

to be doing that in the fall. I’ll be pursuing a master’s<br />

degree at the University of Louisville and am privileged<br />

to have an assistantship in the English Department. UofL<br />

is close enough that I can stay involved at my church in<br />

Marengo and still work with <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> <strong>Living</strong>.<br />

abby laub<br />

// your life is about to change dramatically? My husband<br />

and I are expecting our first little Laub child in July,<br />

so I am bracing myself for a drastic change in sleeping,<br />

working and social habits. We are thrilled! •<br />

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Bon<br />

appétit<br />

Story & Photos // Sam C Bowles<br />

Louis Le Français<br />

brings France to<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

Louis Retailleau has been fascinated with food<br />

since he was a toddler in France swiping ingredients<br />

from his mother.<br />

Having worked in, owned, and operated restaurants in numerous cities in five<br />

different countries on three different continents, Retailleau’s spectacular journey<br />

has brought him to New Albany where in January he opened Louis Le Français.<br />

Born in the 1930s in Miradoux, a small village in the southwest of France,<br />

young Louis’ first cooking instructor was his mother, whom he says was a “very<br />

fine cook.” He recalled that as soon as he was tall enough as a toddler, he would<br />

steal her fresh capers from the table when she turned her back.<br />

When he was nearly 15, he began working<br />

on a farm processing pigs, gaining experience<br />

that would serve him well, as he<br />

soon after got an apprenticeship in a delicatessen<br />

specializing in cuts of pork in a<br />

nearby city.<br />

When Retailleau was 18 he moved to<br />

Paris, joining his older brother, a chef at a<br />

renowned restaurant, who helped make<br />

sure Retailleau got a job in the business.<br />

“I came from the little town to the big<br />

city and had to learn all kinds of things<br />

that I didn’t know,” Retailleau said.<br />

He worked in Parisian hotels and restaurants<br />

until he was drafted into the<br />

French Navy two years later. Recognizing<br />

his talents, the Navy assigned him to food<br />

service and preparation for the duration<br />

of his two-year service in Morocco. Then,<br />

after a brief stint in a London restaurant,<br />

Chef Louis moved to Montreal, Canada,<br />

where he worked until he got a call that<br />

changed his life.<br />

When he was living in Paris and only a<br />

teenager, he and his friend were walking<br />

in front of the American Embassy.<br />

“My friend said to me then, ‘Lou, why<br />

don’t we go to America?’ I said, ‘Why<br />

not?’”<br />

They waltzed into the embassy on a<br />

whim and asked the lady at the front desk<br />

how to go to the United States. The woman<br />

gave them some papers to fill out, and they<br />

never thought anymore about it.<br />

“We were 18 years old thinking, ‘Who<br />

cares?’ because the world is in your<br />

hands,” Retailleau said. “So we filled out<br />

the applications and forgot about it.”<br />

Six years later, while he was living in<br />

Canada, the American Embassy called and<br />

told him he had been approved.<br />

“It was amazing because I had completely<br />

forgotten about it,” Retailleau said.<br />

Retailleau went to New York City in<br />

March of 1960 on a Saturday, and by Monday<br />

morning he was already working in<br />

a restaurant. Five years later he became a<br />

citizen of the United States.<br />

While in New York, Retailleau worked<br />

at numerous eateries and eventually even<br />

started with another chef a firm through<br />

which he did consultation work for numerous<br />

restaurants.<br />

Eventually, he moved to Chicago, working<br />

briefly on the 95th floor of the John<br />

Hancock building. But in 1970, at just 32<br />

years old, Chef Louis opened his first sole<br />

venture — a restaurant called Bon Appétit,<br />

in Calumet City on the south side of Chicago.<br />

With only 32 seats, it was small venue,<br />

but Retailleau was very successful and<br />

was a bright spot in a very rough town.<br />

“I had a fantastic business, small but<br />

beautiful.” Retailleau recalled.<br />

After six years in south Chicago and<br />

July/August <strong>2012</strong> • 14

“You can only open a<br />

French restaurant if you<br />

are French. Period.”<br />

-Louis Retailleau<br />

looking to build on his success, Retailleau<br />

purchased a historic mansion in<br />

Crowne Pointe, Ind., and transformed it<br />

into a new restaurant, Louis’ Bon Appétit.<br />

With more than 10,000 square feet and<br />

seats for 120, it was quite an upgrade.<br />

“It was really my dream come true,”<br />

Retailleau said.<br />

He operated the restaurant with great<br />

success for 27 years before selling it and<br />

enjoying a semi-retirement with his son<br />

Sascha in San Francisco and daughter<br />

Natalie in Crowne Pointe.<br />

Looking to escape the harsh winters<br />

of the north, Retailleau was traveling to<br />

Florida but stopped in Louisville to visit<br />

with a friend who encouraged him to<br />

consider a move to the area. He began<br />

looking around, found a storefront for<br />

sale in downtown New Albany, and decided<br />

to relocate.<br />

After a massive renovation, the chef<br />

opened Louis Le Français and has been<br />

charming guests for almost six months.<br />

So far Retailleau loves the area and the<br />

people.<br />

The chef and his small staff, including<br />

hostess Betty Weber, will make you<br />

feel right at home from the moment you<br />

walk through the front doors. Retailleau<br />

Some of Loius Retailleau’s specialties<br />

include French classics like escargot (top),<br />

ratatouille (center), and the menu also<br />

includes lighter fare like soup (bottom.)<br />

regularly takes time to walk from table to<br />

table interacting with guests. In fact, he<br />

has plans to put a table in the kitchen so<br />

some lucky patrons can be right in the<br />

middle of the action.<br />

Business has been good in the short<br />

time the restaurant has been open, and Retailleau<br />

is quick to emphasize that he does<br />

not want people to be intimidated by the<br />

perceived “fanciness” of French dining.<br />

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While the food is excellent, he and his team have created an<br />

atmosphere somewhere between “casual” and “fine dining”<br />

that is perfectly comfortable anytime of the day.<br />

On Wednesday nights, guests can even enjoy the smooth<br />

stylings of jazz musician Dick Sisto who plays the vibraphone.<br />

While the menu changes weekly — sometimes even day-today<br />

depending on the availability of some ingredients — you<br />

can almost always enjoy French classics like escargot, ratatouille,<br />

French onion soup, and crème brûlée among other fine<br />

dishes including steak and fish.<br />

Retailleau is aided in the kitchen by Chef Mike Ems, a native<br />

of the area who graduated from Ivy Tech’s culinary program<br />

and also had an extended internship in France. Ems saw Retailleau<br />

on the street one day, introduced himself, and asked if he<br />

was looking for help.<br />

“He said, ‘No, I’m not looking for help. I’m looking to give<br />

someone an opportunity,’” Ems remembered. “I realized early<br />

on that cooking was something I had a knack for, and I like it<br />

because there is always something new to learn.”<br />

Chef Louis loves the slower “country” pace and hospitality<br />

of <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>. It reminds him a little bit of the rural area<br />

of France in which he was born and raised.<br />

“The people are very warm, very friendly, very nice,” Retailleau<br />

said of the area. “It’s a great place for me.”<br />

There were no culinary schools when he began his career, but<br />

he has been to the “school of hard knocks,” as he says, taking<br />

the recipes of his mother and his years of vast experience and<br />

sharing it with all who walk into his restaurant.<br />

“You can only open a French restaurant if you are French. Period,”<br />

Retailleau said. “Because you’ve got to have your heart<br />

into it.”<br />

After just a few minutes with Chef Louis you’ll have no questions<br />

about his heart. He loves people and loves the great food<br />

that is part of his proud heritage.<br />

“It’s difficult to please everybody,” he said with a smile, “but<br />

my mission is to make people happy with what I do — not just<br />

the food but the service and atmosphere as well — and most of<br />

the time I succeed.” •<br />

Louis Le Français is located at 133 E. Market Street in New Albany<br />

and is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30-1:30 and<br />

for dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30-9:30 with a Sunday brunch<br />

served from 11-2. For more information, visit them online at www.<br />

louislefrancais.com or call (812)944-1222. Reservations are accepted<br />

but not required.<br />

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plants, art and whimsy:<br />

Bob Hill’s “hobby run amuck”<br />

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Story // Sam C Bowles<br />

Photos // Michelle Hockman<br />

Bob Hill was a popular columnist and feature<br />

writer for the Louisville Times and the Courier<br />

Journal for 33 years, retiring in 2008. But when<br />

he and his wife, Janet, moved to the area in 1975<br />

they also began another project — one that is still ongoing<br />

— turning a six-acre property in Utica, Ind., into the<br />

nursery and sculpture garden they now call home.<br />

“When we bought this place, it was six acres of grass<br />

and weeds and an old, leaky tin-roof farmhouse,” Hill<br />

recalled. “I like to say we’re in the 37th year of our fiveyear<br />

remodeling plan on the house.”<br />

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Bob and Janet Hill (above) opened Hidden Hill Nursery in<br />

2001.<br />

Both Bob and Janet had spent plenty of time working on<br />

farms during their childhood in northern Illinois, and Bob Hill<br />

says his wife fell in love with the quaint home when she saw a<br />

picture of the front porch at the realtor’s office.<br />

They started with a simple vegetable garden, but Hill’s interest<br />

in horticulture began to grow, and the garden began to<br />

expand.<br />

“I started making trips around the country and even the<br />

world.” Hill said. “I just got hooked, and this place just evolved<br />

from there. I never imagined it would be this big or complex<br />

or…fun.”<br />

In 2001 the Hills turned their hobby into a business venture,<br />

opening Hidden Hill Nursery, which is now in its 12th year of<br />

operation.<br />

“We didn’t know a thing about running a business or a nursery.<br />

It was just on-the-job training, and we’ve probably got 10<br />

times more stuff now then we did that first year,” Hill said.<br />

It is certainly difficult for a small, independent nursery to<br />

survive and compete in the world of mega-stores like Lowe’s<br />

and Home Depot, but the differences between those places and<br />

Hidden Hills are many.<br />

First of all, horticulturalists will be impressed by the shear<br />

variety of plants both on display throughout the property and<br />

for sale in the nursery. Unique and hard-to-find plants are a<br />

Hidden Hill specialty.<br />

“I’ve got a lot of unusual plants, shrubs and trees that you’re<br />

not going to find anywhere else around,” Hill noted. “We don’t<br />

have a lot of any one thing, but we’ve got a little bit of everything.”<br />

Another strength is the first-rate customer service provided<br />

by Bob, Janet and their staff, all of whom are very knowledgeable.<br />

“Everybody on our staff knows plants really well. We take<br />

pride in knowing our different plants and where they are going<br />

to work,” Hill said.<br />

But undoubtedly the biggest strength of Hidden Hill is the<br />

place itself. It is well worth a short trip to Utica just to walk the<br />

paths, rest on the benches, and enjoy the multitude of plants of<br />

all colors, shapes and sizes, not to mention the other unique and<br />

whimsical features of the property.<br />

“You’ve got to want to come here. It’s not exactly on the way<br />

to anywhere, but the first thing people say is that it’s just so<br />

peaceful. It’s a great place to come and visit,” Hills said.<br />

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The kids loved<br />

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“I was interested in sculptures and<br />

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In addition to the sculptures and garden<br />

art, guests also enjoy a 90-foot rose<br />

and clematis armor, the goldfish pond,<br />

and a double-decker outdoor electric<br />

train that is particularly popular with<br />

children. There is truly something<br />

for everyone.<br />

Bob and Janet’s years of work<br />

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nursery-art venue by the Kentucky<br />

Arts Council, has been praised by<br />

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a simple vegetable garden many<br />

years ago.<br />

“I like to call it a hobby run<br />

amuck,” Hill said.<br />

The Hills’ home is more than 150<br />

years old, but the way Bob looks<br />

at it, he and his wife have now<br />

occupied the place for more than<br />

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are happy to share it with everyone<br />

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Jordan Cadle grew up on a farm in Orange County, so when<br />

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Cadle, who will be a junior this year, decided to tackle the<br />

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His idea was to apply simple sugars (different concentrations<br />

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absorbed through the leaves, that would aid the plant’s natural<br />

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“Basically, it uses the energy of the simple sugars to increase<br />

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Most people, including his family and his advisor, Laurie Jo<br />

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Cadle’s data indicated a statistically<br />

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He compiled his findings and first<br />

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There were more than 100 students<br />

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“I keep telling him he is third in the<br />

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Cadle plans to take the input he received<br />

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He is currently seeking a mentor<br />

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Roger Brown inched the car forward until<br />

the light beam was broken by his front tires,<br />

making the top yellow staging light on the<br />

pole come on. The light indicated he was<br />

on the starting line. He pushed the transmission<br />

lock button on the custom gearshift<br />

down with his thumb and waited. The car’s oversized<br />

souped-up engine idled roughly with a “urumpurump-urump”<br />

sound. The crowd in the bleachers<br />

at the U.S. 60 Raceway on Hardinsburg, Ky., dug into<br />

buckets of popcorn and compared the two cars on the<br />

track, evaluating which one was their favorite.<br />

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I built this last one with extra<br />

horsepower, and it scares<br />

me some. But with these<br />

cars, you’d better be a little<br />

scared. They’ll hurt you.<br />

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RPMs. The engine smoothed out and the<br />

“urump-urump-urump” changed to a<br />

roar.<br />

Another yellow light, and Brown<br />

gripped the steering wheel firmly with<br />

his left hand, his right hand still on the<br />

gearshift, waiting for the green one, muscles<br />

tensed. Too soon and the red light<br />

would come on, disqualifying him. Too<br />

late and the car in the other lane would<br />

get off the line first. And every good drag<br />

racer knows that races are won and lost<br />

at the starting line.<br />

When the green light flashed on,<br />

Brown’s right foot was already slamming<br />

the accelerator to the floor and at<br />

the same time, his thumb released the<br />

transmission lock button. The rear tires<br />

screamed and smoked, the front wheels<br />

lifted off the ground as the engine went<br />

from a roar to a deafening noise that<br />

shook the eardrums of nearby spectators<br />

and caused the bleachers to vibrate.<br />

The car shot down the dragway like a<br />

bullet and passed the finish line, an eighth<br />

of a mile away, before the smell of burning<br />

rubber from the tires reached the audience.<br />

Brown braked hard to slow down<br />

before running out of pavement. His car<br />

is equipped with a rear parachute that he<br />

uses sometimes on quarter-mile tracks<br />

where the car can reach high speeds, but<br />

on the eighth-mile tracks, his disc brakes<br />

serve him well. He exited the raceway<br />

and eased along to the spot where his<br />

trailer was parked. The car once again<br />

idled with a “urump-urmp-urmp”.<br />

Brown, of Elizabeth, is one of about 20<br />

members of a group of drag racers called<br />

“Geezer Gassers”, made up of mostly<br />

retired men who have been drag racing<br />

most of their adult lives. Brown, at 72, is<br />

the oldest of the group.<br />

As he got out of his car, the look on<br />

Brown’s face was one of a kid getting off<br />

a roller coaster after a first ride.<br />

“It’s a rush,” he said. “Even after doing<br />

it all these years, I still love the thrill you<br />

get when you come off that starting line.<br />

You have just a piece of thin sheet metal<br />

between you and a 500 horse-power engine,<br />

and when you build a fire under<br />

it (accelerate) and come off the line, the<br />

pressure pins you back in the seat, and<br />

the whole interior of the car becomes violent.<br />

“The noise, the shaking and actual<br />

twisting of the car as the engine torques<br />

up and the thrust is transferred to the<br />

rear wheels and the tires are squealing<br />

— I just love it,” he continued.<br />

Brown, who was raised on a Harrison<br />

County farm, was always fascinated by<br />

fast cars. He graduated from high school<br />

on a Thursday and entered the Navy the<br />

following Monday, so it wasn’t until after<br />

his military stint and landing a job that<br />

he was able to build his first drag racing<br />

car — an old British-made 1948 Anglia,<br />

sometimes referred to as an English Ford.<br />

“During the second World War, they<br />

pretty much quit making cars in this<br />

country,” Brown said. “Most of the factories<br />

were put to use in the war effort.<br />

So that’s how quite a few Anglia automobiles<br />

ended up being shipped here.

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They’re small cars, with a short wheel-base, they don’t weigh a<br />

lot. And that’s why, back in the 60’s, a lot of them were converted<br />

into drag racers. I’ve built twelve of them through the years<br />

... I enjoy working on them as much as I enjoy racing them.”<br />

And Brown always had a unique way of “running across”<br />

old cars. He’d take a trip to South Dakota, drive through rural<br />

areas and spot them sitting in fields.<br />

“I got most of mine up there on the prairie,” he explained.<br />

“There’s an Indian reservation there and for years, when they<br />

got done with a car, they just left it sitting where it stopped.<br />

There’s not much humidity there, so they don’t rust too badly.<br />

But a lot of them are full of bullet holes. The Indians use them<br />

for target practice as they drive by. But bullet holes can be repaired.<br />

The Anglia I have now came from Wisconsin, and it’s a<br />

1948 — identical to the first I restored.”<br />

In the mid-1960’s there were no drag strips in the area, so<br />

Brown and a friend, Vance Fink, decided to build one. Another<br />

friend allowed them to use some empty land between Elizabeth<br />

and Laconia, along State Road 11, and they built the Harrison<br />

County Dragway.<br />

“We didn’t have much money,” Brown said. “But we’d pave<br />

a little at a time until we had a pretty nice drag strip. We held<br />

meets there into the 1970’s and eventually had to shut down.<br />

The liability insurance became so expensive, we couldn’t keep<br />

it open.”<br />

During the drag<br />

strip days, Brown<br />

kept his job at Ford<br />

I’m a person who likes to do<br />

things and stay busy. I<br />

needed some action.<br />

-Roger Brown<br />

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in Louisville. After<br />

the dragway closed,<br />

he began building<br />

show cars in his<br />

spare time. He preferred<br />

restoring old Fords and one of his first was a 1934 fivewindow<br />

coup.<br />

“I had it looking good,” Brown said. “And I put a big engine<br />

in it. It was a nice car and I even drove it to work some. One day<br />

at work the plant manager, an older guy, came over to me and<br />

asked if that ’34 coup in the parking lot was mine. I told him<br />

it was, and he said that back when he first came to work for<br />

Ford, it was his job to bolt on the running boards of 1934 Fords.<br />

I asked him if he wanted me to take him for a ride — and he<br />

did. We drove down the road a ways and he wanted to know<br />

what was wrong with the engine, why was it running so rough<br />

(“urump-urump-urump”). When I turned around and headed<br />

back, I fired it up real good. Needless to say, it didn’t take long<br />

to get back and when I looked over at him, he was as white as<br />

a ghost.”<br />

Brown continued to build show cars for several years, winning<br />

scores of trophies and awards at car shows all over the<br />

country.<br />

“I really enjoyed taking an old car and turning it into a street<br />

rod, or show car,” Brown said. “But once it’s finished, you just<br />

take it to car shows and sit in a lawn chair while people walk by<br />

and look at it. There was nothing to do, and I’m a person who<br />

likes to do things and stay busy. I needed some action.”<br />

So finally, Brown decided to build another drag racer. He<br />

never raced anything but Anglia cars and wanted another one.<br />

He bought the Wisconsin car, brought it home to Elizabeth, put<br />

it in his garage, and went to work.<br />

“It took me about a year to get it where I wanted it,” he said.<br />

“The only thing I use is the body. Everything else, I build myself.<br />

I took the body off the original frame, laid the frame out on my<br />

garage floor for a pattern, and built a new one. The old frames<br />

will twist too much when you race then and cause problems at

high speeds. So I use box steel and build<br />

one I can trust. Then I built the engine,<br />

piece by piece. I use 351 cubic inch Ford<br />

engines in all my cars.”<br />

According to Jeff Hanger, sales representative<br />

for Ray’s Ford in Brandenburg,<br />

Brown only trusts Ford products.<br />

“He’s bought a lot of family cars from<br />

us through the years,” Hanger said. “He<br />

also buys his pickup trucks here. And<br />

when he talks about the cars he builds,<br />

his face lights up like a kid in a candy<br />

store. He gets all excited. You can tell he<br />

just loves it.”<br />

Brown takes great pride in the way his<br />

cars look. He does his own painting and<br />

body work, and the engines themselves<br />

are showpieces — immaculate, with<br />

many parts chromed and shining, concealing<br />

the raw power and torque that<br />

Brown’s engines are known for.<br />

“Hey, I remember you,” said a man<br />

walking by Brown’s car at the racetrack.<br />

“Didn’t you have a little Anglia back in<br />

the 60s that had a big ol’ Hemi engine in<br />

it?”<br />

“Yeah, that was mine,” Brown answered<br />

rather sheepishly, admitting that<br />

he used a non-Ford engine. “That was a<br />

pretty fast car.”<br />

Brown and the “Gasser Geezers” make<br />

the rounds of several drag strips during<br />

the racing season. The National Hot Rod<br />

Association pays them a fee to go to the<br />

races and put on a show for the crowds.<br />

They are old professionals, and their cars<br />

are always top-notch crowd pleasers.<br />

“We don’t really worry about competing<br />

much anymore,” Brown said. “But<br />

you still have to be careful. I’ve never<br />

wrecked a car, but that doesn’t mean I<br />

won’t. To me these Anglia cars are the<br />

ultimate race cars — I love them! But<br />

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short, 90-inch wheelbase, they’re a handful<br />

to drag race. I built this last one with<br />

extra horsepower, and it scares me some.<br />

But with these cars, you’d better be a little<br />

scared. They’ll hurt you.”<br />

After the US 60 Raceway meet, the<br />

Geezers are scheduled to race at Norwalk,<br />

Ohio, then a three-day competition<br />

in Bowling Green, Ky. From there they<br />

will go to Muncie, Ind., and other race<br />

tracks.<br />

“I worked at Ford for 30 years and retired,”<br />

Brown said. “Now this is what I<br />

do. And I enjoy every minute of my life.<br />

I enjoy where I live. I’ve been to Australia,<br />

Hong Kong, and many other places<br />

while I was in the service, but there’s<br />

no place like this. <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> is a<br />

great place to live. I’ve got Mary, a great<br />

wife and we’ve been together for over 50<br />

years, I have a son and a daughter, Allen<br />

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A Step BAck<br />

Marvin and Beverly Maxwell’s labor of love<br />

Like many long-time residents of New Washington, Marvin<br />

and Beverly Maxwell would regularly drive by the<br />

historic “old lodge” building and wish someone would<br />

step up to save it from razing. It wasn’t until the city had<br />

requested bids for demolition and, Marvin jokingly said, “the bulldozers<br />

were idling out front,” that they knew it was up to them.<br />

The Maxwells believed the building was a community treasure<br />

that could also be a successful business, so in 2000, they<br />

bought the building and spent two years restoring it to its original<br />

splendor. Today it is a restaurant, meeting facility, museum<br />

and dinner theatre operating under the name A Step Back.<br />

Life is what happens when you are making other plans<br />

Marvin had lived in New Washington all his life; Beverly<br />

since sixth grade. They had been married more than 45 years,<br />

had three grown children, six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.<br />

They had turned a small shop called Mom’s Music<br />

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into a big business. They should have been thinking about retirement<br />

instead of undertaking a massive renovation project<br />

and starting a demanding new business enterprise.<br />

It was both an exciting and bumpy road for the couple, but<br />

they have no regrets. Many years later, their passion for A Step<br />

Back is still clear.<br />

In 1894, the building was constructed as a school house, with<br />

grades first through eighth on the first floor and high school students<br />

on the second floor. The <strong>Indiana</strong> Free Masons paid $400 to<br />

finish the third floor and held their meetings there until December<br />

of 2000. In 1926, the lodge became a movie theatre. When the<br />

school closed the Masons moved to the second floor and when<br />

the movie theatre closed, they used the first floor for fish fries.<br />

A Step Back was closed for the winter, but opened again<br />

April 1 for brunch. On Saturdays, Beverly and her good friend,<br />

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Every photo, every piece<br />

of furniture, every framed<br />

print, every display case,<br />

has a story.<br />

Sylvia Jones, spend the better part of<br />

the day cooking and baking for Sunday<br />

Brunch. The Sunday buffet is served each<br />

week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu<br />

changes weekly, but usually includes<br />

several breakfast items such as biscuits<br />

and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, and<br />

hash brown casserole. Dessert choices<br />

vary weekly, but you may find coconut<br />

cream pie, pecan pie, Sylvia’s apple cake<br />

or chocolate sour cream cake with caramel<br />

icing.<br />

When A Step Back hosts special events<br />

such as a murder mystery, a musical performance<br />

or the Ladies of Liberty doing a<br />

special patriotic tribute, Beverly says the<br />

menu goes a little more “upscale”. Several<br />

groups have made pilgrimages to the<br />

building, including car clubs. The American<br />

Legion Shawnee Post #193 brought<br />

its antique steam engine, full of people,<br />

for a special event.<br />

With very little prompting, Marvin<br />

and Beverly will give you a tour. Every<br />

photo, every piece of furniture, every<br />

framed print, every display case, has a<br />

story. Many items were brought to the<br />

Maxwells from New Washington residents<br />

wanting to preserve a piece of the<br />

community’s history. Many other things<br />

were unearthed in the renovation.<br />

Just off the dining room, which seats<br />

about 80 and has an 18-foot screen and<br />

projector for meetings and special events,<br />

is a door that hides, what could best be<br />

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projectors are still there, as are the carbon<br />

sticks that started the fire to power<br />

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were stove pipes to exhaust the heat. Marvin’s<br />

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“I appreciate people and it’s what I can do<br />

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for old movies, original New Washington postcards and Eastern<br />

Star memorabilia. Beverly said, early on in the renovation, they<br />

found a signed, numbered print of <strong>Indiana</strong> University’s Maxwell<br />

Hall, so they hung it in the lobby of their Maxwell Hall. “It just<br />

proves that it was meant to be,” she said.<br />

The second floor houses an eclectic museum of Washington<br />

County history. The centerpiece is a Conestoga Prairie Schooner.<br />

In 1815, Andrew and Margaret Bower came from North Carolina<br />

to what was then <strong>Indiana</strong> territory, in the schooner with their 15<br />

children. They were among the first settlers of New Washington,<br />

and Chris Bower, a descendant, loaned the Maxwells the schooner<br />

because he wanted to share it with the community. A saddle<br />

belonging to Cole Younger is also on display. He allegedly rode<br />

with the Jessie James gang and helped rob a bank in North Minnesota.<br />

There are three bullet holes in it.<br />

There’s an old log cabin out back that has been disassembled.<br />

Marvin hopes to make it the centerpiece of an outdoor amphitheatre.<br />

They would also like to put a regulation croquet court in<br />

the yard. And Marvin can endlessly articulate new projects that<br />

he’d like to add, however, Marvin and Beverly would like very<br />

much to sell A Step Back, but not for the reasons you might think.<br />

In 1981, Marvin was in a serious car accident. Doctors told him<br />

he’d likely never walk again. He has a slight limp, but it doesn’t<br />

seem to have slowed him down. Nor did the five bypass surgeries<br />

he had in 2002, as they were restoring the building.<br />

Their goal was to save the old Masonic Lodge and build it into<br />

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order to see it continue as an important part of the community.<br />

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DId you know?<br />

John Milton Hay began his public career as a secretary<br />

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the workers are unidentified. This photo was taken in 1894 or 1895 by Albert Burkhart.<br />

// Photo reprinted with permission from the <strong>Indiana</strong> History Room of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.<br />

July/August <strong>2012</strong> • 42

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