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Volume 35 Issue 10 October 2020



Part 2: Amusements

on the Frontier

By Peggy K. Newton

In the early years of Evansville,

from about 1820 to the late 1840s,

the show preceded the venue. After

McGary’s Landing (the village

that would become Evansville) was

cleared, the town plotted and the

lots staked out. The priority was

to attract people to move into the

area and purchase their property on

which they built the cabins they

would inhabit and the buildings in

which they would conduct business.

In time they would replace their cabins

and businesses with more permanent

frame or brick buildings.

With Evansville established as

the seat of Vanderburgh County,

townspeople went to work building

the first county courthouse followed

by the church meeting house (the

Little Church on the Hill). Having

a building dedicated to entertainment,

such as it was in the early

1800s, was not a priority. Besides,

halls and theaters of the day largely


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Hometown History ...................................8

Medical Matters .....................................12

Cooking Corner. ....................................14

Misadventures of Bob Hollis ...........................16

Hometown History Contest. ..........................16

catered to men. In the passing years

halls and “theaters” of the saloontype

seemed to spring up on every

corner of the growing town. Women

of respectability would never show

themselves in such places.

As it happened, the building

that would be considered the first

“theater” in Evansville was the second

brick building to be constructed

in the village, second only to the

city’s first brick courthouse. Both

were completed circa 1820. The

second brick building was a house

owned and briefly occupied by a man

named Thompson and was located

on the west side of First Street

between Sycamore and Vine. Not

much seems to be known about

Thompson other than that he was a

house painter. While he was painting

the interior of his own house, he

contracted something called painter’s

cholera, which seems to indicate

that he inhaled too much of the

paint’s fumes. He died shortly thereafter.

Edward Hopkins occupied the

building briefly before Daniel Chute

moved in to create one of the city’s

first taverns/inns. In 1837 a hall was

added to the building and was used

for a variety of purposes.

By now Evansville spanned no

more than four city blocks going

Dan Rice, circus entrepreneur

and inspiration for P.T. Barnum,

brought his early circus to Evansville

in the 1840s.

north of the river. The home of Gen.

Robert Evans, the city’s namesake,

was outside of the town limits; it

was located where today’s CMOE

is, at 5th and Locust. General Evans

had moved from the home around

1834, when his wife died. All of

his children were grown and Evans

was aging and didn’t want to be

alone. One of his granddaughters,

Mrs. Jane Scantlin, was a young girl

when he came to live at her parents’

house at the corner of what is now

Riverside and Walnut. She recalled

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Picturing Our Past ...................................19

MJ Writer Honored. .................................20

Yesterdays Remembered ............................. 21

Coupons. ..........................................23

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the presidential election of 1840,

when William Henry Harrison, a

territorial governor in Vincennes,

ran for president. He was popular

in the area because he, too, was a

pioneer, a trait that was played up

during the campaign. Although he

didn’t campaign in Evansville, the

townspeople came out for him in a

big way. They threw a huge parade,

the first that ten-year-old Jane ever


A few days before the election,

Harrison supporters came from

miles around to march in the parade

down Riverside. General Evans

and his granddaughter watched

the parade floats as they passed by

their front yard, with the marching

people showing their support for

Harrison. One of the floats was a log

cabin, representing


first home. The

men on the float,

wearing the

buckskin clothing

and coon

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In its earliest

years, frontier


David Dale Owen, son of Robert

Owen, was one of the few early

"entertainers" to travel overland to

Evansville, but he didn't have too far to

travel; he came from New Harmony.

(Photo courtesy USI David L. Rice

Library, Digital Archives)

overlooked what was then a high

bank. Consequently, early steamboats

passed by Evansville as they

traveled downriver from Pittsburgh,

Cincinnati, or Louisville, to the

Mississippi River and eventually

New Orleans. There were exceptions:

when a passenger disembarked or

a passenger needed to travel downstream.

For the latter, watchmen signaled

whenever a boat approached

to signify that someone wanted to

come aboard. Henderson, Kentucky,

a few miles downstream, had a

much friendlier shoreline and welcomed

steamboats and other river

traffic that bypassed Evansville. This

could explain why young Abraham

Lincoln didn’t stop at Evansville on

his first trip to New Orleans by flatboat.

After Evansville became a city,

its high bank was cut away, flattened

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and then sloped toward the river

to provide easier accessibility both

to and from boats. Only then did

the city establish a wharf that could

dock the boats from which passengers

could depart and visit the city

with some ease.

So, despite being on the Ohio

River, Evansville experienced few visiting

entertainers in its early decades.

In the earliest of times the settlers

entertained themselves in community

settings: house-raising and

barn-raising, log-rolling, wood-chopping,

and bean-picking, corn-shucking

and apple-paring after harvest. It

sounds like work, and it was work,

but not so much when people got

together and sometimes made a

contest of it. At the corn-huskings,

men and women competed against

each other. Whoever found a red

ear would be kissed by their competitors

of the opposite sex. Often

dances followed the log-rollings and

corn-huskings, and they were strictly

for fun and enjoyment.

During the day, while the men

were away at work, the women had

quilting parties, meeting at someone’s

house to stitch quilts and enjoy

conversation (in some cases, gossip).

Younger folks enjoyed spelling bees

as well as the aforesaid dancing. Guns,

being necessary for hunting in many

of the households, were occasionally

used in contests of marksmanship,

but using up the gunpowder and lead

for a marked target (rather than an

animal that could feed a household

for several weeks) was considered

wasteful. In such contests, prizes of

sheep, calves, or full-grown cows or

steers were offered. The top five winners

were awarded a portion of the

animal being offered. The first place

winner got the hide and taller(?);

European magician Herr Alexander

was a young man when he came to

Evansville in the 1840s. He lived

long enough to meet another great

magician of the 20th century, Harry


second, hind quarters; third, fore

quarters; fourth, head and legs; and

fifth, lead in the trees.

As the village grew and added

such institutions as the church and

courthouse, the idea of being entertained

became a reality. Around

1832 music came to the Presbyterian

meeting house, also known as the

“Little Church on the Hill,” at what

is now Second and Main. Daniel

Chute, who ran the tavern (inn)

between Sycamore and Vine on First

Street, played the flute and “Daddy”

Knight played the bass viol (?) as

they accompanied the choir. The

women of the church raised funds

through church fairs, selling products

that they had canned, knitted,

or sewn. In a few years they had

earned and saved enough money to

buy the church a melodeon. It’s worthy

to note here the names of Col.

Cyrus K. Drew, choir leader, and

his son, C.K., Jr., who became the

church’s first organist. They would

feature prominently in Evansville’s

entertainment history.

The Methodists, whose church

was on nearby Locust Street, were

not early adopters of instrumental

music in their church, which they

claimed “disrupted the congregation.”

In time they would change

their minds. In the meantime, the

Little Church on the Hill became an

assembly hall for non-church-related

public gatherings.

In 1837 J.S. Baker organized the

first town band. He was also arranger,

conductor and librarian for the

band, and copied the band’s music

by hand. Later he became the first

engineer of the Evansville and Terre

Haute Railroad. His early band

featured instrumentalists playing a

B-flat bugle, two B-flat clarinets, a

French horn, triangle, trombone and

bass trombone.

Around the same time the

Evansville Hotel at First and Main

provided a dance floor and became

the town’s venue for large social


Mary French Reilly, who was

educated at the best schools in

Albany, New York, had studied and

excelled in playing the piano for two

years. She brought the first piano to

Evansville and became the center of

the first music circles in Evansville.

It’s not really surprising, since she

was one of the sisters of Mrs. Calvin

Butler (the other sister was Mrs.

John Shanklin). Mr. Butler was actually

the Rev. Calvin Butler, minister

of — wait, wait, wait; ah, you guessed

it — the Little Church on the Hill.

(The piano is now displayed at the

Evansville Museum of Arts, History

& Science.)

By the 1840s Evansville

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A predecessor of today's First Presbyterian Church was the Little Church

on the Hill, which stood at Second and Main. It was the first church to

use musical instruments to accompany the choir, much to the dismay of

the nearby Methodist church. (Photo courtesy Willard Library Archives)

had around 3,276 residents.

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January 1968: Indiana University

lost its first and only Rose Bowl

football game to USC (and O.J.

Simpson) 13 to 3. First class mail

letters would now be moved by airplane

rather than by railroad. The

Green Bay Packers beat the Oakland

Raiders in the second Super Bowl

game 33 to 14. A U.S. B-52 bomber

crashed off Greenland onto ice and

burned; it carried four 1.1-megaton

Hydrogen bombs; one crewman died

and six survived.

North Korea vessels seized the

U.S. Navy ship Pueblo with a crew of

83 men. (The U.S. then immediately

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A Viet Cong suicide squad raided

the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, and U.S.

forces killed the Viet Cong force after

six hours of fighting.

February 1968: The first week

of February was a violent week in

Vietnam as 5,000 Viet Cong fighters

were said to have been killed. The

C&EI Railroad fast passenger train,

the Georgia Hummingbird, made its

last stop in Evansville; its service was

into the Union Depot at Eighth and

Main Streets. Savage fighting took

place in Hue Vietnam as 10,500 Viet

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The second week of February

was even more violent than the first

week in Vietnam. 11,000 military

reinforcements were rushed to Vietnam;

the total force was increased

to 525,000 U.S. troops. Israel and

Jordan had a fierce eight-hour battle

along the Jordan River. A Delta

Airline jet with 109 passengers was

hijacked to Cuba; it was released to

return to the U.S. after five hours.

March 1968: A military draft

call of 48,000 men was set for April

of 1968. U.S. deaths in Vietnam

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during 1968 were triple that of 1967.

206,000 additional U.S. troops for

Vietnam were requested, and South

Vietnam was asked to add 125,000

troops to their 685,000 current


C&EI railroad tracks and equipment

was sold to the L&N railroad

for $35,000,000. A Delta Airlines

Convair 440 airplane crash-landed

at the Evansville airport; none of the

42 people on board were injured. The

WWII Battleship New Jersey was refurbished

and entered into Vietnam


April 1968: President Johnson

announced he would not run for office

in 1968. Reverend Martin Luther

King was assassinated in Memphis,

Tennessee (this murder set the entire

United States “on fire”). Evansville

had racial unrest with curfew, arsons,

gun injuries, fires and fire bombs.

All high school football games were

canceled. Four people died and 350

were injured in Washington DC riots,

while 24 more people died across

America in related violence.

549,000 U.S. troops were now stationed

in Vietnam; the Evansville National

Guard was called for duty on

May 13. Nine teenagers were arrested

in Evansville for the fire-bombing of

Central High School. James Earl Ray

was suspected for the murder of Martin

Luther King. The Methodist and

EUB (German Methodist) churches

met in Dallas to merge the churches

into the United Methodist Church.

Robert Kennedy campaigned in the

Roberts Stadium facility.

May 1968: Evansville riverfront

renewal began with 86 buildings

scheduled to be razed. 20 passenger

airplanes, including 12 jets, were

landing daily at the Evansville airport.

A Southern Illinois University

class building at Carbondale was

bombed at 4 AM; no injuries were


The USS Scorpion submarine was

lost at sea in the mid-Atlantic Ocean;

99 crewmen and two H-bomb weapons

were lost. The Evansville-Vanderburgh

school system adopted a new

racial balance plan. 1,000 National

Guardsmen were called to service in

riot-torn Louisville.

June 1968: 11,000 Alcoa workers

went on strike in eight plants. Robert

Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles

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and died two days later. James Earl

Ray was arrested in London for the

murder of Martin Luther King. Viet

Cong rockets killed 19 and injured

106 people in downtown Saigon

during the rush hour.

600 workmen had worked on the

Evansville Civic Center for one year.

It was stated that the building was

nearing completion. (It took many

months to complete.) Evansville

Little League baseball player James

Bender, age 10, was killed when a

baseball struck his head as he neared

third base. The ground-breaking ceremony

for the Indiana State University-Evansville

campus was held. The

U.S. flag was lowered on Iwo Jima as

the island was returned to Japan.

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July 1968: The first U.S. Air Force

C-5 Galaxy, the largest airplane on

earth, made its first flight. A ban

against cigarette ads was proposed by

the FCC in Washington. 800 people

paid $1 to attend the Club Trocadero

auction; the piano sold for $480

and the bar for $475. Six people died

and 15 were injured in Cleveland as

snipers and police had a gun battle.

The Catholic Church said no to the

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August 1968: The I-64 Interstate

between Highways 41 and 65 was

opened with a 7.3-mile stretch. Nine

coal miners were trapped in a Greenville,

Kentucky mine; six escaped but

three men perished. Three died and

44 were injured in a Watts Los Angeles

riot. Owensboro set a curfew to

quell racial disorders.

A curfew and cooling showers

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looting and several shootings in

the city. Evansville set an 8 PM to

5 AM curfew for the second night,

but there was growing vandalism in

the Lincoln-Governor street area.

Evansville’s African-American community

presented nine demands to

the Evansville City Council.

September 1968: 13 were killed

by an arson fire in Gary, Indiana. A

Miami bank issued plastic “credit

cards” for up to $300 from its machine

day or night. It was published

that Evansville’s Civic Center was

still a year away from completion. A

national crackdown was ordered on

diet pills containing thyroid and digitalis


As many as 15,000 men were

collecting to watch Miss Francine

Gottfried walk to her IBM job in

New York City. Francine was 21

years old, 5-feet-4 and 43-25-37 (this

was Evansville Courier front page

news). The TV show 60 Minutes began

on CBS. U.S. Air Force F-111A

fighter-bombers were grounded after

the 9th crash of the airplane. The

Evansville School Board adapted an

integration plan with transportation

being the major factor.

October 1968: The WWII U.S.

Navy Battleship New Jersey began

artillery bombardment into North

Vietnam. GM would introduce a

small Chevrolet car in 1970. Vice

President Hubert Humphrey flew

into Evansville for an overnight campaign

visit. The Bosse and Central

High School football game was postponed

indefinitely due to racial tensions.

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This Delta airliner crashed on the Evansville airport

on April 1968; there were no injuries. (Evansville

Courier photo)

Olympic track team set a remarkable broad jump record

in the Mexico City Olympics of 29 feet 2.5 inches. It was

revealed that a (secret) Sidewinder air-to-air missile was

stolen from a Bavaria, Germany air base; it was concealed

and delivered to Moscow.

November 1968: The U.S. Navy found the wreckage

of the five-month missing Scorpion submarine in the

Azores Islands located in the Central Atlantic Ocean.

Famed Reitz football coach Herman Byers announced

that he would retire at the close of the season. The Farm

Bureau grain elevator in Mount Vernon was destroyed by

fire. The Cinema-1 Theater was being built on Green River

Road at the intersection of Boonville Highway (now

named East Morgan Avenue).

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck near Golden Gate,

Illinois. Women workers went on strike in the Whirlpool

ordinance plant; they charged that they received less pay

than the male workers. 45 pounds of TNT that was wired

to explode was discovered and disconnected in the Marshall

Hydromatic Shop on SE 6th Street in downtown


December 1968: The S.S. Kreske store at Fourth and

Main Streets was closed. North Korea released the Pueblo

crew; they had held the 82 men for 11 months. The

Apollo 8 crew was launched for the moon on December

22, 1968. The Apollo 8 crew orbited the moon December

24 then landed on earth safely on December 28. The

Pueblo crew told of terror and beatings while held in

North Korea. Hotel McCurdy closed in bankruptcy; it

was later purchased by Bob Green. MJ



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Macular Degeneration – The Nitty Gritty

by Sally Primus, MD, The Eye Group of Southern Indiana

15% of patients over 80 have

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I spend so much time with older

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What is macular degeneration?

It is a disease where, basically,

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Most patients have the DRY kind,

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Considerations when a spouse passes away

When a spouse passes away, it sends your life into turmoil.

There are many responsibilities that must be attended

to, such as the memorial services, notifying family and

friends, and confronting legal, tax, and financial issues. A

support group of family and friends are important to tap

during these times.

Most people think everything must be done immediately,

but that is usually not true. The memorial service

and notifying family are the most important immediate

concerns and to give yourself time to grieve and honor the

departed spouse. I would then schedule an appointment

with your financial representative/banker, CPA/accountant,

and an estate planning attorney.

Typically, the funeral home notifies Social Security/

Medicare. This stops Social Security deposits for any month

the deceased spouse did not live the full previous month

and Medicare supplement insurance. Social Security benefits

for the surviving spouse are complicated depending on

the situation, so it is important to contact Social Security.

When clients come to me, I gauge the level of their

knowledge of their legal and financial affairs, and what I

need to guide them to do going forward. Issues such as

outstanding bills/debts; automatic deposits/withdrawals

that may need to be stopped; filing a claim on a life insurance

policy on the life of the deceased spouse; contacting

property and casualty (home/auto) insurance companies;

contacting the VA (if spouse was a veteran) of any potential

benefits or claims; contacting financial people regarding

transfer of accounts solely into the name of the surviving

spouse, and handling transfer of retirement accounts

and investments to the named beneficiaries; freezing the

deceased spouse’s credit; and contacting past employers for

potential death benefits, are all possible tasks that need to be


It is important to lean on your professional advisors.

They have the training and experience to guide you through

the process. From the estate planning attorney’s perspective,

it must be ascertained how the deceased spouse had

their affairs set up, including whether a properly executed

Last Will and Testament was in place. Most spouses have

everything joint, such as their real estate, investments, bank

accounts or have each other as beneficiaries on life insurance

or retirement accounts go to the surviving spouse, including

household goods acquired during the marriage that transfer

automatically to the surviving spouse. But in Indiana, if

you die without a Last Will and Testament (“intestate”)

and any other assets were in the sole name of the deceased

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The Cooking Corner

By Jancey Smith

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My hubby says I'm the Scrooge of Halloween. It's

never been one of my favorite holidays. The scrooge in

me says it's a waste of time and money. We go out and

buy plastic costumes that just get covered up by winter

coats and boots, depending on the weather. I've taken

those little tykes out in the snow and cold on the great

quest for candy and they were so bundled up no one saw

what they were wearing.

We give candy to a bunch of kids that we may

or may not know, so they won't play tricks on us . . .

Who thought that up? A dentist looking for business?

I remember getting shots from the doctor as a kid and

getting a sucker. Are they in cahoots?

I must say that I like the homeowners who decorate

their houses and then scare the kids. I find perverse

humor in that. I know, I'm bad.

But my husband is a wise man and reminded that

this is one holiday that many parents spend quality time

with their children in that quest for sweet treats. He's

right. I've seen countless young families on our front

porch teaching the tykes the basic manners of please and

thank you.

He also reminded me of how we used to pile the

kids into my old mini-van and debate on which neighborhoods

had the best selection of treats. They would

tear through closets finding camo coats, old masks and

hats and grab a grocery sack or two for their goodies. We

made good use of hand-me-downs. It was good quality

time together.

One of our most memorable holidays of all time was

on a Halloween. We were all squished in the van and

touring a nearby neighborhood when someone ripped a

stinky. For the next half- hour we continued our quest

with the windows down and the heater blasting on high.

The children have never forgotten this and have always

blamed the hubby. In his words, "Deny, deny, deny."

I've tried for years to make some good use of the

annual pumpkin remains but have yet to accomplish




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this quest. Roasted pumpkins seeds has been as good as

it gets. That stringy mess of goop has never been worth

the hassle. But to keep in the spirit of Charlie Brown and

the Great Pumpkin, I have an easy recipe for pumpkin

cookies using canned pumpkin, of course.

Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin Cookies


2 cups flour

1 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. nutmeg

1/8 t. ground cloves (optional)

1/2 lb. butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup seedless raisins

1/ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


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nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls a couple of inches apart

on greased cookie sheets. Bake 15 min. or until lightly

browned. Transfer to cool. Makes 4 dozen. MJ

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Around 1945, during World War II, you couldn’t

buy gasoline or tires for your cars, so my dad had a nice

Schwinn bicycle that he rode to work every day. During

that time, my brother Jim and I, and some more friends,

would walk to Mesker Park Zoo

almost every day in the summer. It

was free to us at that time.

On this particular day my dad

was off work and had gone hunting

with friends. My brother who

was about 12, two years older than

me, had the great idea that we

could ride dad’s bike to the zoo.

He drove with me riding on the handle bars and we were

on our way. We met one of my friends on the way, so he

got on the back luggage rack. We had a really fun day,

but we knew we had to get the bike back before my dad

got home.

Now, the Mesker Zoo area was very hilly, and we

were up on top. We all three loaded on to the bicycle

— me on the handle bars, Jim on the seat, driving, and

my buddy on the back luggage rack. We started down

The Mis-Adventures of Bob Hollis

Dad's Bicycle

by Bob Hollis, MJ reader

Hometown History Contest

the road, down the hill and kept going faster and faster.

There happened to be a sharp curve toward the bottom

of the hill with a large 8-foot fence beside it, and we were

going so fast with so much weight that Jim couldn’t

make the turn. We slammed into

the chain link fence at full speed. I

flew off the handle bars, head first,

and I didn’t see what happened to

the other two. We all ended up

on the ground beaten and bruised.

We surveyed all of our damage

and found that my dad’s bike had

sustained the worst of it. The front

wheel was bent, almost in half, and naturally could not

be ridden. We carried the bike home, about 1.5 miles,

and put it back into the garage where it was supposed to

be. We told no one, but a day or two later, when my dad

went to get his bike, he found the damage. He called us

to the garage and asked us what had happened. We lied

like dogs and told him that we had no idea. Now, I can’t

remember, but I think he killed us both. MJ

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bequeathed $400,000 to build and

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Each sentence below contains consecutive letters which spell a female

name (hint: don’t let punctuation throw you). Each name is spelled

with the letters in the correct order. See if you can find all ten.

(Example: The colo(nel l)et the lieutenant to take charge.

Answer – Nell)

1. He surmised that Mars has no visible signs of life.

2. The amusement park attracted over a million visitors last year.

3. Mrs. Evans peeled an apple for lunch.

4. One should never park a rental car under a tree.

Locally owned by Rick & Jackie Riddle

5. She’s going to New York. I’m going to Miami.

September Questions

6. You can take Main or Maple and intersect with Cherry Street.

The Odd Couple

What did Oscar Madison do for a

7. Jerry wanted to be the last sailor to board the ship.

living? A. janitor

8. The brilliant color naturally attracts predators.

B. sports writer C. real estate

agent D. professor

9. After the rehearsal, I celebrated my new role with a large pizza. The Funny Papers

10. Our insurance man recommended a separate rider for the

In the comic book "Archie", what

was Archie's last name?


A. Cooper B. Lodge C. Jones

D. Andrews

Literary Technique

Picturing Our Past

What word names the intentional

repetition of a consonant sound

by Pat Sides, Archivist at Willard Library ("Peter Pipper picked…"? A. coordination

B. simile C. hyperbole

Joe Larvo’s Restaurant

D. alliteration

Movie Plots

In 1953, Joe Larvo opened his In the movie Cast Away, what

first restaurant after serving as

kind of ball became Tom Hanks'

best friend on the island?

chief steward and manager of the

A. volleyball B. soccer ball C.

Evansville Country Club for several

years. It was located on SE Presidents

softball D. basketball

First Street until January 1960, What U.S. president was known as

when a fire temporarily forced "Old Hickory"?

him out of business. Larvo, a former

bricklayer and dishwasher

A. Ullyses S. Grant B. Zachary

Taylor C. Andrew Jackson

D. William Henry Harrison

from Chicago, quickly revived

his popular restaurant at 15 Main Street (pictured here), boasting

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that “courtesy and consideration” were the cornerstone of his success.

Downtown urban renewal forced the business to move, and



after 1969, the restaurant operated in the old Three Coins restaurant

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on First Avenue near Columbia Street. Larvo retired eight years

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MJ Writer Recognized by Historical Society

by Ron Eaton, MJ publisher/editor


Barbara Brown-Meyer, longtime

writer for the Maturity Journal

will be honored as the recipient of

the Hubert B. Hawkins Award on

Monday, November 2nd, 2020.

Barbara was nominated by Deena

Martin Russell for the award that

recognizes writers who have distinguished

themselves in the field of

local history.

The program, hosted by the

Indiana Historical Society, will

be conducted virtually and livestreamed

on the Indiana Historical

Society Facebook page. (Viewers

do NOT need to have a Facebook

account to view the program.)

A native of Boonville, Barb

began writing for the MJ in 1994

and was a feature writer for many

years. One of her many strengths as

a writer was her exceptional ability

to identify with contemporaries as

she touched their hearts, conjured

up memories or tickled their funny


Even after battling some health

issues, she is still contributing to

the Journal. It is only fitting that

Indiana’s Historical Society has recognized

Barbara, and as someone

who has enjoyed her work over the

years, I couldn’t be more proud that

she graced our pages with her talent

and her spirit. MJ

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Yesterdays Remembered

In the past I have written about

strange critters who have somehow

found their way onto the front or

back patio of our unit at Park Place.

This past spring, we had a family

of bunny rabbits that were born in

the corner of one of our flowerpots.

Last year, that same mama rabbit

chose to give birth in the midst of a

couple of Christmas ornaments that

I usually hung ceremoniously on the

door. Then a few weeks ago, a turtle

found its way up the hillside to crawl

between the air conditioners. I will

admit that our cat found that critter

quite interesting as the stunned creature

waddled back to the hillside and

her home in the pond.

This one tops them all! It’s a

story that “you had to be there” to

believe it.

As you have heard me say, we

enjoy our patios. One faces the High

Point Drive in the back, and the

other patio faces the parking lot of

the complex. Neither of them seem

to be too exciting, but it beats nothing!

Recently, one evening, as we

were sitting in the front, it looked

threatening as the clouds seem to

be congregating to dump their deluge

on us. We began to hear a little

puppy crying. There was not mistaking

the sound. The poor little thing

seemed to be housed somehow in

the underpinning of my neighbor

Dixie’s Ford Escape. While we were

busy trying to locate the poor little

thing, it began to rain. We all huddled

around the car while Dixie, flat

Believe it or Not!

on her back, forced herself under

the car. She had a flashlight that

resembled a sword, but she managed

to peer at every possible opening

under that car. Another neighbor

was checking under her hood, while

I took the cover over the spare tire

off to check inside that area. There

simply was no place that poor little

puppy could be in that car.

It continued to rain!

Dixie, who is very particular

about her hair, did not realize that

it was bedraggled and was oozing

by Cora Alyce Seaman,

the author of

several novels

water off

every strand.

I laughed but knew that if I said a

word, she would probably clobber

me with the ‘sword’.

There were several neighbors

who braved the weather to give their

opinion about where that little varmint

could be hiding. Since there is

a pond nearby that houses about two

dozen ducks at any given time, they

seemed to agree that the sound was

from one of the ducks. In my mind,

I couldn’t imagine a duck sounding

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like a puppy, but maybe stranger

things may have happened.

After about an hour of fruitless

searching each nook and cranny of

her car and hearing many theories of

where that pup might be, some of us

decided that we were searching for a

ghost puppy. I went inside and dismissed

the whole idea, hoping that

the poor animal’s mother would

come to rescue her baby.

But Dixie was not to be deterred.

She went inside and called her

daughter and her husband. And they

came to rescue that poor puppy.

Mike got down and went under

the car believing that he would outdo

any women in question. He lost


that bet. He couldn’t find the dog

either. The search continued for

another hour, but all to no avail.

The next morning, we were still

discussing the poor little puppy that

had stolen our attention for so long.

Suddenly, the puppy cries began

again. It was morning. Had the

poor thing been holed up all night

while we slept? Then, I began to

trace the sound. It was coming from

the building, not the car. Imagine

my surprise when I looked to the

‘elbow’ portion of the downspout

from the roof. There, proudly sat a

bullfrog propelling his sound for all

to hear. Surely that wasn’t the puppy

from the night before. However,

Dixie and I both agreed that the

sound was the same. That damnable

frog continued for a few minutes,

then disappeared and we have never

heard from him again.

I’m sorry that I got no picture,

since I know most of you will doubt

this story. By the time I had found

my phone and got it on, the culprit

was long gone. I’m sure that he/

she was hiding in the bush somewhere

laughing at the fact that he

had made us all look like nitwits by

spending the evening looking for an

errant puppy.

If there is a question in your

mind, call Dixie, Sue, Mike, Carrie,

or numerous other neighbors. It’s

the kind of story where you had to

be there to see or hear. Trust me, the

story is true.

When I look back on this story,

I don’t try to convince anyone that

it happened. It’s just too weird.

But, it will certainly be one of my

Yesterday’s Remembered. MJ

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