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Volume 36 Issue 3 March 2021


Harold Morgan! This article is

Harold’s 200th MJ story.)

July 1975: The New York City

garbage strike created unbelievable

street and domestic conditions across

the city. Wendy’s chain restaurants

were built on the north and east

sides of Evansville. The four large

USO-Community Center building

columns that were removed would

be reinstalled on the riverfront as

the Four Freedoms Monument. The

Apollo space flight era was ended.

The Health Education and

Welfare department (HEW) gave

experimental LSD to 2,500 volunteer

prisoners and mental patients.

Former Teamster Union President

Jimmy Hoffa “disappeared” in

Detroit; he had been released from

prison on Dec. 23, 1971, triggering

a thorough nationwide search.

(Hoffa’s disappearance remains a

mystery to this day) Louisville was

ordered to bus students to provide


Tri-State History July 1975 to August 1976

By Harold Morgan


Treasure Hunt. .......................................5

Entertaining Evansville, Part 7. ...........................8

Cooking Corner. ....................................12

Misadventures of Bob Hollis ...........................14

Grandma’s Poems. ...................................15

History Contest. ................................... 15

From the Archives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

for desegregation.

August 1975: The FBI entered

the search for Jimmy Hoffa but did

not find any evidence or a body.

Indianapolis was ordered to bus

students for school desegregation.

The University of Evansville and Ivy

Tech agreed to share teaching staffs.

An Owensboro policeman

named Stallings was accused of

killing his wife by pistol and his

three teenage children by arson.

Evansville bought 40 new police

cars for $175,000. ISU-Evansville

enrollment was 2,860 students. U

of E added 140 new dorm rooms to

accommodate 2,850 students.

September 1975: Egypt and

Israel agreed to a historic non-aggression

pact. Evansville-Vanderburgh

school enrollment was 26,711 down

1,349 from 1974. Evansville’s Town

Center became a mall. Evansville

Drive-in Theater opened a third


Airlines operation in the U.S.

would no longer accept baggage that

The Apple 1 was the first computer;

it sold for $666 in 1976. (Morgan

collection photo)

did not have the owner’s name visible.

The FBI found and captured the

kidnapped fugitive Patty Hurst in

San Francisco.

The second attempt to shoot

President Ford in 17 days failed in

San Francisco. The Evansville Civic

Center expected a $200,000 heating

bill for the coming winter.

October 1975: Threats to

President Ford tripled in one month.

Paul Saltzman of Mount Vernon

flew his homebuilt, 14-foot-long

21-foot-wingspan airplane from the

Just for Laughs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

March Motivation. ...................................18

Brain Games. .................................. 20& 21

In This Together. .....................................22

Picturing Our Past ...................................22

Medical Matters .....................................23

Yesterdays Remembered ..............................24

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Evansville airport (see the February

1976 news below). The TV show

Saturday Night Live began on NBC.

New York City was threatened

with bankruptcy. 9,000 Catholics

attended a special high-mass with

sacred music in Roberts Stadium.

The Newburgh locks and dam were

completed and opened to river traffic.

ISU-Evansville dropped efforts

for independence.

November 1975: All W.T. Grant

stores in Evansville, Henderson,

Owensboro and Madisonville

were closed due to bankruptcy. An

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death from an airplane that he tried

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The 40-mile I-64 road section

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December 1976: Metric system

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and two were killed in Vienna by terrorists.

A fire on the Inland Marina

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boats and the boat dock. A woman

dressed as Santa Claus robbed the

National City Bank on Vann Avenue

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The Evansville Courier changed

its format from eight news columns

to six. A baggage bomb killed 11 and

injured 75 at LaGuardia Airport.

Evansville bought the old Post Office

building with its $1 bid. The new

Evansville airport control tower off

Highway 57 was placed in service,

but the installation of the high-tech

equipment would not be completed

until late 1976.

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82 MPH winds and caused several

power outages. The Studio Art theatre

and Theatre A porn films were

seized in Evansville raids. Small cars

with four seats were outselling large

cars two to one in the U.S.

Major crime was down 13% in

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1975 was the best year for airline

safety; 1974 was the worst year. The

three-year-old all-volunteer Army

was called a success. Evansville cable

TV would cost $8.50 for one set,

with $1.50 for additional sets with a

$20 installation for one set. The herbicide

“agent orange” was still in use

but feared to be dangerous.

February 1976: America gave

the supersonic Concorde jet airplane

approval to fly into Dulles and

Kennedy airports for a 10-month

trial. Igleheart-General Foods had

an all-time high of 400 employees.

Paul Saltzman of Mount Vernon

was killed in his home-built airplane

at the Evansville airport. President

Ford sent the Medicare bill to

congress. New Harmony had not

received any of the $21 million restoration

funds that had been promised.

31 people were arrested in Evansville

March 1976: Purdue halted

all out of state admissions for the

fall of 1976. Small post offices were

being closed across the U.S. Kennedy

Airport would not allow the supersonic

Concorde to land there. The

VA Clinic opened at 214 SE Sixth

Patty Hurst, an earlier kidnap

victim, was found guilty of armed

U of E tuition and room and

board was increased to $710 per

quarter. HEW urged swine-flu shots

for all citizens. The population for

the earth was said to reach four billion

Michigan 86 to 68 to win the NCAA

basketball championship. Cable TV

was approved for Evansville by the

April 1976: The first Apple

computer, Apple 1, went on sale

for $666. Tompkins School opened

in Evansville at 1300 Mill Road.

Evansville and toured the riverfront

and walkway; city schools were

closed and 50,000 people were said

drug raids.

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March 28, 1976. IU beat

city council.

President Gerald Ford visited

to have attended downtown.

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This BeeDee home-built airplane was similar to the airplane

built and flown by Paul Saltzman from Mount

Vernon. (Public domain photo)

May 1976: Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter visited

Evansville and spoke to 600 people at Burdette Park.

An Evansville school bus wreck at Governor and Illinois

Streets injured 34 children. Two racing airplanes crashed

at the Sturgis airport and both pilots were killed. Two

supersonic Concorde airliners landed at Dulles Airport

with 76 and 80 passengers.

June 1976: The ten-car US Freedom Train arrived

for exhibit viewing at Ninth and Locust streets. It was

estimated that Evansville still had one billion tons of

coal beneath the city; 11.2 million tons had been mined

in earlier years. Four modified high school zones, Bosse,

Central, North and Reitz would be put into effect with

the new school year. Segregation in private schools was

barred by the Supreme Court.

July 1976: The Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 that

husbands or parents cannot halt an abortion. Whirlpool

sold its Franklin Street plant to local investors. A trespasser

carrying a three-foot-long pipe was shot and killed

on the White House lawn.

August 1976: The last 49 Americans left Saigon; this

ended the U.S. presence in Vietnam. An unknown disease

killed 36 people at an American Legion convention

in Philadelphia; it was later named Legionaires Disease.

A mystery man fired two rounds at an airplane in the

Tri-State Aero hangar and fled with a stolen bundle; the

man wanted to be flown to his home in Israel. He was

arrested on Highway 41 North at his home.

George Phillip Hanna died in Epworth, Illinois; he

was the hangman for 72 state execution hangings. A high

level of nickel metal was found in 36 deceased people

that attended the American Legion convention. MJ

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Entertaining Evansville

Part 7,

The Singer and the


By Peggy K. Newton

Only on looking back would

anyone call the 1890s a pivotal time.

If you were living through the decade,

hour-by-hour, day-by-day, ripping

away one month after another

from the calendar, you would not

notice that times were changing. You

might notice some newfangled gadgets

being written about in the morning

or afternoon newspaper: the ’90s

started with the introduction of a

wired device that carried your voice

to someone at the other end of the

wire; proceeded with a machine that

recorded and played back both voice

and music; and a carriage powered by

an engine that could be maneuvered

on city streets and country lanes.

Sometimes, not always, if the

new things were adopted by the public

and became part of their lives, they

replaced or rendered obsolete the old

objects or ways of doing things. The

automobile replaced the horse, the

phonograph replaced the music box,

and the telephone supplanted the

telegraph in long distance messaging.

In time, livery stables and blacksmith

shops closed, music boxes disappeared,

and telegraphs were reserved

for bad news. New jobs were created

to manufacture, install, distribute,

sell, and support or maintain the

products and their by-products and


Changes also affected people.

They either adjusted to the changes

or they faced self-destruction. Two

men, a generation apart, exemplify

what can happen. Both were highly

successful in their careers but found

they were unable to adjust to the inevitable

changes. Although they never

met, they were oddly connected.

The lives of both men were to end


One of them, Monte Melchior

Katterjohn, was born just as the career

of the older man, Paul Dresser,

was taking off. Born on October 20,

1891 in Boonville, Monte was the

second of three sons born to Quincy

F. and Cornelia Katterjohn. Father

The youthful Monte M. Katterjohn

at age 26 in 1917 (Photo from The

Moving Picture World, March 10,

1917; retrieved May 4, 2015)

Quincy operated a local flour mill,

and the family was well off enough to

afford a maid.

Monte grew up to be a man of

medium height and build, with grey

eyes and light-colored hair, according

to his draft registration card issued

during World War I. He was something

of a child prodigy. By his 16th

birthday he had already written and

published History of Warrick and its

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He had a talent for writing but

more importantly, he had drive and

ambition, and speaking of drive, he

also became interested in automobiles

and started a publication devoted

to the increasingly accessible

horseless carriages. He wrote for a

time for one of the Evansville newspapers,

but that didn’t seem to be a

good fit. He became interested in

moving pictures and learned that

film companies paid for scenarios, or

photoplays. He started submitting

photoplays to the various film companies

scattered across the U.S. He

was apparently successful and being a

man not wasteful with his knowledge

or experience, figured he could share

those as well and earn extra money.

The result was his second magazine,

The Photo Playwright, which began

publication with the April 1912 issue.

Knowing that he wrote under

several pseudonyms as a scenario

writer, it is likely that he wrote many

of the articles in his new publication,

using various names. He was all of 20

with an inexhaustible amount of energy.

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Readers of present-day publications

Writer’s Digest and The Writer

would see similarities with The Photo

Playwright, which offered advice on

how to submit scenarios to the movie

studios, featured letters to the editor,

and included addresses of the studios

and sometimes the contacts. There

were no Warner Bros., 20th Century

Fox (well, there was Fox but without

20th Century), or Paramount; Imp

— formerly International Motion

Pictures — would become Universal

within the year and within a couple

of years started offering tours of its

California studios. Hollywood was a

place but not yet the motion picture

capital of the world it would become

in the next decade.

Although New York City had a

growing number of studios, the city

that seemed to show the most promise

for growth in the new movie industry

was not that far away from

Evansville (or Boonville, for that

matter). Chicago had Essanay, a major

movie-making outfit founded by

the movies’ first cowboy star, Gilbert

“Broncho Billy” Anderson, the “A”

in Essanay, and George K. Spoor, the

Paul Dresser was near the peak of

success when he published a songbook

of his songs. (Photo from the

cover of the songbook published in

1888; retrieved February 11, 2021)

“S.” Several other studios were cranking

out motion pictures as well, in

Chicago and on locations as far away

as Southern California. Monte Katterjohn

relocated to Chicago. The

Photo Playwright ceased publication

at the end of 1912.

Chicago’s energy seemed to

match Monte’s own. He familiarized

himself with the film companies and

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the employees. He did most of his

writing at night, getting by on only

a fraction of sleep that the rest of

the world required. His mind never

stopped percolating ideas. He typed

them as quickly as they came and

mailed them by the hands-full. And

then he discovered a new type of literature

— the movie fan magazine.

The city was going to be good

for him, just as it had been good for

fellow Hoosier Paul Dresser. Dresser

was born in 1859 as Paul Dreiser, to a

farm couple in Terre Haute. The couple

had lost their first two children;

Paul, the third-born, was the first to

survive and eventually became older

brother to nine more siblings. The

Dreiser family’s financial situation

was opposite of the Katterjohn family’s,

especially given that there were

12 mouths to feed. Paul’s father was a

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hard-working farmer, a devout Catholic,

and strict when it came to discipline.

Paul felt closer to his mother,

who inspired or is mentioned in

many of his published songs.

With the idea that the eldest son

would make an ideal priest, the family

somehow scraped enough money

to send Paul to St. Meinrad Abbey

for his education. He stayed there

just long enough to determine that he

didn’t like it. Rather than going back

to face his family and explain why he

left the school, Paul hitched up with a

medicine show that travelled through

the Midwest and sang between

sales pitches of the patent medicine.

In time, the medicine show made

its way to Evansville. The public who

gathered in front of the company’s

show wagon immediately fell in love

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man who had a pleasant-enough

singing voice. Paul seemed to like

Evansville. A year later he returned,

bringing most of his family with

him, including younger brother

Theodore. Theodore grew up to become,

first, a newspaper writer, and

later on a best-selling novelist. He is

best remembered for An American

Tragedy, a novel about a young man

from a poor background who falls in

love with a beautiful woman of great

wealth. Their affair is complicated

by the differences in their social positions

as well as the man’s girlfriend

who becomes pregnant with his

child. The novel was the basis for two

movies, including A Place in the Sun

starring Montgomery Cliff and Elizabeth


Paul’s father was going through

an especially rough time financially,

and he felt he might earn more money

away from his family for a while.

The Dreisers moved into a house

on East Franklin Street where they

lived for the next three years or so

before returning to Terre Haute. By

then Paul had established himself as

a star singer for bands and orchestras

in Evansville and drew crowds to

beer gardens, saloons and halls. He

was already writing and publishing

songs, although they hadn’t achieved

the level of success of his later songs.

He had also fallen in love with the

woman who inspired one of his most

famous songs. The woman, and the

courtship, is the stuff of legend and

was loosely the basis for the movie

that shared the song’s title, My Gal


(Next: Paul Dresser and Monte

Katterjohn would enjoy, and manage

to lose, fame and fortune in their respective

careers.) MJ

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Upon arrival at the Orlando

Airport and getting our rental car,

we drove our young family to a fancy

hotel for a week-long vacation. We

drove to the front of the hotel where

we were greeted by a uniformed

parking attendant who unloaded our

luggage and to whom my husband

gave the car keys. Then we checked in

at the front desk and got the key to

our room to get clothes changed and

start our adventure. After changing,

we hurried to the front desk where

my husband asked for our car keys.

The desk clerk told him they didn’t

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husband tried to explain that

he gave their uniformed parking

attendant our car keys after the man

unloaded our luggage and that we

assumed he would bring the keys

to the front desk after parking our

car. The startled desk clerk responded,

“Sir, our hotel does not have

a parking attendant.” A humiliated

husband had to call Hertz to report

our car had been stolen and that he,

himself, had handed the guy the car

keys. A report was filed and another

car was delivered for us to begin our

vacation. As one could imagine, the

shame and humiliation of accepting

the second set of car keys from Hertz

were almost unbearable.

Hertz called us before we left

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The Cooking Corner

By Jancey Smith

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St. Pat's Plan


For years whenever I heard the phrase "Those best

laid plans . ." I would think back to high school required

reading and John Steinbeck. Now, to be perfectly correct,

the original translated phrase is "Those best laid plans of

mice and men often go awry," which is by Scottish poet

Robert Burns. Steinbeck just grabbed the "Of Mice and

Men" part for the title of that book.

Now, the reason I thought of all of this is because

I tried to plan ahead on a story to tell just before St.

Patrick's Day, but I had to change my great idea. (See,

there is a connected thought there.) Usually, I tend to

tell a story of something that's happened in my kitchen a

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but were too much work. So, when my friend shared her

cabbage roll recipe just after New Year's, I immediately

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recipe and share it for St. Patrick's Day.

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1 cup beer

3 cups water

1 T. parsley

2 bay leaves

1/2 small cabbage, sliced into thin strips

1 potato, cubed

sprinkle of Kosher salt


Place carrots, peppers, garlic and onion in bottom

of slow cooker. Top with corned beef brisket. Sprinkle

meat with seasoning packet that comes with it. Pour in

beer and water around meat to almost cover it. Add bay

leaves and parsley. Cook on high 4-5 hours.

Remove brisket and let cool. Cut meat in half. Save

half in refrigerator for Rueben sandwiches later in the

week. Slice remaining brisket into thin 1-inch strips and

return to slow cooker. Add potatoes and cabbage to slow

cooker, stirring to mix well. and cook for 1 hour more.

Serves 4-6.

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1/2 corned beef brisket, cooked as directed above

slices of light rye bread

slices of Swiss cheese

Thousand Island dressing

1/2 can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed

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After cooking corned beef as directed above, chill

meat for a few hours. Slice into thin strips. Heat slightly

in microwave (45 seconds). Build sandwiches by spreading

salad dressing on breading, adding a layer of beef,

then sauerkraut and topping with cheese. Warm in 350

oven for about 5 minutes to melt cheese and crisp bread.

Makes 3-4 sandwiches. MJ

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I have always loved to sing. I was 7 in 1942 during

WWII. Bing Crosby was on the radio all the time singing

“White Christmas”, and I helped him most of the

time. One day, my mother and grandmother decided

that I would sing that song for the Christmas program

at Mt. Pleasant Chapel Baptist Church. After a loooong

disagreement, I finally gave in. There I stood in front of

all those people, and I was scared to death. I got through

the song OK, and I guess I did alright because they didn’t

kick me out.

As I was growing up, I sang all the time, anything

from Bing Crosby to Hank Williams. The next time

I sang in public I was 17 and sang at the Forest Hills

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The Mis-Adventures of Bob Hollis

The Singer

by Bob Hollis, MJ reader

Heroes Work Here

In 1956, Henderson, Kentucky had a television talent

show called Stairway to the Stars. Someone had sent

my name in for an audition. I got a call from the show

and they had an audition time and date set up for me.

After a loooong consideration, I thought, “Why not?” I

sang for the audition and they lined me up for the next

show. I won the contest

and won a coffee

pot (a big deal in those

days!). I returned for

the finals and came in

2nd place. I was beaten

by a Kentucky hillbilly

band. About a week

later I got a phone call

from a man who wanted

to hire me to sing

2 or 3 songs a night

for $10 a song. I asked

him where and he said,

“The Blue Bar”. I told

him that I didn’t sing in bars. His reply was “This is not a

bar; it’s a night club.” I heard later that Boots Randolph

was playing there around that time. I’ve always wondered

“what if?” I spent many more years singing in church,

for weddings and funerals. I am now 85 and my singing

voice is gone. My sweet wife, Doris, has played the piano

for me for more than our 65 years of marriage. We get up

around 7:00 A.M., read the newspaper, work the crosswords

and drink our coffee. Then she plays the piano for

me for an hour or two every day. I sit in my chair, mostly

with my eyes closed, and reminisce, singing every word of

every song in my own mind and thinking of the old Bob

Hope theme song “Thanks for the Memories.” MJ

Darkness cannot drive

out darkness:

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate:

only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King Jr

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(85-year-old Mary Mayer is a wife, mother, grandma,

great grandma, and recently a great, great grandma)

Snow Overnight

by Mary Mayer

Wow! It looks like

It snowed overnight.

The fields and roads

Are covered with white.

It’s so beautiful and clean

I wish it would stay.

But I know, of course,

It will soon go away.

A snow-covered world seems

Spiritual, pure and a bit odd,

Much like a soul made clean

When forgiven by God.

Thank you, Lord

For an amazing sight,

A reminder of grace

From the snow overnight.

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A non-profit organization

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In these days of hustle and bustle,

frozen TV dinners, fast food

restaurants and microwaves, I often

remember my mother’s kitchen and

the meals she used to make.

How many times, I wonder, did

I come home from school to find her

standing at the stove stirring a big

pot of homemade vegetable soup,

full of cabbage and garden vegetables.

On most afternoons, a homemade

pie was sitting on the countertop

just inside the back door to cool. It

might have been apple or blackberry,

chocolate cream or lemon meringue.

Sometimes it was my favorite, creamy

custard, or “slipped custard” as my

grandmother called it.

The Glue That Held Us Together

by Barbara Brown Meyer

(MJ – May 1996)

Mom made homemade noodles

on top of the kitchen table, rolling

out the dough on clean, floured

newspapers, waiting to drop them

at just the right time into golden

rich chicken broth on the stove.

Sometimes she mixed up a batch

of dressing to go with this, adding

sweet bits of chopped onion, eggs

and chicken giblets tucked inside.

Even though our family went to

church and Sunday school each and

every week, she never skimped on

Sunday dinners. Very carefully, she

timed a roast in the oven to be done

or nearly done when we got home

or fried up crispy chicken pieces in

an electric fry-pan, which she loved.


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There was creamy milk gravy on

these occasions and cake or pie that

had been made previously.

On special occasions, she made

my favorite dish, swiss steak with

gravy, as only she could make it. This

dish took all day to come to perfection,

and the smells of its progress

were enough to drive us all mad.

Just before serving, we could hear

the thump-thump-thump of the old

potato masher as she prepared the

buttery mounds of goodness that

accompanied the swiss steak.

Mom always sang to herself as

she worked in the kitchen. Church

songs from her childhood, others she

had just learned. Love Lifted Me and

Amazing Grace were her favorites.

I can remember when I was a little

girl, thinking that someone had written

a song especially about my Aunt

Grace, Mom’s sister.

She also sang to me at night

when I couldn’t go to sleep. Songs

like Red River Valley that told a

story. I never tired of hearing them,

and she sang them over and over as

she held my hand. There was a lot of

love in our home. Not always spoken

aloud, but it was there.

Another memory about our

family was that we sat down every

evening around the kitchen table

and ate supper together. With the

new oil-cloth on the table, the fresh

breeze coming in from all directions,

the kitchen curtains flapping in the

breeze and our old tomcat climbing

to the top of the back screen door to

see what we were doing, we discussed

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the events of our day and enjoyed the

good food and each other’s company.

Little did we realize at the time

how fortunate we were to have had a

mother who was able to stay at home

and really MAKE a home.

When I think about it, Mom

was the glue that held us all together.

And she still does.

Thank you, Mom. MJ





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What performer's signature song is

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What horse holds the record for

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Does any of this motivate you?

Are you looking for safe activity

among persons who are ‘mature’ like

you? Join us in getting in shape or for

some good old-fashioned fun and

fellowship. The Indiana State Games

is right around the corner offering

sporting competitions with peers. If

2020 has taught us anything, let us

treasure our time well spent doing

the things we enjoy. You may not

even think of sports or athletics as

something that is for you.

I have a friend that many years

ago had deep and intense pain when

walking, sitting, standing, etc. This

person joined my exercise class and

though it took time, she gained

strength and flexibility every day.

Though she never thought of herself

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as athletic, she in fact won 15 medals

that year in the senior Olympic style

events! To say she was overjoyed was

an understatement! My favorite part

of her journey was the awe her young

granddaughter had admiring the

medals and accomplishments of her

grandma, a memory for both etched

into their hearts to this day. Way to

go, Diana!

With so much uncertainty right

now, one thing we can always count

on is friendship, family, and companionship.

Take a minute to reach

out to someone for a quick hello, or

a long needed two-hour chat! What

you might find is that you are in fact

that motivator for someone else! MJ

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Structured Family Caregiving (SFC), also known as

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caregiving. It provides financial and supportive services for

family (and non-family) caregivers. It empowers caregivers

to care for seniors and those with disabilities who wish to

remain at home, or in the home of an approved caregiver,

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Caregivers and care recipients may be eligible for this

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The primary caregiver, including the spouse (added

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Not too long ago many of us sat

down with family to enjoy a Thanksgiving

meal or a family Christmas,

but then COVID-19 brought devastation

the likes of which most of

us had never seen. Our world was

turned upside down, and experts

project that if we don’t remain diligent,

the problem could get worse.

Through all of this, dedicated

first responders and medical teams

did remarkable work as people across

our nation struggled. Millions saw

their livelihoods disappear before

their eyes and over 500,000 souls

were lost. Families, young and old

alike, have been faced with issues

they never dreamt possible, and

among those issues is the challenge

to keep families fed.

Over the years, and especially as

I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to appreciate

what we Americans have been

blessed with, and now is a time for

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In This Together

By Ron Eaton

us to do our part. We have received

government stimulus checks recently

to assist those in need, but there are

some of us who are fortunate enough

that we didn’t need the help.

This fact motivated Suzy and me

to take action. In the past we have

donated to various charities, but this

crisis inspired us to up our game, and

we could think of nothing better

than helping families who are experiencing

food insecurity. My search

led me to the Tri-State Food Bank,

and as I presented a substantial check

(at least by our standards), I learned

more about this organization and

others like it.

The Food Bank operates out of

a huge facility near Lynch Road and

Oak Hill, and their programs reach

33 counties in Indiana (9 counties),

Kentucky and Illinois. According to

executive director Glenn Roberts,

they bring food to over 250 hunger

Picturing Our Past

by Pat Sides, Archivist at Willard Library

Fulton School

Pictured here shortly before it closed,

Fulton School served many generations of

West Side schoolchildren. Located at 400

N. Fulton Avenue, it was the first major

school building in that area after the town

of Lamasco was incorporated into the city

of Evansville. The center section of the

building opened in 1871, and wings were added to the north and south

sides in the 1890s. Further up the street, Cedar Hall School was constructed

in 1892 to further accommodate the overflow of students from

Fulton. A century later, plans to racially desegregate schools resulted in

the closure of Fulton, as well as White and Baker schools, in 1973. Fulton

School was razed later that year, and today the site that once teemed with

children is now a bakery. MJ

relief programs and over 11 million

meals annually to their network of

pantries, soup kitchens, seniors, kids’

cafes and weekend Backpacks Food

for Kids Programs. They also make

Mobile Food Distributions to towns

where they set up in a parking lot to

put food directly into cars of folks in


Some support comes from the

government, corporate sponsors and

area restaurants and grocery stores,

but they couldn’t fill the need without

vital contributions by those who

can afford to help. Mr. Roberts pointed

out that the COVID crisis has increased

the need by nearly 35%, with

cars sometimes lined up for 4 hours

or more. “In 2019, we distributed 9.8

million pounds of food,” he stated.

“In 2020, it was over 14 million.” Mr.

Roberts also mentioned that they are

extremely aware to take COVID precautions

as they “provide food where

it is needed most.”

Every dollar donated provides 7

meals to the most vulnerable people,

and we would like to ask those who

can afford it to join the Maturity

Journal as supporters, either at the

Tri-State Food Bank or an independent

food supplier near you.

The Food Bank is always looking

for donations, volunteers and even

paid employees, and we have listed

the info below. If you would like to

help, or if you need help, please contact

the Food Bank staff. After all, we

truly are in this together. MJ

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Yesterdays Remembered

As I grow older, it seems I am

always reminded of what happened

in my youth, and many of my friends

have no recollection of these events.

I have to admit to myself that I am

of another era. I wondered if some

of you are in the same boat.

Let’s talk about music first:

Do your remember: Hank

Williams who sang Lovesick Blues?

My memory of that song takes me

back to Boonville High School when

one of my classmates performed it at

an event in the auditorium. She did

an excellent job and nearly brought

down the house as she mimicked

good old Hank. Her father was the

Do You Remember?

football coach at BHS and also a

History teacher (as I recall).

Hank Williams became the most

prolific songwriter of that era. He

has been called the “Shakespeare of

Country Music” for his uncanny

ability of putting thoughts into a

musical background. My favorite of

his music is the one with the phrase

“Have you ever seen a Robin cry,

when he’s too blue to fly”?

Maybe you remember when Guy

Lombardo, a bandleader, ushered in

the New Year by playing “Auld Lang

Syne” at midnight. I had to sneak

down the stairs to hear him, since

my bedtime was much earlier. My

by Cora Alyce Seaman,

the author of

several novels

mind leaves

me trying to recall what kind of an

instrument he played. Maybe you


The beginning of blue grass

music was from a man called Jimmy

Rogers. He was a railroad man with

a guitar. He seemed to have learned

how to play from slaves near his

home. He promptly began singing

and strumming his guitar for anyone

who would listen. He was very

young when he realized that he was

a diabetic, and he died at age 29 simply

because they had no way to treat

such a hideous disease at that time.

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Carter who played an autoharp.

Many people today have never

even heard of such an instrument.

However, I have one and have tried

to play it. I soon discovered that

Maybelle was much smarter than I. I

can plink a few tunes on that thing,

but I don’t brag about my ability!

Autoharps became a vibrant part

of music in one-room schools where

the purchase of a piano was not in

their budgets. If the teacher could

play a tune on one, she could hold

music classes in the classroom. June

Carter Cash was the daughter of

Mother Maybelle and she later married

Johnny Cash and the music

legend continued. Country music

was rapidly becoming the music of


Then came Frank Sinatra. I

doubt that anyone will deny knowing

who that is. He sang everything

that was placed in front of him.

However, he did not read music, so

someone sang it to him first in order

for him to get the tune right.

And let’s not forget Frankie

Laine who sang “Ghost Riders in the

Sky”. That song still runs chills up

my spine.

As you can surmise, I am a music

freak, but this story needs to change

subjects. How about some current


Not many of us will remember

going through the Great Depression.

But the after-effects were felt by

many people for many years. I happen

to be one of those people. I

was the ‘last of the Mohicans’ in

my family, so I did not endure the

worst part of that era. However, I

certainly didn’t live in the lap of luxury,

either. When people talk about

being “poor” during the Depression,

I only say that I think everyone was!

Christmas was fun at the old

Cypress Baptist Church (the one

that was nestled over on an old farm

area.) It has long ago been torn down

and taken over by a coal mine. I

remember the big pot belly stove that

stood in the center of the room. My

mother always taught me a big long

“speech” to say at the Christmas program.

I remember this one: “I Tum

to see my dramaa one told Tristmas

day……..I freezed and shivered and

chattered all along duh way.” You

will need to call me to hear me recite

the rest after more than 80 years!

Then came the dreaded Pearl

Harbor Day. I remember it clearly.

My mother cried all day, since she

had 2 sons and a son-in-law in the

service. Fortunately, they never left

the states until it was over. One of

them escaped that event when he

fell from a motorcycle and broke his

leg just prior to his being shipped to


I remember the day the war

ended! Harry Truman was elected

president having defeated the favorite

Thomas Dewey from New York.

He was favored to win and most of

the country felt that Truman was just

a hick from Missouri. Needless to

say, if you have that newspaper with

the winner announced as Dewey,

it is a bit valuable. I voted for the

first time for Eisenhower. And since

that time I have always been rather

interested in politics. Of course, my

in-laws at that time were staunch

Democrats. When I announced that

I had voted for Eisenhower, I was

blacklisted for the rest of the time I

was married in that family.

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And let’s not forget Woodstock.

I have a lot of stories of that time

frame. My sons were teens, and I

fought off their urge to be involved.

Then came Bull Island and my sons

managed to con me into going there.

They brought home two stray boys

that stayed with us for about 4 days.

My sons worked, and these boys

slept all day. One day, my oldest son,

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announced to them at the breakfast

table, in a loud voice I might add,

that he was tired of them sleeping

all day while he went to work. He

shouted that they should be out of

our house by 4:00 P.M when he got

home! There is more to this story

too. Next Time!

Let’s talk some sports. Who can

name the man from Petersburg who

became a baseball star (Gil Hodges).

Or the man from French Lick who

made a name for himself playing

basketball. (A story from there……

one of my sons was the same age and

would have been an excellent player

at 6’4”. But he was very thin. He

refused to play because he said the

people would call him ‘bird legs’!

Let’s not forget the stock car

drivers from all around the area,

including Owensboro. Do you

remember the old stock car races at

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Haubstadt? You could go there on

Saturday Night for $1 if you had a

car that would take you that far!

I could go on from here with

my love of cars. My husband said I

would buy any car as long as it was

red. He was probably right. My first

husband worked for Higgins Motors

and he taught me more about cars

than most women will ever know.

But I’ll save that subject for another


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