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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
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
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
did not have the owner’s name visible.
The FBI found and captured the
kidnapped fugitive Patty Hurst in
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
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ISU-Evansville dropped efforts
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
to hijack; it was in flight from Cape
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problems. A Windmill gas station
attendant at Hwy 41 and 57 was
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The 40-mile I-64 road section
between Sullivan and Corydon was
opened. New Harmony would have
a $1.5 million multi-purpose facility
named the Atheneum near the
Wabash River. NYC city taxes were
increased to end the city’s fiscal crisis.
December 1976: Metric system
instruction began with sixth grade
classes in Evansville. 11 OPEC (oil)
chief delegates were taken hostage
and two were killed in Vienna by terrorists.
A fire on the Inland Marina
on Waterworks Road destroyed 19
boats and the boat dock. A woman
dressed as Santa Claus robbed the
National City Bank on Vann Avenue
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.
January 1977: The minimum
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Pennyrile Parkway. The storm had
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
Evansville from the previous year.
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
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March 28, 1976. IU beat
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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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
Prominent People: from the earliest
time to the present: together with interesting
biographical sketches, remi-
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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.
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
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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with the corpulent, funny and affable
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
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The Happless Underdog
I Swear This Is True!!
by Carolyn Barrett
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
have his keys and that no one had
turned in lost keys. My now-panicked
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
Florida to tell us that the car had been
found three days later, undamaged,
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The Cooking Corner
By Jancey Smith
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
few weeks back or a recent food experience. But if I can
work ahead and plan, it's better.
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You see, on every New Year's and St. Patrick's Day,
I try to fix corned beef and cabbage, typically in the slow
cooker. Well, this New Year's I remembered one of the
girls at work telling me how she always makes these
easy cabbage rolls for New Year's Day. In the simplest
nutshell, it's combining ground beef and rice into a ball
the size of a clementine. Then you wrap cabbage leaves
around them and place in a baking dish topped with
tomato juice. That sounded much easier than my first
attempt at cabbage rolls.
A few years back, I had been watching food TV and
they showcased the steps of how an old family restaurant
makes authentic Polish cabbage rolls. I looked up the
recipe and decided to give it a try. The steps were many,
and it was very time consuming. They tasted just lovely
but were too much work. So, when my friend shared her
cabbage roll recipe just after New Year's, I immediately
thought it would be a great idea to save the cabbage roll
recipe and share it for St. Patrick's Day.
After doing a little research, I discovered that
there was a small problem with my plan. The light bulb
went off and it hit me that cabbage rolls are a Polish
dish, not Irish. To me it was just another use for cabbage,
but somehow I don't think you'll find any cabbage
rolls being offered at an Irish St. Pat's celebration. So I
checked through my recipe collection and found a way
that I used traditional Irish corned beef not one, but two
ways. It's always good to get some bang for your buck.
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Recipes of the Month
Corned Beef & Cabbage Soup
1 corned beef brisket and spices
8-10 baby carrots (or 2 whole cut in chunks)
1/2 small onion, diced (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
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
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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.
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
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
Baptist Church Christmas program. They didn’t kick
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The Mis-Adventures of Bob Hollis
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
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)
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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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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even think of sports or athletics as
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as athletic, she in fact won 15 medals
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With so much uncertainty right
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Take a minute to reach
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By Glenn A. Deig, Certified Elder Law Attorney
by the National Elder Law Foundation
Funeral Planning in Indiana
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Surrounding Indiana Counties
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Paying for assistance at home?
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I have written several articles and blogs on this Statewide
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versus at an institution during the pandemic, these programs
have grown popular. Since I have written the last time
on this program, it has been expanded to allow a healthy
spouse to care and get compensated tax-free for approved
care for another including their spouse. It can be a relative
but also can be someone who is not related, such as an able
and willing friend or companion.
Structured Family Caregiving (SFC), also known as
Caregiver Homes of Indiana, is a fairly new model of
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,
rather than become institutionalized into a nursing home.
It is not a standalone program. Rather, it is a benefit associated
with Indiana's Aged and Disability Medicaid Waiver.
Caregivers and care recipients may be eligible for this
program if they meet the following criteria:
The primary caregiver, including the spouse (added
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Cannot administer injections (including insulin, considered
The care recipient:
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must be eligible for Medicaid
• Must require help with one or more Activities of Daily
Living, such as:
• Transferring (helping get in/out of bed)
Family caregivers work with healthcare workers to
care for a loved one. Family caregivers provide the daily
services needed to keep our growing senior population safe,
comfortable, and healthy and they provide those services in
the setting most preferred by all of us – home. While some
seniors have debilitating needs, which require institutional
care, most aging Hoosiers simply need help with everyday
activities such as transportation, grocery shopping, or personal
hygiene. As such, family caregivers are a less expensive
and more effective solution.
For the legal and asset planning for this program and
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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
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
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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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
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.
Then came Mother Maybelle
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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
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
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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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