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Entertaining Evansville,

Part 8: The Hoosier Sentimentalist

By Peggy K. Newton

“Oh the moonlight’s fair tonight

along the Wabash….”

In the age before radio, when

recorded music was limited to cylinders,

the success of a song depended

on the sales of sheet music. Paul

Dresser found that he could write

successful songs and make as much

money, maybe more, by staying in

one place and concentrating on

songwriting rather than performing.

In a 20-year span he wrote and

published 150 songs, and over his

lifetime he earned about $375,000

(equivalent to $9,670,500 in 2009).

Of that, $100,000 came from sheet

music sales of “On the Banks of the

Wabash, Far Away” alone. The song,

published in 1897, was an immediate

solid hit in the music halls

and vaudeville circuits and soon in

parlors of homes across the country

where the piano was a family’s main

source of entertainment.

It would become the first state

song for Indiana in 1913 (later joined

INSIDE

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

Social Security Update. ................................6

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

History Contest. ....................................12

Energy News. .......................................13

by the more “modern” “Back Home

in Indiana,” which is sung or played

each year during opening ceremonies

of the Indy 500). In the first verse

Dresser recalls memories of seeing

his mother standing in the doorway

of the old homestead. In the second

less familiar verse, he refers to an

old love, Mary, who died long ago.

On the original sheet music Dresser

dedicated the song to Mary E. South

of Terre Haute, but she was not the

Mary referred to in the song. Dresser

told an acquaintance that he had

used the name “Mary” for “rhythmic

purposes,” according to South Bend

writer Clayton Henderson, author

of On the Banks of the Wabash: The

Life and Music of Paul Dresser. At

the time it was common practice for

songwriters to dedicate their songs to

people they knew. Dresser couldn’t

think of anyone he knew named

Mary and asked his friend if he knew

anyone named Mary. His friend said

he knew a 14-year-old girl, daughter

of a Terre Haute Big Four Railroad

general agent, who was “as pretty as a

dream and sings delightfully.”

In time, Paul Dresser would

meet her after they exchanged a

series of letters, but he went ahead

and dedicated the song to her, sight

unseen. Was there, in fact, a “Mary”

Louise Dresser at the beginning of

her career (Billy Rose Collection,

New York Public Library)

in his past? Dorothy Clark, a Vigo

County historian recounted a legend

that Dresser courted Mary O’Brien

of Terre Haute early in his career.

Her father did not like the idea of

her going out with a man associated

with show business and wouldn’t

allow her to go out with him. Not

long after Dresser went back on

the road with his touring company,

Mary died. It makes a good story but

has not been verified.

When it came to women,

Dresser was consistently mysterious,

as the protagonist of another of his

hit songs shows.

Just for Laughs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Picturing Our Past ...................................15

Cooking Corner. ....................................16

Brain Games. ...................................18 &19

Yesterdays Remembered ..............................20


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“They called her frivolous Sal,

A peculiar sort of a gal….”

For more than a century frivolous

Sal, like Mary, was a mystery. The

song “My Gal Sal” may be forgotten

today but for at least a half-century

it was a pop standard. Jackie Gleason

sang it at the beginning of the Joe the

Bartender segment on his old variety

show. Singers as disparate as Jelly

Roll Morton, the Everly Brothers,

and Bobby Darin have recorded it. (I

can hear Millenials asking, “Who are

they?”) Rita Hayworth played the

title role in the 1940s’ 20th Century

Fox film, My Gal Sal, to Victor

Mature’s Paul Dresser. But the real

gal Sal remained elusive.

Paul’s brother, Theodore Dreiser,

wrote that Sal was Annie Brace, who

used the name Sallie Walker professionally.

Professionally she was

a madam who lived in one of the

fancier “houses” in Evansville. Sallie

Walker’s considerable generosity

matched her beauty. When Paul first

brought his family to Evansville, she

helped provide food and clothing,

and it’s been said that for a while

Paul and Sallie had an intense relationship.

But no one could locate either

Annie Brace or Sallie Walker in the

Evansville newspapers or the city

directories. John Jeremiah Sullivan, a

writer for New York Times Magazine,

told Domenica Bongiovanni, of the

Indy Star website, that he found her

after hours of searching old newspapers

on microfilm. Her professional

name was Sallie Davis and

her real name was probably Annie

Swonner. Her relationship with Paul

Dresser ended due to his seeing other

women, including other prostitutes.

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As for the many songs he wrote,

it is just as well that most of them

remain forgotten, not so much due

to their sentimentality as to their

overt racism. A certain genre of song

was popular in the latter 1800s and

into the early 20th century; there’s

no merit in mentioning the name of

that genre, but Dresser contributed

his fair share of songs.

Soon after the success of “On the

Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,”

Dresser became an active partner in

the Howley, Haviland and Company

music publishers; heretofore he had

been a silent partner. The company

was renamed Howley, Haviland

and Dresser with the idea that his

name would invite other successful

songwriters to sign with them. This

prompted a move to New York.

But one day he was in Chicago

on business when a very young and

beautiful blonde-haired woman

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asked to see him. She was from Ohio,

she said, but was born and spent

her early childhood in Evansville.

Her father was an engineer for the

Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad.

Perhaps Paul remembered him. His

name was Kerlin.

Remembered him? He certainly

did! Paul said he was a young kid

selling newspapers on the train to

help make ends meet for his family.

People used to make fun of him

because of his size, but his father was

always kind to him.

The girl, whose name was Lulu,

told Paul that after the family left

Evansville her father was killed in

a train wreck in Ohio. Greatly saddened,

Paul told her he was sorry

to hear that. Was there anything he

could do for her?

Lulu said, as a matter of fact, that

she wanted some advice. She said

she was told that she had a lovely

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girl he never met until after the fact.

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few minutes and then made a phone

call. He scheduled Lulu for a show

he was involved with in Chicago but

used her given first name — Louise

— and told her to use Dresser as her

last name. He would tell people she

was his sister. And that’s how Louise

Dresser, who became a beloved star

of the musical stage and, later, an

excellent character actress in silent

and talking movies, got her start. In

1927 Louise was one of the three

actresses nominated for Best Actress

in the first Academy Awards.

Paul Dresser’s lifestyle and circumstances

finally caught up with

him as the 20th century entered its

fifth year. With the new century

came a new type of American music

with uptempo, syncopated rhythm.

Suddenly ragtime, or jazz, was all the

rage. Suddenly Paul Dresser’s sentimental

music was old-fashioned.

Paul left Howley, Haviland and

Dresser. His music no longer sold

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and he could not entice the ragtime

artists to sign up with him. Years of

high living took a toll on his health

and finances. He ended up losing

everything he had and moving in

with his sister and brother-in-law.

On January 30, 1906, he suffered

a fatal brain hemorrhage. He was

three months shy of his 48th birthday.

He was buried in an unmarked

grave in Chicago, and there matters

stood until the mid-1920s when

someone proposed a memorial to

the writer of the state song. The

idea took on roots but was forgotten

when the Great Depression hit and

once more Paul Dresser went back

into obscurity.

It took someone like Monte

Katterjohn to bring him back, but

not before Katterjohn had his own

encounter with Louise Dresser and

his own taste of fame, fortune and

ultimately heartbreak. MJ

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HOMETOWN HISTORY

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September 1976: An anti-busing crowd of 1,200

people in Louisville was tear gassed by police. Smoking

was banned on Evansville city buses. Kent Chevrolet began

rebuilding its burned dealership at Second and Vine

Streets. Patty Hurst, a former kidnap victim, was given a

seven-year prison sentence for armed bank robbery. (She

said she was forced into the robbery.)

October 1976: Barbara Walters was the first woman

TV anchor on the ABC Evening News. Evansville teenagers

were given a community center at St. Joseph Avenue

and Franklin Street; this was a converted IGA market.

The Ray Becker Parkway that would extend St. Joseph

Avenue to the southeast was approved for construction.

The $1.2 million high-tech Evansville airport control

tower off Highway 57 was fully operational and dedicated;

it had been in use since December 1975. Elvis Presley

sang in Roberts Stadium for 13,500 thrilled fans. The

Four-Freedoms Monument was completed on the Evansville

riverfront. Walgreen Drugs bought the former ABC

Discount Center on Washington Avenue.

November 1976: Orr Steel Company closed all operations;

it was Evansville’s oldest business; the Samuel

Orr Company opened on Main Street in 1835. The University

of Evansville received a grant for its Science and

Engineering building. Bob Hope presented an Evansville

Evansville's Four Freedoms Monument was completed

on the riverfront in October 1976. (Willard Library

photo)

show for 1,600 guests in the Executive Inn hotel.

December 1976: Gary Gilmore was executed by firing

squad in Draper, Utah for the murder of a Provo hotel

clerk. Swine flu shots were halted immediately across

America from fear of causing temporary paralysis. Ohio

River traffic was halted for a week or more due to an

11-barge tow crashing into the Dam 51 gates near Golconda,

Illinois. The Vanderburgh County building boom

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from an open safe in the Vanderburgh Clerk's office on

December 13, 1976. University of Evansville basketball

coach Arad McCutchan announced his retirement at the

end of the season. The Ohio River was covered by ice and

river traffic was blocked. Evansville had 10 inches of snow

with a -16 degree temperature.

Mead Johnson would build a $20 million expansion in

Mount Vernon. It was 21 degrees below zero on January

17, 1977 and was the second lowest temperature ever recorded

in Evansville. The Ohio River ice was eight inches

thick. The area fuel supply was low because of the ice

blockage of river barges. More than $125,000 was found

missing from Evansville parking meter funds over a fouryear

period, and former parking meter supervisor Harry

Hall and his wife were indicted.

10,000 Vietnam draft evaders were pardoned. The

TV series Roots began on ABC. The conversion to the

metric system was well underway. Evansville’s water system

was shut down to avoid flood crest damage. A minus

12 temperature increased the local heating gas problem.

Evansville had its coldest month in history with an average

temperature of 14.8 degrees.

February 1977: SIGECO asked homes to lower home

temperature at least two degrees, and local stores cut their

open hours to help. The Wadesville Athletic Club was

raided and 90 to 100 people were arrested for drug and

alcohol violations. A major fire in the Princeton oil refinery

developed when a 420,000-gallon oil storage tank

erupted; it was visible 30 miles away during the afternoon

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The Beverly Hills nightclub fire killed 165 people and

changed fire regulations around the world. (Public

domain photo)

and the blaze was controlled after an eight-hour fight by

firemen. Former University of Evansville basketball star

Jerry Sloan accepted the position of basketball coach;

after one week Sloan quit the job because it was much

more demanding than he was prepared to take. Whirlpool

returned its air-conditioner production equipment

to Evansville from the Marion, Ohio plant.

March 1977: Eastland Mall was announced for Evansville,

and it was to be completed by 1981. Northbrook

Plaza at First Avenue and Buena Vista Road was announced

for Evansville and would open in late 1977.

Highway signs were posted along highways promoting

the conversion to the metric system over a 10-year transition

period.

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together on a fog-covered runway in Las Palmas in the

Canary Islands. There was a 60-foot visibility and the

airplanes carried a total of 643 crew and passengers. (A

bomb explosion at Las Palmas airport caused the rerouting

of the airliners.)

April 1977: Mount Vernon twice halted water intake

until a “hexa” pesticide spill passed the city water intake.

In a class action lawsuit, Evansville sued the EPA over

February water pollution. The Apple II computer was

introduced at a cost of $1,298. The estimated Evansville

census dropped by 5,000 over the past five years.

The old L&N railroad depot on Fulton Avenue became

the Evansville city garage site. A ship carrying 200 tons

of uranium ore disappeared between Germany and Italy

and the ship was never found; it may have been moved to

Israel to power a small reactor and other things.

May 1977: Evansville’s walkway from Riverside Drive

to First Street was approved. Richard Nixon apologized

for bad judgment during his presidency. The Indiana Supreme

Court halted the death penalty in the state; it cited

unclear federal guidelines. Indiana chose the east “county

line route” for the I-164 corridor; this was option B. 165

people were killed by fire in the Beverly Hills nightclub at

Southgate, Kentucky. (This devastating fire changed fire

regulations across the nation and around the world.)

June 1977: The Evansville to Mount Vernon four-lane

highway project was completed. 22 show horses were lost

in a barn fire at Jasper. Global warming was first mentioned

to be caused by carbon monoxide. Five men held

up the National City Bank on Vann Avenue and took

$12,600; on the next day five men held up Sandleben

Pharmacy on Harriett Street for $1,000.

Lawndale Shopping Center was sold and an expansion

was announced by the new owner. $180,000 was the high

bid for the Pleasant View Rest Home (the former Vanderburgh

County Poor Farm dormitory); $1.2 million

was expected. Oil began flowing through the Alaskan

pipeline on June 20. 42 people died in a smokey jail fire

in Columbia, Tennessee; the fire was set by a juvenile in

a padded cell.

July 1977: Indiana motorcyclists could now ride without

wearing a helmet; the law requiring a helmet had

been passed in 1967. The former Clearview Hospital near

Buena Vista and Kratzville Road was made a half-way

house for paroled convicts for up to 28 men. Evansville

was given a state grant of $300,000 to restore its old Post

Office building.

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New York City had a total blackout caused by electrical

storms; power began to return after four hours. Alaskan

pipeline oil reached the Valdez Alaska port on July 30,

an 800-mile trip that took 41 days. A male ex-mental patient

was shot and killed at 29 West Franklin Street; he

held police at bay for 90 minutes with rifle sniper fire and

Evansville police entered his apartment when he refused

to surrender.

August 1977: In NYC the street killer “son of Sam”

killed his 12th and 13th victims. A long-awaited Roberts

Stadium audit revealed no fiscal irregularities (an earlier

rodeo promoter-renter claimed fraud). 38 city, county

and state police arrested about 100 youths at Kramer

Lake for drug and alcohol use; the raid took place after 10

PM on Sunday night.

NYC street killer “son of Sam” was arrested; his name

was Berkowitz. Elvis Presley died of heart failure in

Memphis at age 42. The five-county Evansville area had

129,200 workers. The 10-year-old Vanderburgh County

Auditorium was showing “age spots.” MJ

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Surviving spouses (and their families) routinely come

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have been receiving phone calls or written demands to pay

by credit card companies. The surviving spouses many times

pay before they consult with me. If they have not, I guide

them through the credit card companies’ rights to pursue

against a surviving spouse.

It is important to know if the deceased was the primary

and sole person on the credit card account. The deceased

spouse may have had their spouse on the credit card as merely

an “authorized” user only. If the surviving spouse is only

an authorized user; and did not sign the agreement with

the credit card issuer and agree to be responsible, then the

surviving spouse is not responsible for charges before death.

The surviving spouse should not charge, nor anyone in

the family, on the credit card of the deceased after death,

or they could be responsible for these charges. Each credit

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writing, of the death of the spouse, and the card shredded

and removed from any automatic and electronic payments.

The surviving spouse should also notify the three credit

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their deceased spouse to which they are legally entitled to

obtain to make sure all creditors are notified and identified.

Annualcreditreport.com is a FREE service; or notifications

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identify theft or family use of the credit card, after the

spouse’s death.

Indiana law (every State differs) provides that unsecured

creditors, such as a credit card companies, only have

nine (9) months from the date of the death of the spouse

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an estate is formally opened before this time, notice in the

paper and sending written notice by the personal representative

to known creditors will start the three (3) month time

for a credit card company to file a claim in the estate; but

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The

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Do you remember back, about a

year ago, when traditional holidays

meant a dinner at the house with at

least parents, children and grandkids

creating family memories? Maybe

there were aunts, uncles and cousins

visiting while some kind of game was

involved in the fun. Hopefully soon,

our families can return to those traditions.

Even though they exhaust

me, I miss the little people. They

are germ-carrying, busy little bodies

that are just full of questions. The

hubby and I delight in watching our

children go through the trials of parenting.

Payback!

This is just how I felt after one

traditional holiday dinner: “They

came and they conquered.” We

endured the in-and-out of shrieking

children through the front door and

that pitter-patter up and down the

stairs for hours. Please just let me

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Once upon a time, I had a plan

for this holiday dinner but it unraveled

somewhere along the way. There

were interruptions that put me

behind and a few ingredients that I

forgot on the grocery list. It was time

to adapt — and quickly.

The plan was pretty simple considering

some of my grand ideas —

meat, a few sides, like hash brown

casserole, baked beans, assorted finger

foods, especially for the little

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salad, deviled eggs and customary

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Jigglers. I had no time for a grocery

store run, nor did I have refrigerator

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for grilling and rolled it up with stuffing tucked inside.

Now of course, to make it even better, I wrapped each

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Yesterdays Remembered

Recently on the TV, I heard

several stories about the teens of

this era being very bored and upset

at not being able to attend school

because of the pandemic. I certainly

understand the need to keep the kids

from getting into a crowded classroom

to learn. But I wondered how

the kids would have survived if they

had attended schools in my day, and

many of the audience reading this

story are from my generation.

As a kid who grew up in the

country, I recall that there was a

certain stigma attached to those of

us who rode a school bus. Now, that

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school when the buses arrived and

began to unload. When we would

exit the bus, we felt that we were

scrutinized by the ‘city-kids’ as to

what we were wearing. Now, at this

time I know that my readers are saying

that it wasn’t true! However, as a

country kid, I remember being called

a “country hick”.

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realized that the children raised in

the country had spent most of their

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We had not been exposed to the life

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Their lives were different!

Because I was convinced that

the ‘country kid’ was a stigma that I

would have to endure, I walked the

mile down the country road each

morning and caught the ES&N bus

and rode to the station that was

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to school and arrive prior to the bus that I would have

naturally been riding on, therefore avoiding the stigma

of riding a school bus to school.

My mother was taking care of her invalid mother

at that time (no nursing homes then!) so I was on my

own after school. While my friends were having a soda

at Eddie’s, I was building a fire in the coal stove and preparing

an evening meal for my parents. My parents did

not have the funds to provide me with the latest clothes

or shoes. So, fortunately for me, I had learned to sew very

early in life and I was able to make the clothes I wore. I

had the ability to watch what the other kids wore and

replicate them for myself from fabric that mother would

bring home from my grandma’s house.

School was certainly different in those days, too. My

home room teacher was a tiny little old lady who wore

dresses that looked like a nightgown. She was what was

labeled as a ‘spinster’ and she had a spinster sister and a

bachelor brother at home. She was not very strict, and

the older boys in our home room really got out of hand

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again. She tried to discipline him but he only laughed,

as did the rest of us in the room. She also taught Latin,

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Today, I can only remember the phrase “Ego, Amo, Te”.

One of my teachers was a man named Loge, for

which the elementary school is now named. He was to

be teaching us history. However, if there was a game

that weekend, whether it was basketball, football, or

baseball, that was the subject for the day. Of course, on

Monday we rehashed the games of the past weekend.

His disciplinary actions were stricter than many of the

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week, although we had not cracked the book. Any one

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was named Frank. He was a genius

at those problems. However, when

it came time for the State Math

Contest I outscored Frank on the

qualifying test and won the opportunity

to go to Indy. I came in 7th

in the state. Upon returning to class

on Monday, the teacher informed

me that I should have let Frank go

because he would have won!

One of the English teachers was

a real delight. She had brilliant red

hair and dressed like a beauty queen.

I had taken all the required classes in

English but she taught a class called

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also led a group from her class called

Dramatics. What a delight it was to

perform under her supervision for

the entire school in the auditorium

during “activities period”. I remember

the year that the Dramatics

Class memorized and presented the

Preamble to the Constitution for

the entire school assembly in unison.

And, of course, we had the

National Honor Society that awarded

their membership to persons who

were voted on by the other members

in your classes with the final

vote coming from the teachers. I

did not make it during my junior

year, but by my senior year perhaps

the teachers and students had a bit

of pity on me, because I did win the

honor that year. I was also voted into

the Thespian Society, which was an

award given to those who participated

in many artistic events.

One of the high points of that

time was when I could be in town

visiting one of my girlfriends and a

boy with a car would take us for a

ride around the court square, over

and over! If we could gather fifty

cents among us, it could be used for

several trips.

I did not have time to be bored

with school, nor did I ever lose interest

in the activities, even though I

was not able to have a rendezvous

after school at Eddies. I was envious

of those kids, but I knew that I had

a different life to live and that my

family depended on me. I know that

many of my friends who rode the

school bus also had similar obligations

at home. Maybe we missed out

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