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Volume 36 Issue 5 May 2021

Entertaining Evansville,

Part 9: Ambition and

Hard Work are Not

Enough in Hollywood

By Peggy K. Newton

INSIDE

MJ Treasure Hunt Contest…. ...........................5

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

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

A Gift to Yourself. .................................. 14

Medical Matters… ...................................16

Hometown History Contest. ......................... 18

His first trip to California in

1915 placed Monte Katterjohn in

the land of legends-to-be with names

that are familiar today. Monte cowrote

The Broken Law with Oscar C.

Apfel, for William Fox (whose Fox

Film Corp. merged with Twentieth

Century in the mid-1930s). For Fine

Arts Studio he shared scenario-writing

credit with D.W. Griffith, the

film director whose technical accomplishments

are undisputed although

his attitude regarding race is deplorable.

Released in January 1916, The

Wood Nymph is a lost film.

Monte’s next scenario was a solo

effort based on the Hatfield-McCoy

feud in Kentucky, The Apostle of

Vengeance. Star William S. Hart portrayed

David Hudson (“Hudson”

replaced “Hatfield”), a preacher who

returned home to Kentucky to try

to end the feud. Hart was quickly

becoming the greatest western star

of the silent era, although The Apostle

wasn’t a true western. The production

company, Kay-Bee Pictures,

was associated with the New York

Motion Picture Company, owned by

Thomas H. Ince.

Ince’s name may be less familiar

but no less important. Ince is credited

for perfecting assembly-line movie

production in which studios become

self-sufficient towns with offices,

stages, exterior sets of various places

and time periods, labs for processing

and editing films, dining areas, even

their own fire departments, security,

and doctors’ and dentists’ offices.

Essentially, he refined the studio system.

His first studio, Inceville, faced

the Pacific Ocean, and he briefly

lived in a home overlooking the area.

But he was already running out of

space and took up an offer to build

a studio to his specifications in nearby

Culver City. The office building

remains today and most film buffs

and anyone who has seen Gone with

the Wind will recognize it as the

colonial-style building shown at the

beginning of every David O Selznick

production and is often mistaken for

Tara in GWTW.

Monte contracted to work

for Ince for two years, writing scenarios

for William S. Hart, popular

actresses Dorothy Dalton and

Louise Glaum, among others. By

Monte Katterjohn frequently promoted

himself in the motion picture

trade magazines, such as this photo

from September 1918.

1917 he was a senior writer and told

an Evansville Press reporter — possibly

Ed Klingler or Bish Thompson

— that he was living in Beverly Hills

at the time. In addition to writing

scenarios, he wrote propaganda for

the Bureau of Public Information.

He recalled the first time he met a

young, handsome aspiring actor who

later became the greatest screen lover

of the 1920s.

Katterjohn was driving along

a street in Los Angeles one night,

heading for his Beverly Hills home,

when he saw the man, wearing a

top hat and evening clothes, walking

The Hapless Underdog. .............................. 18

Just for Laughs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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

Save Our Trees. .................................... 22

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


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along the side of the road. Monte

stopped and asked if he could give

him a ride somewhere. The man said

he was going downtown. Getting in

the car, the man introduced himself

as Rudolph Valentino. He had

come to Hollywood to break into the

movies and wasn’t having any luck,

although he was invited to a lot of

parties. His money had run out and

he hadn’t eaten since breakfast.

Seeing an all-night diner, Monte

stopped and treated his new friend

to a late supper. Four years later

Valentino became that era’s greatest

screen lover in The Four Horsemen of

the Apocalypse, and later that year —

1921 — he starred in The Sheik, with

screenplay by Monte M. Katterjohn.

In the early 1920s he worked

for Louis B. Mayer for the first time.

Mayer was a producer for First

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his top actress at the time, Anita

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and wrote, “The best production so

far this year is The Goose Woman,

which I feel is in every way better

than [Lon] Chaney’s The Unholy

Three, and besides made me more

money. Also, I think Louise Dresser

has proven herself the best actress on

the screen today, and I don’t mean

perhaps. She has grabbed the whole

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Look out for her!”

Monte commented: “While I

don’t know just what he wants me

to look out for, I do know the man

speaking so well that I consider the

above the finest appreciation one

could want. Since the above agrees

with my own opinion, I send it along

with my sincere good wishes for your

continued success.” He ended the

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letter with a request for an autographed

picture of Louise “for my

den, perhaps in memory of Prodigal

Daughters.”

By now Monte was either residing

or had an office on Wilcox

Avenue in Hollywood. Whichever

the case may have been, he wasn’t

alone. On September 11, 1925 he

had married Phyllis Knell. Their son

Kent Girard was born March 20,

1927. Three years later they were

separated; the divorce was granted to

Phyllis on Dec. 7, 1930, after she told

the judge that Monte was “extremely

temperamental” and she had to

submerge her own personality and

allow him to dominate her. She got

custody of Kent and $75 a month

child support from Monte. Phyllis

and Kent moved in with her father

in Los Angeles; Monte went to New

York for a brief visit, staying at the

Shelton Towers Hotel in mid-Manhattan.

His occupation was listed on

the 1930 census as motion picture

writer, but his output of scenarios

had decreased drastically at that

point. He was in a downward spiral

and his mental health was in decline.

Back in California he moved to

1557 N. Vine Street. The country

was in the Depression and even the

elite MGM studio, now run by Louis

B. Mayer, was affected. On June

21, 1932, Film Daily reported that

Monte left for Chicago to attend the

Democratic national convention and

planned a stop in Indianapolis to discuss

a book publishing venture with

prospective backers.

Mayer, a staunch Republican,

could not have been happy about

the convention. (It’s not clear at this

point whether Monte Katterjohn

was even an employee of MGM.) If

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his anger riled up enough, he could

destroy careers. There’s evidence that

he had done so with others. He could

very well have destroyed Monte’s.

The Los Angeles Times, on August

11, 1932, reported that Monte

Katterjohn, “the once well-known

scenario writer” had been placed

in the psychiatric ward at General

Hospital for observation pending

a sanity hearing. Monte reportedly

had “delusions of persecution,” that

a large studio was directing radio

waves at him to prevent him from

gaining employment. In addition, he

was suffering from ill health physically.

Investigators from the L.A.

District Attorney’s office took him

into custody. It’s not far-fetched to

think that Mayer may have called the

DA. He had the power to do so.

On August 16 Monte was

arraigned before Judge Gould.

Gould gave him parole providing

that Monte enter a private sanatorium

for treatment. An unidentified

friend confirmed that Monte would

enter St. Erne’s Sanatorium.

As evident by his career, freelance

or under contract, Monte seemed

unable to stay in one place for any

length of time. Did his unusual habit

of working all night contribute to his

restlessness, with perhaps too much

coffee and cigarettes? Was booze a

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factor? Was he simply hard to get

along with, having been single and

on his own for nearly 20 years? Was

it something out of his control, such

as the major changes in the movie

industry, more specifically, talking

pictures? Did all of the above, plus

Mayer’s vindictiveness, lead to

Monte’s downfall?

The changeover to sound meant

the end of movie scenarios, which

were basically descriptions of what

the actor did before the cameras.

In many cases dialogue was made

up and often the actors said things

that had nothing to do with the

film. Hearing-impaired people who

read lips could vouch that sometimes

what they lipread on the screen

was so profane or vulgar that they

dared not repeat it in mixed company;

some complained to the theater

managers.

So dialogue became an essential

part of what became the movie

screenplay. No more dashing out a

few pages of a movie plot. The words

had to be natural and believable.

Just as a number of silent film actors

could not adjust to the sound movies,

a few scenario writers shared the

same fate.

Scott Eyman, author of the 2005

biography Lion of Hollywood: The

Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer,

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December 1977: The Old National Bank on Green

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The U of E basketball team was lost in an air crash takeoff

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airport, leaving 29 people dead, the team, coaches,

air crew and news media. 4,000 people attended the U

of E team memorial service. Cable TV installation began

in Evansville. The Vanderburgh County Poor Farm

buildings were sold to an apartment developer. It was determined

that the engines did not cause the U of E Aces

team crash. New drinking water rules would cost Evansville

$8 to $10 million for modifications.

January 1978: Owensboro’s Towne Square Mall

opened. Seven policemen, four from Evansville, chased,

shot and killed Jack Hall after a wild chase thru Henderson.

Druggist H.A. Woods died in Evansville at age 91. A

“war on smoking” began with the Carter administration.

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snow in the Tri-State. It was the heaviest snow since

1918, the temperature was 18 degrees below zero in

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heart patient boy in Utica, Kentucky and delivered him

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to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Evansville’s Union

Stockyards had a major fire with the loss of 60 animals.

General Electric in Mount Vernon began construction

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states were recorded. The total snowfall was 26.2

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was destroyed by fire; an unknown woman was discovered

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(NTSB) opened a public hearing into the Aces basketball

team airplane crash. The hearings were held in the Executive

Inn; witnesses told of the strange takeoff, the brief

flight, and the crash. (The lack of a “black box” limited

the crash probe.) The winter of 1978 was the coldest winter

in local history.

March 1978: The “near-death” Arkla plant made a

significant recovery. 30 Arab terrorists invaded Tel Aviv

to kill 30 people and injure 80; all were tourists, and it

was the worst disaster in Israel’s history. 25 Vanderburgh

policemen were taking EMT training. Israeli soldiers invaded

Lebanon by air and by sea. Central High School

gave a ground school class for pilots at the Evansville airport.

Whirlpool hired 1,000 workers for a new production

line. Judith Clabes was the first female editor of the

Evansville Sunday Courier & Press. The Three-Mile Island

nuclear plant incident had a grave effect on the Babcock

& Wilcock plant in Mount Vernon.

April 1978: Cable TV for Evansville was about three

months away. Mesker Zoo was denied national accreditation.

A 60-foot hole that was 22 feet deep opened on

Southlane Drive from a storm sewer break. The crashed

Aces DC-3 airplane had an aileron control lock still in

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place on the right wing during its brief lethal flight; the

control lock should have been removed before the flight

began. North High School had a declining enrolment but

the school would remain open.

May 1978: President Carter pledged eternal support to

Israel by the United States. In NYC David Berkowitz pled

guilty for the “Son of Sam” murders. A safer Highway 41

thru Evansville was urged. U of E conferred degrees on

the three seniors who were killed in the Ace’s airplane

crash. The Old National Lincoln branch drive-thru

window was held-up for $8,432. (The drive-thru robbery

claim was a hoax, as the teller, Marcie Houchens, did not

return to work; a warrant was issued for her arrest one

week after the crime.) Three men died and four were sick

from Legionnaires Disease after an Indiana University

Memorial Union building meeting. Evansville was told

that it must pay for the elevated Highway 41 thru the city

if it wants it.

June 1978: Evansville studied the consolidation of the

four public city high schools. An evicted widow, Alline

Carnes, age 59, died on her sofa that had been placed

next to the street in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The $116

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These are the 2 nuclear reactors shipped by Babcox &

Wilcox from Mount Vernon to a northwest state. (from

the Morgan photo collection)

Darter perch fish were discovered in the river. A major

fire in Henderson at O’Byrne and Atkinson Streets called

for 10 fire companies to respond.

July 1978: Three men escaped from the Kentucky

State Prison at Eddyville. (The Harold Morgan family

lived within a “stones throw” of the prison, and the small

community was very tense. Their nighttime escape path

was thru the community, and the inmates were captured

in Tennessee after a 2-day search.) A Japanese auto maker

was searching Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois for a suitable

plant site. “Dial 911 for an emergency” began in Indianapolis;

Dial 911 also began for limited numbers in

Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties.

August 1978: The 92-year-old Couch Flour Mill

burned in New Harmony. Pope Paul VI died at age 80.

It was discovered that there was no safe level for smoking.

President Carter’s popularity was now below that of

Nixon. An airplane pilot named Weiss was killed and his

passenger was in serious condition after a crash near the

Skylane Airport. Eastern Airlines told Evansville that the

airport needed growth and improvements. An Ellis Park

barn fire killed 30 horses and a lead pony, and a drifter

employee was arrested and charged for the fire. (The River

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A while back my sister-in-law cleaned out her freezer

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Recipe of the Month

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1 lb. roll sausage

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6 eggs

2 cups milk

1/2 tsp. salt

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Generally, Medicaid recipients who receive at-home,

assisted living, or nursing home coverage have income

limits, asset limits, and are restricted on the amount they

can gift and transfer. Benefits and coverage can be lost,

delayed, or discontinued, under some circumstances.

There are exceptions such as allowable transfers and gifts

between spouses, or to their disabled child.

Most Americans, including those on Medicaid for

at-home services, nursing homes, or assisted living have

received several rounds of stimulus checks per adult.

$1,200, then $600, and last checks were authorized in

February 2021 for $1,400. My office receives numerous

inquiries how these checks/deposits should be handled

by our current and past Medicaid planning clients to

preserve their Medicaid coverage and benefits.

A person on Medicaid must keep their “countable”

assets below $2,000 at the beginning of each month.

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to the nursing home.

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Another gifting rule which is completely unrelated

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total gross amount of $1,200 away to immediate family

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amounts above this $1,200, other than the allowable gifting

of the stimulus money, would be subject to a transfer

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A Gift To Yourself

by Suzy Eaton

(MJ – May 1996)

Do you ever step back from your

life and scream to yourself, STOP!?

You know, when things have picked

up pace and there doesn’t seem to

be any time to just sit back and relax

and catch your breath? All our lives

seem to have gotten so hectic — an

appointment here, a meeting there,

a kid’s practice at this time, another’s

game at that time… Sometimes

I wonder what we would do without

a calendar — if something isn’t

“penciled in”, God only knows if it

will be attended or remembered. I’m

convinced that we’ve done this to

ourselves. But there doesn’t seem to

be any way to stop it.

When the kids were younger,

life was simpler. Sure, it was a “job”

just getting them all packed up to

head anywhere, but, in retrospect,

that was easy. WE decided what

plans were made. Boy, have things

changed.

Parents nowadays seem to be like

tag-team partners. It almost takes

two to be able to accomplish what

needs to be done, with everyone

going in different directions.

Every now and then we need to

put the brakes on. We need to slow

the pace down, to catch our breath,

to take the time to put our feet up

and relax. The sad fact is, for me anyway,

that’s the only time I take a look

at my life and count my blessings.

I am lucky enough to have a husband

who loves me, three beautiful,

healthy children who know how to

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lucky am I?

With my feet up, I pull back and

just reflect on my life. We all need

to do this. I think of it as a gift I give

to myself. It is selfishly “my time,”

when I catch my breath and marvel

at all the blessings I have in my life.

It is when I realize that people come

through our lives to bring us something

— a gift, a blessing, a lesson we

need to learn. We are given something

every day from everyone in our

lives. It is up to us to treasure these

‘somethings’. These are the precious

memories we are given that need to

be pulled out from time to time to

examine and appreciate.

So, this Mother’s Day, or any

day, give a gift to yourself. Put your

feet up, take a deep breath and pull

out those memories. Count your

blessings and realize just how lucky

you are.

(Special Note to Mom on

Mother’s Day:

I thank you for always being

there for me, for loving me, for supporting

me in everything I do, for

being my friend. You are truly one

of my most special blessings. Happy

Mother’s Day! I love you.) MJ

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Medical Matters

My Sore, How Dangerous Is It?

by Dr. Darin Serletic, Indiana Foot & Ankle

Sores on the feet and legs are

very common and may be caused by

injury, circulation issues, pressure,

friction, cancers, and complications

of diabetes. Most heal in 3-4 weeks

by keeping it clean and covered, but

what if they don’t?

Sores that don’t heal on their

own in 3-4 weeks are called chronic

ulcerations. These sores cannot be

ignored because they carry a high risk

of infection and amputation. In the

United States there are 300 to 500

amputations performed every day,

and 85% of those amputations are

proceeded by a foot sore. You must

not ignore foot and leg sores that

don’t heal in 3-4 weeks.

Now here is some good news.

There are doctors and clinics that

specialize in healing these sores,

and the success rates are lifesaving!

Much has been discovered in the

past decades about why sores do not

heal, and there are now advanced

treatments aimed at healing these

sores. Wound care specialists continually

study the medical literature

and attend meetings where evidence

based techniques are taught.

A doctor who is a wound care

specialist will assess your blood flow,

sensation, mechanics of walking and

general health status in addition to

treating your sore. Once your body

is optimized to heal, then specialized

dressings and Medicare-accepted

wound treatments will be used to

close the sore as rapidly as possible.

Initially, the sore has to get

cleaned up and cleared of infection.

Measurements are taken and the

rate of healing is calculated to see if

growth factors and skin substitutes

are needed. If skin substitutes are

indicated, you need not worry about

surgery and hospitalization to have

that done. It is placed like a dressing

in the office and you leave it alone

until the next visit with the doctor.

These therapies are proven to

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money by healing the wound faster

while preventing the complications

of these sores like infection, amputation

and hospitalization.

Ignoring the sore is not an option.

It will not just go away on its own if

it has not healed already.

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3-4 weeks, seek help from a wound

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not necessary. These sores cannot be

ignored or the risk to life and limb is

increased every day care is delayed.

The knowledge and technology is

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Born in 1865, this woman was the

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The Happless

Underdog

Coordination

by Carolyn Barrett

Coordination has

never been one of my

strengths. In fact, it has

been rumored my picture

can be found in the dictionary

beside the word

‘klutz.’

Many years ago, when

four months pregnant with

my first child, I tripped going

out the back door and

fell down two steps. While

sitting in the driveway crying

that I had just broken

my foot, my then-husband

calmly assured me it was

just a sprain and he had me

soak it in hot Epson Salts.

Like a dutiful young wife, I

did as I was told. The next

morning I discovered my

foot and ankle resembled

that of a purple elephant.

The only shoe I could

get on was my husband’s

stretchy house slipper. The

pain was awful, but like a

trooper, I got a cane, went

to work daily and dutifully

soaked my foot nightly in

the Epsom Salts.

After three days of

agony, I saw my doctor,

who informed me soaking

in hot Epsom Salts was a

very bad idea and sent me

for an x-ray. I was placed

on a table with both feet

pointed upward and was

turned this way and that

for pictures. No break was

found and the doctor now

confirmed my husband’s

earlier diagnosis of a bad

sprain.

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usual attire of cane and husband’s

house slipper before seeing the doctor

again. And what do you suppose,

Dear Reader, was then discovered?

Go ahead and guess. Well, it was

found that the wrong foot had been

x-rayed because the doctor mistakenly

wrote down the wrong foot. I’m assuming,

or hoping, the tech saw the

purple elephant foot and assumed

they knew which foot was broken

and were checking the other one that

outwardly appeared to be fine.

A plaster cast was finally applied,

and many years later, I’m still trying

to determine whom I should have

sued 50 years ago – my doctor or my

husband! I think I was at least entitled

to the ‘Wife of The Year’ award,

but I didn’t get the settlement or the

award. MJ

J u s t f or L a u g h s

The boxer struggled to his corner

and asked his cornerman, “What

round is this?”

“As soon as the bell rings, it’ll be

the end of the first.”

You have to be shaky if you’re on trial.

Your fate is in the hands of 12 people

who weren’t smart enough to get out

of jury duty.

7-year-old: “In school today we

learned how to make babies.”

Flabbergasted mother: “How do you

make babies?”

7-year-old: You drop the ‘y’ and add

‘ies’.”

Phyllis Diller had so many

facelifts that when she raised her eyebrows

she pulled up her stockings.

A newscaster from a local radio

station asked 2 farmers what they

would do if they won 10 million dollars.

One farmer answered, “I’d dump

the farm and fish for the rest of my

life.”

The second pondered for awhile

then replied, “I figure I’d just keep

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A new bank employee was

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SEARCH PARTY

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Adopt-an-Ash Program Is Working to Educate

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native, highly

invasive pest that is killing Ash trees across America,

and it is now in the Evansville area and spreading. Ash

borers kill the trees by digging into them and depositing

their larvae underneath the bark. Typically, the ash borers

will have killed the affected tree within a few years.

Signs of infestation are small, D-shaped holes in the bark,

thinning of the tree's canopy, die-back of the tree from

the top down and increased woodpecker activity.

TruGreen has provided ash borer tree services to municipalities

and residents across affected states, as well as

Canada, and worked with the City of Evansville to design

a community-wide approach to protecting the roughly

300 ash trees on public property. Through the "Adoptan-Ash"

program, residents, businesses and organizations

can sponsor a tree and subsidize its treatment and protection.

Each tree will be identified with a customized tag

identifying the donation and adoption. "The emerald

ash borer beetle is a destructive force that has the potential

to destroy our city's beautiful ash trees if we don't take

proactive measures," said Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor City

of Evansville. "TruGreen has a proven track record of successfully

saving thousands of ash trees, and we are proud

to partner with the leader.” As part of the program, people

can adopt an ash tree which helps cover the cost of

treating it from attack by the Emerald Ash Borer. City

Arborist Shawn Dickerson says, “These trees will die if

Sign of the Times

they are not treated. That has been the case with all the

other cities that have dealt with this pest, that have been

through it so far. No ash tree is going to be safe.

To adopt one of the 300 affected Ash trees, a tax-deductible

contribution to "Adopt-an-Ash" should be sent

to the Evansville Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 3112,

Evansville, IN 47730. Please note that the funds are for

the treatment of city-owned ash trees. A map of available

trees and online acceptance of donations is at evansville.

adoptanash.org. MJ

Picturing Our Past

by Pat Sides,

Archivist at Willard Library

“Spirit of Evansville”

In 1973, Mayor Russell Lloyd, Sr. announced the city’s

intention to acquire an excursion boat to help spur

downtown development. The vision finally became a

reality eight years later when a 150-passenger sternwheeler

riverboat was built in La Crosse, Wisconsin for

that purpose. On June

23, 1981, the boat

began its 900-mile

journey to Evansville,

proceeding down the

Mississippi River to

Cairo, Illinois and

then up the Ohio River to Dress Plaza. Plans called

for the paddleboat to arrive in the city by July 4,

when it would be officially christened the “Spirit of

Evansville” and available for afternoon and moonlight

cruises during the summer months. MJ

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Laugh It Up: FUNNY, AMUSING, HUMOROUS,

COMICAL, HYSTERICAL

Watercraft: CANOE, SLOOP, PONTOON, BARGE,

GONDOLA

0Months: JANUARY, AUGUST, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, DECEMBER

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TV Westerns: GUNSMOKE, LARAMIE, CHEYENNE,

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Dancers: BARYSHNIKOV, NURYEV, OCONNOR,

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3. Over

4. Goose

5. Warp

6. Egg

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10. Belt

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