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HOMETOWN HISTORY

Tri-State History September 1978 to September 1979

By Harold Morgan

September 1978: General Electric expanded its

Mount Vernon plant again because its Lexan and Valox

were both “explosive” new products. Sunbeam Plastics

was sold to a British firm for $5.75 million. An elevated

Division Street (now the Lloyd Expressway) from Third

Avenue to Division Street was favored by the city. The

Highway 41 truck safety check station near Ellis Park

was opened.

October 1978: The Equal Rights Amendment deadline

for ratification was extended. Ten St. Mary’s Hospital

nurses completed Emergency Medical Training (EMT).

Four people were killed when two small airplanes hit

head-on on the runway of the Tell City airport. Seven

rapes were committed in the Hanie’s Corner area by a

single man; a man was arrested and charged for the rapes.

November 1978: Artist Norman Rockwell died in

Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Arson fires #11 and #12

hit the Ninth Street renewal area in Evansville. Asbestos

lung disease was being uncovered in great numbers

within American industries. The all-new University of

Evansville basketball team opened with a 63-58 win

over the Poland team in Roberts Stadium before a large

crowd. 409 deaths were reported at the “Jonestown

Camp” in Guyana, and a total of 912 people were found

dead by suicide. Work began on the Parkway Plaza Mall

in Madisonville. Jonestown Guyana cult leader James

Jones’s body was burned and spread over the Atlantic

Ocean. The U of E basketball team lost its second game

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

Embers over Greenwood. ..............................8

Picturing Our Past ...................................10

Misadventures of Bob Hollis ...........................12

Just for Laughs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Roberts Stadium basketball game. (Evansville Courier

photo)

to DePaul 74-55 before a crowd of 9,532 fans at Roberts

Stadium.

December 1978: Gasohol (gas and alcohol auto

fuel) could now be bought in Evansville at the Farm

Bureau Co-Op. A man washed two gallons of gasoline

into an Evansville sewer line at 1310 Stringtown Road;

it exploded and blew manhole covers off for two blocks.

Southwestern Indiana state police had a trooper shortage

of 13-each in the Evansville, Jasper and Terre Haute districts.

The Evansville Courier interviewed 102-year-old

Thomas Gentry, the grandson of Allen Gentry, who was

a close friend of Abraham Lincoln.

January 1979: The American Embassy in Iran urged

U.S. citizens to leave Iran. Researchers provided over-

Hometown History Contest. ..........................13

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

Brain Games. ................................... 16&17

Medical Matters .....................................18

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


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whelming evidence that cigarette

smoking may cause lung cancer in

humans. The deposed Shah of Iran

came to the U.S. for exile. The PPG

company began construction of its

$25 million plant on Highway 41

North. Bodies of 10- and 11-yearold

girls were recovered from flood

waters near Lodge Avenue, where

they fell through the ice covering.

February 1979: The American

economy declined with the fuel recession;

grocery prices were up 2.7% in

January. The EPA cited Alcoa and

SIGECO for smokestack emissions.

The Evansville 911 system was better,

but AT&T admitted that it still had

problems. The winter of 1979 became

the second coldest to 1978, which

was the coldest month in Evansville

history. 1899 dropped to the third

coldest year. Ayatollah Khomeini

took control in Iran. Cable TV began

in Evansville; hook-up was $20 plus

$7.50 each month. Evansville’s Ohio

Street bridge would remain in place

as an 88-year-old landmark. The Tri-

State had a 75% solar eclipse.

March 1979: Fuel shortages were

halting airline flights, and some Delta

flights into Evansville were cancelled.

Evansville purchased a $600,000

traffic light control system. An

Evansville electrician named Schenk

fell 52 feet to his death while working

on a sign at Third and Locust

Streets. The Audubon Raceway lost

two horse barns and 20 racehorses

to fire. ISU-Evansville was linked to

the Indiana State University system

computers. The Three Mile Island

nuclear power plant at Harrisburg,

Pennsylvania released radioactive

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Susquehanna River; there was concern

of a total reactor “melt-down”

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(this became a world changing event). Mount Vernon’s

Babcock & Wilcox plant (B&W) had provided vessels

for the 3-Mile Island plant. B&W laid off 600 employees

and mothballed its $50 million plant; B&W reported a

lack of business was the cause for closing.

April 1979: WNIN radio began broadcasting.

Truckers began a nationwide strike that would last 10

days. Construction of the Riverview Commerce Center

on Main Street in Evansville was announced; Citizens

Bank was the primary partner. A rabies outbreak among

wild animals in southern Indiana counties caused concerns.

B&W said it was blameless over the 3-Mile Island

plant near-disaster and charged that the plant operators

must receive much more training. The closing of

all B&W reactors was proposed and seven plants were

closed for safety improvements.

May 1979: The Evansville airport radar system was

upgraded. The Newburgh water system had been operating

for eight months without fluoride. (Newburgh had

begun fluoride treatment in 1976.) A citizen’s committee

recommended a new airport terminal for Evansville.

Most Evansville gasoline service stations would close

for a “gasless weekend” on May 17-20. Concerns grew

across the nation over the shortage of gasoline. America's

DC-10 passenger airplane with 3 engines on takeoff.

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nuclear reactor unrest was eased by reports of improved

training for the accidental loss of reactor cooling water.

275 people died from a failed DC-10 takeoff crash at

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport; one of its three engines broke

away and fell onto the runway. All DC-10 airplanes were

grounded. (The DC-10 airplane had one engine on each

wing and one in the rudder tail section.)

June 1979: Channel 44 television began broadcast-

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ing in Evansville. PPG began construction

of its $25 million plant

on Highway 41 North. University

of Evansville was a charter member

of a new basketball conference with

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Xavier of Ohio, Oral Roberts and

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July 1979: The U.S. encouraged

citizens to have vacations close

to home this summer. DC-10s

remained grounded while engine

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Evansville was given a top-level

10-year accreditation rating. English,

Indiana in Crawford County was

largely destroyed by a 10-foot-deep

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August 1979: President Carter

visited English, Indiana and

Bardstown, Kentucky. A volunteer-built

sandbag levee in Gibson

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be two anchor stores in the new

Eastland Mall. More space would be

allocated for general aviation at the

Evansville airport.

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up to $230 million to the Chrysler

Corporation. Several people were

arrested in Kentucky’s largest drug

bust at the Providence, Kentucky airport.

A Piper Cub airplane crashed

while landing on the Lawndale

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Washington Square parking lot

across Washington Avenue; there

were no injuries; the airplane was

part of an airplane show that was

held on the parking lot.

September 1979: SIGECO

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in Posey County. The old tattered

flag that had long flown above the old

Vanderburgh County Courthouse

was replaced by two municipal

employees; one stood on the fiveinch

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level. There were 17 unsolved murders

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during the last 11 years. A ban on

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EMBERS OVER

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By Peggy K. Newton

May 31 through June 1 marks the

100th anniversary of the Tulsa Riot.

The nation’s worst race riot began on

the basis of unfounded rumors and

ended with the destruction of nearly

the entire northeast section of the

city. The smoldering ruins attested to

the fact that thousands of Black residents

were suddenly left homeless

and hundreds of their friends and

families were wounded and/or dead.

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is sure just how many of the people

perished.

They had lived and thrived in

the area that was so prosperous that

it was known as Black Wall Street.

They owned and operated 191 businesses,

including 30 grocery stores

and a number of theaters, hotels and

transportation services. Three lawyers,

two dentists, 15 doctors and

one chiropractor had their practices

here. A library, two schools, a hospital,

and an office of the Tulsa Public

Health Services served the people,

along with the fraternal lodges and

churches throughout the district.

It was perhaps too prosperous in

the minds of some of Tulsa’s white

citizenry.

You remember learning about

this in 4th grade history, right?

About how the area was vandalized

and looted by out-of-control white

men carrying rifles and other weapons

and about the area being blitzed

by a dozen airplanes from which

turpentine-soaked fire bombs were

dropped on homes, businesses and

churches.

We don’t remember it because

it wasn’t taught in schools. I became

aware of the Tulsa riot a year ago and

felt bad about not knowing about it.

The Tulsa Riot, or more accurately

the Tulsa Massacre, was barely mentioned

in newspapers after 1921.

So no, don’t feel bad if you can’t

remember something you weren’t

taught: a horrific event that was

swept away in secrecy for 75 years or

so. As shocking and painful as it is to

read accounts of it 100 years later, it’s

important to know that something

on this scale of tragedy and horror

did happen. Anyone with an ounce

of decency and a caring heart will

pray that something like this never

happens again.

The first news story to reach

Evansville appeared as bulletins on

the front page, though not under a


banner headline, of The Evansville

Courier on the morning of June 1.

Because much of the damage in Tulsa

occurred overnight, the news was still

breaking as the Courier was going to

press. The entire coverage was under

the headline, “Race Trouble Causes

Death of One Negro,” as follows:

“TULSA, Okla., May 31. —

One negro was killed and two whites

and three negroes were wounded

in race trouble here tonight when a

score of armed white persons clashed

with about 200 armed negroes who

gathered in the vicinity of the courthouse

after a negro had been arrested

for an alleged attack on a white girl.

Scattered firing continued near midnight,

while the body of the dead negro

still lay on the street.

“OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.,

May 31. — Three units of the Oklahoma

national guard were called

out by Adjutant General Charles F.

Barrett late tonight to assist police

officials at Tulsa in handling the race

trouble there.

“Gov. J.B.A. Robinson said tonight

that following a call from the

Tulsa chief of police, he had given

Adjutant General Barrett full authority

to proceed at his discretion.”

For the next three days, Evansville’s

three newspapers, as did newspapers

across the country, devoted

space to the latest developments

on the story: Oklahoma Governor

J.B.A. Robertson called for the National

Guard to come in to alleviate

the situation; declared martial law in

Tulsa County and called for a grand

jury investigation. During the peak of

the violence, residents — including

mothers and children, many wearing

their bed clothes and often barefooted

— ran from the city to seek safety

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in the woods where they remained,

without food and water, for two days

before returning to what was left of

their homes. In most cases nothing

remained.

The American Red Cross arrived

in Greenwood to see what the

returning residents saw — literally,

scorched earth. Brick buildings

were demolished. Frame homes were

burned to ashes. Offices, businesses

and even churches were simply gone.

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Picturing Our Past

by Pat Sides,

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This 1958 photo reveals how much time has changed

ordinary activities in American life. The era of full-service

gas stations vanished decades ago, and along

with them the opportunity for drivers to pull into

stations and say “fill

‘er up” to a uniformed

attendant, who often

checked tire pressure

levels, added oil, or

cleaned windshields

as well. Many gas stations

also employed

skilled mechanics

who could provide tune-ups or more complex engine

work. The first known self-service station appeared

in California in 1947, but by the 1970s, they were

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The doctors and nurses of the Red Cross who came to

care for the injured and dying didn’t have a hospital to

use. It, too, was gone.

Naturally the nation’s newspapers voiced their opinions

on the causes and possible remedies for what happened.

The Literary Digest of June 18, 1921 summarized

the opinions in what we call “soundbites” today. If you

replaced “negro” with “Black” you’d swear the opinions

were written in, say, 2021.

The Oklahoma City Leader newspaper, for example:

“Mob violence has become common, and if the tendency

is not checked, one may not measure the depths of sorrow

to come.”

The Dallas News reflected a surprisingly liberal viewpoint,

that the guilt from the Tulsa tragedy “attaches itself

mostly to the white race.”

The Emporia Gazette, Emporia, Kansas: “Of course, it

was not the best of the white race that created the hellish

situation in Tulsa. But none the less, the best of the white

race is responsible. The leadership of a community is responsible

for the deeds of the community.”

A Black newspaper, the Kansas City Call: “No matter

who kills the most, mobs are an indictment of all the

citizens and of the best citizens more than any of the others.

We maintain that white civilization is on trial when

negroes are persecuted, for it is the law as created by the

Anglo-Saxon which is treated with contempt when our

rights are overridden.”

The Oklahoma (City) Black Dispatch: “Whatever

the issue, the fact remains undisputed that in Tulsa, in a

white-man’s country, the negroes were attempting to uphold

the law and white men were attempting to destroy

it.”

Other newspapers suggested unemployment, disrespect

for the law, “Eastern propagandists” (also called

“professional agitators”) stirring discontent among the

Black people, and the increase in gun purchasing by Black

people and whites alike.

James Weldon Johnson, at that time the secretary of

the NAACP, was quoted in Literary Digest: “One incident

never causes a race riot; the causes accumulate for

weeks and months before the outbreak. If the stories told

by refugees from Oklahoma are true, conditions virtually

of slavery, similar to those laid bare recently by Governor

Dorsey in Georgia, prevail in Oklahoma. Robbery of negro

tenants, brutalities of every description, burning of

homes, and enforced labor for a mere subsistence wage

will inevitably bring about trouble.”

Wilmington (Delaware) Every Evening: “This is not

the first race riot within recent years to occur outside of

the Mason-Dixon line. In East St. Louis, Ill., which is distinctly

a Northern city, 125 persons were killed on July

7, 1917. In Washington, D.C., seven persons were killed

and scores injured in riots which began July 19, 1919. A

few days later, beginning July 26, in Chicago, which is

certainly not a Southern city, 38 persons were killed and

500 wounded. On October 2, the same year, in Elaine,

Ark. — which calls itself Midwestern — 30 persons were

killed and hundreds were wounded in the street-fighting.

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Three days before that, in Omaha, Neb., which is certainly

Western, three persons were killed in race riots and many

wounded. The mayor of the city was hanged by rioters, but

cut down in time to save his life.”

The kkk, dormant since Reconstruction, was in rebirth,

attributed to the motion picture Birth of a Nation

with its racist portrayal of Black people and glorification of

the klan (which I refuse to capitalize). The sitting president

at the time, Woodrow Wilson, was said to have remarked,

“It's like writing history with lightning. My only regret is

that it is all so terribly true.”

To understand what happened, why the Tulsa Massacre

was invisible for nearly a century, and why it’s important

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the massacre, and to a nineteen-year-old man named

Dick Rowland and a seventeen-year-old elevator operator

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bike onto the golf course parking lot, a golfer named

Hubert Cokes asked me if I was a caddy and I told him,

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he wanted half the money. I told him “no way” and then

we squared off.

Now, as I was growing up, my dad always taught me

that if you had to fight, you always take the first punch.

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He had said to hit him square in the nose, make his eyes

water and then you have the advantage. However, I had

seen cowboys, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, whip guys

in the movies almost every Saturday at the Columbia

Theater. They always let the villain take the first swing

or the first shot — that was the

cowboy way. So we started duking

it out. He took one wild swing and

missed and I hit him square on the

nose. Then he stepped back into a

small hole and fell down. In my own

mind, I just grew about 6 inches

and 200 pounds! I played cowboy

and let him stand up. MISTAKE!

When he stood up, he was mad, and

it looked to me as if he had grown

6 more arms — and fists. He ran at

me flailing his arms and looked like

a rickety old windmill in a stiff wind. Then he backed me

into a corner and went to work. I was defending myself

but he got in a few good shots — no blood. At that time

the caddy master came around the corner and stepped in

between to break up the fight (he sure looked good!). I

finally got on my bike and headed home — bruised, but

with $5 in my pocket. MJ

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here in the Midwest with stupid

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to give it a longer lifespan. The other

option is to freeze half the loaf and

keep the other half accessible.

During the heat of summer, the

stove, oven and even the slow cooker

are not really your friends. The best

way to beat the heat, besides eating

out, is to do sandwiches and salads

unless that grill is going. If you think

about it, there are a lot of ways to do

both sandwiches and salads.

Now, subs are really easy, and

burgers and hotdogs are a standard,

but what about a good salad that the

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2-3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1/2 head iceburg lettuce

1 tsp. chili powder and/or paprika

salt and pepper

Spicy Ranch dressing (optional)

Put ground beef in skillet and

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onion, garlic and sprinkle of salt and

pepper. Stir to combine and cook

until meat is done. Drain liquid and

let cool.

In large bowl, tear lettuce into

bite-sized chunks. In layers, add meat,

cheese and beans. Sprinkle with chili

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pepper. Gently mix to combine. Add

tomatoes if desired. Refrigerate.

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Moving On

By Marjorie Sears

(Maturity Journal reader)

I don’t look back, I just move on

To things ahead and not what’s

gone.

Adventure is waiting up ahead

Amongst the living – not the

dead.

The years have gone and many

passed,

All filled with memories to last.

I’ve lived and learned in many

ways

To treasure all those bygone days.

But in the morning when I awake

And wait to see the sunrise break,

I lie there and anticipate

What adventure lies in wait.

No matter whether rain or shine,

This day ahead of me is mine.

To live and love and work and

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And thank my God for another

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All Jokes Aside

by Sally (Angermeier) Primus, M.D.

Did you know that over 80 percent

of seniors have cataracts? Well,

the other 20 percent have Buicks!

All jokes aside, cataracts are one of

the most common conditions affecting

us as we age. It is important

for patients to know what a cataract

is, when to have cataract surgery,

and what to expect when that time

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Inside the eye, there is a lens

that focuses light into the eye. The

lens is clear when we are young and

becomes cloudy as we age. This is a

normal aging process and not usually

considered a “disease”. Once it becomes

cloudy enough to affect your

quality of life, we discuss surgery.

When a patient comes to me for

a cataract surgery evaluation, the first

question I ask is “Are you bothered

by your vision?” If the answer is “no”,

then that patient doesn’t likely need

surgery. I value quality of life over

any number on an eye chart. Cataract

surgery is a safe surgery, but complications

are possible. So, if you aren’t

having a problem with your vision,

why take the chance? For people having

trouble with their vision, however,

cataract surgery can be a wonderful

way to improve your quality of

life!

Lastly, it is important to know

what to expect with cataract surgery.

When the lens of the eye is removed,

a small implant is placed in the eye

to help you see. Even with the standard

implant covered by Medicare,

most people are legal to drive without

glasses, and many even have no

glasses prescription in the distance

at all. Most people will need glasses

to read, but often the “cheater” reading

glasses from the pharmacy will do

just fine! Patients with strong glasses

prescriptions before surgery are often

amazed with their new vision. For

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The biggest concern I have about

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one question I always ask is about the current and

nticipated health of their future heirs of their estate.

y role is to gather and determine what is the best plan

or them. Many times, clients have young children who

eed a trust because of the ages. Others want a trust to

ontrol distribution to a financially irresponsible heir or

omeone who has issues such as gambling, alcohol, drug,

r other life issues such as marital discord.

However, this article will touch on when clients have

eirs disabled from birth with problems such as cerebral

alsy, cystic fibrosis, and Downs Syndrome; or other

ealth issues, injuries, or conditions that developed later

n their heirs’ lives. Many clients have heirs, including

dult heirs who live independently but are on “needsased”

government assistance such as SSI, Medicaid,

ousing, SNAP-food stamps that have strict financial

imitations, usually with limits of $2,000 of countable

ssets. A direct inheritance would jeopardize these benfits.

One way to avoid your heirs losing these benefits for

these “needs-based programs” is to create a trust known

as a special needs or supplemental needs trust and leave

their heirs’ share in this trust versus leaving it directly

to your loved one. The trust basically provides that the

funds can be used for the disabled beneficiary but not

considered “available” that would jeopardize benefits

from needs-based programs, such as SSI or Medicaid.

The funds in these special needs trusts can only supplement,

and not supplant or replace government benefits.

The trust can be set up in your Last Will and

Testament, called a “testamentary trust” or can be a

stand-alone trust with contingent beneficiaries in the

event the disabled heir does not survive you, or at a later

time when the disabled beneficiary passes away. Similar

trusts can be set up by a healthy spouse if they would pass

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Yesterdays Remembered

All Aboard!

All my life I have wanted to take

a long trip on a train. While visiting

me recently, my niece announced

that her church friends were going to

take a trip to Grand Canyon on an

Amtrak. I quickly announced that I

wanted to go, and her response was

quick! “Put your money where your

mouth is!” I took the phone number

and signed up for the trip that afternoon.

The date for our departure was

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We drove to St. Louis, where we

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and re-board one in Kansas

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way to Flagstaff, Arizona. Imagine

my surprise when I saw my first

‘room’! It was made up and ready for

me to go to bed, and there was exactly

8 inches between the edge of my

bed and the wall that held the sink I

was to use to brush my teeth in and

wash my face. I could hardly stand

upright as I edged myself around the

corner to the bathroom that had a

functioning toilet and a shower overhead.

I didn’t

try to use the

shower, but it

dripped into my dry clothing while I

used the toilet!

Riding the train is an unusual

experience. Remember, it is running

on a track so it is constantly sort of

“rolling” side to side as it moves. I

sometimes use a cane when I walk

since I feel unsure of my footing, and

I have a horrible fear of falling. So,

even with a cane, I still felt unsure

when I stood up on this moving

vehicle!

We walked down a VERY narrow

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about 24 inches wide. Crossing

between cars struck fear in my heart

that it surely would come apart when

I was between the cars. However, I

safely crossed many times during the

trip and not once did the cars come

apart!

The dining car was a spacious

place with many booths where we

could eat our meal and visit while

watching the world go by outside

the windows. Sometimes, as we travelled,

we seemed to be going at a leisurely

pace, then suddenly, the train

would take off and go at a breakneck

speed as if it were being chased by

something.

As we travelled through the

plains, I was not surprised at the

scenes. I knew from reading about

the area that it was desolate and

barren. However, as I watched the

landscape pass before me, I found

it to be a bit strange. I expected to

see large cattle farms, farm houses

of great proportions, and barns that

housed many animals. So imagine

my surprise when there were none

of those. We rarely passed by to see

any dairy cattle, making me wonder

where their milk came from in

Kansas. I saw only one mule deer. He

had a facial expression that made me

wonder if he was surprised at seeing

a fleeing train, and I was equally surprised

at seeing him.

As we travelled on, I took notice

of the trickling streams. They seemed

like ditches to me but went across

the landscape for miles. Someone

told me that they call them rivers!

Being a writer, I could envision stories

about where those streams began

and where they went. The water

didn’t seem to be clear, but kinda

muddy looking.

I certainly decided that if you

had a big trash truck, I know where

you could make a lot of money. I

was shocked to see that there didn’t

seem to be any kind of trash removal

in any of the towns. Trash was piled

behind every house, business, or

shanty. Old cars were upside down

and tractors likewise, and also pickup

trucks. Empty barrels, tubs, logs,

lumber, and anything else that you

can imagine. What a shock! And,

it wasn’t only in Kansas, but New

Mexico and all the towns after we left

St. Louis. Maybe that was their way

of 'mowing' the backyard. Just pile

the junk there!

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ranges. They were spectacular. I

couldn’t seem to get enough of the

pageantry. I saw lots of snow on the

top of the peaks, and I wondered if

we were too early to enjoy the West.

Even though we were in a mountainous

landscape, there were very

few homes and they all seemed small

and unassuming. Traveling from

the tree-lined mountains on into

Arizona, the mountains changed to

copper rock. This was the home of

the Pueblos from an earlier time.

To refresh your memory on a bit of

history, these were the homes of the

Indians who had carved a lifestyle

into the side of a solid rock mountain

and had dwelled in these areas

for many years. I cannot imagine

how they lived and ate, but history

tells me that they survived in small

holes in the side of these mountains.

I imagined their lifestyle and how

hard it must have been. I could have

stayed a few days exploring their

lives, but the train wanted to go on.

There was a company called the

Pink Jeeps that would take you up

close to the Pueblos to make your

visit more complete, however it was

a 45-minute walk down the canyon.

This was not something I felt

I could do. The weather was not

being friendly! It was 40 degrees

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and a strong gale nearly took your

breath away. I was slowly beginning

to freeze. The road back to Flagstaff

was rougher than you can imagine.

We came back into town and

had dinner with my friends. By the

time we were back at our hotel, I was

nearly frozen. I went immediately to

bed. I had never heard of “Altitude

Sickness”, but I guess I had a good

case of it. Apparently my oxygen

level in my blood had fallen to dangerous

levels. When morning came,

there was 3 inches of snow on the

ground and it was snowing fiercely,

but I was still sick. I called my doctor

at Gateway and was told to get to an

emergency room immediately. SO…

my wonderful trip to the west ended

in a hospital emergency room where

they were trying to get my oxygen

level up while my travelling companions

were out shopping and seeing

the area. I left that hospital room

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At 4:30 A.M. we were to board

the Amtrak for the return trip to

Indiana. Of course, the train was

running late, and waiting for nearly

2 hours in a cold waiting room didn’t

improve my health much. However,

the trip back to Kansas was fabulous.

I had a wonderful room at the head

of one of the cars, with a window on

each side and a wonderful chair that

unfolded into a bed. while the steady

‘roll’ of the train rocked me to sleep.

I LOVED IT!

Needless to say, the trip was an

unusual one. I loved the train ride,

seeing the landscape, visiting the

Pueblo area, and even eating what

they thought was Mexican food in

a restaurant. (Believe me, it wasn’t

Los Bravos style!) And the food on

the train was FABULOUS. I had

shrimp & lobster, chateaubriand, a

Chinese dish that was luscious, and

even a hot dog. My niece says that

they are going across the top of the

country next year from Wisconsin to

Washington. Am I going with them?

Not without that heavy-as-lead oxygen

machine. But I am sure saving

my money to help me decide. Believe

me, this is one of my most memorable

Yesterdays Remembered. MJ


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