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Volume 36 Issue 7 July 2021
Tri-State History October 1979 to December 1980
By Harold Morgan
October 1979: $1,200,000 improvements to Roberts
Stadium was authorized but without any air-conditioning.
The one-mile-long Ray Becker Parkway that would
extend St Joseph Avenue was begun in January 1976; it
was hoped to open in the month of October. Two preschool
girls were found dead in an abandoned refrigerator;
they may have died only moments before discovery.
The Luggage Shop on the Main Street Walkway was
destroyed by fire. The University of Evansville opened
the Memorial Plaza on the school campus; it was dedicated
to the 1979 Aces basketball team, staff and friends
who died in an airplane crash.
November 1979: The Atheneum in New Harmony
was completed at a cost of $1,800,000. Iranian students
seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took
35 Americans as prisoners. They then seized two U.S.
consulates and the British Embassy in Tehran. Two
weeks later the Iran hostage holders released six women
and eight men to return to the U.S. The Posey County
government was without any liability insurance, due to
poor road maintenance, with an impending large lawsuit
regarding poor road conditions.
December 1979: The United States demanded that
Iran publicly show all 50 U.S. embassy captives. The
deposed Shah of Iran left his New York City hospital
to enter a military setting for his recovery from cancer
surgery. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ridiculed President
MJ Treasure Hunt Contest. .............................5
The Story of Clabber. .................................8
Words from Garret Matthews. .........................10
Just for Laughs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Cooking Corner. ....................................14
Brain Games. ................................... 16&17
1944 Bosse Majorettes at the Evansville USO on Main
Street. (From Juanita Fowler Hopewell)
Carter as “Brainless.” Bob Green would not build a new
hotel in Evansville; rather he placed the Executive Inn
up for sale. Two Fairfield, Illinois jail prisoners killed
jailer Clovis Crews and escaped from the jail. Evansville’s
10-year-old Civic Center no longer had space for additional
staff and storage. The University of Evansville
hired Randy Rogers as its new football coach to replace
fired coach John Moses.
January 1980: Evansville’s present city popula-
Misfortunes of Bob Hollis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Hometown History Contest. ..........................18
Picturing Our Past ...................................19
The Hapless Underdog. ...............................20
Yesterdays Remembered ..............................21
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tion was 134,496 people, and the
Vanderburgh County population
was 167,515 people. 518,575 passengers
used the Evansville Airport in
1979, an all-time record. The United
States inflation rate was 13.3%, the
worst since 1946. Donald Wallace,
age 22, was arrested for the gun murders
of the four Gilligan family members
on West Illinois Street; the family
ages were 4, 5, 30 and 30. Several
Canadians spirited six Americans
out of Tehran to safety. President
Carter asked the U.S. and the world
to boycott the 1980 Olympic games
February 1980: The new Parkway
Plaza in Madisonville along Highway
41 opened. Evansville’s basic ambulance
run cost was $70 plus mileage
and extras. 21 Reitz boy students
were suspended after racial disputes
and a fight; both races were involved.
March 1980: The Evansville Day
School basketball team would play
in the sectional tournament against
Bosse High School. It would be the
first time Day School would play
in the tournament. John Gacy Jr.
was convicted for the murder of 33
young men and boys in Chicago. The
Evansville Executive Inn was sold.
Former Evansville Mayor Russell
Lloyd was shot while standing in his
home’s front doorway; he was gravely
wounded by Julie Van Orden; Mayor
Lloyd died the following day.
The Shah of Iran left Panama
and moved to Egypt for medical care.
Cigarette smoke was found to also
damage the lungs of non-smokers.
President Carter ordered an Olympic
ban for all American goods and TV;
this action was in retaliation for
Russia’s current and previous actions.
April 1980: Evansville had 11
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murders since January 1, 1980; Evansville’s 11th murder
was April 1 when Mr. Carlie Glore, age 79, was beaten
to death at his home. President Carter broke all ties with
Iran. Four people were injured by a hand-thrown bomb
to the front door of the strike-bound Evans Railcar plant
in Washington, Indiana. Citizens Bank broke ground
on Evansville’s Main Street for the 16-story Riverview
Commerce Center. A U.S. hostage rescue attempt in
Iran ended in disaster with eight U.S. military men killed
in the Iranian desert.
May 1980: The Washington Avenue Temple and
Adath Israel Temple merged into one new synagogue
named Temple Adath B’nai Israel on East Washington
Avenue. The Evans Railcar plant in Washington, Indiana
closed its doors during the seventh month of a labor
strike; it would find a new home before reopening.
Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupted
and killed at least 80 people. Chicago mafia leader
Marshall Caifano denied in court that he had anything to
do with the bomb-death of Evansville oilman Ray Ryan.
June 1980: Cable News Network (CNN) began TV
broadcasting. The Mount Vernon Airport held a “Flyin
day” on its airfield located on the eastside of town
on Highway 62. A Miami, Florida crowd pelted the
President Jimmy Carter motorcade with rocks and bottles.
Evansville’s Thunder II Ohio river race was a success,
but one race boat driver was badly injured.
July 1980: The Evansville airport was given a $2.15
million grant for runway, apron and lighting improvements.
A four-year-old Evansville girl was swept to her
Bosse Field opened in 1915. (Karl K. Knecht photo for
the Evansville Courier)
death into a flooded storm sewer near 500 Court Street.
Dale Sights of Robards, Kentucky invited President
Carter to come to dinner and the president accepted
the invitation. President Carter flew into Evansville’s
airport on July 21, 1980, and the caravan drove straight
to Robards; later they returned to Evansville’s airport.
Mount St. Helens’ volcano remained active with smaller
August 1980: Mount Vernon, Indiana titled itself
“thermoplastics capital of the world.” Three jetliners
were hijacked to Cuba in one week. Armed federal marshals
began to fly on “selected airline flights.” St. Mary’s
Hospital in Evansville began a $25 million expansion.
WNIN bought the Lockyear Business College property
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Frank Bormann visited to give an
OK to Evansville’s proposed new air
September 1980: Julie Van
Orden was found unfit for her murder
trial of ex-Mayor Russell Lloyd.
(This would continue for several
years.) Five out of 16 U.S. Army
divisions were found to be undertrained,
undermanned and underequipped.
Roberts Stadium finished a
October 1980: University of
Southern Indiana-Evansville dedicated
its new physical education
building. U.S. hostages in Iran were
expected to be released within a
week. (This would not happen until
January 21, 1981). Julie Van Orden
was committed to the Madison,
Indiana mental hospital.
November 1980: Julie Van
Orden admitted on a Channel 25
TV news interview that she killed
ex-Mayor Russell Lloyd. Funeral
homes rapidly began to quit providing
emergency ambulance medical
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Harold Says So Long
After many years of gracing the pages of the
Maturity Journal, writer Harold Morgan has
decided it’s time to retire, and deservedly so. As
many from his generation, Harold has displayed
a tireless work ethic, and in over 20 years the
man NEVER missed a deadline.
Beginning in August, the Vanderburgh
County Historical Society will continue his
Hometown History column, showing that it
will take several men to take his place. We will
miss Harold dearly and wish him many years
of enjoyment on his new adventure. He assures us that there may come a
time to contribute a little more, but even if he can’t find the time, we will
be forever grateful for his service.
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community’s 1953 fire truck and
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December 1980: Julie Van
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murder trial of former Mayor Russell
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depot. 100 residents were evacuated
from the Riverside 1 apartment
building because of a fire; there
were no injuries. MJ
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Editor’s Note: Having grown up in
Evansville and being an avid card
player, I always told people that the
card game Clabber’s roots were right
here in Evansville. In fact, I used to
spread that information to anyone
who would listen, and I know many
of my friends did the same.
Thanks to MJ reader Paul Buttram,
whose father is mentioned in
the following story, we finally have
some proof to back up the claim. This
story appeared on September 27,
1931 in the Evansville Press. Please
remember that the references reflect
the era in which the story was written.
Picture a warm, dimly-lit spot in
a boiler room of an Ohio River company
some 50 or 60 years ago.
Old Man River, bleakly painted
“Evansville Clabber” Gets Recognition
a frosty silver by a moon riding
high in a cloudless sky, growls
and slaps at the hull,
making sounds that are
borne softly to a
group of dusty
a cracker box.
they are playing
deck of cards has n o
name. Many of the cards appear to be
missing. Occasionally, one may hear
strange terms. “Belle Dad,” says one
ebony player. “Four Mules,” says another.
Though an onlooker might
know every card game
in the Book of Hoyle,
this one would be a mystery
The scene changes
to the patrol at the Evansville
40 years ago. Black “trustees”
from the jail are seen
clustered around a table
playing the same strange game.
A 10-year-old white boy looks on.
“Say, I’d like to learn that,” the boy
The men are obliging. They teach
him the mysteries of the “Belle” and
“Dad” and the “Four Mules”. What’s
the name of this game.” Asks the boy.
“Well, I don’t rightly know that
it has a name,” replied one of the
trustees. “We mostly calls it Clabber.
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I don’t know who gave it that name.
And that’s how Walter Schlange,
president of the Evansville Clabber
Club, learned to play one of the most
intricate card games there is — a card
game that so far as anyone has been
able to discover, is known and played
nowhere else in the world except
All these years, the game has
been played without a definite set of
rules. In fact, various groups played
it in slightly different ways. Now,
that is all about to be corrected. The
man largely responsible for it is Leo
Buttram, secretary of the Evansville
Buttram and some of his friends
were invited one evening by the firemen
in Hose House #15 to sit in on
a Clabber session. But the Firemen’s
rules were different, and as a result,
Buttram’s crew took a beating against
Buttram got to thinking. “There
ought to be some established rules,”
he thought to himself. To find out if
there were any rules, he wrote to the
Evansville Press Washington Bureau,
the favor by
which referred him to the United
States Playing Card Company in
Cincinnati. The company replied
that no such game had ever been
heard of. Clabber was not even included
in The Book of Hoyle.
But the company was interested.
“Why not draw up some rules,
submit them to us and let us include
them in the next edition of Hoyle-
Up-To-Date,” the company suggested
to Mr. Buttram.
So Buttram got busy rounding
up his buddies and the Evansville
Clabber Club was organized. They
had meeting after meeting, formulating
rules and making changes, and
finally the rules were complete.
Notification was finally received
that the United States Playing Card
Company had accepted the rules for
publication in the next edition of
Incidentally, the name is being
copyrighted by the Clabber Club
and will be listed in Hoyle as “Evansville
Clabber” so that it will go down
in history as an Evansville game.
Who actually started the game
and how old it is, no one seems to
know. Schlange, who has been playing
Clabber for 40 years, believes that
it was originated by the Negro steamboat
roustabouts. “Clabber seems to
be a cross between pinochle and an
old game called ‘Jass,’ said Schlange.
“There are some points of similarity
to both games.”
Schlange said he believed Clabber
is played more for the pure sport
than in any other card game. “I’ve
never played Clabber for money in
my life,” he declared, “and I’d venture
to say that 90 percent of those
who play it don’t have a penny on the
game. It’s a game that doesn’t have to
have the added interest of gambling
to make it exciting.” MJ
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During the pandemic, I learned
to juggle a 16-pound shot put.
I’ll take your questions.
Keep three of those babies aloft
at the same time? They should name
a circus after you.
Silly. I’m 71 years old. One
weighty object. Two bean bags.
Why should we believe you?
My wife shot a video. She caught
me on a good day. I almost got to a
What’s the backstory here?
I started juggling baseballs long
ago when I coached my kids’ teams.
It was something to do in the dugout
instead of watching us overthrow the
cut-off man. The third-graders got
a big kick out of it, so I told them
Bored During Pandemic? Learn to Juggle a Shot Put
by Garret Matthews, Former columnist, Evansville Courier & Press
(written a few months ago)
I’d add an eight-pound bowling ball
to the act if we made the playoffs.
We didn’t, but I mastered the trick
What was your secret to success?
Channeling my inner Paul
And the shot put?
A birthday present. I decided
to stage the occasional track and
field competition — well, field —
with myself. And like all shot-putters
worth their sinews, I had a great
grunt — “HARRUMGOOSBAH,”
just as the thing left my fingers.
You threw it in the backyard?
I wanted to give the neighbors
something to talk about, and the
down by 80
hate it when
the round ball hits home.
So we have a grown person
devaluing his property by heaving a
shot put on his lawn.
Did I mention the boys on the
team cheered me on? They especially
enjoyed it when I farted trying to
squeeze out those extra inches.
Did your wife threaten an intervention?
No, because she understood the
plus side. We lived in a rural area
and I don’t own a gun. Any prowler
would have received a face full of
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shot put. We agreed that would be a
must-see mug shot.
We conducted a Google search
for Jugglers of Ponderous Masses
and your name did not come up.
When I no longer had baseball
kids to goof around with, I put away
my bowling ball and shot put. It was
like the Peter, Paul and Mary song,
“Puff The Magic Dragon.” Dragons
live forever, but not so little boys.
The “Puff” thing. Did you
Never mind that. Suffice to
say the heavy stuff was relegated to
the deep recesses of the basement.
Decades went by. I retired from
juggling except for the occasional
request for a parlor trick when I’d
grab something like a spoon, a mustard
packet and a salt shaker.
So you moved on with your life
and quit assassinating moles.
Yes. And then the pandemic hit.
I was bored out of my mind, so I
started fooling around with the shot
Level with us. There must be
another reason to toss weight.
Maybe the right person will bear
witness and give me money.
Not very likely.
Hey, maybe if I grunt loud
Dream as if you’ll live
forever. Live as if you’ll
You’re well into your golden
years. Isn’t it hard for a man your
age to keep the ball of iron aloft?
I can hold a plank for three minutes
and do more than my share of
push-ups. I engage in some kind of
strength training almost every day.
See earlier reference to boredom.
Do you practice safe shot put?
Yes. I juggle over the bed. Better
to have a dent in the mattress than
my foot. MJ
(To learn more about Garret
Matthews and his articles and books,
visit his Website at pluggerpublishing.com)
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Love & Marriage
• The cooing stops with the honeymoon;
the billing goes on forever.
• Behind every successful man
stands a surprised mother-in-law.
• My wife never lies about her age.
She just tells people she’s as old as I
am. Then she lies about my age.
• No man has ever been able to convince
his wife that a cute secretary
can be as efficient as an ugly one.
• How do you explain to children
that Dad gets grayer and Mom gets
• My wife and I have a perfect
understanding. I don’t try to run
her life, and I don’t try to run mine.
• Husband: “I wouldn’t say my wife
always gets her way, but she writes
her diary a week ahead of time.
Blessed are those who can give
without remembering and
receive without forgetting.
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The Cooking Corner
By Jancey Smith
One of my favorite things about summer in the midwest
is sweet corn. It's locally grown freshness that melts
in your mouth (as butter drips down your chin). Having
it right here and fresh is the best, kind of like pineapples
I always make corn for Memorial Day; it marks the
beginning of summer (although, that corn is rarely as
good as the corn about the 4th of July.) We tried to boil
it on the side burner of the grill once — but it was not
happening. Either there was too much wind that day or
there just wasn't enough "umph" in the gas for that big of
a pot. I mean really, isn't part of the joy of grilling NOT
heating up the kitchen? Nothing does that better than
The hubby and I have done much pondering on
the art of grilling corn, as we have never mastered the
method. So, a few weeks ago we let the experimenting
begin. We must have dug through 3 or 4 food magazines
finding various recommendations on soaking time, cook
in the husk or straight on the grill, direct or indirect heat
. . . the variables went on and on.
So, what we did was soak them for half an hour after
pulling out the silks, grill for about 30 minutes over
medium high heat, and rotate often. However, not often
enough it would seem. Just as dusk was settling over the
front porch, we detected flames spiking up from the grill
once again. I raised the lid, and my husband valiantly
tried to fight the flaming ear of corn. (Those husks dry
out quick if you peel a few layers off.) He rolled it all
around the grill in the stop, drop & roll fashion — but
to no avail. Finally, he plopped it over on the side burner
(that wasn't in use at the time) and started smacking it
all over with the spatula. The flames were growing smaller
and less threatening by this time, so we finally just
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The Mis-Adventures of
Trouble in River City
by Bob Hollis, MJ reader
In the 1940s
we were at war with
Germany. I was 8 or
9 years old at this
time. My brother
Jim and a couple
of his buddies told
me that they were
going to Germania
Maennerchor to get
some cigarettes and candy and they wanted me to go
and “help carry stuff.” I didn’t know any better, but the
candy interested me, so I went along. We got to the alley
behind the place and climbed on top of a garage, walked
along the top of a fence, climbed onto another building
that was attached to the Maennerchor and went in a
window on the 2nd floor. Inside, there was a long bar
with cigarettes and candy behind the bar on a shelf. We
loaded up and left. I was told that it was OK because
they were Germans. I went along on this adventure a
couple of different times. However, one day, as we got
into the room there was a hangman’s noose hanging by
the bar. Apparently, someone was onto us. We got the
message, so we left in a hurry and never went back! MJ
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In November of 1993, Vanderburgh
legislation to operate a riverboat
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was opened in 1995
and remained there until a
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for a rebranding. What was the name of the hotel and
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One of the most memorable personalities in Tri-State
history is that of Karl Kae Knecht, who worked for
the Evansville Courier from 1906 to 1960. He is seen
here in his office, probably churning out one of his
“Hey, Kay!” entertainment columns. But Knecht
was best recognized
as the newspaper’s
a position that
earned him a nomination
for a Pulitzer
Prize in cartooning
in 1944-1945. Over
his career, he created
at least 18,000
cartoons, some of which are now preserved in presidential
libraries. Evansville celebrated “Karl Knecht
Day” on July 21, 1954, when he was declared the city’s
“most beloved citizen.” A lover of circuses, Knecht
was also instrumental in bringing a pair of lions to
Evansville in 1928, which marked the beginning of
Mesker Park Zoo. He retired from the Courier in
1960 and died in 1972. MJ
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Just a Few Memories
A few weeks ago, my friend from high school days
came to Boonville to visit her brother, Burley Scales.
Betty Anne and I have been friends for all these years,
and when she comes to town, we get together at a local
restaurant for lunch. Strangely, we order from the appetizer
menu and then sample all the items until they are
gone. No sandwiches there, just goodies that we never
would eat otherwise. Then we get in the car and proceed
to drive around town, bringing back the memories of
1952. Of course, there were no one-way streets back
then, so the traffic pattern seems weird today. And, as I
mentioned in a former story, we could put fifty cents in
a gas tank and drive all evening around and around the
square from that HUGE investment. Naturally, we were
trying to attract the attention of some boys who were
doing the same looking for girls.
This time we decided to drive the area that was once
considered the ‘elite’ area of Boonville. The people that
we perceived to be the wealthy families lived on Walnut
Street. We turned from the corner of Second Street onto
Walnut and discovered the nice improvements that have
been added to the old Ella Williams School. The school
has been turned into the Warrick County Museum and
has been greatly changed. The displays will bring back
memories that may have been buried in your mind for
many years. A replica of Bowen Hoover’s office brought
back memories to me. I remember distinctly that I told
him when he had delivered my third son that I wanted
a girl. His remark was typical of him: “Well,” he stated,
“you hold real still and I’ll shove him back. Then you can
try again!” After having just endured a rather difficult
birth, his comment certainly didn’t sound like much fun,
no matter how much I wanted a girl.
The upstairs of the old school has been the host for
several plays and other entertainment in recent years. I
remember seeing a man discuss life in the 1800s with
references to many events in and around Boonville.
But, of course, the recent pandemic has brought a halt
to the plans of the board to bring more activities to the
school. But when the programs return, I urge all of you
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As Betty Anne and I proceeded
to continue to travel up Walnut
Street we were shocked to see the deterioration that has
overcome some of the beautiful old homes. Having
owned and restored many old Victorian Homes in my
lifetime, I am aware of the cost and difficulty of restoring
those structures to their original beauty. Perhaps the biggest
problem for a new owner of one of them is that the
cost of heating those homes with high ceilings and little
or no insulation.
As we drove further up Walnut Street, we saw a
few homes that had been modernized. A woman named
Irma Roth had been a teacher and went on to teach at a
university. She had owned a beautiful home on Walnut,
and the new owner has kept it in great condition. It is as
beautiful today as it was when I lived in Boonville.
At the far end of Walnut Street there appears to
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be some newer homes, and I was told that they were
Habitat Homes. Such a beautiful addition to the area!
We turned and went back toward town on the next
street and saw many places where our friends had lived. I
remembered specifically a family that lived on the corner
of one street in a large two-story house. Their name was
Davis. I lived 5 miles out of town, so I was not able to do
many things in town that related to school at that time.
But the Davises would allow me to stay over-night with
them, enabling me to attend a ball game or other activity
at school or at the church.
We eventually ended up on Third Street. To strangers,
3rd Street was the same as Main Street to us. We
drove down the road and again reminisced about how
Betty Anne lived and walked to school and where some
of her other friends had lived.
And, of course, there was the City Lake. Oh, what a
lot of memories we had about that place. Nearly everyone
we knew went to the City Lake all summer long.
Don always said that he nearly lived at the Lake during
the summer months. Because I lived in the country,
it was just a place we drove to look at the ducks, and I
certainly never swam in it. If I confess right now, I will
tell you that I hated water then and I still do! I knew I
needed to learn how to swim so I went to the YWCA in
Evansville and took swimming lessons. The class was six
weeks long and I went every week but NEVER got in the
water. The instructor said at the end of the class that he
wondered if I thought I could learn by osmosis! Not to
be bested, I signed up again. Finally, after much cajoling
and patience, he managed to make sure I could swim the
length of the pool and I got my certificate. I framed it and
hung it proudly for many years. I only hoped that I never
needed to use it!!!
As usual, Betty Ann and I ended up at the cemetery.
We both have relatives buried on one side of the cemetery
and we have vowed that since we had been friends all
these years we would be together forever in our afterlife.
Not many people would find it enjoyable to wander
around the streets and enjoy the scenes, but we are looking
forward to exploring the other side of Boonville on
our next time together. And, certainly, this is one of my
most precious Yesterdays Remembered. MJ
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