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John Baburnich is the publisher and editor of EvansvilleBoneyard.Org

The Year that was 1969 in Evansville
by John Baburnich

The Evansville Boneyard - Fall, 2009


City-County Building authority announces officials will begin moving into the new Civic Center in mid-January. City, county and schools buildings will reside in the complex bordered by Walnut, Seventh, Vine, and Tenth streets,

Indiana Bell announces that touch-tone telephone dialing will come to two local exchanges in the coming year.

The Parks Department announces land will be acquired for a third city golf course and Wessleman's Par-3 course will open in the spring.

University of Evansville enrolls its first students in the newly accredited baccalaureate program in Nursing.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announce the Newburgh lock and dam project will be complete in the spring.

Evansville teen band, the "Unpredictables", earns an appearance on Dick Clark's television program, "Happenings". The group must raise expense money for the trip to Los Angeles.

Tickets are for sale for an appearance by Jose Greco and his company of over 20 Spanish Dancers, Singers, and Musicians at the Vanderburgh Auditorium.

Main street is hit by two-alarm fire on January 8th that injures three fireman. The fire originated in Hardy's Men's Shoes at 500 Main and Gilbert's Men's and Boy's Wear and the Peanut store at 502 Main reported smoke damage.

A second two-alarm fire in as many days hits Main Street and destroys the Red Spot paint store. The spectacular fire, aided by gusty winds, is prevented from destroying the YMCA by what witnesses call a 'wall of water'. The fire started when a bulldozer struck a 55-gallon drum of laquer.

City services come to a standstill on Monday, January 13th when 190 waterworks, highway, sanitation, sewer and county garage employees vote to strike over wages, hospital insurance, working conditions, and a lack of job upgrading. The strike will be settled and the workers back on the job by following Thursday.

Indiana State University at Evansville (ISUE) will move to its new west side campus in the fall but will fight for $8.2 million in expansion money that would build three buildings and make site improvements. The state legislature will delete the money from the budget, and 1969 will see ISUE battle politically for its growth and independence.

Final designs are being made for the new Community Center at Heidelbach and Sycamore streets.

Michael O'Leary and Rob Deckard, both juniors, were name associate editors of the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University's student newspaper.

Red Spot Paint, a manufacturer of all types of industrial coatings announces the purchase of its first company airplane.

The Dixie Bee Highway Federation recommends Highway 41 be expanded into a 4 lane highway between Evansville and Chicago.

ISUE, in its last spring semester at Centenniel School, schedules 12 evening classes.

A Red Bird gasoline station attendent is murdered while inside the office at the SE Eighth street address. Four persons will be eventually charged with the murder.

While $8.2 million for ISUE expansion remains deleted from the state budget, a bill that would establish ISUE as the "University of Southern Indiana" and is given half hearted support by ISU's president Alan Rankin. Southern Indiana Higher Education Board Member, Roland Eckels, says that the board felt betrayed by Dr. Rankin. Rankin is perceived at directing his efforts on projects only affecting the ISU campus in Terre Haute.

Evansville's Traffic Directory tells the safety board that because of a fad of collecting street signs, 4,548 street signs were missing or damaged and will cost the city $20,000 to replace.

Former Evansville native and Miami Dolphin football star Bob Griese announces he will build 100-150 garden apartments adjacent to the new ISUE campus.

The legislature passes a bill that mandates the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County fund a study of the possible duplication of local government services.

ISUE reports 1,050 student enrollments for the spring semester.

First Lt. Wayne A. Kaiser, of Newburgh, is awarded the Bronze Star for his meritorious service in Viet Nam

Garbage Collection will be handed over to a private company, but Evansville apartment owners organize to protest city plans to exclude them from refuse collection.

The Evansville Country Club is considering a move to the Johnson Estate in McCutchanville. City leaders eye the country club's current location for purchase.


With only 20 buildings left, the 28.7 acres bound by Locust, Second, Ingle, and Riverside has seen 64 buildings knocked down in the $4.6 million, 8 1/2 block Riverside Renewal Project. The project will be complete before February 23rd.

Anne Kathryn Duggins, a nine-year old Evans Grade School fourth graders is a national grand prize winner in the Sunday Courier's Cappy Dick Contest. The prize was a 15-volume set of Childcraft and a 20-volume set of World Book Encyclopedia.

Manford E. Morrow, raised in Wadesville a UE student and graduate of Oakland City College, is appointed president and chief executive officer for Dog-N-Suds Inc. Before being hired by the parent company he operated his own Dog-N-Suds drive-in restaurant.

A fire bomb is hurled through a window at Fulton School damaging books, a bookcase, and the floor and a wall of a classroom. Central High has had several classroom firebombed with little damage.

Mayor Frank McDonald appoints a citizens committee of commerce and industry giants of 25 to study methods to revitalize downtown. The committee consisted of 25 men.

$1.7 million for new construction at Indiana State Universtiy-Evansville (ISUE) is contained in the proposed state budget to be presented to the General Assembly. With matching federal funds there is enough to build a 50,000 volume library for $2.8 million. The budgeted amount is far less than the $8.2 million requested.

ISUE's operating budget request for 1970-71 seeks enough money to pay full time insructors an average of $10,000 year. No advisors are funded and Dean Dr. David Rice must also handle the advisement of all students.

A bill to hire a 'super salesman' to promote local facilties is prepared for the legislature by the Chamber of Commerce.

A proposed halfway house for rehabilitation of alcoholics wins a zoning fight and will locate at 901 SE Sixth St.

The United States Department of the Interior honors Mesker Park Zoo for being only one of four zoos in the United States breeding Trumpeter Swans in captivity.

Evansville's $9.6 million new high school, Central High School, begins construction on outer First Avenue.

The 120 year old Fendrich Cigar company announces it will close before May 15.

Demonstrators look on as City Council members approve by party lines the contract with a private firm to handle garbage collection in the city.

In the first city-recognized union elections, city workers voted to accept Teamsters Local 215 as its bargaining agent. Sanitation and and Street Department voted 20-1 in favor of Teamsters 215. No dates have been set for other department's elections.

Eugene Schmidt is elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Schmidt was the playmaker on Bosse's 1944 state championship team and played his collegiate career for Texas Christian University. Broc Jerrel also played on that team.

The City-County Health Board learns because of a recent pay raise, Evansville dog catchers make more money that their salaried supervisor.

ISUE will acquire eight parcels of land along the highway and a 2.3 acres strip that will give the university access to Schutte Road.

The $1.00 fee for departing passengers created by the Airport Authority was found to be invalid by Judge Benjamin Buente. The lawsuit was filed by three airlines: Eastern, Delta, and Allegheny.

Evansville Bus service is financially ailing and applies to the federal government for funds to buy 35 more buses.

Catholic schools are facing cl;osure unless they find a way to aid the struggling financially and announces they will have to find help or schools.

Two bills are introduced in the legislature in an effort to bring a medical school to Evansville. Evansville, Muncie, Gary and St. Bend are the four cities competing for the schools. John Cox's (R-Evansville) bill would locate a school in Vanderburgh County and was defeated 58-27. Joel Dekcard(R-Mt. Vernon introduces a bill that would create two state medical schools and mandates that one be built north of I-70 and one be built south of I-70. Since the other cities were north of I-70 Evasnville would receive a medical school by default. It was defeated 66-24.

Mabel C. Hollaway is named Woman of the Year by the Evansville Quota club. Described as working quietly with no fanfare, Mrs. Holloway has devoted much of her life for the welfare of young people.


A controversy is created when city controller Jewett Davidson requests from the Parks Board an admission fee to Mesker Zoo. The request mentions a fifty cent charge for adults with free admission for children under 12. One of the desired effects of the admission price is to reduce vandalism. However, Indiana law makes it impossible to earmark the receipts for zoo improvements.

Don Brown of 3412 Conlin Avenue runs 1,629 miles in YMCA's "Run for Your Life" program. John Hopkins of 200 Walnut logs 683 miles.

Vandal using pellet guns shootout the windshields on the city's south east side causing $10,000 in damages.

Bishop Paul Leibold suggests the Evansville Diocese could borrow money to keep the Catholic schools open for at least a year

The Area Council of Parent Teacher Associations adopt a resolution to be presented at the state convention in May opposing state aid to any non-public schools.

Brig. General James A. Hebbeler, a former Evansville resident and a 1955 Bosse graduate, makes national news when he states the Soviet Union is ahead of the United States in chemical and biological warfare.

Evansville Teachers vote to not observe the one-day walkout called by the Indiana State Teachers Association over a 'lack of legislation' that would cause severe damage to Indiana schools and children. The ETA sees "no positve evidence of a practical advantage" of any work stoppage.

Garbage begins to pile up in the city as 28 workers call in sick. A private company will take over garbage collection later this month and many of the workers will be out of a job.

ISUE, citing no increases in tuition since the regional campus was created, calls for a $3 dollar an hour increase. This proposal will bring the rate of $18 dollars a credit hour for in-state residents.

Paul D. Crimm. former director of Boehne Hospital is arrested for performing two abortions. Two unwed women, both from Illinois both are reported to have received abortions in Evansville.

The McCurdy Hotel, built in 1917 at a cost of $750,000 and once considered the "pride of Evansville" sits near empty and files bankruptcy in an Indianapolis federal court.

N. Darwin Covert, a 31 year police officer and Chief of Police since 1930 resigns his position to become head of security for the new Civic Center.

The City Council proposes an ordinance to supply the bus service with assistance if it becomes necessary.

Private garbage collection starts service on March 17th.

Evansville apartment owners file suit to be included in the new garbage collection contract with a private company.

Private investors announce the construction of a 9-hole golf course at Old State Road and Highway 41.

The U.S Department of Health, Education, and Welfare approves funds for the creation of educational TV on Channel 9.

April 30th is set as the deadline set by the Animal Nuisance Commission.for pet owners to buy animal permits. Persons owning horses, mules, and cows will have to buy a $3 permit. Dogs, cats, and small pet permits will cost $1. The Commission will also check on pets periodically for proper care.

Imperial Plastics purchases the property of the Fendrich Cigar company which announced earlier this year they will close their doors.

Indiana State University announces ISUE will offer degrees beginning in 1971. Dean Dr. David Rice submits a proposal to offer degrees in business, chemisty, English, life science, and mathematics.

The Indiana State University Board of Trustees okays the building of library at the new ISUE campus.

A 27 year old man, in a attempt to steal a one-ton statue of Christ in front of Tilford Memorials at 508 NW Fourth Street, suffers a broken leg when the statue topples and falls on him.

Sherry Crawford receives the review all performers strive for when critc Jeanne Suhrheinrich instructs her readers to: "Whatever you planned for this weekend, cancel, or postpone it - or forget it! - but don't miss Sherry Crawford in concert at Shankln Theatre, Friday, or Saturday- or both! Thrilling. Absolutely thrilling"

A would-be robber becomes frustrated and stomps out of Snow Motors after he approached a secretary with the question, "Lady, where do you keep the money'? - the reply comes, "In the bank".


A large delegation of Evansville residents drive to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Depot in Washington, Indiana, to pay tribute to the funeral train of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had died five days earlier.

Donald Diamond and his thirteeen year old son Duane, of 219 Mary Street receive only the third certificate of recognition to civilians from the Police Merit Commission for their capture of the robber who took $145 from the Great Scot grocery story at Main and Franklin.

Evansville resident Grant Schaefnocker tells of his bedside visit from General Eisenhower while recuperating from his stay in a German POW camp after being captured at the Battle of the Bulge. "He was a great man and that brief visit meant the world to me", concluded Schaefnocker.

Evansville Police raid a house at 1120 W. Indiana street and arrest 27 people on charges of liquor and gambling violations.

Evansville Waterworks president Arthur P. Walling announces a 70 percent increase in water rates. The city was seeking a 100 percent increase.

A newly formed Drug Committee is formed and will study the facts on all facets of illegal drug abuse in the city.

In a response to a new Evansville law that requires licenses for pets, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gerhardt of 702 N. Fares Avenue registers their pet, "Ally Oop", a 5 1/2 foot alligator that the Gerhardts have cared for in their home for 24 years.

Anchor Supply Company, a Riverside Drive steamboat supply company for seventy-seven years, is forced to move by the Riverfront Renewal Projects to the Burch Industrial park. It will change its name to Anchor Industries and specialize in the manufacture of big tents and awnings.

In a surprise move, the Waterworks announces it will fight for the originally desired 100 per cent increase in water rates because the approved 70 percent was not enough to fund the proposed $25.5 million dollar in improvements.

School Board members vote to close the Union Township school despite protests by parents who note the 15 to 1 teacher to student ratio and are pleased with the education their children receive. No shop, home economics and music classes are offered. Students will move to Daniel Wertz School.

A $40,000 lawsuit is filed against the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and a Bosse High School teacher for injuries received in an explosion during an experiment in a physical chemistry class.

The Evansville City Council refuses to appropiate any money to fund a state mandated study of possible duplication of local government services.

The Penny Can grocery store files a one million dollar lawsuit against the city for "negligence in failing to increase the number of its policemen charged with providing law and order and did not provide adequate police protection" during earlier racially charged incidents.

Vanderburgh County Civil Defense Director pans the areas storm warning system by claiming our "alarm system is second rate. It would be adequate for Civil War times, or perhaps World War I, but not today".

A seventy two percent water increase will be the new water rate.

Vanderburgh residents will no longer have to prove they have paid their property taxes to purchase auto license plates.

Hahn employees receive $100,000 in profit-sharing.

The Evansville City transit president, Roland St. John announces Evansville will be without bus service on May 1st unless the city agrees to spend $4,000 to $5,000 a month.

The County Council appropiates $1,110 to the state mandated study of duplication of local government services. The law requires a minimum of a $15,000 appropiation.

Two Evansville policemen are observed sleeping by a Evansville Courier newspaper reporter.

Evansville Courier reporter Barry Standley reports he observed two police officers asleep in their squad car at Dress Plaza, creating a furor between the police department and Standley. Standley claims he is being followed and harassed by the police and is issued a speeding ticket. At the trial, one of Standley's neighbors testifies that a police car is waiting everyday to follow Standley to work. City Judge Wayne Kent postpones his decision to the next day when he tells Standley that he is not finding him innocent because "Evansville's Finest" was harassing him, but because the device that measured Standley's speed needed "adjusting." Standley's attorney, John Clouse, then asks when the last time the device had been "adjusted"... and the police do not know.

General Foods chairman, C.W. "Tex" Cook unveils a new plaque on the new Igleheardt plant at 1600 First Avenue. The plant will make "Toast'em Fresh Pop-Ups".

A University of Evansville's Crescent student newspaper editorial demands that the required 11 pm curfew for upper-classmen women be dropped and the administration quit treating students "like babies."

An estimated 12,000 people attend the closing night service of evangelist-football player Bill Glass' 8-day crusade that will attract 70,000 to Roberts Stadium. The Evansville City Council approves funding to subsidize the bus system. All councilmen are displeased with spending tax money on a bus line, but agree it is a necessary service.

Police Chief Charles Gash reverses his decision to no punishment for two police officers discovered sleeping in their squad car at Dress Plaza ealier this month and issues reprimands to both officers.

The Police Department unveils it latest acquisition: A bullet proof armored car. The restored car was purchased in a used armored car pool in Chicago.


A twin-engine plane crashes into two houses in the three hundred block of Walnut Street, killing a man in one of the houses and critically burning a woman over 80% of her body. The 29 year old male pilot and his 21 year female old passenger are heavily rumored to be having sex while the plane was on auto-pilot. The pilot was immediatley fired by his company and the FAA revoked his pilot's license.

Mayor McDonald make a surprise appointment by reaching down into the ranks to promote 14 year police veteran Det. Sgt. James S. Lane as Chief of Police. Lane replaced Darwin Covert who retired after a 31 year career.

Stewart's Department Store become the southern anchor of Washington Square Mall giving the mall 450,000 square feet of retail space under roof.

Marilyn Pittman leads the All-City woman bowlers with a 181 average of all the leagues she bowls in. Also named are Helen Fuquay, Dottie Hunter, and Rovella Jobe.

Nineteen year old Donna Berfanger of 2811 Selzer road crashes her car on a Macon, Georgia bypass into a truck filled with ammunition. Hundreds of 20mm cannons explode and sprays an area 3/4 of a mile with explosions. Two persons were hit with exploding rounds and four people were hurt in the crash.

The Evansville School Board proposes a new elementary school be built on Stockwell Road north of Theater Drive.

The Evansville Museum drives a gold-plated spike into a tie of the Sprinklesburg, Goosetown, and Independence Railroad, the Museum's own railroad placed in Sunset Park in 1966, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the intercontinental railroad at Promontory Point, Utah. The commemorative spike will remain on display. The first 144 person receive a souvenier.

Two Evansville police officers speak out in favor of a proposal to release the name the names of juvenile offenders "who are beyond rehabilitation".

Mrs. Mary Judkins, severely burned when an airplane crashed into her Walnut Street home files a million dollar lawsuit agains the pilot and the Western Star Milling company of Salina, Kansas.

8000 people had to be evacuated from Roberts Stadium duriong WROZ's Radio Shower of Stars because of a bomb threat. The large crowd stood in the rain for 20 minuted to return to hear Stonewall Jackson finish the song he was in the middle of performing when the Stadium was evacuated.

The Evansville Bar Association's 73-page report on crime in Evansville is released on the editorial page of the Evansville Courier and calls for a regional juvenile center be built here, an increased staff of probation officers, expand programs into school activity in problem areas, the hiring of a full time City Court Judge, and increase of probation for person who plead guilty.

F.W Stark, the group manager of Sears Roebuck, calls Mickey Ford of 1604 Enlow Avenue, a 14 year old North freshman, a "credit to any generation" when she discovers and returns $700 that a clerk accidently placed into her bag of purchases. She also received a $20 gift certificate.

All five city high schools reject an All-City dance for seniors. The previous year few tickets were sold and the five schools had to split the $9.11 profit.

North High School students must spend their lunch hour outside as police and firemen respond to a bomb threat at the school.

Governor Edgar Whitcomb pledged the dual-laning of U.S. 41 will be completed to Terre Haute before the end of his adminstration.

D. Bailey Merrill, an Evansville attorney, will chair a citizens committee to implement the recommendation of a two-year crime study conducted by the Evansville Bar Association.

All offices have officially moved from the Old Court House to the new Civic Center at a cost of $1,235.04.

51 year old Robert Campbell of 1802 Broadmoor Drive is credited with saving the life of 12 year old David White of 1917 Parker Drive. Campbell rescued White who came into contact with an electric wire during a game of Tag. Campbell caught the boy in his arms when he released his hold on the wire and fell 30 feet.

The City Coucil authorizes a subsidy of $30,000 to keep the city buses running for six months.

The City Council renames Pennysvlvania-Division-Slaughter as "Eisenhower Drive" and appropiates $9000 for new street signs.However, state law says no road or bridge under the jurisdiction of the Indiana State Highway Commission can be named after any individual living or dead and can only be renamed by the state legislature.

Chick Anderson, who called the horse races at Ellis Park and the Triple Crown events on national television, resigns his position at Ellis park to become publicity director and track announcer at Arlington and Washington parks in Chicago.

The New Civic Center is dedicated on May 23, 1969.

Mayor Frank McDonald announces that the log awaited L&N railroad bypass will begin on May 24th and alleviate the traffic problems caused by long trains through the city.

The state legislature appropiated money to fund the Children's Psychiatric Center for two years and begin construction of the Southwestern Indiana Mental Health Center at Fourth and Mulberry.

The Bi-State Gold Star Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River is dedicated before several hundred onlookers. The bridge is the believed to be the first major memorial to casualties of the Viet Nam War.


The House of Como Night Club, located at 2802 S. Kentucky Avenue, is gutted by fire and is considered almost totally destroyed. Prior to 1960 it was well known as the Brown Derby.

The Evansville Parks board will take over the operation of the Howell Park concession stand and park shelter. The Board cites the State Board accounts' disapproval of private groups operating facilities on public property and the need to operate under uniform rules. The Howell Booster protests and argues that it has control of the facility for 30 years and provided some of the money to establish the facilities.

City attorney Robert Matthews receives a parking ticket for not feeding the meter and protests to the Safety Board that the meter wasn't there when he parked his car. Sometime after Matthews parked his car the city installed the parking meter. Unfortunately, he protested to the wrong board. The Works Board handles parking meters.

After seventeen years of doing business in the Covert and Lodge shopping center, Clarence Horty announces he is moving his Ben Franklin store to the Washington Square outlet.

The School Board announces a new elementary school will be built at Fulton and Mill Road. Mr. and Mrs. John Cave of 4509 Kratzville Drive loses 700 feet of their 1000 foot deep lot.

Evansville leaders announce an increase in population of 1,600. The increase is attributed to an increased birth rate, a reduced death rate and the influx of 12,800 persons to Indiana.

The Mesker Zoo dedicates its new $60,000 facilty for hoofed animals.

Reacting to incidents of brick throwing in the Lincoln Avenue area, Chief of Police James Lane eyes a stricter curfew. The plan is to repeal the local curfew law and enforce the more strict state curfew law.

After months of study by the city and Teamster Local 215, the city council is presented with an ordinance that establishes policies on working conditions.

The Indiana Employment Security office announces jobs in the Vanderburgh, Warrick and Henderson County increased by 600.

Local promoter Walter Dibeck sells his Global Baseball League and Lake Reel'em-In to the Baptist Foundation of America, Inc. for $4.1 million.

The School Board named the new elementary school being built on Stockwell Road the Robert Stockwell Elementary School. Robert Stockwell bought the land in 1816, the same year Indiana became a state.

Jane Hunsinger, a 16 year old North High School, of 6721 Old State Road is named "Miss Safe Boating". She receives a trophy and two $25 bonds.

The Post Office implements a mail sorter, operated by six workers, than can do the work of 150 workers.Downtown morning delivery service is reduced to one from two.

After being used about half of its expected life, the city landfill on First Avenue will close.

A "Tell it like it is" meeting concerning low income housing will is held to discuss views on living conditions and slum landlords by the Housing Committee of the Human Relations Commission.

A proposed 1970 city budget asks pay for 54 new police officers. The additional officers will bring the total city force to 288. The budget for officers is $298,718 more than the 1969 budget.

The Howell Booster circulates a petition to Mayor McDonald requesting continued control of Howell Concession and Howell park. The Mayor has already taken over the other two entities that were operated by private parties on public property: The Gresham Home and the Tepe Pool House.

The County Commissioner are handed a "hot potato" when a security company requests agency employees who guard warehouses be sworn in as special county policemen.

After Mary Finch, 18 Hogan's Alley, testifies against her landlord in the Human Relations Committee's "Tell it like it is" forum on low income housing, her landlord dumps cinder, rocks, and broken glass in her back yard.

A week after passing a physical examination, 61 year old Dorthea Rohman, a prominent figure in Evansville Civic organizations for 28 years dies suddenly. She was the head of the War Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Mayor McDonald will name three white men, as white representation, to the newly created Advisory Board of Black Affairs.

A $8,911,022 tax lien is file against Ray Ryan, owner of Ryan Oil company. A multi-millionaire Palm Springs developer who rubs elbows with celebrities and globe-trots the world, Ryan is under investigation about gift memberships to his Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Kenya going to top Mafia figures.

Fire alarm boxes are replaced with a 160 telephone system leased at the cost of $40,000

Robert Ford Fulks, a 1933 Central High graduate and material control engineer with the United States'space program is recognized by having his name entered into the Apollo Saturn V Roll of Honor for his role in sending three men to the moon and returning them safely to earth.


The Howell Booster Club will defy Mayor Frank McDonalds plan to return Howell Park and Howell Concession to public control after thirty years of control by the club. The spokesman for the Booster Club warns a "welcoming party" will be at the park to meet "whoever the mayor sends out to take over the opertion" and "Mayor McDonald should lead whoever comes out to Howell."

ISUE announces enrollment for the Fall semester has increased 70% over last year.

Dick Jarboe, a prominent politician during the Hartke-Davidson administration, dies suddenly at the age of 56.

The Howell Booser Club seeks a restraining order to keep Mayor McDonald and the city from seizing control of the Howell Shelter House.

The Downtown Renewal Committee of 25 members, and 5 sub-committees strongly urge an immediate start to the recommendations set forth in their study. Parking, traffic flow, transportation, riverfront development and an emphasis on cleanliness are among the recommendations.

Chief of Police, James Smith Lane, digs into his own pocket to pay a tavern for a bottle of liquor received by one of his officers who could not get the proprietor of the establishment to accept payment.

The School Board 'regretfully" refuses the newly created educational and public television Channel 9 studio space in the Old Courthouse.

Police Lt. Charles R. Johnson tells the the Downtown Kiwanis Club that several businesses are behind the illegal dope traffic around the city and the police know who they are.

During the 4-day Fraternal Order of Police conference held in the city, the police organization announces they will record campaign promises to the police by the politicians and states, "politicians would regret their campaign promises if they were not kept."

The Howell Booster Club files suit seeking an injunction to stop the city from taking over operation of Howell Park. The plaintiffs argue "irreparable damage" if the club is removed as operator.

The City Council passes the new stricter curfew measure designed to crack down on juvenile violators. Parents of juveniles who violate curfew may face prosecution.

Central High School graduate Captain William A. Cluthe, a pioneer in commericial aviation, dies at the age of 72. In 1930, Capt Cluther was, along with Charles Lindbergh, one of only 12 pilots working for Pan American airlines.

Tempers flare over accusations of 'playing politics' at the City Council meeting as the council passed two ordinances along party-lines that pave the way for the building of the Community Center.

Only 40 persons attend a luncheon sponsored by the Conrad Baker Foundation in an effort to raise $150,000 to save the Old Courthouse. The Foundation has been given a 99 year lease under the charge they must find a use for the building. The Foundation envisions office space, local history education, promotion of tourism, a covered mall, women's specialty shops, display rooms for downtown merchants, and as a facilty for clubs, social groups, dances and dinners. A few days later the County Council announces they will maintain the Old Courthouse to give time for the Conrad Baker Foundation's fundraising to materialize.

Ghetto fires break out and a large crowd gathers at the Lincoln-Governer area as it is reported a 14 year old black boy, standing on his porch at 820 S. Governor Street, was shot and killed by a sniper driving by in a car. The city is sealed with a dusk to dawn curfew. Evenutally it would be learned that a friend of the young boy accidently shot him.

Miss Gayla Gore must act quickly to move up her wedding up one hour to beat the citywide curfew. Calls had to be made to the invitees and the Rev. Norman Zulauf must quickly adjust his schedule to perform the wedding. It all goes off without a hitch.

Calm returns to the city as the curfew is lifted after 14 hours. Three people have been wounded and 108 people were arrested on curfew violations.

City and County Offices close for a day in observance of the "National Day of Participation of Man's Landing on the Moon."

The city oldest Liquor Store is sold by Urban S. Reising to the Bosse family. Reising obtained the first liquor license issued in Evansville following the repeal of Prohibition 35 years ago.

Bishop Paul Leibold, stating "I do not want to leave Evansville, but"I gave my life to Christ in his church without reservation." is named to be head of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Manfred Schaus, head of University Evanville's computer center unveils a new "third generation" computer that will personalize the university's relationship with its students. UE will also increase studies in computer science.

The development of the Wesselman Nature Center sees its beginning in subscriptions and a planned fund raiser to obtain the $100,000 needed to build an exhibit classroom.

Consultants offer a plan to the Airport Authority that will expand the airport and alter the route of Indiana highway 57.

Mead Johnson announces it plans a $500,000 research center on the Mead Johnson Park located on highway 62 twelve miles west of Evanvsille.

James A Reeves, a former Evansville resident and president of Spacelabs, Inc. of Sherman Oak, California developed the monitoring equipment to keeps tabs on all aspects of the human body while in outer space.

Internationally known children books author. Mrs Ann Weil, dies at age 60 in her home on 100 Fielding Road. Mrs. Weil wrote 11 books in including My Dear Patsy, Pussycat's Breakfast, and Animal Families.


Louis Durfee, vice-president of operations for the Credithrift Financial Corp., takes an unexpected trip to Cuba when he was a passenger on a TWA flight that is hijacked by a federal prisoner who escaped the two U.S. Marhsalls transporting him.

The unemployment rate for the Evansville Metropolitian area jumps to 3.8%

The Public Health Nursing Association refused to move into its new quarters in the Civic Building. The Health Department Dpartment considers taking PHNA's $81,000 in city funds to start a nursing department.

North Side residents protest L&N plans to replace the Division Street tracks by locating a new railroad track that runs next to and by their property.

University of Evansville football player, Tony Milto, is killed in a Marion county car wreck. He was a starter on Jim Byer's offensive unit.

Maintenance personnel at ISUE put the finishing touches on the new campus that is schedule to open on the west side of Evansville this fall.

L&N officials withdraw their plans to relocate the Division Street tracks. A railroad spokesman states,"This does not mean, in any sense, that we have abandoned our plans, or made have made any changes" in the plan to relocate the track. Amid protest the railroad says it will give further study to a relocation route.

The FBI busts the largest gambling operation in Evansville history when it raids a gambling room above the former Ray's Tavern at Third and Columbia. Local, state, and federal officials make 47 arrests.

Excavation at the construction site of the new mental health center at Fourth and Mulberry reveals a buried surprise. A well preserved blonde woman's body in a very old casket is unearthed and reinterred in Oak Hill Cemetery. The woman is believed to be Mrs. Hugh McGary, the wife of the founder of Evansville. The County Council receives the $350 bill.

Two hundred boys, ages 10 and 11, sign up for the newly formed Junior Football program.

The Chamber of Commerce announced the local economy is at a high point for employees and employers as well. Statistics show total employment at 96,500, of whom a third is involved in manufacturing.

William Carl Mitchell is found guilty of killing a Red Bird Station attendent on January 23 and is sentenced to life in prison.

Asa B. Cabaniss, a former Evansville resident. donates to the city the oldest known history book on Evansville. The book depicts key figures and prominent residences and is believed to have been printed by the old Keller-Crescent Printing Co. around 1890.

The New Old National Bank Building begins to tower against the Evansville skyline. The $5 million 18-story headquarters will be the tallest office building in Evansville. The Bank is occupied by several operations, including marketing, auditing, accounting, purchasing, consumer lending, and credit card departments, among others.

Free parking space is sought by employees of the new Civic Center as a 'fringe benefit" and it is estimated it will cost governmental units $35,000.

The oldest existing retail operation in Evansville, Smith and Butterfield, will open a new store at 2800 Lynch Road. Business will remain as usual at 305 Main Street as it has done since 1866.

Jerry Mattingly, 23, one of Evansville's oustanding athletes, is killed in freak accident while working for Midwest Construction company on the new interstate 64 in Posey County. He was an integral part of the UE Aces team that appeared in the NCAA basketball finals and was to become the recreational director for Day School in the fall.

The City Council adopts the Gruen Report and the findings of the mayorally appointed 25 man committee to develop a plan to revitalize downtown.

The County Board of Review voids assessments in three townships: German, Scott, and Perry. A request for $100,000 to finance the reassessment to the County Council.

Lewis Volpe, Vanderburgh County Auditor warns the County Council warns that local governmental units are facing bankruptcy if the reassessmentis not completed soon.

A reduction in government public work fund allocations will leave the nearly completed $24 million lock and dam at Newburgh idle for 18 months.

Plans for an American Museum of Music to locate in Evansville dies a quiet death for a lack of support in funding.

A study by the City Controller's office finds Mesker Zoo operated less expensively than previously thought. The survey states the Zoo achieved this on "one of the smallest budgets with the smallest staff of any zoo comparable to size in the nation".

A animal kennel operator learns how his dogs feel when he is locked in a pen while robbers ransack his bnusiness.

The Area Plan Commission announces a plan that will dramatically affect new developments of subdivisions in the city. The law calls for more strict regulations on street construction, sanitary sewers, and storm drainage.

Arkla Gas acquires the old Bendix-Washington air brake plant at Kentucky and Virginia Avenues and allows the growing firm to expand its growing gas air-conditioning

Miss Connie Cohrs, 10700 Old State Road, is selected "Miss Torchbearer" for the 1969 United Fund. Miss Cohrs is a senior at North High School.

Gilbert C. McCleary,owner of McCleary coach lines that services the Springhaven area north of North park, says he is not interested in giving up his bus line. The city wants to take over McCleary's route and service the Springhaven area that is being taxed to provide the subsidy for the rest of the city's bus line. "Buy me out or we will got to court", states McCleary.

A new law passed by the state legislature permits women to sit at the bar in the city's taverns. Tavern owners previously argued the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had already given them the right.


An organization of black community leaders, PRIDE, applies to the Small Business Association to open a grocery store to be wholly owned an operated by blacks. Since the closing of the Penny Can store earlier in the spring, elderly blacks have no convenient place to buy groceries. The "Self Help" grocery store will open a few days later at 507 SE 10th Street, the former location of Willie's Market.

The owner of Jim's DX service at 3800 Morgan Avenue, Jamesw Mauzey, files a complaint against the Evansville Police for coming onto his property and shooting a dog, but only wounding it. No complaint had been filed against the dog and the officers thought the dog was sick and possibly dangerous. Only one pellet of the shotgun blast hits the dog and Mauzy is suing for the cost of the 3-hour operation to save the dog.

The University of Evansville celebrates its 50th anniversary.

General Electric purchases Evansville's Benerson Corporation. Benerson operated in Evansville for 20 years and was a pioneer in the engineering, design, and construction of automated machines for industry.

By 'word of mouth' the Evansville Police informs the community that bookies are 'Outlawed'. Many bookies, who had been operating Downtown for many years, close their operations.

A one day strike by the workers of the city's garbage collection service, National Disposal service, temporarily halts refuse collection. Citizens will see a rare event when the service operates on Sunday to catch up in collections.

The 7.1 mile section of the highway west of St. Joseph's Avenue to the Posey County line will be completely renovated to 4 lanes by December. The Chamber of Commerce would like to see the 4 lines extended to the Wabash River.

The Wills Bus Line announces it will provide bus service to the new ISUE campus. It will leave Third and Main at 7:30 am and continue until the last night class. The Bus Line hopes to add terminals at North Park and Lawndale.

Six near-East side groceries are boycotted by "Operation Breadbasket". The group calls for cleaner stores, better grades of food, stocking of black produced items, and for the hiring of more blacks. The stores are the Four-O-Nine Market at 409 SE Riverside, Star Food Market, 507 E Powell, Craig's Modern Market, 119 S Morton, all of Jerry's Food Markets, the Cut-Rate Market, 701 E Walnut, and Bud's Market 604 E. Walnut.

With reassessments for three townships incomplete, and the County Auditor's warning of impending county bankruptcy, the County Council makes draconian cuts of $1,176,700 in the 1970 budget proposal. Affected items include Infrastructure improvements, welfare, employee hospitalization and the possbile closure of the Sailors and Soldiers Coliseum.

A recent rainstorm causes an invasion of bugs in the city. Motorist can barely see and lights are turned off by many residents. Bugs hitting homes sounded like rain.

A 40 hour work week is proposed for government workers. Workers currently work a 35 hour week.

Goodwill Industries announce they will rent three larges offices in the Old Vanderburgh Courthouse.

A tear gas bomb interrupts services at Faith, Hope, and Charity Church.

Surveyors begin a $868,000 study of Evansville traffic to determine future highway needs.

The city Council ponders an air quality ordinance for the city that regulates the emission of heat, light, glare, noise, noxious fumes, and bans open trash burning.

The Fraternal Order of Police quits the Chamber of Commerce for the Commerce's support of the police pay cuts.

An appeal for compromise on police and fireman salaries is rejected by the County Tax Adjustment Board. Salaries for policmen and fireman will be $7,400. The police chief and fire chief will be paid $13,000.

Traffic is backed up at the ISUE entrance as the Fall term starts. Sheriff Riney starts special patrols and urges students to carpool or take the bus. Muddy parking lots affect the campus.

Utterback's Jewelry Store, 221 Main Street, will leave downtown after 50 years. Their new store at Lawndale will remain in business.

L&N will begin immediately its plan to relocate the track on Division Street. Considerable opposition comes from the affected public, but only one house will have to be moved.

The 15 member Citizens Crime Committee appeals to the County Tax Adjustment Board to increase the salaries of police officers.

ISUE Library receives 1500 items from the estate of childrens books author, Ann Weil.

The National Alliance of Airline Pilots give a 'C' rating to Dress Regional Airport for its lack of emergency vehicles.

Evansville Promoter Walter J. Dilbeck and his World Baseball League is sued in Vanderburgh Superior Court. A Venezuala hotel wants the $14,000 Dilbeck team's hotel bill. A check presented earlier by Dilbeck had bounced.

The Bishop of the Evansville Catholic Diocese, the Rev. Paul F. Leibold, bids farewell to the city as he begins his new appointment as head of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


Mayor Frank McDonald and fifty others protest to the Interstate Commerce Commission over Louisville & Nashville Railroad's decision to end train passenger service in Evansville. The mayor and City Councilman William Brooks state it will hurt the growth of both the University of Evanvsille, and the Indiana State University at Evansville.

Boxer Archie Moore, former light-heavyweight world champion, visits the city and joins the the Boy Scouts and the Buffalo Trace Council to fight the 'biggest fight of my life": to reduce juvenile deliquency. His 'Any Boy Can' will sign up 110 inner city youths.

With the Indiana Supreme Court's decsion to erase the "King does no wrong" theory, citizens will now be allowed to sue the state of Indiana. John Clouse represents Robert and Dorothy Perkins in the case that claims they were sickened by polluted water at the Lincoln State Park.

A joint ceremony among Indiana and Illinois commemorates the opening of 16.5 miles of Interstate 64.

Mid-West Federal Savings and Loans becomes the first purchaser of property in the Urban Renewal Project that saw the excavation of 84 buildings on the riverfront.

In a lingering disagreement on the location of the Public Health Nursing Association, the City-County Health Board strip PHNA's city allotment of $81,000 and creates a nursing department under the Health Department.

"Operation Breadbasket's" boycott and picketing of several grocery stores produces results as 6 of the 7 stores agree to the group's demands. Only the Cut-Rate Market makes no concessions and will be continued to be boycotted, but not picketed.

Marcia Yockey is named the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Fall Festival Parade which starts Monday, October 6th.

Kenneth Ricard, 18, Michael Eckert,19, and Michael Southard complain they cannot find jobs of any kind because of the long length of their hair. The Director of the local employment agency says prospective employers ask that applicants with long hair not be sent for interviews. The trio approaches the Chamber of Commerce to invesitigate "this equal opportunity stuff". They are told by the Chamber they "can fill out a complaint..but it probably won't do them any good." Eckert, married with an expectant wife, says, "If people don't want to look at my hair, I'll take a job sweeping sewers underground so nobody can see it".

While the State Tax Board agrees propery assessements in German, Perry, and Scott Townships are too low, they disapprove the $100,000 cost of reassessments and order the assessments raised by a standard amount in each township.

A Mead Johnson scientist, Edward K Bonham, becomes the fifth person in the world to receive certification in sanitation analysis from the American Association of Cereal Chemists.

Robert Green purchases the Hotel McCurdy and should be open again within 30 days.

The Scarlett Sisters, Janet and Jane, of 1917 Oakland Avenue win the junior competition at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival by singing, "For Once in My Life". Sherry Wintz, Box B, St. Joseph Road dances to "Tea for Two" to win the Senior Division.

A wildcat strike at Feuhauf Trailer Corp results in the firings of 24 employees who are protesting the madatory wearing of safety glasses.

Sandra Bumb, 3225 Lemcar Lane, is crowned Quenn of the West Side Nut Club's 1969 Fall Festival. Miss Bumb is a thirteen-year old 8th grade Resurrection student and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Bumb. Lauralee Jost, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jost, 1101 N. Bosse Avenue is first runner-up. Cynthia Linberg, 13, an 8th grader at Tekoppel School and the daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Almond Linberg, 1609 Cumberland was the second runner-up.

In a special City Council meeting, officials decided to go ahead with plans to build seconday sewage facilities despite the fact that state and federal aid may not be available.

Tap dancer Jeri Miller, a senior at Harrison High School, wins the top prize in the amateur contest at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festical. Jeri, is the daughter of the daugher of Mrs. and Mrs. Glenn Miller, 5506 Monroe Avenue. The dancing duet of Karen Miley, 13, the daugher of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Miley, Jr., 441 Scenic Drive and Shannon Silkey, 13, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Silkey of 3500 New Harmony Road wins the Junior Divison. Karen is an eighth grader at Plaza Park School and Shannon is an eighth grader at Helfrich Park. Sears, breaking a long tradition, will open Sundays in an effort to compete other major retail efforts. Other Downtown stores will also open.

Robert Green buys the McCurdy Hotel for $350,000, but an offer of $2 million was necessary to pay off creditors.

Chuck Leach, county courthouse writer for the Evansville Courier, wins a major prize in the Indiana Associated Managing Editors statewide contest. An interview with a man who spent 21 of his 43 years in prison and was trying to convince younger people to avoid the pitfalls that trapped him was the winning entry.

The City of Evansville, Mayor Frank McDonald, and three top city officials are sued for $1.25 million by Local 561 of the Laborers International Union of North America. The suit contends the defendents did not allow the union to lay pipe on private property because many members of the union are black.

Evansville ranks 116th in wages of the top 125 largest metropolitan areas. Evansville is the 121st largest metropolitan area.

Evansville resident Linda (Wright) Patterson and other family members attend the presentation in Washington D.C. in which her husband, Sgt. Robert M. Patterson receives the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Halson Frowick, a former Evansville resident, wins the Coty American Fashion Critics highest award in New York. He will later become known as "Halston".

Mead Johnson instrument designer, Joseph J. Hollinden, is named "Suggester of the Year" by the National Association of Suggestion Systems for suggesting and and developing a radio telemtry device for recording the temperature inside a can inside a steam cooker.

An event at ISUE for the moratorium on the Vietnam War is cut short by Dr. Dan Miller when race relations become tense at a seminar. The seminar was to present prayers and both sides of support for the Viet Nam War.

William Mullen takes first prize in the Parade of Homes event with his house at 6113 Hamilton Drive in Melody Hills.

Evansville Attorney, Joe S. Hatfield, is named vice-president of the Indiana State Bar Association.o

Mrs. William Keevin, head of Humane Society levels charges against the City Animal Pound claiming the pound was not clean, used contaminated food, and let an injured dog remain in pain for 5 days before putting it to sleep. Mayor Frank McDonald says the city will hire a veterinarian to care for impounded animals.

Grocery stores in the city will start charging 10 cents to cash a check for any amount greater than the purchase.

The Boy Scouts dedicate its new headquarters at 1050 Bayard Park Drive.

Vandals pump a hundred gallons of gasoline into the basement of Johnson's Furniture and Floor Coverings destroying thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

Judge William Miller sentences Roger L. Turnbaugh, St. Louis, MO, to 90 day in solitary confinement for contempt of court following Turnbaugh's verbal attack on the court.

Jerry's Market, Eighth and Bellemeade, closes its doors after 21 years in business. It was recently a victim of a boycott by 'Operation Breadbasket".

Chief of Police, James Lane, grounds all five motorcycle patrols due to an injury of an officer.

Mrs. Sydney Berger challenges members of the County Welfare Board members, and the pulbic at-large to spend the week before Thanksgiving on the the food budgets alloted to welfare recipients. Mrs. Berger heads the Friends of Welfare Rights.


The County Welfare Department announces a family of four which wants to live on a welfare food allowance can spend $26.28 a month.

Ervin Wells ends a 52 year career with Keller-Crescent and is later named head of Future, Inc.

The Evansville Post 1114 of the VFW donates four flag poles and flags to ISUE. The flags will be located at the main entrance of the university and will display flags of the United States, United Nations, Indiana, and University.

Bocklemans Restaurant is awarded he the first liquor license issued outside of Evansville to sell hard liquor.

The United States Marines execute a massive manhunt for Evansville resident. Sgt. Bill F. Scott to give treatment for rabies. A dog that bit Scott, prior to his departure from Viet Nam, was later found to be rabid.

The Air Quality Ordinance is passed by the Evansville City Council amid opposition by Southern Indiana Gas and Electric.

The twenty year old SkyWay motel on US 41 North announces a plan to add 352 room by 1975.

The Rev. W.G. Harvey, a former Evansville pastor, is elected the first black mayor of Paducah, Kentucky.

The Junior League pledges a donation of $30,000 for the development of the Wesselman Nature Center.

A gas war between local independent and major service stations continues into a third week. Residents can buy a gallon of gasoline for 24.9 cents, ten cents below normal price.

City officials replace 160 parking meters downtown with the "Golden Circle Circle of Validated Free Parking" meters. Shoppers will park free with tokens received from the merchants.

Evansville investor and business leader C. Bernard Noetling is named City Controller.

City Officials are planning a Hose Hose at 8th and Gum that will be three times larger than any present facility.

The Bosse High Band spells out the letters LBJ, not to honor the former President Johnson, but to bid farewell to band director Lawrence B. Johnston.

The downtown Sears and Roebuck Company, Sears' first retail store, announces major store renovations and a plan to open Sundays. Many other downtown stores follow with Sunday hours.

31 UE students are named to the "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.

Asst. Chief of Police Gash, accidently shoots himself in a room at the Mcurdy Hotel. A small calibur pistol fell off the TV and discgharged, wounding Gash in the back.

Kerney Benningield's, 3531 Kensington Avenue, wallet is mailed to him, along wtih a note from an 'honest thief" apologizing and a simple explanation that he 'needed money'. Benningdfield states that the wallet contained irreplaceable pictures.

50 pesons protest the Viet Nam War by marching single file up Main Street behind a police cruiser in 25 degree weather.

Whirlpool contributes $161,226 to the United Fund campaign.

Evansville Country Club members receive the details of a fund raising campaign designed to add a 36-hole golf course and new buildings and a large parking lot.

Michelle and Michael performes their hi-wire act on Main Street as part of the Evansville Hadi Shrine's circus.

Regional Plan Director, Kenneth Marlin, reports suggestions for a downtown mall and no need for a parking garage to be built. The Mayor's Group of 25 disagree and argues to build a parking garage as soon as possible and postone the idea of a mall indefinitely.

Major leauge baseball team, The Minnesota Twins, offers Evansville a proposition locate their Triple A farm team in Evansville. The Twins desire the location so highly that they haven't looked at other cities.

Mayor Frank McDonald listed some "Facts of Life" to downtown merchants. He tells them a survey shows that customers want them to open later in the morning and close later at night. Suggestions include merchants upgrade their merchandise, consider alley entrances off parking lots, encourage their employees to park in lots farther away, and urged to train their workers to be more friendly. McDonald will receive some heat about remarks made about the friendliness of downtown employees and will have to publicly explain his remarks.

Mayor Frank McDonald anounces plans for a $750,000 landscaped mall downtown. McDonald wants the merchants to pay the price tag over a period of 10 years.

The Mid-States Art Exhibition is called the one of the most controversial in the exhibition's 22 year history. Museum Director, Harvey Dean, cites the generation gap on how the younger people liked the exhibit while older people did not. One board member stated that she never heard so much clamor from the artists themselves concerning the works chosen.

Old National Bank is sued for $1,150,000 in alleged stock deal dating back 23 years to 1946.

Downtown gets its newest book store when House of Books locates at 516 Main.

ISUE seeks approval from the Board of Trustees for 10 more study areas. The new areas include business education, marketing, office administration, elementary education, accounting, finance, bio-physics, geography-geology, general science, and general business.

Old National Banks begins its move into the new 18-story main street building. It is the city's tallest building.

Tax protest groups form to protest reassessment.

Mead Johnson razes parts of the Old Centenniel School. For the past four years it has served as classroom instruction for ISUE.

Clarence Hamilton, owner an operator of a local monument company, is murdered outside his home as he returned from a hunting trip.

Eighteen dogs, all Pekingnese and Poodles registered with the American Kennel Club, are killed in a shed fire at 7828 Spry Road.

Welborn Memorial Hospital announces plans to build a $50 million dollar 7-story complex that will exend the hospital's capacity to 349 beds.

The County Commissioners put up for sale the massive Romantic-style pipe organ located in the Coliseum. It was once called one of the finest organs in the Unites States.


Hadi Shrine announces 77,135 persons atteneded the Shrine Circus this year.

An errant bullet in the Civic Center firing range punctures a hot water line and causes a water cut off.

Hal Lobree, and Evansville geologist, donates his entire library of geology and scientific books to ISUE. The collection contains 1,650 books.

The American Association announces the Minnesota Twins will locate their Triple-A ball club to Evansville. The School Board approves the sale of beer in Bosse Foeld for games.

An application for the the Old Courthouse and Jail to be added to the National Register of Historic Places is delivered to the U.S. Interior Department.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP) crticizes the recent organizational shift in the police department than leaves no black patrolmen on the street.

Former PGA golf champion, Bob Hamililton, presents a proposal to build either a 27 or 36 hole golf course on the grounds of the County Farm.

In a trial run, the large parking lot behind the new Civic Center will be free in a one-month experiment.

The Waterworks Department hires 5 new meter readers so every meter can read and will avoid any estimates.

The "Puppet Lady", Mrs. Norma P. Portlock of 2511 E Powell Avenue dies at age 53. She conducted weekly story hour programs and was a winner of the Herbert Goldhor Award as the library system's outstanding employee.

A ruling by the United States Supreme Court allows Evansville to sue to restore train passenger service. City Attorney Robert Mathews, citing a 'complete lack of interest' by residents that the city will not act to restore passenger service.

The University of Evansville varsity cheerleaders are named to cheer at the annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Three democratic Civic Center workers are accused of phony parking permits for a select portion of the parking lot reserved for persons who must use their car for their job.

Dr. Roger Newman tells the Vanderburgh County Medical Society everything from marijuana to LSD is available area teens.

The ISU Board of Trustees okays the construction of a new temporary lounge on the new ISUE campus. It will provide area for food service, vending machines, snack bar, rest rooms, and a mullti-use room.

The three local hospitals launch the , "Protect Our Patients. Visit their homes -not the Hospital" campaign to discourage too many annoying visitors.

Dogtown is a considered site for the new Port of Indiana. If chosen, the small crossroad settlement would be on the fringe of significant indudstrial expansion.

Former Central High footballs star, Sgt. Tony Dean, 20, is killed in combat in Bong Son, Viet Nam. Dean graduated in 1967.

A citizens committee submits a recommendation that the Boehne Hospital be closed and the patients moved to the County Home.

To provide equal racial balances among Evansville High Schools, new high school districts are drawn. The inner city area will be absorbed by five high schools.

The National Academy of Arts donates to the Evansville Museum the George Romney painting,"Nausicas and Her Maidenn Greeting Ulysses on the Island of Scheria". The British artist lived from 1734 - 1802. The painting is appraised at $10,000.

An Evansville man is accused of using stolen materials to build an apartment complex at 909 Lafayette Street. The man is wanted in at least four Kentucky cities for theft of building materials.

Evansville residents celebrate the first White Christmas in years as 2.3 inches of snow fall on Christmas Day.

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