Historically Speaking

This is an archive of weekly columns written by Darrel Radford, Board member of The Henry County Historical Society, and published each Saturday in The Courier-Times, New Castle’s daily newspaper.

Driving down memory ‘lane’

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Historically Speaking |

By Darrel Radford

For The Courier-Times

A brother’s sweet jump shot from the top of the key. A ringside seat for a sectional upset. Big time shots, overtime thrillers and individual heroics.

As a basketball fan and a journalist, I have been blessed to see a lot of great games in Henry County. When I was asked if I would want to write about the most memorable ones from the 1970s and 1980s, the answer was as predictable as a Steve Alford free throw.

Yes! Where do I start?

Church Street Gym

For me, I guess it starts in Church Street Gym, where Blue River Valley used to play its home games before the current high school was built. My brother, Ron, was a senior guard and averaged about 14 per game. One night the Vikings were playing Knightstown, which had a guard by the name of Gene Bundy. My dad challenged Ron, offering $1 for every point he scored over 20.

My brother scored 21 that night. If memory serves, Bundy – now Henry County’s treasurer, had a few more than that.

But I always enjoyed watching my brother play. He could jump and his jump shot was a thing of beauty.

Of course, there was another game played in that gym that I’m sure people remember more than the one I just described. It was a bit before my time but I certainly wish I could have been there, too.

1974 Sectional Upset

The next game on my list would have to be the 1974 sectional game against Knightstown. The Panthers were 15-5, as I recall, and we were 5-15. But you know what they say – “on any given night.” And this was one of those nights.

I was a student manager and had a courtside seat to a great game. Tony Goff, our star player, couldn’t miss, it seemed. We were red hot and built a big lead, only to have it melt right before our eyes faster than the clock ticked down. It was the late Kyle Burke – who just passed away this month – hitting some key free throws down the stretch to give Blue River its first sectional victory since the school’s first year of consolidation. Our fans stormed the fieldhouse floor. The next day, we were all cheering and celebrating around the BRV halls until Principal Robert Poffenbarger kindly reminded us not to forget to go to class.

Speaking of the Devils

Fast-forward six years, and I was courtside for a different reason – serving as sports editor of The Courier-Times. It was a time when Richmond came to New Castle for sectional action. Nobody liked the fact that the Devils were here. But no one could argue they sure made things interesting. Who could forget the four-overtime thriller between Shenandoah and Richmond that year?

The 1980 and 1981 sectional championship games had identical final scores: 40-39 – and Richmond was involved in both of them.

Richmond defeated New Castle in 1980. (I’m still waiting for the foul to be called and Kent Grider to be awarded his free throws with no time left on the clock. Grider was chasing down a rebound and many thought he was fouled in the process, but the buzzer sounded and Richmond celebrated.)

Conjuring images of Milan

Then in 1981, Shenandoah turned the tables on the Devils, defeating them 40-39. In that game, the final 2:30 or so featured no points scored. The tension and excitement gives me goose bumps even to this day.

Of course, that was just the beginning of a remarkable run by the Raiders to the Final Four. Led by four talented Scotts – Heady, Hubbard, Ramsey and Trennepohl – Shenandoah stirred up memories of Milan with its appearance at Market Square Arena.

I’ll never forget the semistate title game with Indianapolis Howe. That team looked so athletic and intimidating, dunking the ball with ease in warm-ups. Yet, if memory serves, the Raiders never trailed after the first few minutes of the game. Scott Heady directed the offense, controlled the Hinkle Fieldhouse hardwood with an almost surgical-like skill.

I remember 1981 for another reason. It was the first tournament played without John Jordan, the long-time Sports Party Line columnist who inspired many with his courageous battle against physical health struggles. I was privileged to sit next to John on press row a few times. He died just before the tournament started that year. I often thought about how much he would have enjoyed Shenandoah’s march to Market Square. It wasn’t — and hasn’t — been the same without him.

Tri and Knightstown

So many great players and games in this rivalry. I remember one season in the late 1970s when Don Schwarzkopf’s Titans defeated Duane Queener’s Panthers three times in the same season — with each game decided by a single point.

I remember players like Randy Reece, Jeff Miller and Terry McBride for the Titans. For the Panthers, Art Rose was one of the best county players I’d ever seen. He scored over 40 one night, and some of his coaches said it wasn’t one of his better games. Rose could control a game much in the same way Steve Alford did. He was a good ball handler, good shooter, got fouled a lot and hit his free throws.

Steve Alford

In 1983 Steve Alford’s incredible season that featured more than one “sold out” sign on the doors of the 9,320-seat fieldhouse.

He had many memorable games, but the one that stands out for me was his 57-point performance in the semistate against Broad Ripple. I enjoyed writing about it in The Henry County News Republican, a weekly publication my wife, Becky, and I owned at the time.

Alford hit 16-of-27 shots from the floor that day and an amazing 25-fo-25 from the free throw line. What people may forget was that Steve also had 10 rebounds. His effort was so relentless, word was he lost four pounds that game.

In a column written by Indianapolis Star legend Bob Collins, Alford’s feat was put into colorful perspective.

“The desperate Rockets went at him with everything except hammers,” Collins wrote. “And by the end, they were probably considering a search of the carpentry shop.”

Alford scored 20 points in the second quarter alone and had a staggering 30 points at halftime – seven more than Broad Ripple’s entire team. It was 42-23 Trojans at intermission.

I can still hear the buzz at Hinkle Fieldhouse. “He’s got 30? Alford’s got 30? At the half?!”

Another reporter glanced at my messy scorebook. “You need two scorebooks, one for Alford and one for the rest of the team,” he said.

By the time Broad Ripple caught up with Steve, there was only 3:32 left in the third quarter. That was the mark when, for the first time in the game, the Rockets had more points collectively than Steve did individually.

New Castle won that game but fell to eventual state champion Connersville 70-57 in the semistate final. Alford scored 37 in that one. His 94 points in the two semistate games is still a single-day tournament record. He hit a combined 36-for-36 from the free throw line.

The 1984 semistate

It just might be the most exciting day in Trojan basketball history – at least in terms of drama.

New Castle’s 74-73 OT win against Perry Meridian in the afternoon game of the 1984 Indianapolis semistate was followed by the Trojans’ 60-59 triumph over Columbus North to put them into the state finals. The men of Troy were led by a couple of Troys that season – Troy Lundy and Troy Burgess. Sean Alford, Steve’s brother, was also a key member as was Rodney Haynes.

I remember my scorebook-keeping hand was shaking as Haynes stepped to the free throw line and calmly put New Castle ahead.

And that’s why I write about memorable basketball games instead of play in them.

(Darrel Radford is a former sports editor and managing editor of The Courier-Times. He’s been a basketball fan since the Mooreland Bobcat days.)

 

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Special deliverer: Martin Bundy

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Historically Speaking |

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

For 18-year-old Martin Bundy, the time-honored postal creed was not yet in existence. Yet, New Castle’s first mail carrier certainly fit the mold.

The man who later became judge, a member of the Indiana General Assembly and one of New Castle’s first bankers delivered mail on horseback during a time when much of Henry County was an untamed wilderness.

According to the centennial edition of The Courier-Times, published in 1941, Bundy was employed by John Silver, who ran a store in New Castle and held the contract for the mail route through Henry County.

The year was about 1835 and New Castle, the town, was younger than Bundy, himself.

Bundy’s task was a challenging one for an 18-year-old. He rode round trip from Centerville to New Castle to Noblesville and back. In addition to the snow, rain, heat and gloom of night, Bundy had to ride through many miles of forest that separated communities at that time.

The centennial edition of The Courier-Times described Bundy’s route this way:

“Centerville (formerly Salisbury) then the seat of Wayne County and a prospering trade center, received the mail from Cincinnati. Bundy rode the route to New Castle, then to Middletown, then a mere hamlet, to Anderson, which had scarcely 100 inhabitants, and thence to Noblesville.”

Bundy’s arrival at his various stops drew small crowds of eager residents. He was, in a way, their network newscast long before television existed.

“There was a General Stevenson on Bundy’s route between Middletown and Noblesville, who was a subscriber to a Philadelphia newspaper,” the centennial edition of The Courier-Times read. “At each stop, settlers asked Bundy the news from the East. Those were the days when men like Jackson, Clay, Calhoun, Webster and Hayne were prominent.

“Many times, Judge Bundy recalled in later years, he would read at length from General Stevenson’s Philadelphia newspaper to people who were gathered along his route, later delivering the paper, already well-thumbed, to Stevenson.”

Bundy would ride on to greater heights from that early postal job. He attended Oxford University in Miami of Ohio and was later admitted to the bar as a lawyer. In 1844, less than a decade after his mail-delivery rides, Bundy was elected Henry County treasurer, then to the state legislature and finally judge of the common pleas court.

In 1860, he was a delegate to the Republican convention in Chicago that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. He soon became a friend of Lincoln’s and was later appointed by the nation’s 16th president as paymaster of the army.

But the greatest “Bundy” delivery arguably came years after his postal rides through the wilderness – and not by him, but by his wife. She gave birth to a son they named Omar, the Bundy who grew up to become the general that would refuse to retreat during the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I and help the U.S. turn the tide to ultimately prevail over Germany.

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Roots of the Rose City

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Historically Speaking |

By DARREL RADFORD

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The year was 1871. The Henry County Courthouse was two years old. President Ulysses S. Grant and his family stopped in New Castle on their way to Chicago.

And in the community down the old National Road, a boy named Herbert Heller was born.

These are the roots of “Rose City.” The nickname that stuck with New Castle for the early part of the 20th century – and still seen in some businesses today – can be traced to that inquisitive boy who teamed with an older brother to grow the best roses around.

From 1894 to the early 1920s, the Heller Brothers’ business had an annual cut of 1,125,000 flowers. Half a million of those were roses. Soon, the New Castle facilities represented the largest rose-growing operation in the nation.

How it happened is an interesting story, one that – you guessed it – comes out smelling like a rose, at least until Mother Nature intervened.

Benjamin Parker, a co-founder of the Henry County Historical Society, poet, editor and legislator, knew Herbert Heller. And, of course, wrote about him.

“When a mere lad going through the grades of the public school at Knightstown, his boyhood home, he was quick to be attracted by any fossil, plant, bird, tree or blossom that was new to him, and eager in pursuit of its name, history and all the information about it,” Parker wrote.

This curiosity, coupled with his brother, Myer Heller’s business acumen, made for potent ground to grow on.

Myer Heller was a member of a local organization called “The Industrial Company” which raised money to recruit factories to town. The New Castle Democrat described him “as a practical and progressive advocate of everything that goes to make up a good town.”

Herbert and Myer Heller moved from Knightstown to New Castle shortly following the death of their father in 1890. It was about 1894 that they incorporated the South Park Floral Co. The business was “at first for pleasure but the magnificence of the roses grown by them created a demand from this and other cities.” They entered their flowers in big shows at St. Louis, Chicago and Kansas City, among others.

“Most of them had heard little of Indiana and none of them had heard of New Castle,” Mrs. Carl Irwin later wrote. “Imagine the pandemonium that broke loose when the roses were put on display and they saw for the first time the flower that was destined to become the synonym for the rose – The American Beauty.

“The buds were the size of goose eggs and the petal count higher than any rose before or after that time,” Irwin continued.

“When Myer Heller sent his message to New Castle (that their flower had won grand prize) the town went wild. Strangers grabbed each other on the streets and the local people who once thought the greenhouse men an odd breed greeted them as brothers. Someone grabbed a fiddle and they put on a celebration the town was long to remember.”

After they won the Kansas City show, the Heller Brothers had “unbelievable business.” The American Beauty Rose took its place as a symbol of wealth alongside mink and diamonds. They sold for $36 a dozen at Chicago flower sheds. That was promptly doubled for retail. “Lucky indeed was the girl who could stand at her graduation or wedding with the American beauties in her arms,” Mrs. Carl Irwin wrote.

The Heller Brothers’ success brought many other florists here. At one time, there were almost 100 greenhouses in New Castle. Names like Weilands and Meeks became well-known locally.

New Castle’s roses drew the attention of even Washington, D.C., as Vice President Charles Fairbanks and his wife paid a visit to the Heller Brothers. The fame also garnered Myer Heller a dinner invitation at at New York City’s Astoria hotel in honor of the Prince of Prussia.

But New Castle’s greenhouses certainly were no match for nature’s fury on March 11, 1917, when a tornado roared through town, killing 22, destroying 500 homes and causing $1 million in damage. Some have said the greenhouses were never the same afterwards. The news made headlines as far away as St. Louis, where the Post-Dispatch read “The Rose City Now A City of Ruins.”

There were three other factors that made the roses fade.

— World War I put an end to the export business.

— Natural gas as a source of heat became scarce and the large amount of coal required to make up for it was too costly.

— Competition from other rose growers in the state, notably the Hill Greenhouses in Richmond, made it difficult to dispose of quality flowers that were expensive to raise and market.

But the seeds of a great family grew on through Herbert Heller’s son, who left us the magnificent three-volume set entitled “Historic Henry County” containing the 1,193 columns on Henry County history he wrote for The Courier-Times from 1974 to 1983.

(A PowerPoint presentation entitled “Roots of the Rose City” is available at the Henry County Historical Society for local groups and clubs. Call 529-4028 to schedule a showing.)

 

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Remembering John Jordan

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Historically Speaking |

Remembering John Jordan
Sectionals bring back memories of John Jordan
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John Jordan (Photo provided)
John Jordan (Photo provided)

By Darrel Radford
Contributing Writer

“Be a good sport, so we’ll have good sports.” – John Jordan

The 1981 New Castle boys sectional basketball tournament will always stand out in this writer’s mind, not because of what happened or who was there. Rather, because of who was not there.

That was the first sectional tournament I had ever experienced without seeing the man in the wheel chair along press row, the small man whose smile – and impact on the community – was larger than life.

John Jordan, beloved newspaper columnist, tireless civic servant and one of the best friends high school sports ever had, was gone. He died Feb. 24 of that year.

The late Tom Mayhill, long-time publisher of The Knightstown Banner, said it best in an eloquent tribute to John a few days later.

“The New Castle Sectional and Regional Tournament will not be the same this year,” Mayhill wrote. “They will never be the same again. A smiling young man will not be in his wheelchair on press row.

“The Henry County Historical Society, The New Castle Courier-Times sports page and WCTW also will never be quite the same again, because this highly motivated handicapped individual, who was so deeply loved by so many thousands in this county, has died,” Mayhill continued.

“Of all the individuals we have ever known, no one has inspired us so much in his achievements as this person,” Mayhill concluded. “It seemed so incredible that he could do so much with so little – except his unequaled determination to excel with a couple of fingers, his eyes, his ears, his smile and his talent to communicate.”

I was sports editor of The Courier-Times when John died. His Sports Party Line columns were always neatly typed, never late and ever so interesting. His radio programs on what was then known as WCTW were always compelling.

This in spite of the fact that he suffered from polio most of his life and had use of only a few fingers on one hand.

Retired Tri High School teacher and former Courier-Times sports correspondent Tom Woodward wrote about Jordan in 1991 and crafted some memorable words about a truly inspiring life.

“Willard and Esther Jordan had to remain positive when they learned that their six-year-old had been stricken by polio in 1937. They retained teachers for tutoring services and eventually John was not only able to attend New Castle High School but graduated in the top five of his 1949 senior class,” Woodward wrote.

Herb Bunch remembers John well and said, in retrospect, it was amazing how well he got around during a time decades before the American Disabilities Act.

“His handicap didn’t stop him from doing a lot of things,” Bunch said. “He was a year ahead of me in school and that was at the old Walnut Street Building during a time when there weren’t any requirements to accommodate people with disabilities. I know he got around. I think the family had hired someone to help him. He was well-liked and everyone tried to help him as much as they could.”

“He became the voice for sports in Henry County, primarily New Castle. John really was fantastic in all that he could do and participate in with those obstacles,” Bunch concluded.

But Jordan’s passion for community went way beyond the basketball court. Jordan served as president of the Henry County Historical Society from 1973 to 1978. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America, instructional football programs and New Castle youth baseball.

Everett Cole served on the Breakfast Optimist board with John Jordan and marveled at how his abilities put the disabilities in the shadows. Jordan was the 1962 Optimist of the Year.

“He was just every place,” Cole said. “He found ways to do things when the rest of us would have given up. If you didn’t see him in person, you would have never known he had any kind of a setback at all. When you saw him, you wondered how in the world he was able to do all the things he did.”

Cole remembers the annual John M. Jordan Sectional Luncheon that was held each year for local teams the Saturday before the tournament. “It was John’s idea. Neil Thornhill and I were chairmen. It brought together all of the Henry County teams in a spirit of sportsmanship.”

This columnist remembers that luncheon well. I was a student manager for Blue River Valley and had a chance to attend the luncheon in the mid-1970s. Just a few years later, I counted it as a real privilege to sit next to John on press row at the Fieldhouse and get his take on a game as it was happening.

When class basketball arrived in 1997, the luncheon was discontinued because county teams no longer played in the same sectional.

But Jordan’s name – and spirit – lives on today, thanks to the New Castle Breakfast Optimist Club, which raised $25,000 after his death to make a library in his name possible at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum. Interested readers can find much of John’s written work at that library.

Occasionally, it’s hard, even today, for me to look at press row in our magnificent Fieldhouse and not see him. John Jordan never scored a point for any Henry County high school team, yet he was as much a part of high school basketball here as any of the top player who became the topics for his Sports Party Line columns.

He was, indeed, a good sport.

Darrel Radford is a board member of the Henry County Historical Society and a contributing writer for The Courier-Times.

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A toast to the prohibition days

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Historically Speaking |

A toast to the prohibition days
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By DARREL RADFORD
For The Courier-Times

“It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.” – Mark Twain

“I would like to get out there and stir these hell holes up.” – Carrie Nation

So went the debate over alcohol, its prohibition and then its reinstatement in the bars and stores across the country.

A “must-see” exhibit is on display at the New Castle-Henry County Library through Feb. 5. On loan from the Indiana Historical Society and sponsored by Kroger, “Hoosiers and their Hooch” is not only a great visual lesson in national and state history, but a reminder of how prohibition – a constitutional amendment which passed in 1919 and was repealed in 1933 – played out in New Castle and Henry County as well.

Combining striking images of the past with pertinent information of today, the display includes Indiana’s attempts to cope with a beverage many right here in early Henry County considered “evil.”

The exhibit literally stirs local history ties and tidbits that connect with the prohibition era. One of the photos shows a gathering of Ku Klux Klan women – in New Castle. Groups like that one were known at that time for, among other things, pouring beer into rivers.

Then there’s the story of Carrie Nation, the fiery lady who made her point about alcohol usage rather aggressively. Nation’s opposition was personal. She blamed an incident that left her only daughter disabled on her husband’s excessive drinking. In protest, she tore into places that sold alcohol with her hatchet.

Incidentally Nation’s second husband, David, was an editor of the New Castle Courier.

Another local highlight in the display features Ed Jackson, a New Castle attorney and Ku Klux Klan advocate who actually became Indiana’s 32nd governor.

In 1927 Indiana Attorney General Arthur Gilliam publicly announced he had acquired medical whiskey for his three sons, who were seriously ill.

Gilliam’s sons recovered, but he was under great scrutiny for his actions. Gilliam lobbied for the right to use medicinal alcohol.

Well, Gov. Jackson added to the controversy when it was revealed he, himself, had approached Gilliam hoping to get prescription whiskey for his wife, who was suffering from pneumonia.

The display reveals some of the many ironies revealed during Prohibition times. A minister named Ed Shewmaker condemned both Gilliam and Jackson, saying both should have permitted members of their family to die and have died themselves rather than break their oaths of office.

According to the display, the minister was later exposed for his own use of alcohol to help sick family members.

Early Henry County settlers might be surprised, shocked, or, in some cases, delighted, with the availability of alcohol here now.

Late historian Herbert Heller wrote that Henry County in the 1840s was among those taking advantage of a local option in state law prohibiting the sale of liquor. In fact, by 1847, Heller wrote only Rush and Harrison counties had alcohol openly for sale.

In 1855, Indiana went one step further, as legislators passed a law declaring alcohol use illegal even for medicinal purposes. That law was ultimately declared unconstitutional and repealed three years later.

Heller’s book also recalled how Henry County’s delegation at an 1850s state convention unanimously favored committing the state party to prohibition, but no other county would follow.

Women in Henry County were not so silent on the issue. Women’s Christian Temperance Unions rose along with the alcohol sales. Meetings were held in such places as Dunreith and Knightstown.

Interestingly, more than 100 years after the first WCTU organizations were formed here, a determined Knightstown woman became a leader for their case.

Sarah F. Ward has served as state, national and world president of WCTUs over the years. Her efforts drew the attention of the Indiana governor’s office, which proclaimed Ward “a distinguished citizen” a few years ago.

Perhaps the steadfast opposition to alcohol championed by the WCTU continues to make a difference. Today, Indiana is the only state in the nation that bans Sunday sales of not only liquor but wine and beer as well. The exhibit also states it is illegal in Indiana to purchase more than three cases of beer at a time, but that doesn’t keep consumers from making multiple transactions.

So, although the time of prohibition is long past and Carrie Nation’s hatchet has been retired, debate about regulation of alcohol continues. Permitting Sunday alcohol sales received its first-ever legislative hearing.

And once again, Henry County has a connection in the alcohol-regulation debate. Sen. Jean Leising, who represents New Castle and the southern part of Henry County, is sponsor of a bill that would allow alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair. The Hoosier state is one of just two that do not allow alcoholic beverage sales at their state fairs.

Darrel Radford is a Courier-Times contributor and board member for the Henry County Historical Society. The museum is open by appointment in January and February. Call 765-529-4028 to schedule a day and time. Visit www.henrycountyhs.org for more local history.


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Cannon getting a facelift

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Historically Speaking |

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Cannon getting a facelift
Scott Neal, left, works with the World War I cannon at Memorial Park Friday as he and his father, Randy Neal load it onto a waiting flatbed for transport to a local company where it will be restored. The cannon weighs nearly 10 tons and has been displayed in the park since 1926. (Darrel Radford / For the Courier-Times)
Scott Neal, left, works with the World War I cannon at Memorial Park Friday as he and his father, Randy Neal load it onto a waiting flatbed for transport to a local company where it will be restored. The cannon weighs nearly 10 tons and has been displayed in the park since 1926. (Darrel Radford / For the Courier-Times)

By DARREL RADFORD
For The Courier-Times

A Henry County landmark is missing today but residents shouldn’t worry. No one has stolen the 19,080-pound cannon from its hilltop perch at Memorial Park.

The cannon – a 220 millimeter field piece captured by New Castle native Gen. Omar Bundy during World War I – is being cleaned and repaired in preparation for Memorial Park’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2020.

“I think every kid in Henry County has probably climbed on top of that cannon at one time or another,” said Laurie Davis, the Memorial Park manager.

Randy Neal and his son, Scott, made short work of loading the massive cannon onto a flatbed truck Friday and transporting it its repair location. Lee York and Kirk Robbins are also involved in the project.

The Henry County Historical Society, led by its president, Gene Ingram, is playing a major role in assisting with the project.

“The Historical Society is thrilled to be involved in this,” Ingram said. “We’re going to work with Randy and Kirk and make sure everything done is going to maintain the authentic appearance of the cannon. We’ve made commitments to the board that the gun will be put back in as close as possible original condition.”

Ingram said one of the key concerns are the cannon’s wheels, which were in danger of collapsing.

When work on the cannon is complete, Ingram said it would go right back to its perch on top of the hill, where it had been since 1926.

Manufactured by the Fried-Krupp Co, in Germany, the cannon is 15 feet long and 6.5 feet in height. It was brought to New Castle thanks in part to the efforts of the Howard R. Smith Post of the American Legion, which spent three years working to obtain it.

The Pan-American Bridge Co, of New Castle helped unload it in 1926 at the park. There it stayed for nearly nine decades until being loaded for delivery to a local company that is volunteering time for restoring the cannon.

According to Davis, plans call for return of the cannon to the park no later than the fall of 2015.

“We are trying to get the entire park, including the memorials, buildings, shelters and playgrounds renovated before June 11, 2020, which is the 100th anniversary of the park,” Davis said. “We are planning a large celebration that weekend and would like the park to be ready for another 100 years of making memories for our kids, grandkid and great-grandkids.”

Davis said the park welcomes donations from individuals, groups or organizations to help with the cost of some improvements.

“We have already begun some repair work on the old stone bridges, the Wilbur Wright memorial, the big memorial and the Korea and Granada memorials,” Davis said. “We are also working on grants to help absorb some of the cost.”

Davis said anyone who wants to volunteer time, talent or money may call 529-1004.

More on the cannon, its history and Gen. Omar Bundy’s capture of it will be featured in this Saturday’s “Historically Speaking” column in The Courier-Times.


 

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