Dr James MacLeod’s New Book on Cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht to be Launched at UE

Dr. James MacLeod
The Cartoons of Evansville’s Karl Kae Knecht

University of Evansville professor of history James MacLeod will deliver an illustrated lecture and read from his newly released book, The Cartoons of Evansville’s Karl Kae Knecht, at a book launch on Thursday, March 2. Sponsored by the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, MacLeod’s lecture will start at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building on the University campus. The book will be for sale at the event and the author will be signing copies. This event is free and open to the public.

Karl Kae Knecht, editorial cartoonist for the Evansville Courier from 1906 to 1960, was synonymous with the city of Evansville, moving and amusing his readers with his creations. He mocked the Axis powers and kept local morale high during World War II, and commented daily on issues from the Great Depression to the Space Race. But he was much more than an artist, working tirelessly as a civic booster and campaigner for worthy causes of all kinds.

He helped establish Evansville College and he was almost single handedly responsible for the establishment of Mesker Park Zoo. The book, which is illustrated with over 70 cartoons, tells the fascinating story of Knecht’s life, places him in the context of the history of editorial cartooning, and analyzes his cartooning genius.

Dr MacLeod was educated at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He taught history and British studies at Harlaxton College from 1994-1999. Since 1999 he has been a member of the history department at the University of Evansville. He teaches courses in European history and the two World Wars, and lectures frequently on these topics. He is the author of two other books: The Second Disruption, and Evansville in World War II as well as many other scholarly publications. In 2016 he wrote and co-produced a two-part documentary for WNIN, Evansville at War. MacLeod is an editorial cartoonist whose drawings appear in the Evansville Courier and Press and other newspapers.

For more information on the book reading, please call 812-488-2963

Karl Kae Knecht October 8, 1943

 

Karl Kae Knecht 1940

The Personal Side of Glenn Black: Indiana’s Archaeologist Revealed

Glenn Black

Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
Willard Library Browning Gallery
21 First Avenue◊Evansville, Indiana 47710

Using newly-acquired images and artifacts, Mike Linderman, Western Regional Manager for Indiana State Historic Sites, will discuss the work of  Glenn Black , a pioneering archaeologist who conducted several decades of scientific excavations at Angel Mounds before his death in 1964.

This event will be only the second time the items have been shown publicly, with many new ones added since the first program. Several of their personal items will be on display, many from their home at Angel Mounds.

This program is sponsored by Willard Library, the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, and Angel Mounds; it is free and open to the public, but reservations are appreciated; to register, visit www.willard.lib.in.us or call (812) 425-4309, ext. 117.

The Personal Side of Glenn Black:  Indiana’s Archaeologist Revealed

In 2015 a large collection of Glenn and Ida Black’s personal items were offered to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites from a Great-Niece living in Indianapolis.  Earlier attempts to find their personal belongings came up with a story of all of it being destroyed and thrown away.  What was found were over 1,700 images on photos and slides of their lives, the first time that any of them had ever been seen outside of the family.  The photos and slides document their time at Angel Mounds, time with their families before moving to the site and trips with Eli and Ruth Lilly across the country.

 

Barwe Butcher Shop

Barwe construction 1904

Frank X. Barwe ran a successful butcher shop in the new town of Howell around the turn of the century. In December 1904 he built a large brick building for his business. The store was located at 211 Broadway Ave on the alley between Delmar Ave and Ewing Ave. A smokehouse and a sausage factory used to stand next door but those are long gone. There were also stables in the rear of the property, but they were destroyed in a fire. An article in the April 17, 1913 newspaper says that there was $500 in damage and Hose House No. 7 (before it relocated to Howell) responded.

Barwe Butcher Shop 1910 Sanborn

 

1926 Ad Barwe

Barwe continued to sell “home killed beef” into the 1930s .  As with many other buildings, the store was renumbered 3118 Broadway Ave when Evansville adopted a new numbering system. He also built a new bungalow in 1930 next door at 3122 Broadway Ave for his personal residence.

Barwe Butcher Shop, with Barwe’s 1930 bungalow next door at right

Barwe retired, passing away in 1937, but his store was used over the years. Frank DeShield’s ran a grocery there in the late 1930s and the Broadway Market operated in the building in the 1940s and 1950s.  Beginning in the mid-1950s, several business tried their luck in the old building including Embry’s Furniture Store, Mary’s Coffee Shop, ABC Motorcycle Sales (later West Side Cycle), and an auto parts supply store, but like many old building the structure has outlasted all its owners.  For some time it has been the home of United Schenk Accounting

 

Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial with the Vanderburgh County Historical Society

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Ice Gorge in Evansville, IN February 1936
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Wendell Willkie’s Speech at Bosse Field in October 1940

The Vanderburgh County Historical Society (VCHS) and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, team to show never before seen film of Evansville in the 1930s and 1940s. The source 16 MM films were donated to the VCHS by the estate of Janet Noelting Robinson. The Noelting family owned and operated Faultless Caster in Evansville, and Janet’s father, Elmer, began filming in the late 1920s. Most films were of family holidays and vacation, but some were of special events in the Evansville area.

The November 17th presentation in the Evansville Museum’s Koch Immersive Theater begins at 6:00 PM and includes four films. Since seating is limited please call the museum at 812-425-2406 for a complimentary reservation.

The Strike at Faultless Caster in September of 1933 is presented by Jon Carl of FJ Reitz High School. This black and white footage shows strikers in front of Faultless Caster on Stringtown Road. Strikers, many of them women, hold signs and protest their employer. Jon’s presentation will give background and details about the strike, strikers, and owners. `

The Ice Gorge of 1936 is presented by Tom Lonnberg, Curator of History at the Evansville Museum. The Ohio River at Evansville froze over in February of 1936. This motion picture footage shows multiple views of the river and the boats frozen in the water.

The Opening of Washington Elementary School September 1937 presented by Joe Engler of HistoricEvansville.com. This color footage shows students entering the grounds and building of Washington Elementary for the first time. The Noelting family has titled this film Janet’s New School. A young Janet Noelting is seen walking into the new school shown in a near rural setting.

Wendell Willkie Campaigns in Evansville in October 1940 is presented by Dr. Denise Lynn, Professor of History at the University of Southern Indiana. Willkie, an Indiana native, was Franklin Roosevelt’s Republican opponent in the election on 1940. Willkie’ s campaign stopped here for a political rally at Bosse Field. Elmer Noelting filmed the rally in color.

For additional information, check the VCHS web site at www.vchshistory.org or the VCHS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vchshistory/.

Century Club – Fendrich house

Fendrich house at 827 SE 1st St
Fendrich house at 827 SE 1st St

When John H. Fendrich, the proprietor of the Fendrich Cigar, planned to build a new downtown home, he commissioned famed Chicago architect, W. L. Klewer to design the new residence. It was designed in the Prairie Style among the mansions on First St.

Frendrich home under construction
Frendrich home under construction

The home was completed in 1917.  It was built with red brick and limestone and covered in a green tile roof.  The round-arch door draws focus from across College St. Two lions guard the front porch and a covered porch with an exterior fireplace is at the left.  A large 3-car garage is set back from the house, in a matching style.  It also includes a 1/2 story for the chauffeur.

Even after Mr. Fendrich died in 1953, the home has remained a single-family residence.  The historic home was opened up for the 2013 Riverside Neighborhood Tour. The following pictures were taken during that tour.

Kitchen from 2013 Riverside Tour
Kitchen from 2013 Riverside Tour
Fireplace from 2013 Riverside Tour
Fireplace from 2013 Riverside Tour
Front door from 2013 Riverside Tour
Front door from 2013 Riverside Tour
Outdoor porch from 2013 Riverside Tour
Outdoor porch from 2013 Riverside Tour

A History of Local High School Football by Dan Engler

VCHS HS FOOTBALL

Dan Engler’s passion for covering Reitz high school football and sports in general began over 20 years ago. In high school, he played for the Panthers and served on the staff of the Reitz Mirror. Shortly after his graduation in 1996, he created what has become Indiana’s oldest high school football website, ReitzFootball.com.

After creating a sister site now known as AlmanacSports.com, Engler, along with his brother Joe, have chronicled the history of Southwestern Indiana high school football and soccer.

In addition to his online work, Engler’s writing has been published in several local newspapers, including the Evansville Courier & Press. He also worked for the now-defunct NEWS25 Sports Channel providing live statistics for their weekly live games and has refereed football for 20 years.

Dan’s talk will cover all teams with a heavy focus on traditional powerhouses over time.

September 22 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm  

Willard Library

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Schnute, Holtmann Co

The Schnute-Holtmann Co were manufacturers of fine interior woodwork.  William H Schnute established a planning mill on Fourth Ave near Franklin St in the 1890s.  The mill produced building materials such as sashes, lath, stairs–all the quality parts that went into what would now be classified as a well-built older home.

1906 advertisement for Schnute, Holtmann Co
1906 advertisement for Schnute, Holtmann Co

Schnute’s growing enterprise relocated in 1903 and built a new mill occupying the block of Illinois, Heidelbach, Indiana and Lafayette.  The proximity to the Southern Railway enticed the move, and a spur was built connecting the company to the railroad tracks along Division St. The company expanded into building whole houses, but may better remembered for the woodwork done on some well-known buildings around Evansville such as the Germania Maennerchor building, Audubon Apartments and the Boehne residence.

In 1919 the company reorganized as Universal Manufacturing Corp, but that was short lived as the plant closed by the early 1920s.

Universal Manufacturing ad 1919
Universal Manufacturing ad 1919

Around 1925, the Evansville Warehouse Company took over the old factory and used it for storage. It also rented out part of the block to the Creasey Co.  Several of the buildings nearby served a similar purpose for storage and distribution, and the area gained a reputation as a big warehouse district.

Heidelbach Ave c1950. At right is the Evansville Warehouse Co. St Paul Lutheran is in the distant left
Heidelbach Ave c1950. At right is the Creasey Co. St Paul Lutheran is in the distant left (Photo courtesy of Donna Cartwright)

On October 29, 1953 an $800,000 fire took out the majority of the block. It was purported to be started by burglars and was the largest fire since the 1951 Main St Fire. The factory was rebuilt, though not as substantial as the original brick structure. Now a parking lot occupies the former warehouse block, which Vectren likely cleared sometime around 1990.

Remnants of the Evansville Warehouse fire Oct 29, 1953
Remnants of the Evansville Warehouse fire Oct 29, 1953
Evansville Day Parade Video Presentation

Evansville Day Parade Video Presentation

The Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science will sponsor a new, never before seen video of the Evansville Day Parade of June 23, 1945. The Evansville Day Parade celebrated Evansville’s contribution to the war effort during World War II.. Video footage will show military hardware and personnel, the Central High School and Lincoln High School marching bands, floats from major manufacturers in the Evansville area — Republic Aviation, Servel, Bootz Manufacturing and others — and the Evansville built USS Vanderburgh at Dress Plaza. Representatives from the VCHS and Evansville Museum will provide historical insight into this parade as part of the presentation.

This five minute color video is the first of several videos the Vanderburgh County Historical Society will be unveiling in 2016. These videos are sourced from 16 MM film donated to VCHS by the family of Janet Noelting Robinson.

The Evansville Day Parade presentation will be at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the Koch Immersive Theater of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science at 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098.

Seating in the Koch Immersive Theater is limited. Please make reservations at the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.

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Terry Hughes, President of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society

Evansville Historic Preservation Month Information

EVANSVILLE HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH

Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development, Preservation Alliance of Evansville, and the Reitz Home Museum present a full slate of lectures, tours, activities, and events. 

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Linda Eales, Samara Trust

Associate Curator

Saturday, May 28, 11a.m. Reitz Home Carriage House, 224 S.E. First St.

“Usonian architecture

 and SAMARA”

     Samara, the home of John and Catherine Christian, is the Usonian style house in West Lafayette designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  In 1956 when this house was erected, Evansville’s William Wesley Peters was Wright’s primary assistant.

    Eales’ program covers the fascinating story behind this home.  She will discuss the signature architectural innovations of Wright’s design found here.  The Usonian architectural style, of which this is an example, will also be explained.

    Considered a premier example of Wright’s work, Samara is now listed as a National Landmark.

   After Ms. Eales program, Preservation Alliance of Evansville, will announce its Preservation Awards.


Post-Program Tour of

Peters-Margedant House

     Saturday, May 28, 1:30p.m.-3:00p.m. Located at 1506 E. Indiana Street.  The Peters-Margedant House, a Usonian prototype designed and built by Evansville native and Frank Lloyd Wright protégé William Wesley Peters, will be open for tours.  This little home has nearly all of the features that Wright later incorporated in his Usonian design.


Haynie’s Corner First Friday Walk

     Friday, May 6, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.  Gather in front of the Alhambra Theatre, 50 Adams Ave.  Haynie’s Corner has become a vibrant neighborhood in our city that is celebrated on the First Fridays of the month.  Learn about this area as its fascinating history and unique and varied architecture are highlighted and explained.  The history and architecture of the building now housing some of the city’s most popular restaurants will be special features.  Guide: Larry Bristow


Bayard Park Tour

     Monday, May 16, RESCHEDULED Tuesday, May 24, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.  Tour originates at East Branch Library, 840 E. Chandler Ave.  Mrs. Samuel Bayard’s gift of ten acres in 1901 signaled development of the park.  There are superb representation of early 20th century architectural styles found around the park – Prairie, Georgian Revival, Bungalow, American Foursquare, and Tudor.  Guide: Dennis M. Au 


Lamasco: Evansville’s Other Historic City

    Tuesday, May 17 RESCHEDULED Wednesday, May 24, 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Walking tour starts from Dairy Queen parking lot, 901 W. Franklin St. parking lot.  Lamasco was platted as a rival independent city to the north and west of Evansville in 1837.  Though it merged with Evansville in 1857, the area still has special character.  See homes, businesses, and churches that give this part of town its lasting unique personality. Guide: Joseph Engler 


Downtown Transportation History

    Thursday, May 19, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.  Meet at N.W. Fourth and Vine Streets – south corner of the Old Courthouse.  As Evansville evolved through history, the downtown always was the transportation hub of the region.  Here there were steamboats, canal boats, trains, trolley cars, and this was the place where the community was introduced to the ‘horseless-carriage.’ See the places and buildings that still recall these eras of our past.  Guide: Dennis M. Au


Riverside Neighborhood: 21st Century

QR Code Walking Tour

     Saturday, May 21, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Gather at Reitz Home Carriage House 224 S.E. First Street.  Enter the 21st Century with this groundbreaking tour!  Mr. Jon Carl’s Reitz High School ‘Feel the History’ class researched and produced thirty-six video histories of homes in the Riverside District.  What brings this into the 21st century is that you can access these histories on your smart phone through QR codes!  Tour starts with Mr. Carl giving a history of the project and instruction on how to access the videos on your smart phone.  Next, Mr. Au will take the group on a short walk.  This will be a combination of the traditional tour-guide’s presentation and opportunities for you to access the appropriate videos on your phone.  Tour Guides: Jon Carl and Dennis M. Au


Oak Hill Cemetery

     Sunday, May 22, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Tour departs from the veteran’s memorial to the right of the main entrance. Two walking tours will be offered simultaneously – one featuring the 19th century section of the cemetery and the other the 20th century portion. This year, at one stop on each tour, history will come back to life, with a costumed actor portraying a noted person buried in the cemetery.  Each tour features Evansville history and biography and touches on the tombstone art and symbolism.  You will see why Oak Hill Cemetery richly deserves to be on the National Register of Historic Places.  Guides: Jane Davies and Dennis M. Au; Costumed portrayals: Malania Ripley and Chris Ripley


Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum: Centennial Tour
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Starts on the front steps of the Coliseum, 350 Court St.  A century ago, construction started on the Coliseum, one of downtown Evansville’s monumental pieces of architecture.  In addition to a walk around the building, this includes a tour of the fascinating treasurers of the interior.  Celebrate the centennial of this Evansville Landmark! Guides: Shelia Acker, Mark Acker, Barbara Kortz, and Dennis M. AuSoldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum: Centennial Tour


Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse – County Legal History Museum Tour

    Sunday, May 15, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Gather in the main rotunda on the first floor of the building. Guided tour begins in the legal history museum and the restored Superior Courtroom. The Vanderburgh County Bar Association recently assembled this interpretive museum and restored the courtroom to its Victorian splendor.  After seeing the exhibit and courtroom, the tour covers both the interior and exterior of this magnificent building.  Guides:  Kristen Comer and Dennis M. Au.


Owen Block Restoration

Wednesday, May 18, 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m.  This program is scheduled for the Reitz Home Carriage House, 224 S.E. First St.  The Owen Block, a stunning 1880 Second Empire row-house fell into ruin.  With the support of grass-roots preservationists and Indiana Landmarks, award-winning restoration contractor Mike Martin of Architectural Renovators stepped forward and saved this treasure from imminent collapse.  Martin will give a contractor’s perspective on rescuing this building from stabilization to making it ready for tenants later this year.  After the talk, Martin will tour the group around the exterior of the building.


Century Club: Howell General Baptist

Howell General Baptist is one of the oldest congregations in the Evansville area.  It was founded in 1823 as Liberty General Baptist by Benoni Stinson, who established the General Baptist branch with this being the mother church.

In 1891–when Howell was still a separate town–the Liberty General Baptist congregation built a church at the northeast corner of Rose and Signal Streets, what is now Delmar Ave and Emerson St.  (The streets of Howell would eventually be renamed from their railroad specific names around the turn of the century).  It was situated across from the original Howell Public School that later became known as Daniel Wertz.

Original church building
Original church building

In 1916 the church solicited the help of famed architect Clifford Shopbell to build a new church building.  The brick Neoclassical structure was erected on the same site as the old structure.

Architect sketch
Architect sketch Clifford Shopbell & Co
Shortly after completion
The new church shortly after completion

A sizable addition was built in 1955 just left (north) of the church.  This too would eventually be enlarged to include a second story.  The church would eventually buy the old Daniel Wertz school, which moved out to South Red Bank Rd in 1986.  The vacated school was purchased the following year and for a while was used for storage until it was razed around 1990.

Church today
Howell G. B. Church today
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Stonework above the main entrance

 

Howell General Baptist website – https://howellgeneralbaptist.com/history