Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 24, 2010

Playing Catch-Up With Tidbits Of History


“He claimed that when he returned home the local school system was controlled by the Ku Klux Klan, which hated Jews, Catholics, blacks and others. He described some of the teachers as ‘old Kluxers’ and claimed they would not let Catholic kids graduate. Because of this he dropped out of school and got his GED.”

He was not quite 16 years old when he earned his GED certificate. The Klan’s alleged involvement doesn’t surprise me. I once wrote about the KKK in Decatur County during that time. D.C. Stephenson, the grand dragon, was trying to maneuver a run for Governor of Indiana. He got arrested for murder instead.

Bill Richardson of Westport read the columns about Lou Alexander with interest. He wrote, “You recently mentioned Walter Lowe, Hubert Stuhrenburg, and George DeMoss in your column about Lou Alexander. I was employed by the Daily News after my discharge from the US Air Force. I worked in the advertising department prior to my departure to Purdue University to earn a teaching degree in elementary education. Murray Gordon was my supervisor. Gordon as well as Stuhrenburg, DeMoss and Lowe were definitely men of honor and integrity. I’ll always have fond memories of employment at the Daily News.” I agree with Bill. Those men were indeed gentlemen of the highest order.

Paul Kennedy, from near Evansville commented on the column about old almanacs: “Black Tongue: If you Google that phrase you’ll get more about that condition than you ever wanted to know.” (He was right. I’ll leave black tongue to the veterinarians.) Paul sent this history about the phrase, “Always drink upstream from the herd,” that John Tumilty shared. “Back in the time before doctors knew what caused cholera, people drank water directly from the same stream that their livestock, neighbors, and probably themselves had used for a bathroom. Polluted water was the cause of cholera and many deaths because no one knew what caused it. My great great great grandfather died from it in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1832.”

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