Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 21, 1960 · Page 11
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 11

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Section 2 Pages 11 Established January 15, 1836 EVENING ALTON, ILL, TUESDAY, JUNE 21,1960 5c Fir Copy Member of E4RLY YMCL4 HOME Before the dawii of the 20th ceii- tury, the YMCA occupied rented quarters. In 1892, the Y was headquartered in the Laura Building, now the Paul* slich Building, at the corner of Broadway and Market. ____________ First YMCA Building Was Erected in 1907 (First of a Series: In view of the interest in the YMCA engendered by current efforts toward financing a new building, the Telegraph publishes a series of three articles on its history.) "Our community never undertook to erect a building which means more for her progress than the YMCA home for which her people are now laboring." So commented the Alton Telegraph May 9, 1907, when construction of the existing YMCA was being considered. After 53 years of service in its present building, the YMCA again needs a new home. To provide this home is the purpose of the current $1,250,000 Building Fund Campaign. How has our community responded to YMCA appeals in the past? What has been her interest in youth? Before the turn of the century, groundwork was being laid for the 1907 building fund campaign. Already in the spring of 1880, Robert Gibson, who was both a medical doctor and an active religious leader, endeavored to start a YMCA here. Three years later, on April 24, 1883, his efforts bore fruit when 17 men met and unanimously voted to organize a Young Men's Christian Association. They named Or. Gibson, chairman; T. H. Perrin, secretary; and the following men to the board of directors, E. A. Smith, John A. Cousley, George A. Smiley, a n d T. P. Nisbett. All was not easy for these pioneers. They struggled valiantly to make the Young Men's Chris- tian Assn. a going operation. In 1883, a room was acquired for YMCA use at Shurtleff College, but the room was closed in 1884. By 1887 the movement for a YMCA had gained real impetus. The organization boasted almost 200 members. In a 10-week fund raising endeavor, they secured $1,500 in pledges. Of this, $250 was used to pay one year's rent for the second and third floors of \yhat was then the Armory Building — the present location of Myers Brothers store. The most popular feature of the Y's next temporary home — the old Hippodrome building at the corner of Broadway and Piasa — was the third floor gymnasium. There, the first basketball game in our community was played. P. B. Cousley, editor and publisher of the Telegraph, vividly recalls early games. He states, 'We had bushel baskets mounted at each end of the court. Whenever one of us made a basket, play halted for a few moments, while a step ladder was brought into play. After a volunteer had retrieved the ball, we were again set for action. It wasn't until years later that someone thought to cut a hole in the bottom of the basket, so the ball would fall through after a successful shot." The two YMCA teams played to capacity crowds, and materially contributed to the area's interest in the YMCA. In 1892. the Y adopted a new constitution, and moved into new rented quarters in the Laura Building (now the Faulstich Building at r Watch for Our REMODELING SALE In Thursday Night's Paper VARIETY STORE 636 E. Iroadway, Alton, III. Dial HO 5-9242 |Broad\\w and Market). Direct- jors appointed were Dr. Gibson, 'Joseph Hamill. E. M. Caldwell, John A. Cousley, W. M. Pierson, T. H. Perrin, A. E. Bassett, A. J. Kellenberger, E, A. Smith, J. :M. Logan, George Dahlstrom, Nelson Levis, George H. Smiley, H. F.' Lehne, and W. D. Armstrong. Another popular feature in the :YMCA's rented quarters were i showers and baths. This seems strange today, but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries most homes did not boast inside plumbing. The YMCA's biggest challenge came at the turn of the century, when rented quarters proved, inadequate. Principally through the efforts of Will H. Anderson, hard working Y" general secretary, $25,000 had been raised over a period of years. It was used to purchase land at the corner of Third and Market streets. By 1907, the community was ready to launch a $45,000 campaign for a new YMCA building. The Telegraph reported, "(The community) needs just such a work as this, and it is now within her grasp. She needs to reach out and take it, to enjoy all its advantages and benefits. What does it mean? H..means everyone must get* busy. It is ho child's play to make this thing go. ft means hard work — not by a few, but by many. Don't wait. -Now is the time. Get busy and make good." On May 4, 1907, 90 men, headed by co-chairmen G. A. McKinney and W. H. Joesting, had been enlisted to win the campaign. And win it they did. By June 3, 1907, they had secured pledges for $51,212.17. Less than a month later, on July 1, Mrs. H. S. Mathews, who served as president of the Y Ladies Auxiliary for 50 years, laid the cornerstone for the community's first YMCA building. Hundreds watched and cheered. Community pride bubbled anew as the new building neared completion. This pride culminated in dedication ceremonies April 12, 1908, attended by more Council to Settle Suit Against City City Counselor John Hoefert Monday night requested city councilmen to approve settlement for $350 of a $10,000 damage suit filed against the city last February by Warren Wage- scheide. Wegescheide in City Court had cited that he fell in February on the steps leading from the city hall parking lot and had incurred a fracture of his elbow. An order approving settlement of the suit, which had been set for trial this week, is to be drawn for Council action Wednesday night. Conference Slated by Aid Group Plans to participate in • community planning conference In the fall were discussed at the final meeting of the year of the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society advisory board Monday at Hotel Stratford. Also discussed at the luncheon meeting were for a meeting tentative plans of boards and trustees to be held in the fall to discuss mutual problems. Mrs. William RogHs presided In the absence of Mrs. Tom Sniff, president. Ex-Grafton Resident Dies in Kansas GRAF TON—Relatives and friends have received word of the death of Ira Brown of Lucas, Kan. .Brown died Saturday in a hospital at Cambridge, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an auto accidetn Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Brown and H. L. Mansfield were returning to Lucas from Canton, Ohio, where they attended the graduation of their grandson when the accident occurred. Brown is survived by his wife, the former Miss Grace Gordan of Grafton, and three daughters. On Navy Cruise GRAFTON—Robert Ridenour, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ridenour, returned home last week from Lafayette, tod, where he attended Purdue University on a NROTC Scholarship, and left today for Snn Diego, Calif., and from there he will leave for a six-week cruise with the Navy. GRAFTON—Mr. and Mrs. Art Wilson spent the weekend in Blytheville, Ark., visiting their son and daughter-in-law, A.l.C. and Mrs. George Wilson. Miss Bonnie Brainerd entered Alton Memorial Hospital Saturday for medical treatment. Mrs. Freeman Hayes entered St. Joseph's Hospital, Alton, Thursday and underwent surgery Friday morning. Miss Glerma Critchfield returned home Saturday from St. Louis following a week's visit with Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kone- conik. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Freiman and son, Bill, and daughter, Betsy of Tunica, Miss., arrived Sunday for a visit with Miss Freda Freiman and other rela- tlian 4,000 people. Our community had erected, lone of the state's finest YMCAJ buildings. What previous generations did 53 years ago is what our generation is being called upon to do in the current $1,250,000 YMCA campaign. lives. THEY FOUND THIS ON A BED Snake about four feet long was found coiled around the headboard of a bed at the Frank White home, 3900 Seminary Rd. Charles Frederick and Frank White pick it from a box into which it was placed following capture. The snake, a harmless one, was let loose In a field across the road.—Staff Photo. Finds Snake Draped Over Head of Bed Mrs. Frank White. 3900 Seminary Rd., had a hard time getting up the courage to re-enter her bedroom the rest of the afternoon aftei finding a four-foot black snake draped over the head of her bed Monday. She entered the bedroom intending to take a nap. About to sit down on the edge of the bed, a Jenny Lind type, she looked around, saw the snake on, the head, looking out the window. Her scream brought Charles Frederick, a brother of her son-in- law, to her rescue. Frederick, a Mosinee, Wis., youth here studying art at Southern Illinois University, commandeered a stovepip, covered one end with a piece of metal, then scooped the snake into the open end and covered the opening with another piece of metal. Later the snake was released h a nearby field. Mrs. Hines Visiting Parents in Jersey JERS^YViLLE — Mrs. Murk Ilines of Denbigh, Va., is spending a two week vacation here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Perry of ^09 North Lafayette. Mrs. Mines will go to Peoria Friday to spend a few days with her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hines. She will return to Virginia next Wednesday. Coffee Cake to You! Kuchen Will Be Feature During Brighton ,Picnic The latest stamp honoring Dr. Lazarus Zamenhof, who invented the Esperanto language, has been issued by Bulgaria, Sofia reports. It shows his portrait and the green star badge of the Esperanto association. BRIGHTON—Kuchen, which is coffeecake to you, will be a feature of the annual Brighton Picnic Association picnic set for Friday and Saturday, according to Mrs. Harold Chase, one of the promoters of the annual sale. For several years now, Mrs. Chase says, Brighton women have labored hopefully on the theory that their kuchen, a German form of coffeecake, would take the tide of public acclaim away from Brighton burgoo soup, a concoction created by men of the community. Burgoo soup and kuchen have been sold in adjacent areas for several years now and, according to the women, burgoo has, to this date, somewhat overshadowed the efforts of the women bakers. This situation, Mrs. Chase says, will be rectified this year. Mrs. Norville Bangert and Mrs. Nellie Hauter are working with Mrs. Chase on the kuchen project. The stage is gradually being set for the picnic which will be in the business area. Already an assortment of carnival rides have arrived in the community and are waiting for setting up time. The neivJy-Jbrmed Fireman'NJ Auxiliary will also operate a ; stand during the picnic. i Proceeds from the event are^ used for community projects. Girls' Softball BRIGHTON—In Girls' Softball League play Monday night the Blue Jays, managed by Joan Walter, were edged out by the Red Buds, managed by Sonja Rogers, 38-37. Winning pitcher was Sharon Moore, with Tomo- line Baker behind .the plate. Read Telegraph Want Ads Daily Janet Rathgeb pitched for the Blue Jays, with Betty Cooper catching. Court of Honor BRIGHTON—Boy Scout Troop 39 will have a Court of Honor at 8 p.m. Thursday at Betsey Ann picnic grounds, Marvin Stewart, troop committeeman, has announced. A mother, son and daughter are enrolled at University of the Free State at Bloemfontein, South Africa. Mrs. H. C. Theron studies social science, her daughter Biengo, medicine, and her son Boer, commerce. 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