Beautiful decorations greeted the vanguard of the Knights Templar who arrived in the city in 1919 to attend the 72nd annual state conclave, which opens today. From the Union Station up Frederica Street, around court square, and on practically all the other streets, a number of American flags and colors of the Knights Templar are arranged in a pretty design. A decorator has been in the city for two weeks making preparations for the coming of the Knights. The courthouse square is particularly attractive. On the buildings are a number of handsome decorations, contrasting nature's decoration of the trees that surround the courthouse. Electric wires have been strung around the square and at night, presents a very pretty appearance.
May 20, 1919, in order that the people of the Midwest may have an opportunity to see the type of anti-submarine craft that operated so successfully during the war, a flotilla of all types of "mosquito fleet" craft, which operated on this coast and in the war zone, is coming up the Ohio River in the near future and will stop at Owensboro as well as all towns on the river. The flotilla of Eagle boats and such small submarine terrors is coming up the Mississippi and all its tributaries.
May 21, Lewis Beavin of Cloverport was seriously injured in an automobile wreck. Several of the other occupants of the car were cut and bruised when the car dashed into a telephone pole, wrecking the automobile. The car was driven by Lewis Beavin, who had recently purchased it. There were several young men in the car, which was being speeded up, when one of the occupants became uneasy about the reckless driving and attempted to take the wheel. They hit a boulder and then crashed into the telephone pole.
May 22, if Congress adopts the president's suggestion that the national prohibition law be repealed to the extent of allowing the sale of light wines and beer, it probably will mean that the 29 saloons now operating in the city will continue to run, and instead of forcing all "wet" activities to cease, will close only the five or six wholesale liquor dealers as the saloon houses will continue the sale of wines and beer. Under the wine and beer exception, cocktails must go, for without whiskey and gin, there would be no base. Vermouth would be allowed as this is a wine.
May 23, Dr. Robert Parker Miles, a traveler and reporter who for the last 11 seasons has been one of the features on the Chautauqua platform, will deliver his famous address, "Tallow Tips," in the Third Baptist Church on May 27. Dr. Miles is one of the best known Chautauqua lecturers in the United States. His address will be about men he has met while traveling and while as a star reporter for the New York Journal.
May 24, at the best meeting of the Western Kentucky Oratorical Contest held in the history of the organization, speakers from visiting cities carried off the honors at the annual meeting of the association. Miss Minna Jennings of Paducah High School won first place in the girls' contest. Miss Jennings' subject was "America's Mission." Henry Taylor, from Henderson High School, was the winner in the boys' contest. Beautiful gold medals were presented to the winners.
50 Years Ago
May 20, 1969, Ancient Rome came to the stage of Trinity High School and the Latin students followed the ancient advice --"When in Rome, do as the Romans do." The event was the annual banquet for the students in Latin I and Latin II and the teenagers got into the act with togas made from toweling and rubber thongs for sandals. The setting was Roman in theme and style.
May 21, three city officials are in Washington to urge Congress to regulate Community Antenna Television (CATV). Scheduled to appear before the House Commerce Committee are Commissioners Doug Williams and Jim Bugg, and City Manager Max Rhoads. CATV is presently regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, which has made rulings adverse to Owensboro's Top Vision firm and kept this outfit almost stagnant for two years.
May 22, Joanna Ward, a senior at Whitesville Trinity High School, was awarded the first Extension Society Volunteer Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded by the Extension Society Volunteers, a part of the Catholic Church Extension Society. The volunteers have been serving as teachers in the Knottsville-Whitesville area for the past four years and have decided to sponsor a scholarship for a Trinity High senior each year. The $220 scholarship is based on an essay written by Miss Ward.
May 23, officers of the Owensboro Junior Woman's Club were installed at a dinner meeting at the Owensboro Motor Inn. The Junior Service Award was presented to Mrs. William White. The award was given to the person who has exhibited outstanding and unlimited service to the club. A special recognition gift was present to Mrs. Richard Lutz, who is leaving town and has given many hours of service to the club.