The Vidette-Messenger Centennial EditionThe 1936 special edition celebrating Porter County's centennial year . . . .

The following article has been transcribed from the August 18, 1936, issue of The Vidette-Messenger, published in Valparaiso, Indiana. This particular special edition focuses on Porter County's centennial celebration and contains a 94-page compendium of Porter County history up to that time.

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Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 4, Page 6.


Valparaiso Kiwanis Club On New Start After Disbanding For 5 Years; Founded 1921

Valparaiso Kiwanis was organized on May 25, 1921, at a meeting and banquet held at Altruria hall, at the university, on May 25, 1921. Col. McCullough, district governor, Indiana Kiwanis International, presented the charter to Dr. George R. Douglas, the new president. P. L. Sisson made the address of welcome and Harry B. Dealing, LaPorte newspaper man, made an address.

Other officers of the club were Victor R. Despard, vice-president; T. L. Applegate, treasurer; E. W. Agar, district trustee; R. D. Blount, Ralph J. Coty, Abe Lowenstine, T. P. Galvin, John F. Griffin, Earl J. Salisbury and Wallace Wilson.

Dr. William (Bill) Millard, of the International headquarters, Chicago, organized the club.

Charter members of the club at its organization were: Dr. R. D. Blount, Ralph J. Cory, Abe Lowenstine, T. P. Galvin, E. J. Salisbury, Wallace Wilson, E. W. Agar, Mannie Albe, James O. Anderson, T. L. Applegate, Claude Beach, R. D. Blount, Gust E. Bornholt, Walter Brownell, Samuel L. Buchanan, John R. Burch, Thomas Benton, Harold W. Cleveland, Harry T. Conklin, E. W. Chaffee, Fred H. Cole, V. R. Despard, M. L. Dickover, George R. Douglas, Herman Ealing, Reginald L. Felton, C. E. Foster, L. T. Frederick, M. B. Fyfe, Frank L. Faley, T. P. Galvin, Glen J. Goddard, John F. Griffin, G. Taylor Griffith, Thomas M. Harrold, Grover J. Hinkle, Frank Kroetz, Rolland Kenny, Robert A. Lee, Abe Lowenstine, J. Francie McGuire, Carl F. Mason, Charles S. McGill, J. L. Meagher, J. W. Moreland, Rev. E. J. Mungovan, Fred Moltz, C. A. Nixon, E. Guy Osborne, Robert Sandy, Ben Schenck, Walter Schlundt, E. J. Salisbury, S. E. Shideler, Charles H. Stinchfield, H. F. Strother, L. R. Trott, T. G. Vassaw, Roy S. Wheeler, Wallace Wilson, W. Garland Windle and A. N. Worstell.

During its ten years of activity the Kiwanis club sponsored a number of note-worthy community projects. The Kiwanis club also played a number of baseball games with the arch-rivals, the Rotarians, and emerged the victor in a majority of contests. The proceeds went to charity.

In 1931 the club disbanded, and no organization represented Kiwanis until June 10 of this year when Edwin Shortess, of Chicago, field man for Kiwanis International, came here and reorganized a Kiwanis club at a dinner meeting held at Hotel Lembke.

Assisting in the ceremonies were Herbert L. Wilhelm, of Hammond, lieutenant governor of Division One of the Indiana district; W. F. Wiedemann, president and Charles Burrows, secretary of the Hammond club.

Among those attending the meeting was Dr. George R. Douglas, who was first president when Kiwanis was chartered here in 1921.

Officers elected were: W. A. McCallum, president; Walter Shook, vice president; Joseph Claudon, treasurer; Arthur Butler, secretary.

The roster of membership so far signed up is T. L. Applegate, H. J. Arnold, Walter E. Brownell, W. Arthur Butler, L. M. Casbon, J. H. Claudon, Frank M. Clifford, Dr. G. D. Conover, William Carver, Walter M. Crisman, Dr. G. R. Douglas, J. A. Fleishbein, Lee M. Helmer, B. C. Hirsch, Carl Herron, Harry C. Logan, R. W. Lytle, W. A. McCallum, E. S. McCray, R. G. Rowland, Robert J. Lowe, Walter Shook, Dr. R. C. Shurr, John Sievers, Jr., Roy B. Smith, Charles H. Stinchfield, L. L. Tolten, Donald Will, Wallace Wilson and J. L.Yaeger.

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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