3/11/2020 12:35:00 PM Proud of Vernon, proud of brother for saving gym
In regards to the Vernon grant (re: "$41,000 facelift for Vernon Gym," The Sun, March 3), I have moved from Jennings County but still take the Plain Dealer & Sun and read your editorial (re: "Nothing but net," Plain Dealer, March 5). It tells about Mike Rogers, my brother, saving the Vernon Gymnasium from the wrecking ball. I did not know this until reading it in your newspaper.
It does not surprise me as Mike and I have always loved Vernon. We spent our "growing up" days there. Our family had to move away once but we came back to Vernon. We always said we were "Vernon people." In reading the paper, thoughts started whirling in my mind:
Men walking to and from the Vernon Swing Factory carrying their lunch buckets.
Picking up night crawlers in the court yard of the Jennings County Courthouse for our dad.
Drinking Cokes at Nauer's Drug Store and grumpy old Mr. Nauer.
Playing basketball at "Shot Guns" and getting a pop there.
Watching the rise of the Muscatatuck River and being ready to help Bo and her husband move out so not to be flooded.
Shopping at Calvert & Hunt's Grocery Store.
Our family going to Calvert's house to see the one and only new television in Vernon.
Swimming in the river at the Forks.
Attending Vernon Baptist Church.
Visiting Shaw's Grocery to look at candy before walking up the hill to school.
In earlier days being excited about sitting on the courthouse lawn to see an old movie.
Our mom telling Florence Seeman to quit listening on the phone when it was a party line.
And I just have to mention the town marshal "Clendenning" that we now can see was an earlier version of Barney Fife.
Mike and I loved everything about Vernon. We both read Carol Layman's book about Vernon with much delight ("Growing Up Rich in Vernon, Indiana: A Celebration of American Small-town Life in the 1940s and '50s").
Thank you, Mike, for saving the Vernon Gym as it has brought much enjoyment to many people throughout the years and showing your love for Vernon. I am very proud to be your sister.
Thank you for printing my letter and good luck to everyone involved with the exciting grant.