This week’s post comes from Intern Paul about a surprising discovering in our Archives.
Recently in cataloging things in the warehouse we have come across 4 boxes of Waterway Journals that included a mailing address in the name of Mr. Henry A. Meyer. Because we don’t have any accession information on these boxes, we do not know how they ended up in as part of our collection. This begs the question of what is a Waterways Journal?
The Waterways Journal has been printed weekly since 1887. Known as “The Riverman’s Bible” as the site says, it was published out of St. Louis, Missouri. We have at least four boxes that we know of that contain issues of the magazine from the years 1943 (four issues) through 1961. Also there were three bound books of magazines from April 1946-through March 1953. The true question of how we got these documents is something that we cannot answer. We can make a hypothesis that these were donated somehow, but beyond that we don’t know why or too whom. All we can do is thank Henry A. Meyer for his contribution to our Archives.
One issue of particular interest is this one from 1943.
A major part of Evansville’s history in the 20th century came from the industries along the Ohio that helped to build the Navy in World War II. A lot of people do not know this, but Indiana led the nation in the war effort. This is major feat in this city’s history and something that should be talked about proudly. Because of Indiana’s war effort many of the industrial plants received the E for excellence banner. This includes some that helped produce the LSTs that traveled along the Ohio River before being put into action. The Army-Navy E for excellence award was an honor presented to businesses for their excellence in production of war equipment. This was an honor given too many places along the Ohio in the State of Indiana; Evansville being the major city where these businesses were headquartered in their production.
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Though this political cartoon by Karl Kae Knecht we can see that the E for excellence award was something very important in the state seeing as it has a prominent position in the picture above. The city may only have the LST left from this grand time of Evansville history, but that surely does not mean it should be forgotten.
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