The Real News of
Madison, IN. 47250
Knights of Columbus
Grand Knight Financial Secretary
Jim Tatera Jack Dalgleish
2038 Ridgewood Dr. 1968 Fox Trails Le.
Madison, IN. 47250 Madison, IN. 47250
Ph. 812-265-2301 Ph. 812-274-0437
July 26-State Hospital visit
July 29-EOM meals
July 29-S & R Party
July 30-Corporate Communion
Aug 9-Meeting (Installation)
Knight of the Month-Deacon Mike
Family of the Month-Ben Kelly and Family. Thanks for a job well done. Larry Cummins has been awarded Honorary Life membership. Congrats, Larry.
We will have an Installation of officers at the next meeting. Every officer should attend.
Our next State Hospital visit will be July 26th at the usual time. Thanks to Pat Berry, 812-701-5269, for being the chairman, if you are interested in helping him, give him a call. He’ll fill you in on the details.
End of Month meals
If things are like it was last year, we will go to the Salvation Army kitchen to get the meals which we distribute. July 29 is the date. Call Benny Kelly, the chairman. 812-265-4399 for information. .
The July 30 CC will be at the 8:00 Mass, Oct. 29 CC will be at the 10:00 Mass. These dates were decided and confirmed at the Feb. meeting. Ed Schafer will be calling for volunteers to serve in the ministries.
Wear the emblem when you’re working as a Knight. Heitz has the pattern to embroider the emblem and council number. Specify you want the 934 logo and badge. 4th Degree has its own badge and logo.
Michael Sitka is transferring his membership from Iowa to our council. Laast month we misspelled the name. Sorry about that. We extend a hearty welcome to these members. Our Insurance Agent, Keith Greer sponsored them. Thank you.
S. & R. Party
July 29, 6:00-11:00 the Social and Rec is sponsoring a party complete with a concert from the Bee Camp Boys. It will be held upstairs in the building. The Cover charge for the concert will be $10.00. Mike is planning to offer sandwiches of pulled pork or pork chops. These sandwiches’ price will be $5.00. Support for this enterprise will be much appreciated.
KC activity during WW I.
I found this item on the Supreme website about the activity of some Knights who were also baseball players. As you can read, we have an awesome history of activity with the Armed Forces.
The United States had been at war with Imperial Germany for more than a year by summer 1918, but momentous battles lay ahead. One-half million U.S. troops were overseas, with more regiments reaching France every day. By the armistice in November, the American Expeditionary Forces would total nearly 2 million men.
The Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities raised more than $14 million to fund recreational centers, called huts, for doughboys at home and abroad. The committee also enrolled more than 2,000 Knights from many professions as uniformed officers — called secretaries — to supervise these huts and sent half of them overseas. Secretaries wore army officers’ uniforms affixed with a “KC” insignia, prompting the soldiers to call them “Caseys.”
When the doughboys in France weren’t training or fighting, they wanted recreation and reminders of home. Among other things, that meant baseball — which the Order delivered.
The Knights soon “realized the necessity of sending a man to France who had played the game and knew how to teach it,” read a comment in The New York Times, Aug. 28, 1919. “That man was Johnny Evers.”
Evers ranks among the game’s greatest stars — the second baseman in the Chicago Cubs’ fabled Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double-play combination.
A number of other baseball men followed him into K of C uniform, including Detroit Tigers manager Hughie Jennings; St. Louis Cardinals manager Jack Hendricks; and Bill Coughlin, former third baseman for the Tigers and Washington Senators.
DOING GREAT WORK
John Joseph Evers was born July 21, 1881, in Troy, N.Y. After playing 12 seasons for the Cubs, he was part of the 1914 “miracle Braves” of Boston. The team had come from last place in late July and swept the World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics, who were led by legendary manager Connie Mack, also a K of C member. Evers won the Chalmers Award the same year as the National League’s most valuable player.
His career, which later earned him a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946, came to a sudden halt in 1918. He had gone to spring training with the Boston Red Sox, rooming with 23-year-old pitcher Babe Ruth, who would join the Knights the following year. Evers, then 36, expected to sign with Boston, only to find himself sitting in the stands on opening day.
Nicknamed “the Trojan” for his hometown and “the Crab” for his disposition on the field, Evers was eager to join the war effort, but an arm ailment prevented him from enlisting.
A member of Troy (N.Y.) Council 176, he pitched the Knights the idea of sending him “over there” as an athletic director.
“Believe me, I’m mighty glad the Knights of Columbus have accepted my offer,” Evers said in the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily News, June 5, 1918. “I feel as though I can do great work in France.”
Evers reached Paris Sept. 15, hours before a German bombing raid, and quickly got down to work.
“We are making a tour, riding in big motor vans or in anything going our way, from camp to camp, hospital base to hospital base,” Evers wrote in the Troy Times, Oct. 15, 1918. “And we have discovered that the fellows want to see us, to talk baseball, and to talk about back home, and so every morning I get up early and go visiting the boys in the hospitals.”
When Evers wasn’t visiting wounded doughboys, he arranged and umpired games between units.
“Evers is organizing ball teams in the different sectors, and in every way the Knights of Columbus work is meeting with grand success,” reported the November 1918 issue of The Columbiad, quoting an army chaplain in France.
The former second baseman even taught the game of baseball to French troops, known as les poilus (the unshaven). A French general named Paul Vidal, who was married to an American woman, admired how accurately baseball-loving doughboys could throw grenades and asked for Evers to teach at a military school at Besançon.
“I shall never have any other experiences as interesting as my work in France when I undertook to teach the poilus how to play baseball,” Evers later wrote in the March 1919 issue of Baseball Magazine.
On two separate occasions, totaling 23 days, Evers also spent time serving troops on the front lines. In a letter reprinted Nov. 21, 1918, in the Troy Times, a K of C secretary wrote, “I have seen Evers working under the heaviest of shellfire to supply cigarettes and other comforts to the boys at the front, and neither danger nor fatigue meant anything to him when there was work to be done for the fighting men.”
‘ON THE OTHER SIDE’
Future Hall of Famer (1945) Hughie Jennings, a Knight from Pennsylvania, enrolled as a K of C secretary in 1918. One of the major league’s great shortstops, Jennings had managed the Detroit Tigers since 1907 and would later become a trial lawyer in Scranton.
“There is no man in the national game who is better known or more popular than Jennings, and he will be a valuable addition to the Knights of Columbus staff abroad,” The New York Times reported Oct. 3.
Since fans had dubbed him “Ee-Yah” Jennings for his earsplitting yells on the diamond, sports artist Robert Ripley sketched enemy soldiers raising their hands in surrender as a shattering E-E-E-E YAH! rose from the opposite trench.
However, Jennings never left America. The war ended before his passport arrived. With baseball set to resume in 1919, he lacked enough time to sail to France and still return to the Tigers for spring training.
A fellow Pennsylvania native, who had played third base for the Tigers (1904-08) and previously for the Washington Senators (1901-04), did make it over to serve as a Casey. “I’ve arrived here safe and sound,” wrote Bill Coughlin from Paris, in a letter printed in the December 1918 issue of The Columbiad. “There is a feeling everywhere you go that the war will be over soon, which makes a fellow feel more like working than ever.”
A member of Scranton (Pa.) Council 280, Coughlin later worked in Germany, in charge of baseball for the Third Army. According to an article in the army newspaper Stars and Stripes, June 13, 1919, “It was his pet idea to start the umpire school, which provided efficient umps for the many leagues in the Army of Occupation.”
Jack Hendricks, a former MLB outfielder and manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, also arrived in France shortly after the armistice Nov. 11, 1918. He had enrolled later than Jennings but met no delays.
“I have been anxious for some time to do my bit on the other side,” Hendricks said in The New York Times, Nov. 5, 1918. “I feel like a youngster, although I have a son now in an officers’ training camp.”
The Knights still had valuable work to do, keeping up the morale of servicemen waiting to go home. Hendricks visited Chateau Thierry and met thousands of doughboys, among them a minor leaguer who had lost an eye and a leg to enemy shelling just hours before the armistice.
“I ran into boys from every town in which I used to manage a club,” he said in the Utica Herald-Dispatch, Dec. 21, 1918. “I was with Evers part of the time, and believe me, John was certainly popular abroad.”
Hendricks went on to manage the Cincinnati Reds from 1924-29 and, like Jennings, practiced law.
You will find the contacts of both the Field Agent serving 934; and the
General Agent., serving Southern Indiana below.
Clint Spaulding Agency
504 3rd Ave.
Jasper, IN. 47546
1240 Timberhaven Ct.
Scottsburg, In. 47170
Ph. # 219-718-3196
The website of the McGivney Guild is http://www.fathermcgivney.org/mcg/index.do. He has been elevated to the title of Venerable so he is one step closer to Sainthood.
The Indiana State Council website is at http://indianakofc.org/.
The website for the Supreme Council is: http://www.kofc.org
The Prince of Peace website is at http://www.popeace.org/
I encourage all our members to visit these 4 websites.
Father Hilary George Adam Meny
January 21, 1915 - October 7, 2016
On October 7, 2016, Father Hilary George Adam Meny, beloved uncle, great-uncle, great-great uncle, and pastor, was gently lifted up to Heaven, after a wonderful Life of 101+ years here on earth.
Born on January 21, 1915, to Bernard and Catherine (Emmert) Meny, Hilary grew up in Haubstadt, Indiana. After attending grade school at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Hilary attended St. Meinrad Seminary. On May 14, 1940, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by the Most Reverend Joseph E. Ritter, and celebrated his First Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on May 19, 1940
Fr. Meny’s first priestly assignment took him to St. Philip Neri Parish Indianapolis, where he served as a junior assistant until 1947. After this, Fr. Meny served at St. Joe Hill Parish in Clark County and at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Bedford.
In 1949, Fr. Meny was named pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Madison, Indiana, where he lovingly served for over 40 years. While pastor at St. Patrick’s, Fr. Meny was instrumental in establishing Shawe Memorial Catholic High School, where he served as superintendant and Pope John XXIII Catholic Grade School. During his tenure at St. Patrick’s, he also served the parish of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church in Vevay, Indiana.
Father Hillary Meny's 100th Birthday Cellebration
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