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Jumping Jack, 1913

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Jumping Jack, 1913

The large box of pictures on my mother-in-law's table was being sorted into three piles; one to keep, one to send to a cousin and another to send to distant relatives in California. The pictures were in no specific order and there were not many old photos. The farm house in Sullivan, before the lake erased it from the landscape was exactly as Anna remembered. The surprise was the postcard showing a pole vaulter.

The back of the postcard clearly read the name of Orall Bundy, to all of us, Uncle Jack, a man that was remembered as spry and ready to take the basement stairs two at a time even in his 80's. No one remembered a story about him winning a track event.

It seemed easy to dig further into this event. The IHSA website lists track and field winners from every year since 1893, except 1917 and 1918.
The state track meet was cancelled during the two years because of WWI.

Fascinating find. I love "reckard" on the card. :)
LGrant   Saturday, May 29, 2010
Very interesting find. I believe high school sports in Illinois were cancelled in 1917 and 1918 because of the flu epidemic. At least the football seasons were cancelled for that reason.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, May 30, 2010
The website listed WWI as the reason, but I had to dig around for that. We're guessing the photo is in Urbana. He was a senior at Sullivan H.S. in 1918.
Karen   Sunday, May 30, 2010
Very interesting. I noticed "reckard" as well!!
girlcarew   Sunday, May 30, 2010
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