Jumping Jack, 1913The 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.