Excerpts from stories published in the Sept. 5-8, 1972 editions of The Princeton Daily Clarion:
HERE YA’ GOT PEACE, BABYHazel Meuser reported that as far north as the Princeton exit, they made their way, couples and small groups of five or six hitch-hiking home with cardboard banners held high...hoping to catch the eye of some sympathetic driver...
Three boys attended the rock fest on Bull Island, walking about 25 miles Labor Day morning after their car broke down. Commenting on the rock festival, they said the island was the greatest place it could have been held.
Gary, 19, from Granite City, Illinois, munched M&Ms while he talked. “Nobody was ready for this. You can tell by the way things are that they had no idea about the size of this thing. it really is fabulous. We saw Joe Cocker late last night.
“...This thing is beautiful. Do you realize there are enough people here to fill a large city and they are all living in peace. There are people from all walks of life — there’s a Navy commander’s kid in his dad’s camper over there, there’s a doctor’s daughter and six friends from Little Rock, American Indians...and in all of this, with food and water shortage and everything, there’s been no violence.”
Larry, from Miami, sat on his car top eating a cold can of Campbell’s chunky soup. He spoke between hungry gulps. “I’ll tell you, this thing is famous. This is bigger than Woodstock. It’s even greater because here you’ve got peace, baby...this is the most beautiful unspoiled country I’ve ever seen.”
BODY FOUND IN AFTERMATHThe body of a 24-year-old Chicago man was found dead at or near the scene of the Labor Day rock fest at Bull Island.
An Illinois State Trooper gave mouth to mouth resuscitation to a girl Tuesday morning at the interchange of Griffin and I-64. She was taken to an Evansville hospital.
A fire was reported on Bull Island Tuesday morning as smoke was sighted by Illinois State Police.They reported everything on the island that would burn including the stage and at least two mobile homes used as dressing rooms were on fire. Illinois State Police dispatched a large detail of troopers to the island at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to rouse everyone from the island.
ISLAND LEFT TO CLEANUP CREWSBull Island, site of the Labor Day Soda Pop Festival looked like it had been hit by a tornado Tuesday afternoon.
Two young hitch-hikers from Columbus, Ohio, said the festival was a “rip-off.” Almost none of the big name groups who were to perform showed up, and the people who had paid to enter the site paid $20 to $25 for their tickets.
“A lot of good groups did play, but if everyone had known that most of the big name groups weren’t going to be there, there sure wouldn’t have been 300,000 people come here for a festival,” one of the hitch-hikers said.
Although they were disgusted with certain aspects of the festival, there were a number of things they were impressed with. “What was really great was the fact that so many people got together with as little violence as there was. We met people from all over North America and we just sat around and rapped between bands.
“I think that if they have another festival here I’ll come back. The site was perfect and with better planning and if the promoters keep their promises, it could be a good festival.”
STATE TO SUE ROCK FEST PROMOTERSThe Attorney General of Indiana announced a suit against promoters of the rock festival at Bull Island and urged an income tax investigation of the promoters while Illinois officials stepped up their probe into the death of one man who attended the event over the labor day weekend.
Attorney General Theodore L. Sendake, calling the event an “orgy” and a “drug” festival, said the state is suing promoters Bob Alexander and Tom Duncan of Evansville for damages over state property destroyed.
STORK DELAYS DECISION ON SHOE BOX MONEY
A trial scheduled for Sept. 11 in Vanderburgh circuit court over the $101,827 found in the attic of a Francisco couple has been postponed because the female defendant is expecting a child.
Mrs. Melvin Hughes, Oakland City, is the plaintiff int he case and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Meier, Francisco, are the defendants.
Judge William Miller postponed the trial to Dec. 4 at the requests of the Meier attorneys, McDonald, McDonald and Nixon of Princeton.
The money was found June 7, 1971 by Tom Meier when he climbed into the attic of his home to check insulation. He found the money in three old shoe boxes and glass fruit jars sitting beside the boxes.
He and his wife immediately called Gibson County Sheriff Solly Mitchell and the money was deposited in the Gibson County Bank in the names of Sheriff Mitchell and George Rehnquist, deputy prosecuting attorney.
Judge Harvey Garrett authorized County Clerk Don Lutz to place the money on deposit for safekeeping in the vault at the Gibson County bank.
Mrs. Hughes filed a claim on the money and the Meiers filed a counter claim. The case was venued from Gibson to Vanderburgh County.
The money which the Meiers found accidentally was presumably hidden there by George Rembe, whom Mrs. Hughes was married to before his death. After Rembe’s death Mrs. Rembe remarried and sold the home to the Meiers in December 1970.