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The Making of the Greene County Keg - Whodunit?Posted Friday, May 1, 2009, at 6:16 AM
An investigation into a local whodunit is ongoing. It's a cold case but it's heating up - there are promising leads.
The case to be solved involves the origin of the Greene County Keg.
The chief investigator, Roger Weaver, has spent a lot of time going through old county newspapers and he found information in the archives of papers published in Linton, Bloomfield and Worthington.
Although he has gathered up a lot of info, he's called for backup assistance as the focus of the investigation has shifted to the shop class in the Worthington High School in the fall of 1952. He says that's where the deed was done.
Weaver has learned that the decision to start the keg tradition was made that fall in a meeting of county basketball coaches. But the actual making of the keg is attributed to a man named George Boyd.
Boyd was probably not a Worthington native -- it's believed that he graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute in 1951 then started his teaching career at WHS. I'm not sure how long he taught there but someone said they thought he went to Martinsville after he left Worthington - that's unconfirmed.
Some locals say when Boyd was in Worthington, he had a young family, might have lived on S. Dayton St., might have attended the Christian Church, and for sure had quite a talent for woodworking.
Although a few decades have passed, I'm betting that if Mr. Boyd is still around somewhere, he would remember the making of the keg and it would be nice if we could say thanks for the memories.
Mr. Boyd, if you're still out there somewhere, we'd like to hear from you.
Besides Mr. Boyd's influence on the keg making, it is believed that it was not made in a private woodworking shop by one man only, but took shape in the high school industrial arts building and that a number of students worked on it along with their teacher.
Could it be that we could get the names of the students who had a hand in making the object of one of the county's favorite traditions? Were there just a handful involved, or more? Did anyone who helped make the keg then get to also play in one of those early hot keg games?
Weaver has talked to one man who was in the eighth grade at WHS that year and remembers sanding on the keg. It will be great to include his name and information in the story.
Now where are the rest of you guys? I know you're out there. Do I need to find an old WHS annual and track you down?
It was the fall of 1952. The old school was still standing on Main Street. Guys, and maybe girls, were helping to cut, sand, assemble, and paint the names on the colorful Greene County Keg.
Turn yourself in. Fess up and help us solve this mystery of Greene County history.
Anna Rochelle is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling (812) 847-4487 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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