On Jan. 5, 1967, Ronald Reagan, past movie actor, was inaugurated as the new governor of California. However, prior to his candidacy, strong rumors circulated around Hollywood, Gregory Peck was considering running as a democrat against Reagan. That could have changed history.
Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with the intention of future resuscitation. In Munich, Germany the trial began for Wilhelm Harster, accused of the murder of 82,856 Jews (including Anne Frank) when he led German security police during the occupation of the Netherlands. He was eventually sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Apollo 1 — U.S. astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee are killed when fire broke out in their Apollo spacecraft during a launch pad test. In New Orleans, District Attorney Jim Garrison claims he will solve the John F. Kennedy assassination, and that a conspiracy was planned in New Orleans. The Surveyor 3 probe lands on the Moon. And in Las Vegas, Elvis Pressley and Priscilla Beaulieu get married.
Back in Madison County, Indiana, officers of the Lapel Masonic Lodge were installing new officers for 1967. Kenneth Skinner, senior deacon; Joseph Turner, senior warden; Clayton Crowder, worshipful master; James King, junior warden; Donald Witt, chaplain; Roy Eugene Givens, junior stewart; Phillip Hesson, trustee; Wendell Huntzinger, junior deacon; Bert Goul, trustee; Gerald Stottlemyer, tyler; Robert R. Fisher, secretary; William Hormell, senior stewart and Lester Finley, treasurer.
In 1967, you could still buy a new white Ford Mustang for only $2,461! Sonny Hazelbaker is promoted to assistant cashier of the State Bank. Lapel’s property tax rate for 1967 is set at $5.88. That is a .37 reduction from the year before.
Richard Rambo, a native of Lapel, was promoted to Lieutenant, within the Indiana State Police. Ward’s lumber had a sale on 4’X8’ plywood, only $3.67; Dutch Boy Paint for $4.70. And the “Fearnow” Monday night mixed bowling league conducted its banquet on May 15. Winner of trophies were Mary Taylor, Linda Hormell and Edith Castor, according to the Lapel Review newspaper.
At Lapel High School, the faculty was preparing the Class of 1967 for graduation. The class sponsors were Lucille Rockey and Donald Trisler. Once again, Principal Gerald Roudebush led the way. His advisory board included James Layton, Lawrence Heiny and trustees Robert Wilson and Kenneth Bodenhorn. Victor Owens was the county superintendent. School secretary was Peggy Paulsel, and the assistant principal was Mr. Stenftenagel, with Mrs. Shaul managing the finances.
The faculty consisted of Paul Arthur, English and French; Price Brookfield, history and physical education; Kendall Cox, math; Billy Joe French, industrial arts; Edward Hale, math; Jack Hurley, coaching, business and health; Elizabeth Huntzinger, home economics and guidance; Bertel Johnson, music; Judith Linder, English; Genevieve Lyon, art; David McCord, industrial education; Hershel McKamey, music; Maria Murcia, English and Spanish; Marian Noggle, English and Latin; Donald Olson, math; Gordon Frazier Reynolds, biology and physical education; Lucille Rockey, social studies; Elizabeth Shaul, business; Doris Smith, history and elementary art; Jean Snyder, chemistry, physics and science; Fred St. John, science and driver’s education; Jeanie Terhune, music; Karen Thole, physical education and health; Donald Trisler, journalism and guidance; Margret Trisler, bookkeeping and English; Irma Wells, librarian; and Janie Worton, home economics and art.
The senior class of 1967 are as follows: Class President Robert Metzger, Vice President Daniel Schuyler, Secretary Linda Faye Minton and Treasurer Rita Railey; Richard Anderson, Michael Auer, Brice Bagley, Teresa Baker, Benny Benefiel, Margret Ann Bixler, Garry Bond, Paul E. Calvert, Pauline Calvert, Susan Elaine Cates, Tom Cox, Judith Ann Davis, M. Jane Edrington, John C. Edrington, Dale E. Erwin, Jim Faust, Justin Kent Fisher, John A. Ford, Patricia Alice Frick, Carol Jean Fuqua, Jerrilyn Kay Gibson, Sue Hackleman, James H. Haig, Mary Martha Harris, Deon Hersberger, Debra Kay Hiday, James Hinshaw, Marilyn Horton, Dale Ann Hudson, Deborah L. Huffman, M. Joanne Jackson, Juanita M. Jamison, Brenda Sue Jarrett, Sherry J. Jarrett, Mickey A. Kaiser, Danna E. Kinnaman, Janice Ann Kluth, William C. Mills, Marcia L. McCoy, John A. McDonald, Ramona R, Nichelson, Janice M. Perry, James C. Rich, Wilma F. Rockhold, Christina M. Romine, Susan L. Roudebush, Carl Russell, Fred O. St. John II, Thomas S. Scherer, Saralou A. Shaul, Rodney L. Shirk, R. Elliott Shetterly, Rodney Springer, M. David Stephenson, Connie L. Sylvester, Bill Tynes, Paul D. Van Duyn, David Wainscott, Teresa K. Watkins, Linda K. Whitmore, Bob Williamson and Diane Wolfgang.
Mickey Kaiser was the 1966-67 Homecoming Queen. Camelot’s Royal Court Prince was Paul Van Duyn; King — Bob Williamson; Queen — Danna Kinnaman and Princess — Jan Kluth. Carol Fuqua received a superior rating in Class A division of the Indiana School of Music.
The following seniors made the honor roll during their last semester of high school: Justin Fisher, Patty Frick, Carol Fuqua, Deon Hersberger, Juanita Jamison, Micky Kaiser, Janice Kluth, Danna Kinnaman, Christina Romine, Saralou Shaul, Connie Sylvester and Teresa Watkins.
In baseball, Zeke Rich was named to the White River Conference All Star team. In track and field, Lapel High School placed fourth in the White River Conference and 15th in the sectional. It was another disappointing year for basketball. Lapel lost to Sheridan in the first game of the sectionals. Tom Stevenson was knocked unconscious during one game. He was taken to Riverview Hospital and later released.