Seniors On Sixth

Dee Monson

I want to give you a heads up to an event that will be happening at noon on June 30 at the Senior Center. The Nevada Historical Board and our Senior Center Board are working together to bring author Craig Bishop to Nevada to present his program entitled “From Orphan to Adviser: The Life of Billy Sunday.” We will serve a $3 light lunch after which Dr. Bishop will tell us why he decided to write a book about the man who still has his name attached to our high school baseball complex. (This event will be in addition to our usual potluck programs which are always on the second Monday of each month.)

Born in Ames in 1862, Billy Sunday was a Civil War orphan who became famous throughout America during his lifetime. Raised in Glenwood and Davenport, he became a professional baseball player and later, an influential Christian minister and adviser to Presidents and community leaders. Known for his down-to-earth and athletic style of preaching, Sunday’s message appealed to Americans in need of idealism on social issues. Bishop’s presentation will include still photos, audio testimonies of Mrs. Sunday and films of Mr. Sunday in his last years.

Since Billy Sunday was a big part of our town at one time, I hope you will plan to attend this special event to get “the rest of the story.” Watch for further reminders about this event in the Journal and on posters around town.