Edgar Bryant Stansbury, son of Emmet and Mable Stansbury was born 1906 in Corbin, Kentucky. He attended Shepherdsville high school and came to WKU in 1926 where he played basketball and football. Upon graduation Ed coached in Greenville and Lancaster, Kentucky high schools, married and attended Peabody where he received his master’s degree. Returning to WKU in 1935 Stansbury became assistant coach to E.A. Diddle. After World War II he returned briefly as athletic director in 1946-1947. Stansbury returned to the air force in 1947 and later worked for Honeywell. A lifelong WKU supporter, he died in Largo, Florida in 2009 at the age of 103.
He left his personal papers and photographs to WKU Archives. This is a photo of Ed Stansbury aboard the Regent Sun touring the Panama Canal in 1988. He and his wife Edith enjoyed many cruises during their retirement years.
Summer is quickly drawing to a close and thanks to our student worker Jack, we have quite a lot to show for our summer. He has been diligently scanning scrapbooks, photographs, negatives and original documents. Here’s a taste of some of the new old items now available on TopScholar.
1980 WKU Football Scrapbook
Bowling Green Business University Scrapbook
College Heights Herald, Vol. 54, Nos. 1-21 [the remaining numbers will be available soon]
College High Basketball Scrapbook 1946-47
Concerns Presented by Faculty Senate
Cook Twins Scrapbook
The Fourth Estate, Sigma Delta Chi publication
Gary Ransdell Installation negatives
Kelly Thompson Chapter, Public Relations Student Society of America records
Lady Toppers Basketball Press Releases, 1992-93
Phi Alpha Theta Petition
Progress Report of the Faculty Participation Committee
ROTC 1942 Notes
Stickles History Club Minute Books, 1924-1957
University Senate – Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
Vietnam Moratorium Correspondence
Voices, publication of the Western Writers group
Western Players Scrapbooks 1934-1960
WKU Advertising Club newsletters
Thank you, Jack!
Native Bowling Greener, Ruel Sullivan Love (1903-1987), suffered from wanderlust. He tried his hand at several occupations early in life before settling into a position as a court reporter in Chicago. When Judge Richard Curd Pope Thomas (1872-1939) asked Ruel to serve as his personal secretary and court reporter in the Panama Canal Zone, the young man jumped at the opportunity. Shortly after Ruel’s arrival, Judge Thomas, who was also from Bowling Green, wrote the young man’s father that his son was doing a fine job in the work, enjoyed plenty of rest, received a “good salary” of $27 per month, had a cozy home, and most importantly “married a fine little woman.” Thomas reassured him that Ruel had picked out a woman “of good common sense” and was “sensible in every particular and much better looking” than Ruel had led the family to believe.
Letter from Thomas in the Canal Zone to George Love
When Ruel took time to write, he informed his father that he was enjoying his work and asked about ways that he could invest his money in Bowling Green. In one letter he mentioned a recent court incident in which “They arraigned a Chinaman for murder. He killed two of his countrymen on one of the Dollar line boats. The case will come up soon before the Judge, and I imagine the Judge will have to pass the death sentence.”
President Franklin Roosevelt appointed R.C.P. Thomas as the District Judge of the Panama Canal Zone in June 1933. As he prepared to leave the U.S., local poet and friend John A. Logan penned a poetic tribute: “We send him away that the world may known/That hospitality/With justice and mercy go hand in hand/With Kentucky gallantry.” Thomas did an admirable job in Panama, but declined reappointment after his four-year term ended in 1937. He returned to Bowling Green, retired from his law practice, and spent time working with a herd of Jersey cows on his farm until he died in 1939.
Ruel also returned to Bowling Green after Thomas’s term ended. He and his “sensible” wife divorced soon afterward. In 1943 Ruel moved to Louisville, where he established a court reporting business. Later he became a court reporter in New Orleans, where he remained until his retirement. Ruel died in 1987; both he and Judge Thomas are buried in Bowling Green’s Fairview Cemetery.
In celebration of the Panama Canal’s centennial, the Department of Library Special Collections will feature items from the collection during the month of August.
Librarian Chris Robinson-Nkongola
Librarian Chris Robinson-Nkongola welcomes patrons to the newly renovated Glasgow Library. This renovation is phase 1 of the makeover. Phase 2 will take place next year with a new circulation desk and carpets.
Future site of circulating collection.
The circulating collection will include a McNaughton Leisure Reading Collection. We have new laptop chairs with swiveling tables and a Courtesy Charging Station.
Dell Widescreen Desktop Computers
Dell Widescreen Desktop Computers
WKU Glasgow will also have 10 new state of the art all-in-one widescreen Dell computers (approximately 24 inches).
A century ago this month, on August 15, 1914, the steamship Ancon traveled fifty miles through the Panama Canal, making it the first vessel to pass from ocean to ocean through one of the world’s greatest shortcuts.
The Ancon‘s transit through the Canal marked the completion of a daring and ambitious engineering project. This decade-long effort to save seagoing traffic the time-consuming and hazardous 8,000-mile detour around the southern tip of South America nevertheless cost about 5,600 laborers’ lives through accidents and tropical disease. Amazingly, another 22,000 are estimated to have died during a failed French attempt to construct a canal in the 1880s.
In 1979, a treaty signed by President Jimmy Carter returned most of the Panama Canal Zone, then a U.S. territory, to Panama’s control. The remainder of the territory, known as the Panama Canal Area, was returned in 1999. Today, the Canal is a neutral international waterway through which some 15,000 ships pass each year.
SS Ancon in the Panama Canal, 1914
Significant anniversaries such as the Panama Canal’s centennial allow WKU’s Department of Library Special Collections to showcase relevant material about the landmark occasion and to demonstrate how international events affect even local people. Besides printed material related to the Canal, Special Collections also holds photographs of the engineering marvel, letters of people who worked in and visited the Canal Zone, and sound recordings that feature comments about the Canal when it became a political topic in the 1970s. We will be sharing some of these items on the blog during the month of August.