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    Apr 2006
    On the "Beautiful Ohio" at New Albany, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky


    MORE on the Showboat Fire of 1962.

    (1 & 2) Capt. J.W. "Bill" Menke and his beloved showboat after the fire. When the boat was sold and restored, Frank Pierson kindly permitted Capt. Bill (who died on July 15, 1968) Capt. Charley Menke and Blanche Forbes to continue living aboard the showboat until 1975, when Charley went to live with his niece, Marcella Harding of Covington, KY (a dear lady who passed away just last year at age 89) until his passing in 1978 and Blanche Forbes went to live with her daughter, Barbara, in Long Beach, California until her death in 1993 at age 93.

    (3) A singed photo that survived the GOLDENROD fire, taken In October, 1949 from the bow of the showboat looking toward the Eads Bridge and the Streckfus steamer ADMIRAL. The H.S. DOUGLAS was a retired towboat that was converted into a restaurant / night club. After a few years the boat moved down to Memphis and became part of a boat store operation, surviving into the late 1970's.
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