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SULLIVAN SLUGGERS
Khoury Association Baseball - better known as the
Khoury League - got its start in St. Louis in 1936, making it the longest running youth baseball league. Founder
George Khoury wanted every kid to have a chance to play
the national pastime. His motto was, "The Khoury League
is interested in the child that nobody else wants." After
World War II the league greatly expanded to just about
every small town in Missouri including Sullivan where this
photo was taken. Shown here are Larry Leturgez on left,
Tim Dace in middle and Tom Slezak on right. Larry's dad,
Charlie, is the coach. Not much else is known about this
photo, including why the three were singled out from the
rest of the team for this photo. The Khoury League still
exists, but Sullivan no longer fields a team.

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HERB'S LOCKER
One example of rural businesses made possible by electricity from electric cooperatives was Herb's Locker in
Sullivan. Manager Herb Schalk gave the photographer a
tour of the facility, which included a chill room that could
lower the temperature of a hog carcass to 34 degrees in
about 10 minutes and a quick-freeze room that stayed at
12 degrees. The plant included 182 lockers that could be
rented for meat storage and it did custom slaughtering and
delivery for its customers. A patty machine could crank
out 1,000 hamburgers from 200 pounds of beef in an
hour. Locating a business like this in a rural area would
have been impossible before the co-op formed in 1940. But
with the coming of electricity, anything was possible for
rural people.



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