University Heights Lions Club - Jonesboro Arkansas 72401

University Heights Lions Club

Chartered 1963

Jonesboro, Arkansas

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS LIONS CLUB

Tuesday - May 5, 2015
 
Historian Louis Intres made one of the more interesting program presentations before the University Heights Lions Club Tuesday. He talked about “The Sinking of the Sultan,” an 1865 occurrence on the Mississippi River near Marion just after the end of the Civil War.
 
A four-boiler double sidewheel steamer, The Sultana was overloaded with some 2,500 people, the vast majority of them Civil War Union soldiers who had been released from prisons in Alabama and Georgia and were on their way to Cairo, Ill., and home.
 
Intres said more than 1,800 perished when the ship’s boilers exploded setting the wooden superstructure ablaze. He said that event was the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history. Some 300 more died then than during the Titanic. Only some 500 survived
 
Intres said a museum dedicated to the Sultana has opened in Marion and a new film about the disaster premiered Monday and is due to be released this fall.
 
The club meeting started at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday when President Jim Watkins called order and Tail Twister Bill Dickens began his spiel. Lion Ron Erwin, badge 24,won the pot drawing;  Lion Donnie Kissinger, with assistance from Lion Brad Baker, led the song; Eric Grant the pledge and Lion Bill Levins the prayer.
 
Members were reminded of White Cane at Walmart on Highland Drive Thursday and Friday.
 
There were 22 present including one guest, Angela Howe, guest of Brad Baker and Intres, the speaker.
 
Adjournment was at 7:37 a.m.
 

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