Yesteryear: Young Ice Skaters At Roberts Stadium In The Late 1950


s. Ritt was the managing editor of the Evansville Press and involved in many community projects during his half-century tenure with the newspaper. One of them was the New Blades ice show, an amateur event sponsored by the Press Youth Fund. The first show in 1957 drew a disappointing 4,000 spectators, but attendance in the next season soared to 11,000. Ritt and his wife, Julia, produced and directed the show until 1962, when it was disbanded. For their efforts, they were named Evansville’s Citizens of the month in 1963. Ritt retired from his newspaper career in 1974 and died six years later.

FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at


  1. I learned to ice skate at Roberts Stadium when it was open to public ice skating around that time. Everyone was disappointed when they stopped laying the ice down for public skating due to moisture problems with the floor that they laid over the ice for the UE Basketball games and other HS basketball games that time of the year.


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