Bellmont High competed in boys basketball for sure (www.ihsa.org
). It is probable that baseball and track were offered as well. Team nickname, school fight song, team records,
and coach's names are all items we are hoping to locate.
For such a small town, Bellmont High School packed a good punch. The boys basketball team at Bellmont
High won a total of FIVE District titles. This included FOUR consecutive titles and all five in a seven year period!
There has got to be a good coach story and some great overall records to go along with these titles. Unfortunately
this information is currently not available.
From Molly McGregor (FKA Susan Kalk):
"I was born in '55 in Mt. Carmel and lived there until I was about 2 years old. My dad Sharon Kalk,
moved us to the Lemont Illinois area where I attended 1st and 2nd grade, and then when his stepmother passed away we moved
to Bellmont, to his old home that he inherited. I attended the first couple of months of my 3rd grade year, in a building
that I believe to have been the old Bellmont High School. This would have been around 63 or 64. There was actually a brand
new little grade school built on the other side of town, and I recall our entire school being moved to that on foot more or
less! We all walked from the old school on a pretty fall day, (single file of course, lol) with our paper bags full of our
school supplies, across town to our new school. When I was in the 5th grade, I recall some sort of "experiment" with Keensburg
grade school (probably at one time that building was their high school too...) where our 5th grade class was exchanged for
their... (either 4th grade, or 6th grade class) We were bussed to Keensburg that year to attend with their 5th grade class,
etc.. and vice versa. Then we were back in Bellmont for 6th grade, and until our 8th grade graduation. Twelve kids in
my 8th grade class! Then it was on to MCHS (Mt. Carmel HS).
About the fairgrounds: They held the Wabash County Fair there when I was a kid. I can't recall when they
stopped... but I loved it when I was grade school age! They had a horse track for the harness racing, along with all the other
traditional county fair trappings! Lots of fun! Our house was just right outside the entryway to the park, and I remember
one year, setting up a used comic book stand in my front yard, to make some cash to spend on the rides, etc! (LOL)
About the tiny village of Bellmont: There was, when I was growing up there in the 60's, something like 350
people, and we had a great little local grocery store. Carter's Grocery. Several other little stores, including a furniture
store and a small restaurant. And the most wonderful little post office. One little building, with P.O. boxes, or you could
walk up to the window and ask the postmaster for your mail...
If You Have ANY Further Information
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School, especially a photo of the original school building, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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