Louis Vandrell Jr., a Nyssa freshman football player injured Oct. 5, 1953 in a football game with Vale was reported improving in a Boise hospital, where he was taken with a spinal injury.
The Oct. 15, 1953 issue of The Argus-Observer quoted Nyssa schools Supt. Henry Hartley that the swelling had been reduced and “there was less paralysis.”
Meanwhile students and civic groups across the county began a fundraising effort to pay for Vandrell’s treatment. Wayne Chestnut of Nyssa, co-chairman of the fund-raising effort, said Vale students were particularly generous in their donations to the Vandrell fund, contributing $861.