Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fund raising efforts were to begin for injured Nyssa football player Louie Vandrell Jr.

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.

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