L. P. Wurster - Park Named for Him


By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

Lawrence P. (Dutch) Wurster was feted in March, 1960, for his years of service to the community. At that time he received a life membership in the Optimist Club and was named member-emeritus of the board of education. Yes, and he was given a pass to all high school athletic contests.

Councilman John Pippenger read the council proceedings of several years ago, in which the park across from the churches on W. Main Street was officially named "Wurster Park."

Dan Boutell, vice president of the Union Savings Bank, recalled Wurster's many years as clerk at the Peoples bank.

Wurster managed the local baseball team which won five area championships in the 1920s. He was instrumental in developing the current high school athletic field from a swamp when many said it could never be done. He was also very active in promoting the improvement of the big Carr Park.