STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) Tuesday at the Statehouse recognized the town of Stedal as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Stendal is small town in Pike County, with a population of just over 600 people. Stendal was named after a town in the German Province of Saxony.
“Stendal is the definition of tiny but mighty,” Bacon said. “The former Stendal High Purple Aces basketball team did not have a gym, and yet they won three sectional titles. This feat gave them the nickname as the ‘Gym-less Wonders.’”
Purple Aces player and future coach, Kern McGlothin, was inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. Other famous Hoosiers hailing from Stendal are former United States Senator Vance Hartke and NBA star Don Buse.
“Small towns like Stendal are hidden gems that remind us of how things used to be, as our communities are ever-evolving and changing with the times and technology,” Bacon said.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a picture of State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) with citizens of the town of Stendal on the House floor celebrating Stendal’s 150th anniversary.