The many, many … many inches of snow and the record cold temperatures have me dreaming of a warmer time and place – summer camp, July 1941. Charles Overly mailed the following postcard to his son, Jack (aged 10), as he and his wife, Jean (nee Kalb), were traveling back home to Huntington, IN after a visit to the city.

Camp Dick Runyan, located north of Warsaw, IN in North Webster is now part of YMCA Muncie’s Camp Crosley. The Muncie YMCA purchased the property from the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA in 2007, with support from the local Lake Tippecanoe and Lake Webster community. According to the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, in a special publication celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Huntington YMCA, Camp Dick Runyan was founded in 1924 with a $5,000 donation from Win Runyan. The camp was thereafter named for Win’s son, Dick, who died of illness on January 13, 1924 at the age of 15. Camp Dick Runyan served as a resident camp until 2003.


Postmarked: Noblesville, IND. JUL 21 1941 9:30 PM

Hi Jack
Remember this place. Mom & I came down to the leg (log?) factory and are on our way home. Have a good time. Be a winner in some of the games. You can do it.
Love from Dad & Mom

Addressed to:
Jack Overly
Camp Dick Runyon
No. Webster Indiana

Postcard Description
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monumnet, Indianapolis, IND.  — 25
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, located in the heart of the city, is one of the finest pieces of colossal sculpture in the United States. Built 1887-1901. It is 284 feet high and is the second tallest monument in the United States, exceeded only by the Washington Monument at Washington, D.C.

A penny for your thoughts …
Charles Overly encouraged his son to “be a winner in some of the games.” What sort of activities was ten year old Jack filling his summer days with at Camp Dick Runyan? Baseball, football, rowing and fishing on Lake Tippecanoe, perhaps.

Do any of you have fond summer memories from Camp Dick Runyan, or another Indiana summer camp? Please share in the comments below.

Image from the Camp Dick Runyan Reunion Facebook group.

Image from the Camp Dick Runyan Reunion Facebook group.

Charles Overly also wrote that he and his wife had come down to Indianapolis to visit the leg (or log) factory. If anyone has information on where this is a reference to, please share!