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_October 21, 1994 Victor Kuhn The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I III II III II I 3 iii ii i i i ,i i i iii i Clock repair has helped St. Vincent de Paul volunteer pass the time By MARY ANN HUGHES he learned that his new parish sitting on a table. He offered to Message staff writer There is a worn old clock in Victor Kuhn's basement with the Words "Tempus Fugit" scripted across the front. The Latin phrase, translated "Time Flies," isn't really news to Kuhn, but time is something he really thinks a lot about. For the past 24 years, since he retired in 1970, he has spent hours repairing old, bro- ken clocks for the St. Vincent de Paul store in Evansville. The 89"year-old Kuhn says clock repair is a past-time h: fell into, quite by acciden , helped by the fact that he was mechanically inclined He Sa's h" " is ties to the St. de Paul Society go to 1940, when he joined Joseph's parish in down- He was famil- Iar with the society, and when didn't have one, he was instru- mental in beginning one there. He stayed with the organiza- tion which he says "takes care of the elderly, the sick, people in need," as he and his wife raised their three children. In 1970, when he retired from the tool-and-die business, he decided he would devote two days each week to the St Vincent de Paul store. He began helping out with the "country trips," which meant going out to rural homes to pick up items people wanted to donate to the store. He found himself hauling heavy furni- ture down steps and bringing washers and dryers up from basements. When he hurt his arm, he decided to stay with the volunteering, but not the heavy labor. One day, while he was in the St. Vincent de Paul store, he noticed a collection of clocks drRa:llt:i^n f is? feature inheMeg:ed ;o ;elp Read=^svner the People of God in southwestern Indiana. ,  are invited to submit information about people who m? benefit by SOme extra prayers and attention. Prayers are'requested for Catherine Sehenk. who has been hositalized since Oct 8 She is the mother of Rlta Rex,n- " " .. g, secretary in the Office of the Treasurer at the atholic Center. Services for Loraine Rus St. M ..... ton, 94, were held Oct. 15 at 'I}eann': hurch, Evansville. She is the mother-in-law of ger. ' tuston, secretary to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- Oct 8;rvices for Caroline "Carrie" Schmitt, 92, were held "atSt Carol, , Mary Church, Evansville. She is the mother of . J" lnueller, secretary of the diocesan Office of Reli- gious Education and the diocesan Office of Worship. Please send informatt ABOUT. - "on for PEOPLE WE CARE 4169, Ev:: Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box nsville, IN 47724. T.d?_Suicidal? Feeling Hopeless? HE HELP LINE 1-800-852-7279 rFREE, confidential assessments and help! "vIORAL HEALTH CENTER -!. EMQRIAL .- HOSPITAL 8)(* "='"t*'4*..21 | It';tlth ( :;*l'" ( ;-]li-r ATTENTION!!! TV VIEWERS No Money Down Receive 50-200 T.V. Channels Cinemax, Showtime, HBO 1 "800-347-4331 1 "800-680-6770 1 "800-484-9281 take the broken clocks to his home and repair them. Over the years, Kuhn esti- mates he has repaired thou- sands of clocks for the St. Vin- cent de Paul store, everything from battery-operated to cuckoo clocks. "Any kind of clock that has been made, I've worked on it. Then, when they run ok, I turned them loose." As he became involved with his volunteer repair work, Kuhn's basement began to fill with broken clocks, clock faces, empty clock shells, unattached cords, and discarded clock parts. He began collecting cat- alogs which contained informa- tion about new parts for the clocks. These days, he goes to the St. Vincent de Paul store about every two weeks, to gather all the newly-donated broken clocks He says he can fix about any clock, and that most broken clocks don't need new parts. They just need to be cleaned and oiled. After he has completed his work, he puts a small tag on the repaired clock that says "OK, Victor Kuhn." That way, "people know they are not getting a cat in a sack," Working in the basement shop of his Evansville home, Vic- tor Kuhn repairs a clock for the St. Vincent de Paul store. For the past 24 years, Kuhn has given his time to the St. Vincent de Paul Society by repairing broken clocks. He says he's fixed "everything from battery-operated to cuckoo clocks." -- Message photo by MaryAnn Hughes he explained. "They know they are getting something that is good" "Besides his work for St. Vin- cent de Paul, Kuhn also spends every Tuesday afternoon visit- ing patients at Deaconess Hos- pital. At 89 years, Kuhn jokes, "I always have time on my hands." m iiii ii all ,1111 III "Where customers send their friends" Open nightly til 9 p.m. UcblhoP & Son oto ,s 231 SO,T, - J.P., ,, - ,00wnu .'.w GC-'O TOYOTA Did You Know: 1-800-937-USA1 OLDS CIERA is most trouble free car made in America II Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery I Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Bob and Norma Duncan Comer Riverside and Governor Ev.nsvllle .... ,422-9981 Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 J. D. Powers J YOUR i I PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 II Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fsst Pmlmription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Speclists Hwy. 62 and N, Welnbach Av. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 ,,, . ,, .. ., ,,,, , , . ,H non-traditional ways. Let us tell all of our readers about your most memorable Christmas. Send your stories to Christ- mas Memories," in care of the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724-0169.  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAiN STREET P.O. BOX 191 U, NTON, INDIANA 4744" t , Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 i ii i|11 I I I III 80 Years Of Experience! 464-5991 I The bishops' pastoral letter on stewardship reminds 1 us, "Jesus not only calls people to him but also forms I them and sends them out in h!s servme. Being sent on a" i mission is a consequence of being a disciple." ] hope to publish even more let- ters and comments this year. As the Diocese of Evansville observes its fiftieth anniver- sary, we are particularly inter- ested in how families celebrate Christmas, in traditional or Christmas memories from readers of the Message will be published Friday, Dec. 23. A request for stories and memories last year brought numerous responses from throughout the diocese. We Christmas memories requested for Christmas issue