George D. Allesee Sr. (1898 - 1968)

George Allesee
1898 - 1968
updated February 06, 2019
George D. Allesee Sr. was born on June 14, 1898 in Clinton, Iowa. He was born to Peter M.h. Allesee. He was baptized at St. Johannes Lutheran Church, Clinton, Iowa. George married Florence Allesee and George died. He died on July 28, 1968 in Michigan City, Indiana at age 70. We know that George D. Allesee Sr. had been residing in La Porte, La Porte County, Indiana 46350.

George Allesee was born in Clinton Iowa in 1898 to Danish Immigrants. He grew up in a Danish Lutheran Church. George was the 11th of 12 children. George was very active in sports. He played Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Volleyball at his high school in Clinton. George was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and played in the White Sox minor leagues. George attended YMCA College in Chicago Illinois. George married Florence Sargenson in East Moline Illinois in 1919 and shortly after moved to Michigan City Indiana. He and his wife attended a Methodist Church in Michigan City. In the early 1920s George and his wife moved to La Porte Indiana and became very active in the La Porte First Baptist Church. George over the years was a Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent. George was the Physical Director at the La Porte YMCA. He was also the Athletic Director at Kingsbury Ordnance Plant. George was the voice of La Porte High School athletics on the radio WLOI and gave the Slicers the name Slicers after the US Slicing Company in La Porte. He broadcasted the games for over 40 years. George had 5 children and many grandchildren. He was founder and Chairman of both the La Porte Old Timers Baseball Association and La Porte Baseball Hall of Fame. He coached many Volleyball, Baseball, and Basketball teams at the YMCA that competed for State Championships. He died in 1968 and in 1973 the city of La Porte donated a park in his honor (Allesee Park)
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George D. Allesee Sr.

First name

George

Middle name

Unknown.

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Gender

Male

Birth

George Allesee was born on in Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa United States

Death

George Allesee died on in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana United States

Cause of death

Heart Attack

Burial / Funeral

Pine Lake Cemetery, 1367 Pine Lake Rd, in La Porte, LaPorte County, Indiana United States 46350

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Ethnicity & Lineage

Caucasian

Nationality & Locations Lived

Danish American

Religion

Lutheran the first 19 years of his life. Methodist the next 3 years of his life. Then Baptist the last 58 years of his life.

Baptized

at St. Johannes Lutheran Church, in Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa United States

Last Known Residence

La Porte, La Porte County, Indiana 46350

Education

Clinton High School in Clinton Iowa
The YMCA College in Chicago Illinois

Professions

Physical Director, Athletic Director, Broadcaster, Coach, Teacher, Insurance Salesman, and Community Leader.

Personal Life & Organizations

Clinton River Warriors Varsity Basketball, Baseball, and Football. Chicago White Sox. St Johannes Lutheran Church, La Porte First Baptist Church, Free Mason, La Porte Old Timers Baseball Association, YMCA

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February 1851 - 1941

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May 29, 1900 - Jul 25, 2000

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La Porte Herald Argus Tuesday July 30 1968

ALLESEE HEART ATTACK VICTIM

George D Allesee SR. 1605 Monroe Street, well known La Portean who devoted most of his life to La Porte youth, and was known throughout La Porte for his work broadcasting La Porte Slicers games, died suddenly Sunday night.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at 9:15 PM at Memorial Hospital, Michigan City, the victim of a apparent heart attach. Allesee was 70 years old. Sunday at Fox Park he had announced the Sunday area baseball game as his custom.

He came to La Porte in March, 1921, as physical director of the La Porte YMCA, a position he held until 1937. Active over the years with "Y" activities at the annual dinner this spring he was presented a plaque recognizing his dedication to La Porte youth of the Greater La Porte Area.

He was born June 14, 1898 in Clinton, Iowa to Peter and Louise Allesee and had lived here since 1921 coming from Michigan City. On June 12, 1919 in East Moline, Illinois he married Florence Sarginson who survives.

Allesee had been broadcasting La Porte Slicers games since the mid 1920s and was the first person to call La Porte athletes "The Slicers" in 1927 as a joke after hosting a sporting event at the company picnic of the US Slicing Company here in La Porte. La Porte would officially adopt the name in 1931. Allesee had been a athlete himself as a member of the Chicago White Sox minor leagues and was a star Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Volleyball player at his high school in Clinton, Iowa.

Allesee was a member of the First Baptist Church, a former Sunday School Superintendent and at the time of his death a teacher of the Junior High School Class. He was a member of the Evcelsior Lodge 41, F and AM, The Old Timers Baseball association of which he was a charter member and former President. Allesee had served as chairman of the local Baseball Hall of Fame since it's inception in 1955, and was publicity chairman for the organization.

Surviving are his wife, four sons, George D. Allesee JR., Richard Allesee, and Tom Allesee of La Porte, and Robert Allesee of Detroit, Michigan. 12 grandchildren, three sisters, Louise and Emma Allesee and Minnie Wriedt, one brother Charles Allesee all of Clinton, Iowa. One daughter, one grandson, three sisters, three brothers, and his parents proceeded him in death.

Funeral Arrangements are pending at the Cutler Brothers Funeral Home and will be announced later.

In 1922 Allesee organized the Twilight Baseball League here in La Porte and the midgets basketball team. He developed and coached many fine volleyball and baseball teams over the years here which competed for state championships.

Allesee left the YMCA in 1937 to sell insurance. In recent years he was affiliated with the California Juice Company as sales representative. During the War Years he worked at Kingsbury Ordinance Plant as the Sports Director for employees.

During his lifetime he ran the annual Kids Day at the La Porte County Fair and conducted sports programs at local industrial picnics. Over the years he has been a broadcaster for La Porte Slicers games on the radio and has manned the public address system for all Sunday and Holiday Northern Indiana Baseball games at Fox Park and all Parochial Football games at Kiwanis Field. Several Years ago he was honored with a George Allesee Night at Kiwanis Field.

In 1955 he returned to the YMCA in an official capacity as youth director. He has also been in charge of men and women's volleyball classes there. In addition to being one of the staff he has also been a member of the Physical Education committee of the "Y" and active in its annual membership campaign.

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In 1898, in the year that George D. Allesee Sr. was born, on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1917, George was 19 years old when Russian government offices were seized and the Romanov's Winter Palace was stormed in the Russian February and October Revolutions. The February revolution resulted in the abdication of Tsar Nicholas and a coalition of the Parliament and workers parties taking control of the government. The October revolution resulted in Lenin and the Bolsheviks taking complete control.

In 1924, George was 26 years old when Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1955, at the age of 57 years old, George was alive when on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1968, in the year of George D. Allesee Sr.'s passing, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

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