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IB _THE BELLEVILLE TELESCOPE, Thursday, April 23, 1981 Belleville Man Instrumental in Reunion of Separated Siblings Bert Pack of Belleville was instrumental in research which during the past weekend reunited two brothers and a sister whom had been parted nearly a half- century before. Pack and the daughter of one of the brothers, Jennifer Bohl. of Phillipsburg, led the thrfee month search in an effort to reunite the siblings, at least one of which was born near Belleville 72 years ago to the Earnest Pressnalls. The first child, a daughter, was followed by 11 brothers and sisters, all of whom were put up for adoption because of financial reasons. Their father was a hired hand and wages were about 25 cents an hour—not enough to support such a large number.of children. Through Pack, Ms. Bohl obtained the phone number of Mrs. Hazel Allen, Summity City, Calif., one of the twelve children. Mrs. Allen also knew of her brother, Harold (Burt) Barton of Mason City, Iowa, and had kept in touch with him, although she had not seen him for 28 years. Earnest Lucias Pressnall, jr., now Kenny Van Allen of Salina, father of Ms. Bohl, only recently learned his real name, due to the research. He hadn't known there were 11 other siblings, including Mrs. Allen and Burton. The three planned a reunion Friday, April 10 in Salina. Burton says he remembers all the other children, but he didn't know where they all lived. They were taken to an orphanage in Topeka. where they lived until they were chosen for adoption. VanAUen was seven months old when adopted, Burton not adopted until he was 11. Parallels between VanAllen and Burton's life emerged in the course of the conversation. The men lived within 20 miles of each other for a number of years, both working as truck drivers. They were in the service at the same time and in some of the same cities in the South Pacific at the same time. Mrs. Allen left when she was 14. the adoption home MORROWVILLE BUILDING AWARD— J&N Elliott Construction of AAorrowville, represented by Norm (middle) and Janet Elliott, were recognized recently by Wayne Curran of Star Building Systems at a New Orleans, La., meeting for a "Master Builder" contest. The award was presented tor construction of the Elliotts' home and office building. Also at the Star National Sales Meeting in New Orleans for J&N were Jerry and Bev Miller. l^einain in Kelleville Area? Although the reunion ended with the weekend, the search for the remaining nine brothers and sisters will continue. The reunited trio say that they have heard some of the other children may still be in the Belleville area. Their original names in order of birth are: Ethel Beatrice, Hazel Belle, Edna Ruth, Harold Burton, Helen Abigale, Elmer Ellsworth, Alberta Faye, Daisy Darlene, Richard, Earnest Lucias, Bonnie Jean and Nettie May. The children may now have different names. Cloud Production Tieffer's People The last Cloud County Community College play of the year will come to the Little Theatre Stage in Concordia on Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m., according to CCCC drama instructors Peggy Doyen and Sue Sutton. The play will be a series of vignettes atx)u( contemporary life authored by American humorist, cartoonist and social satirist, Jules Feiffer. Titled "Feiffer's People", the play is a series of brief sketches, monologues and playlets which are observations made on the state of the union and human nature in general. The production makes use of simple

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  1. The Belleville Telescope,
  2. 23 Apr 1981, Thu,
  3. Page 20

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