"Original Popeye" in sanitorium

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"Original Popeye" in sanitorium - Established January 15, 1836. ALTON, ILL.,...
Established January 15, 1836. ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 1962 Original Popeye Patient at Sanatorium By JIM KULP telegraph Staff Wrtter EDWARt>SVlLLE - The Original Original Popeye the Sailor Man, the real McCoy, after whom the famous famous comic strip character was modeled, is a patient at the Madison Madison County Tuberculosis Sanatorium Sanatorium hi the person of Oscar J. Neigenflnd of Granite City. Neigenfind, now 83, claims that the popular Popeye comic strip was taken from his characterization characterization years ago (with his permission) permission) by Elzie Crisler Segar, the cartoonist, who used to sign each episode with a drawing of a smoking smoking cigar and his last name, "Segar." "Segar." According to an Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia, Segar introduced the character character into his comic strip "Thimble "Thimble Theater" in 1929, in which Ham Gravy, Olive and Castor Oyl had been the central characters and which later featured Popeye's name. * on board the gunboat, where he Meanwhile, up to then and after after that time, Neigenfind had been touring the country at World Fairs, vaudeville houses and circuses, circuses, billed as "Popeye t h e Sailor." He has photographs of himself In the characterization and a pho- tostatic copy of the front page of the New York Post, world's fair edition of 1939, featuring his picture picture as Popeye and the headline: "0. J. Neigenfind, Original Popeye, Popeye, welcomed to New York World's Fair." The way it-all came about, Nei- 'genfind explained is this: During the Spanish-American War in 1898, as a member of the medical corps he was sent to the Philippine Islands Islands with Admiral Dewey's fleet. On May 8, 1904, while in the islands, Neigenfind arid 17 other other men fell into the hands of Moro savages. The 17 were" killed, the Wood River Township Hospitnl he says, and Neigenfind himself for an injured right ankle incurred teeth were knocked out and his left eve was so severely injured 3 Schrrmp Explorer Sohrcnip reepivpd awards Sunday <he Ihe Denton Mrs. Lee sons of Lattimore. "Eagle presented the In other men mony ther ORIGINAL POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN Oscar J. Neigenfind of Granite City, the original Tuberculosis Sanatorium. Older photo shows Neigen- Popeye the Sailor, after whom the comic strip char- find as Popeye, the other as he appears today, acter was modeled, is a patient at Madison County 6 Treated at Oscar Oiler Will Head i Twp.Hospital For Injuries VFW Postal Wood River WOOD RIVER — Oscar Oiler iwas elected commander of the WOOD RIVER — Robert East-j Veterans of Foreign Wars Monham Monham Sr., 31, 1326 Fourth St., Cottage Cottage Hills, was treated and released released Monday at 7:20 p.m. from lit: Sctyo, dliu iic-iEJCin-i*!" 1*1 •»*«»-•. nfi ^ll llljui cu i J£in eumii; iin.u» i V;M u a Ultra ITU. v^iiriiciiiciii, vjucn IA.I »*»t»ov-- gilfjUfl] DOPPV flSV SfllfS fllld fl so ^ badly beaten that all of' his when he attempted to jump from|er; Carl Benefiel, post advocate; [date will be announced in the A IL. _— I,« nr ,l.^s4 rtn* 'inr! VllC IT*ln«rr1 Hunt riKunlatn' ITll 1 Thnm. ' day evening in Memorial Hall. He will succeed Floyd Bunt. Lowell Bush was elected senior yice commander; William Deadrick, Deadrick, junior vice commander; James McClenahan, quartermast- by the local American Legion, was discussed. Appointed as a committee committee to work with the Legion committee in planning details of the event are: Oiler, McClenahan, Kassak and Bunt. Benefit?! reported preliminary plans have been completed for the boat ((j a b u ^ ..... „, Floyd Bunt, chaplain; Dr Thom-j near future . as Kelly, surgeon; and Zeke Cars- Wood River Boy Gets High Award WOOD RIVER-Ricky Bragga, Bragga, 13, became one of a select group In Boy Scouting Sunday, Sunday, when he was presented the "God and Country" award in ceremonies held in the First Methodist Church, Ricky, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brngga, 727 E. Ferguson Ferguson Ave., received the award in ceremonies conducted by the Rev. Edwin S. Grant, pastor, and Arthur Northway, et eve was so severey ,„,.„, „ . as e, tlat Tliteraily "popped out" of fOT the Barnhart Brothe « Towin " tens, three-year trustee. its socket. He got his nickname, he says, when one sailor, looking at him on board the gunboat, where he had been taken after his rescue, said: "Look at the pop eye." Got Nick-Name Thereafter, he was called "Popeye "Popeye the. Sailor" by the men, he says, and 'decided to capitalize on the name and his ability to contort contort his face, made easier by the loss of his teeth. He appeared as Popeye all over the United States England, France and Italy, only giving up the act "in 1941 after he was injured in an accident. It was his friend, famed New York newspaper columnist O. 0. Mclntyre, who suggested to Segar one day that the cartoonist draw a funny paper character built around Neigenfind's impersonation. impersonation. Neigenfinti, who along with Mclntyre and Segar apparently never dreamed what a sensational sensational success Popeye would be in the funnies, movies, television and commercial knick-knacks, gave his consent. He has never received any royalties royalties from any of the various phases of Popeye's career, Neigenfind Neigenfind added, and, to add insult to injury, the feature syndicate which controlled the .rights to the comic strip tried to stop him when he showed himself as Popeye at the New York World's Fair. He is somewhat disappointed that he cannot attend the world's fair in Seattle this year, though he says he has been invited to appear as Popeye. Admitted to the sanatorium Feb. 19, Neigenfind Neigenfind is a former employe of Granite Granite City Steel Co. He was born in Ohio and was a mechanical engin eer. He resides with his wife at 510 Kirkpatrick Homes in Gra nite City. He and his wife had nine children, all girls, of whom seven are still living. Alert, though his hearing is failing, failing, Neigenfind delights in show ing visitors how he can still look like Popeye, although he doesn't have a corncob pipe anymore. He gets a particular kick out ol demonstrating how he can twist his rubbery face into a positiop "So I can kiss two girls at the same time. Elected as corporation trustees!™ £ a - * ° P ' Co. of Cassville, Wis. __ __ r Victor Talbot. 14, son of Mr. are: jj m Williams, five years; ind Mrs. Estril Talbot, 161 Jen-| and Bill Baker f our years . jings, Wood River, was treated jv ame d as delegate to County and released Monday at 4:50 p.m. Council are: Deadrick, Bunt. Har- or an injured right hand incurred ry Kramer, Bush, George Perrin, ;ar IUIUIR. • „ ,, , , I former scoutmaster of Tiwp The ping pong tables have boeni _ r . ™ b a vhen he dropped a weight on his land during a physical education :lass at the Wood River High Ichool. Others treated and released Monday for ^injuries incurred in nisftaps wereT Donald Deterding. 3, son ot Mr. and Mrs. Mark leterding, 152 Lenora, Cottage Hills, for a fractured and dislo- •ated right elbow; Max Emery, 25, 890 Haller, Wood River, for an njured right foot; Thomas Cun lingham, 8. son of Mr. and'Mrs. Glenn Cunningham. 415 Washing- on Ave., East Alton, for a nose njury; and Phillip Long, 1, son DOGS ORIGINALITY COUNT? LAMAR, Miss. (AP) - B. L s£r sld ' are bc.n* Ricky is the first member of Troop 35 to earn the award. Jesse Robert executive Council. Society tiook. I* members ot Wanda beginning Herman teacher. of the pastor, The today at wiil at at Hartford 29. A session. Mrs. of the of birthday dinner Wallace in ored EU, ana HUHiiy^mpnis me urmg . _ —- wnpleted to sponsor a spring! Devout Sikhs, the famed fight- ering, "family style" tournament at thejers of India, may not cut their Ferd Ihair or beards. John Klaussen, John McReynolds, Jim Williams, John Godar, Ottoj Kassak, William Adney and Me-; Clenahan. j The annual Memorial D n y j Parade and observation at Wood-j lawn Cemetery, which will be sponsored by the VFW assisted Driveivays Not Public Streets, Says Riggins njury; anu r-mmy i-wig, •>-• °«" of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Long, 3721 EAST ALTON-Motorists using Marquis St., Wood River, for in-]gas station driveways and other uries to his month and nose. WoodRiverRebekahs Initiate 2 Members WOOD RIVER — Mr. and Mrs. „,„.„ .„. _ ., .. Joseph Grapes were initiated asjfor a cut off to another street, lew members of the Thompson ] The chief has given all officers Rebekah Lodge at the Monday meeting in the Odd Fellows Hall. Mrs. Albert Hessenauer, 1 noble ;rand, was elected delegate to the spring meeting of District 25 in Collinsville April 3. A rummage sale was adopted as a project of April 18 and will be held at 517 Belle St. in Alton. To Plan Anniversary WOOD RIVER — Members of Ihe 1947 graduating class of the Wood River High School are invited invited to an 8 p. m. Wednesday meeting in the offices of Robert Elliott, 602 N. Wood River Ave., lo assist in planning the program for the 15th anniversary observation. observation. June 16 has been selected as the date of the affair which will be in the local American Legion Hall in the form of a dinner-dance. Car-Train Collide At East Alton EAST ALTON — Mrs. Arthur Jones, 19, 216 N. Ninth St., Wood River, complained of an injured knee after her automobile collided collided with a train engine today at business area driveway for cut offs to other streets will be ar- reted, it was announced by Police Police Chief Harold -Riggins. A woman was arrested Saturday Saturday and paid S15 in fines and costs for using a business area orders to arrest all offenders of this traffic violation. Dog tags will be on sale at the police station April 1. All dog owners will be required to pick up their tags at the station. No tags will be reserved. To Present Concert EAST ALTON—The Royal Sons Quartet, headed by John Moody, East Alton, as manager, will appear appear in concerts of religious music music at the weekend revival in the First General Baptist Church, the Rev. George Dougherty, pastor pastor has announced. ! Services will be held at 7:30| Ij.m. Friday, Saturday and Sun-j day evening, and 10:45 a.m. Sun-I day, with the Rev. Dougherty pie-' siding as evangelist. . ( Planning Setmlon ! EAST ALAON — Committee, members and Den Mothers ofi Cub,Pack 12 will meet in a plan-, njng session at 7:30 p.m. Wed-j nesday in the home of Walter; Rives, Cubmaster. . Plans will be completed for the April 7 paper drive and the program program of the April 19 Pack meeting will be discussed. 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Clipped from Alton Evening Telegraph20 Mar 1962, TuePage 11

Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois)20 Mar 1962, TuePage 11
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