Fremont Tribune from Fremont, Nebraska on July 24, 1990 · 3
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Tuesday, July 24, 1990
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Page A3 Fremont Tribune Tuesday, July 24, 1990 0 Family separation relived in depot filming BY SUZI NELSON Staff Writer The brother and sister stood arm in arm, watching a scene from their childhood reenacted for the television cameras. Delbert Heck Jr., 56, stood beside his youngest sister, Doresa Dressier, 46, as a television crew , from Unsolved Mysteries filmed a scene on the train tracks at the Fremont & Elkhom Valley Railroad depot. Near him, another sister, Florence Taylor, also watched as a young actor swept kernels of grain out of a box car into a burlap bag. The scene will be part of an episode of the NBC series and will air this fall, said Michael Palazzolo, the shows producer. The television crew was in Fremont Monday to shoot two scenes. The episode will feature the story of Heck, Dressier and their four brothers and sisters, formerly of Council Bluffs, Iowa. This is very vivid for me, said Heck, as the director, . Bob Wise, yelled Cut! We swept grain out of the cars and sold it to feed stores. It was the only way the family could afford to eat, he said. But the children were taken away from their mother, Maude, by social workers in 1944. The family was poor, and Mrs. Heck could not take care of all of her children. Their father was a road construction worker and was gone most of the time. The three older children Delbert, 11; Jimmy, 9; and Florence, 7 were immediately separated from the three youngest, Doris Jean, 4; Thomas, 2 and Sharon, 10 months. The three youngest were quickly adopted, and the girls names were changed. Sharon became Doresa and Doris Jeans name was changed to Sally. The older children stayed in two orphanages in Iowa. A few years later the older children returned to live with their mother after she married Harold Dick McIntosh in 1946. But the younger children were never returned. It is a bittersweet story of reunion and separation. After 46 years of being apart, five of the six children were reunited in Arkansas on April 24. But the youngest brother. Tommy, is still missingt Thats what the mystery is, said Palazzolo. Tommy was about 2 Vi years old when he was adopted from the former Christian Home in Council Bluffs. Because of sealed adoption records in the state of Iowa, the family has not; been able to find Tommy, who would now be 48 and may have been given a different name at adoption. They are hoping the television show will bring him back.' v . This is the best shot we have, said Dressier. If this doesnt do it, I dont know what well do to find him, said Florence Taylor, 52. But the family realizes that Tommy may not want to be found. Even if he doesnt want to come forward...if he doesnt want to be a part of the family, we can accept that. But we dont even know if hes deceased or alive.' We need to know, said Heck quietly. All the tears Ive shed for the last 45 years were for people Director Bob Wise of Los Angeles explains what he wants from a scene to Omaha actors Chris Borgmeyer, 1 0, and Judith K. Hart Staff PhotoJeff Beiermann Monday afternoon in Fremont. A scene for Unsolved Mysteries was being filmed at the Fremont & Elkhom Valley Railroad depot. who were a part of me but I never got a chance to know. But every tear I shed was worth it, said Dressier. So was the long effort to reunite her family. Ive been trying for 30 years, and one day it all fell in place. I started making phone calls and within six hours Id found them all, she said . The children are spread throughout four states, including Iowa, Oregon, Texas and Arkansas. Their mother died in 1980. But after 46 years and hundreds of miles, it didnt take long for the feeling of family to return. During the first reunion it was about 10 minutes and the bond was there, said Dressier. On Monday, all but one of the five reunited siblings were in Fremont to watch the filming. The first scene shot on the FEVR grounds took place in the mid-1940s. The second scene was of Jimmy being reunited with his mother, Delbert and Florence at a train station in Council Bluffs. It takes place in 1951, said Palazzolo. , Bruce Eveland, manager of the Fremont Dinner Train, said the' FEVR depot and tracks were picked because of its locationf and because of the vintage rail-; road cars. . . ; t The production company used' actors from Omaha and Lincoln to portray the Heck family. Boy, ewe make history at fair by stealing show BY GENE GENTRUP Staff Wnter Molly and her escort Chad Meador were at their best Monday night. The 4-month-old Suffolk ewe and 11 -year-old Omaha lad strolled into the Christensen Field Livestock Arena combed, obedient and nervous. With his sheared, four-legged friend on a leash, Chad paraded the pair in front of three judges. Together they took top honors in the Pee Wee 4-H Sheep Lead contest at the 4-H Club Fair. Chad, who said he has never won the Sheep Lead contest, was judged on fashion consciousness, fit of clothes, selection of outfit and general appearance, according to a judges scorecard. Chads winning look included a 100 percent black wool vest and 50 percent wool pants handmade by his mother, Juli Meador. A white cottonpolyester shirt and maroon tie completed the outfit he modeled for three judges. Molly, less concerned about her fashion statement, was reviewed for her fitting (grooming), leading ability and general appearance. Chad was one of two boys to enter the five-contestant show. Afterwards, back in the preparation stalls, Chads mother admitted it was a rarity for a boy to win a fashion show. Before the results were announced my sister and I said to each other, boys never win this class, she said. Russ Lang, who helped coordinate the event, told the audience he couldnt remember a boy ever winning the Sheep Lead event which has been included in the 4-H Fair for four years. Participants are required to wear an outfit made of at least 50 percent wool while they show their ewes. Michelle Heftie made hers. Michelle, who won the senior division, said she spent about 50 laborious hours making her outfit, which included a 100 percent molten wool coat. Right up until about 4:15 p.m., said the 17-year-old Wisner resident, who also won last years competition. She and her 1 Vi-year-old Suffolk yearling ewe defeated two other entries. S' Staff PhotoJeff Beiermann . Ten-year-old Carly Moen, with the Omaha Stockmen 4-H Club, takes a step back while her sheep shakes off its bath Monday afternoon as Carly readies it for todays contests at the Fremont 4-H Club Fair at Christensen Field. DAILY REPORT -- CALENDAR Police Ronna J. Jacobson, 350 N. Main St, reported she received obscene telephone calls at her residence between 5 a.m. Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. Friday. An employee of Sapp Bros. 77 Inc., 3225 N. Broad St, reported a small, newer red car left without paying for gasoline about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Reported loss, S5.81. An employee of Ye Olde Car Wash, 751 S. Broad Sl, reported someone broke eight automatic spinkler heads sometime between July 10 and Saturday. Reported damage, $144. Rescue 300 N. Main Sl, 7:21 p.m. Monday; Joanne Bronk, 830 W. 10th St, had a medical emergency but was not transported to a hospital. 830 W. 10th Sl, 7:55 p.m. Monday; Joanne Bronk, same address, had a medical emergency and was taken to Memorial Hospital of Dodge County. Fire 2049 N. Broad St, 6:35 p.m. Monday, extinguished a car fire that caused fire, heat and smoke damage to the engine compartment of a 1977 Ford LTD. The cause of the blaze is undetermined. Memorial Hospital of Dodge County, 450 E. 23rd St, 1:52 this morning; responded to an automatic alarm; no fire. The alarm apparently malfunctioned. Memorial Hospital, 450 E. 23rd St, 4.10 this morning; responded to an automatic alarm; no fire. The alarm apparently malfunctioned. Sheriff U.S. 77, one-quarter mile north of Fremont, 4:56 p m. Saturday, vehicles driven by Judith C. Farmer, 54, Minneapolis, Minn., and Darrell L Marquart, 32, Valley, collided. County Road 18, three miles west and one-quarter mile north of Fremont, 6.54 p.m. Saturday, vehicle driven by Loma L Simpson, 38, Meadowbrook Mobile Home Park, Lot 159, struck a mailbox. 400 Main Sl in Scribner, sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday; vehicle owned by Dave S. Murphy, 1667 Parkview Drive, was hit by an unknown vehicle. Melissa S. McGill, 1416 Nelson Lane, reported someone took her purse from her car sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday while it was parked at 435 W. Sunset Ave. Estimated loss, $50-$ 100. Today TOPS 387 meeting, 6 p.m. at Memorial Hospital of Dodge County's Health Education Center, 2340 N. Clarkson St. ! Weigh-in is 5 30-6 p m. FREMONT UON'S CLUB meeting, 7 p.m. , at Marion's Villa, 330 W. 23rd St. EVENING SOS meeDng, 7 pm. at the Domestic AbuseSexuaJ Assault Crisis 1 Center, 321 E. Military Ave. For women who have been or are being battered. TOPS 68 meeting, 7 p m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 538 W. 16th St CIVIL AIR PATROL meeting, 7 p.m. at U.S. Army Reserve Center at Linden Street and Ridge Road. LA MAZE, 7 30 p.m. in the Dodge room at Memorial Hospital of Dodge County's Health Educational Center, 2340 N Clarkson St. FREMONT DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB competition, 7.30 p m. at the Fremont Family YMCA, 810 N. Lincoln Ave. FREMONT 4-H CLUB FAIR king and queen coronation, 8 p m. in the Fremont Senior Center. AL-ANON AND ALATEEN meeting, 8 pm. at 136 N. Mam St Wednesday DODGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meeting, 9 a m. on the third floor of the Dodge County courthouse. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS meeting, 9 30 am. at John C. Fremont Senior Center, Christensen Field. WEIGHT WATCHERS meeting, 10 am. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 538 W. 16th St. Weigh-in is at 9 a m. INTEGRATED RESOURCES FOR INCEST SURVIVORS meeting, 3.30 pm. at Immanuel Family Counseling Clinic, 1627 E Military Ave. FREMONT 4-H CLUB FAIR parade, 6 30 p m. in downtown Fremont. EAGLES AUXILIARY meeting, 7 45 pm. at the Eagles Club, 649 N. Main St. Fremont Tribune 1990, Hometown Communications. Inc. 135 North Main 721-5000 or 1-800-728-8339 Fremont, Neb. 68025 John McDougal: Publisher Gene Fadness: Managing Editor Joyce Klrkendall: Circulation Director Stanley Wilson: Advertising Director Jean A. Brown: Controller News The Fremont Tribune welcomes news tips and story ideas. To suggest an idea for a story or photograph call Managing Editor Gene Fadness. If you have something for the Lifestyle page, Features Editor Janelle Lenser can help you. Call Sports Editor Brent Wasenius if you have a tip, idea or question concerning sports. Circulation Subscribers should receive their Fremont Tribune by 5 p.m. daily and 7:00 a.m. Saturday. If you do not receive your paper call 721-5000 before 6:30 p.m. weekdays or 10 a.m. Saturdays. Advertising The advertising department is available to help you with classified advertising from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, either in the Tribune building or by phone, 721-5000. Published Monday through Friday altemoon and Saturday morning except Sundays, New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Oay and Christmas by Fremonl Newspapers Inc., 135 N Main St Fremonl, NE, 68025-0009. Member of the Associated Press and Audi! Bureau of Circulation Second class postage paid at Fremonl, NE. Fremonl Tribune (ISSN: 1049-8338) Telephone- 721 5000. 'Subscription rates by mall outside Fremonl In postal zones 1 and 2, where carrier delivery Is unavailable. S1 14 40, per year; S57 20, six months, S28 60, three months For mall rales outside zones 1 and 2, write or call (402) 721-5000 Home delivery by newscarrier, S7 00 per lour week collection period, $7 60 per lour week period on motor route The publisher reserves the right to change aubscrlptlon rales during the term ol a subscription upon twenty-eight days' notice This notice may be by mall to the subscriber, by notice contained In the newspaper Itself, or otherwise. Subscription rate changes may be Implemented by changing the duration of the subscription. Postmaster Send address changes to Fremont Tribune, P.0. Box 9, Fremont. NE 68025-0009. Sugold rtU pric Today's Newspaper This is a two-section, 18-page newspaper, with advertising supplements: Hinky Dinky, Food 4 Less and HyVee Food Store. 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