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NORTHEASTERN INDIANA TROUT ASSOCIATION FIRST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bob Faux was from Ligonier and at the age of 34 was part of the group
that started Northeastern Indiana Trout Association. He worked for the
News-Sun in Kendallville. Two years after starting NEITA Faux moved to
Medford, Oregon. He remained there until his passing in June of 1972 at
the age of 61. He and his wife M. Lucile raised two boys (James and
John) and a daughter (Barbara).
Elmer Wiltrout was about 51 when the Noble County conservation officer
and former member of the Kendallville Police Department became part of
the first board of directors of NEITA. He was married to Maude (Palmer).
Wiltrout passed away in October of 1957.
Cleetus Strecker of Wolcottville lived his entire life in the area. He
was 48 years old when he became a board member of the first board of
directors of NEITA. He was a life long carpenter but also served as
Wolcottville town marshal for 23 years and also the superintendent of
the Wolcottville Water Department. He was married to Jessie (Little) and
they had one daughter (Mary Kay). In May of 1975 Strecker passed on at
the age of 78.
Bill Carteaux was born in Pierceton but spent nearly his entire life in
the Avilla area. At the age of 51 he joined the others on the board of
directors of NEITA. He farmed most of his life and was co-owner of the
Carteaux Tavern from 1948 to 1977. He was married to Alice (Schmenk).
They had four sons (Russell J., Robert W., Thomas A., Larry J., and four
daughters (Lavon, Beverly, Teresa, Barbara). Carteaux left us on
November 4, 1982.
Clarence Gillian was the senior member of the board at age 76. He was
married to Maxine. They had one son (John) and a daughter (Margaret).
Gillian passed away November 7, 1957 at the age of 88.
Lawrence Campbell was a life long farmer in the Albion area. He also
worked at the McGray Regrigeration Co. in Kendallville. He was 33 years
old when joining the NEITA board of directors. He was married to Mildred
(Murphy) in 1937. They had a son (Richard) and daughter (Darlene). On
October 25, 1984 Campbell passed away.
Russel Linsey was the Sheriff of Noble County. His parents owned and
operated the general store in Merrian for over 40 years. At some time
after being on the orginal board of directors of NEITA he moved to
Houghton Lake, Micigan.
J. C. Kohr of Fort Wayne was a charter board member of NEITA and passed
away December 15, 1955.
J. L. "KINK" Sefton of Fort Wayne was the final member to make up the
first Board of Directors of NEITA. Kink owned and operated a tackle and
bait store for many years on Clinton Street in Fort Wayne.
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