Northern Indiana Unit 154
American Contract Bridge League
District 8

South Bend
Monthly Newsletter

Northwest Indiana Newsletter

                                                    SHARING BRIDGE AND ORAL HISTORY

Bridge players and an IU Northwest Oral Indiana History class have been paired together during this fall semester to share bridge experiences and Northwest Indiana days of yore in a weekly correspondence. The students' journals will be filed in the IU Northwest Calumet Regional Archives as part of the bridge collection. Dr. James Lane is spearheading this unique plan to involve university students in the bridge experience and bridge players to become more familiar with Indiana's past. .

Joe Chin has spoken to the IU oral history students and has given them a beginning lesson about bridge. Joe's lessons are sprinkled with humor and always have the participants enjoying his thoughtful and worthwhile presentations. We hope that some students will be encouraged to develop an interest in this intriguing game. We have seen several IU students coming to our games - shadowing their assigned partners from the bridge community.

Thelma I. Van Poppel, 88, of Decatur, IN passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 Thelma was born on April 11, 1929 in Bryan, Ohio to the late Kenneth W. and M. Doris (Strup) Hesrick.

Thelma was a resident of Decatur for 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, the Rosary Society and also a member of the Fort Wayne Duplicate Bridge Club. She worked for 10 years at the Fort Wayne State Development Center. She will be missed.


Iris Contreras, IU student from Hammond, and Helen Boothe, bridge player from Porter Beach, share memories of the Calumet region and the joy inherent in bridge.


Terry Bauer, Portage & Dottie Hart, Chesterton: 71.88% 8/1
Joe Chin, Highland & Indra Gupta, Munster
74.44% 8/2
John Goring, Frankfort, IL & Larry Rabideau, Saint Anne, IL:
72.73% 8/14
John & Karen Fieldhouse, Valparaiso:
70.83% 8/15
Keith & Marci Meyer, Long Beach:
70.24% 8/21
John Teshima, Trail Creek & Bill Wendt, LaPorte:
71.10% 9/4
Marcy & Chuck Tomes, Valparaiso:
70.83% 9/27
Barbara Graegin, Dyer & Lou Nimnicht, Crown Point
: 75.00% 9/30
Bill Blauvelt & George Cramer, South Bend:
71.5% 10/4
Jim Angell, Munster & Barbara Walczak, Munster:
74.09% 10/7
Joan Tobler, Niles, MI & Marian David, South Bend:
70.83% 10/13
Elaine DeLaney & Jimmy Cordas, South Bend:
74.24% 10/17
Sharon Massey, Portage & Judy Selund, Ogden Dunes (299er game):
73.75% 10/20
Donald & Rose Ferguson, Fort Wayne:
76% 10/21
Don Valiska, Highland & Carol Osgerby, Dyer:
70.03% 10/30
Wayne Carpenter, Chesterton & Laverne Niksch, Portage:
76.62% 11/6
Laverne Niksch, Portage & Wayne Carpenter, Chesterton:
72.22% 11/13

Joe Chin presents a bridge lesson to an oral history class at IU Northwest.

This exhibit is in the IU Northwest Anderson library/conference hallway during the months of October and November.


Here are some very well known celebrities who play in the South Bend Bridge Club.

MARTIN (Marty) & LEWIS (Margaret)
LEWIS (Robert) & CLARKE (Chris)
(Hebron) & GERRY (Wardzinski)
RUTH's (Minish) CHRIS (Barker)