Thursday, August 13, 2015

Freddy Arndt

Fredrick Edward Arndt, Jr.

February 24, 1917
San Pierre, IN

October 9, 2002
Schererville, IN

1931-32 Hammond Tech High School - Indiana (High School)
1932-33 Hammond Tech High School - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Hammond Tech High School - Indiana (High School)
1935-36 Purdue University (College)
1937-38 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)
1937-38 Hammond Optimists 

The hunt for Fred Arndt is tricky. After much blind searching, I came across this census record from Hammond:
Showing a young couple, Fred and Mary Ellen Arndt (and Mary Ellen's sister, Ruth Bussell). So now I have a maiden name for Mary Ellen.
This leads to Mary Ellen's obituary   born 1917, died 2011
So this arrow pointed us to this information for her husband.

- 11/17/2015 -
While searching for another player, I found an article that mentioned Arndt playing for the Hammond Optimists. This little clue gave me the incentive to dig deeper. From the Hammond Times, June 12, 1939, I found a wedding announcement for the afore-mentioned Mary Ellen Bussell and Fred. The article refers to the bridegroom as being "known for his athletic ability" at Hammond High School and he went to Purdue. At the time of the marriage, he was working at Inland Steel. This essentially confirms that we have the correct Fred Arndt.

Born to Fred (1893-1960) and Anne (1889-1966) Arndt, Fred Jr. excelled at basketball at Hammond High School. He went to Purdue, but I cannot find information that he actually played basketball there. He worked at Inland steel as well as at Indiana University's auxiliary campus in the Hammond area. In retirement, he spent the winter months in Florida before returning permanently to Indiana, where he died in 2002.

He married Mary Ellen Bussell (1917-2011) on June 3, 1939. They had a son, Steve, and a daughter, Nancy Hardesty.

Hammond Times, June 12, 1939


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