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Charles Force's CV

Charles T. Force

Boyhood home: Shoals, Indiana,
Education: BS Aeronautical Engineering, Purdue 1957,
Later lived in: New Mexico, Arizona, Guam, Ecuador, Maryland, Florida;
traveled extensively (except so far have missed Africa and Antarctica)
Professional: One-third of career in private sector, remainder in Federal Government (NASA);
Private sector included Sandia (Atomic Energy Lab), and co-founder of Space Data Corp (now a Division of Orbital Sciences Corp.)
NASA career began as Director of the Guam Apollo Station, actively involved in Lunar landings. Ended with a decade as top-level bureaucrat (SES-6) in Washington, including seven years as Associate Administrator for Space Operations (designated as 6th ranking position in NASA, ref NMI 1162.1W). Office, later renamed Space Communications, was responsible for worldwide tracking and communications facilities, data relay satellites, and spectrum management, etc.

Charles Force's Background Data - 2
Claudia Mabel Teufel & Katharine Camilla Force

Claudia Mabel TEUFEL (24/10/1889 Shoals, IN - 18/11/1974 Loogootee, IN) = (bfr 1908) Herman Schwey FORCE (10/5/1886 Martin County, IN - 22/2/1944 Camp Atterbury, IN)

Claudia died suddenly at the "Star Tavern" in Loogootee, where she had driven several of her friends for lunch.

Obit from Shoals News, 11/20/1974:

Funeral services for Mrs. Claudia Vance, 85, were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Queen Funeral Home, with Bro. Bill Jackson conducting the rites. Rev. Sam Ohanian sang "How Great Thou Art," accompanied by Mrs. Harry Lee.

Pallbearers were Clyde Sallee, Clifford Sallee, Howard Sherfick, Harry Lee, Phillip Thimling and Dewey Harker. Burial was made at Spring Hill Cemetry. Mrs. Vance died at the Star Cafe, at Loogootee, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 1974, of an apparent heart attack. She was born in Martin County on October 24, 1889, the daughter of John and Katherine (Thimling) Teufel. Her husband, Jack Vance, died in 1953.

She was a graduate of the Shoals High School, Danville Normal College and Indiana State, at Terre Haute. She taught school in the Fairland, Ind. schools for twenty-eight years, until her retirement. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the Woman's Club, of Fairland, and of the Woman's Study Club and Dover Hill Home Demonstration Club, of Shoals.

She is survived by one son, John T. Force, of Shoals; three grandsons, Charles Force, of Dunkirk, Md.; Robert Force, of Longwood, Fla., and James Force, of El Paso, Texas; seven great grandchildren and a brother, Henry Edward Teufel, of Washington. One daughter, Catherine, is deceased.

Katherine Camilla FORCE (17/1/1910 Shoals, IN - 27/7/1933 Washington, IN) = (24/11/1931) Reid C. STRANGE (15/9/1904 Loogootee, IN - 3/11/1932 Shoals, IN)

Unidentified newspaper clipping in AMF's material:

Shoals Girl Wins Honors - Katherine Force Awarded Four-year College course at Oxford, O

H.E. Teufel, of the Democrat's force, received a letter from his niece, Miss Katherine Force, that gives him just a little reason to feel a bit elated. Miss Force, whose home is in Shoals, attended high school in Jamestown, Ind., the past winter. She was graduated from this school April 22 and to her surprise was awarded a gold medal for the scholar having the highest general average of the school term. She was, however, striving for a scholarship at Oxford College for Women, Oxford, O., which was being offered by the school, but inasmuch as she had only attended the Jamestown school during her last year in high school, it was rather doubtful to her that she would be granted this singular honor. But her application was made for the scholarship along with the necessary papers from the school authorities as to her grades and school work, and after due investigation by the authorities of Oxford, Miss Force was awarded a four year' scholarship carrying a $200 yearly allowance. She will enter that insitiution in September. At present, Miss Force is with her mother, Mrs. Claudia Force, at Danville, Ind., where she is taking some special work in the normal there while her mother, too, is taking a summer's course in teaching.

Unidentified newspaper clipping in AMF's material:


The residence of "Uncle" John Teufel, North Main street, was the scene of a quiet wedding at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday evening when his granddaughter, Miss Katherine Force, became the bride of Reid C. Strange, with the Rev. E.M. Mckown, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Herman S. and Claudia Teufel Force. She graduated from Jamestown high school and, during the past three years, has been a student at Butler University, Indianapolis. She is a comely and likeable young woman, possessed of splendid accomplishments and has a wide circle of friends.

Mr. Strange is the son of Harry G. and Anna L. Strange, of this city. He "quituated" from Shoals high school in his junior year and has since been associated with his father in the publication of this newspaper. (Shoals News-ctf) The young couple will continue to live in Shoals and will be at home either here, there or enroute.

Obit - Shoals News Nov 3, 1932:

Reid C. Strange

Seldom have the citizens of Shoals been so shocked as they were Thursday evening when the news spread of the death, by his own hand, of Reid Strange. Born at Loogootee September 15, 1904, coming to Shoals with his parents in nineteen hundred eighteen, he had spent his life in the two towns of Loogootee and Shoals and was known to every one. Reid was a young man of much more than usual attainments. He grew up in his father's printing establishment and was a printer of much above ordinary ability. He had been associated with his father in newspaper publishing since he had attained an age when he could perform any part of the work and was recognized as a newspaper man standing high in his profession. As a musician however, Reid probably showed talent than in any of his numerous successes. He had a true musician's temperament, and all the susceptibility and high tension which goes with one who is naturally gifted as a musician. He had played with many bands and orchestras and was widely known for his ability. At Thanksgiving time last year he was married to Miss Catherine Force, of Shoals, who, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Strange, is today mourning his untimely departure.

It is indeed hard, difficult in the extreme, to understand the workings of the human mind, and especially a mind with all the brilliance and ability of that possessed by Reid. The high tension which exists in a brain of that character is such that it is quickly snapped and to one of that type there come times of despondency known to those whose minds function with less force and power. It is during a period of this kind when life seems useless to the genius and so many of them end their earthly existence. They are acted upon by forces not realized to exist by most human beings, and when the hour comes they cease resistance and step from Time to Eternity.

Reid came home Thursday evening and it was not noticed that his condition was unusual. He went into his room and closed the door. It was just about the sunset hour, and when an hour later he was called, he could not respond. Only the lifeless body lay stretched across the bed, a few grains of a white powder indicated the method he had chosen. He had evidently died without a struggle without pain, his life's work here done, he had stepped freely and willingly into a future that no man knows, or can know, while in this life. The grief stricken parents and wife have not yet completed their arrangements for the funeral. So suddenly had this tragedy forced itself into their life, so unexppectedly has this shadow fallen on their home that much must be left to the tender ministrations of their friends.

Reid was a member of the I.O.O.F. order and of the Christian church, holding his membership in both organizations in Shoals. He was also a member of the B.P.O.E., with membership in that body at Washington. The bereaved have the fullest and most complete sympathy of everyone in their grief. It is a blow that cannot be understood or realized, except by those who have felt a similiar shock at some period in their lives. And even they cannot fully realize the poignency of the grief which envelopes the stricken home.

His life work finished, he lived not long, his future is in the hands of an All-Wise Father who has throughout all ages assured those who asked that He would not permit even a sparrow to fall without His great and everlasting mercy being extended unto it. May ne rest in peace.

Shoals News - Nov 10, 1932: Rites for Reid C. Strange Held at Christian Church

Impressive funeral services for Reid C. Stange, who passed away on Thursday evening of last week at his home here, were held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Wm. P. Hardegree and Rev. E. M. McKown, pastor of the Methodist church. Rev. McKown read the scriptural text and offered prayer. Rev. Hardegree delivered the final discourse.

Members of the Washington lodge of Elks paid their respects to their departed brother by performing the ritualistic service of the order in the home preceding the service at the church.

Oddfellows of the local lodge attended the funeral in a body and performed their ritualistic services both at the church and at the cemetery.

During the service at the church, three beautiful songs were rendered by Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Torrey and Mrs. Will Stone.

The floral tributes of respect were many and beautiful and with the large attendance at the service gave evidence of the esteem in which Reid was held by friends and relatives both here and elsewhere.

Following the service the body was taken to Loogootee where it was laid to rest beneath a mound of flowers in Goodwill cemetery.

(Note: Harry Strange was publisher of the Shoals News at the time. ctf)

Obit - Shoals (News?) date ?

Short Illness is Fatal to Mrs. Catherine Strange

Mrs. Catherine Force Strange, 23, widow of Reid C. Strange, passed away at 12:15 o'clock yesterday morning at the Daviess county hospital, Washington, to which institution she was moved a week ago after suffering a stroke of paralysis. Meningitis was the immediate cause of her death.

Mrs. Strange had not been feeling well for a month or more and shortly ater noon on Thursday of last week she suffered a paralytic attack which affected her entire right side, throat and tongue, leaving her helpless and unable to speak or swallow anything. Following examination by a local physician, Mrs. Strange was rushed to the Washington hospital where she remained in a critical condition, with almost no hope at any time for her recovery. She remained conscious and was able to recognize those about her until Wednesday morning when her condition became much worse and she continued to grow weaker until the end came at 12:15 Thursday morning, when she passed away without having been able to utter a word since the moment she was stricken.

The body was removed to the Keller & Williams mortuary at Washington to be prepared for burial and was brought to Shoals yesterday afternoon.

Funeral services will be conducted at the residence of Mrs. Strange's grandfather, John Teufel, North Main street, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment following at Spring Hill cemetery.

Catherine Camilla Force, daughter of Herman T. and Claudia Teufel Force, was born in Shoals, January 17, 1910. When Catherine was a little child her parents moved to a farm near Loogootee where several years of her childhood were spent, then later returned to this city. She attended grade school in Loogootee and here in Shoals and did the first two years of her high school work in the local school. She graduated from high school at Jamestown, Indiana, with the class of 1927, winning the Marker medal for highest scholarship in her class and was awarded a scholarship to Oxford College for Women, at Oxford, Ohio. After attending Oxford College for one year she entered Butler University, Indianapolis, and was in her senior year when she and Mr. Strange were married on November 24, 1931. They made their home in Shoals where Mr. Strange was associated with his father in the publication of this newspaper.

Following her husband's death on November 3, 1932, Mrs. Strange made her home for a time with his parents, after which she went to live with her mother and grandfather in this city.

Mrs. Strange was a member of the Shoals Christian chruch, held membership in the Indiana Academy of Science and the Shoals Home Economics Club, and was a leader in 4-H club work in Martin county. She had a host of friends here and among her school acquanintances, all of whom are grieved by her untimely passing.

Surviving Mrs. Strange are her mother, Mrs. Claudia Force, of Shoals; her father, Herman T. Force, of Bedford; a brother, John T. Force, of Shoals; a half-sister, Marilyn Force, of Bedford; her grandfather, John Teufel, of Shoals, and her grandmother, Mrs. Emma Force, of Center twonship.

Newspaper clipping from Shoals News August 4, 1933:


Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Strange, widow of the late Reid C. Strange, whose death occurred Thursday morning of last week at the Daviess county hospital, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence of her grandfather, John Teufel, North Main street, and were attended by a large gathering of sorrowing relatives, neighbors and friends.

The service was conducted by Rev. E. M. McKown, pastor of the Shoals Methodist church. Music for the service was rendered by Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Allan W.Torrey, Mrs. Will Stone, Mrs. Frank Breidenbaug, Miss Alberta Williams and Miss Pauline Jones. Misses Grace Shrum, Marie Brown, Daisy Vogel, Margaret McCarty, Opal Rogers and Lenna Morris were pallbetrers, and members of Mrs. Strange's 4-H cooking club served as flower girls.

The floral tributes were both numerous and beautiful, attesting the high esteem in which the deceased was held by those near to her. Interment was made in the Teufel family burial plot at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Those from outside, the county who came to pay their respects included: Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Baker, Columbus, O.; Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Coleman, New Albany; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Force and daughter, Marilyn, Bedford; Miss Hazel T. Force, Indianapolis; Mrs. Catherine Lang, Sullivan; Miss Emma Force, Milwaukee, Wisc. ;Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hudson and Mr. and Mrs. Harley Harding, Bedford; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Thimling, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nikam, Mrs. Emma Thimling and Misses Esther, Emma and Carolyn Thimling, Dubois; Mr. and Mrs. Willard Bateman, Mr. and Mrs. Gibbon Essig, Mr. and Mrs. Oren Orr, Misses Sylvia and Sarah Orr, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Torrey, Edw. Teufel, Miss Eva Greenwell and Joseph Raney, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Eslinger and Miss Elizabeth Vogel, St. Louis; Mrs. Laura Neiswander, Mrs. Bert Moberley and Mrs. C. O. Williams, Dan-ville; Miss Florence Kocher, Avon; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Nigh and Mrs. Perry Harry, Fairland and Mrs. O. A Campbell and Mrs. May C. Hendricks, Vincennes.

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