| LES ASPLUNDH
remembers Joe Garland,' Casey ' Gildea and the BIG GREENS
When anybody gets to talking about the great football kickers of the old days. The name that
always comes up is LES ASPLUNDH. Not many people could spell his last name exactly
right, but not many who saw him kick a football ever forgot it.
the COALDALE BIG GREENS a 3-0 victory over SHENANDOAH in November of 1923.
The score came in the fourth quarter of a hard-fought game. "amid the rousing cheers of the
Coaldale rooters," the Shenandoah Evening Herald reported. " The Coaldale team went
wild with joy, throwing their head-gears high in the air," the Herald's store added.
Asplundh played fullback and was best known for his booming punts." He had the biggest
shoes I ever saw on a man," said James "Casey " Gildea manager of the Big Greens who
imported LES to play with the COALDALE team aftes seeing him in action with the
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS. Asplundh often did double duty for both teams.
Mrs. Charles Sharpe. formerly of Coaldale and now of Alburtis, recalled having met Mr.
Asplundh some years ago. Mrs. Sharpe said. " At that time hementioned being one of the
BIG GREEN players. I also had known of his inventions and success in business and asked
him about the BIG GREEN that made it all the way."
On March 18 Mrs. Sharpe received a reply from Asplundh.
Here is LES ASPLUNDH'S letter in full :
Dear Mrs. Sharpe:
Thank you for your note. I remember very well playing football with JoeGarland at
COALDALE and against him at several other places. He was a fine man and I am glad that
he is still in good shape.
Long after playing at COALDALE, I had a chat with " Casy " Gildea in Washington when
he was representing your district.. I have often thought of the men I played with in the
COAL REGIONS, and I guess in those days there weren't many who were much better.
There are many occasions I remember from time to time, and I ame sure that all the boys
who are left still have fond memories of the " BIG GREENS."
Since leaving the coal regions, together with my brothers, we developed a company that is
serving public utility companies all over the UNITED STATES. In addition to the Cherry
Picker, on which I have a patent, you have undoubtedly seen the Chippers that were also
developed by us. Like the " GREENS " of COALDALE, the orange trucks of ASPLUNDH
are to be seen everywhere.
Give my best regards to Joe and anyone else connected with the old team.
Lester Asplundh, Chairman
Asplundh Tree Expert Co.
Blair Mill Road
Willow Grove, Pa. 19090
Submitted By : Richard C. Rehatchek