Albert “Plute” Bledsoe

Albert “Plute” Bledsoe

Perry County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 Jun 1968 (aged 76)
Washington, Daviess County, Indiana, USA
Burial Paoli, Orange County, Indiana, USA
Plot 23, Lot 68, Rest Haven
Memorial ID 27334183 · View Source
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"SPRINGS VALLEY HERALD, FRENCH LICK, INDIANA - Thursday, June 30, 1968, Albert Bledsoe Dies Tuesday

Albert Bledsoe, 76, Indiana Avenue, French Lick, died Tuesday morning (June 18, 1968) at Daviess County Hospital, Washington, where he had been a patient for 19 days.

He was a retired truck driver and worked some 30 years for A & H Trucking Company.

He was a World War I Veteran and a member of American Legion Post 76. He belonged to the Orange County and Springs Valley Saddle Clubs.

Friends may call at the Ritter funeral Home where the services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Ames Chapel Cemetery with Military graveside rites.

He is survived by his widow, the former Dessie Mickler, two daughters, Mrs. (Ruth) Bobby Mitchell of San Diego, California and Mrs. (Kathryn) Oral Enlow of Jeffersonville; a sister, Mrs. (Minnie) William Fugeman of Fort Myers, Florida, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren."

The following is added by his granddaughter, Chiquita (Heckler) Baker: Albert "Plute" Bledsoe died June 18, 1968 in the Washington hospital, Daviess County, Indiana. His residence was French Lick, Orange County.

Albert was born to Charles and Carolina "Cassie" (Morgan) Bledsoe in Perry County, Indiana on March 5, 1892. They soon moved to French Lick, Indiana. His siblings were Murty, William, (Thomas) Frank, Minnie, Maude and Oliver Charles.

As a young boy, he drank too much of the area's famed Pluto mineral water and became quite sick, thus earning the nickname of "Pluto" and sometimes shortened to merely "Plute". Few people, even relatives, ever knew his proper name was Albert and he had no given middle name.

Starting out driving a team of horses and wagon for a freight line, he and his 3 brothers also made deliveries from the Ice House into area homes. With an estimate of late 1913, "Plute" drove the first truck that came to the Valley of French Lick, remaining a career teamster for 42 years. In 1917, he was recorded as a teamster for E. L. Claxton & Co. (Tom Davis) and drove with them for 8 years, and then 14 years for Wininger Trucking Co. "Plute" Bledsoe remained a long distance semi-driver for 20 years with A & H Truck Lines, Inc.

Albert wed Dessie Muriel Mickler on July 6, 1915 in French Lick, IN (daughter of Theophilus Key & Mollie [Padgett] Mickler). They brought forth two daughters, Kathryn Louise in 1915 and Ruth Evelyn in 1927. Aunt Kay wed Oral "Pert" Enlow, and had one son, Larry Paul Enlow. Daughter Ruth wed Lawrence "Melvin" Heckler, and had Jerry Lynn, Monty Lynn, and Chiquita Leilania Heckler.

"Plute" entered the U.S. Army in 1917 and became a Drill Sergeant, was stationed in Chillicothe, Ohio when he came down with the deadly influenza, put out on a screen porch to die with other sick soldiers stricken by the country-wide epidemic, but recovered. Around 1918-19, while packed up to be flown to France, he was returned home to his wife and 3 yr. old daughter as a result of the Signing of the Armistice, ending World War I.

"Plute" was always a good provider, keeping a very well manicured home up on the hill of Indiana Avenue, and a spotless Chevy in the garage (only to be used on the weekends when he came home). He dressed up well in a suit on Sunday mornings, with his hat cocked a bit forward and to the side, smoking his cigarette perched in a long brown holder (looking the part of a movie actor). He was always well known and well liked from Indianapolis all the way to Louisville, KY.

After they raised their own daughters, he and Dessie took in Ruth's children, Monty & Chiquita, many times throughout their youth and teens while their dad was stationed far away or overseas with his 21 year career in the US Navy, or while Melvin and Ruth pursued the arms of matrimony with various spouses.

"Plute" was forced into a mandatory retirement in 1963 at the age of 70 years. A & H Truck Lines gave him a parting gift of a rocking chair. But he would have NONE of that! He took up horseback riding again, joining a couple of saddle clubs, and traveling to the EXPO in Canada with Mick Marshall and his horses. It was there that he contracted the flu again and never fully recovered. Yet "Plute" became quite popular as the Parade Grand Marshal for Orleans and French Lick for many years.

Papaw died in Washington Hospital in Daviess County due to heart failure - on Grandmaw Dessie's birthday, June 18th in 1968, as she lay in a nursing home, unaware with Cerebral Palsy and Parkinson's Disease. Grandmaw died just a few months later on March 14, 1969.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Albert “Plute” Bledsoe (5 Mar 1892–18 Jun 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27334183, citing Ames Chapel Cemetery, Paoli, Orange County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Chiquita (contributor 47559633) .