Thanks to Charles McNemar for the article to right. Its text is transcribed at the bottom of this entry.
October 27, 2007
See the entry on Gaver Hamilton Allman
Asthma and Theophylline
Extracting chemicals from tea leaves, German scientists developed the drug theophylline as a treatment for chronic pulmonary diseases. Everette Allman was afflicted with asthma as a child and every treatment and change of climate was tried to arrest the progression of the dreadful disease. In the course of treatment, he was put on a regimen of the new drug theophylline. Unfortunately, every dose of the experimental and untested drug given to him to relieve his asthmatic symptoms, was, in effect, a poison and hastened his death at the age of twenty nine.
Left: John Allman with his dad Everett at Seneca Rocks
Orlando School 1939 Known Identities of Group Photo
Front row: Franklin Strader, Jane Conley, Patsy Morrison, Mildred Morrison, Anna Skinner, Ivy Strader, Pat Blake.
Second Row: unknown, unknown, a Parker boy, Maynard McCauley, a Mick boy, unknown
Third Row: Clifford Strader, Lee Paul Moran, unknown, unknown, unknown, John Allman, John Michael Moran
Fourth Row: All identities unknown.
Teacher at Rear: Freeda Mick (White) of Burnsville who ended her teaching career at Parkersburg.
A Move to PittsburghIn 1942, John’s widowed mother Nina (Wooddell) Allman married Pennsylvanian James Walther, a Pittsburgh resident and our yet-to-be skating wizard left the home of his Orlando grandparents and moved to Pittsburgh to live with his mother and step-father.
John Learns to Skate
Return to Civilian Life
John’s grandfather Gaver died in 1961 and his grandmother Mishie in 1970.
Above left: Brad Hamilton
Right: Terry James Allman
Left: John Everett Allman
THIS happens fewer than two times (on an average) in a game when John Allman is defending the goaL The score being made against him here was one of only two in a game with a team that rated an eight-goal edge. Allman's team won. 3-2. Allman's jolting play and jesting antics make this Lewis County native a big hit
that 'comes into my mind.. But they seem to understand. The only word I've learned is schuse,
which means shoot." After the games, fans always crowd Allman to congratulate him "They pat me on the back and yell. All I can do is say. 'bitte shayn,' which means thank you." In one of these after-the-game sessions, a group of youngsters started calling Allman "Sir John." The name stuck; even the clerk at the hotel where the players congregate uses the [title].
calmly opened his gloved fist to Two U. S. Army soldiers on duty in Austria are responsible for-this article on fellow GI John Allman. Sgt. Edwin J. Salzman, a reporter on the Boston Globe before entering the Army, wrote the story, which is accompanied by the photographs of Baird E. Daniels, formerly a photographer on the Decatur Herald and Reyiew.
didn't look like Bill Downey, "a guy I used to play against in Pittsburgh," where Altaian's parents
now live. "I told this Slim Steindl that he resembled Downey. It turned out that Steindl used to play for the Salzburg team. He said they needed a 'goali'. "They wanted me to try out. Much to my surprise I found that a Canadian, Duke MacDonald was coaching the team. He was impressed with the way I used the glove and kept me."
days of practice — replaced veteran Karl Prenner in the Salzburg nets at the start of the third period," "We were losing by a goal," Allman recalls. "The coach demanded that I go into the cage. As I skated onto the ice, the crowd was cheering."
we took over and won." Allman's style of goaltending amazed the Austrian fans. They rarely see a "goali" catch the puck or leave the cage to cut down the shooting angle. After the game, the spectators crowded around Allman. "They were amazed that I don't wear chest protection. They kept feeling my chest to make sure," John explained. Allmn feels that he deserves a bruise if he is unable to stop the puck with his gloves, leg pads or stick. "If I were playing hockey in the States, you'd better believe I'd wear protection —and plenty of it," he added.
toughest team in the country. The Villachers were presumed eight goals better than Salzburg.
John set them back with only two goals and a 3-2 defeat. Almost 2,000 fans in the
packed outdoor arena saw Allman block 40 shots, many on power plays and breakaways.
Fans are charged eight schillings admission (about 32 cents), but a great many enter under the
fences and don't pay at all. Allman plans to play the entire season if military duties do not interfere. He is especially eager to face the top teams of Germany. Prenner, the old goalie whom John replaced, has a new position as chief rooter. "He even lets us practice with his puck," John jokes. Prenner, a Salzburg favorite for yearsv has the official title of assistant coach, but his lone duty consists of sending replacements onto the ice at MacDonald's signal.