Harper, Iowa Centennial
                         NOT TOO BIG. . . BUT NOT TOO LITTLE


In 1887 Harper men formed a baseball team. They called themselves the "Harper Nine". Records show they did quite well for themselves, playing such teams as the "Moddocks", Seventy- Six Nine and Keota. In 1880 they organized and sponsored a dance in Bakers Hall for the benefit of the Club.



Since the town was incorporated there has been a baseball team. In the late 1880's there was a team called the "Harper Nine". Through the years there have been other teams with adult men playing. Present day baseball is played in back of St. Elizabeth church on the Harper baseball diamond. There is always a good turnout at all the games. We have three teams at the present. The Peewees, Little League, and Pony League. Each year there is a tournament with different towns taking their turns hosting the event. We have a "pop stand" which does a thriving business. They sell pop, hot dogs, candy & gum. Audrey Gretter has been in charge of this venture for the past several years. Usually in August there is a baseball picnic for all players and their families, with free pop and candy for all the children.


Back Row: L. to R: Lynette Berg, Christine Menke, Shelly Hammes, Mary Pat Finders, Bill Clarahan. Front Row: Bobby Beinhart, Colleen Sieren, Coach Don Aller, Amy Gretter, Jeff Redlinger.



Managers, Bob Hawkins and Cletus Striegel.

Back Row: Milo Miller, Douglas Conrad, Daniel Peiffer, Steve Finders, Robert Striegel, Tim Hammes, John Hammes, Robert White, Mike Hawkins, Donald Gretter.

Front Row: Bill Finders. Pat Peiffer, Bobby Altenhofen, Denny Hawkins, Richard Conrad, LaVon Altenhofen, Bryan Crooks, Sam Gretter. Daniel Conrad.




Managers: Don Wolf, Milo Miller, Standing: Randy White, David Gretter, Dan Shirkey, Lonnie Luers, Raymond Clarahan, Rodney Clarahan, Eugene Crooks, Randy Clarahan, Pat Jeager.

Kneeling: Robert Clarahan, Russ White, John Lee Miller.



Back Row: Mike Aller, Mick Berg, Bodo Lesinski, Gary Conrad, John Merchant, Tom Willis, Jim Hammes, Donald Willis, Alan Bohr, Gary Ott, John Besser.

Second Row: Harold Merchant, Manager, Ed Lesinski, Gary Redlinger, Jon Bohr, Hal Merchant, Joe Merz, John Wehr, Kelly Bohr, Manager.

Front Row: Fr. M. J. Diamond, Niles Smith, Kevin Keller, Albert Lane, Jerry Strohman, Don Altenhofen, Richard Hogan, Gary Keller, Robert Striegel, Cletus Striegel, Manager.

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