4.JAMES LLEWELLYN2 JASPER (YOSHKA1GASPAR) was born October 04, 1911 in Gaylord, OH (near Yorkville), and died February 25, 1998 in Akron, OH.He married HELEN ELIZABETH VARGA May 30, 1935 in Martins Ferry????. Notes for JAMES LLEWELLYN JASPER: James (Jim) Jasper was born 10/4/11 in Gaylord, Ohio.It was in a two room house (a coal miner’s shack as they would be called today) in Gaylord on the hillside facing the Ohio River…back 200 yards or so from the river.Gaylord was a community of 15 - 20 coal miner shacks between Martins Ferry and Yorkville.Gaylord was just north of (old) Route 7’s bridge that crossed over the railroad tracks, and set back off the west side of Rt. 7.(Gaylord, the little alley that ran east-west down through the houses, the Rt. 7 bridge over the tracks and even Rt. 7 itself near Gaylord couldn’t be found when we went looking in 1997.)John was Jim’s oldest brother, then Joe, then Liz, then Jim… his mother (Ma) always called him Jimmy.His friends called him Jim. In summary, Jim was born in Gaylord that was a small community of 15 - 20 miner shacks on Route 7 between Martins Ferry and Yorkville, Ohio.His family moved from there to Uplands Heights into the "little house", then into the "blue house", then the "new house", then into their house in town in Yorkville. Jim’s eldest brother John changed their last name from Gaspar to Jasper, because the Yorkville grade school interpreted the name Jasper from what John written down.The Jasper name stuck, and Jim also adopted it. Pap got laid off in 1916 when Jim was 5, and just before Margaret was born.Pap then got a job in Jones’ coal mine so he moved the family to "the little house", west of Yorkville about a mile beyond Old Row on the hillside by the creek.Old Row was 18 houses or so in a small little community of coal miners. Only Hungarian was spoken at the Gaspar home.When Jim started school at the young age of6 he still didn’t speak English.He sat in the bench next to Jimmy Tokoly.They would whisper to each other in Hungarianand the school mistress would "conk"their heads together and tell them to speak only English.Eventually Jim and Jimmy finally decided not to take this abuse and not return to school again, but Ma Gaspar told Jim that he had to go to school, and if he didn’t behave at school he would get it a home.Jimmy Tokoly didn’t come back.When Jim was in second gradehis teacherwas a buck toothed.She was so nice and Jim fell in love.She helpedhim in his studies instead of punishing him. Off and on starting when Jim was a freshman living in Yorkville, he would set up pins in the bowling alley for a nickel a game.While he was working the bowling alley, he got the job in the same building as a barber shop helper making $4/wk.The bowling alley and the barber shop were separated by a 4’ high partition only.He also made donuts Kokodies’ bakery, 12 hrs/day, 6 nights a week, all for the wages of $6/ week and a loaf of bread every morning.Jim hated the boss the job itself and the hours (6 PM to 6 AM) and only worked there for a month or two.Jim also had paper route with the Daily Times before the donut job… he was a "paper boy."His paper route consisted of 11 paper deliveries, six days a week.Paper was 3 cents and he got 1 1/3 cent/paper. Jim tried to take violin lessons for about 3 weeks, one a week for 50 cents from a fellow named Chiliochi.He’d practice then go again. Chiliochi hit Jim’s fingers in the second lesson telling him "NO!Do your fingers like I tell you!"So Jim would practice another week and return. He started the 3rd lesson and Chiliochi hit him in the head with his knuckle.Jim picked up his Pap’s 1884 violin, went home and never returned!His 50 cent lessons would not include thumping! The boys (John, Joe and Jim) lived out the rest of their childhood in this house in Yorkville. Jim went to Hilltop School (and it was literally on top of the hill, halfway down Jone’s Road to old Rt. 7) to finish out grade school.Jim played basketball and football (couldn’t make the high school baseball team although he played in a summer fast pitch softball league in a Yorkville league).He was a starting football center freshman year and a halfback his sophomore, junior, and senior year.He went to Tiltonville High School and graduated in 1930 in a class of 19 boys and girls. Between sophomore/junior/senior years, Jim went to CMTC (Citizens Military Training Camp), one of Roosevelt’s programs, just outside of Indianapolis for a month.CMTC would cloth and feed him for the month while training, and even provide the $19.50 for the trip back in cash, but he would hitch hike back and keep the cash.He was a private the first summer and a corporal the next.Then he would get another $19.50 for the 2nd summer’s trip back and hitch hike again instead… what a deal!
Jim at high school Jim in Army, CCC graduation pic in 30 1949 1964 (Civilian Conservation Corps) Jim went through high school working in the barber shop as a helper after school and on Saturdays.He also worked summers in the Martins Ferry Steel Mill, corrugating steel, between his sophomore/junior years and again between his junior/senior years. The 1930 summer after graduating high school, Jim and his friend Merzi, the catcher of his fast pitch league, hitch hiked to New Jersey to go visit the catchers cousin, hoping to find work. They found some work for room and board planting sweet potatoes for a week or two. The next place they found work was for 13 cents/hour at a tomato packing plant for 10 hrs a day for about 3 days.Jim cleaned the jars, placed them on a belt and Merzi would dump bushels into the cooker "masher" that dumped the tomato sauce into the jars.Jim hated it because for 10 hours he just did the same thing over and over.They finished up by Friday and caught a ride with some of Merzi’s family heading back to near Cleveland, Ohio.They got off the truck at the Ohio River and hitch hiked about 75 miles south bound to get home to Yorkville. Jim went to TU (Toledo University) in the fall of 1930 on a football scholarship playing center.He studied Chemical Engineering for a semester and dropped out because he could not get a job in Toledo… and besides he was homesick!When he returned from TU Jim couldn’t find a full time job so he went back to part time work at the barber shop working weekends for Gus Amstida for $6/week.John, Joe and Jim would also hang wallpaper and Ma would come to supervise to make sure the boys didn’t get sloppy!The boys always gave their paychecks to Ma, and she’d slip them a dime for the movies or whatever they wanted to do. One day about this time frame, Joe, Jim and Julius were talking about all having the same J. Jasper initial and last name and wanted somehow to discriminate between each other.So they each picked a middle initial and gave them to themselves.Joe picks Andrew so his middle initial became A.Jim picked Llewellyn, so his middle initial became L.Julius, always the joker, Christabal, and got the initial C.The boys would use these middle initials as part of their legal name from then on, but the name associated with the middle initial would never be legally referenced! In 1931, Jim L. Jasper went to Coyne Electric school since Toledo University didn’t work out.Ma gave him the $150 plus bus fare to get there. The $150 covered 3 months of room and board, and the electrician’s training (house wiring and utensil repairs). When he returned to Yorkville, he couldn’t land a job, so he freelanced adding house sockets to people’s houses. He got 50 cents a plug plus the material cost of the plug which was about another 50 cents. They used Romex TM wire but tapped into knob & tube wire!Dad kept a big 3" thick book of electrical diagrams and such that he got from the Coyone electric school.He did electrical work off and on in the evenings and weekends. Saturday before Christmas 1932 or 1933 Jim and close friend Frank Batko, drove John’s and Jim’s Dodge to St. Helena to visit Ma and Margaret, 550 miles away driving.(John and Jim had bought the 1927 Dodge together for $75.00.)They arrived and had dinner at the Takoly’s. After dinner Saturday evening, Ma (Katie), Margaret, Jim, and Frank visited the Barbely’s.Helen Varga, the Barbely’s step daughter and Margaret had become friends.The Jasper, Barbely, and Takoly families were all Hungarian immigrants.They didn’t visit long that evening because the guys were so tired from the drive.After meeting everybody, Helen’s boyfriend felt like he needed to leave.Helen wasn’t too happy about this.At that first meeting, Helen wasn’t at all impressed with Jim because he was trying so hard to impress Helen.Jim had heard a lot about Helen in his letters from Margaret and meeting her was part of the reason he drove all the way down there in a $75 car! Jim was extremely active in the Masonic Temple.He progressed up through the ranks and eventually held the most honored position offered by the society, the Knight of the York Cross of Honor.Here are some of his accomplishments in the Freemasonary: - Master of Ohio City Lodgeof Masons in 1967 - Master of Martins Ferry Council, Royal and Select Masters in 1968 - High Priest of Martins Ferry Chapter, Royal Arch Masons in 1969 - Knight of the York Cross of Honor, highest degree in Freemasonary, and Jim was one of 400 of the 4.25 million Freemasons in North America, Philippines, and Australia to qualify this year! - probably 1970 time frame Jim had his first heart attack in June 1994 that he nearly died from.He was short of breath at home in his condo in Akron, and wouldn’t go to the hospital until the doctor convinced him.They sat in the emergency room for hours.He was admitted for tests and observation, and Helen believes he had another heart attack while waiting in the emergency room!He was rushed to Cardiac Care (cardiac intensive care) and spent 10 days in the Akron City hospital.His recovery was amazing according to the doctors, for a man of his age. Although Jim recovered nicely, at first, after his heart attack, he never really came all the way back, requiring 12 - 18 hours a day of sleep.His 5 mile walk every morning was reduced to a couple of miles and a 4 hour nap to recover.He did continue to bowl, and even won a seniors tournament after he was back to driving and exercising as he felt driven to do.It frustrated Jim to no end when he struggled to remember things, having prided himself for so many years on his excellent memory.In the winter of 97 - 98,James was urging Helen to work with him to prepare a "living will" and other sorts of preparations for the end of life… he must have known what the near future would hold.He passed away a few weeks after a stroke in the spring of 1998, in the Akron Hospital on 2/25/98.He was cremated and his ashes stayed with Helen for a while.As of summer 1998, she still grieves and struggles with what to do with his ashes, bury them with his mother, wait and have them buried with her, or bury them near Akron. Order and what years that Jim attended each of the following: - CMTC (Citizens Military Training Camp) - summer of 1929 between junior/senior year in high school - Jim was in 1930 graduating class of 19 kids at Tiltonsville High School - TU to study Chem Eng. - fall of 1930, stayed only one semester then hitch hiked home before Xmas - 3 month Coyne Electric school in Chicago (after TU) in 1931 - Sperry Gyroscope Co. in NY City for fundamental operations of antiaircraft M-4 Remote Power Controls - 7/31/43 during WWII.Jim was sent by Camp Davis southeast of Burgaw in North Carolina - Sperry Gyroscope Co. in New York for fundamental operations of antiaircraft M-4 and M-7 Directors to adjust maintain and overhaul - 10/9/43 - first telephone (#17) Apr 5 1945 in house at 725 S. 4th St. in Martins Ferry - McKinley Vocational High school Television Repair School - 5/26/55 - Ohio Bell Telephone Plant School - 3/1/56 More About JAMES LLEWELLYN JASPER: Cause of Death: Heart attack/stroke Cremation: February 1998, Akron? Social Security Number: 284-09-2414 Notes for HELEN ELIZABETH VARGA: Helen E. Varga was born June 9, 1917 in Calumet, Michigan to Alexander and Julia Varga, both immagrants from Hungary. On January 23, 1927, walking on side of road in Berwind , going to movie with a friend and an older neighbor, (almost everyone went to the movie on Sunday night),Elizabeth and Helen were hit by a drunken driver. They took Eliz and Helen into a friends home and called the doctor.They then took Elizabeth to nearby Welch hospital, where she never regained consciousness. She was buried at Hartville cemetery, W. Va. The mines started laying off workers.Julia had two boarders that had to leave because they were laid off.They left crying, owed money, and with promise to pay they left.Paul was laid off too, money in the bank was going down fast.Julia and Paul decided to invest in small farm, two other friends were to look into getting farms, too.Paul, Mr. Lavisco & Mr. Martin also knew of a friend who left for North Carolina years before for farming.The three of them left together for Castle Hayne, North Carolina. All three men invested in farms separately.Mr. Martin bought only land, near Burgaw, and decided to build his house.He did, but never moved into it because work had picked up by the time the house was finished.Paul moved down first.Mr. Laviska about 6 months later.
Paul had bought a dog before leaving Berwind, a beautiful German Police named Lindy.A very smart, loyal dog, which stayed by Helen’s side without being called along, especially appreciated when she had to go to a small store to get something.They then moved to St. Helena, North Carolina, a small community that was friendly and helpful.Dad bought a one-eyed mule, that knew how to plow and cultivate better than he.He learned to love that mule and dog, and it was a sad day when he lost each of them, especially the dog, Lindy. Helen worked hard on the farm, helping Mom & Dad (Julia & Paul) on the farm, we all learned how to "truck farm."First years were rough, but we all had lots of fun.Went to small church together on Sunday mornings and always a group going to the beach in summer, went for walks in groups, and had small parties. On Saturday nights (summer & winter) there were dances at the hall. Paul bought a small truck from some "smart" Salesman for $150 and an old cow he didn’t know how to get rid of."It was a pleasure to see him and the salesman bicker.Dad was calm and so sure of himself" according to Helen.The man left with a huff and puff.He didn’t like Paul’s offer but Paul said, "he’ll be back."Helen didn’t think so, but he did come back.He took Paul’s offer and walked away with the old cow and left them with the truck.Helen asked her dad "now who’s going to drive it?" and Paul answered "you." And Helen did.Helen was 14 or 15 years old when she drove her first motor vehicle. New people came down from Ohio by the name of Tokolys.Everybody would go to welcome newcomers, everyone was just friendly.One Sunday Paul asked Helen to drive him to visit them.Helen usually stayed in the truck.There were three young men there (Jimmy, Andy, and Steve Tokoly).To Helen’s surprise a young girl about her age was also there and came out to the truck to talk to Helen.The young girl limped.She was visiting the Tokoly’s with her mother.She too, was from Ohio and had 4 older brothers and 1 older sister.The girls became friends.She explained to Helen she had Polio.Her name was Margaret Jasper, sister of Jim.Margaret would begin writing Jim about Helen in an attempt to "fix them up".She would tell Helen about all her brothers so Helen had no idea which one Margaret was trying to set her up with.Jim on the other hand, was excited to meet Helen and would soon make a trip to meet this wonderful girl Margaret was writing about! Helen had never graduated from high school, but went back and got her GED from St. Clairsville-Richland High School, Woodrow Ave, St. Clairsville, Ohio - 6/1/1970 More About HELEN ELIZABETH VARGA: Education: June 01, 1970, GED from St. Clairsville-Richland High School Social Security Number: 293-32-2979