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April 20 in history

4:57 PM, Apr. 8, 2013  |  Comments
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April 20, 1957 - Stone carver working on Lutheran church: A dedicated artist whose greatest reward is the personal satisfaction he derives from his exacting work.

This brief analysis sums up the attitude and philosophy of the little man in the blue beret and the white coveralls who has been seen regularly these spring days busily engaged in the highly specialized art of stone carving at the new First Evangelical Lutheran Church, S. Monroe Avenue and Lawe Street.

The skilled craftsman is Adolph Roegner, a refreshing personality whose twinkling blue eyes and enthusiastic sincerity provide a youthful outlook which belies his 64 years.

When Otto Kaap selected Roegner as the man to do the job he knew he was choosing a man with pride in his profession.

Roegner's principal work is the carving of the 12 apostles on limestone panels at each side of the front entrance of the church.

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