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2019 Frankfort Hotdog Hall of Fame Inductees

Charles L. (Chuck) Aidman

Class of 1942

He served in the United States Navy during the World War II. Aidman was a film scenarist and television actor for four decades. He made his film debut in “Destination Space” (1959), followed by “Pork Chop Hill” (1959). Among his many television credits include appearances on the “Twilight Zone,” “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Bonanza,” “The Wild Wild West,” “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” and in a 1977 episode of “M*A*S*H.”

Dr. Frank Beardsley

Class of 1943

He graduated from Wabash College, and Indiana University Medical School. In 1955 on his 30th birthday he started his medical practice and spent the next 36 years serving the residents of Frankfort and Clinton County. He was the founder of the Frankfort Medical Clinic. He served as a director of several organizations; His service club was and is Kiwanis. He, along with Bill Waddell, established the Key Club at Frankfort High School in 1966 which is a Kiwanis sponsored service organization for High School boys. He is most passionate about keeping the memory of Everett Case alive.

Lt. Gen. Kelley

Class of 1959

He enlisted in the Air Force following graduation; he graduated from the U. S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned in June 1964. He received a Masters in Political Science from Auburn University. During his career as a Missile and Space officer, he attended programs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in England, the Kennedy School, and MIT. On active duty he served as a missile crew commander, base commander, and Wing Commander. On Staff he was assigned as the program officer for re-entry vehicles, a targeting officer for nuclear weapons, and later at the Department of State as the Senior Military Advisor for Arms Control. Major Command assignments included Vice Commander of Space Command, and Commander of the Air University. Gen. Kelley was appointed a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh in 1994.

Dr. Patrick Kersey

Valedictorian of the Class of 1986

He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. After Medical School, Dr. Kersey completed residency at Methodist Hospital and was the Internal Medicine Chief Resident. Dr. Kersey also completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Methodist Sports Medicine Center. He has served as Medical Director of St Vincent’s Sports Performance since 2009. Dr Kersey is very active in the world of Sports Medicine which includes star ting the Indiana Sports Concussion Network for the State of Indiana, Medical D i rector of BMW Golf Tournament, NFL Combine physician (23 years), Indianapolis Colts Team physician, Medical Director of USA Football and on the Board of Director s of newly formed NFL development league AAF as their Chief Medical Officer.

Cindy Ward Wine Martinez

Class of 1973

She hosted radio and television programs spanning from Indiana to Arizona. In Phoenix, Arizona she was the host for one of the nation’s first female cohosted radio programs. Upon returning to Indiana, she served as a news anchor and weather forecaster on WXIN before fulfilling the same television roles at WTHR. She was on television while maintaining her presence on WHHH 96.3. After leaving TV, she built upon her work at WHHH and hosted two more successful concurrent radio programs.


Karen McClain Miller

Class of 1973

She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting. Karen was the first female President and CEO of the Farmers Bank. As a 30 year member of the Indiana CPA Society, she served on their Financial Services Committee, served as President of Clinton County Partners in Progress, President of Chamber of Commerce, served on Clinton County Community Foundation and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She was also Regional Director with the Indiana Bankers Association and past President of Frankfort Main Street. In 2015 she was the Times Citizen of the Year and the Bill Beard Servant Leader ship Award recipient. Miller served as past Chairman of the Board and an Elder and Deacon at the First Christian Church.

Jim H. Miner

Class of 1937

He was a lifelong resident of Frankfort. As a junior, he was a member of the 1936 IHSAA State Basketball Championship Team and selected 1st Team All-State. As a senior in 1937, he was the IHSAA State Pole Vault champion clearing 12ft.-10in. using a bamboo pole. That Frankfort record stood for nearly 40 years. He was also All-North Central Conference in basketball. After high school, Miner went on to play football for the University of Wisconsin. Miner served his country in WWII. He was a Sergeant in Company B, Armored Infantry Battalion. In the Alps of southern France on Nov. 20, 1944, he was wounded twice during an enemy counter-attack but continued to lead the firing against the enemy, as well as direct the fire of the men under him until the attack was repulsed and the mission accomplished. He received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action and devotion to duty.For 45 years, he was an insurance agent with Derrick & Derrick Insurance Co. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Frankfort Lions Club. He also helped initiate the Frankfort Grade School Safety Patrol.

Rawlings Vaness Ransom

Class of 1938

He attended Wabash College. Rawl served in World War II as a Forward Observer for the 774th Artillery Battalion and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. He worked for Kramer Brothers Lumber Company over 50 year s becoming president in 1971. Rawl was among a group of businessmen who had the foresight to begin several economic development initiatives in Frankfort including The Frankfort Development Corporation. He also served as President of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce and helped develop the Clinton County Land Trust which procured land to be available for the area known today as the Industrial Park. He was also involved in procuring the land and developing the Frankfort Municipal Airport. Rawl was the first Chairmen of the Clinton United Fund for Youth. That organization is now known as the Clinton County United Way. He was passionate about making Frankfort a better place to live. He spent hours volunteering through service clubs, church and other community organizations working toward that goal.

Richard “Butch” Ricker

Class of 1949

He graduated from Purdue University with a Masters Degree in Physical Education. Butch went on to serve in the Marine Corps as a 1st Lieutenant. As a Hot Dog, Butch was the IHSAA Track and Field State Champion in the 440-yard dash and he also anchored the 880-yard relay to a 2nd place finish. Ricker holds the school record for the 100-yard dash and the 880-yard relay. He came back to his Alma Mater to teach Social Studies and World History, coached track, cross country, and freshman basketball. In 1961, he was hired as the Frankfort High School Athletic Director, a position that he held for 30 years.

Ralph Vaughn

Class of 1936

He graduated from The University of Southern California (USC) with a B. S. in Business. He led the Pacific Coast Conference in scoring his senior year with 15 points per game. Vaughn was a Consensus 1st team All-American. He led USC to their first NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1939. He scored 36 points in a single game against UCLA, which was a conference record that stood for 21 years. As a Hot Dog, Vaughn led the North Central Conference in scoring in both his junior and senior years. He was the top scorer for the 1936 IHSAA State basketball champion team. He was selected 1st team All-State in basketball in 1935 & 1936. Life Magazine called him “the best college player in the country” in 1940. He played in the National Basketball League for the Hammond Ciesar in 1940 & 41. He was selected All-League in both years before stopping his basketball career to begin his business career with US Steel. Vaughn was selected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976.

John Milholland


He graduated from Eastern Illinois University. As a basketball player at EIU, he was named All-Conference three years. He is also a member of the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Hall o f Fame and the Eastern Illinois Basketball “All-Century Team.” In 1967 He was hired as the Frankfort High School basketball coach, spending 18 seasons on the bench before retiring in 1985 with a career record of 286-133. During his tenure, he additionally won 8 sectionals, 2 regionals and 5 Sagamore Conference championships. Milholland is the second all-time winningest coach at Frankfort High School behind Everett Case. The gym floor was named in his honor in 2008. He was also a two-time District Coach of the Year. Milholland was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. He served as President of the Hall of Fame and served on the board. Milholland served as Frankfort High School Assistant Principal from 1973-1990 and Principal from 1990 to 2001. He retired in 2002.




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