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RESLER, DALE

RESLER, DALE (1899–1976). Dale Resler, prominent El Paso civic leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, son of Joseph Harvey Resler and Mary (Hayes) Resler, was born on February 4, 1899, on a farm near Regglesville, Indiana. His family later moved to a farm near Akron, Colorado, that his family homesteaded and secured title to in 1912. In 1922 he married Nona Henry and continued farming until engaging in a trucking business with his older brother, Leamon. In 1930 he and his wife and their two children, Wayne and Bonnie, moved to El Paso, Texas, where Dale transported miners to a copper mine in Silver City, New Mexico, in a stretched Buick. In 1931 he was able to buy a bus line that took tourists to the newly-discovered Carlsbad Caverns. Carlsbad Cavern Coaches would soon make interline connections to Oklahoma City. He added Gray Line Sightseeing Tours in 1938 that connected with trains bringing people to see El Paso and Juarez.

Resler's businesses prospered over the years and allowed him to participate in a vast variety of business and civic endeavors in El Paso. He was a member of the El Paso City Council and served on the El Paso Planning Commission and the Highway Coordinating Commission. He was involved in many community and social organizations and was very active in the Trinity Methodist Church. His support of book designer and publisher J. Carl Hertzog was illustrative of his ability and desire to assist others. In 1944 he and Carl Hertzog formed the printing company of Hertzog and Resler which allowed Hertzog to continue devoting his considerable talents to fine book design and printing, largely on historical subjects related to the Southwest and Texas, which brought him national acclaim.

For the rest of his life, Dale Resler continued an active association with every significant community activity in El Paso. Camp Dale Resler near Cloudcroft, New Mexico, was so named in honor of Resler's many years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. He received a Human Relations Award by the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1970, and El Paso County Judge Colbert Coldwell declared March 10, 1970, to be "Dale Resler Day." Resler Drive in El Paso is named for him. Resler died in El Paso on May 6, 1976, at the age of seventy-seven. He was survived by his wife, his two children, and their children.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Bonnie Resler Karlsrud, Dale Resler, Behind the Scene in El Paso—A Historical Narrative (Morrell Printing Solutions, 2007). Bonnie Resler Karlsrud, "Who Was Dale Resler?" Password (Summer 2007). Miranda Leenheer, "Dale Resler Worked Hard for El Paso," Borderlands 22 (2003–2004). Vertical Files, Border Heritage Center, El Paso Public Library.

Bonnie Resler Karlsrud

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Bonnie Resler Karlsrud, "RESLER, DALE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fre76), accessed July 13, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.