Hometown: Yosemite, KY
Date of Birth: June 18, 1882
Date of Death: February 19, 1979 [Georgia - 90 - 74]
Additional Photos: (1) (2)
Kentucky Career Notes:
Multi-Sport Player [Track and Football]
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Obituary - Branson, Columbus (OH) Dispatch (February 20, 1979)
Graduate of University of Kentucky and was a 3 Letter Man. Member of the Alumni Ass'n, K Club and was a Kentucky Colonel.
He was a Major in the U.S. Army and served for 27 years. He served in the Philippine Constabulary from 1907 to 1915 and was a member of the Philippine Club. He was an instructor in ROTC at OSU and while there won the Hearst Trophy with the University Rifle Team. He was Director of Civilian Defense for Franklin County 1942-1944. He was honorary member of both the Scabbard and Blade and the Pershing Military Fraternity.
Past president of the Columbus Chapter of the National Sojourners Organization, Past president of the Columbus Chapter of the Heroes of '76. Past commander of the American Legion of University Post. Past president of the Retired Officer's Club of Columbus, member of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter of S.A.R., Retired Oficers' Assoc. of the D.C.S.C., OSU Faculty Club, Masonic Blue Lodge, Middleburg, Ky., Scottiish Rite and Aladdin Temple Shrine.
Funeral service 10 a.m. Wednesday at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Richard Crabbs officiating. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. He will be honored with a military service. Masonic service 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel.
... excerpt from Don Pedro's book
. . .In the fall of 1903, about 150 of us met on the UK campus (Then Kentucky State College) to start a college career. As I now recall, Miss Piper, Elizabeth Wallace, Josie Alexander, and Florence Maddox were the only girls to start with us. Miss Piper dropped out at the end of the Junior year, but the others remained to the end. I enrolled in science, major chemistry, but transferred to agriculture at the beginning of the second year. Walter McKinney and I roomed together for four years.
I had never seen a football or a basketball game when I entered the university. I attended all the football games in the fall and became interested. When time came for basketball, I went out for it. I was given the ball, I ran the length of the court and pitched a goal. Naturally I received a razzing. I was fast, active, and had played baseball all my life. Basketball was in its infancy at the university and there were never many candidates. I studied and worked hard and made the team. I was made Captain the third year.
Basketball was a rough game at that time. There was never more than ten on the squad. The boys elected the Captain and he was coach and directed the play. In 1906, the year I was Captain, the five first stringers were as follows: Dick Barbee, Stanley Bair, J.M. Wilson, Terry Bryant and I. Wiley. B. Wendt was manager. We won no national acclaim, and were most satisfied to break even during the season.
Forty-five years later in Washington, D.C. I attended church with my son-in-law, Paul W. Boyd. The minister, Dr. Hasting, had just returned from a two week vacation. He told of a talk with a professor from a school where a basketball scandal had recently occured. He mentioned no names. The story illustrated beautifully the point he wanted to make in his sermon. When leaving the church I said to him, "Forty five years ago, I was Captain of the team of which you spoke."
Had these boys been playing for the love of the game, and the honor of the university, they would not have been tempted to throw the game for money.
Athletics properly supervised are not only a great body builder but it is a great character builder, but I do not concur with the stress that it is being given in many of our high schools and universities of today. I would like to see school athletics taken away from big business and given back to the students.
Out of the one hundred and fifty who gathered on the campus in the fall of 1903, plus others who joined the class from time to time, seventy-one lined up one beautiful morning in early June, 1907 to receive our diplomas. This was the largest class that the university had ever turned out.
This class had developed love, comradeship, and affection, one for the other, which made it a united body then and has kept it that way throughout the years. Thirty eight of the forty eight living members in 1957 gathered on the campus to celebrate its fiftieth birthday. It is the only class that has a plaque on the door of a room furnished by it at the Carnahan House (Faculty Club).