As most of you know, I have been working on a book about early (1887-1917) Notre Dame Football.
My initial goal was merely to correct the errors I found in the Notre Dame Football Media Guide and detail who scored our points. During this research, I learned so many fun things that I GREATLY expanded my areas of inquiry.
As I was nearing the finish line, I decided to find the place and date of the births and deaths of these players. That got me looking into the manner of death. And their post-ND careers. And Military Service. And other sports played. And other campus activities of these players. And later involvement with the Notre Dame Alumni Association. And the country of origin of their parents. And other colleges attended. And the political party, for those who held elective office. And finding their full middle name (sounds a little obsessive, doesn’t it?).
It was also great fun to locate 20+ Notre Dame Football Players who were previously unknown and a few phantoms and some “ringers”.
Anyway, one more detail I have encountered is “relatives”. A number of these players had interesting relatives!
Anson, George M.
b. 3/4/1876, Stevens Point, WI; d. 3/12/1940 (64), Miami, FL. 6’, 188.
At ND 1888-1891 & 1894-1895. A week before his first game, “he had never worn canvas”. He then became the starting LG for 1894 and never left the field for the remaining four games. Lumber business and Mayor, Merrill, WI. Notre Dame Lay Trustee. Obtained passport in 1921, to visit Cuba. He was buried in his hometown. Father J. Hugh O'Donnell, C.S.C., president of the University, was the celebrant of the funeral Mass.
ND’s “Anson Scholarships” were endowed by his family.
Bachman, Charles William
b. 12/1/1892, Chicago. IL; d. 12/14/1985 (93), Port Charlotte, FL. 5’11, 187.
At ND 1913-1917, LLB. WWI-Navy. After the 1916 season, “Bach” was named first team All-Western by G.W. Axelson (Chicago Herald); Malcolm McLean (Chicago Evening Post); and Jack Velock (International News). He was a fine weight man for the ND Track Team, with a specialty in the discus. From the SCHOLASTIC of September, 1917: “Charles W. Bachman, better known as ‘Bach’, and member of the '17 class of Law, is now assistant coach at De Pauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. During the summer he taught in the physical culture department at De Pauw. Mention heed hardly be made that Charlie was one of the greatest athletes in the history of Notre Dame.” The SCHOLASTIC reported on his arrival at boot camp: “A husky, well-proportioned youngster took his place in detention camp here to-day with a thousand other recruits. He gave the name of Charles Bachman of Chicago. Ensign Jack Kennedy, who knows a man when he sees one, stepped up to the big fellow and called him from the line. He quizzed Charlie for a few minutes and learned he was from Notre Dame. Mr. Kennedy had mistaken him for a fighter, but found out that he was a fighter—when fighting was called for. He was then brought over to see one of his old friends at school. To him Charlie looked bigger than ever. He weighed in the Navy at 205 pounds, and expects to put on a little more as soon as he gets going in the work. Mr. Kennedy has made Charlie the master-at-arms of his company—a bouncer in the Navy—and predicts that no trouble will start for a few days at least. Charlie enlisted at Indianapolis a few days ago and arrived at Great Lakes yesterday. Although he enlisted for the aviation corps, he is going to transfer to the petty officers' school, where he will study for the ensign examination. According to Mr. Kennedy it will be but a short time before ‘Bach’ will be all done up in gold stripes. His official navy name is to be ‘big boy’, it being wished on him. before he was in camp an hour.” As Captain of Great Lakes Football Team, he was injured, in the 9/9/1918 game, playing against ND. There were some interesting players in the game. Great Lakes featured All American Paddy Driscoll, future Bears owner George Halas, and former ND teammates Emmett Keefe and Jerald Jones. Notre Dame’s backfield featured George Gipp and Earl “Curly” Lambeau. This game was the first time that Halas and Lambeau faced off against each other. From 1921 through 1953, they would still be trying to take the measure of each other in the NFL. Bachman coached Northwestern, 1919 (1-6); Kansas State, 1920-1927 (33-23-9); Florida, 1928-1932 (29-18); and Michigan State “College” (70-34-10), succeeding Sleepy Jim Crowley. Eight years after Charlie left Florida, he was succeeded by Tom Lieb, who was a few years behind him at ND, and was a two-time NCAA champion in the discus. Tom was the second person to hold the world record in the discus (156’ 2 ½), set not long after he finished third in the 1924 Olympic Games. Lieb is credited with creating the “spin delivery” still widely used today.
According to the MSU Media Guide, “Bachman used the Notre Dame methods to lead the Spartans to 10 winning seasons in 13 years”. In 1924, his KSU team defeated Kansas for the first time in 18 years. In 1934, his MSU team defeated Michigan, 16-0, the first time the Wolverines had lost to their East Lansing rivals in 20 years. “For good measure, Bachman defeated them the next three years”. MSC went to their first ever bowl game, the 1938 Orange Bowl, after an 8-1 record in 1937. His final year of coaching was with Hillsdale College, in 1953 (5-3-2). College Football Hall of Fame.
His son, Charles, Jr. received many awards for his work in computer science, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, from President Obama, in November, 2014. He specialty was in database design.
Bergman, Alfred Henry “Dutch”
b. 9/27/1889, Peru, IN; d. 6/20/1961 (71), Fort Wayne. 5’9, 160.
At ND 1909-1912, 1913-1915. At Georgetown, 1912-1913. In 1914, he and Rupe Mills became the first two ND men to earn four Monograms in the same year. WWI-Artillery Captain. MLB. He had been a T.B. patient at the Irene Byron Hospital for 13 years prior to his death. During the 1890’s and early part of the next century three famous men lived within a few houses of each other in Peru, Indiana. On the streets next to Dutch, lived John Francis O’Hara, future President of Notre Dame and later Cardinal O’Hara, Archbishop of Philadelphia; and legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Porter had a bit of an ND connection. His Uncle, Louis Cole, had attended ND and his cousin Louis attended with Dutch.
Bergman, Arthur Joseph “Little Dutch”
b. 2/23/1895, Peru, IN; d. 8/18/1972 (77), Washington, D.C. 5’8, 149.
At ND 1911-1917. Holds the ND Prep School record for the outdoor 100 (10.2) & 220 (23 secs.) yard dashes and broad jump (19’10”) as well as the indoor records in the 40 (4.8) and 220 (25 secs) and broad jump (20’2”). WWI-Lt. Two years as backfield coach at Dayton, followed by the same position at the University of Minnesota. Coached New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (New Mexico State), 1920-1922 (15-5-1) and Catholic University, 1930-1940 (59-31-4). The Cardinals of Catholic University defeated Ole Miss, 20-19, in the 1936 Orange Bowl. Bergman Coached the Washington Redskins during the 1943 season (6-3-1), losing to the Bears in the NFL Championship Game. He was elected to the Catholic University Football Hall of Fame.
The Bergman Brothers, including their younger brother Joe, were all fine athletes at ND.
Brennan, Martin Joseph “Joe”
b. 10/20/1885, Emmetsburg, IA; d. 6/2/1970 (84), Milwaukee, WI.
At ND 1909-1910. Transferred in after one year at Creighton. Two-game sub center, 1909. Vice President of Freshman Parliamentary Law Class. Left ND and sold International Harvester Machinery for a few months before enrolling at Marquette, graduating in law-1912. In ND’s 1910, 5-5 tie with Marquette, Brennan played LE and scored the second half TD to tie his former team. Grew up on a farm and did not attend formal schooling until his early teens. After Joe practiced law for more than 50 years an article about him said “His rugged frame and battered nose bespeak his football career at Notre Dame and Marquette…”.
Father of Terry Brennan, ND star halfback and later Head Coach (1954-1958).
Brown, Earl William
b. 2/20/1872, Sheldon, Iowa, d. 6/15/1945 (73), Townsend, MT.
At ND 1890-1893, LLB. Starting RH, 1892. Scored 5 TD’s vs. South Bend High School. Moved to Helena, in 1909, where he ran Brown Brothers Lumber Company, with his brother Robert Emmett and Edward, also ND. Republican Representative to the 17th Montana Assembly, from Lewis & Clark County. His obituary described him as a leading figure in the development of Carroll College (a Catholic college) “The Fighting Saints”, founded in Helena, in 1909.
Brown, Robert Emmett
b. 1876, Sheldon, IA; d. 1/3/1952 (75), Bozeman, MT
At ND 1894-1896. Also played baseball. His obituary indicated he turned down professional baseball offers. Banker and leader in the development of agriculture in Bozeman, MT, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Appointed by the Governor to the Montana State Board of Education. Retired President of the Federal Land Bank of Spokane.
It has been very common for siblings to attend ND, for 175 years.
Callicrate, Dominic Leo
b. 9/17/1885, South Bend, IN; d. 5/30/1979 (93), Curry Co., OR. 5’10 ½, 165.
At ND 1901-1908, Civil Engineering Degree. Class President. Taught math & Athletic Director, 1909-1917, Portland University. Played for Multnomah Athletic Club Football Team-1910. Construction business. Chief Engineer on Washington irrigation project. Irrigation supplier. Elected President, Notre Dame Club of Portland, 1930. Worked for Foster & Kleiser Advertising, during the 50’s.
In her book “Notre Dame’s Grotto”, Dorothy Corson indicates that Callicrate’s father, a stone mason, is likely to have helped build the Grotto.
Cartier, Dezera E. “Zeke”
b. 1/31/1871, Manistee, MI; d. 8/9/1949 (78), Ludington, MI.
At ND 1883-1892, B.S. Also graduated from the Prep Program at Notre Dame. Kicked Notre Dame’s first field goal (worth five points), a 35 yarder against Northwestern, on November 14, 1889. The only other points in that 9-0 win were from a TD (worth four points) scored by Ed Coady, who would become his brother in law. Lumberman & operated Central Hardware Store of Ludington. Nine children.
Cartier, George Robinson
b. 5/26/1869, Ludington, MI; d. 10/20/1944 (75), Tacoma, WA.
At ND 1893-1890. Lumber baron & Mayor of South Bend, WA.
Like Dezera, George was a younger brother of Warren Cartier, who would build our first football field. A fourth brother, William, also attended ND. The fifth brother, Charles, attended the University of Michigan, but later worked in the Notre Dame business office.
Coady, Edward Hoffman
b. 5/29/1867, Pana, IL; d. 4/5/1890 (22), Notre Dame, IN
At ND 1895-1890. Led ND to its first win against a college team, a 9-0 defeat of Northwestern, November 14, 1889. He scored a TD on a hidden-ball trick play. The ball was faked to Steve Fleming, but Coady carried it over. The other ND score came on the first ever field goal, kicked by Dezera Cartier. Ironically, Ed’s sister later married later Dezera, the younger brother of the man who donated Notre Dame’s first football playing field.
After Ed’ death, the following appeared in the SCHOLASTIC: “The following was part of the obituary on Ed which appeared in his hometown newspaper, the ‘Daily Palladium’”: "He was taken suddenly and seriously ill at 3 o'clock a. m., April 5th, and departed this life at the eighth hour of the same day from congestion of the lungs, resulting from a second attack of la grippe. Although the warning was brief, he was in full possession of his mental faculties and was prepared and willing to try the realities of that bourn from whence no traveler returns. The five years spent by the deceased at the renowned University of Notre Dame, under the supervision of Rev. T. E. Walsh, though exacting in discipline and strict in the enforcement of its rules, were happy ones, because (he was) conscious of the fact that he was acquiring wealth of which no one could rob him—an education. He was not a student to grumble or find fault, knowing that he was there for the purpose of gaining knowledge and thorough instruction in his religious views, hence became reconciled to all and every requirement of his instructors. He therefore was happy in knowing that he was about to finish his education this coming June and return to his parents for a short vacation before going to Chicago to commence his battle with the world and his race among the business men of that great city for a place of honor. But an All-Wise Providence, deeming it best, we hope, carried him off in the pride of manly vigor and exalted aspirations; leaving a vacant place in that happy home of which he was the beloved of his parents and brothers and sisters, who deeply mourn their loss and look upon his vacant chair with grief and sorrow, yet have no regrets, as they fully know he died fortified by all the Sacraments of his Church, believing in a just God to whose will, in all things, we should most humbly bow." The Notre Dame financial ledger indicates that the charge was $50 for his casket, with a $10 fee for the hearse.
Coady, Patrick H.
b. 7/11/1871, Pana, IL; d. 6/18/1943 (72), Los Angeles, CA.
At ND 1888-1893, LLB, MA-Law. Pat was the QB and Captain of ND’s 1892 team, when Notre Dame resumed the sport after a two-year hiatus. Pat’s older brother Ed was the QB in 1888-1889 and his other brother Tom was Ed’s back-up in 1888. Practiced law in Los Angeles.
Coady, Thomas Hoffman
b. 7/13/1869, Pana, IL; d. 12/10/1952 (83), Paris, IL
At ND 1887-1892. Like many of Notre Dame’s 19th century students, the Coady boys were first generation Americans. Their dad was born in Ireland and their mother in Germany. Tally Man, Freight Office.
Dickerson, Sydney Johnstone
b. 9/1867, St. Louis, MO; d 9/12/1938, Manhattan, NY (71).
At ND, 1882-1885, B.A., 1889-1890. Came from an impressive family background. Lived with his stepfather, William Gilpin, and blended family, in a home with four servants. Gilpin was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as the first Governor of Colorado (1861-1862), with the admonition to “Save Colorado for the Union”. One of the most fascinating figures in the early days of the west, Gilpin accompanied John C. Fremont on his 1843 expedition. Legendary Scout Kit Carson was also on that trip. As an aside, Carson sent his eldest son, William, to Notre Dame (1868-1870). The fascinating book, WILLIAM GILPIN, Western Nationalist (by Thomas L. Karnes) contains some interesting details about Julia Pratte Gilpin, Sydney’s mother. She first married John Dickerson, a Confederate Civil War General. Later, she married Gilpin, who was 22 years her senior and had been a family friend in St. Louis, many years ago. Julia’s dad, General Bernard Pratte, Jr., had been a successful businessman and Mayor of St. Louis. The marriage produced a lot of turmoil. Karnes reports that, in 1887, Sydney and two accomplices assaulted his stepfather, in front of his home. Sydney was arrested and fined. In divorce proceedings, Gilpin claimed that Julia married him for his money and once had tried to stab him. It was also mentioned that Julia’s first husband has died in an insane asylum. Julia’s dad was Bernard Pratte, the first person born in St. Louis after the Louisiana Purchase. He went on to become the 8th Mayor of St. Louis and the President of the State Bank of Missouri. His dad was General Bernard Pratte, a prominent fur trader.
At the Commencement of 1883, Dickerson won the Freshman Gold Medal. He won the same award, the following year for the Sophomore Class. In February, 1885, he delivered the “Oration of the Day” on Washington’s Birthday. The SCHOLASTIC reported “The speaker was frequently interrupted with applause”. Valedictorian of his class. One part of his Valedictory contained words which will resonate with Notre Dame grads from all eras: “Our foster-mother, with loving fidelity and care, has done her part. From untutored and ignorant children, she has reared us, directing our footsteps in the pathway of knowledge, inculcating in our hearts and minds the essential element of all true education—the notion and love of God. Fondly and tenderly has she watched over our youthful endeavors,—here reproving, there commending; now advising, and again encouraging. But her task is now finished. With a mother's prayer and benediction she sends us forth. Forward we start on the troubled tide of life to combat its storms as best we can, and meet with confidence and intrepidity the "ups and downs of fortune." Dickerson also delivered an oration on “Our Country”: "Oh! America, what feelings of pride and joy swell our hearts at the mention of thy loved and honored name! Long mayst thou continue in thy onward course of progress, civilization and enlightenment, acting as a beacon light to generations yet unborn! Thy watchword shall ever be Liberty, Wisdom and Progress. All departments and channels of life at the present day— trade, politics, science, art, letters and religion— feel thy benign and salutary influence, and voicing the sentiment of the civilized world, labor to express the gratitude, admiration and wonder that thy wisdom, beauty and culture excite. Long mayst thou continue to develop looking with unabated vigilance and care over the interests and welfare of thy subjects, so that, year after year, as thou progresses in Science, in Art and in Religion, their hearts and sentiments, their love and veneration may glow afresh at the mention of thy name. Old Notre Dame—our Alma Mater,—in this our country's march to the achievement of a still grander and a more glorious future, mayest thou continue to hold thy rank amongst the foremost institutions of this country. Long mayst thou live to be the tender mother of noble youths who shall go forth from thy portals each succeeding year to be Columbia's honored and trusted citizens, aiding and fostering her growth in times of peace, and supporting and succoring her in days of trouble!" It was later reported “—Sydney Dickerson, '85, is prosecuting his law studies at Denver, Colo”. October 19, 1889, elected Vice President of the Football Association. Attorney in Denver.
Two interesting dads and a fascinating mother and grandfather!
Duggan, Edward Dean
b. 5/19/1891, Whiteland, IN; d. 10/16/1950 (59), Houston, TX. 6’, 195
At ND, 1911-1915, LLB. WWI Infantry service. NFL-1921. Athletic Director and Head Coach, Franklin College, 1922-1928. Coached two Houston High Schools (Sam Houston, 1928-1937, and Lamar, 1938-1946. Coached legendary College (Purdue) and NFL (Packers) star Cecil Isbell, at Sam Houston High School. Duggan’s brother’s Johnny and James had long careers in Minor League Baseball.
Father of noted actor, Andrew Duggan.
Eggeman, Fred William
b. 11/12/1881, Fort Wayne, IN; d. 9/24/1936 (54), Fort Wayne, IN. 6’, 195.
At ND, 1905-1907. Machinist and Locomotive Inspector before entering Purdue, where he became Football Captain and earned Mechanical Engineering Degree-1910. WWI Infantry Major. Businessman with two steel companies. Allen County Treasurer, 1931-1935. Worked for Home Owners Loan Corporation. Died of peritonitis after a ruptured appendix.
Eggeman, John William
b. 6/12/1875, Fort Wayne, IN; d. 11/14/1936 (61), Fort Wayne. 6’4, 248.
At ND, 1897-1900, LLB. Transfer from Taylor University. Three sport star at ND. He was Notre Dame’s first large-sized player who was also a skilled athlete. Allegedly received a Valentine, while at ND, addressed to “Baby Elephant”. Manager of Athletics. The student writing in the SCHOLASTIC was quite clever during these early years. Here’s an example: “John Eggeman, shot-putter, hammer-thrower, high-jumper, mile-runner and manager: Mr. Eggeman is a lanky youth about seven feet tall, four feet wide and weighs two hundred and sixty pounds and two ounces when in training. His first experience in athletics was in throwing bricks at the neighbor boy. In the war last summer, he caught a sixteen-pound shot from admiral Cervera's flag-ship, and threw it four miles after the enemy. His record for the hammer throw is two hundred feet, which distance he made by throwing the hammer from the top of the water work's stand-pipe in Fort Wayne and hitting a man on the head. If the man was not in the way, it would have gone more than five feet farther. He has posted a challenge to compete with Sweeney for championship in high-jumping, and can run the mile in ten minutes flat. As manager he is a howling success, and will hold his position as head of the training table as long as there is anything to eat.” Delegate to the 1908 and 1928 Democratic Party Convention. During WWI he was Foreign Secretary of the Knights of Columbus, serving in war zones in France, in charge of providing relief services to our troops. Allen County (IN) Probate Commissioner (1904-1912) and Circuit Court Judge (1912-1918). Board of Directions, National Knights of Columbus. President of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne, the Allen County Bar Association, and the Notre Dame Alumni Association. After his death, the ALUMNUS reported “No sermon was delivered at the funeral of John W. Eggeman…His life, Father Monohan said, was his sermon”. Among the priests who attended his funeral in Fort Wayne, were Rev. J. Hugh O'Donnell, C.S.C, Rev. Thomas Steiner, C.S.C, and Rev. John Farley, C.S.C. O’Donnell was an ND football player a dozen years after Eggeman; Steiner and Farley were classmates of John. Steiner was one of John’s basketball teammates and Farley was one of his football and track mates.
Both prominent Fort Wayne citizens.
Gargan, Joseph Francis
b. 7/3/1891, Lowell, MA; d. 5/22/1946, Washington, D.C. (54). 5’9, 175.
At ND, 1912-1917, LLB. His father, Joseph P., was born in Ireland. Attended Kimball Union Academy after Lowell High School. ND Assistant Coach-1914. Received WWI battle field promotion to Captain because of bravery commanding Marine Corps machine gun unit in France. According to an item in his hometown newspaper, “He was officially cited at Verdun for going into ‘No Man's Land’ where he crawled over the ground for several hours and finally brought back the body of a fellow marine who had been wounded.” He was wounded in action at Chateau Thierry.
He wrote a letter to Fr. William Moloney, Secretary of Notre Dame, which appeared in the June 8, 1918 SCHOLASTIC:
As Brother Cyprian would say, "Your letter of March 8, at hand, and contents carefully noted." I was very glad to receive the letter and also the SCHOLASTIC, for which I am indeed grateful to you. I was surprised to see the letter that I had written to you in the SCHOLASTIC, as I thought I had marked it "not for publication". But of course it doesn't make any difference, except that I do not want to be classed among the scribes that are "belly-aching". In case you be in doubt as to whether or not I am in a Reserve Officers' Training Camp, "kicking" because I am only getting my week-ends off, I am enclosing a report which I think will remove any doubt as to my whereabouts.
I have been volunteering for all the dangerous jobs, and it is getting so lately that the Major details me for every mean task that comes up. The other night I was sent out on patrol—the fifth time since I have been here. Before we started, we split the patrol, and I was sent to the spot where it was thought the Boches were to be found. Let me assure you at once that they had made no mistake. I had in my detail six Americans and six Frenchmen. By way of explanation, let me say that it has rained every day and night since we have been here, and at times it is impossible to distinguish anything in the darkness. The trenches are filled with mud up to our knees and we have running water in all the dugouts. But to return to my story—we crawled out well beyond our wire, out into "No Man's Land." We had no more than reached our position when we heard noises which seemed to come from a point about fifteen yards ahead of us. Neither force could see the other; but the enemy heard us, and immediately started to run, at top speed. Nothing could have surprised me more than this action on their part, for it was entirely unexpected. Then a flare rocket went up from our side and in its light we dropped four of them. A word about a flare rocket: it is employed by the enemy as well as by ourselves, and is sent up directly over "No Man's Land." It has the effect of a stage spotlight when it breaks over "No Man's Land" one has to "dig" for a shell-hole. I was not kept wondering long why the Germans had taken to their heels. Not more than four minutes after our encounter with them, eight of their batteries, consisting of four guns each and ranging from 77 to 210 (this was the report of our observers), opened fire on us. In addition to this, we were subjected to a heavy machine gun attack, and through it all "No Man's Land", was ablaze with the light of the flare-rockets. The shells fell in torrents in front of us and around us. If you have ever seen rats go for their holes, you have some idea of how we fled as one man for the shell holes; mud and slimy green water had no terrors for us when we heard the "ping" of the shells and fell: the spatter of mud in our faces as we dug into the earth. When the flare of the rockets had died out of the sky, it was up and forward to another shell-hole, gambling with death in an effort to reach the more advanced position. Such were our tactics until we were satisfactorily settled. When the Huns could no longer detect any movement they thought that our party had been wiped out and they "piped" down. Then slowly, one by one, we made our way back, and when we counted noses we found that we had lost but one. The enclosed report accounts for him. How we were not all killed God only knows, and it was most surely by His grace that we were saved. Father, what a man experiences and suffers in a night in "No Man's Land" is beyond the grasp of the human mind; the horror of it all is altogether beyond the reach of the imagination. It makes even the bravest nervous to be "strafed" in such a manner. Each of the four Germans whom we knocked off carried a pistol, a dagger nine inches long, and a pair of wire cutters, and each wore rubber trousers. In fact, all their patrols and raiding parties, as we afterwards discovered, wear these rubber trousers. We captured eight of them in a raid two nights after our adventure and were told by the captives that on the night I have just described it was their intention to raid us. We were able to take these prisoners because we knew when and where they were coming through. This made our work easy. Yesterday a "Boche" came over and gave himself up. He said he was sick of it all and that he did not care what happened to him. He told us, too, that this was the general feeling. He was an engineer and apparently a very bright chap. All of them that I have seen so far have been young fellows. Believe me, Father, it is true that they are all "fed-up" on war, and it will not be long until even the Kaiser will have a bad taste in his mouth. While I last I am going to stay right in the thick of it. True they may knock me off; but, as I have said before, "what harm?" One of the worst things with which we have to contend in the trenches are the rats—thousands of them running in all directions and squealing frightfully. As a matter of fact the dugouts are nothing more than rat-holes. When all is said and done. Father, I must allow, as a Hoosier from downstate would say, that I long to be back again where I could go in and bounce a big nickel off the plate glass at "Hullies and Mike's", and, if there was a crowd around, ask for "Naturals" and have them slip me a pack of "Favorites." Back there I could sleep in the morning until about nine, and then stroll in and have a conference with my two good old friends. Sister Lourdes and Sister Assumption, and have them, out of their goodness of heart, prepare for me a breakfast fit for a king. Anyhow, hasn't it been said that the Gargans were kings in Ireland? I disremember just whether it was "Whiff" Dolan or the "Merchant of Venice" that said so. Well, Father; here's hoping that the war may soon be over and that we may all be together again. Give my regards to all my friends. With a sincere wish that this letter may find you in good health, I remain your sincere friend, Joe Gargan.
Congressman Rogers, upon meeting him, said “He’s the kind that is going to whip the Hun”. Military Attache at the American Embassy, in Paris, during the Peace Conference. Practiced corporate law in NYC (living in New York according to 1920 passport application and Yonkers, NY, in 1930 Census) and then became prominent Boston attorney. During WWII he served in the office of the Undersecretary of War. In May, 1941, he was appointed as principle attorney to the Undersecretary of War, Robert Patterson. Gargan died on a Boston to Washington train. At the time of his death, he was a Vice President of Pan American Airways.
April 27, 1929-married Rose Kennedy’s sister, Agnes, the daughter of John Francis “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, legendary Mayor of Boston. She was once toasted by Sir Thomas Lipton as “the most beautiful girl in the world”. His son, Joseph, also an ND grad and attorney, was a first cousin to the Kennedy boys. As Ted Kennedy’s closest friend and political advisor, he was with him at Chappaquiddick.
Harding, Philip C.
b. 9/1875, Jefferson City, MO; d. 2/20/1918 (42) Jefferson City, MO. 5’11 ½
At ND, 1893-1894. Phil attended Marmaduke Military School, 1892-1893. Started first ND game in 1893 and did not play again. September, 1894, entered Missouri Military Academy. Army Cavalry, 1901-1904. Civil Engineer. May, 1906, appointed Assistant Engineer, Eastern Coast Railway, headquartered in Miami. City Engineer ($100/month salary, city’s second highest) Jefferson City, MO. Stage Manager and Director of local Minstrel Show-1915.
One of eight children of General James Harding, Missouri State Railroad Commissioner. General Harding served with the Confederacy. Phil’s grandfather was Chester Harding, a famed portrait painter. In addition to painting Presidents James Madison (his official painting, in the National Portrait Gallery), James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams, Chester is the only person for whom Daniel Boone is known to have sat for a portrait. Chester also painted two men with Notre Dame connections: General William T. Sherman, who sent his sons to Notre Dame during the Civil War, and Henry Clay, who obtained the post office for Notre Dame. Chester’s Beacon Hill home in Boston, known as the Chester Harding House, is now a National Historic Landmark and houses the Boston Bar Association. Harding’s painting of President Madison is the “official portrait” in the National Portrait Gallery.
Hayes, David Vincent
b. 3/24/1896, Hartford, CT; 11/14/1956 (60), Manchester, CT. 5’8, 165.
At ND, 1916-1918+, Ph.B., Journalism-1921. Attended Philips Exeter Academy High School. WWI. NFL, Green Bay Packers. Assistant Coach (to former teammate Joe Brandy), St. Thomas College. Advertising business, with Reuben Donnelly Company. Sent a letter to Fr. Joseph Burke, from his post in France, during WWI.
I well remember one day last winter when you saw me in a typewriting class you said that it looked like a contradiction to see me behind a typewriter. Now I am behind a machine gun; we shall call that the other extreme—n'est ce pas? I left school shortly after Christmas when my father died, and a little later joined the flying service of the signal corps. While awaiting my call I was drafted, and do what I might, I could not be transferred to the flying service. Three weeks after being drafted I sailed for France. France is a most picturesque country. I have been in some beautiful churches since arriving here. Only the other day I visited one which was built in the thirteenth century. Every little town, however small, has its church, and a church not of wood but of stone. Often a little village is hidden away in a valley-or on the side of a mountain and the only way one can locate it is by the spire of its church. I have had many experiences since I arrived over here, some of them very annoying. I have been ‘over the top’ twice; the first time I went over I certainly experienced some novel sensations. One who has never been under a barrage cannot begin to imagine the feelings of the soldier.”
The 1921 DOME reported: “After the football season, Dave went to France for reasons that will be obvious to the reader. When he came back he had suffered injuries that made it seem impossible that he should ever play football again. With a strong determination to try, and an indomitable courage that was the very sublimation of what we call ‘the Notre Dame spirit’, Dave went out when the call for football men was issued.” When Dave later played for the Green Bay Packers, he foreshadowed what Rocky Bleier would do fifty years later.
Dave’s son became a renowned sculptor, with works exhibited all over the world. His 25-foot tall piece, “The Griffon”, stands immediately west of O’Shaughnessy Hall.
Holmes, George Nicholas “Ducky”
b. 7/10/1891, Plattsmouth, NE; d. 1/11/1968 (76), Omaha, NE. 6’1, 195.
At ND, 1914-1917, Electrical Engineering Degree. WWI-Fort Benjamin Harrison. 40 years with Western Union.
His daughter, Shirley, was married to Earl Cochell, one of the top amateur tennis players in the country, and the only player ever banned for life by the United States Tennis Association. While at the University of Southern California, Cochell finished second to Tony Trabert in the 1951 NCAA Tennis Singles. While playing against Gardnar Mulloy, in the 1951 U.S. National Championship, Cochell became infuriated at an official’s call and climbed up the ladder to the Umpire’s chair, in an attempt to address the crowd. After losing the match, he lashed out at the officials in an obscenity-laced tirade and received the lifetime ban. At the time, Cochell was ranked sixth in U.S. rankings.
Lathrop, Ralph J. “Zipper”
b. 1893, Wisconsin; d. January 1, 1969 (75), Carmel, NY. 6’2, 185.
At ND, 1911-1916, LLB. Drafted from interhall football to become three-year monogram winner. Right Tackle starter on the 1913 team which defeated Army in the game which first put Notre Dame (and the forward pass) on the national radar. Suspended from Baseball and Football for playing professionally. Played outfield for the Western League Toledo Savages, 1916. WWI-Captain, 86th Division. Traveler’s Insurance, 1919-1931, in Milwaukee, Peoria, Brooklyn, & Hartford, where he served as Asst. Superintendent of Agents. From 1931-1957 was Vice President of the Life and Pension Departments of Mann, McLennan Inc.
His brother, Bill, played baseball at ND and later for the White Sox. Bill was also dropped from the varsity for playing professionally.
McDougall, Nathan Allen “Natt”
b. 9/6/1879, Hamilton, Ontario; d. 9/2/1954 (74), Portland, OR.
At ND, 1899-1901. Both parents were Canadian. One-game halfback sub, in 1900. Track team star in bicycle racing. Held the Notre Dame record for the “one-third mile bicycle race, standing start” (45 2-5 seconds) and the “one-mile bicycle race, standing start” (2 minutes and 25 3-5 seconds). Graduated from Marquette. President, Notre Dame Club of Portland. Led the club in attending Commencement at Columbia University (University of Portland), in order to support ND’s sister college. Rev. Joseph Boyle, C.S.C, the new president, had a goal of making Columbia “the Notre Dame of the West”. Natt has not previously been listed in the Notre Dame Football Media Guide. For more than 50 years he was a contractor, building highways, bridges, dams, and railways. From 1911-1932 he was Vice President of A. Guthrie & Company, in charge of their construction projects in the Pacific Northwest. For the final 22 years of his life he was President of the Natt McDougall company he founded. Company motto: “We’re Gonna Make it”. The company boasts that it has never had a project fail to finish on time and never had an unresolved dispute after completion. Natt died the day following turning over the Presidency to his son.
Natt’s Daughter, Marion, one of the top amateur women golfers in the country, won the 1934 Western Open. She was a six-time winner of thePacific Northwest Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship.
Miller, Martin Harold “Red”
b. 11/5/1888, Defiance, OH; d. 11/13/1968 (80), Wilmington, DE. 6’0, 175.
At ND, 1905-1912, Ph.B-1910. Assistant Editor, DOME. Member, Shakespearean Association. Captain of 1908 Football team and one of the heroes of the historic 1909 defeat of Michigan. Could play all positions on the team and excelled as “line backer”. In 1909, he became the second ND man, after another fullback nicknamed Red (Salmon) to achieve third team All American recognition by Walter Camp. The 1910 DOME said about him: “Miller gained with or without interference; he opened holes that left in their wake sprawling opposition." Red became Athletic Director and football coach at Creighton University for five years. He also studied law at Creighton, receiving his LLB in 1913. Red named his first son, Creighton, after the school. Creighton was the star LHB on the 1943 ND team, earning All American honors, finishing fourth in the Heisman (teammate Angelo Bertelli won it), and helping Frank Leahy win his first national championship. Creighton also led the nation in rushing (911 yards), the only ND player who has ever done so. Attorney. Four-year officer of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. earned a law degree in 1913. He was President of the Delaware chapter of the National Football
Foundation and Hall of Fame. General Counsel for the Graselli Chemical Co., Cleveland and later General Counsel, DuPont Chemical, of Wilmington.
Red was the first of the five Miller Brothers who played football for Notre Dame.
Red became Athletic Director and football coach at Creighton University for five years. He also studied law at Creighton, receiving his LLB in 1913. Red named his first son, Creighton, after the school. Creighton was the star LHB on the 1943 ND team, earning All American honors, finishing fourth in the Heisman (teammate Angelo Bertelli won it), and helping Frank Leahy win his first national championship. Creighton also led the nation in rushing (911 yards), the only ND player who has ever done so.
Miller, Raymond Thomas
b. 1/10/1893, Defiance, OH; d. 7/13/1966 (73), Shaker Heights, OH. 5’11, 170.
At ND, 1911-1914, LLB. Second football-playing Miller brother from Defiance. WWI Captain. According to the “Cleveland Plain Dealer”, after his 1928 election as Prosecutor of Cuyahoga County, Ray “got to be pretty familiar with shooting irons in the Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel and Ypres-Lys sectors in France during the late unpleasantness, from which he emerged as a captain in the 134th Machine Gun Battalion… Because of financial reverses of the Miller family at that time, Ray worked his way through college, waiting on tables for the reduction of $150 a year from his tuition…In 1916 he went to the Mexican border as a private in the machine gun company of the Fifth Ohio Infantry. When that was concluded, feeling that law was a bit too dusty for a lusty young blade, he went to Los Angeles. There he met with Jim Hyler, ‘the Daniel Boone of the southwest’, and the two went prospecting for gold in the mountains of New Mexico. Indian legends told of warriors who used golden bullets and Miller and Hyler conceived the idea of discovering the mythical gold deposits of the aborigines. What the adventure yielded in romance it lacked in gold, and Miller emerged from the wilds to find that the United States was at war with Germany. Returning to Ohio, he received a commission as second lieutenant in the Tenth Ohio Infantry.”
When Ray ran for Mayor of Cleveland, the “Plain Dealer” wrote: "A poor day it is now when Ray Miller is not on Page One. City Editors go home slumped down in taxicabs on such days, unable to ride the street cars, completely sick at heart. Splendid reason, too, for he is the "prosecutingist" prosecutor that this town has seen for many a year; in fact for about 25 years. Elected with the expectation that he would produce action in the prosecutor's office, he has done fairly well in approximately four months. To date, there have been four city councilmen indicted; one convicted, one pleaded guilty. Two murderers have been sentenced to the electric chair. The personnel is the finest in the prosecutor's office since the office was established…he was graduated just in time to save the country from the Mexicans in the little row along the border in 1916. He enlisted as a buck private and had more fun than in a whole year which he later spent in France…The border trouble over, Ray decided to do a little prospectin' out west. 'Thar's gold in them hills,' thought he, even if he didn't say so. But thar wasn't. It wouldn't pan out, so he returned to Cleveland and inevitably began to prep for the bar exam. But he was interrupted by the wholesale shooting over in Europe, and almost before he knew it, found himself in and out of an officers' training camp, with a captain's commission. Ray apparently has always been a great guy for trouble. When he arrived at the front, he was in command of Company B, 135th Machine Gun Battalion. For some unknown reason, the enemy always desired to exterminate machine gunners first; doubtless a quaint European custom. The machine gunner lived an active life and a short one. He and his fellow 'suicide squad' members are treated to a first course of high explosive and shrapnel. They next welcome delegation after delegation of grenade throwers, riflemen, bayoneteers and ambassadors plenipotentiary. After that they have a cigarette and a little soup, get some more ammunition and start all over again.” Ray later told the “Plain Dealer”, “I never had a better time in my life. We were always billeted in a chateau, where we lived on the fat of the land. I never would have left the army, had not all my pals started coming back to America to make a living.” Elected Mayor of Cleveland, 1931. In 1959, he invited JFK to a Party event that drew more than 50,000. Invited back the next year, JFK doubled the attendance. Miller was credited with increasing the female and black vote for Democrats. He owned radio station WERE, which was credited with being a pioneer in featuring rock and roll music. He was also active in the formation of the Cleveland Browns. On January 10, 1960, 1,700 people attended marked a birthday party for Miller, which was also his 25th anniversary as chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. Every leading figure in Cleveland attended what was described as an event “the like of which Cleveland has never seen”.
Second football-playing Miller Brother of Defiance.
Miller, Walter Reilly
b. 9/8/1894, Defiance, OH; d. 5/28/1974 (79), Defiance, OH. 6’, 178
At ND, 1914-1918+, 1920-LLB. The DOME said about him: “Besides his ability as a student, this smiling blonde has been president of several classes and clubs. For three years he has been a member of the varsity track and football teams, having the distinction for two years of being the lightest fullback in college football. On the gridiron he earned from the opponents who tackled or attempted to tackle him, the cognomen of ‘the man with the rubber legs’.” WWI Navy. Legal Counsel for Otis Co., of Chicago and then 40+ years with the East Gas Oil Company, of Cleveland (a subsidiary of Standard Oil). The final 11 years of his work life were as a legal assistant for the Federal Judges of Cleveland. His obituary in the “Defiance Crescent News” reported that he was “Known for the familiar broad-brimmed white hat worn when he walked Defiance streets the past three years”.
Third football-playing Miller Brother of Defiance.
b. 3/24/1876, Amherst Township, MN; d. 7/30/1938 (62), Washington, D.C.
At ND, 1896-1901, M.A., Economics & Philosophy. PhD, University of Berlin-1904. His parents left Ireland during the “potato famine”. One game sub fullback, 1896. Editor of “Catholic Progress”, in Seattle, 1904-1905. Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department at ND (1905-1907). Director of the Interlaken School, of LaPorte, IN, 1907-1908. Appointed to the Chair of Political Economy, 1909 and Dean of the School of Philosophy, Catholic University, 1920-1924, continuing as Professor afterwards. He became a Professor of History at Columbia University (University of Portland) and editor of The Catholic Sentinel, of Portland, OR.
His brother, the Most Reverend E.V. O’Hara, received an honorary doctorate at ND’s 1917 Commencement. His citation read: “On a learned and zealous priest, author of the ‘Minimum Wage Law in the State of Oregon’, a vindicator of popular rights and a vigorous champion of the Church: The Rev. Edward Vincent O'Hara, of Portland, Oregon.” Rev. O’Hara later served as Bishop of Great Falls, MT and Archbishop of Kansas City. He was often described as an expert on “social and rural economics” and agriculture. Bishop O’Hara lived with Frank, in Washington, D.C., during the 1930 Census. Frank was the 6th of eight children; Edwin was the 8th. Bob O’Hara (d. 4/8/1968, in Portland), second oldest, was one of the “Scrubs”, in the Spring of 1888, on Notre Dame’s football team. John Patrick O’Hara (b. 11/17/1878; d. 3/3/1952, in Butte), 7th child, also attended ND, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and First Honor Gold Medal (90+% average), 1902.
O’Neill, Hugh M. “Pepper”
b. 8/24/1894, Cleveland, OH; d. 9/14/1973 (79), Cleveland, OH.
At ND, 1914-1917, LLB. WWI Lt. President, Leaseway Transportation Company, one of the three largest trucking companies in the country. President, Notre Dame Club of Cleveland. Member of the Executive Committee of the Notre Dame Foundation (predecessor of current Development Office).
Father of "Steve", who owned the Cleveland Indians.
Scanlon, Raymond Joseph “Dike”
b. 8/21/1886, Brooklyn, NY; d. 11/23/1947 (61), Syracuse, NY.
At ND, 1906-1909, Graduate Pharmacy Degree. Chief Engineer, Brooklyn Construction firm. Insurance Broker. Listed as the starting 1906 RE in the Football Media Guide and described that way by the SCHOLASTIC, but his name is not found in any game accounts.
Attended ND with brothers Frank (“Dreams”) and Ambrose, who were baseball pitchers. He was their catcher. His other brother William (“Doc”), pitched in the Majors, as did Frank. Ray also started for ND basketball and played Minor League Baseball. On May 28, 1916, Ray caught his brother “Doc”, while playing on an independent team in Brooklyn.
Sinnott, Roger B.
b. 7/15/1872, The Dalles, OR; d. 3/16/1920 (47), Portland, OR.
At ND, 1890-1894, Litt.B & LLB. The family owned the Umatilla House, a luxury hotel, overlooking the Columbia River. It was called "the best hotel west of Minneapolis and north of San Francisco". Among the famous guests who stayed there were President Ulysses S. Grant, General W. T Sherman (whose sons attended Notre Dame), Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Edison, author Rudyard Kipling, Boxers John L. Sullivan and James Corbett, U.S. Vice President Schuyler Colfax (from South Bend), writer Mark Twain. In 1908, Roger sought the Republican nomination for District Attorney of Portland, OR. Well known Portland attorney for the final 20 years of his life.
Younger brother of Nicholas, 1892 ND valedictorian, who became a prominent 8-term Republican U.S. Congressman and Federal Judge.
Steiner, Arthur Edmund
b. 6/4/1881, Monroe, MI; d. 7/17/1948 (67), Monroe, MI. 5’8, 175.
At ND, 1900-1904, Civil Engineering Degree. Father born in Germany. 1stPremium, Railroad Engineering-1902. Sang in choir. Engineer, Monroe, MI & St. Cloud, MN and hardware merchant, in Monroe.
Younger brother of Rev. Thomas Steiner, C.S.C., who played on ND’s first Basketball Team (1898) and later served as Notre Dame’s Dean of Engineering (1928-1938) and Provincial of the C.S.C. Order (1938-1950).
Studebaker, Jr. John Mahlon
b. 12/4/1871, South Bend, IN; d. 4/27/1947 (75), South Bend, IN.
Played for ND, 1893-1894 as “ringer”, while helping coach the team. Purdue grad and star fullback. In 1892 “Field Day” he won the “standing high jump”, with a new state record of 4’7. This win is noteworthy, because Ray Ewry, his Purdue classmate, did not win it. Ewry went on to win eight Gold Medals at the 1900, 1904, and 1908 Olympics, including three in the standing high just. Studebaker also won the “high kick” (8’1) and was part of the winning doubles tennis team. He also played banjo, in the Guitar, Banjo, and Mandolin Club. Henry and Clement Studebaker, the two oldest (of 5) brothers, were blacksmiths and foundry men in South Bend. John’s dad, the third oldest, made wheelbarrows in Placerville, CA, not far from Sutter’s Mill and the heart of the California Gold Rush. According to the 1920 United States Census, John, Jr. was the head of a household which included his mother, Mary; his wife Lilian; his son, John III; three servants from Sweden; two servants from Switzerland; three servants from the U.S.; three family members of servants; one nurse; and one roomer. Secretary of Studebaker Corporation.
Son of one of the founders of the Studebaker Corporation.