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1941 Girls Basketball team


Girls’ Basketball team, 1941

The undefeated girlsâ?? basketball team of 1941. The trophy was presented by the Vermillion Merchantsâ?? Association as there were no tournaments for women that year.

We’ve received some different information on the names of the people in this picture. Some of it is conflicting with what we originally had, so I’ll post both sets of names. Feel free to discuss which ones are right in the comments.

Originally
Back Row: LaJeanne Weeks (sr), Dora Woolsencroft (fr), Evelyn Nelson (sr), Betty Nash (soph), Marjorie Miller (jr)
Front Row: Professor William Snavely, Principal (The County Superintendent was located at Marysville), Arlene Belveal (soph), Unknown, Irma Schober (soph), Norma Smith (soph), Unknown, Coach Grover Eddy

New
Back Row: Peggy Evens, Dora Woolsencroft, a Coleman, Betty Nash, Marjorie Miller
Front Row: Principal Snavely, Arleen Belveal, LaJeanne Weeks, Emma Schober, Norma Gail Smith, Harring, Coach Grover Eddy

Vermillion Sports


Boys’ Football team, ~1913

Back Row: Prof Kraemer, Ed Alderman, Willis Field, Elmer Sunderland, Charles Warren (Class of 1915)
Middle Row: John Davis, Leonard Johnson, Virgil “Johnnyâ? Nash (Class of 1915), Willard Tompkins (Class of 1914), Phil Schuyler, Victor Polson, Wilbur Watson
Front Row:  Malcom Rogers, Virgil Russel


Girlsâ?? Basketball team, 1918

Unknown, Nina Warren (jr), Helen Schafer (jr), Wilma Schafer (jr), Jessie Dover (jr), Georgia Johnson (jr), Unknown


Boys’ Football team, Year unknown

Front Row: 4th from left looks like Everett Cooke


Girls’ Basketball team, 1941

Back Row: LaJeanne Weeks (sr), Dora Woolsencroft (fr), Evelyn Nelson (sr), Betty Nash (soph), Marjorie Miller (jr)
Front Row: Professor William Snavely, Principal (The County Superintendent was located at Marysville), Arlene Belveal (soph), Unknown, Irma Schober (soph), Norma Smith (soph), Unknown, Coach Grover Eddy

The undefeated girlsâ?? basketball team of 1941. The trophy was presented by the Vermillion Merchantsâ?? Association as there were no tournaments for women that year.

Boys’ basketball team

Judy A. was kind enough to send 20 or so photos our way that relate to early Vermillion. These will broken up over several posts, so be sure to check back. This is the first of them.

Boysâ?? Basketball team, 1940

Back Row: John Carlson (soph), Francis Johnson (jr), Roy Isaman (jr), Coach Grover Eddy, Jay Herring (sr), Jim Marcy (did not finish at Vermillion)
Front Row: Ernie Evans (sr), Ernie Florence (jr), Bob Cooke (soph), Byron Isaman (soph), Byron Knipp (sr)

From the size of the trophy it must be a first or second place Marshall County League Trophy. The plaque is the 3rd place Kansas District Trophy.

Grover Eddy coached and taught shorthand, typing, and commerce courses at Vermillion two different times. Grover was elected to the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame. He never coached at large high schools but did coach at Havensville, Vermillion, and Wheaton.

Boysâ?? basketball team, 1941

Back Row: Robert Knipp or Barney Knipp (soph), Rex Johnson (sr), Roy Isaman (sr), Marvin Knipp (sr), Rob Isaman (soph)
Front Row: Coach Grover Eddy, Byron “Doc” Isaman (jr), Ernie Florence (sr), Francis Johnson (sr), John Carlson (jr), Bob Cooke (jr)

Boysâ?? basketball team

Back Row: Doc Isaman, Rex Johnson, Roy Isaman, Coach Eddy, Marvin Knipp, Robert Isaman
Front Row: Ernie Florence, John Carlson, Francis Johnson, Bob Cooke

Trophy – Little white one must be for the Marshall County League. Brown trophy is for 3rd place in the County Tournament

1860’s Platt Map

The library has received a request from a patron looking for a Platt Map from the 1860’s. The earliest that we can find is one from 1904. If you know where we could find an earlier one (not just the 1860’s), please let us know so we could discuss making copies. Any information would be helpful. Even if it’s just to let us know that you think one exists. Thank-you.

My Path to War

by Richard Gibbs
Ball Turret Gunner
457th Bomb Group

Available for $18.00 at the Vermillion Public Library or you can contact Richard Gibbs at
301 W 5th Street
Vermillion, KS 66544

The author, Richard Gibbs, traces an 18 year old draftee during World War II through basic training, aerial gunnery school, marriage and eventually being assigned to the 457th Bomb Group as a participant in some of the greatest air battles of World War II. The book is written almost entirely from memories remembered from that time over 60 years ago. It tells of the great raids on Leipzig, Cologne, as well as those on the center of the City of Munich, Germany. Richard Gibbs attempts to describe his feelings when the Corporal walked down the gravel path toward his hut in the middle of the night to wake the crews who were to fly that day. Also, he describes the isolation feelings of the flying personnel while assigned to one of the greatest B17 Groups of the War.