McKeesport, PA High School 1909 Football Team

McKeesport, PA High School 1909 Football Team

Seated on Floor: Steve Miller, Clifford Adams Bayard, Walter Morgan, Latta.

Seated:. Rod Cox, Louis Schwartz, Mr. Bower - principal, Caves, Mr. Herbert Stockton - Coach, Lewis Brown, Robert Soles.

Standing 1st row: Powell, Falkenstein, Ralph Rutledge, Frederick Cooper, Jay McMichael, Lewis Soles, Harry Snaith, Sam Firestone.

Standing. 2nd row: Isadore Roth, Sidney Reiter, Latta, Edwin Newlin.

SOME REMINISCENCES By LOUIS SOLES [written in 1929]
UNDER the leadership of Capt. Caves the 1909 football team of the McKeesport High School was very successful. The season ended with only one defeat. That defeat was due to the McKeesport High Team's partaking of a big Thanksgiving dinner before playing the Uniontown High School team at that place. As a result, we lost by two touchdowns. The team that year was known as the High School Champions, outside of the City of Pittsburgh, in this district. The men on the team had played together for several years prior to this season, especially comprising the 1908 McKeesport High Team, and it was not much of an effort for Coach Herbert Stockton to whip the boys into shape. The teams played games with Wilkinsburg, Braddock, Irwin, North Braddock, Elizabeth, Monessen, and Uniontown.

Captain Caves, although very small in stature, weighing about one hundred and twenty pounds, proved himself to be a very high. class football player. In fact, he had the reputation at that time of being the best quarter-back on any local team. Robert and Louis Soles, With Harry Snaith, comprised the back field. The line consisted of Sam Firestone and Edwin Newlin as ends; McMichael and Latta, tackles; Rutledge and Powell, guards, with Falkenstein at center. To complete the squad, in addition to these men, were Isadore Roth, Sidney Reiter, "Giz" Latta, Clifford Bayard, Walter Morgan, Steve Miller, Lewis Brown, Rod Cox, and Louis Schwartz.

Reminiscing a bit, and in a period of twenty years reminiscences are sometimes
very interesting and satisfying, the writer finds some great changes. Caves is now
married, lives at 915 Summit Street, McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He has been successful in business. He is not very much heavier now than be was at that time.

Robert and Louis Soles are engaged in the real estate and insurance business in McKeesport, while Harry Snaith is associated with the Commonwealth Trust Company of Pittsburgh in their Trust Department. Edwin Newlin is practising law in McKeesport and Pittsburgh. Sam Firestone, a dentist, resides in Cleveland, Ohio. The writer is informed that Mr. Firestone has had several serious accidents of late, and unfortunately was confined to his bed with a fractured spine.

Jay McMichael unfortunately was drowned in a canoe accident at the point of the Mon and Yough rivers. This took place about 1910, and saddened the whole community.

“Bim" Latta has a position with the Ordinance Department of United States Governemnt [sic] at Washington, D.C. "Giz" Latta is engaged in the coal business in the vicinity of Bluefield, W. Va. He married within the last three years.

Ralph Rutledge graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in medicine and served
his internship at the Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh. It is understood
that he is now a successful physician in the vicinity of Akron, Ohio. Rip Powell's whereabouts are unknown at the present time. Frederick Cooper proved to be a capable manager of the team, and is now with the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sidney Reiter, unfortunately, was killed in action during the World War. Isadore Roth is engaged in numerous business ventures, and spends considerable of his time operating a fashionable restaurant at Palm Beach in the Winter and being a curbstone broker in the vicinity of Pittsburgh during the summer. Mr. Falkenstein is married and resides, we believe, in the state of Ohio. He is engaged in a business enterprise. Steve Miller, a very valuable substitute for the Varsity at the position of guard or tackle, died of an attack of pneumonia about ten years ago. Walter Morgan is engaged as a local alderman. He is in the real estate and insurance business. Rod Cox is interested locally in the automobile and iceless refrigerator business. Lewis Brown's whereabouts are also unknown.

The Coach, Herbert Stockton, for several years was superintendent of schools of Johnstown. At the present time he is engaged in business in that town.

Clifford Adams Bayard has become well-known as an artist. During the World War Bayard was connected with a hospital unit in France. Later, he became an instructor in the College of Fine Arts of Carnegie Tech. This year Mr. Bayard won the high honor of exhibiting his paintings in the Carnegie Art Gallery. This fine testimony of his ability was extended by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Among the 27 paintings which he has chosen as his best are three which were of especial interest to McKeesport—views of scenery. on Long Run Road and Dravosburg docks. Mr. Bayard is at present enjoying a leave of absence from Carnegie Tech. He is spending this leave in Vermont painting and studying.

Alumni Notes in the 1929 Yough-a-Mon Yearbook of McKeesport High School

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