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  • Lloyd Gustav Larson

    Born: May 30, 1902, Milwaukee, WI
    Died: April 14, 1990, Greendale, WI, age 87,---d. at home after long illness of more than a year.

    Milwaukee sports writer / sports editor;
    Milwaukee, WI, 7-year old, (April 19, 1910 census)
    Milwaukee, WI, editor, (January 10, 1920 census)
    Milwaukee, WI, sports writer, newspaper, (April 15, 1930 census)
    Milwaukee, WI, editor, publishing Co., (April 16, 1940 census)
    Graduated from South Division HS, 1919 (had been starting quarterback for the 1918 team.)
    Graduated University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), (had been a good athlete there. Captained 1926 baseball team. Majored in economics.)
    After graduating from college, he officiated football/basketball games at all levels, including Big 10 games.)
    Wisconsin Evening News, 1912 - 1939
    Milwaukee Sentinel, sports writer, 1939 - 1944, sports editor, 1946 - 1974, (27 years)
    Board of Milwaukee Public Schools, 1953 - 1975 (22 years, including 2 terms as Board President.)

    Father: Robert, born Sweden, 1860?; Mother: Emilie Bergstrom, born Sweden, 1869?; Mother: Eva A., born Sweden, 1875?;

    He was the quintessential loyal supporter of his area's sports teams.


    Milwaukee Sentinel obituary, Monday, April 16, 1990, pp. 5, part 1.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, April 30, 1990, pp. 45.


    Participants at the head table of the annual University of Wisconsin football banquet in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
    L-R: Robert "Red" Wilson, junior center who was named the most valuable player for the second straight year;
    Charles Fenske, general chairman of the banquet; John Carmichael, sports editor of the Chicago Daily News;
    Lloyd Larson, sports editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel; Harry Stuhldreher, athletic director and head football coach;
    Professor William B. Sarles, chairman of the athletic board; and Walter Dreyer, senior halfback who was elected team captain.
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    • John Stephen Weller

      Born: October 16, 1929, Miami, FL
      Died: December 14, 1991, Fort Lauderdale, FL, age 62,---d. heart failure

      Milwaukee sports writer;
      Miami, FL, 6-month year old, (April 13, 1930 census)(listed John S.)
      Graduated University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), 1951
      Virginia Tennessean (Bristol, VA)
      South Bend Tribune (Ind.)
      The Chattanooga Times (Tenn.)
      Milwaukee Journal (mid-1950's)
      Buffalo Evening News, sports columnist, 1959 - March 21, 1977 (18 years)
      Fort Lauderdale News, local columnist, 1 year as sports columnist, the rest on the editorial page, 1977 - ?.
      Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel,

      Father: Garl W., born Huntington, Indiana, February 22, 1892, died October 12, 1983; Mother: Anna Margaret Bailey, born Indiana, 1899?; Garl married Anna April 30, 1919.

      South Florida Sun-Sentinel obituary (Fort Lauderdale, FL), December 15, 1991.
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      • Harry Lee Jones:

        Born: June 6, 1921, Ohio
        Died: August 10, 1983, Sedona, AZ, age 62,---d. at home in Sedona, AZ

        Cleveland sports writer / baseball announcer;
        Cleveland Plain Dealer, reporter, 1940 - 1947, sports writer, 1947 - 1960
        Cleveland Indians' radio & TV announcer for Cleveland Indians' games, 1961- March, 1977
        Harry left newspaper work to become a baseball announcer for the Indians' game in 1961, working with Ken Coleman, 1961.
        In 1961, Harry switched to radio, broadcasting Indians' games with Jimmy Dudley, 1961-65.
        Harry switched back to TV in 1965, working with Herb Score, Mel Allen, Dave Martin, Rocky Colavito and Mudcat Grant.
        In March, 1977, when a new manager came to TV station, WJKW, he fired Jones and Grant.
        Harry worked in real estate until Gabe Paul invited him back to Indians' baseball, as director of PR, in July, 1978. He retired in 1980.
        Wrote nationally syndicated feature series, 'Immortal Madcaps of Baseball'.

        Wife: Aldona Marion, born April 20, 1925, died September 27, 2011, North Olmstead, OH;

        Harry L. Jones, 62, radio and TV play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Indians from 1961 through 1976, at Sedona, Ariz., August 10; spent 20 years with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 13 of them covering the Indians, before launching his broadcast career. (1984 Baseball Guide, pp. 27.)

        ]1949: presenting award to Lou Boudreau.---------------------L-R: Ken Bagwell, Gabe Paul, Harry Jones, Chuck Bergeson.----------------Sporting News' obituary, August 22, 1983, pp.46.


        January 22, 1958, Cleveland, OH: L-R: Harry Jones, Bobby Bragen, Frankie Lane, Gene Woodling.


        January 22, 1958, Cleveland, OH: L-R: Harry Jones, Bobby Bragen, Frankie Lane, Gene Woodling.------------------------January 29, 1958: Ed Bang / Harry Jones.


        May 24, 1955: Larry Doby / Harry Jones.--------------------------------------------------------------May 24, 1955: Bobby Avila / Harry Jones.


        February, 1962: Harrry Jones / Bob Neal.


        Youngstown Daily Vindicator obituary, Thursday, August 11, 1983, pp. 26.
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        • Brice Worth Hoskins

          Born: July 6, 1876, Cleburne, Texas
          Died: December 11, 1940, Dallas, TX, age 64,---d. heart attack at his residence in the Southland Hotel. (confirmed by Texas state death records)

          St. Louis / Texas sports writer;
          Sulphur Springs, TX, 4-year old, (June 23, 1880 census)(listed Brice Haskins)
          Dallas, TX, stenographer, (June 7, 1900 census)(listed B W Haskins)
          St. Louis, newspaper sporting editor, (April 25, 1910 census)
          Pasadena, CA, newspaper reporter (January 15, 1920 census)
          San Francisco, CA, newspaper, Publicity agent, (April 4, 1930 census)
          Los Angeles, CA, publicity, Community Chest, (April 23, 1940 census)
          Dallas Times-Herald, police reporter, later sports editor
          Dallas Dispatch, 1906 - 1908, (3 years)
          San Antonio Express, city editor, 1908
          St. Louis Star-Chronicle, sports writer, September 7, 1908 - 1910?
          Chicago newspapers
          Los Angeles newspapers
          Was appointed secretary of Texas League, April 8, 1911 and served until October 2, 1911, when he was succeeded by Joe Cummings.
          Dallas Times, sports editor
          Newspaper reporter for A H Billot Co. (Dallas company), (September 12, 1918, WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
          Dallas newspaper, sports editor, 1917 - 1919
          Ukiah (CA) Chamber of Commerce, secretary / manager, January 20, 1922 - 1939
          Director of publicity for Los Angeles Community Chest, 1929 - 1933?

          Father: born Mississippi; Mother: Jennie, born Kentucky, 1854?; Wife 1: C F., born Illinois, December 1877?, married Brice 1899; Wife 2: Mayme, born Missouri, 1884?; Wife 3: Jennie Cook, born Monticello, AR, December 1, 18817, died Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 1939; Daughter: Constance; Daughter: Virginia.

          Dallas Morning News' obituary, December 13, 1940.

          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------obituary for his last wife, Jennie
          -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Los Angles Times, January 16, 1939.
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          • Richard Gibbs Hackenberg---AKA Dick Hackenberg:

            Born: September 19, 1908, Staples, MN
            Died: February 8, 1991, Parker, CO, age 82,--d. cancer

            Chicago / New York sports writer;
            Lived in Staples, MN (April 22, 1910 census)
            At school in Staples City Ward 2, MN (January 19, 1920 census)
            Fargo (N.Dakota), sales manager of Department store, (April 8, 1930 census)
            Before he became a sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, Dick wrote sports free-lance, and his copy sometimes was carried in the Sporting News, starting in 1939.
            Minneapolis Star, sports writer,
            Chicago Sun, sports makeup production, 1941 - fall, 1946, sports editor, fall, 1946 - February, 1948
            Chicago Sun-Times, sports editor, February, 1948 to at least December 14, 1966.

            Father: Eber James; Mother: Daisy A.

            Racine (WI) Journal-Times' article, Friday, December 10, 1948, pp. 21.---------------------------------------------------Chicago-Sun Times' obituary, February 10, 1991.


            April 9, 1960: Dick Hackenberg, basketball player, George Wilson and his mother.


            Sportsman's Race Track: L-R: Bill Johnson, Ednyfed H. Williams, Ralph Cannon, Gene Kessler, Dick Hackenberg, George Swift.


            1965 World Series: Al Lopez / Dick Hackenberg.
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            • Myron Webster Townsend

              Born: March 26, 1872, Marshall, Michigan (Date of Birth confirmed by New York Passenger / Passport Application lists, August 23, 1916.)
              Died: October 14, 1945, Los Angeles, CA, age 73 (confirmed by California death records)

              Boston / St. Louis sports writer;
              Family lived in Marengo, Calhoun County, Michigan, (June 19, 1880 census)
              Kalamazoo, MI book-keeper, (June 2, 1900 census)
              Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune, newspaper journalist, (April 15, 1910 census)
              Long Beach, CA, newspaper writer, (January 10, 1920 census)
              Long Beach, CA, 68-year old, (April 11, 1940 census)
              Family lived in Marshal, Michigan (July 20, 1895 New York Passenger lists)
              Boston Traveler, sports editor, 1905
              St. Louis Star-Chronicle, sports editor, February 23, 1907
              Arrived in St. Louis, 1906
              Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune, 1910 - August 12, 1911.
              Boston 'House Organ Review', August 12, 1911 - ?.
              Kalamazoo, Mich sports editor
              Telegraph (Rochester, NY)
              Herald (Syracuse, NY)
              Telegram (Worcester, MA)
              Boton Post, special writer on sports
              St. Louis Star and Chronicle, 1908 - 1914
              He entered the advertising business for the auto industry in January, 1912.
              Lived in Philadelphia, PA, as advertising manager, (July 13, 1916, passport application)
              Lived in Los Angeles, CA, as journalist, (November 19, 1918, passport application)
              Bridgeport Herald, sports editor, 1929

              Father: Jerome B., farmer, born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, emigrated to US on December 30, 1842, died 1885; Mother: Emma Delia Cranson, born in New York, January, 1852.
              5'7, brown eyes

              Myron's passport photo, July 14, 1916, age 44.
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              • Charles Delos Nethaway

                Born: September 21, 1913, Belton, Missouri
                Died: March 12, 1957, Belton, MO, near Kansas City, MO, age 43,---d. cerebral hemorrhage, on the job. Buried: Belton Cemetery, Belton, MO

                UPI sports writer;
                Kansas City, MO, 6-year old, (January 4, 1920 census)(listed Chas D.)
                Belton, MO, 16-year old, (April 3, 1930 census)
                Terrell, TX, reporter, newspaper, (April 8, 1940 census)
                UPI (Dallas office)
                UPI (New Orleans office)
                UPI (Kansas City, MO office), District Manager, April 10, 1955? - March 12, 1957

                Father: Erle D., born Nebraska, 1887?; Mother: Onieta Sprinkle, born Missouri, 1890?; Son: Rowland Nethaway

                Here's a story from Rowland Nethaway of the Cox News Service, headlined: 'UPI RIP'

                WACO, Texas -- A cynical wordsmith once compared workers on daily newspapers to cowboys on a dinosaur ranch.

                The heyday of dinosaurs is long gone, of course. Sometimes I feel print journalism is headed in the same direction.

                I'm a little bummed after reading that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church has acquired the United Press International wire service.

                A right-wing Korean cult, according to many observers, now owns the once-venerated wire service that regularly out-wrote and out-hustled all competitors, including the stodgy Associated Press.

                My father Charles Nethaway lived and died, literally, a United Press man.

                He hooked up with the UP bureau in Dallas after he returned from World War II. Getting the news, getting it first, ensuring that it was accurate, making it sing and punching it out to UP clients ahead of the competition was more than a job for my father. It was his passion.

                I used to go to the bureau to watch them work. The place was filled with cigarette smoke, quips and a constant sense of urgency due to the machine-gun rattle of Underwoods, Royals and teletypes pounding out the news.

                Some kids rooted for Cardinals or Dodgers. I rooted for UP to whip AP, the International News Service and all the minor-league pretenders to wire service supremacy.

                The United Press signed up newspapers and broadcasters as clients. The Associated Press signed up newspapers and broadcasters as members. The broadcasters back then were radio stations. Television was on the drawing boards.

                AP had a greater reach since each member agreed to put its copy on the AP wire. A lot of the AP copy, considering its scattered sources, was full of holes and errors and was poorly written, according to my father and other UP word warriors.

                Before long, my father was promoted to the New Orleans UP bureau, which was a culture shock for Texas natives. My father met my mother when they both worked on a Texas newspaper. My grandfather and uncle worked on Texas newspapers.

                But we left for New Orleans to kick some AP butt, which, I was told, the UP bureau did with both regularity and alacrity.

                The next promotion sent us to Kansas City, where the AP needed to be taken down a notch or two. I was happy to get out of New Orleans. The town was sinking under the weight of sadistic teachers.

                At one point, my father had the opportunity to take on the AP in New York City. As a family, we decided to pass on the Big Apple.

                My hard-charging father died on the job due to a cerebral hemorrhage. I've since watched UP, then UPI when it purchased INS, go downhill.

                AP's membership formula proved superior to UPI's client approach as newspapers around the country began to fold.

                Afternoon newspapers gave in to morning newspapers. Competing newspapers were either bought out or closed their doors. Few American cities now have competing dailies.

                Newspapers also have been hard hit by an explosion of niche media outlets competing for advertising dollars.

                Life magazine, one of the last general-interest, mass-circulation magazines, announced its demise the day before the Rev. Moon took control of UPI.

                Now traditional news operations struggle to keep up with what passes for news-gathering on the Internet. There's no way to determine if what appears on the Internet is accurate, or even if it occurred.

                Traditional ink-on-newsprint newspapers remain the most credible source for news. We hope the public understands this.

                It was a sad day in American journalism when UPI was taken over by the Moonies.

                -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Seattle Daily Times' obituary, March 13, 1957, pp. 45.
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                • Robert Allan Cromie---AKA Bob Cromie

                  Born: February 28, 1909, Detroit, MI
                  Died: May 22, 1999, Grayslake, IL, age 90

                  Chicago sports writer / literary writer / interviewer;
                  Detroit, MI, 1-year old, (April 22, 1910 census)
                  Detroit, MI, 10-year old, (January 5, 1920 census)
                  Birmingham, MI, 21-year old, (April 24, 1930 census)
                  Chicago, IL, reporter, newspaper, (April 23, 1940 census)
                  Graduated Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH),
                  Chicago Tribune, 1936 - ?, reporter, sports, oversea correspondent, general columnist,
                  Cromie's Circle on WGN-TV (Channel 9), 1969 to 1980
                  Book Reviewer: Hosted a PBS TV show, WTTW-TV (Channel 11), 'Bookbeat', 1964 - 1980. Won a Peabody Award for excellence.
                  TV show, WBEZ, "About Books and Writers", 1980 - ?
                  Lived in Detroit, MI, 1920 (1920 census)
                  Lived in Birmingham, MI (1930 census)
                  His broadcasts started in 1980.

                  Father: Robert, born Michigan, 1875?; Mother: Anna G., born England, 1878?; Wife: Alyce, born Iowa, 1915?; Son: Michael, born Illinois, 1939?;

                  Chicago Tribune - Monday, May 24, 1999
                  ROBERT CROMIE , 90, LONGTIME TRIBUNE REPORTER; RADIO, TV HOST
                  Author: Diane Struzzi, Tribune Staff Writer.

                  The stacks of books and piles of paper balanced precariously on the desk of Tribune reporter Robert Cromie once prompted a photographer to climb atop a ladder to document the mess. His desk was more depository than work area.

                  Mr. Cromie --a former war correspondent, sports writer, columnist, book editor, and radio and television host--would rather have been out meeting people and interviewing them than sitting behind a desk. His journalistic style was vigorous but always sensitive, colleagues said.

                  "Interviewing people was the best thing he did," said Polly Goodwin, former children's book editor at the Tribune who worked with Mr. Cromie . "He was so good with people. He would talk to them and get something out of them. He wasn't an office person."

                  During nearly four decades as a reporter, he also hosted a nationally syndicated radio show about books; two television shows--" Cromie Circle" on WGN and "Book Beat" on WTTW--and acquired an illustrious list of writing and broadcast awards.

                  Mr. Cromie , 90, died Saturday in his Grayslake-area home.

                  He was a reporter enchanted with people's lives who despised injustices and revealed them through vivid accounts.

                  For four years, he was the Tribune's war correspondent, covering battles in the Pacific and Europe, landing at Guadalcanal with the Marines and traveling with Gen. George Patton. He often entered a battleground by asking whether there were any soldiers from Chicago or Illinois. At the Battle of the Bulge, he found the brother of former Tribune reporter Tom Buck.

                  "He was extremely talented," Buck said. "He personalized the war" for Tribune readers.

                  In 1944, the B-26 bomber he was in was overcome by flak and crash-landed in England. Without hesitation, he stepped aboard another bomber headed for another raid. On the battlefield, he helped carry wounded soldiers to safety.

                  But Mr. Cromie rarely talked of his war experiences; he was caught up in the present rather than his past adventures, his son Richard said. He wasn't seeking excitement, just the story. And the story Mr. Cromie often told was that of the average man, the everyday heroes.

                  He grew up in Detroit and Birmingham, Mich., graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio, where he majored in Spanish and history. In 1936 he joined the Tribune staff, becoming its war correspondent six years later. When he returned to the U.S., he began a reporting stint in sports--covering sports ranging from boxing to curling and his beloved golf.

                  In 1969, he began writing a column that made him the first staff writer to exhibit a liberal perspective at a newspaper that was better known for its conservative viewpoint. But Mr. Cromie always looked out for the underdog, colleagues said.

                  "The thing about Bob was that he was a decent man," said friend and photographer Archie Lieberman, who collaborated on several books with Mr. Cromie . "Part of that feeling was that he hated injustice and loved humanity--all kinds. . . . Everybody he touched was influenced by him."

                  He was one of the first newspaper reporters to write about the Neediest Children's Christmas Fund, said Kenan Heise, a former Tribune reporter who helped launch the effort.

                  As an author, his endeavors reached into many fields. His titles included "The Great Chicago Fire," "Dillinger: A Short and Violent Life," and "Chicago: A Celebration." He also wrote for several national magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post.

                  "He was a remarkable man," Lieberman said. "And anyone whose lives he touched remembers him with fondness."

                  Survivors include his wife, Alice; two other sons, Michael and James; a daughter, Barbara Custer; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held.

                  Authored:
                  The Great Chicago Fire, 1958
                  A Short History of Chicago, 1984
                  A Plunge into Space
                  Chicago, (text by Cromie, photos by Arthur Haug)
                  Chicago in Color: A Collection of Color, (text by Cromie, photos by Archie Lieberman)
                  Chicago: A Celebration
                  Dillinger: A Short and Violent Life
                  Illinois Trivia (Trivia Fun)
                  The Crack of Doom
                  1811 DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE
                  The Romance of Poisons: Being Weird Episodes from Life
                  A New Messiah
                  El Dorado
                  From The Cliffs Of Croaghaun
                  Golf for Boys and Girls
                  Par For The Course A Golfer's Anthology
                  PROFILES OF AMERICA : CHICAGO IN COLOR, A COLLECTION OF COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
                  The King's Oak, and Other Stories
                  The Lost Liner
                  The Next Crusade
                  Where Steel Winds Blow

                  November 6, 1965, Conrad Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom luncheon, Chicago, IL: Helen Hayes/Bob Cromie.


                  Sandy Dennis being interviewed by Bob Cromie.




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                  • Carl A. Buchele

                    Born: April 29, 1899, Peoria, IL
                    Died: February 22, 1973, Baltimore, MD, age 73,---d. St. Joseph Hospital, after a short illness.

                    Baltimore sports writer;
                    Peoria, IL, 1-year old, (June 12, 1900 census)(listed Charles A.)
                    Peoria, IL, 11-year old, (April 16, 1910 census)
                    Peoria, IL, 20-year old, (January 8, 1920 census)
                    Baltimore, MD, sports writer, newspaper, (April 9, 1930 census)
                    Baltimore, MD, newspaper sport staff, Morning Sun, (April 10, 1940 census)
                    Graduated Spalding Institue (Peoria, IL),
                    Graduated Bradley University (Peoria, IL),
                    US Navy (WWI)
                    Peoria Journal Transcript, sports staff
                    newspaper sports writer, (1930 census)
                    Baltimore Sun, sports writer, 1923 - January, 1972; assistant sports editor, 1949 - June 7, 1959; sports editor, June 8, 1959 - August 17, 1959. Asked to be relieved for personal reasons. He returned to being a sports copy-reader from 1959 - 1972.

                    Father: Adolph, born July, 1850; Mother: Lena M. , born Illinois, August, 1864; Wife: Addie D., born Illinois, 1899?; Son: Dorsey I., born Maryland, 1928?; Daughter: Barbara, born Maryland, 1932?;

                    Carl came to the Baltimore Sun in 1923. He worked as assistant sports editor under Jesse Linthicum for many years. When Jesse died in 1959, Carl became the sports editor. After a couple of months he decided that at his age, he didn't want all the guff connected with the job, and went back to his work on the inside. He retired in January, 1972, after 48.5 years at the Baltimore Sun.

                    Baltimore Sun obituary, February 23, 1973, pp. A11.----Baltimore Sun tribute, January 28, 1972, pp. C1.
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                    • Claude Martin Gibbs

                      Born: May 26, 1881, Sharon, PA
                      Died: May 21, 1966, Baltimore, MD, age 84

                      Baltimore sports writer / cartoonist;
                      Cincinnati, OH, Printer, (June 2, 1900 census)(listed Claud)
                      Baltimore, MD, cartoonist, daily newspaper, (February 3, 1920 census)
                      Baltimore, MD, cartoonist, daily paper, (April 11, 1930 census)
                      Baltimore, MD, sports writer / editor, Baltimore newspaper, (April 2, 1940 census)

                      Father: born Ohio; Mother: Laura, born Ohio, February, 1862; Wife: Alma M., born Ohio, 1883?; Son: Irvin M., born Maryland, 1912?; Son: Carrollton W., born Maryland, 1911?; Son: Robert L., born Maryland, 1917?;

                      Raised & educated in Cincinnati, OH, where his family moved when he was an infant.
                      Arrived in Baltimore, MD in 1906.
                      Baltimore Sun, Joined the Sun in 1910, (April 27, 1942 WWII Draft Registration)
                      writer of 'Abe' columns of baseball pessimism.
                      Wife: Alma Luken
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                      • Charles Raymond Johnson---AKA Chuck Johnson

                        Born: September 16, 1925, Williston, North Dakota
                        Died: January 13, 2005, Grand Forks, ND, age 79

                        Milwaukee sports writer;
                        Williston, ND, 4-year old, (April 10, 1930 census)
                        US Navy, 1946-48
                        Graduated University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND), 1948, (Degree in Journalism)
                        Fargo Forum
                        Milwaukee Journal, sports writer, 1952 - 1968; sports editor, 1968 - 1975; news editor, 1975 - 1986, retired.

                        Father: Charles Andrew, born Minnesota, 1884?; Mother: Lena M., born Missouri, 1886?; Sister: M. Eloise, born North Dakota, 1917?; Married to Lillian G. Hilmo, 25 years; Married to Corrine Johnson, 18 years.

                        Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obituary, (WI) - January 14, 2005


                        Williston Daily Herald obituary (ND) - Saturday, January 15, 2005

                        -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1959.
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                        • Louis Chapman

                          Born: June 19, 1913, Milwaukee, WI
                          Died: April 30, 2004, Venice, FL, age 90

                          Milwaukee sports writer; Jewish
                          Milwaukee, WI, 6-year old, (January 8, 1920 census)
                          Milwaukee, WI, 16-year old, (1930 census)
                          Milwaukee, WI, clerk, election commission, (April 8, 1940 census)
                          Graduated Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI),
                          WWII, Army
                          Milwaukee Sentinel

                          Father: Harry Chapman, born Russia, 1888?; Mother: Dora, born Russia, 1900?;

                          Authored:
                          The Golden Stamp Book of the Milwaukee Braves, 1955

                          June 20, 1965, Milwaukee, WI: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sarasota Herald-Tribune obituary, Sunday, May 2, 2004
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                          • Robert Barnaby Firestone

                            Born: September 24, 1908, NYC
                            Died: May 4, 1993, Cincinnati, OH, age 84,---d. heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati, OH)

                            Cincinnati sports writer;
                            Manhattan, NY, 1-year old, (April 28, 1910 census)
                            Lisbon, OH, (January 2, 1920 census)
                            Cincinnati, OH, 21-year old, 11-year old, (April 10, 1930 census)
                            Cincinnati, OH, make-up editor, newspaper, (April 12, 1940 census)
                            Attended University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
                            Cincinnati Times-Star, sports editor, 1934 - 1958
                            Cincinnati Iron Fence Co, 1958 - 1960
                            Cincinnati Enquirer, sports / metro / assistant city editor, 1960 - 1975

                            Father: Clark B., born Ohio, 1871?, died June 3, 1957; Mother: Beatrice S., born Tennessee, 1876?; Wife: Eugenia B., born Ohio, 1915?; Bob's father, Clark B. Firestone, had been an associate editor of the Cincinnati Times-Star.

                            Cincinnati Post obituary, Wednesday, May 5, 1993
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                            • Gerald James Liska---AKA Jerry Liska

                              Birth: February 29, 1912, Chicago, IL
                              Death: July 26, 1990, Lindstorm, MN, age 78,---d. rare blood disease

                              Chicago sports writer;
                              Chicago, IL, 7-year old, (January 4, 1920 census)(listed as Joe Liska)
                              Riverside, IL, 18-year old, (April 23, 1930 census)
                              Fremont, OH, sports editor, daily newspaper, (April 15, 1940 census)
                              Graduated Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
                              Associated Press (New York)
                              Associated Press (Chicago) bureau chief, 1944 - 1975

                              Father: Emil J., born Illinois, 1881?; Mother: Catherine E. Fitzgerald, born Illinois, 1883?; Wife: Katherine, born Kentucky, 1910?;

                              Gerald 'Jerry' Liska , retired AP sportswriter
                              Chicago Sun-Times obituary - Saturday, July 28, 1990

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                              • Robert Helm Myers---AKA Bob Myers

                                Born: November 18, 1906, Fort Worth, TX
                                Died: September 10, 1994, North Hollywood, CA, age 87,---d. at Chandler Convalescent Hospital in North Hollywood, after battling cancer and strokes over 4 years.

                                Los Angeles sports writer;
                                Austin, TX, 3-year old, (April 22, 1910 census)
                                Fort Worth, TX, 13-year old, (January 2, 1920 census)
                                Los Angeles, CA, sports editor, newspaper, (April 16, 1940 census)
                                Moved to Los Angeles, 1934
                                Houston Press
                                New Orleans Times-Picayune
                                New Orleans (Associated Press), 1933 - 1934
                                Associated Press (Los Angeles), 1934
                                WWII, Marine Corps
                                Associated Press, (war correspondent, Guam, Tokyo, Korea), ? - 1971

                                Father: Joseph S., born Tennessee, 1874?; Mother: Anna L., born Texas, 1879?; Wife: Angela D., born Indiana, 1915?; Son: Robert; Robert married Angela around 1937.

                                Bob Myers, 87, former sports editor for the Associated Press in Los Angeles, died of natural causes in North Hollywood. Myers was past president of the Southern California Football Writers Association, a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and a member of the board of the Los Angeles-based Helms Hall athletic foundation.
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