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  • Andrew Palich---AKA Andy Palich

    Born: August 12, 1915, Mountain Springs, PA
    Died: December 4, 1964, Akron, OH, age 49,---St. Thomas Hospital, died of injuries received in a 2-car collison in Akron, OH, October 29, 1964.
    Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    Cleveland sports writer;
    Arrived in Akron, OH at age 5, around 1920.
    Graduated North HS (Akron, OH)
    Shratton, CO, 4-year old, (February 24, 1920 census)
    Akron, OH, 14-year old, (April 9, 1930 census)
    Akron, OH, city of Akron, Assistant custodian, (April 5, 1940 census)
    Attended Kent State University
    Cleveland Plain Dealer, sports correspondent of their Akron bureau, 1945 - 1964
    In 1965, they created an Award to honor him. The Andy Palich Memorial Award.

    Father: Michael Pahulych, born Poland, July 29, 1889, died Summit, OH, April 27, 1973, immigrated to US, 1909; Mother: Anna Pocono, born Pennsylvania, June 7, 1897, died Summit, OH, April 18, 1972; Wife: Margaret Mary (McFarland), born June 14, 1919, died 1958; Daughter: Joyce Ann (Balthazar) of Rocky River; Daughter: Nancy Jean Palich; Son: Gerald A. Palich; Daniel A. Palich. Andrew married Margaret on September 30, 1939 in Summit, OH.

    Andy was an Akron, OH fireman for 4 years and was a janitor at North HS at the end of the depression era.

    Annually, since 1965, the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame (SCSHOF) has presented a special award to individuals who have made a major contribution for the betterment of athletics in the county, Ohio or nationally other than as a player, coach and/or manager. That award is called the Andy Palich Memorial Award in memory of Andrew “Andy” Palich, a long-time Akron area sports reporter and a member of the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

    A native of Mountain Springs, PA, Palich took an indirect route into the newspaper business. Before becoming a full-time reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron bureau chief in 1945, he had worked as a fireman and a school custodian.

    Palich was only five when his family moved to Akron. He was a graduate of North High School and attended Kent State University. Friends said Palich always had a deep interest in sports of all kinds.

    As a reporter he covered sports activities in Summit and Portage Counties, including The University of Akron and Kent State. Andy had a reputation as “a guy coaches and athletes liked to confide in.”

    Palich died on December 4, 1964 from injuries suffered in a traffic accident on October 29. Ironically, the 49-year old Palich was to have attended the SCSHOF banquet the day of the crash, which ultimately took his life.

    The Andy Palich Memorial Award is a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life and career to writing about Akron area sports.

    Hartford Courant obituary, December 5, 1964, pp. 17A.-----------Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, OH.


    Cleveland Plain Dealer obituary, December 5, 1964, pp. 15.

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    • Stewart Sargent Bell---AKA Salty Bell

      Born: August 15, 1874, Andover, MA (Massachusetts births)(possibly June 23, 1874?)(WWI Civilian Draft Registration form lists his DOB as July 15, 1874.)
      Died: July 18, 1947, Wood, WI, age 72---d. heart ailment, Veterans' Hospital; Buried: Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI

      Boston / Chicago / Milwaukee sports writer;
      Andover, MA, 6-year, (June 18, 1880 census)
      Took part in the Spanish American War, was with landing party, July 26, 1898.
      Reading MA, Superintendant, (June 1, 1900 census)
      Reading, MA, salesman of electrical supplies, (May 14, 1910 census)
      Boston Globe, marine editor
      Reading, MA, Electrical Engineer, (worked in Boston, MA)(September 12, 1918, WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
      Reading, MA, Traveling Salesman of electrical supplies, (January 14, 1920 census)
      DuPage, IL, newspaper sports writer, (April 7, 1930 census)(listed as S. S. Bell)
      Milwaukee, WI, no occupation listed, (April 9, 1940 census)
      Chicago Daily News, sports writer, 1926 - 1940; was also their Bridge expert, and also their yachting expert.
      Milwaukee Journal, yachting reporter, July 20, 1941? - August 5, 1945

      Father: Charles H., born 1832-1835?, Goffstown, NH, died June 11, 1897, Andover, MA; Mother: Christina R. (Walker), born Scotland, August 8, 1835, died February 2, 1911, Lawrence MA, arrived in US, 1845; Charles married Christina May 6, 1855 in North Andover, MA; Wife: Lucy Mary Carleton, born Reading, MA, October 14, 1876; Daughter: Lucy Katherine, born Massachusetts, August 23, 1901; Stewart married Lucy October 4, 1900 in Reading, MA. When Charles married Lucy, he was listed as an electrician. Wife 2: Marguerite A. Davern, born August 5, 1895, Illinois, died July 10, 1991; Daugher: Elinor (Patek), born February 1, 1916, Illinois, died December 19, 1991; Daughter: Carol.

      Salty was a very great checkers player and was a Checkers champion, 1919 - 1920's. Salty was an authority on Yachting, billiards, bridge, chess and checkers. He had blue eyes, light brown hair, & was 5'8.

      Salty enlisted in the US military on May 12, 1898 as a private in the 6th Massachusetts infantry. He was discharged and lived in Boston, MA. He was admitted to a US Veterans' home for disabled soldiers on May 31, 1917 in Dayton, Ohio. His occupation was a salesman. Possibly of electrical supplies. He listed his age with them as 42 years old, at 5'8, dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, and was Catholic.

      Here is an except from an online article on checkers champion, George M. Tanner.
      "In 1919 Tanner beat Stewart S. Bell 4 to 2 and 9 draws, the exact same score that he beat Morton B. Speilman! In 1920 Tanner again beat Stewart S. Bell 3 to 1 and 15 draws. At this time in checker history, Stewart S. Bell was a very famous and a very strong player! As a matter of fact he came in tied for 5th and 6th place in the 6th American Tournament, ahead of Tanner who came in 7th. In the 5th American National Tournament in 1922 he came in 9th place ahead of Harrah B. Reynolds who finished 11th. He lost to Asa Long the eventual winner of this tournament. But he forced Long to 14 games before Long could beat him after 13 hard draws! Not too shabby a showing against the new U.S. Champion! In the playoffs of this tournament he beat H.B. Reynolds (Internationalist) 1-0-3."

      Milwaukee Journal, Sunday, March 29, 1942, Section III, pp. 3.


      Boston Globe, October 5, 1925, pp. 22.-------------------------Dayton, Ohio, US National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 Form.----------------------------Sporting News' obituary, July 30, 1947, pp. 22.


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