“In the fall of 1899 the Phoenix High school Athletic Association formed a football team, with Chas. G. Ralph, manager and John Bresnaham, captain. In 1900 the team was defeated only once by the strong Syracuse High school team , score 22-2.
Amoung the men who reported for practice were Hanscom, quarterback, Chapin, left end, Dann, center, Withers, left tackle and Bresnaham, fullback. In 1901, Decker was captain, and the team won four out of five games.
In 1902, Joseph Maider was captain of a
new team. Although the average weight of the men was only 132 pounds, he
succeeded in developing a very good team. Phoenix team finished third in
the Oswego County League composed of Fulton, Mexico, and Phoenix.”
The High School Football Team of 1902 (Pictured members)
Source: Grip’s Historical Souvenir of Phoenix and Vicinity, Series No 14, Published by The Seaman Press, Pulaski NY, 1902 – Transcribed, bbt2000
Many thanks to Berit Taggart for contributing this information. Berit is researching the following names and would love to hear from anyone on them...Becker and Collison. "Both families resided in Oswego county (Schroeppel Census 1860, 1865,1880 ) from the mid-1800's through early 1900's. Information has been slim so far, but I am undaunted!"
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