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VOL. XXV, NO. 44
ALMA, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1903
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Although Not a Championship Team This
Year, The Members Have Done
Good Individual Work.
The football season at the college, just closed, has
not been the most successful season that Alma has
had from the standpoint of games won. Of the six
college games played hut two have been victories.
The success of the season, however, cannot be meas
ured by the games won. This year saw much new
material in the line-up and some of it had had no foot
ball experience before.
There were many discouragements at the start.
When the students returned at the opening of school,
no coach had been secured and it was not until more
than a week later that Fuller, Alma's former star, was
induced to take the place. When he arrived he had
to face the proposition of a team for the most part
green, and a new set of rules that left football every
where in the air.
At first all the responsible positions had to be filled
with new men and it was not until three weeks after
the season opened that McBride, Anderson and Dun
ning, who finally held the backfield positions, re
moved the restrictions of parental authority and en
tered the game.
Meanwhile the team had lost its first game to M. A.
C, 11 to 0, and the enthusiasm which was so mani
fest in the student body had cooled off. Directly,
however, the team took a brace and after losing the
first game to Albion, 16 to 6, the team developed in
two weeks to such an extent that they won the sec
ond game from the Methodist school, 17 to S, and
completely outclassed their opponents.
After a defeat at the hands of Kalamazoo, 17 to 0, a
victory over Olivet was looked for, but McBride had
to quit the game and the spirit was lacking and Olivet
won the closest contest of theear, 1 1 to 0. The team
succeeded this year in easily defeating Big Rapids,
which made a good showing against the U. of M.
After winning the championship twice in three
years previous to this, Alma could scarce hope to keep
up the pace, but the work done this year will jet
things in shape for a great team in the near future.
The records and statistics of the men who played
this year are as follows:
Wm. Brown, right tackle and captain, played his third year
on the college team. In the 1900 team he was one of the hest
ground-gainers on the championship team. In 1901 be WM
not in school. Last year he played a star gnme the entire s a
son. His high school experience was had at Ithaca, where he
played two years. Brown weighs 155 pounds, and is 5 fact,
7 inches tall.
F. R. Hurst played his third year M left tackle. He is a
tower of strength on defense and carries the hall well. In I too
he played his first foothall on the Alma scrnhs and made the
team the following year. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs
165 pounds. His DOOM is Elk Rapids.
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Stanley Schenck came to Alma in 1901. from the Cass City
high :.chool ami played guard on the team that year. Iast
year he was not in school, hut returned this year stronger than
before. He played his old josition in the line and was
used also at half. He weighs 175 pounds ami is 6 ft, 1 in tall.
Carlylc Carr, left end, played last year on the scrub team,
where he showed remarkable sjx'ed in carrying the ball. He
has developed excellent qualities this year and played I strong
game. He had previous training at Notre Dame rniversi
ty; weighs 145 and his height is 5 ft. 9 in.
Jos)h Rogers, right end and ball hack, played college foot
ball for the first time. He had training on the Marquette high
school team, is fast ami is developing into a strong player and
good ground gainer. He weighs 150 and his height is 5 ft. 9
"Nick" Them', quarter, played on a college team for
the first time. He had some experience on the college
scrubs, but is practically a new man. He has, however,
great possibilities, and plays his position well.
Carl Anderson, left halfback, was one of last year's star
players. He previously had four years' experience on the
team of the Ishpeming high school team, which has so long
held the state championship. He is 5 ft, 11 inches tall and
weighs 1 55 pounds.
( tavlord Nebon has had experience for three years in the
Ithaca high school whic h has turned out so many star players,
and as a lineman is fast rounding into 'varsity form.
Frank Angel, center, came to Alma lat year with no pre
vious experience, but developed so rapidly that he was picked
by the II. A. C. Record as a memler of the All-Intercollegiate
team. He weighs 170 and is 5 ft.. 1 1 in tall.
H. Benton Punning, halfback, is a meniler of the Fresh
man class and had two years' experience on the Alma Scrubs,
bast year he played in the Albion nine and a part of the
championship game at M. A. C. He has proven a valuable
man as a line bucker, and against Albion this year he played
a star game He is 5 ft. 9 in tall and weighs i.s.S pounds.
Ralph McCollum, guar.l, had this year his first experience
in football) but he proved a good man on defense, being fast
on his feet. He is 6 ft. 2 in tall and weighs 170.
Glenn Davis, quarter, played last year on the Scrubs and
showed great speed as quarter. He played in all the later
games this year, and was an excellent man at passing the ball
and successful in running back punts.
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The Youngest College in Michigan Has Made
Rapid Advancement During Its Few
Years of Existence.
rKARL I'ri.i.KR. Coach.
Brown, Right Tackle, Captain.
Although Alma College is the youngest college in
Michigan in point of year, yet it is by no means the
smallest or the least in importance. Established in
1887, it has grown steadily until taday it is as strong
as the oldest educational institution of the kind in the
state. Liberal friends have worked to make the college
what it is and place it upon a sound financial footing,
the endowment now having reached the very sub
stantial sum of $253,800, the last being the gift of
$26,000, to be held in trust until the Synod shall have
made up an amount to equal $50,000.
Rev. A. F. Bruske, D. D., succeeded the late Dr.
Geo. F. Hunting as president of the college in 1891,
and since assuming the responsibilities of the position
he has worked diligently to place the institution upon
a financial footing whereby the future welfare of Alma
College would be assured. How well he has suc
ceeded we are all aware.
On the morning of December 4, President Bruske
read the following announcement in chapel and we
are certain that the friends of the college will be
pleased to learn what he said :
"For about a year and a half it has been announced
in various ways that a generous friend of Alma Col
lege had promised to give $25,000 for the further en
dowment of the college, on condition that another
$25,000 should be raised from the Synod of Michigan
The Synod of Michigan has acted upon the proposi
tion, accepting it with absolute unanimity. Last year
the churches raised $2,800 toward the $25,000. This
year the Synod appointed the last Sabbath in January,
1904, as Education Day, during which the pastors are
to preach on Christian education, and the people are
to have the opportunity to give on an average of $1.00
per member to meet the remainder of the $25,000 of its
"But in the meantime the donor of the first $25,000,
being convinced of the good faith of the Synod, and
desiring that the college should have the benefit of
the gift at once, proposed to put property to the value
of $26,000 at the service of the college immediately;
said property to be held in trust until the $25,000
promised by the Synod should be raised.
"On Tuesday, December 3, the Executive Commit
tee met, accepted the gift, and appointed L A. Sharp,
of Alma, as the person to hold the property in trust.
On January 1, therefore, the college will be put in
possession of the additional income from an endow
ment of $26,000."
Ray Bancs, Right Guard.
Jim mmm 'm
J. L. McBkide, Fullback.
C. E. Aniu-kson, I.tft HulfWk.
II. B. Dunning, Right Halfback.
Gi.knn Davis, Quarterback.
"Nick" Tmi.rkv. Quarterback.
R. McCoi.U'M, Right Guard.
P. R. Hurst, Left Tackle.
H. S. Schknck, Left Guard.
C. Carr, Left End.
P. Amgkl, Center.
Joskpu Rogkrs, Right End.
Harold Gaunt, Captain Scrub.
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