THE STORY OF
LIBRARY OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
ot nilnoii al Urb.nHlimp.ip. i
This book has been
the generosity of
Robert O. Blissard
Class of 1957
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
'We have a heritage from the Illini Indian the Great Heart, the fighting spirit"
AN INDIAN TBJBE BEGAN IT A
LONG TIME AGO
E>TEN to the historian, and learn what manner of man lived where
today is Burrill avenue, Green street, and the Boneyard ....
The Illini Indian, he was called, and he was a hunter, and a fighter,
and more generous in war and in peace than his neighbors, the Shawnees,
the Iroquois, the Sioux, the Chippewas, and the Kickapoos.
He was an individualist, and his children, whom he loved, were given
freedom to grow as they w r illed, only they had to be brave and self-denying,
and each had to find his god his Manitou to protect and inspire him;
for this w r as the law of the tribe.
Never were people better made than the Illini, said a traveler who ob-
served them. "They are neither large nor small .... They have tapering
legs which carry their bodies well, with a very haughty step, and as
graceful as the best dancer. The visage is fairer than white milk so far as
savages of this country can have such. The teeth are the best arranged
and the whitest in the world. They are vivacious . . . ."
Although they had religious ceremonies, they were "too well off to be
really pious," and to none of their deities did the Illini attribute moral
good or evil.
No temples have these ancient Indians left us, and no books.
we have a heritage from them, direct through the pioneers who
fought them and learned to know them. It is the 'Great Heart,
the fighting spirit, the spirit of individualism, of teaching
our children to be free but brave and to have a God for
these are the laws of our tribe.
See us today living vitally in our heritage.
Watch us play football; see us on the
cinder track, on the base-
ball diamond .... We are
different, somehow, we of
the middle west not
but different. We are
But how can we express this self of ours this character which we have
inherited from the Illini Indian and from our pioneer forefathers? How
can we leave a mark of it which will never be forgotten a mark with
beauty, with distinction, with truth?
Beauty is old, and truth is old. Greece knew it, and so did Rome,
thousands of years ago. And for great expression of great things the
world has always gone back to the spirits which built the Dionysian
Temple, the Parthenon, and the Colosseum.
And so do we go back into the dim ages that tomorrow a white magnifi-
cence a vStadium may tell the world that we of Illinois have fought and
died for our country and fought and lived for our fellow men.
There will be a court of honor for every hero who died in the war and a
great recreation field to bring greater vigor and life to our young men and
And there will be a vast enclosure where seventy-five thousand may see
twenty-two men in the heat of sportsmanlike conflict or, as the May sun
sets, many maids in harmonious and rhythmic welcome to the springtime.
EDWARD F. J.
' ' '/'/;. Stadium is a
wonderful memorial in
honor of the great record
of Illinois students during
the war. / feel that all
the varsity athletes of the
past and present are in-
terested in the project."
LEO KLEIN, '18
"The Stadium! What
could more fittingly be-
speak the spirit and tra-
ditions of Illinois since
its inception? No grander
monument to those who
gave their lives in the great
conflict c->uld be built."
FORREST VAN HOOK.
"/( is only fair thiU a
University that produces
great teams should have a
great and beautiful place
to accommodate spectators
of its athletic contests.
Thf Stadium will supply
such a place."
" A It live alumni have a
just pride about their
alma mater. The Stadium
will back such a pride
more substantially than
any other single thing in
the history of the Uni-
GEORGE HALAS. '18
"/ think the Stadium drive
is the greatest undertaking
in the history of the Uni-
versity and that Us success
or failure will determine
whether Illinois will be
greater than ever or wilt
"Teaching the classics has
brought me closer to a
higher view of athletics
rather than drawn me
away. I beliere in the
greatness of thr idea of
W. R. (Bill)
"The proposed Stadiurn
will be a wonderful addi-
tion, and I heartily ap-
prove of it. It should be
a great help to the ever-
increasing student body
and something for the
ulumni to be proud of."
"It seems to me that every
Illini. no matter where he
may be. will be entitled
to feel prouder of his Uni-
versity and of himfelf after
that Stadium is built. I
Ih ink it is a great a nd
DEWEY ALBERTS, '21
"We students feel more
keenly than anyone the
need for a powerfut alumni
mon.l support, both in our
studies and in our activi-
ties. The Stadium should
consolidate such an alumni
"What good member o_.
the tribe can see in the
Stadium anything but a
visible sign of and a sacred
shrine to an invisible
thing the spirit of the
MANY MEN LIVED AND LEARNED
WHILE you are sitting back in your chair, reading these pages, your
alma mater will be making the last move to accommodate a regis-
tration of 4,000 freshmen.
It's a far cry from 4,000 freshmen and 11,000 students to 200 freshmen
and some 500 students.
It's a far cry from the days when healthy young spirits expressed
themselves by wrecking the corridors of Uni Hall, by throwing "eye-
water," and by kidnapping, abetted by eggs and chemicals, young
swains from the freshman dance downtown from those days to these
days when every tennis court is alive with flanneled youngsters, when every
block of the south campus is the scene of a football or baseball game,
when the gymnasium is swarming with vigorous figures, and the swim-
ming tank and the outdoor track are pictures of strenuous, shouting
And yet this miracle has occurred in only twenty-five years.
To most of you twenty-five years ago is a long time ago, but to some
of you it seems only yesterday.
Yesterday, when the first class rush broke out spontaneously in old
Uni Hall, when clothes were ripped from backs.
.... "Yesterday, when we had the color rush, as exciting as an
Indian fight, and almost as dangerous"
Yesterday, when we had the color rush, as exciting as an Indian fight,
and almost as dangerous.
Yesterday, when Dr. Peabody, speaking in chapel, proudly announced
the dedication of the new Military Hall, at a cost of $15,000, "the fittest
building for its purpose in the northwest, and, so far as I have seen,
in this country," and added, when the Natural History Building was
finished, "if we can have only one more building, it's as much as the
University can ever hope to attain!"
Yesterday, when you got so excited to find the College of Engineer-
ing leaping in growth adding 250 students to the enrollment!
Yesterday, when the main social feature at the University was the
annual declamation contest between Adelphic and Philomathean, and
when the only real student dance of the year was the Senior Ball, held at the
old Walker Opera House, when they put a false floor over the dress circle
seats and everybody danced on a level with the stage.
Yesterday, when Dr. Burrill took a deep breath and asked the state
legislature for $551,000 to build a library, an engineering hall, and a
museum, and was delighted when he got $295,700, for it was twice as
much as the University had received ever before.
Yesterday, when Dr. Burrill complained that there were too few
women at the University; w 7 hen he demanded an auditorium, an agricul-
tural building, a law building, an observatory; when Dr. Draper be-
came our first president and the registration began to leap into the
thousands, and the co-ed became an institution.
Yesterday, when the names of David Kinley, T. A. Clark, H. J. Barton,
A. H. Daniels, L. P. Breckenridge, E. B. Greene, J. M. White, and D. K.
Dodge were new names ....
GEORGE R. L. (Kink) H. H. McCURDY ALFRED SMART. '17 ELMO P. HOHMAN.
FREDERIC KSON'. '94 SANDERS, '14 "Building the Stadium "The greatest incentive '16
"The Memorial Stadium "The Stadium is Illinois' is the greatest thing we for upholding past honors "We're all very ready to
and Recreation Field at only method of giving her can do to immortalize in and creating new ones will admit that Illinois has
Illinois is a wonderful students their just physical the minds of the students, be the erection of that the best teams in the Con-
undertaking. The Sta- education, to retain her the alumni, and the people which will become a by- ference, if not in the coun-
dium must be built and athletic supremacy and to of the .State, the memory of word in collegiate athletics, try. Why not give these
should be the largest commemorate her heroes in the men who made the the Illinois Memorial Sta- best teams the best .Sta-
and best in the world." the Great War." supreme sacrifice." dtum." ilium'"
AND TODAY IT SWARMS WITH
SEE them going to their eight-o'clocks. From a radius of more than a
mile around the campus the streets swarm with them. The campus
walks are crowded. There is haste; there is laughter; there is life.
It is autumn, and the streets are thick with golden maple leaves. (Do
you remember the maple leaves in the fall?) The last bell has rung, and
the tardy ones are making a last running spurt and now the campus is
Pause under an open window in Uni Hall. Glance in; some of them
may see you and giggle, but most of them are absorbed. They are hearing
that Robert Louis Stevenson had a brave and beautiful soul; this is known
as the study of literature.
Stroll over to the Engineering building. Pause outside an open door.
How absorbed they are, these youths from farm and suburb and slum!
With pencil and paper they are learning to build bridges and homes and
skyscrapers, that life may be smoother and better for the rest of us.
And in the Natural History building, in Lincoln Hall, in the Ag
building and the Commerce building, boys and girls yesterday's children
and tomorrow's men and women are studying the past that they may
be the makers of the future.
Eleven thousand of them .... filling 51 buildings .... covering 1229
acres of ground ....
"Yesterday's children and tomorrow's men and women"
"The la.rt bell has rung .... and rcorc the campus is almost deserted"
Go out to the football field in the afternoon and feel again breath-
less suspense as you watch varsity practice, feel again hopes and fears.
Drop into the new plant of the Illini on Green Street and watch the
big presses turn out the greatest college newspaper in America; see the
Associated Press reports come in; see the scores of young reporters intent
on making good. Tomorrow these children will sway governments.
See Homecoming again; you make it the biggest day of the year for
them, and they make it the biggest day of the year for you. The mass
meeting. Hobo band. The big game.
And the winter, with examinations, basketball, the Prom, the Ag
Dance, the Military Ball, and the rest of it.
And spring, with the haze of morning sunshine over the campus.
Tennis from dawn to sunset; quiet strolls in the evening, often with girls;
baseball and peanuts and victory for Illinois; military drill, a magnificent
sight with thousands of cadets; the band concert in the gloaming.
Can't you see it all over again? Interscholastic, and the Circus.
Has ever any student not laughed at the Circus? And the May fete, with
the red sun sinking over the old west bleachers and the long shadows of
hundreds of girls, costumed in many colors, shifting gracefully about the
beribboned May-poles, and, while the band plays as evening approaches,
dancing a welcome to May and to summer.
And then, Commencement ....
And, after that, memories memories clustered mainly around old
Illinois Field .
WAY WOODY, '96 H. D. (I>avc) BROWN.
"The Stadium dedicates '21
Illinois to the proposition "I carried the .Stadium
that its sons will have slogan on a touring
RALPH WOODS. '17'
"/ never met an alumnus
of a University that has
built a Stadium who
wasn't glad that he had a
part in the movement.
I shall be gt,id to do all
I tan for thr Illinois
SVKN DUNER. '15
"A Stadium that will
enable the athletif ojft-
cfrs to carry out 'G'
Huff's intra-mural sys-
tem is certainly a worthy
Projeft. to say nothinK
of the benefit to varsity
JUST A M.
"Our subscription to the
Stadium fund is an ex-
pression of gratitude to
the brave men who died
for us and to our alma
mater who has done so
much for us."
ILLINOIS FIELD IS A BATTERED VET-
ERAN, GRACE FULLY RESIGNING
IT IS hard to say when the first game of baseball was played on the
old fair grounds between First, Fourth and John Streets and Armory
Avenue, but it must have been a long, long time ago. We do know, how-
ever, that in the old days, up to 1888, Illinois teams played baseball there
and that track meets were held there and that the first football game ever
played by the University and the first game ever played in the Tw r in
Cities was played there.
And then in 1888, when baseball and oratory were the only fields of
contest among colleges, a baseball game was played on what is now Illinois
field. The diamond was located in the northeast corner of what is now the
football gridiron. There were no fences and there were no tickets of ad-
mission. You wore a tag and they let you in. Proudly the students
trooped to the games in those days, several hundred strong, feeling that
with the overwhelming might of their numbers they would inspire their
team to victory.
Still more proudly did they march in the spring of 1891 into the first
athletic field, a tiny field compared with Illinois Field of today, a field
whose south boundary was just south of the big tree on the present field
and whose north boundary was 150 feet south of University Avenue, a
field on which still stood the ruins of the first building of our University.
They used the stones from this ruin as a basis for the new baseball diamond
by spreading six inches of earth over them.
What a great project it was in those days to build that first athletic
field! How important the wooden palings seemed, at $8 a thousand feet!
The lumber was bought; and merchants, students and faculty united
enthusiastically to raise the money. The grandstand, seating 300 people,
was the pride of the undergraduate body. And then William B. McKinley
donated some money and a track was built! Mr. McKinley owned the
waterworks and allowed the committee, of which G. Huff was a member, to
take cinders, and from these cinders was made the track which made
history in the annals of American athletics.
How surprised everyone was when this field with its fine grandstand
and its track proved inadequate. How anxious everyone was about enlarg-
"The grandstand, seating joo people, teas the pride of the undergraduate body"
ing it, and how pleased they were when the north fence was extended to
University Avenue. And yet it was not large enough.
Finally, in 1905, the field was extended to Springfield Avenue, the
bleachers were consecrated for baseball games, a new gridiron was installed,
and the first football bleachers were built. In 1914, our football bleachers
could seat 4,000 people. But even that was not enough, and twice they
have been enlarged. Since then, standing-room platforms have been built
at the south end of the field.
The present capacity of Illinois Field is 17,000. Standing room at the
south end adds 3,000, which makes a total of 20,000; and that number of
people attended the Ohio State game a game which more than 50,000
people wanted to see, and would have seen if there had been room for them.
It is a long time since a handful of students watched Scott Williams'
first football game, when he played wearing a derby hat (at first), until
. . . "A tiny field compared with Illinois Field of today"
today when there are thousands of students, alumni and friends of the
University who are turned away from every big game.
Illinois Field, beginning modestly and, like Topsy, just "growing,"
has served its purposes nobly. Lithe youngsters have raced about on its
cinders, have leaped across its turf and have hurled weights over its green.
Skillful and speedy youngsters have batted balls and run bases and learned
discipline of team work on its diamond. Sturdy youngsters have hurled
their bodies, have zig-zagged with machine-like accuracy through the
sinister opposing line, hugging a leather ball to their bosoms across its
Many thrilling moments has Illinois Field seen, many acts of heroism.
It has taught thousands upon thousands of the youth of America self-
denial, courage, freedom it has developed the Great Heart, the fighting
spirit. It has seen years like 1915, where we w r on at once football, baseball,
track and basketball championships years like 1914, where we won
baseball, track and football championships years like those between 1900
and 1921 where about two-thirds of the baseball championships were won
Few fields in the history of the United States can parallel the
record of the victories of Illinois Field.
And now Illinois Field, a battered veteran, is ready to resign. Greater
multitudes than it ever dreamed of are wanting to see our teams in action.
The rumbling demand of these multitudes is rising; it cannot be ignored.
It is not being ignored. They shall have what they want, for it is a
good thing that they want. Reluctantly shall we leave Illinois Field,
and with tender memories. Proudly will we march to the new 7 Stadium
with a greater, finer outlook for the future.
And the human tie, the personality, which will keep in us the glow of
the past and lift us bravely into the future is "G" Huff.
JOHN FELMLEY. '18 JOHN N. WEISS. '2\ JOHN C. DKPLER. '21 FRANK PFEFFER 'W> < LARENCE BUTZER
"Illinois must have a "If Illinois maintains her "The Stadium will aw.iken "Nothing is too Rowl for '10
Stadium. The student body standing in athletics, she the Kast with a jolt." fighting Illini. 1 am for "I hope I shall never
has already done more must build this Stadium " the Stadium to the finish." grow so old that a project
than its share; surely the like the Stadium will not
alumni will do theirs." quicken the blood in me."
FRANK B. (Shorty)
"Alt Universities re-
quire some big thing, tin-
doing of which will unite
students, alumni, faculty
and friends something
tfiey can feel is their own
ivork. For Illinois, the
Memorial Stadium is the
BERT W. (Happy)
' 'Illinois should have n
Stadium in keeping with
her athletic eminence. It
is important that facilities
for athletic training be
given, not only to those who
may represent the Uni-
versity on her athletic
teams, but to the student
body at large. I most
heartily approve of your
plan for general athletics."
M. G. DADANT. '08
"We, lllini alumni, should
certainly be a unit in get-
ting behind the Stadium
Project not only in com-
memoration for our 'Fight-
ing lllini' but that ILLI-
NOIS may stand at the
fore in furthering >r
State's and our Natic n's
development, physically as
well as m"
OTTO VOC.EL. '23
"// is a great inspiration
to a varsity team to play
in a splendid Stadium.
It consolidates learn spirit
and makes the playing
more intense and tri-
umphant. For that and
many other reasons, I am
strong for the Stadium
J. T. (Swede)
"The Memorial Stadium
is the biggest and grandest
thing ever suggested by the
alumni of our University,
and no red-blooded lllini
will be content to be doing
anything short of his ut-
most for its successful
A. R. (Artie) HALL. '01
''Years in Illinois athlet-
ics show me our great
Stadium . not only as a
fitting memorial to our
warrior dead, but as a
living opportunity to re-
pay, in part, our debt
to Illinois by contributing
towards the well-being of
student thousands yet to
"The Stadium will beau-
tify the campus and glad-
den all Illinois hearts.
The massive structure can-
not help but signify the
great appreciation of all
of us for our Alma Ma-
"Financing this Stadium
should be the first step on a
program of One Million
Pollars to Illinois, every
two years, from her sons
and daughters as part pay-
ment for their free educa-
tion. We Hare not fail."
"Of late vears Illinois has
taken her place in the
front rank in athletic
achievements, and it is
a fitting tribute to her
athletic supremacy to build
a magnificent Stadium
within which to hold I he
EDWIN B. STYLES. '12
"There is nothing too good
for the athletic teams of
'Illinois that uphold her
prestige in fields that her
graduates enter and seek
to conquer. The teams do
the publicity that puts the
alumni on the map with-
mil nn introduction."
E.A. (Prep) WHITE, '08
"For a greater Illinois.'
In its beauty, size and
utility, the Stadium will
typify the service which
the entire institution is
rendering to the State and
Nation. It is entirety
fitting that this edifice be
erected by the men and
women who do nou 1 or who
hope to call Illinois '.-\lm<i
PHIL M. SI'INK. *20
' ' From the pla ns pro-
jected, it would appear
that this Stadium will be
a class ic. It will do a
great deal more in attract-
ing alt types of genius to
the University than the
poor old out-of-date ath-
letic field which it has been
our lot to display to pro-
FRED B. CORTIS.
"The Stadium wilt fill a
long-felt need, and will
also serve as a lasting
memorial to the Illinois
men who fell in the war.
I am sure it will serve as
an inspiration to all Illi-
nois mft in the vears to
DON S. JOHNS. '17
".1 .^,'niliittn assures the
perpetuation of the high
standards of sportsman-
ship for which our Uni-
versity has so long been
credited by the athletic
world. You may rest
assured that when the big
drive starts, I shall line
up with the rest of the
SCOTT WILLIAMS. '94
"The little old school we
loved so well provided for
athletics on a scale ade-
quate to the needs of the
times. The magnificent
University of today will
do the same. Nothing
short of the Stadium can
C. J. MOYNIHAN. '08
"lllini sportsmanship de-
serves a lasting monu-
ment, both as a tribute to
its past and as an inspira-
tion for its future. The
Stadium will ensure this.
The question is not 'Do I
favor itf but 'What is
the most I can give?' "
LION GARDINER, '09
"The University has given
us more than we can ever
repay; it is still giving us
riches in memories and
recollections and will con-
tinue to do so while we live.
It is only right that we
should be called upon to
assist in building a Sta-
dium which will add to
the glor v a nd dignity of
' ' The ft nest memory in
most men's lives is the
four years they spent in
college. The more college
spirit, the finer the mem-
ory. The Stadium will
make Illinois men as
proud as any alumni in
the world to 'talk of their
FRED L. WHAM. '(W
"The finest Memorial to
i he lllini who gave their
lives in the service of their
country is something that
will 'carry on.' The in-
fluence of a great Memo-
rial Stadium in producing
better citizens will not only
be great but ever widening."
OTTO E. SEILER, '12
"The Stadium to me epit-
omizes the things for
which athletics stand at the
University. It is a fit
and lasting memorial to
those who gave their lives
for the welfare of the rest
of us in the great World
From a bas-relief by Antonio M, Paterno, '21, Philippine Islands
"C"HUFF HAD A VISION AND
7OOO YOUNG HEARTS SHARED IT
r I A HEY will tell you, around the table at the University Club, or in those
JL faculty offices where there are but two desks, or perhaps only one,
and where the names of the occupants are printed austerely on the door,
that when G. Huff speaks, the "powers that be" listen w r ith marked respect
and consideration. And they will tell you that this is not particularly
because G. Huff was the greatest college baseball coach in America, or
because he is today the finest athletic director.
A professor of engineering once shifted his feet, mussed his hair, and
wrinkled his brow prodigiously. "G. Huff? I'm not good at the
flowery stuff, but G. Huff well, he's strong on foundations, and, best of
all, when he gets a foundation done, he realizes that he's beginning not
A Ph.D. in the classics looked up with interest from his copy of Sopho-
cles when the name of George Huff was mentioned. "I often wonder if
Mr. Huff has read Greek drama," he remarked, "for never have I met a
man who so adequately personifies its simplicity and its grandeur."
Which made one of his listeners, a youth who can do more things with
a football than a philologist can with a transitive verb, smile. "I don't
get this Greek drama business," the youth said, "but if G. Huff wants a
two-million-dollar Stadium, I'll lay my collar bone to a red cent that
every living Illini '11 give it to him."
When, last winter, "G" first spoke of a Stadium for Illinois, it
was said around the fires in fraternity houses, at the tables in boarding
clubs, and in sorority parlors, that it must have been in his mind for a
long time, and that it was an idea with greatness in it.
It had been in his mind for a long time. How long, no one can tell.
When Harvard built its magnificent horseshoe, when Yale swung the
great gray circle of its Bowl into student and alumni life, when Princeton
made of iron and concrete and stone a new and thrilling symbol of its
vitality, G. Huff said: "I am thinking of something like these, but
something greater somehow."
He went on, quietly developing intra-mural athletics until it saturated
the campus with the spirit of sportsmanship and vigor, quietly building
up what is today the only complete college for athletic coaches in America.
And in the meantime Michigan, and Kansas, and
Cincinnati, and Columbia, and Washington, and
Ohio State were building their vast arenas. And
then, suddenly, G. Huff was ready.
It was an idea with greatness in it ... A
memorial to the Illinois heroes who died in the
war. A recreation field, with tennis, and football,
and baseball, and hockey, and lacrosse, and arch-
ery, and soccer for all. And a
He presented his idea to
seven thousand undergraduates,
and they leaped to it.
"Bulky, slow in speech, smiling that
slow, friendly, sad smile of his"
aajBiyffiy^ ^MA Rai
JOHN L. (Laddie)
"We owe the Memorial to
those who died in the war,
the Recreation Field to
every student, and seats to
our alumni and visitors to
JAMES ASHMORE. '05 CLYDE (Ham)
"/ believe we have needed ALWOOD. '17
a Stadium for several "A Stadium which honors
years, and now I atn glad the dead and at the same
to see that we are going to time is a blessing to the
get it. You may count living is really worth
upon my whole-hearted while,
F. D. MURPHY. '12 J. GRANT BEADLE.
"With Illinois' increasing '88
prominence in athletics, "The Stadium plan is a
the time is near when the wonderful one. and I
great athletic events of the think that every alu
ERNEST OV1TZ, '09
"Every man should get
part of his education on
the athletic field. A ny
movement which will give
Middle West, if not of the should certainly get behind more students .... _._
Nation, should be held at and do his or her bit and, into the Strenuous Life is
our Stadium." if necessary, more."
favor of the
BOB HOTCHKISS. '97
"Illinois must have a Sta-
dium to compete on an
even basis with other uni-
versities of the East and
West, and we should not
delay the building of a
Proper athletic, center."
C. E. DURLAND. '04
"The Stadium project has
a wealth of commendable
features, is a wonderful
idea and deserves the sup-
nt of alt Illinois people,
incerely hope the plan
for funds succeeds."
ORLIE RUE. '15
"/ know of no nobler
memorial to war heroes
than a Stadium and
Recreation Field. It is
every alumnus' duty to
put this Stadium on the
map of the world."
WILBUR E. KREBS, '16
"The Stadium will murk
another milestone along
the road of Illini tradition.
The idea of the. memorial
is both fitting and proper.
The alumni it-ill respond
THE GKEAT MASS MEETING ON
APML 254 1921
THE gym annex looked like the Chicago Coliseum during the Re-
publican convention. It was packed with men and girls, seated in
orderly rows, with county, state, and country standards lifted high.
The auditorium was compactly filled to the last seat. Both build-
ings were electric with excitement. Bands played. Thousands of horns
tooted. The platforms swarmed with committeemen, University exec-
utives, distinguished athletes and coaches.
There were cheers the usual cheers, Oskey-Wow-Wow, Chee-Hee,
Nine-and-Seven, and the rest but they had an unusual quality. You
homecomers know the quality. You've heard it between halves at big
President Kinley spoke first at the auditorium, then at the gym annex.
He gave a dignity to the Stadium idea which sobered the vast assemblages.
It sobered them and lifted their spirits still higher, for when G. Huff rose
to speak the din of cheering lasted very long.
There was something which caught at the heartstrings of those
thousands as "G" stood there. Bulky, slow in speech, this man kindled
the imaginations of the counties and the states and the foreign
countries. Standards here "Peoria," there "Philippines"- swayed and
swung. The band blared. Rain streamed down on the roof of the
Waiting for the ovation to exhaust itself, "G" stood there, smiling
that slow, friendly, sad smile of his, and it came to us that this man was
born in the wrong age and in the wrong country. That greatness which
everybody senses who has seen him, we said to ourselves, is being wasted
in a business age and a business country. We could see him, serene and
mighty, ruling domains a thousand years ago dominating savage
soldier captains with his mightier quietness, making the church a blessing
and the state a benediction, listening to the wise men and, in his gentle
way, giving them understanding.
And there he stood, an athletic director in a middle-western college,
with 4,000 young men and women pouring out their love and trust in a
turmoil of vitality, and with another 2,000 in another building waiting
for his kindly mien and his slow speech. And he spoke gently, simply,
"The gym annex looked like
the Chicago Coliseum during
the Republican Convention"
with Olympian moderation. Not a clever word, not one oratorical
trick. There are no epigrams in Greek drama.
" I want to see a great Stadium at the University of Illinois," he said.
"I believe that you will get it. I believe there is a great spirit at this
university. The Stadium will be many things a memorial to Illini who
have died in the war, a recreational field, and an imposing place for our
varsity games. But it will also be an unprecedented expression of Illinois
spirit. The Athletic Association, out of its own funds, is paying the ex-
penses of this campaign. The money you pledge will be devoted solely to
the Stadium. What you have started, our alumni will finish."
Elmer Ekblaw, '10, a burly, quick-stepping figure, moved to the front
of the platform. Overflowing with gratitude to everyone who had made
this moment a reality, the director of the drive spoke boyishly, winningly,
from the heart.
And then Zuppke, small, tense, his hands rigidly clasped behind his
back, stepped out, and again the multitudes broke into roaring enthu-
siasm. Like lightning his sentences zig-zagged across the great hall,
and when he ended with a request for voluntary donations of $1,000 for
the Stadium, there was a deep hush of expectancy.
Everybody was staring out into the main section of the hall, where,
on floor and balcony, the United States was represented. Some banker's
son, or perhaps the heir to rolling acres of farm land, would rise and offer
a pledge of $1,000 for his alma mater. No one thought of looking
behind the platform at the terraces of Filipinos, Latin-Americans, South
Africans, Chinese, Japanese and Hindu students, until a dark-haired,
dark-eyed youth arose, and in broken English, said:
"I will give, sir!"
Pandemonium broke loose. The youth was hoisted upon the plat-
form. His name was announced by Zuppke R. L. Cavalcanti, a Latin-
The sorority float parade on the day before the mass meeting
Student Stadium Executive Committee
Top Row: Milton Marx Kenney Williamson Justine Pritchard Robert Preble Harold Babbitt
Middle Row: Gladys Pennington Clara Dunseth David Malcolmson Jeanne White Ann Williams
Bottom Row: William Lockwood Nellie Holt Reuben Carlson Anna Coolley Paul Cornelison Lois Wine
In a fever of excitement came thousand-dollar offers from Princess
Tarhata Kiram of Sulu, from J. C. Aguilar of Tampico, and five-hundred-
dollar offers from everywhere in the foreign sections, and then from the
American parts of the hall.
A messenger came from the auditorium, where "Prof." Russell was
officiating, to announce that the students from Cook and Champaign
counties, there assembled, had pledged themselves for $300,000. One
wondered how the gym annex could hold all that sound, but within ten
minutes one marveled more, when Zuppke announced that we had in
pledges altogether $700,000 from the undergraduate body.
This achievement may be credited almost entirely to the efforts of
the students themselves. "Two thousand five hundred of them were on
committees," said Elmer Ekblaw, "and, under Reuben Carlson and Ann
Coolley, they seemed to work as many business men would love to have
their employes work. Day and night they lived and breathed Stadium,
and the success of the drive is their legitimate reward."
We wish we could reproduce for you alumni who have relinquished the
joyful undergraduate life for the grimmer struggle for existence the great
sounds and sights of that memorable April 25, the surging exultation on
every face, the buoyant talk from all lips, the serious-eyed, proud faces of
the streaming lines of students co-eds and ags, engineers and L. A. & S.,
commerce and education as they left those halls. Somebody took movies
of the mass meeting, and when we saw them last Saturday night, we got the
"kick" all over again.
BOB ZUPPKE BLAZED THE TRAIL
THE memorial, said Bob Zuppke, should be an honor court; and,
since one hundred and eighty-three Illini were killed in the war, there
should be one hundred and eighty-three columns in the honor court.
People should enter the honor court first, he said, and then the
Stadium. The entrance should be a long, open colonnade with two
flanking towers. One of the towers should be a memorial to the soldiers,
the other to the sailors and marines; and there should be a memorial
and trophy room.
More details, many more, were decided upon. And Bob Zuppke,
chairman of the Stadium executive council, told the world about these
details. He told the world in his own way. The towers, he said, "will
be so high that if a searchlight is placed on top, they will illuminate
the name of Illinois from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate."
This is not academically precise, but it renders faithfully Bob Zuppke's
spirit the spirit which gave Illinois, in his second year here, victory over
every team in the Conference, and the championship; the spirit w y hich
battled Minnesota to a tie the following year, which won another cham-
pionship in 1919 and which battled the Conference to the finals in almost
every other year, losing the championship, in 1920, only in the last minute
Present Illinois Field
"Chuck" Carney, '22
of the last game with Ohio.
In this spirit he went to
students and alumni and the
people, he told them, will see
athletic contests in the great
concrete Stadium. It will be 65
seats high and will have a front-
age of 360 feet. If placed side
by side in a continuous row,
the seats would go 25 miles.
Harold Pogue, '77
And there will be a track a quarter-mile; and perhaps a 220-yard
straightaway, a rare and important feature.
Under the stands will be many basketball floors, handball and
wrestling courts, lockers and showers.
Outside the structure there will be a 100-acre recreation field containing
baseball diamonds, football gridirons, hockey and soccer and lacrosse
fields, clay tennis courts, archery courts and perhaps a polo field.
Larger than the Yale Bowl and the Harvard Stadium will be our
Illinois Stadium, he told them, and the new automobile roads from all
points in the middle west will bring the greatest crowds in America to see
the fighting Illini in sportsmanlike conflict.
And, he concluded, it will take $2,500,000 to build it; for the memorial
features, $1,200,000 and for the stands $1,300,000. Where the Stadium
would be, he could not say for sure, although it is likely to be on the
new University athletic field
at First Street and Armory
Thus Bob Zuppke went
about, to Illini clubs on the
Atlantic seaboard and on the
Pacific coast, always accom-
panying his friend "G," telling
the world particularly the
Illini world of the plans
which were growing out of
"G" Huff's vision.
"Slooey" Chapman, ' 16
"Potsy" Clark, '16
Drawings by Charltl Morgan, '14
1 HE STADIUM! Here it is as we hope to make it look when alumni,
students and friends of the University of Illinois have played their part
during the great Stadium Week of November I, 1921: honor court and
fountain and triple-deck stands; colonnades and towers and -Aide-spread-
ing fields a field for sports, and an everlasting source of inspiration.
Detail sketch of one corner of Stadium from field
F. M. BANE. '15
"The idea of building a
Stadium is a splendid one
and entirely in keeping
with the development of
WILLIAM H. (Bill)
"Alumni and students of
the University of Illinois
should put all their energy
into the movement to build
CHESTER C. (Bull)
"From the practical side,
we need it badly. If the
miracle of the last decade
of our growth and in-
fluence be repeated in the
next, I doubt if even then
we will h'lve builded with
RODNEY L. BELL. '09
"/ think the Stadium is
the finest thing for Illi-
nois athletics that could
be done, and I will be
mighty glad to have the
privilege of paying my
HOWARD N. YATES,
J V. RICHARDS, '10
"When the Stadium is
"Illinois has given us built, the East will become
much and we owe much to more than ever impressed
her. The Memorial Sta- with the importance of the
dium gives every true West in the athletic world.
lllini the chance to Pay. I look forward with pleas-
in part, that debt."
ure to such a day."
JACK WATSON, '16
"Illinois should have a
Stadium. The Stadium
should be the means of
pledging each Illinois
alumnus to even greater
loyalty than he now has."
"George Huff and a Sta-
dium what greater com-
bination could any uni-
versity have? "
C. G. LUMLEY. '86
"Physical development is
a vital requisite in the
making of a well-rounded
education. The Stadium
will meet all require-
H. F. (Slip) COGDAL.
"Magnificent! J know of
no move the Universit\ or
the Athletic Association
has ever made which
pleases me more. Count
me as an enthusiastic
supporter of the Stadium
idea . ' '
' ' With an unparalleled
coaching staff and un-
paralleUd teams, we ought
to have an unparalleled
athletic and recreation
IRA. CARRITHERS, '08
"/ believe firmly in the
FRANK J. NAPRSTEK,
W.'H. BECKER. '17
"The Stadium is truly an
undertaking of a worthy
Purpose. It deserves the
unreserved support of all
JAMES B. SNYDER/09
"The Stadium had to
come on account of the
wonderful growth of Illi-
nois, and I am very glad
it has been started."
H. F. KEMMAN. '12
"/ have always been proud
of my alma mater, but
this Stadium project makes
me feel that Illinois will
soon be second to no Uni-
versity in the world."
J. C. PHELPS. '14
"The Stadium will bring
the alumni together in a
warmer kinship than ever
before and a live alumni
body mak*s a great uni-
"Being an old-timer, I
could not realise the neces-
sity of providing for 7 5, (MX)
spectators until I attended
the Chicago game a few
years ago. I was con-
vinced. We must expand
C. H. BELTING. '12
"/ certainly believe that
the Illinois Memorial
Stadium will boost Illi-
nois athletics as nothing
else can do. I am back
of it one hundred per
C. N. BOYD, '81
"/ am glad to hear of the
progress in the Stadium
drive. When thousands
of old graduates return,
we want room , We all
see a great future for 'old
principle of in tr a- mural "Let us have that Stadium
sports and I am strongly which will serve not only
in favor of the Stadium as a Recreation Field but
because it will perpetuate as a fitting War Memo-
thai principle on a broad rial."
JOHN BUZICK. '10
"Good sportsmanship is
my ideal, and a Stadium
will inspire good sports-
manship. Therefore, let
us help the great cause, as
all loyal alumni should."
PERRY GRAVES. '15
"The Stadium, backed by
alumni, will be an im-
pressive memorial to our
fighting lllini, to our
JOHN T. (Jack)
"We always have had a
great man at Illinois
George Huff; now we
have a great structure to
DON SWENEY. '96
' * / llinois needs the Sta-
dium all of it just as
planned. I hope that
lllini as a whole are not
less valiant than our vic-
torious teams. Let us
build the Stadium and
show the world lllini
HARVEY J. SCONCE,
"The athletic teams are one
of the greatest advertising
mediums the University
has. If athletics are to
keep pace with agricultu
other departments, we need
LEST WE FORGET THOSE 1LL1NI
WHO DIED IN THE WAR
THERE were nine thousand four hundred and forty-two of them in
uniform when their country called. Trained they were, for in their
four years at this University they had learned what it means to wear
a uniform and they had caught something of the discipline of the soldier.
Willing they were: 183 of them died, 158 of them were wounded, and
120 of them were decorated for distinguished service.
Nine thousand four hundred and forty-two .... and tomorrow,
should their country call again, there would be probably fifteen thou-
sand or even twenty thousand. And perhaps even more would be deco-
rated and, perhaps, even more killed and wounded.
But the spirit that sent them into action, the spirit which brought
183 of them forever out of our vision and understanding, is still with
us. It is a living thing, and the Stadium will exist to keep that living
thing before the eyes of future generations, of the hundreds of future
generations who will walk through its archways, sit in its seats and
move strenuously on its fields.
Each of the 183 will have a column erected to his memory. This
column will be dedicated to him alone, so that Illini never will forget
that Illini have made the supreme sacrifice.
And, that you who may not see the Stadium and be in it as frequently
as the younger sons and daughters of Illinois who are here today, may
have near you always the names of those who gave their lives in the
war, we print these names.
"the spirit that sent them into action . . . is a living thing"
Detail sketch of fountain and entrance, showing memorial columns which will encircle the Stadium
Truman Obet Aarvig, "18
Alvin James Adams, '20
Charles Patrick Anderson, '18
Michael Louis Angarola, '15
Edward Kent Armstrong, '05
Alan Newton Ash, '14
John \Villard Bailey, '15
Harold John Barnes, '17
Lloyd Kaylor Bartholemew, '22
Lowell Wilson Bartlett, '19
Bohuslav Bartos, '19
Frank Allyn Benitz, '15
Frank Stanley Bennehoff, '20
Merrill Manning Benson, '18
Edwards Hall Barry, '14
Arthur Lewis Beyerlein, '12
Benjamin Harrison Bloebaum, '13
Irving Jerome Bluestein, '19
Vinson Runyan Boardman, '17
Arthur Lee Bonner, "18
Marcus H. Branham, '20
George Ray Brannon, '15
William Edgar Brotherton, '17
Waldo Reinhart Brown, '15
Bayard Brown, '16
Harold Charles Buchanan
John Edward Burroughs, '08
Charles Bowen Busey, '08
Charles Edwin Caldwell, '12
William Joseph Callahan, '15
Jay Ira Carpenter, '16
Leo S. Cassel, '14
Leslie George Chandler, '18
Minor Judson Chapin, '19
Harry Leslie Clayton, '17
Paul McKinley Clendenen, '09
Frank Maynard Colcord, '14
Henry R. Colton, '19
Linn Palmer Cookson, '19
William Hugh Cork, '19
Bruce Nutter Culmer, '14
Robert Marshall Cutter, '19
Homer Walston Dahringer, '13
John Henry Dallenbach, '14
Theo. Frederick Demeter, '20
Townsend Foster Dodd, '07
David Woods Dunlop, '15
James Edward Durst, '14
Vincent John Dushek, '17
Albert C. D'Vorak, '18
William Franklin Earnest, '19
Adrian Clair Edwards, '16
Elmo Krehl Eson, '22
A. M. Evans
Emery C. Farver, Grad.
James Alva Gain, "22
Francis Moses Gaylord, '19
William Geuther, '21
Lloyd Havens Chislin, '18
Ralph Egley Gifford, '17
Orlando Merrill Gochnaur, '15
Isaac Van Tyle Goltra, '06
Thomas Goodfellow, '20
Algernon DeWaters Gorman, '19
Otto Benton Gray, '18
Julius Elmer Gregory, '19
Edward Forbes Greene, '03
Robert Marion Greene, "20
Charles LeRoy Gustafson, '12
George Philip Gustafson, '16
Nelson Gustafson, '15
Chester Gilbert Hadden, '16
Frederick Hadra, '86
Milo Lincoln Haley, '22
William Jacob Hamilton, '17
John Connor Hanley, '15
Howard Henry Hardy, '19
Everett Leonard Harshbarger, '17
Calvin W. Hesse, '18
James Burr Hickman, "15
John A. Hirstein, '17
Cyril George Hopkins
Leonard Cunningham Hoskins, '17
Peter Marion Huisinga, '22
Allen Kirk Hyde, '07
Ralph Imes, '17
Frank C. Jarret, '17
Joseph Henry Johnston, '16
Hubert Jessen, '15
Lenton Willis James, '15
Archibald Floyd Keehner, '14
Orris Herbert Kirchert, '22
Elmore Archibald Kirkland, '20
Robert Dudley Kirkland, '20
Bayard Taylor Klotsche, '18
John Carl Kromer, '13
Lynn Elmer Knorr.Ass't Comptroller
Oscar Edwin Landsea, '22
Edgar Alfred Lawrence, '16
Theo. Edwin Layden, '13
John Charles Lee, '13
Raymond George Leggett, '12
Samuel B. Leiservitz, '17
Everett Robertson Leisure, '18
Lester Ray Lewis, '21
Wilfred Lewis, '07
John Royer Lindsey, '17
Robert Lewis Long, '20
Clare Parsons McCaskey, '09
Louis Douglas McCaughey, "14
Isaac Frost McCollister, '20
Leo Glenn McCormick, '21
Joel Fumas McDavid, '16
John McDonough, '09
William Howard Manderville, '17
Lewis Vinton Manspeaker, '09
Leo Joseph Mattingly, '16
Dean Ellsworth Memmen, '18
Alexander Val Mercer, '07
Russell Micenheimer, '20
Donald Joseph Miller, '21
Leo Cassins Miller, '06
Wayne Kenneth Moore, '18
Alfred Thorpe Morison
Guy Edward Morse, '19
William Earl Mosher, '13
Charles Sol Narkinsky, '12
John Lowrie Needham, '01
Ralph Mathew Noble, '11
Tomas Olazagasti, '20
Edwin August Olson, '21
Thomas Jefferson Palmer, '05
Raymond Webb Parker, '15
Miles McKinstry Parmely, '18
Lloyd Melvin Parr, '21
Clyde Fugate Pendleton, '17
Herbert Christian Peterson, '13
William Chandler Peterson, '16
James Elaine Phipps, '18
Lewis Irving Pillis, '18
Eric Frederick Pihlgard, '16
Horatio Nicoles Powell, '13
Benjamin James Prince, '18
Hugh Mitchell Price, '03
Roy W. Purdun
James Kempt Read, '16
Lawrence Scott Riddle, '11
John W. Sackett, '79
Harold Cordes Schreiner, '17
Harold Setin Seibert, '20
William Joseph Sense, '14
A. Vernon Sheetz, '16
Bruce Lucius Sizer, '16
Clarence Walter Smith, '18
Philip Overton Smith, '17
Thurston Smith ,'99
William Everett Smoot, '17
Reginald Gardiner Squibb, '18
Otto Staeheli, '16
Charles Leslie Starkel, '18
Harry Henry Strauch, Fac. Med.,'16
R. DeV. Stitt, '15
Harold Hoyle Sutherland, '18
Dana Elery Swift, '20
Alexander Steven Tarnowski, '15
John Lawrence Teare, '17
Ralph Waldo Tippet, Grad.
Norman James Tweedie, '18
Arnold M. VanDuyn, '91
Charles Arthur Wagner, '18
Elliott Pyle Walker, '19
Edward Wallace, '13
Burt H. Ward, '18
Manniere Barlow Ware, '17
Leslie Abram Waterbury, '02
George Lynn Weaver, '19
William Erastus Wheeler Jr., '17
Hiram Hannibal Wheeler, '07
George Edward Wilcos, '11
Lloyd Garrison Williams, '12
Frederic Hance Winslow, '04
Warren Crooke Woodward, '10
THE GKEAT CALL OF LIVING
EEACH one of the Illini who gave his life in the war could be met
again today in some dim, far-off place, and if he were asked what
kind of a memorial would be dearest to his heart, could he feel more
warmly toward any memorial than to the memorial which this Stadium
will be? Could he ask anything better than that his heroism should
be commemorated in a place of beauty where thousands of living youths
and maidens shall breathe the fresh air, shall leap and run in wind and
sun, and shall grow increasingly vigorous and healthy and better able
to meet the problems of life? Surely the great Recreation Field which
will answer the call of living thousands will answer equally well the im-
perious mandate of the dead hundreds.
Today thousands of young people who want to play tennis and foot-
ball and baseball and lacrosse and hockey and soccer and polo are
practically barred from any but the meagerest exercise of these good
We have here men eminently capable of directing the physical energies
of our undergraduates into profitable channels.
In basketball, we have Frank J. Winters, who, like our other coaches,
is more than a coach in the narrow sense of the word. He is interested
in encouraging every youth to play basketball, as well as developing
the abilities of the trained athletes on the teams. In the Y. M. C. A.
Training School of Physical Education at Springfield, Massachusetts,
where he graduated in 1910, he developed his ability to give personal
.... "where thousands of living youths and maidens shall grow
increasingly vigorous and healthy"
"// jj- /A^ call of the living thousands
as well as the silent voice of the heroic
dead which will be answered by the
one-hundred acre Recreation Field"
and careful attention to large groups of young people. As director of
athletics at the State Normal School in Missouri, and in several Middle-
Western high schools where he made remarkable
records, his talents became seasoned. Since last
year, when our basketball team was in first place,
until the last game, when, by a trick of percentages,
it dropped into third place, he has been an Illini
Edward J. Manley, who has taught swimming
to good swimmers and to bad swimmers since 1912,
who was a member of the swimming and water
polo teams of the Missouri Athletic Club which
won the A. A. U. championship, has an enviable
record. Never since he has been here have Illinois
swimming teams finished below third place in the
Frank j. winurs, BasMaii Coach Con te r( > nc ^ an d a t one time Illinois swimmers held
every Conference record. Men like Vosberg, one of the best crawl stroke
swimmers in the country, and Lichter, who holds the world's record for
the sixty-yard plunge, are products of Manley's, and men like Mac-
Gillivray and Raithel took instructions from him.
Manley sees to it that every student in the University knows how to
swim and, in addition to these duties, he is director of all Intra-Mural
and Inter-Class games. He has developed these contests until last year
more than 3,000 students, representing 204 different teams, took part
in them. This includes football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming,
boxing, wrestling, track, tennis and golf. And all this activity has con-
tinued in spite of the awkwardness in carrying it out an awkwardness
due to the limited recreation facilities.
Arthur J. Schuettner, who directs the men's gymnasium and is coach
of gymnastics, deals with the student who needs the parallel bars, the
pulleys, the Indian clubs, the horizontal bar and the trapeze. He was
supervisor of physical training and athletics in the public schools of
Buffalo, New York, and has won many competitions, including the all-
around gymnastic and athletic championship of the United States at
St. Louis in 1914. He has developed an astonishingly wide and con-
sistently increasing interest on the part of students in exercise on gym-
Paul H. Prehn, who has made a remarkable record as a wrestler him-
self, is developing an unprecedented interest in wrestling among students.
In the Inter-Allied Games overseas, he won in the middle-weight division,
and he has defeated some of the best men in the United States in this
division since, having been defeated only by Johnny Meyers, world's
champion middleweight. He is a skillful and powerful wrestler, and a
remarkable teacher. He has produced not only consistently vigorous
wrestling teams for the University, but has brought wrestling and boxing
from the obscurity of specialized activities into the realm of increasingly
Men of this kind are symbols of a new life at Illinois, of a higher,
more courageous, fuller life; and already their mark is indelibly upon the
student body. It is through them that we hear the call of living thousands,
and it is this call, as well as the silent voice of the heroic dead, which will
be answered in the great one-hundred-acre Recreation Field which will be
included in the Stadium.
'AS A MONUMENT TO PAST AND AN INSPI-
RATION TO PRESENT AND FUTURE TEAMS?
AVERY BRUNDAGE SUBSCRIBES $1OOO
Avery Brundage, 'op,
three times amateur all
around track champion
of the United States and
a star at the Olympics
STRENGTH, speed, agility, stam-
ina, and endurance are not the only
qualities acquired on the athletic field.
The value of the resourcefulness, loyalty,
ability to think quickly, gameness, good
sportsmanship, will power and poise
learned under the direction of competent
coaches cannot be over-emphasized in
the development of men.
"The dictionary says that culture
is 'the training, development, or
strengthening of the powers, mental
or physical.' Two thousand years ago
when ancient Greece was the center
of civilization, a man to be considered
educated had to have a trained body
as well as a trained mind. Greek
culture was mental and physical and
there resulted that glorious and en-
lightened age of Hellenic supremacy
in literature, athletics, civics and art
that has never been surpassed.
"Some day physical training in its
broadest sense will be as much and
as important a part of our educational
program as mental training. We have
the best athletic department in the
United States today at the University
of Illinois we must have the best
athletic plant. As a monument to
past and an inspiration to present
and future teams, I am glad to con-
tribute to the building of the most
imposing Stadium in the country."
THE SPURTING TURF THE HURTLING
JAVELIN.THE SPINNING DISCUS
"T doesn't matter very much whether we seem to have
phenomenal track men or not, so long as we have
with us Harry Gill. Out of gasping novices he seems
to make consistent winners of first place, out of strain-
ing youngsters he seems to make leaping wonders, out
of big, bulky slow-moving young giants he seems to
make the source from which a heavy discus spins and
swirls across great distances or from which the long,
slender javelin seems to vibrate amazingly through the air.
Avery Brundage, three times the all-around cham-
pion of America; Billy May, who still holds many dash
records; Jack Case of the 1912 Olympics, and Fred
Henderson, who holds our 880-yard record, are some
of his outstanding achievements.
But teams are his specialty rather than individuals,
and victories rather than startling single records. So,
Harry L. cm m s pite of the fact that Illinois has its share of individual
record-breakers, we have won, since Harry Gill came here in 1906, 67 dual
meets out of 73. We have won the Big Ten Outdoor Conference meet
5 times in 14 years and the Indoor Intercollegiate 4 out of 10 times.
"Mike" Mason, ' 16
who beat Joie Ray in
Fred (Alabam )
Henderson, '14* our SSo-yard
Bob Emery, '20
holds Illinois record for
Billy May, 'OQ,
one of our greatest
THE SECRET OFOUK SUPERIORITY IN
VERYBODY knew that
some day there would be
too many things for G. Huff to
do. Everybody wondered where
this greatest of all baseball
coaches could find a successor.
220 won out of 299 games played
is a precedent great enough to
dishearten almost anyone.
But Carl L. Lundgren, '02,
who pitched for the Chicago
Cubs, who was assistant coach
at Princeton and who was head
coach at Michigan for seven c ar i L. Lund S r f n, -02
years, stepped in and won a championship in his first year 1921 so
beautifully that it was hard to believe "G" wasn't there.
"Lundy" began with an inexperienced squad of players and devel-
oped three excellent pitchers. He taught his team how to bat, how to
field, how to run, and, best of all, how to think. Out of 12 Conference
games we lost only one, and always in a crisis our team showed power
and coolness and the fighting Illini spirit.
With the school which has the tradition of men like "Jake" Stahl,
Billy Fulton, "Red" Gunkel,
Grant Beadle, "Shorty" Righter,
John Busick and Frank Pfeffer
as baseball stars, any new coach
is facing an apparently insur-
mountable wall to establish a
tSi S/) u ^ reputation for himself; yet today
' ., f*- we have already figures like Otto
Vogel and Harry McCurdy, and
tomorrow is a glowing promise.
Good old "Jake" Stahl, who
has never forgotten that
he is an Illini
William J. (Billy) Fulton,
'Q, a great ball player, is a
T.N. E.andPhiBeta Kappa
"GREEK GLORY ON THE PRAIRIE."SAYS
""P)ERHAPS my greatest interest in the Stadium is its cultural effect.
-JL "Our Stadium will bring a touch of Greek glory to the prairie.
"Young men and women spending four years of their lives in the
vicinity of such an edifice cannot help absorbing some of its lofty inspiration.
"A still more practical cultural development will come from the Greek
theater, seating 10,000 persons, which will stand in the honor court. It
will be a setting for outdoor plays, pageants, May fetes and music festi-
vals enriching the imagination of the participants and the beholders.
' 'The setting, that of an old Ital-
ian garden, with the proscenium arch
at one end, with the colonnades,
M M\\ . * archways and shining towers of the
entrance, will bring an appreciation
of old-world beauties, of fine and
eternal traditions, which, blended
with the ruggedness and shrewd
intelligence of our people, will help
us to realize the greatness which is
The Greek theater will be a setting for outdoor .. 1-1
plays, pageants, May fetes and music festivals" OUT birthright.
"1 LOVE THE PAST BECAUSE I SEE THE
FUTURE; SAYS PRESIDENT- EM ERI-
THERE is a room on the third floor of the Administration building
which is reserved for Dr. Edmund Janes James, President-Emeritus.
After having been in various parts of the United States in order to
recover the health which he lost in service to his University and his coun-
try, he came back for a while to Urbana. It was in this office, at his old
desk with long shelves full of books books of literature, statistical books,
books of history and books dealing in many ways with the adventures of
mankind; all books very dear to the heart of Dr. James he leaned back
in his old swivel chair and talked about the subject which is nearest to
his heart, the proposed memorial Stadium and recreation field.
As he sat there, straight and proud, it was very easy to picture him
again in his military uniform, on horseback, cantering through the streets
of Urbana and Champaign, saluting the many students and faculty men
who loved him. It was easy to see him again in that big office of the
President, genial and yet rigorous, crisp but sympathetic, understanding
always the little things and never losing his grip on the big things, both
of today and tomorrow.
"I have been the president of an adolescent university which is grow-
ing rapidly into maturity," he said. "I have also been and am a father.
I know of no greater miracle in all human experience than the miracle of
growth. I have watched with never-ceasing amazement the develop-
ment of my children and with similar amazement the development of
may I call it mine own? university. There is a stage in all higher
growth where youth takes the reins and shapes its own future. A
wise father encourages and applauds. I feel great joy and the satis-
faction of doing the wise thing in offering my heartiest support and ap-
proval of the Stadium project.
"I cannot separate the growth in athletics at our alma mater from
growth in service to state and country. When we were small, our athletics
were small. Today we are great and growing greater, and our athletics
are moving at an equal tempo.
"It is a good thing in a society to admire sportsmanship, courage,
speed, skill, and self-denial. Athletics teach these things. I firmly
believe that a great soul can live better in a strong body than in a weak
one. Any project which will give greater health and vigor to all of our
students, which will set a higher standard of achievement for our athletics,
which will bring a reverent and lofty memory of the heoric dead to future
generations and which will imbue it all with the beauty of beautiful archi-
tecture, is a great project and one which every alumnus should support."
BURT A. INGWER-
"/ think that the Illinois
Stadium -will rejuvenate
W. W. (Red) GUNKEL,
"Our hearts are with Illi-
nois, and the Stadium will
H. J. POPPERFUSS, '10
"The undergraduates have
shown an amazing spirit
by contributing $700.000.
alumni interest as nothing not only make us proud I know the alumni will at
has ever done bef
as well as loyal, but will least equrt this great per-
il is a good thing for every give us seats that will en- formance."
alumnus to stay interested able us to enjoy the games."
in his alma mater."
"/ think the finest move-
ment in A merica is the
Stadium movement and
it makes me proud to
think that Illinois will
have the greatest Stadium
"It is only natural that
Illinois should take the
lead in building a Stadium,
Hundreds of Springfield
people would go to the
games if they could be
sure of good seals."
R. WALTER MILLS. '99
"When I recall the little,
square, poorly banked,
weedy track on which we
used to run in the 90' s, my
sentiments are all in favor
of better things for the boys
who are Irving to clip off
the fifths today."
H. A. WHITSON, '18
"The greatest thrill in an
ordinary life is attending
the first Homecoming foot-
ball game. Many renew
the thrill annually. The
new Stadium will solve the
problem of accommodating
the 'Old Timers'."
"I envy the Illinois under-
graduate of three years
from today the splendid
facilities he will enjoy for
health and recreation, but
I am glad that I am an
alumnus and may boost
the Stadium for the benefit
of future generations."
W. E. BURROUGHS.
"Nothing has come along
in a long time that has
pleased me so much as the
idea of a Memorial Sta-
dium. It will add to the
dignity and prestige of the
University and of its
J. F. (Heavy) TWIST,
"// Illinois doesn't get a
Stadium soon, she will fall
back in the Conference,
for teams like Ohio and
Chicago would rather play
to big crowds than to
75,000 people? More than 100,000
will drive down two years from
now when the Illinois good roads
program is effected. Study this
map. It shows how, when the
roads are finished, a population
of 5,000,000 will be within five
hours drive of the Illinois stadium.
RAY WOODS. '17
"7"A Stadium will be a
point of pride to all Illi-
nois men and women and
will enable us to answer
the criticism that alumni
of state universities have
little pride in their insti-
"// you ever felt the fight-
ing Illinois thrill on the
bleachers, or responded to
it on the field, boost for
this long felt want, ap-
propriate and necessary
"The Stadium will be a
splendid memorial to the
Illini heroes who died in
the war because it will be
vital, and a beautiful
A. H. (Mike) MASON.
"/ think a Stadium will
inspire many students to
Participate more actively
in athletics and that is a
very important thing."
TOMMY JASPER. '94
"Long live the Stadium.'
We have and wilt need it
to give us the proper place
in the sun in competition
with other large universi-
C. B. OLIVER, '12
"The Stadium idea is a
great one. but not too
great for the University
"REN" KRAFT. '18
"As an expression of
Illinois spirit and loyalty,
no better medium can be
ound than the Stadium."
F. W. VON OVEN. '98
"/ am heart and soul in
favor of a Memorial Sta-
dium and Recreation
Field. Every alumnus
should feel proud of his
alma mater and should
show his loyalty now if
J. F. (Jimmy)
"/ feel safe in predicting
that ten years from today
even this great Stadium
will not be large enough to
handle the crowd that will
attend athletic contests at
E. A. WILLIFORD. '15
"The Stadium will be a
point of pride to all Illi-
nois men and women and
will enable us to answer
the criticism that alumni
of state universities have
little pride in their insti-
"The Stadium will prove
to the world that the or-
ganization and coopera-
tion on the campus, which
has made the University
great, exists also among
STEIN WEDELL. '03
"Whenever George Huff is
back of anything, the
proposition needs no in-
vestigation. Let's put this
Stadium over big for him!"
J. R. CASE. '13
. . .
"Outside of the idealistic
value of the Stadium. I
think every alumnus will
be glad to make an invest-
ment which will give him
an option on good sects for
VAN GUNDY. '88
"/ think the Stadium is
an excellent idea from
every standpoint and I
will help to the extent of
my ability to insure its
LYLE HERRICK. '03
"/ am proud of the splen-
did showing made by the
undergraduates when they
pledged $700.000 and I
know that our alumni will
go them one better,"
VIRGIL T. JESSEN. '21
"/ firmly believe that the
Stadium will be a success,
because a Stadium for
Fighting Illini will mean
a Stadium for all Illini."
A. W. MERRIFIELD.
"// is the best project ever
undertaken by good old
C. H. WATTS. '13
"/ think the Stadium will
be the crowning achieve-
ment of the University of
' , f^3T
T. E. LYONS. '11
"The leading educational
institution of the Middle
West is deserving of an
athletic plant in keeping
with its position. The
Stadium should receive
the undivided support of
every one of us."
".4 glorious memorial to
the dead of the University
and the State is something
which must touch the
depths in every patriotic
American. Such a memo-
rial will be the Stadium."
C. J. ROTHGEB, '04
"The proposed Memorial
Stadium and Recreation
Field has aroused my
interest in Illinois to an
even more intense degree
than it was when I was an
undergraduate and that
ii going some.'"
E. B. (Shorty)
"/ believe that the grandest
thing the alumni can do to
further the success of the
great Memorial Stadium
is to open their hearts and
their pocketbooks ."
WILLIAM F. SLATER.
"The Stadium, a memorial
to the boys who made the
'Great Sacrifice. ' deserves
A. P. MCDONALD. '16
"At last we have some-
thing big enough to meas-
ure up to the calibre of
George Huff a Stadium.'"
BASIL BENNETT. '18
"The Stadium would be
a great influence in at-
tracting men into athlet-
ics. It would develop
more competition and give
everyone a chance. Every-
one should push the drive
and give his mite."
SEVEN THOUSAND YOUNG
EYES ARE UPON YOU, MR, I LLIN 1 !
Merle J. Trees, '07, ivas Phi Delta Theta,
Phoenix, Civil Engineering Club, University
Band, and on the class football team in his
undergraduate days. When he graduated, he
became a foreman with the Foundry Griffin
Wheel Company. Soon after, he went with the
Chicago Bridge and Iron Works and rose
until today he is V ice-President. He is a
member of the Western Society of Engineers,
the Chicago Engineers Club, the University
Club of Chicago, the Chicago Illini Club, the
New York Engineers Club, the A. S. C. E.,
and is President of the National Railroad
To All Illini Everywhere:
You read "The Story of the Stadium" with many and mixed emotions. Among
them surely is a poignant feeling of regret that the student body of which you
were a part did not have the opportunity for such an achievement.
But your opportunity is at hand.
Yours is the high privilege today of carrying to a successful conclusion the
Stadium campaign so well begun by the students last Spring.
Seven thousand young eyes are upon you, Mr. Illini; seven thousand young
hearts and minds eagerly await your cooperation and support.
Their spirit has electrified the public mind with confident expectations as to
what you will do.
In every state in the Union, and in foreign countries, college men know about
this great Stadium project. They are looking forward to the day when it becomes
You will make that day.
You have the Illini heart, the Illini spirit.
To that heart and spirit, as President of the Alumni Association, I now appeal.
Let's get together and
''''Build That Stadium for Fighting Illini!"
President, University of Illinois Alumni Association.
" I AM BUYING $1O 000 WORTH OF HAP-
PINESS-KOBEKT E CAKK
Robert F. Carr, '93, was president
of his freshman class, a Major in
the U. S. Army during the war,
Trustee of the University 1915-21,
and president of the Dearborn Drug
y Chemical Works of Chicago
'T HAVE found that I share most things with other people, that the things
JL I do not share are not as enjoyable as the others.
"Pleasure in life to me does not consist of a one-seat automobile, a
one-person house or a one-meal table. If I have a beautiful home, I want
others to appreciate and enjoy its beauty. If I have a car, I want others to
share its convenience and comfort. If there is good food at my table, I
want the pleasure of good company with it.
"When I pledge $10,000 to the Stadium, I am doing it, in a way,
selfishly. It is a most profitable investment in happiness.
"I am sharing a great thing with a vast number of people. I shall be
able to point to that beautiful structure with a certain sense of proprietor-
ship. I shall be able to feel that I was substantially a factor in making
the Stadium an actuality. I should rather have my modest share in that
great memorial than have a large share in a lesser thing.
"I have talked to other men about things of this kind. I have asked
them what their feelings are about making financial contributions.
Those among them who have given with any degree of generosity have told
me invariably that they have never done anything which they regretted
less. All of them enthusiastically insisted that every year brings a new
sense of gladness that they helped, and a new sense of satisfaction that
they are a part of a larger and greater movement than any one man can
contain within himself.
"I believe I can say quite sincerely that when I pledge $10,000 to the
Stadium I am buying $10,000 worth of happiness."
"WHEN I PLEDGED $1OOO 1 WAS
THINKJNC OF HOMECOMING,
Albert Mohr has three sons in the
University Joseph, '21, who has been
track manager and football manager;
Albert,' 22, All-Western football guard;
and Louis, '23, baseball pitcher
'T AM not an alumnus of the University of Illinois. My only claim to a
J. connection is that I live in the State and that my three sons attended
the University. But I feel very close to the heart of the alma mater of
my sons as close, I am sure, as any alumnus.
"I have attended the Homecomings regularly for years, and I have
never failed to find a renewing of my youth and a brighter outlook on life.
"When I heard about the Stadium, I pledged $1,000. I made this
pledge for various reasons, but one of them, perhaps the foremost, was
the picture in my mind of the Homecoming football game in 1924, the
first year when the Stadium will have been built.
"I could see myself standing, a tiny figure against the massive towers of
the Stadium, with my sons and friends. I could see myself looking up, up,
up at the great graceful white bulk of the greatest college stadium in
America, and at a moment like that it is very good for one to know that he
has a vital part in the whole affair.
"I could see myself going through the honor court, examining, on the
Doric columns, the inscriptions to the dead war heroes. I could see myself
entering the great gates and mounting across vast tiers of seats to my
special, reserved place always with my sons and with their friends
and my friends.
"It was such a vision mainly which made me so eager to pledge $1,000
and which makes me now very glad, indeed, that I made that pledge."
THEY HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE"
says SENATOR WILLIAM B.McKINLEY
IN THE great Memorial Stadium and Recreation Field projected for
our campus I see the beginning of greater glory and finer loyalty for
"If we are to have a Stadium worthy of our class sportsmanship
and our athletic prowess; if we are to have a Memorial symbolic of
the courage and loyalty and devotion of our men and women, our Illini
must stand together and work together as they have never done before.
The project demands our loyal, united support.
"This movement heralds the dawn of a new day, when every alumnus
shall feel his deep obligation to his alma mater and realize his own indi-
vidual responsibility for her continued progress and greater usefulness.
The movement expresses the conviction of our people that we must pro-
vide for the development of sound healthy bodies to nurture sound
WILLIAM B. MCKINLEY, 76
'A FITTING TESTIMONIAL
OF AFFECTION "says
GOVERNOR LEN SMALL
" r I ^HE great institution of learning
_L maintained by the State of Illinois
at Urbana is to be enriched and aug-
mented by the erection of a magnificent
Stadium and Recreation Field, the gift
of the alumni of the University.
"The University of Illinois ranks
among the first in the United States,
and it is contemplated that the pro-
posed arena for athletics and sports
shall also take first place among the
stadia of the country.
"The people of Illinois may take
great pride in a memorial so mag-
nificent, so dignified and yet so fraught
with rich life and vigor for the youth
of today and tomorrow. The promi-
nent place which our University has
won in the athletic world is, I believe,
a true indication of the vitality which
is characteristic of our State. This
gift is a generous and fitting testi-
monial of the affection in which the
graduates hold their alma mater."
A GREAT Memorial Stadium and
Recreation Field at our State Uni-
versity will surely be a fine thing.
"I am proud of our University, and
I hope that everything essential to
her work in developing and training
our youth to its highest usefulness and
efficiency may be provided. I firmly
believe that carefully supervised ath-
letic training is as essential as intel-
lectual or manual training.
"Everywhere in our land great
stadiums are being built. They are a
material expression of our national
zest and joy in clean, healthful athletic
competition. On the campus of the
University of Illinois, the Stadium
movement should attain its climactic
development in a temple of incom-
parable beauty and dignity, a monu-
mental structure which will be a
wonderful Stadium, a worthy memo-
rial, and a significant symbol of Illini
loyalty and courage all in one!"
'THE PROPOSALTO ERECT
COMMEND ITSELF TO
says EX-GOVERN OR
EDWARD F. DUNNE
" r I ^HE proposal to erect a Memorial
_L Stadium dedicated to the memory
of the Illinois dead in the World War
is one which should commend itself to
every Illinoisan, and particularly to the
students and alumni of our great Uni-
versity. As outlined, the program will
furnish to our University one of the
greatest, if not the greatest, Stadium
and athletic fields in the world. The
students of the University have already
shown a magnificent spirit in subscrib-
ing seven hundred thousand dollars to
the total of two million needed for the
completion of this noble enterprise. I
have not the slightest doubt but that
the alumni and friends of the Univer-
sity throughout the state and nation
will do their part within the next few
weeks in completing a subscription of
two million. As designed, this Stadium
will not only furnish badly needed
"I SINCERELY HOPE THAT
THIS NOBLE CONCEPTION
SOON MAY BECOME AN
says EX- GOVERNOR
FRANK O. LOWDEN
" r I ^HE great institution of learning
_L maintained by the State of Illinois
at Urbana is to be enriched and aug-
mented by the erection of a magnifi-
cent Stadium and Recreation Field,
the gift of the alumni of the Uni-
versity. The University of Illinois
ranks among the first in the United
States, and it is contemplated that
the proposed arena for athletics and
sports shall also take first place among
the stadia of the country. This gift
is a generous and fitting testimonial
of the affection in which the graduates
hold their alma mater."
FRANK O. LOWDEN.
facilities for athletics in the University,
but will establish a monument to the
patriotism of Illinois to which every
Illinoisan can point with pride."
EDWARD F. DUNNE.
THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE IS SIMPLE
YOU don't pay a cent until January 1, 1922. Then, if you have sub-
scribed the regular quota, which is $100, you have 2 1 A years in which
to pay. The payments will be due every 6 months, on January 1 and July
1 of each year, ending on July 1, 1924. Each payment will be $20.
If you have subscribed $200, which is the honor quota, you have 5
years in which to pay. The payments will be due likewise every 6 months.
Each payment will be $20. The last payment will come on July 1, 1926.
If you have subscribed more than $200, you pay one-tenth of your
total subscription every 6 months for 5 years. Do not send the Athletic
Association a check or money in any form. You will be called on by
alumni who are voluntary solicitors and you will be given cards to sign.
If you live far from an Illini organization, you will receive cards in the
mail. When you sign these cards, you will get a receipt. That is all you
have to do until January 1, 1922, when the first payment is due.
With each $100 pledge you receive an option on one good seat in
the Stadium for 10 years, or on 2 good seats for 5 years. As your sub-
scription increases, the number of seat options increases in the same
ratio. A $200 subscription entitles you to 2 seats for 10 years, or 4 seats
for 5 years. And so on.
Memorial columns may be subscribed for and dedicated to any
Illini who died in the war. Such a subscription is fixed at $1,000. It
entitles you to a bronze tablet on the column with your name inscribed
upon it. It also entitles you to an option for 10 years on 20 seats, or for
5 years on 40 seats. None of the options will be maintained longer than
Please get out a pencil tonight. Reread this page carefully, and
figure how much you can afford to subscribe to your alma mater for a
memorial Stadium and recreation field.
Do not, under the influence of your enthusiasm for your University,
promise more than you are sure you can afford to give. Stadium sub-
scriptions should be given with an untroubled mind.
When you have gone over the figures carefully, make your decision,
so that you will know exactly what to do when you are asked to build
that Stadium for fighting Illini.
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