Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Organizing Girls Basketball 1923 CHS

My Aunt Eddie was involved in the Cheney High School Newsletter, Domestic Science projects, wrote letters to other students in different parts of the country, movie stars, was interested in politics, classical music, literature and now we find her involved in the establishment of the  Girls Basketball Club and team at Cheney High School.  The descriptive label “Renaissance Man” is used to describe someone with many talents or areas of knowledge, well I think my Aunt Eddie might qualify with “Renaissance Women.”

Girl's Letter C Club for Basketball CHS 1923

Girl’s Letter C Club for Basketball CHS 1923

Letter C Club Emblem in construction paper.

Letter C Club Emblem in construction paper.

Letter C Final Version?

Letter C Final Version? Eddie’s actual letter!

This last version is made of fabric and is very soft.

The following typed two page paper seems to be a speech that was written, click to read it.  Start on the right and go to the left. I think Eddie wrote this?

A Speech about Girls Basketball 1923?

A Speech about Girls Basketball 1923?

In the Cheney Yearbook for 1925 we see a little history about the Girl’s Basketball team.  Eddie is in the middle row and on the far right with short hair.

Girl's Basket Ball Cheney High 1925.

Girl’s Basket Ball Cheney High 1925.

Girl’s Basketball – A great interest was shown by the girls in basketball this year.  Stimulated by the Letter “C” club and the coach’s enthusiastic efforts, there were many more contestants than ever before, and, as a result, commotion among the classes ran high.  The Letter “C” club, which was made up of girls who won letters last year, is a strong organization in the High School.  Its stringent rules made it hard to win letters; nevertheless, the girls cheerfully obeyed them, and those who won “Cs” can justly be proud.  Sportsmanship played a large part in the earning of letters.  Not only did the players have to treat the decisions of the coach with respect but also have consideration for each other’s rights.  Every one had to abide by the laws of the Letter “C,” be able to shoot 3 out of 5, or 6 out of 10 baskets, and to throw the ball at least 50 feet.  The first public game took place between two matched teams at the YMCA game, and later another was played for the PTA to prove the merits of girls’ basketball.  As has been done in former years, an inter-class tournament was held to determine the champions in the Senior High.  The results were:  Sophomores-2 vs. Seniors-18; Sophomores-25 vs. Juniors-31; Juniors-12 vs. Seniors-26; Juniors-11 vs. Seniors 24.  The senior girls have been champions for two years. 

Girls who win letters in other activities are also permitted to join the Letter “C” provided they comply as nearly as possible with the regulations.  The members are as follows:  Adelia Bacharach, Nora Baker, Claire Bemis, Nina Blum, Lucille Bowers, Pauline Bowmen, Mary Burke, Theresia Burke, Juanita Eads, Alice Ewy, Vivian Harmon, Irma Hood, Geraldine Huffman, Helen Huse, Beulah Liedloff, Edna McDonald, Golda Pense, Lilly Pryer, Velma Reed, Dorothy Tuten. 

Something happened regarding this Letter C situation.  In the post I wrote about Eddie’s brother Gordon: Eddie’s “Collection of Junk” – Brother Gordy early 1920′s, dated September 12, 2013.  Apparently brother Gordy saw the original version of the Letter “C” and took over and perhaps the “C” above is what became the final one?

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