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Red Badgro

Morris Hiram "Red" Badgro was an American football player and football coach who played professional baseball. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981. A native of Orillia, Washington, he attended the University of Southern California where he played baseball and football, he played nine seasons of professional football as an end for the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers. He was selected as a first-team All-Pro in 1931, 1933, 1934, he scored the first touchdown in the first NFL Championship Game and was a member of the 1934 New York Giants team that won the second NFL Championship Game. Badgro played professional baseball as an outfielder for six years from 1928 to 1933, including two seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Browns. After his career as an athlete was over, Badgro served as a football coach for 14 years, including stints as the ends coach for Columbia and Washington. Badgro was born in 1902 in Washington, his father, Walter Badgro, was a farmer in Orillia.

He attended Kent High School where he was twice named captain of the baseball teams. Badgro recalled that his focus was on baseball and basketball in high school, noting that he only played "maybe three games of football in four years" of high school. Badgro enrolled at the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. At USC, was a multi-sport star in baseball and football. Playing at the end position for the USC football team, he was selected by the United Press as a first-team player on the 1926 All-Pacific Coast football team, he was a forward for the USC basketball team and was named to the All-Pacific Coast Conference basketball team in 1927. During the 1927 baseball season, he led USC with a.352 batting average, scored 25 runs in 21 games, was named to the All-California baseball team. Badgro played 10 seasons of professional football. During the 1927 season, he appeared in 12 games for the New York Yankees; the Yankees folded after the 1928 season, Badgro opted to focus on professional baseball.

He did not play professional football in 1929. After playing Major League Baseball in 1929 and 1930, Badgro qualified as a free agent in professional football and signed with the New York Giants for $150 a game, he gained his greatest acclaim as the starting left end for the Giants from 1930 to 1935. He was regarded as a sure-tackling defender and an effective blocker and talented receiver on defense. Giants coach Steve Owen said of Badgro: "He could block and catch passes well, and he could do each with the best of them." Highlights from Badgro's prime years include the following: In 1930, he appeared in 17 games at left end, 14 as a starter, was selected by the Green Bay Press-Gazette as a second-team end on the 1930 All-Pro Team. In 1931, he appeared in 13 games, 11 as a starter, was selected by the NFL as a first-team end on the official 1931 All-Pro Team. In 1932, he appeared in 11 as a starter. In 1933, he appeared in 12 games, 10 as a starter, was selected by the Chicago Daily News as a second-team end on the 1933 All-Pro Team.

He helped lead the Giants to the 1933 NFL Championship Game where he scored the first touchdown in the first NFL Championship Game, a 29-yard touchdown on a pass from Harry Newman. In 1934, he appeared in 13 games, all as a starter, for the Giants team that won the 1934 NFL Championship Game, he was selected by the Chicago Daily News as a first-team end on the 1934 All-Pro Team. He led the NFL with 16 receptions. Playing against the Boston Redskins in 1935, Badgro blocked a punt, teammate Les Corzine returned it for a go-ahead touchdown. Badgro concluded his playing career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1936. Badgro played professional baseball, he played minor league ball in 1928 for the Tulsa Oilers in the Western League and the Muskogee Chiefs in the Western Association, compiling a.351 batting average in 513 at bats. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association in 1929. In June 1929, Badgro made his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns. Over the 1929 and 1930 season, he appeared in 143 games, 80 of them as a right fielder and 13 as a center fielder.

He compiled a.257 batting average in 382 major league at bats and appeared in his final major league game on September 18, 1930. Badgro continued to play in the minor leagues for several years, including stints with the Wichita Falls Spudders of the Texas League and Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast League. In 1937, Badgro returned to USC to finish the credits. At the same time, he was a member of Howard Jones' football coaching staff at USC, responsible for working with USC's frosh players. In June 1938, Badgro was hired as the football coach at Ventura High School in California, he coached football and basketball for Ventura Junior College. In June 1939, he was hired as an assistant coach under Lou Little at Columbia, he remained at Columbia through the 1942 season. In 1944, Badgro was employed in a Seattle war plant. In February 1946, Badgro was hired as an assistant football coach at the University of Washington; when Howard Odell took over as Washington's head coach, he retained Badgro as his ends coach.

Badgro was again retained when John Cherberg took over as head coach in 1953. He resigned his coaching post at Washington in January 1954 in order to pursue private business in Kent, Washington. Badgro was married to Dorothea Taylor. After retiring from football, Badgro worked for the Department of Agriculture in the State of Washington. In 1967, Badgro was inducted into the Washi

Roanoke Downtown Historic District (Alabama)

The Roanoke Downtown Historic District is a historic district in Roanoke, Alabama. Roanoke was settled in the 1830s, but became a major agricultural trading center in East Alabama following the Civil War; the Central of Georgia Railway extended its line to the town in 1887, soon followed by the Atlanta and Atlantic Railway, a large cotton warehouse was founded the same year. The commercial district began growing from this time with one-story brick structures, some of which carry influences from Romanesque Revival and Beaux-Arts details; the W. A. Handley Company built a textile mill in Roanoke in 1901, which would remain the major employer in the town until its closing in the early 1980s; the district consists of 68 contributing properties, covering about 18 acres around the intersection of six streets at the town's center. Although most buildings are one story, notable multi-story buildings include the two-story Bank Building, built in Beaux-Arts style around 1909 in a wedge-shaped lot in the center of the district, the three-story First National Bank building, built in 1920 in Neoclassical style.

Notable are the Romanesque Old City Hall, the Victorian Gothic First Baptist Church, the Art Moderne City Hall. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993

Jabez W. Fitch

Jabez Warner Fitch was an American politician who served as the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1878 to 1880 under Governor Richard M. Bishop, he was a Democrat from Cuyahoga County. Jabez Fitch was born in 1823, moved to Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1826, his father was a well known citizen. He attended common schools, entered the Cleveland law offices of Bolton & Kelly, where he worked and studied law, he was married to Mary J. Doleman. In 1846, he was admitted to the bar, was appointed city solicitor; when Franklin Pierce was elected, Fitch was appointed United States Marshall for the Northern District of Ohio. He was city councilman in 1851 He was a longtime member of the volunteer fire department, was elected chief in 1852. During the United States Civil War, Fitch was general of volunteers, in charge of Camp Taylor in Cleveland. Regiments were sent out under other commanders, so Fitch volunteered as private in the 19th Ohio Infantry under General Beatty, who appointed him quartermaster. After the war, he returned to real estate interests in Cleveland, and, in 1877 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio on a Democratic Party ticket with Richard M. Bishop.

He held no offices, except trustee of the Northern Ohio Insane Asylum and United States jury commissioner. Jabez W. Fitch died in Cleveland on April 1884, ten years after his wife, he left no children. Jabez W. Fitch at Find a Grave