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Cooksville Ball Club 1908

Young men in a baseball club, 1908.

Back in the early 20th century baseball was not only the National Pastime but the National Obsession. At this time even tiny communities such as Cooksville, located northeast of the Twin Cities and home to 330 residents, fielded competitive teams—though it’s possible this club included a “ringer” or two from elsewhere!
Seen in the front row (left to right) are Harry Jenkins, John Smith, Frank Wissmiller, and Don Russell. The second row shows Arthur Kinsella, Burt Swinehart, John “Jack” Fitzgerald, Willard Centers, and Robert Fossett. In the back row are Roy Johnson, Bernard Kinsella, and Melvin Fossett.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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