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Fearsome Front Line Illinois State, September 1941

Illinois State University football team, 1941.

The gridiron “Red Birds” (spelled as two words back then) went 3-4-2 in 1941, with losses including a 7-0 heartbreaker to Illinois Wesleyan. Seen here (left to right) are Jim Mottershaw from Divernon; Al Trumpy, Pekin; Cecil Hospelhorn, Hudson; Roy Wesley, LeRoy; Sam Chicas, Westville; and Walt Laitis, Westville. The seventh player is unidentified.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

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


Rosemary Parker9/06/19 6:24am

I love your Pantagraph Sunday articles about historic events in McLean County. I am the president of the Empire Township Historical Museum located on the east side of the J.T. & E.J. Crumbaugh Library, ground entrance, at 405 E. Center St. Currently I am researching articles about the Pandemic of 1918-1919 and its impact on McLean County. This is a very personal project for me—my mother lost her mother, brother and sister during the Pandemic in Vincennes, Indiana.

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