April 30, 1996
1936 PHS Football Team lined up like this on offense. Crouched in three-point stance, from left: end Bill Jensen, tackle Ralph Treeman, guard Jimmy Cain, center Ken Carmack, guard Woody Foster, tackle Robert “Hook” Edwards, and end Paul Kehres. In backfield, from left: halfback Paul Walter, fullback Kenneth Evans, quarterback Jack Wurtz, and halfback Vester Wilhelm. Coaches were Harold Daniels (standing at left) and V. D. Petree, right. (Photo courtesy Ken Carmack)
The previous four Northwest Corners have dealt with Coach Harold "Hump" Daniels' great football teams of the 1930s. Hump came here from Yale high school in 1931 and he continued coaching here for nearly 30 years, but this series has focused primarily on his first decade at PHS. Gene Dauman, now a retired lumberman, grew up on a farm in the blackjacks of Noble county. He was a halfback on Coach Daniels' celebrated 1936 squad and he has been an excellent resource in compiling this information.
Gene has furnished a list of some of the players that he remembers from that team. Most of those he named would have been sophomores, juniors or seniors. "We probably had about 60 guys out for football," Gene estimates. Hump was the head coach and he normally had one assistant - primarily V. D. Petree -- but in some years he had one or two more. Byard Anderson, from the elementary school faculty, was one of those.
Squad members listed by Gene, in no particular order, are Kenneth Carmack, Jimmy Cain, Bill Carmichael, Barren Cockrum, Loren Cockrum, Alvin Cockrum, Pat Dennis, Robert Edwards, Bill Jensen, Paul Kehres, Kenneth Evans, Ralph Freeman, Dennis Underside, Clay Rook, Woody Foster, Dick Hall, Gerald Miller, John Morgan, Earl Nicewander, Raymond Sanders, Lawrence Shea, Ed Tucker, Paul Walter, Bruce Wilson, Orville Winters and Jack Wurtz. Obviously, there were many more to comprise a squad of 60, but that's as complete as we can be for now. Perhaps others can add more names to this 1936 football roster.
On the eve of the 1936 homecoming football game with Enid, The Journal had this rundown on members of the Maroon squad: GENE DAUMAN -- Right halfback; age 17; senior with two years on squad; Weighs 160 pounds and is 5 feet 8 inches tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E Dauman, Rte. 4, Perry; JACK WURTZ -- Quarterback,17, junior, two years on squad. Weighs 140, 5 feet 8 inches tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Wurtz, 1309 Grove. WILLIAM FOSTER -- Guard, 17, senior, second year on squad. Weighs 178, 5 feet 9 inches tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Foster, 618 7th. ROBERT EDWARDS -- Tackle, 17, senior, second year letterman; 185, 6 feet 3 inches tall. Son of Roy Edwards, Rte. 3. PAUL KEHRES -- Left end, 19, senior, third year letterman. Weighs 175, 5 feet 10 inches. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kehres, 901 Cedar.
VESPER WILHELM -- Left halfback, 18, letterman, second year on squad. Junior, 164, 5 feet 11 inches. Son of James Wilhelm. BILL JENSEN -- Right end, 18, senior letterman, third year on squad. Weighs 170, 6 feet tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Jensen, 1008 Delaware. RALPH TREEMAN -- Tackle, 16, senior letterman, second year on squad. Weighs 160, 6 feet tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Treeman, 8th and Kaw. FRANK KNIGHT -- Left end, 18, senior letterman, first year on squad. Weighs 174, 5 feet, 11 inches. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Knight, 129 Cedar.
DENNIS UNDERSIDE -- Right guard, 16, senior, two years on squad. Weighs 150, 5 feet 7 inches tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Underside, 405 Ivanhoe. LEONARD WINTERS -- Center, senior; 16, two years on squad. Weighs 150, 5 feet 9 inches. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Winters, 725 Delaware. CARL LAIRD -- Fullback, 17, junior, one year letterman with two years on squad; weighs 150, 5 feet 9 inches tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Laird, 801 6th. ALVIN COCKRUM -- Left end, 18, senior, one year on squad. Weighs 148, 5 feet 10 inches tall. Son of C. F. Cockrum. PAUL WALTER -- Left halfback, 17, senior, three years on squad. Weighs 163, 6 feet tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Walter, 902 Grove.
KENNETH BURKE -- Fullback, 17, sophomore, first year on squad. Weighs 144, 5 feet 10 inches. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Burke, 1220 Grove. PAT DENNIS -- Left guard, 19; senior letterman with two years on team. Weighs 160, 5 feet 11 inches. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Dennis, 641 Fir. RAYMOND SANDERS -- Halfback, 16, senior, two years on squad. Weighs 150, 5 feet 11 inches. Son of Luther Sanders, 425 Fir. KENNETH EVANS -- Fullback, 17, weighs 158, 5 feet 10 inches. Two-year senior letterman. Son of Mrs. Mable Evans, 634 Fir. JAMES CAIN -- Right guard, senior, 18, 176 pounds, 5 feet 11 inches. Son of Mrs. Fannie Cain, Lucien. KENNETH CARMACK-- Center, 18, senior letterman with two years on squad. Weighs 190, 5 feet 10 inches. Son of Mrs. D. Carmack, 515 Grove.
JACK HANNA -- Halfback, 17, junior, second year on squad. Weighs 155, 5 feet 6 inches. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hanna, 906 Elm. FRANK JONES -- Fullback, 16, sophomore, first year on squad. Weighs 130, 5 feet 6 inches. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones, 711 Delaware. PAUL HICKS -- Right end, 17, sophomore, first year on squad. Weighs 140, 5 feet 9 inches tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Hicks, 728 Cedar. DON HIGHFILL – Right tackle, 17, junior, two years on squad. Weighs 144, 6 feet, l inch tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Highfill, 8th and Noble. ELI PRICER -- Tackle, 17, sophomore, second year on squad. Weighs 163, 5 feet 10 inches tall. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Pricer, 116 Cedar. KING MONTGOMERY JR. -- Halfback, 16, sophomore, first year of football.
Perry was required to forfeit one game in the 1936 season because an ineligible player, Clay Rook, saw action. He did not meet the residence requirements, so the 6-0 victory over Ponca City was tossed out. The Maroons did not lose a gap on the gridiron that year, however. And Rook was used in game with Medford before the Ponca City game. Here's how The Journal of that day reported the story:
"Here's one for Ripley. Two football teams played a game. One team defeated the other 33 to 0, yet neither team won and neither team lost. The situation came about as a result of the Perry-Medford game. Perry won 33 to 0, according to the score sheet at the end of the game. But because the Oklahoma Athletic Association board of control ruled that both teams played to an ineligible man in the contest, both teams were requires to forfeit. So Perry forfeited to Medford and in turn Medford school officials wrote the Perry schools this week, forfeiting to them. First we won, then we lost, then we won, and now it looks like a tie. You figure it out. The Medford ineligiblity came about by the board decreeing that Guadaloupe Solarios, a Mexican boy playing in the Medford backfield, was 21 years of age."
The Journal did not name the ineligible player used by Perry, but the school knew Rook's status was being challenged. Rook was one of several outstanding college prospects on the 1936 PHS team. Jack Wurtz, Bill Jensen, Jimmy Caine, Bill Carmichael and several others also were sought and signed by some major schools. I remember Wurtz starred at Oklahoma A.&M., Jensen played for the Sooners at OU, Cain was on the squad at Central State, and I think Bill Carmichael wound up on the Naval Academy wrestling squad at Annapolis. Far as I know, Clay Rook did not play college football.
You could argue that Hump's 1944 PHS team was his best. I'll tell more about that historic season in a subsequent column.