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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 49, Number 9 (June 1948)

Eckhardt, Paul, Jr.
Wisconsin--where they row,   pp. 34-35


Page 34


THE BADGER VARSITY CREW rows past the "W" rock at Poughkeepsie,
New York. Wisconsin has entered
28 Regattas since 1898, has earned an average placing of 4.64. A Wisconsin
crew has never won at Pough-
keepsie, although the Badgers came within the length of a berry crate of
doing it in 1899 and did win
the Eastern Intercollegiate Regatta at Annapolis in 1946.
   ROWING WAS first sponsored as a sport at the University of
 Wisconsin in the form of a rowing club back in 1874 on an intra-
 mural basis. In 1883, a Phi Kappa Psi boat crew was organized,
 with G. E. Waldo, stroke; E. J. Dockery, 5; M. W. Krueger, 4; J.
 R. F. Trottman, 3; C. R. Boardman, 2; E. H. Parker, bow; and
 C. M. Wales, coxswain.
   The founding of the University Boat Club came about in 1886
when its sponsors were strongly united in their belief that "the
natural opportunities for boating at the University are unrivalled by those
of
any other college in the country". Six professors, namely, R. D. Irving,
E. A.
Birge, H. P. Armsby, Lucius Heritage,
W. W. Daniells, and J. B. Parkinson, By PAUL ECKHARDT, Jr., '33
were the patrons of crew that year and
other members of the club included C.  That was Wisconsin's first race with
K. King, H. W. Hillier, L. M. Hoskins, an outside crew, according to all
avail-
A. E. Thomas, W. C. Parmley, W. R. able records, and the crew consisted of
O'Neil, F. B. Phelps, James Golds- H. B. Boardman, stroke; Captain C. C.
worthy, Louis Blatz, Ed Kremer, W. Case, E. J. Ohmsted, 0. Rohn, J. D.
S. Tupper, W. N. Parker, J. B. Kern, Freeman, J. F. A. Pyre, H. H. Jacobs,
F. Belinger, J. H. Gabriel, W. R. Rosen- W. T. Saucerman, bow; and H. H.
stengal, Chas. M. Morris, F. J. Turner, Morgan, coxswain.
F. L. Porter, Chas. N. Gregory, J. R. F.  Charles C. "Jimmy" Case
and W. T.
Trottman, W. H. Merriman, Oscar      Saucerman were the chief boosters of
Hallam, Mrs. Wm. Trelease, Fred H. rowing during 1829-93, and Case, who
Whitton.                             captained the crew, also gave the oars-
  By 1892, two eight-oared gigs had  men such coaching as they received.
been purchased, and class races were The class crews that year included
held each spring in these boats. That senior, junior, sophomore, and frosh
same year, a group of class oarsmen  crews, as well as junior and senior
law
arranged a race with the Delaware    class boats.
Boat Club of Chicago at Oconomowoc,
which was won by Wisconsin. Proof of   During the spring of 1894 the first
this victory is attested to by a faded  regular coach was employed for a
few
silk banner in the trophy room in the weeks at the University. He was Amos
Old Red Armory.                      W. Marston, a former Cornell crew
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captain whose first Badger crew de-
feated the Delaware Boat Club, but
then lost a close race to the Minnesota
Boat Club. That year, as well as the
following season, the late Oscar Rohn
was captain of crew, and was able, by
his enthusiasm, to bring about the en-
gagement of Andrew M. O'Dea as a
fulltime coach. O'Dea, whose famous
brother, "Pat" O'Dea, performed leg-
endary feats as a Badger grid star,
had rowed as an amateur with the
famous Yarra Yarra Boat Club of Mel-
bourne, Australia, and the style of
rowing he taught was known as the
"yarra yarra stroke".
  Coach O'Dea's first varsity crew in
1895, consisted of A. F. Alexander,
bow; Walter Alexander, 2; John Day,
3; L. F. Austin, 4; M. L. Weber, 5;
C. C. McConville, 6; Captain Rohn, 7;
M. E. Seymour, stroke; and H. R.
Crandall, coxswain. Wisconsin's first
race with a college crew was against
the Yale Frosh on Lake Salstonstall,
New Haven, in 1896. The Badgers won
by many lengths, and in the same sea-
son beat the Minnesota Boat Club for
the first time. The '97 crews rowed only
against club crews which they defeated,
and at the close of the '98 season,
O'Dea resigned to go to Harvard. C. C.
McConville, captain and stroke of the
'98 varsity, was then named coach. He
had been in the varsity boat for four
years and was a keen student of the
sport.


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