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Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948

Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history,   pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)

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undefeated; played other championship teams. Went on to win
the state championship for amateur baseball, winning 23 straight
without a loss. In 1942 the team was not too strong. Then the
war came on and their league closed. Two years after the league
was organized Leo Eagen passed away. A year later, Alford
Olsen passed away. Pop ran the league alone 'till the last two
years when they elected Bartl.e Zurbuchen of Verona and Herman
Hefey of Perry as directors. Some of the teams that played in
the league was Riley, Verona, Mt. Horeb, Cross Plains, Pine Bluff,
Vermont, Black Earth, New Glarus, York Center. Perry Cubes,
Primrose, Primrose Robbins, Hollendale, Mt. Vernon, Montrose,
Paoli, Belleville, Madison Dodgers, Madison E.S.B.M., Madison
3F, Anderson Fuel of Madison, Cyene, Fitsburg, Pats Tigers of
Madison, Mt. Horeb, CCC Camp, and Barneveld.
Then in 1943 they joined the Industrial League of Madison.
They never won a championship in Madison but they alvays had
the crowd with them. In 1947 they were forced to leave the league
because they were unable to get in at 6:30. so this spring Pop
organized a team at Mt. Horeb and joined the Home Talent. They
are now playing under the name of Mt. Horeb, but they still have
on the front of their suits R-I-L-E-Y. Pop is now 50 years old
but still plays ball with the boys.
Riley Shooting Team
The story as told by Pop Henderson
About the year of 1930 rifle shooting took place in the Riley
Hall. Clarence and Forest Henderson organized a team which
practiced all winter and went to Madison in the spring for the
first match. Riley was defeated by almost 200 points. Through
the summer we got better rifles and in 1931 we defeated Mt. Horeb
Legion by 24, defeated New Glarus by 128 points and Mt. Vernon
by 24. Later in the season New Glarus came back and defeated
Riley by 2 points, in 1932 the Sugar River Rifle League was or-
ganized with New Glarus, Brooklyn, Riley, Springdale, Madison,
Lodi, and Mt. Horeb Legion. The league still goes on but Madison
is the only team left that started in 1939. Riley dropped out of
the league but Cy and myself joined both Madison and Mt. Horeb.
In 1940-41 Mt. Horeb won 10, lost 2 matches. In 1941-42 we won
12 straight and won the championship. In 1945-46 Madison won
and in 46-47 Madison tied.
Cy has given up shootin but I am still going good. Have won
over 100 medals and trophies. In the spring of 46 Melvin Severson
of Black Earth, J. Moen of Mt. Horeb and myself traveled over
Wisconsin to a good many shoots. All together we won 36 medals.
In 47 we won a good many more. Ted Church of Baraboo, Major
Lee of U.W., J. Moen of Mt. Horeb and myself won the Falk
Trophy at Milwaukee. The Riley Hall has no more shooting but
every team still talks about the great suppers and shoots in our
hall. Riley has two lady shooters the best in the state. They are

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