The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, November 05, 1938, Page Six, Image 6

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Bobby Vandiver, fleet Negro
hall'-back of the Iowa all-stars will
-play a charity football game a
gainst th Nebraska All-Star., at
-Creighton Stadium on November
27. under the auspices of the house
. of the Good Sheperd. Lacking col
lege and uni vers, ty liackground,
from out of nowhere comes the
miracle man of football, as de
scribed by Sec Taylor, he himself
at one time one of America’s
greatest football players. The in- j
aide story of the Negro flash, as
related hen, will perform here on
Novmbei' 27.
Spoits Editor, !><•« Moines Register
and Tribune
Bobby Vandever. idol of local
followers of professionals, finds
fault with only one phase of the
game he has taken to hi* heart.
lie can’t play safety and back
up the line at the same time.
Vandever, 22 year old Negro,
who is the terrow of all the IKs
Moines Comet’s opponents, and
who ran back a punt for 65 yards
against Minneapolis team, says he
enjoys football. He e'en likes the
practices «o well that he has found
a way to train all by himself.
Back of him home is a cherry or
chard. Eyery morning when the
wtpther is fit one may find him,
with a pigskin tucked under his
arm. dodging, twisting, and
squirming as he wtrnis his way in
half spirals fir. t around one tree
and then around another, as he
runs at top speed.
Valuahl ■ Practice
•, ’ •‘‘This gives* iu.c valuable practice !
•tin changing my direction and my
sliced, 'VtthdSver explains.
But. to g t back to the Negro !
.star's complaint He likes nothing ’
than, to leg the ball through
an open field and playing safety
anil returing, purt9 gives him the
btyjt opportunity to do it. However*,
lie also enjoys backing up the line !
ori JleftVn^c and he can’t play safety
ami do that
Vandever ha.*, become such a fav
- M * • , -
orite.with local fans that questions '
avo being asked about him.
“Where did he play in high
school ?”
“Why didn’t ho go to college?”
“Where has he been?’’
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“Why haven’t we heard of him
b fore?”
‘ How fast is he?”
‘How much does he weigh?”
These are some of the questions.
The Ntgro Htar was born at Ta
ma, Iowa, 22 years ago, but has
lived with foster parents here in
Des Moinec since he was 2 Mi years
old. He weighs 182 but he only 5
feet 6 inches tall.
East High Sutstiliutc
Ilis first football experience was
as r. substitute at East IKsMoines
High for a half a season but since
ho was only 14, at that time and
tipped the beam at only 122 lbs.
he didn’t succeed in getting any
|J<>e Kurth. coach of the Rock
Island team; George Roscoe, coach
of tho Minneapolis team; and Dale
.Rennebohm, coach of the St. Paul
team; all members of the Northern
Proft ssionaj Football league of
which Dcs Moines is a member,
have declared Bobby Vendever, Ne
gro ba'kfi< Id star of the local ele
ven, to be the best ball-carrying
halfback they have seen in foot
ball anywhere on anytime.
In 1930 in a game with West
Waterloo High he scored three
touchdown* on long runs, one of
85-yard when he returned a punt
and two other of 74 and 35 yards
each from scrimmage.
In 1932 he was clocked in 9.9
seconds in one of the preliminary
heats of the 100-yard dash at the
Iown State truck and field meet,
but in tho final, Carl Nelson of
Clinton High nosed him out for
first place in 9.8 seconds.
Vandever was timed in 9.7 se
conds however, in a meet at Gary
Ind., last spring when he had as
pirations to make the Olympic
team. But before he coul i get far
in the tryouts lack of funds cau*
ul him to sign as a catcher with
tho Globe Trotters, a Negro pro
fessional solftball team, that spent
the summer barnstorming in Cali
fornia and the Rocky Mountain
section of thv ration. lie a is sta.
catcher and a hard l\itt> r.
No Reputation
Local sports writers, who were
familiar with his talents, tried to
get one of tht. professional, football
team* to sign li ra last winter but
since he had no reputation they
were not inter, sted.
‘‘My ambition is to become a
coach," Vandever said. I'd like to
get a job with a team in one of
the larger leagues next season,
where I could make enough mon
ey to continue with my school
“I’ve found professional football
much tougher than the high school
variety but I like it. All the Co
mets’ opponena have played clean
ball against me and they have all
been courtcou8 and sportsmanlike.
I’vo no complaint on that score.’’
Punter and Passer
In high school Vandever was a
good punter and a fine passer but
he was not as yet used as a triple
threat back in the professional
Wherever he cuts loose, local
fans are going to see a big after
noon for there are few backs of
his class in any sort of competi
tion anywhere.
Washington, Nov. 3 (ANP) —
Howard university’s trustee board,
meeting hero last week overruled
the board for athletic control which
banned football as a competitive
sport after this year due to the
continued poor showing of the
school's grid teams.
Tho trustees acted in accord with
student groups, faculty members
and alumni who protested the ath
letic board’s decision. Dr. Mordecai
Johnson^ president, was approach
ed on the matter and attended the
game with West Virginia which
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HEEL and J Kr r EKaON l»OES
The Negro stars on the nation
gridirons performed brilliantly
Saturday. Kenny Washington’s
running and passing led UCLA
to a 6-0 victory over Stanford on
(tho Coast; Berme Jefferson :
smashed over for the Northwestern '
touchdown that beat Minnesota
. •. I
6-3 the Goph rs three being scored
on a field goal by Horace Bell, Ne
gro guard; Brud Holland led Cor
ne” to a 23-6 victory over Colum
bia in New York with his groat,
tackling a man for safety; Wilbeth
Sidat-Singh battled valiantly for
Syracuse As it was upset by Penn
State, scoring the Orange’s only
Howard won 0 to 0. He wanted to
seo for h iliac If the team’s status.
A special committee has been ap
pointed by Dr. Johnson to inquire
into the athletic situation. with a
view toward improving the setup
and putting athletics on a more
i stable basis. Two years ago the
] team struck over lack of equip
j tnent, absence of a training table
j and the inadequate coaching staff.
Tb . traditional Thanksgiving game
with Lincoln was cancelled because
the players would rather rot take
the beating they f. it sure was com
ing from the rival institution.
Safety in Numbers
Harry: Doc, I have an insane de
sire to pet all the time. Can you
give me anything to help me?
Doctor: Sure thing, pal. I can
give you at least a dozen good
phony numbers.
New York. Nov. 3 (ANP)-Dia
sati'.fled because of the frequency
with which Armstrong was hit by
sparring partners during early
training sessions for defense of
his w. lterweight crown against Ce- j
ferine Garcia. Manager Meade an
nounced he was returning to the
fight r. mort.h policy under which
little Homicide Henry became the
champion in three classes .
“This fighting ev ry two or three
months is no good for Henry.”
Mead.i said. ‘‘It’s n0 J?°°d for me,
either. He’s getting hit two often
by those sparring partners to suit
me. Before Armstrorg won thoso
three titles and could fight once
a week, he didn’t have to worry
about sparring partners because
ho didn’t have to train. Besidest
when you have to wait three
months for a fight, you’ve got
most of money spent before you
get it.”
Sometimes I wonder how w£ can
find time to discuss anything be
sides ‘King Football” these beau
tiful Indian Hummer days with the
1 "k- a of Sidat-Singh (Syracuse-,
Ed Williams (NYU.), BruJ olland.
(ornell), Strode and Kenny Wash
ington, (UCLA.—carving lasting
r iches for themselves in the foot
ball hall of fame. But since truth
is far stranger than fiction—we
temporarily veer from gridiron dis
cussions to talk about a little gen
tleman who for his inches, is the
greatest fighting machine we mo
dern* have glimpsed sincg the turn
of the century.
His Name is Henry Armstrong
New Yorkers, and by that euph
onic sounding term we mean, dark
tinted “Harlemites”, have been
trekking up to Rockland Palace to
seo tht pint sized coast wonder go
through his training motions for
the most important battle of his
lifetime in Madison Square Gar
den, the nut brown toned youth
with medical aspirations will clam
ber through the stout hempen
strands to face that murderous
punching Filipino, Geferino Gar
A Champion On the Short End
... Watching the .oversized ..light
weight tornado plough into Chal
ky Wright his spar mate, erok d
tho thought within as; “How does
a three-ply titleholder feel when
he picks up hia favorit- newspa
per to read that the challenger,
(BETTING ODDS? Were we a
gambler to the manner bom, our
b tting sense wouldn't permit us
to place a bet of any size against
a fella like Armstrong. Obviously
tho so called “smart boys" who in
fest the Broadway comers of the
upper forties have their own way
of figuring this one out to jus
tify the odds. Garcia, a superbly
built native of the Phillipine Is
lands is unquestionably the best
welterwc ight to show around these
parts since Jack Britton and Mic
key Walker played major roles in
.hat division. Not rated a super
:o,' boxer in the sens.- that Vince
Dundee and Young Jack Thomp
son were; the slant eyed of
what ono boxing scribe character
ized as the “Bolo" punch, is far a
bov0 the average journeyman
fighter in that respect. But it is
on his punching prowess alone that
Geferino can hope to turn aside the
litlo buzzsaw who fights sixty sec
onds of each minute at the same
clocklike speed.
Armstrong Will Still Be Champion
For the benefit of the local “bet
ting fraternity” we might advise
that they erradicate from their
minds entirely the Ambers-Arm
strong joust. Ambers, the most
“relaxed” fighting machine extant
(with possible exception of Arm
strong), figured to prove trouble
some to any fighter twenty pounds
near his weight with his peculiar
style and “jumping jack’ tactics.
Garcia, is strictly a puncher and
Armstrong knows how to fight a
puncher better than anyone we
know in the game today, and we
said—ANYONE. When a boxer
has fanned the air five hundred
times without meeting the target
he aims at, or-finds that killing
wallop of his threshing the ozone
instead of a rib or a jawbone; then
brother that punch no longer be
longs in the category of a “BOLO
SOCK”, or, what have you ? ? —
Hitting at a man’s biceps, should
ers, and forearms, (boy do we
know something about that style
of fighting), causes your arms to
feel like leaden pipes, and blunts
your whole idea of direction. We
predict Armstrong to lick Garcia
and remain world’s welterweight
king abter a sensational mill.
A man who was 'so honest he
refused to accept the appointment
of County Assessor when it was
offered to him “on a platter” last
January because the offer was
rnado “with strings attached.”
That’s Joe. C. Stolinski, present
candidate for the Assessor’s of
Stolinski was approached by
“Uncle” Charlie Burns, then Coun
ty Commissioner and the unques
tioned Court House “boss” last
January and told he was to re
ceive the appointment of County
Assessor to fill out the unexpired
term of the late Sam K. Green
leaf. Stolinski replied he would be
most happy to reeeive the appoint
ment because he felt his 21 years
of experience in the Assessor’s of
fice. under four different Asses
' sors, Democrat and Republican a
j like, qualified him for the job.
But, said Stolinski. if he accepted
he must be free to discharge the
1 duties of he Ass ssor’s office ef
ficiently and according to the dic
I tates of his conscience. He told
I Burns in no uncertain terms he |
I would not become a “stooge” of!
I the Court House “control ’ in then
game of “bleed the publiiX ’
Iho result was Carl King was
given the appointin' nt.
The simple fact that Stolin-ski
turned down the appointment on j
the basis ur.der which it was of
fred is proof enough he should b
entrusted with this important job
now. He would rather sacrifice
himself—21 years of his life—ra
ther than betray what he believed
a sacred trust to Douglas County
citizens. Such a man is the type
wo need desperately in public of
fice today.
Stolinski ha.s had 21 years of
experience in the very office he
nowg seeks. He has praved that he
is capable and thoroughly honest.
None dared dispute thisHis private
and personal record have always
b' en beyond reproach.
Ho owns his own home in Oma
ha ;hc was born and reared here
ard he raised his family here.
The question is shall the im
portant office of Assessor be en
trusted to a “politician;” or to a
man who has proven by 21 years
experience that he knows the job
and will discharge his duties hon
estly and competently.
Common Sense and Decency De
mand Stolinski for County Asses
sor on November 8!
—Stolinski for Assessor Club.
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