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Welcome to Oaklandon Friday, September 17 2021 @ 02:53 AM EDT

1914 IHSAA BOYS STATE T&F MEET

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Dear Readers,

I received the following inquiry over on our facebook page from one, Mike Slaubaugh. It is reprinted here with his permission in an effort to help locate a lost bit of Oaklandon related information:

Being from over 100 years ago, this is likely lost to history, but worth a try here. I am the webmaster of a site devoted to the history of the Indiana State High School Track & Field Champions. I am currently trying to track down the year of graduation for all medalists from 1904 to present. However, I have reached a dead end with the only medalist from Oaklandon HS:

Weaver (first name unknown), 3rd in the hurdles at the state meet held on May 16, 1914

A search of online yearbooks and newspaper archives have not yielded Weaver's first name or year of graduation (he may or may not have been a senior the year he medaled).

Any help with that information for Weaver is appreciated!

statemeetresults - 1914

If you can shed any light on this mystery please visit Mr. Slaubaugh's very interesting website: https://users.pfw.edu/slaubau/instatemeethistory.htm you may contact him via the email provided there.

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  • 1914 IHSAA BOYS STATE T&F MEET
  • Authored by:Mike on Wednesday, August 18 2021 @ 11:29 AM EDT

Below is the contents of an email sent by me to Mike Slaubaugh in response to this mystery:


Subject: "Weaver" Mystery Solved: 1914 State Meet

Hello Mike,

As you may recall I posted regarding your quest for more information about one “Mr. Weaver” – first name and year of graduation in particular. (see http://oaklandon.deburger.com/article.php?story=20210419110324763 April 19, 2021)

Well as luck would have it I happened upon a 1940 yearbook for Oaklandon High School. This book contains a complete list of alumni for the school covering the years 1911 to 1939.

The listing for 1914 displayed the following:

1914
Freeman Apple
Tena Evans
Minnie Lefforge
Thomas McCord
Emilia Sellers
Virgil Stoner
Claud Watson
John Weaver
Mervin Smith
Wilber Dalzell
Reva Shepherd
Ruth Fultz
Mary Records

(see page twenty-three: https://archive.org/details/oak1940oakl)

I would therefor conclude that you would be safe in listing the “tied for 3rd finisher in the hurdles at the state meet held on May 16, 1914” as “Weaver, John – 12th grade”

Thanks again for reaching out!


I now look forward to publishing this newly discovered year book in an upcomming post.

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