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November 21, 2012

Case vs. Reserve 1912 Thanksgiving Day game

As Thanksgiving is once more upon us, let us revisit the annual Case-Reserve Thanksgiving Day football game played 100 years ago. The game was played November 28 at Van Horn Field. The account from the WRU yearbook, The Reserve, reads:

“That Turkey Day Game”

“From the dope on the playing of Reserve and Case, the apparent inability of Reserve to break up their opponents’ forward passing and Case’s good showing against Oberlin, Reserve was the "underdog" in all predictions on the Thanksgiving day game. However, Reserve, by the most optimistic, had not been dreamed to possess, our boys went at the team from across the fence. In the first six minutes of play they scored a touchdown. Not content with this, they scored eight more points during the first half. In the second half Case showed a flash of form and almost tied the score but Reserve came back strong with another touchdown and a safety. Thus Reserve had by a score of 24 to 13 defeated Case! Reserve, the underdog, had by spirit and fight defeated Case for the first time since 1908!”

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Cartoon from The Reserve 1914

The account in the Case yearbook, Differential, had a different tone:
“Then came the regrettable Reserve game. There is no doubt but that Case was handicapped by the inch or two of snow on the field, for every one knows that we would have played a better game on a dry field. Whether or not we would have won is hard to tell, but as it was the team was merely defeated, not disgraced, by the combination of snow and hard luck.”

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Scoreboard from the November 28, 1912 game

Case finished the season with a 4-6 record. Reserve finished with a 5-4 record.

Enjoy more stories of the traditional Thanksgiving Day Case-Reserve game from 2010 and 2011 blog entries.

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November 15, 2012

Hudson to Cleveland: Constructing the New Buildings - Year 2

We continue our description of Western Reserve College’s move from Hudson to Cleveland 130 years ago. Faculty member, Edward W. Morley, chronicled the event in letters to his parents. Extracts from those letters describe the September 1882 to March 1883 construction efforts.

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Two of the three new Western Reserve buildings: the president's house is on the left. Adelbert Hall, the student residence is on the right.

September 25, 1882
“The dedication of our new buildings will be on the twenty-sixth of October. I do not suppose they will be entirely done then, but they will be habitable... Our numbers are now larger than they ever were at Hudson, although the delay in getting the buildings done doubtless kept away many who would have come in case we were ready to go into the new buildings.”

November 4, 1882
“The buildings are getting along in the same slow way. I think we are likely to get into them by Christmas. The dormitory will not be done much if any before that time so that students can get into it. This is a great disappointment to them, as many have not purchased stoves yet, in the hope that such purchase will not be necessary.”

December 16, 1882
“Our building is getting on slowly. We are going to occupy the lower floor for examinations tomorrow. We shall have prayers in the library room. I am making drawings for my lecture table, and hope to have it begun soon, so as to be done by the middle of the term, if possible. The table will be nineteen feet long, and I think will be one of the most convenient and complete yet devised. The arrangement for introducing gas, water, blast, and exhaust will be particularly neat and convenient.”

January 28, 1883
“The college buildings go on slowly. The carpenters are putting on the wood-work of the stairs. I think this is about the last work remaining for the carpenters. The man who puts in the stair rails has got his rails there, and is drawing plans. He can not begin putting up rails till the steps are laid. The painters are somewhat behindhand. The work of the carpenters is very poor work, not one of the men will ever do work for me. I have some work to be done, which they want to get; but there is absolutely no use in their talking to me about it. Our Mr. Freeman, who is Professor of Physics, has got his apparatus up from Hudson, by going down there and packing it mostly himself. He had it brought up on sleds during a few days of good going on runners. I wish very much that the chemical apparatus were packed and brought here. I cannot go and pack it up till the weather is so that I should not be likely to take cold; and I want it to use before very long.”

February 19, 1883
“Work is slowly going on at the building. The carpenters are putting up the stair rail; and have but little left now. I put in a guage [sic] the other day to show how much water was contained in the tank put in the attic. The plumbers put in one which would not work, though it was only designed to let a stream of water run down when the tank was full. Mine tells just how much water there is in the tank, and works all right.”

March 4, 1883
“The carpenters move as slowly at the college buildings as the hour hands of a clock. They put up the front doors the other day. The workmanship of the men left on the job is pretty poor. The boss carpenter want the job of putting up the tables in the chemical rooms, and of the shelves in the library. These he will not get if I have any influence on the decision. He has let he men deface and defile the building so offensively, that no men under his direction will every work for me. The man wants to do right, but he has no idea of work the grade which is required, nor of using care to keep things neat and clean till the building is turned over to the owners.”

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