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November 22, 2017

Case vs. WRU 1947 Thanksgiving Day Game and Activities

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Cartoon from the 11/21/1947 Case Tech

Seventy years ago Thanksgiving Day once again witnessed the Case vs. Reserve annual football game. In anticipation of the contest, the Reserve Tribune reported, “Turkey Day this year will witness the 55th clash between the ancient fence rivals, Case and Reserve. Few rivalries can boast as illustrious a history as this one. Having compiled a record of 34 wins and five ties in the 52 games played thus far, the Red Cats will strive this year to make it 16 straight over the Rough Riders.”

Cartoon and schedule of events from the 11/21/1947 Reserve Tribune
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Both schools held rallies at 11 a.m. the Wednesday before the game. Reserve students gathered in Amasa Stone Chapel while Case students gathered at Van Horn Field. The rallies, as you would imagine, did not end calmly. After singing the Alma Mater to close the official rally, some Reserve students had a dummy and suggested stringing it from the top of Case’s tallest tree. According to the account in the Reserve Tribune the several students “went over to Case to do their duty. But, they made one mistake. They didn’t wait for the whole crowd. While they were still outnumbered the Case boys took the dummy and proceeded to tear it apart. By the time reinforcements had arrived all that was left of the dummy was the football pants that it was wearing. These were promptly rescued....The pants were strung up in the tree and secured there. Several of the plumbers attempted to climb the tree but were promptly hauled back down. They were only de-shoed, however, in consideration for the Mather girls who were milling around inciting the boys to riot. Then some of the Case boys went out and proceeded to tie up traffic on Euclid, de-trolleying several streetcars...”

The football game was held at 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (11/27) in front of 8,500 fans at League Park. It was an exciting game as the Red Cats beat the Rough Riders 13-12. As reported in both the Tribune and the Case Tech, the field was frozen and neither team could move the ball in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Reserve scored a touchdown after a 67 yard drive. Nate Corbin took the hand-off from the quarterback at the Case 45, swept wide around the left end and ran for score. The pass for the extra point was incomplete and the Red Cats led 6-0. Near the beginning of the second half Case came back and scored when the quarterback took it in from the 2 yard line. Case also missed the extra point and the score was tied 6-6.

Later in the 3rd quarter Reserve end Mike Nesteruk recovered a Case fumble on their 34 yard line. After a few plays quarterback Lahr passed to Johnny Franko in the end zone for the score. George Roman kicked the extra point and Reserve took the lead 13-6. “Case, undaunted by their opponents’ lead, came roaring back in the last period. After a punt had rolled out on the Reserve 2, Lahr was forced to kick out of danger. The kick was blocked by Case’s Bob Gorman, and the Rough Riders recovered on the 3 yard line. On the second play, Halfback Wayne Zahn carried the pigskin over on a deceptive handoff. A poor pass from center ruined the Riders’ chances of knotting the ball game.”

In the evening the Reserve ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa - national honorary campus leadership society) and Case Blue Key dance was held at Hotel Cleveland. Both the ODK and Blue Key queens presided at the dance. They were presented to the crowd and crowned by bandleader Tommy Dorsey at the halftime ceremonies during the game. The dance was held from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The cost was $2.25. per couple. Advance ticket holders at Case were entered into a raffle for ducks and turkeys held during the pre-game rally.

See accounts of other Thanksgiving Day games and events in blog entries from 2017, 2013 , 2012, 2011 , 2010 and 2nd 2010 entry.

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November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Vesper Service, 11/25/1947

On Tuesday, 11/25/1947, Western Reserve University (WRU) held its regular Thanksgiving Vesper Service in Amasa Stone Chapel. President Winfred Leutner, Reverend George Nostrand, University Chaplain, and Rabbi Stephen Sherman, Director of the local chapter of the Hillel Foundation, presided. Leutner read the Thanksgiving proclamation from President Truman. Rev. Nostrand read an Invocation and The Lord’s Prayer. Rabbi Sherman read the scripture lesson and a prayer. The University Choir, under the direction of Director Russell L. Gee, also performed several songs and hymns.

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(l-r) Rabbi Stephen Sherman, President Winfred Leutner, and Rev. George Nostrand look over President Truman's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Rev. Nostrand gave the address, “Glad You’re Alive.” While the Archives does not have the text of this address, the Reserve Tribune (11/21/1947) reported that the address stressed the meaning of the first Thanksgiving as a basis for the observance of the holiday.

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Program for the 1947 Thanksgiving Vesper Service

Members of the Adelbert Student Council and Mather Student Government served as ushers. All University personnel (faculty, students, and staff) and residents of the neighborhood were welcome to attend the service.

Read descriptions of Thanksgiving and the traditional Case vs. Reserve game in blog entries from 2010, 2nd 2010 entry, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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November 02, 2017

On This Day in CWRU History: November

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Left: Sigma Chi members, 1910; Right: CWRU’s undefeated football team carries coach Jim Chapman off the field, 1984

Below is month four of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include.

November 1
1843 First classes were held by the School of Medicine.

November 2
1957 Cornerstone was laid for the Newton D. Baker Memorial Building on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road.

November 3
1909 Beta Eta of Sigma Chi became the first joint Case Institute of Technology - Western Reserve University fraternity chapter.
1958 Dedication ceremonies were held at Case Institute of Technology for Strosacker Auditorium. It was named for Charles J. Strosacker, Case 1906.
1969 Constitution of the University Faculty was approved by the CWRU General Faculty.
1984 By defeating Carnegie Mellon University at home, 25-17, CWRU's varsity football team finished 9-0, its first undefeated season.

November 4
1846 School of Medicine opened its first building, located in downtown Cleveland.
1890 Western Reserve University played its first varsity football game, losing to the Clevelands, 6-0.
1988 The Microcomputer Information Center closed as the result of the reorganization of computing and information services. A. R. Jennings Computing Center took over some of the support services at its location in Crawford Hall.

November 6
1920 Case School of Applied Science ran its first varsity cross country race, placing 6th out of 7 teams in the Big Six Meet held at Ohio Wesleyan University.

November 7
1891 Case School of Applied Science played its first varsity football game, losing to Buchtel College, 42-0.

November 8
1985 Frederick Gregory spoke on campus at the Minority Engineering Career Conference. Gregory was the first African-American to pilot a spacecraft when he flew Challenger in 1985. His father, Francis, was a 1928 graduate of the Case School of Applied Science.

November 9
1934 Thwing Hall was dedicated as Western Reserve University's new University Library. It was named for former WRU president Charles F. Thwing.
1961 Former U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower was the guest of honor at “Night with Ike,” held at Horsburgh Gym. The program was televised to Strosacker Auditorium and Tomlinson Hall.
1996 Phi Delta Theta fraternity celebrated its 100th anniversary. It was founded at Case School of Applied Science in 1896.

November 10
1971 Louis A. Toepfer was inaugurated as CWRU's second president.
1979 CWRU sorority Sigma Psi held the first “Mr. CWRU” contest before a capacity crowd at Fribley Commons. Scott Elliot, a Cleveland Institute of Music student, was the first Mr. CWRU.
1994 Campus News reported that the Cleveland Institute of Music was online with CWRUnet. It was the first external organization connected to CWRUnet.

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Dwight Eisenhower, T. Keith Glennan, and Henry Heald honor Eisenhower, 11/9/1961

November 11
1902 Dedication ceremonies were held for Haydn Hall. Named for former WRU president Hiram Haydn, Haydn Hall opened as a women's dormitory.
1921 Memorial tablet honoring the Western Reserve University men who died in World War I was unveiled in Amasa Stone Chapel.
1955 Case Institute of Technology held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Sam W. Emerson Physical Education Center. Sam Emerson graduated from Case in 1902.
1988 As reported by The Observer, a Macintosh computer virus NVIR affected CWRU computer labs. It was unknown how the virus arrived on campus. Computer disks were checked for the virus before use in campus computer labs.

November 12
1938 Case School of Applied Science varsity football team played their final home game at Van Horn Field, losing to Miami University, 27-12. Case games would return to campus in 1953, playing their home contests at Western Reserve University's Clarke Field.
1948 The newly established NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) chapter at Western Reserve University held its first meeting.

November 13
1922 Administrators, students, and trustees from Western Reserve University, Case School of Applied Science, School of Education, and the School of Art gathered at Adelbert Gym to celebrate Armistice Day.
1926 Dedication ceremonies were held for the Allen Memorial Library.
1984 Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court, spoke at Gund Hall as part of the Sumner Canary Lecture series.

November 14
1969 The dormitory complexes on Murray Hill and Carlton Roads were dedicated.

November 15
1969 Western Reserve University beat Case Institute of Technology in football, 28-14. It was the final time these schools would play each other in football. Since their first game in 1891, WRU won 48 times, Case won 20, and 6 games were tied.
1980 Dedication ceremonies were held for the newly renovated Thwing Student Center and Claud Foster Park.
1988 Trustee Executive Committee added sexual orientation to CWRU’s non-discrimination policy.

November 16
1958 Newton D. Baker Memorial Building was dedicated.
1980 David V. Ragone was inaugurated as CWRU's third president.
1997 I. F. Freiberger Pavilion in the Kelvin Smith Library and I. F. Freiberger Field were dedicated.

November 19
1999 CWRU Film Society presented a marathon of films from Hollywood Director, Stanley Kubrick, who died in March 1999. Films shown were Eyes Wide Shut, Dr. Strangelove, and A Clockwork Orange.

November 24
1970 First joint meeting of the Executive Committee of the CWRU Trustees and Faculty Senate was held.

November 25
1988 Fire destroyed the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at 11120 Magnolia Drive. Losses were estimated at $750,000.

November 26
1963 University convocation was held in memory of President John F. Kennedy at Amasa Stone Chapel.

November 28
1988 One-to-One Fitness Center began full operation.

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WWI memorial tablet, 1921

On This Day in CWRU HIstory: July
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On This Day in CWRU History: October

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