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Re:Brindley Information another followup
Posted by: Rhonda Downey Date: February 28, 2000 at 17:07:37
In Reply to: Brindley Information, followup by Rhonda Downey of 606

I went to Glendale Cemetery today. I was looking for Graces grave. I didn't find it, but the office was closed, so there wasn't anyone to ask (this place is huge) and I didn't have my map with me. I did find one area by memory, and is this weird or what! I found Walter C. Brindley's Grave! He was born in 1895 and died in 1959. His wife, Mary M, was born in 1896, must be the one he divorced, there is no date of death.

I also found Grover Cleveland's Grave, his wives name was Marie C. and she was born in 1900 and died in 1972.

I have a job for you...

Find out when in 1929 that Walter was divorced. I may be able to track down a copy of the newspaper article. Wouldn't that be cool?

I will try to call Glendale this week and see if I can get any info on Grace.

Mary Fraizer was not an Indian as far as I can tell. But I was not able to trace all the women in her line. I have a photo of her as a young girl in a costume that would appear to be Indian. I took it to the State Historical Building and the archivist told me that it was not an Indian costume. So I don't think that there is any Indian blood in this family.

I just remembered another newspaper article that I found in my aunts things...surprise surprise


By Bill Bryson

Recognition for Walt Brindley as one of the state's greatest field goad kickers is sought by Earl E. Harney of Des Moines, who was surprised that Walt's name didn't show up in last week's list of record boots.

When Walt was playing for Drake back in 1920, in a game against Kansas at Lawrence, he got off a boot of 55 yards, and there are witnesses to that feat who still claim Brindleys kick sailed 65 yards," writes Harney.

Spalding's Official Football Guide for 1921 gives Brindley credit for only a 50-yard drop kick against Kansas.

Then, inexplicably, in subsequent Guides, Walt's name is omitted from the list of long field goals since 1873, which go all the way down to such a trivial distance as 15 yards.

Regardless of whether Brindley's effort traveled 50, 55 or 60 yards, it must have been a mighty kick.

"Forrest C. (Phog) Allen, then the Kansas football coach, has said it was the most beautiful kick he ever saw," Harney continues, "that it soared some 25 or 30 feet above the cross bar and landed a good 20 yards beyond."

I looked up some old clippings on Brindley and found that he kicked a field goad of 52 yards against Grinnell High at Grinnell in 1913. (There was quite a gap between Brindley's prep and college careers.) This writer has seen him in practice kick up to 65 yards.

The question of who was the greatest back ever developed in Iowa is brought up occasionally; it is purely a matter of opinion, buy my vote goes to Brindley and I know there are a great many who think the same."

There is a picture of him in this clipping.


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