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I DHMO" -HF HHtSS NOV 15.1979 11F fZ-ilfs 7s black gridder Jewett turned the jeers into cheers in 1890s By TED TALBERT -'t Press Soeciai Writer The year was 1 890 Oscar Wilde had just written "A Picture of Dorian Gray Congress had voted pensions to Civil War veterans. At Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, doctors had come up with the revolutionary idea of wearing rubber gloves during surgery As the year wound into fall," a 20-year-old son of a blacksmith was making his own kind of news. His game was football, then in its 1 2th year at the University of Michigan, and George Henry Jewett II played it with an intensity that rivaled anything previously seen on the playing field at Ann Arbor. "He is a brilliant player who stands punishment with "indifference," observed the Daily, the university's student newspaper COLEMAN JEWETT, who has been working with Millie Schembechler. wife of Michigan footbail coach Bo Schembech-ler, on a project commemorating 100 years of Wolverine football, said: "Gramps was the target for much of the time when he was on the football field He was the fast runner (in 1892, Jewett was the National Amateur Athletic Union champion in the 1 00-and 200-yard dashes), the team's best kicker, the designer of 'special formations," and he was a black player in a for-whites-only game.

"Opposing teams would designate players to get that 'nigger' out of the game by any means, and from all reports Gramps dealt out as much punishment as he received Jewett, who often played offense and defense for the entire game, was the Wolverines' leading scorer in his fresh man year "Gramps quickly gained a reputation as the best all-around football player in the Midwest," boasted his grandson. "Unfortunately, there were no athletic boards of control, media coverage was very limited, and (there were) no professional football teams to draft the top players." Vt iini rjTf, 'fl IS YOUR CAR MORE -I i WITH NO professional football opportunities available, Jewett was encouraged to study medicine, according to his grandson. "Victor Vaughan, dean of medicine, continually put pressure on Gramps to give up either medical studies or football." said Coleman Jewett "Consequently, after the 1892 season, he transferred to Northwestern University in Evanston, 111., and'continued both football and medical studies until his graduation. By transferring to Northwestern, he became part of a select group of athletes who have lettered at two Big Ten schools. "Gramps went on the practice medicine in the Chicago area but medical practice wasn't lucrative in the 1890s, particularly for a black per-.

son. He supplemented his income by playing football and baseball with various semi-professional teams." After brief coaching intervals at Michigan State Normal and Olivet colleges, Jewett returned to Ann Arbor In 1901. he married his childhood sweetheart, Lillian Zebbs. and the following year opened "The Valet," a profitable dry-cleaning, establishment on South State Street in the heart of the U-M campus. On Aug.

11, 1908, George Henry Jewett II died at work, the victim of a heart attack at the age of 38. jewett stood out in one other respect He was black, the first black to take the field for the Maize and Blue While modern journalists frequently credit Willis Ward as being Michigan's first football player (1932), the honor actually belongs to Jewett. "Gramps entered the University "of Michigan in 1890, and enrolled in a four-year homeopathic medical course." said his grandson, Coleman Jewett, 46, an assistant principal at Tappan Intermediate School in Ann Arbor "He took to the gridiron and became the starting fullback on the varsity team as a freshman JEWETT was born in 1870, the son of George Jewett, a successful blacksmith, who, with his wife, Letitia, had come to Ann Arbor from Bowling Green, Ky in 1854. The younger Jewett attended Ann Arbor schools where he earned nine letters for football, track and base-, ball As a high school senior, he captained his basketball team His sports prowess was equaled by his ability as a scholar He carried straight A's geography. English, history, chemistry and mathe- matics, and graduated at the top of his class His introduction to football at U-M was not without pitfalls, -as noted by John Behee in his book, "Hail to the Victors 5 Wrote Behee, 'Kill the coon! Kill the chanted the blood-thirsty Purdue crowd when Michigan squared off against the Boilermakers (in 1892)." IMPORTANT THAN YOU ARE? You insure your car against accidents don't you? Why not insure yourself and family against the high costs of practically every type of accident imaginable.

APPLY TODAY FOR PERSONAL ACCIDENT POLICY wmi vi? ft Above, Michael Jewett (left) and his father, Coleman, stand by a showcase highlighting the career of Coleman's grandfather, George Jewett II (left), who was the first black football player at the University of Michigan. It would be 24 years before before another black man would wear a University of Michigan football uniform. In 1 90 1, he married his childhood sweetheart, Lillian Zebbs, and the following year opened "The Valet," a profitable dry-cleaning establishment on South State Street in the heart of the U-M campus. On Aug. 1 1, 1908, George Henry Jewett II died at work, the victim of a heart attack at the age of 38.

It would be 24 years before before another black man would wear a University of Michigan football uniform. SPONSORED BY UNDERWRITTEN BY Washington national INSUANCt COMPANY But, said Behee, even the hostile Purdue partisans changed their attitude when they saw Jewett play "The chant continued until early in the first half when the officials unscrambled a heap of players. Jewett was found underneath, flat on his face, unconscious. As his limp body was carried off the field, the Purdue rooters stood and cheered wildly Detroit ifrcc Stress FATAL INJURIES S500.00 For oss of iff? Sight oi Donhle Disniemliermpnt school din! S100.00 pldv df-ciilHiits S750 increases to S1 125" NON-FATAL INJURIES Hospital Benefits, up to S5.00 (tav for as long 100 rldy Intensive Care Umi Benefits, up to S10 00 (lay fru as loni) as 10 days iPaul i'1 Hospitdl Bfiefitsl Ambulance Fee Benefit, up to X-Ray Exam Expense, up to Automobile. pHilHstndn ami idiiiodil at itipnts S1.500 increases to S2.250" S35 00 Taxicab and hus S3.000 increases to S4.500' S20 00 dcndHnts $37 50 Commercial passenger Doctor Bill Expense1, up to 16 year old fights leukemia while skating figure 8s LANSING (AP) Not leukemia, not an operation to remove a diseased spleen, not even a lingering suspicion that the cancer will strike again can keep Susie Guild off her ice skates.

In fact, the 16-year-old high school senior from Lansing recently brought home a third from the Eastern Great Lakes figure skating competition. The showing enabled her to qualify for the junior ladies division Midwestern sectionals in December, and keeps alive her chances for an invitation to the national championships. "When people hear that somebody has leukemia, they automatically think death," said the 4-foot-1 1 90-pound skater "Probably only my mother, my coach, my doctor and myself thought I'd be back (on the ice)," she said. "Actually, my doctor was the" most receptive to me getting back into skating, getting going and competing again. JACOBSEN.

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Company will refund all' premiums paid for this policy it lot any-ieason yon are not salisfted with 'it and return' the policv within 10 days after the: date of delivery voiding coverage bom the beginning "She told me just as soon as MIX or MATCH SNOW or REGULAR Policy Foim NA 1 153 THIS IS A LIMITED ACCIDENT ONLY POLICY in. I rVIV I A MAIL THIS APPLICATION TODAY OR CALL 222-6470 SHOW REGULAR Slit REGUtA TREAD I Ml RKiULAR SNOW I $Zf TREAD TREAD I TREAD TREAD ARTS. 13 B78xl3 E78xl4 F78xl4 $44.46 $51.74 BR78.13 ER78.14 FR78xl4 $35.25 $36.63 $38.79 $38.99 $41.51 $44.96 $53.51 G78.14 $39.47 $42.25 $44.00 $45.24 $47.46 $47 56 $49.36 2 6 78x14 F7JxU G78xl4 G78.15 H78.15 178x15 560x15 600x15 $41 50 $43 69 $51 10 S57 SO $55 12 $57 13 $57 22 $57 95 $60 90 $3190 $32 90 3390 $34 90 $3690 $38 90 $3190 $3290 GR7814 $35.07 $38 87 $39 98 $4249 $43 99 $42 91 $4513 $46.77 $48 33 HR78xl4 $56.42 $58.22 $57.59 $59.63 $62.50 GR7805 H78xl4 G78.I5 H78.15 J78xl5 178x13 HR78xl5 IR78.15 $53.48 loi3 i 5 i i u. t. nUmmmllnn nAuv tiro Tiro Ronalr Rotflllon I was In a state of remission, I could get back on the ice." THE DETERMINED figure skater was hospitalized in 1978, braving intensive chemical treatments to arrest the leukemia Cobalt therapy slowed the attack and she was improving steadily until spleen problems were diagnosed three months later, But the surgery 'couldn't keep her from giving up what she had first tried at age 2Vj She was given skates before she could walk because her mother believed they would correct Susie's in-turning toes.

"When I want to do something, I want to do it; I set my sights for it and I go to it. To be stuck in bed was just the worst thing I could think of," she said "Whenever I get on the ice, I think about where I was, say, a year and a half ago," she said. "I could go out and fall flat on my face, whether In practice or in competitiorrand I'd still be glad to be there. "I'm meant to be here. I've had so many things happen, there must be a purpose for me being here.

And right now, I think it's for me to be a skater, to excel in it and to be able to help others excel." APPLICATION. Personal Accident Policy Complete flits application and mail to Robert Kocran Resident Agent Washington National Insurance Company DETROIT FREE PRESS 321 Lafayette Blvd Detroit Ml 48231 I htjieby apojy for the Personal Accident Policy 'F-oim IA 1 153 Ql agiee to pay the Free Press camei lOt a week fot each policy issued to house hold, members listed' have enclosed 20 per person for one yeai 's coverage NAMES '1 please print full gtverriwnpi FREE Road Hazard On Our Multi-Mile Passenger Tires a BRAKE SPECIAL BRAKES RELINED CO 2o ir 1,1 go ID 5 fo -D Si 3 tf) RtllntdbntiMall jfi ILEtlaKBiaillld I 4 whMlt or Bondtd lining 4 Initio ft tdluii brili ti to CD V) Ptch front brttini ft P22F-48 WExchang MAINT FREE J39 2 3 A Address City Zip Code Apt No MOST CARS State Phone No CROSWELL 5346 PECK XD. a. mmim Licenser) Resirleni Aqem Sigiiatu'eor Aooiirar'1 Acron (rem High Sthooll ROSEVILLE 25216 GRATIOT J. North of 10 Mil 9-7 Sat.

8-3 778-7880 380? Policy a issued by Washington National Insurance Company Frl. 9-6. SA1 9-1 679-4100.

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