Multiple Teams · 1914 – Millington’s first football team


MILLINGTON – As the Millington Cardinals begin to kick off on of the strangest years of football in it’s 106 year history, when the 2020 gridders travel to Standish on Friday, September 18, Millington Athletics would like to take a look back at our first football team; the team of 1914.

The following is reprinted from the Friday, November 13, 1936, edition of the Tuscola County Advertiser.

Millington Football Team of 1914 Reunited

Several members of the 1914 football team at Millington, the first of its kind in the high school, gathered Sunday at the Durant hotel in Flint for a reunion.  E.M. Conklin, Detroit, who was the first coach while he was superintendent of the school, acted as master of ceremonies.  Various members of the team told stories of their school life and football days.

Mr. Conklin was accompanied by Mrs. Conklin; others present were Mrs. Fred Wills, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Torrey, Mr. and Mrs. James Murray, Ross Pedlow, of Flint Berneita Pedlow, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Castle, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Richards, Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Torrey, Grand Blanc.

Members of the team also had a reunion the fall before on November 8, 1935, on Alumni Day which took place during the Millington/Vassar football game.  The Red and White lost the game 7-0, but all the former players left happy as they were given baseballs by Bill Rogell the shortstop of the 1935 World Champion Detroit Tigers.

Team members included; Center Harold Tiller, Left End Erwin Richards, Right End Clarence Beagle, Left Tackle Ross Pedlow, Right Tackle Jim Murray, Left Guard Lem Bushaw, Right Guard Clare Haviland, Quarterback Laverne Ostrander, Left Half-Back Cy Castle, Right Half-Back Archie Torrey, Full Back Fred Willis (captain), and substitutes Leo Torrey and Art Torrey.  The team was coached by E.M. Conklin.