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Bellin Building

Packers Heritage Trail

 
 
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By Robert L Weber, June 7, 2012
1. Bellin Building Marker
Inscription.  Gerald Clifford and Dr. W. W. Kelly, two members of the "Hungry Five," a group of local men critical to the survival of the Packers over their first three decades, had offices here. Kelly was a physician with an office on the fourth floor. Clifford was a partner in a law firm on the sixth floor, although he occupied suite 313 for a period in the 1930's.

The other members of the "Hungry Five" were Andrew Turnbull, Lee Joannes and Curly Lambeau.

The Bellin Building was completed in 1916 and remains one of Green Bay's most recognizable landmarks.

Not only were Kelly and Clifford original tenants, they still had offices here when they led the revolt to oust Lambeau as coach late in the 1949 season. Both Clifford and Kelly were longtime members of the Packers' executive committee. Kelly also doubled for many years as team doctor.

Fred Trowbridge, another powerful behind-the-scenes figure in Packers history, had a law office here on the fifth floor. Trowbridge was a member of the Packers' executive committee from 1950 to 1981. It was in his office that Vince Lombardi requested his release from the Packers
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in 1969 to become coach of the Washington Redskins. After a 45-minute meeting, Lombardi held an impromptu press conference in the hallway.

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Erected 2012 by Packers Heritage Trail Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 44° 30.86′ N, 88° 0.98′ W. Marker is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of East Walnut Street (State Highway 29) and South Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on East Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Green Bay WI 54301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Drumbeat of the Lumberjack Band (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Starr-Struck Young Girl Seeks an Autograph (about 500 feet away); Johnny (Blood) McNally (about 500 feet away); Paul Hornung (about 500 feet away); Clarke Hinkle Tugs at a Young Boy's Heartstrings (about 500 feet away); George Whitney Calhoun (about 500 feet away); Curly Lambeau's Office Northern Building (about 500 feet away); St. Willebrord Catholic Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green Bay.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These were meant to be done
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2020, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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