Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Iola’s Dr. Loope
Member of First University of Wisconsin Football Team
The office and home of Dr. T.E. Loope, a member of the first organized University of Wisconsin football team back in 1889, stood on this site. Truman Elbert Loope was born on May 3, 1870, in Eureka, Wis., and graduated from the University of Madison Medical School in 1891. He began his Iola practice in 1899, became completely blind in the fall of 1928, but prior to his death on Dec. 6, 1942, had continued practicing for several more years.
An interview conducted by a reporter for The Capital Times while he was in Madison attending the 50th anniversary of his graduation from medical school was published on Sunday, June 22, 1941, and reprinted in the Iola Herald on Thursday, June 26, 1941, revealed some astonishing and interesting facts.
“There were hundreds of alumni back on the University of Wisconsin campus Saturday (on June 21, 1941),” the reporter stated, “but the one happiest to 'see' old friends, was a 71-year-old blind man from Iola, Wis., who played on the first Badger football team back in 1889. Dr. Truman E. Loope lost his eyesight after catching a severe cold
“I remember how football started at the University,” Dr. Loope stated to the reporter. “Charley Meyers went east, heard about it and came back wanting to have a team. I remember Meyers and Bill Blackburn and I talked about it all through one chemistry laboratory session. We had a hard time getting players. No one paid much attention to us, and some thought we were crazy. But we got 11 fellows together. We chipped in, bought canvas jackets and pants, and then got red stocking caps for headgear. We used old newspapers for padding.
“Not a single one of us had seen a game when we played the first time in Milwaukee against the Milwaukee Athletic Club. They had former college players from the east and how they licked us! Our mustaches were dragging on the ground when we came home,” Dr. Loope continued. “But we got better as we went along. We thought we were pretty good the next year when we beat Whitewater Normal 108-0, but then we played Minnesota the last game of the year and they beat us 61-0.”
Recalling the last time he saw a football game, Dr. Loope recounted: “I came down here in 1928 to see Wisconsin and Minnesota on a raw cold day. I could
Erected by Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Sports. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1903.
Location. 44° 30.405′ N, 89° 7.863′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is on South Main Street (County Route G) 0.1 miles south of State Street (Wisconsin Highway 49), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Approx 140 South Main Street, Iola WI 54945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The CWEC Electrified Rural Iola in 1939 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1999 Father's Day Fire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); R. I. Anderson Machine Shop (about 300 feet away); Iola Hospital (about 400 feet away); Iola Cancer & Tumor Sanitarium (about 400 feet away); Iola’s Early History (about 500 feet away); Krause Publications (about 600 feet away); The “Spud Alley” Era (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iola.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 27, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page.