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Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Iola’s Dr. Loope

Member of First University of Wisconsin Football Team

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, October 23, 2014
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Inscription. Side 1

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 at the Wisconsin-Minnesota football game in Madison in 1928, but he had a grand time as the class of 1891 held its reunion Saturday.”

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“I remember how
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By Paul Fehrenbach, October 23, 2014
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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 see fairly well then, but I caught cold on the way home and when I got over the cold my eyes were sealed up tight. Since then I only see the games we used to play.”
 
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Vacant lot at marker site.
Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 6.)
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1999 Father's Day Fire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Iola’s Early History (about 500 feet away); The “Spud Alley” Era (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of Numismatic News (about 700 feet away); Iola Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Iola Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show (approx. 0.4 miles away); Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iola.
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, October 23, 2014
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Looking north along South Main Street.
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By Paul Fehrenbach, October 23, 2014
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University of Wisconsin’s first football team, 1889.
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By Paul Fehrenbach, October 23, 2014
6. Iola’s Dr. Loope
Dr. T.E. Loope, summer of 1941; died December 1941
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 22 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.
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