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Elmwood's famous Yellow Jackets
By Joanne Baier
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:48 AM
Joining Jack Gehn for the photo is his wife Helen (Lewis) Gehn (left), and cousin, Charlotte (Fisher) Bowen, whose dad, Calvin "Curly" Fisher also played for the Yellow Jackets. Photo by Joanne Baier
ELMWOOD, WI - The newest acquisition to the Elmwood History collection, a Yellow Jacket sweater, now hangs in the lobby of the Auditorium. The sweater was once worn by Adolph Gehn and has been donated by his son Jack.
Appreciation is expressed to John (Jack) and Helen Gehn for their donation of the last existing warm-up sweater of the Elmwood Yellow Jackets, once worn by John's father, Adolph Gehn. Appreciation is also expressed to Adolph's wife, Mildred, for keeping detailed records of the team.
Once a fabulous, fearless and famous pro-basketball team reigning supreme from 1926 to 1931, the Yellow Jackets played their home games in the Elmwood Auditorium.*
One of the greatest guards was Adolph "Bony" Gehn. He was a man who could take a rebound from the backboard and fire a perfect strike the full length of the court, and with the speed of a pitched baseball.*
The climax of their career came after they faced the famous Harlem Globe Trotters. In the final seconds the Jackets tied the Trotters by a score of 30-30. After three over-times, they agreed to a decision to settle the 34-34 tie at another date. In their match game the Jackets won 36-34.*
Financing of this project was made available by The Elmwood Enrichment Council, The Elmwood History Book Committee, and Jim and Joanne Baier.
*Appreciation to The Elmwood Argus for historical details.
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