New Exhibit: Are you ready for some football…history?

Program for Thanksgiving Day game, 1968
Program for Thanksgiving Day game, 1968

This month, the Local History exhibit case at the Kingston Public Library features a few football artifacts loaned to us by the Silver Lake Regional High School Library.   Recently Coach John Montosi, who led the Lakers football team from 1960 to 1980, donated six scrapbooks to the school.  These volumes, created by Montosi’s mother Dorothy, document the coach’s career and the team’s development over two decades which ended with a Division Championship and a Super Bowl win.

The artifacts will be on display through early December. The scrapbooks will be available in the Kingston Public Library through December 31; please contact the Archivist for an appointment.  In 2014, the scrapbooks will return to the Silver Lake Library.

Thanks to Linda Redding, SLRHS Librarian, for making this exhibit possible!

For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at  piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com.

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South Shore Football Champions of 1933

Football Champions

This group portrait shows some of the 1933 South Shore Champion Football Team of Kingston High School on the football field at the Bailey Playground (note the goal post in the background). Twenty-eight  boys, out of a total student body of 131 in Grades 9-12, went out for football that year. The new principal Mr. Gotschall supervised the football team (and the boys basketball team) in addition to his administrative duties.  Under the principal’s leadership, this small, inexperienced team won five games, lost two and tied one to capture the championship.  And as icing on the cake, the football games cleared a profit of $70.33; along with money from magazine sales and gifts, the school’s athletic and lunchroom bills were paid in full.

Members of the 1933 Kingston High School Football team
Members of the 1933 Kingston High School Football team

Front row (kneeling): Bob Bailey, Raoul Corrazari, George Candini, Clyde Mills, Eddie Cadwell, Stephen Reed, Bob Davis.  Second row: Malcolm “Mac” Peterson, Alfred Bruneau,  Harold “Slim” Alberghini,  Chester “Chet” Morrison, Amelio Ruffini, Russell “Prout” Prouty.

Note the equipment that would never meet today’s safety standards.