Molotov cocktail thought to have caused series stoppage

Posted: Jan. 9, 2017 4:30 pm Updated: Jan. 9, 2017 5:04 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

David Adam's article in your paper on Dec. 19 was an excellent article and brought back lots of memories. The article was headlined "Students' antics cause stoppage of series in 1952."

I was a member of the Quincy High School football team and played in the last game on Oct. 3, 1952. I am still familiar with some of the events, and I think one of the events that caused the stoppage was not included in the article.

Back in those days, both QHS and Quincy Notre Dame would collect large amounts of wood and lumber and would have a big bonfire and pep rally. QHS had its at the old athletic field, and QND had its bonfire at Durst Park, which was located at about 24th and Broadway, or near where the present County Market is now located.

Back in those days, the Quincy Police Department only had a couple of crews working at night, and one crew had been assigned to watch the Notre Dame woodpile. One of our friends called the Police Department and reported that a fight was occurring at the bus depot, and the police left the scene to investigate the fight. Our friends threw a Molotov cocktail on the wood pile and the pile went up in flames.

The guys who were responsible were dating girls who went to QND, and they did a little bragging, and they were caught.

On the Quincy High School team that year were individuals who went on to become public school educators -- Dick Thompson, Dick Moore, Robert Moore and Regional Superintendent of Schools Ray Scheiter. Former State's Attorney Robert Bier was also on the team.

Quincy Notre Dame also had some excellent players in Jim Morris, Ed Hummert, Jack Cosgrove and Bob Amburn.

QHS won the final game 34-0.


Larry Blickhan


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