Mike Summers was a guard for the Hood River High School football team, circa 1930s.
That helmet is pretty interesting. It looks like they put half a coconut on top of a leather aviators helmet to absorb head-on impact.
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Well, now I am confused. This player is in photo #880 and his name isn't Mike Summers?
l.e. on 7th November 2014 @ 7:28am
Getting your "bell rung" used to be somewhat of a rite of passage that players and coaches didn't take particularly serious. If you could walk straight and focus your eyes, getting back in the game was not frowned upon or discouraged. Similar to getting back on a horse after being bucked off.
Buzz on 7th November 2014 @ 7:48am
Are we sure his name was Mike and not Glynn Summers.? In all my football stuff I find no Mike Summers having played for HRHS. Glynn Summers played on the team in 1933. They did have some losses but beat Rossevel 27 to 0 and Goldendale 54 to nothing. A James Carr was football coach.
Charlott on 7th November 2014 @ 11:59am
Welcome to my world! Historical records are riddled with errors, so without multiple sources it's hard to be sure of anything. This photo has a caption in ink saying, "MIKE SUMMERS-GUARD-HOOD RIVER." A family record identified this player, in image #880, as "Cliff Volstroff," and Charlott sees there was a Glynn Summers on the team in 1933. Any or none of these choices may be the correct identification. Fortunately a yearbook check would resolve this mystery.
Matt and I were reading a letter from Ruth Guppy to another historian in the 1970's where she was bemoaning the inaccuracies the HR News was getting ready to print because they were relying on a history of the valley which was widely distributed but full of errors. She was worried that people in 50 years would take what they read in that newspaper as fact-- and those people are us!
Arthur on 7th November 2014 @ 5:51pm
Ruth Guppy......lived across the street from us on Belmont.....nice lady, nice family, good neighbor - always enjoyed her across the picket fence HR News column. Her point was/is well taken.....we still suffer from that ill in both our print and other medias. What we publish today will, like you say Arthur, be read 50 years in the future....a good reminder for all of us who publish "stuff". I wonder if those writing in the distant past had any idea their material would get the mass access that is available today....
Arlen Sheldrake on 8th November 2014 @ 8:07am
A friend of mine has written an autobiography. She led an interesting life, but when I read her version of her life, there are incidences that I was involved in and I sure don't remember them the way she does.
My kids don't remember family occurrences the same.
There are family history books written about life in our community at the foot of Mt Adams. One elderly resident tells me all the things that are wrong in those books.
So....I guess history is in the eye of the beholder. Or something like that.
l.e. on 8th November 2014 @ 11:08am