Post 959: Dr. Hand’s boxing club…

Dr. Hand formed a boxing club for boys in the early 1920s. They met at the BPOE hall just north of the then-new post office. People who’ve lived here very long probably know the exact room I mean.

The boys met at the BPOE club next to the new post office. People who've lived here very long probably remember this room.

The boys met at the BPOE club next to the new post office.
People who’ve lived here very long probably remember this room.

In all likelihood all people in this photo now are dead. My father was a wee rascal in this photo, perhaps seven or eight years old. He died on Election Day 2008 at age 92.

I knew some of them as old guys. One was my dentist. Another was my neighbor up the block. Both were fine fellows, well-regarded in the community. 

Dr. Hand is the fellow standing, bow tie, white shirt, boxing gloves, at the extreme left. My Dad is the little guy at the other end of the photo, wearing bib overalls.

Dr. Hand is the fellow standing, bow tie, white shirt, boxing gloves, at the extreme left.
My Dad is the little guy at the other end of the photo, wearing bib overalls.

Dad's in the middle. Perhaps you can see him a bit better here.

Dad’s in the middle. Perhaps you can see him a bit better here.

Dad came into this photo late in life. One of the surviving people in it found it in his photos and had enlargements made for each of those men still alive at the time.

Dad prized the photo though he admitted he didn’t last long in boxing. 
“I had one match,” he said, “but I didn’t like getting hit.” LOL! He quit, of course.

On October 13, 1978, Dad had a retirement dinner from a lifetime in the police department in the same BPOE hall. I didn’t want to go since I didn’t really know many of the people who’d be there, but I survived. Now, of course, I’m glad I went, mostly because it was that important to Dad.

19 thoughts on “Post 959: Dr. Hand’s boxing club…

  1. What a lovely treasure. It must have been quite a place in it’s time to have attracted so many boys. Is there perhaps a historical society nearby that might have information?

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    • I volunteer at a military museum on Wednesdays, and it is associated with another local museum that deals with local history. I’ve thought about taking this photo in in case they don’t have a copy or they have one and have identifications.

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