|Remember that one-point loss to Oshkosh... in 1956?|
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
That old cliche is right. No matter where you travel in this country, you’ll run into a friend.
Essentially, that’s what a California man did recently. And now he wants to meet Imperial residents who share his memories of a football game in 1956.
Deb Bopp of Imperial recently heard from her sister, Carla Soares of Arroyo Grande, Calif. Soares works in a bank in Pismo Beach, and recently began talking to a customer who originally lived in Oshkosh.
Victor Wright told her he used to play football for Oshkosh High School, against Imperial.
“Yesterday he came in carrying a stick with old white paint on it,” she e-mailed Bopp.
“Apparently on Oct. 5, 1956 his team went to play a game against Imperial. The Oshkosh players noticed that Imperial had the last standing wooden goal posts in the state.”
The Oshkosh team decided that if they won the game they were taking the goal posts with them. The game was a fierce one, and ended by Oshkosh winning, 14-13.
“Well, they tore those goal posts down and broke them up,” Soares said Wright told her. “Anyway, they were all in big trouble and all the pieces confiscated,” except for the 10-inch one Wright had hidden in his duffle bag.
Wright is interested in being contacted by any Imperial football players who participated in that game. If they do, he’ll send them a piece of his stick.
A check with the Nov. 1, 1956 issue of The Imperial Republican found a mention of the game, but not a big story, and no names.
“He had tears in his eyes remembering this Nebraska day,” Soares wrote.