1936 Season

Ralph Hunn
Ralph Hunn
  Howard T. Heun
Howard T. Heun
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Season Results


Season Summary

In May on Lake Mendota , the UW varsity (4:53.9) turned in a convincing 3½ length victory over a powerful Detroit Boat Club on a rain-swept 1?-mile course. A trim new Olympic shell was used for the first time. The UW JV-8 (5:02.6) took the measure of another Detroit Boat Club eight over the same course by a length and one half margin. On the same day, the freshman eight eked out a close race against a plucky St. John's Military Academy . The margin of victory was two lengths over a one mile course.

Although not representing Wisconsin as an official crew, the Badger 150-pounders rowed the Milwaukee Boat Club and dropped a length and a half decision. UW's boating: Ebert, Kaiser, Hannahs, Pfannstiehl, Pousseau, Haynie, Kirkland , Paul Waterman (stroke) and LeGrand (cox).

The Badger crew won the two-mile race, gaining possession of the Col. Charles G. Dawes trophy. The New York Times reported Wisconsin 's victory on the two-mile Muskingum River course in Marietta , Ohio as three-quarters of a length ahead of Marietta (College) in a time of 8:30.5. A spectator train followed the course of the race along the Ohio.

At the Mid-American Regatta, the junior varsity was a seven-length winner in its division.

While driving back to Madison from Marietta , UW captain Howard Heun recalls coming through his hometown of Richmond , Indiana about 3:00 AM in the morning. Deciding they all needed a rest, he knocked on his parents' door to ask if the team could catch some sleep and they all found a place to bed down for the night. The next morning, there was not food sufficient in the house to feed everyone. Heun said his father, then called down to the Richmond Leland Hotel advising of the imminent arrival of a bunch of hungry lads and to put the tab his father's bill.

During Class Day's intramural competition that spring in Madison and over 150 men received gym training.

In May of 1936, UW crew captain Howard Heun, as President of the Student Board and thus one of that Board's representatives on the Athletic Board, participated in the hiring Harry Stuhldreher as UW's Athletic Director and head football coach. Stuhldreher had been one of the “Four Horsemen” of Notre Dame's football team and an All-American quarterback in 1925. Along with Stuhldreher in this famous Notre Dame backfield was James H. (“Sleepy Jim”) Crowley , a native of Green Bay , Wisconsin , who, at the suggestion of Green Bay Packer founder/owner Earl “Curly” Lambeau, had gone to Notre Dame ultimately playing left halfback for Coach Knute Rockne. Crowley would later coach Vince Lombardi at Fordham University , where Vince, as a right guard in 1936, would become one of their famous “Seven Blocks of Granite.” According to historian and former UW rower (Class of '32) Paul O. Eckhardt, Jr., Stuhldreher was always a strong supporter of men's crew at UW.


At the IRA's:

For lack of money, Wisconsin skipped its fourth straight IRA regatta (excluding 1933, when no regatta was held during the depth of the depression). Washington won the varsity eight event in a field of seven.



Joe W. Brooks
W. L. Charles Burroughs
Robert S. Heinze
Donald R. Heun
Carl A. Burghardt, Jr.
Ray L. Gaudette
Richard Tinkham
Richard M. Hofmann
Franz Ibisch
Stuart Olbrich
Arthur Robert Bridge
Edwin J. Collins, Jr.
Ray Parker
Donald C. Wiggins
Robert W. Wolfe


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