Tuesday, January 6, 2015

(ROBERTS) The Quarterback

My great-grandparents, Earl Raymond Peter and Eva Irene Laws, were deaf. They met while attending Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) in Olathe, Kansas. 
Kansas School for the Deaf, circa 1900
KSD opened in 1861 and had more than 200 students when Earl and Eva attended in the early 1900s.
KSD Class of 1914. This photo belonged to Eva Laws Peters.
No names are listed, but I believe the man seated in
the center, looking to the right, is Earl.

KSD continues to serve deaf students today. The school has also digitized a large collection of historic photos. It was through these pictures that I discovered that Earl was on the football team. The photo also notes his position: quarterback. 
KSD Football team, 1913. Earl is at bottom, center left

Earl from above photo 

This game was before Earl's time, but the field and uniforms probably looked similar when he played 10 or 15 years later.
Football game at KSD, circa 1900

I don't know anything 
else about their time at the school, but how awesome to learn a little about my great-grandpa's high school experience. 


Photos from jocohistory, Kansas School for the Deaf Collection, http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/ksd . Accessed 31 Dec 2014. 

http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ksd/id/4459 is the campus photo. 

http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ksd/id/1411 is the 1913 football players

http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ksd/id/4454 is the football game 

Photo of the Class of 1914 is in my possession. 

Line of descent:
Earl Raymond Peter, born 1893
Dolores Mae Peters (later Roberts), b. 1927

No comments:

Post a Comment