Red Grange (1903-1991) was a phenomenal football player of the 1920s and ’30s. He grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Champaign. In November 1925 he joined the Chicago Bears professional football team and through that association has been credited with legitimizing professional football and securing the future of the National Football League.
“Sports in DuPage County,” by Dr. James A. Mathisen is one of the articles contained in Volume I of DuPage History. In addition to Grange, the article covers track star Gil Dodds and basketball coach Elwood Brown.
Other articles in the same issue are:
- “On the Move: Transients in Gilded Age DuPage County” by Scott T. Smith.
- “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Origins of the DuPage County Republican Party” by Dr. Stephen J. Buck.
- “The CCC in DuPage County” by Stephen McShane.
- “Benjamin Franklin Taylor” by Leone Schmidt
- Student Essays about Lotti Holman O’Neill, Illinois’ first female state representative; Stacy’s Tavern; Bloomingdale, Illinois; and “Abolition to Artillery: DuPage County in the Civil War”.