Historical Sports: 1940-41 JHS team and the Firemen

1940-41 would be, at the time, one of Juneau High School’s most successful seasons.


The Crimson Bears won 21 games and lost seven. The team, under first year coach Fred Lindenmeyer had developed into a small, fast, accurate shooting attack.

The team featured senior Jack McDaniel at center (5-foot-10, 155 pounds), third year on varsity; sophomore Sam Martin, also a center (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) in his first varsity year; junior John Bavard (5-foot-9, 155 pounds), a fast and smooth forward in his first varsity season; junior Donald Murphy, an accurate shooting and speedy forward in his first varsity season; senior Alex Miller, a quick aggressive guard (5-foot9, 150 pounds) on his third varsity year; senior Hallie Rice, (5-foot-7, 145 pounds) at guard for the third varsity season; senior Lee Lucas (5-foot-11, 170 pounds), a first year varsity guard; senior Eddie Nielson, and energetic and accurate forward (5-foot-7, 180 pounds) in his first varsity season. Second-string players included manager Bob Helgesen, Ed Nelson, Jim Johnson, Stanley DeLong, John Floberg, Eugene Lee, Kenny Thibodeau, Walter Fukuyama, Jack Pasquan, Malcom Faulkner, and Rodney Nordling.

JHS defeated Douglas in three straight games over three weeks, which gave them the Channel Championship. Scores were 33-28, 45-20 and 42-32. The Crimson Bears then had a three-game series at Haines to decide the Northern Division Championship. JHS won the first game 38-27, lost 36-31 and then won the deciding game 32-28.

Now the Crimson Bears played the Ketchikan Polar Bears (who defeated the Petersburg Vikings for the Southern Division Crown) for the Southeast Title. JHS won the first game 32-28 and 35-27 for the championship. Other outstanding non-conference victories in the season were against the rampaging city league team from Little Norway, the Petersburg Hornets, 50-44 and defeating Wrangell Institute 48-38 (WI’s only loss in the area). JHS stopped the Alumni 46-26, Elks 26-19, 27-21 and 41-38, National Guard 45-20 and 45-28, Hennings 38-27 and 44-40, DeMolay 54-31 and 62-18, Skagway 30-25, and Charleston 46-32. JHS lost to the Eagles twice, 33-30 and 47-38. The Firemen were the spoilers though, stopping JHS from winning the City League crown by defeating the Crimson Bears during the season by scores of 20-18, 35-28 and 43-32.

Events to note:

1940 - Aug. 23, The Douglas Natatorium, which had three or four intermittent periods in the past 30 years of roller skating, roared again to the sound of little wheels under the charge of Sam Nelson, George Endres and Irvine Fleek. Unfortunately the big Wurlitzer organ, installed by Julius Moehler, who operated the rink in 1910-12, in no longer available to furnish music.

Sept. 6, Miss Margaret Maland of Moorhead, Minnesota, has been elected to take over the seventh and eight grade English, reading and spelling classes formerly taught by w. P. Hautala, so stated school superintendent A. B. Phillips.

Oct. 29, Radio station KINY moved to new quarters in the Decker Building on South Franklin Street. All broadcasting had formerly been done at the rock dump location since the main studio in the Goldstein Building was destroyed by fire the previous year.

1941 - Jan. 6, In wet snow on the slalom course on Douglas Island, Curtis Shattuck won the men’s race and Mary VanderLeest the women’s race for the Behrends and Henning trophies. Dean Williams, the previous year’s winner, was second in the men’s division with Fred ball third. Elizabeth Terhune and Mary Jean McNaughton placed second and third in the women’s race.

Jan. 8, Dr. Joseph O. Rude arrived from Petersburg and joined with Dr. L. P. Dawes in the practice of medicine.

Jan. 29, Y. “Slim” Shitanda, proprietor of the Owl Restaurant and apartments, is homeward bound from a visit to Japan. George Tanaka minded the cafe in his absence.

March 24, Two Lockheed Lodestars arrived from Seattle and three Lockheed Electras arrived from Fairbanks to the pan American airport on the Mendenhall flats.

April 15, Alaska Air Transport and Marine Airways hired third pilot Dean Goodwin, former instructor at the Washington Aircraft Company in Seattle. The consolidated air transport company will be known as Alaska Coastal Airlines.

April 25, The 24 pastel paintings of Alaska Natives, recently purchased from Mrs. Nina Crumrine by the legislature will be on view to the public in a room at the rear of the Territory Library and Museum. The 24 portraits were purchased for $3,600.

July 25, Hugh J. Wade, Alaska director of Social Security, was named Territorial Coordinator for Health, Welfare and Related Defense Activities.

Newspaper adds featured:

Rice & Ahlers Co. closing out their 1938 models. Refrigerators (3,5 and 60footers) from $120-139; Ranges to $127; Washers $68 and Ironers $77. All carry the usual warranty. At Third and Franklin.

Alaska Electric Light & Power was selling G. E. Washers as low at $59. The all white beauty featured activator washing motion, quiet action and no oiling.

Alaska School of Aeronautics (at the airport) stated, “This is plain horse sense. Opportunity knocks now young men - Plan your future - Learn to fly. Modern planes and expert instructors available every day.”

Cowling-Davlin Co. had 1941 Chryslers tailored to your taste, with new airflow bodies, lower, wider, beautifully flared at the window line, new interiors with broadcloths and novelties.

20th Century Grocery stated, “We don’t meet prices - we make them.” Tomato juice - 3 no. 1 tins for 25 cents; butter 2 pounds for 75 cents; eggs 2 dozen for 65 cents; and Van Camps’ Beans 2 for 35 cents.

The Douglas Inn (proprietor John Marin) featured Ruth on the electric Organ and Johnny on the drums and invited the towns to dance and have the time of your life.

The Capitol Theatre was showing The Hardys Ride High, with Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, Ann Rutherford, and Lewis Stone.

It is stated that over $10,000,000 is spent in Alaska in one average year by the Canned Salmon Industry, which creates more business for all Alaska. Money’s brought to Alaska go, in part, directly to over 11,000 workers for wages; part for purchases such as wire and lumber; part for cannery supplies from other Alaska industries, and a big part for taxes.



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