Duluth’s Oneota Football Squad – 1915

Oneota Football 1915

I’m not sure if these are junior high students from Oneota School or if they are high school kids and this is a community team for the Oneota neighborhood (part of West Duluth). Denfeld didn’t have an official football team until 1917.

I don’t know the names of any of the players, except the guy sitting cross-legged in the middle — he’s my great uncle, Sam Brassard. (Yep, Uncle Sam.)

Oneota Football 1915 stances

Could the legendary Wally Gilbert be in these photos? He would have been about 15 years old at the time.

Oneota Football 1915 in line



about 14 years ago

Wow, these show how old Duluth really is. You can see the shadow of the photographer and the old-style camera in one of the pictures. It's crazy that the Oneota neighborhood is now mostly an industrial wasteland.

The Big E

about 14 years ago

No blonds need apply.

The Big E

about 14 years ago

Also, no way those are junior high kids, unless they were held back four or five years.


about 14 years ago

Wish I knew where these photos were taken. I grew up in the Oneota neighborhood, near the then-boarded up Oneota school. Would be fun to know the names of all those other guys, too.

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