Thursday, 1 December 2016

Boston Shoe Trades Hockey Team 1920`s.

Here we have another amateur hockey team who fielded some influential players in their time.
           As you may have known I am fascinated in the Logo`s teams used and how they got to pick them. In a lot of cases a hockey teams name had been copied from the towns Football or Baseball team. Many others had worn the first signs of business advertising and sponsorship.
The Boston Shoe Trades Hockey Team have been difficult to research but certainly sound like they are part of the latter, but as always I would love to hear from anyone who has any useful information about this or any other amateur team in the US or Canada.
            They were known as the `Crescents` before changing to the `Shoe Trades`. They played in United States Amateur Hockey Association for three seasons 1919-22.
1920/21  USAHA         GROUP ONE         W         L         T

Boston AA                                                    6          0         0
Shoe Trades (Boston)                                   2          2         0
Quaker City (Philadelphia)                           1          4         0
St Nicholas Club ( NY)                                1          4          0

Boston Crescents 1910.

 Here we have the `Crescents` with number three, Raymond Nelson Skilton 1889-1961
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Raymie Skilton as a Shoe Trader 1921
Teams: Boston AA Unicorns (1912 and 1916)
             Sherbrooke Saints (1913)
            Boston Irish Americans (1914)
            Boston Arenas (1915 and 1917)
            Boston Navy Yard (1918)
            Boston Shoe Trades (1921 and 1922)
            Boston Vics (1923)
Military Service 1918/19.
He was an 1st team All-star in 1916 and 1917 (AAHL)
and in 1918 with the US Navy Hockey league.

Raymie Skilton offered the MONTREAL WANDERERS
just one dollar to play. As the NHL team knew of his credentials playing in the AAHL the past six seasons they offered him a ONE game contract. On 21st December 1917
Skilton played his one and only NHL game it ended in a 11-2 loss against the Mighty MONTREAL CANADIENS.
Other notable players who wore the BSTC logo are
Frank Allen `RED` Synott 1890-1945 he also played in the 1920 Olympics for the silver medal winning team the USA.

Gerry Geran Shoe Traders 1921

Another member of the USA silver medal Olympic squad and fellow member of the Shoe Trades 1921 squad was.
Gerry (Pierce) George `Duke` Geran 1896-1981.

Gerry Geran was the FIRST player from the United States to make the NHL.
Playing four of the six games with the MONTREAL WANDERERS in the NHL`s inaugural 1917/18 season, before their arena burned down and the team disbanded.
He also would play thirty three games for the BOSTON BRUINS.
In thirty seven career NHL games he scored 5 goals and 1 assist.

Thanks once again for reading, please don`t hesitate in contacting me with any useful information.
Kindest regards,

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

My search for HELP

Anyone who has been reading my blog`s will hopefully realise how much I am fascinated in the history of the early amateur leagues and teams. I am particularly interested in the logos they wore on their sweaters.
This is the reason I ask people to share these blog`s, hoping they can reach people, especially in Canada/USA who may have information  about this fascinating time of early hockey.
                 Nearly every town and city in Canada and the US had at some point links with amateur hockey and the amount of teams must be phenomenal, but before these are forever forgotten about, I want to try and catalogue them. Hope you can help.

Fearman Hockey Team and Pork Chops!!!!!!!!!!!.

Here we have the `Fearmans Hockey Team from 1905.
             They were another of the many teams that were sponsored by local business men, as you can see their logo comes in the form of a home-made material `F`.
The Team were part of the Hamilton Wholesale Hockey League and were champions in 1905 hence the photograph.
The winning cup is displayed in front of the team captain and rover A.C.Hagar.
             Fearman`s  were an early Hamilton, Ontario meat packing concern. Started by Frederick William Fearman in the 1850`s with the production of pork products.

Frederick William Fearman: Ship steward, Hotel Manager, Merchant Meat-packer and Politician.
Born 1825 in Norfolk, England. The family moved to Hamilton, Ontario when he was eight.

In the spring of 1856 Frederick with very limited capital, set himself up as a commission merchant, and produce dealer curing pork on the side, by 1871 Fearman`s Pork were one of the most successful processing operations in the region. It is now part of the Sofina foods group.
                Fearman`s is Canada`s Oldest pork processor.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Anthes Furniture Co Hockey Team.

In the next number of blog`s I will concentrate on Hockey teams that have been sponsored/owned by individual companies, some will have full are part names emblazoned on their sweaters, some like this team photograph will show a more stylized logo.
               The Anthes Furniture Hockey Team had a popular style of logo during this time, the `A` of Anthes has wings.
This team photograph is from the Berlin Independent Hockey League in which they were champions in 1909. I am still researching this league but have found nothing so far, I would be extremely grateful if anybody could help me with this one.

1884: John S. Anthes purchased the Berlin novelty works and carried on business in his own name for a number of years in the manufacture of children's carriages and patent slat chairs.
1888: His factory was destroyed by fire but was immediately rebuilt on a much larger scale. He started specialising in making  high grade furniture.
1901: Went into amalgamation with sixteen other factories to form the Canada Furniture Manufacturers Ltd in which he became the director of the local factories.
1906: He resigned as director and went into partnership with J.C. Breithaupt under the name of the Anthes Furniture Co.
1920: Management of the company was taken over by Baetz Bros.
1965: The Anthes-Baetz Furniture Co was officially formed.
1967: Anthes-Baetz purchased by Farquharson-Gifford Ltd of Stratford, Ontario.
purchased by Princeville Furniture Inc of Princeville, Quebec.
1982: Anthes-Baetz merged with Hentschel Clocks Canada and became Hentschel-Baetz Ltd.

The Anthes Furniture name had been around for nearly a 100 years.