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JNEWS: Frank Crowley (MC1934) was overlooked by Sports Illustrated



A monument to Olympian Frank Crowley
By TOM HALEY Staff Writer 22 hrs ago


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I once said to Joe Crowley something like, “You must have attended the 1932 Olympics when your bother competed, right?”

He didn’t and I will never forget his response: “Los Angeles? Hell, we couldn’t afford to go to Center Rutland.”

Rutland High School graduate Frank Crowley was one of Vermont’s greatest athletes. He was an All-American runner at Manhattan College, a member of that school’s Hall of Fame and competed in the 1500 meters in the Olympics.

When Sports Illustrated compiled its list of the 50 greatest athletes of the century for each state, Crowley was omitted from the list. An injustice. A gross oversight.

First on that list was Olympic skier Andrea Mead Lawrence and deservedly so.

But somewhere among the 50 there had to be a place for Crowley to join Andrea Mead Lawrence among that cavalcade of stars.

He was forgotten but shouldn’t be again. When they consider subjects for future statues in Rutland, his name should be among the candidates.

If they ever run out of space in downtown Rutland, a Frank Crowley statue in the park in Proctor near the starting line for the race that bears the name of his family would be fitting.

Sunday, the Crowley Brothers Memorial will carry on the name of this great Rutland family with the event named for Frank and his brothers Joe and Larry.

But it would be a fitting tribute for our other Rutland Olympian to have his own legacy chiseled in marble.

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Frank Crowley (MC1934)

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JObit: Ennis, Joseph Lawrence [MC1934]


Joseph Lawrence Ennis

JAMESVILLE < Joseph Lawrence Ennis passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the The Nottingham Residential Health Care Facility in Jamesville. Joe was born Feb. 19, 1913 in the Bronx. He attended Fordham Preparatory School for Boys in the Bronx where he was a member of the swim team. He remained an active member of the Fordham Prep Alumni Association during his lifetime. He entered Notre Dame University in 1930 but contracted polio during his second year and was forced to return home to recuperate. He enjoyed rooting for Notre Dame his entire life. After completing his college requirements at Manhattan College in 1934 with a degree in business, he joined his father and brother in the Joseph L. Ennis Real Estate Firm in New York City. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army, where he served as a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers. It was during his Army career that he met and married Lt. Teresa Mary O”Connell, also from the Bronx. After the war he joined John J. Reynolds Real Estate Firm in New York City. During the latter part of his long career in commercial real estate he worked with the Joseph Murphy Real Estate Firm in New York City, retiring at the age of 87.

He was a communicant at St. Gabriel”s Catholic Church in Riverdale, a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City, a member of the American Legion Riverdale post and a member of the Real Estate board of New York City. He served as president of the board of his cooperative apartment building at 3875 Waldo Ave. in Riverdale for more than 20 years. He was currently residing in the Nottingham Residence for Seniors in Jamesville, and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Teresa Ennis; his daughters, Terry Ann (Jack) Hickey, of Skaneateles and Joan Condon, of San Diego, Calif.; his granddaughter, Jennifer O”Connell, of San Diego, Calif.; his grandson, Timothy (Beth) Hickey, of Charlottesville, Va.; his great-grandson, Brendan Collins, of San Diego, Calif.; his brother, William Ennis, of Staten Island; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Dr. Laurie Beth Hickey.

A funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee St., DeWitt. Burial will be at St. Joseph”s cemetery in Fleming. Contributions can be made in Joe”s memory to the Loretto Foundation, c/o the Nottingham Employees Appreciation Fund, 1305 Nottingham Road, Jamesville, NY 13078. Arrangements by Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.

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Ennis, Joseph Lawrence [MC1934]   

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JFound: Frank Crowley (MC1934) was a hero


Lessons from the ’30s
July 17, 2008

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WSYB Sports Director Jack Healey was grumbling about a $51 fill-up at the gas pump a couple of weeks ago.

“I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach,” Healey said.

Healy feels that way more than most. The combination of great pipes, a tremendous knowledge of sports and meticulous preparation, make him as good a play-by-play man is there is anywhere. But he can be a little neurotic.

These are tough times. It’s not the Great Depression, but it’s something closer to that than many of us have ever lived through.

One area physician told me that he has recently seen older patients who had not showered in a while and who were using cold water to wash dishes.

They are conserving, far more conscious of commodities they always took for granted.

Not anymore. They are trying to get ready for a long, cold winter where skyrocketing heating costs and other things figure to test their resolve.

But those who weathered the 1930s will tell you it was worse then. A lot worse.

Frank Crowley was a hero to his brothers Joe and Larry. They lived on Nichols Street in Rutland and would excitedly wait near the top of West Street hill for him to come home from Manhattan College where he was an All-American distance runner.

That’s why I expressed surprise when Joe told me he didn’t go to Los Angeles to watch his brother in the 1932 Olympic Games.

Joe was incredulous.

“Los Angeles? We couldn’t afford to go to Center Rutland,” was his reply.

The Crowley brothers have all passed on, but Proctor’s Charles Shostak is still very much alive at 90. And he remembers the 1930s well.

And one snapshot that remains vivid is walking up Powers Hill in Proctor to listen to the Friday Night Fights on the radio at a place called Young’s Boarding House.

I did some research on the place and came up empty.

But from what Charlie told me, the facility that housed workers for the Vermont Marble Company would have been situated between the homes currently owned by the Kimballs and Chehys near where North Street turns into Florence Road in Proctor.

“There weren’t too many radios,” Shostak said.

There weren’t a lot of radios, cars or other material things.

“You couldn’t go to Rutland. There weren’t enough cars and it was seven cents to go from Proctor to Rutland by train,” Shostak said. “Nobody had a car. We didn’t even have a bicycle.”

“We would go up to the boarding house and spread out on the lawn. They would see the people out on the lawn and bring the radio out on the porch. There would be 10 or 12 people out on the lawn.”

And that meant fight time.

“The fights started about 8 o’clock,” he said. “The fights were a big thing. There was nothing else to do and you looked forward to them. What else were you going to do?”

The first national broadcast of a boxing match came in 1921 when Jack Dempsey fought Georges Carpentier. The fight was telegraphed to radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh for broadcast and heard mostly by people fortunate enough to have handmade radios.

And thanks to big names like Dempsey, Tunney and Schmeling the fight game evolved and became a big event carried by radio stations each week.

It was certainly one of Charlie Shostak’s favorite memories from a time when not much came easy.

“It was different then. Nobody got upset if their guy lost. It was more like entertainment out and you didn’t care who won,” Shostak said.

“We had fun, but you wouldn’t want to go back to those days.”

No definitely not. But we can learn a lot from Charlie Shostak and others who endured those difficult times.

Things might get bad, but we need to savor the good moments.

The next time a $51 fill-up feels like a Max Schmeling blow to your gut, think of the good times, the simple pleasures. Find your own Friday Night Fights whether it’s taking in a Legion game at gorgeous St. Peter’s Field, a Sunday night sunset at Devil’s Bowl or just a walk through the beautiful trails at Pine Hill Park groomed with so much care. Maybe a nice country drive out to Mill River Union High on Friday to watch the kids wind up their week at the Southern Vermont All-Star Football Camp with scrimmages?

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Crowley, Frank (MC1934)

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