Dale L. Walker, Robert L. Shumaker, and Nancy Hamilton
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Founder of the Texas School of Mines, now U. T. El Paso. Born in Hoosick Falls, New York in 1881; played football at Wesleyan University; coached football in Ohio; credited with inventing the forward pass in football.
Summary of Interview
Athletics in El Paso in the early 1900s; how started the Texas School of Mines in 1913; development of the symphony in El Paso; experiences as a football player at Wesleyan; experiences coaching and invention of the forward pass; officiating at football games; writing a sports column for the Hoosic Falls (New York) Standard Press and the Washington County Post since 1930.
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
Interview with H. E. Van Surdam by Dale L. Walker, Robert L. Shumaker, and Nancy Hamilton, 1978, "Interview no. 306," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.