Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Counting down to three BWC-Linfield Homecoming 2015 events GOLF TOURNEY starts 11am Friday Sept. 11, 2015

Countdown Clocks TAILGATER starts 10am Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

Countdown Clocks  CASINO starts 4pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015


Apologies. On some smart phones 
and perhaps tablets, operation 
of the countdown clock is 
hard to see.
  Linfield 2015 Football season starts 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, on Maxwell Field in Homecoming football game vs. Chapman of Orange, Calif. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Do the right thing and vote for Linfielder Brett Elliott

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... Do the right thing and vote for Linfielder Brett Elliott


By Jen Beyrle | The Oregonian on July 22, 2015 at 9 am


Oregon's greatest college athlete: Round of 64, Day 2

The Oregonian/OregonLive is officially kicking off its Oregon's Greatest Athlete contest, and we'd like your help to help us decide who is the best.

We've put together 64 of the best athletes to play sports at any college or university in Oregon, organized them into a tournament bracket and will now rely on our readers to either move athletes through or eliminate them.

The bios of our second set of 16 performers, headlined by No. 1 overall seed Steve Prefontaine, are below. Read through their accomplishments during their collegiate careers in Oregon, and vote for who you think should move on to the next round.

The rest of the first round matchups will be posted each day the rest of the week.

Today's matchups are as follows:

(1.) Steve Prefontaine vs. (16.) Brett Elliott

Round of 64, Prefontaine Regional

No. 1 - Steve Prefontaine, Oregon

Prefontaine was born in Coos Bay and attended Marshfield High starting in 1965. He won cross country state titles as a junior and senior and added state titles in the 1-mile and 2-mile races as a senior. He attended the University of Oregon where he won three NCAA cross country championships and four straight 5,000-meter titles in track. He never lost an NCAA race. He was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters. He set American records in every major distance race, but passed away in 1975 before his second chance at the Olympics in 1976. He is the most iconic American runner of the 1970s, helping spark Nike's position as global brand in the running world. --Mike Richman

No. 16 - Brett Elliott, Linfield

Brett Elliott transferred from Utah to Linfield College in 2004 and became the school's starting quarterback. Elliott led Linfield to a NCAA Division III National Football Championship that season. He set the national college football record for most touchdowns thrown in a single season with 61.  Elliott won the Gagliardi Trophy and the Melberger Award in 2005. After Linfield, Elliott made the San Diego Chargers roster in 2006 and spent four years in the AFL.  --Jen Beyrle


Wildcatville Postscript:

Brett Elliott is QB coach, co-offensive coordinator at James Mason University in Harrisonburg, Virginia...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ooney Gagen strikes again!

Team Durham members are Ray Olson, George Murdock, Bob and Nancy Haack. Bob Ferguson, Terry Durham, Tim Marsh and Pete Dengenis. Providing vital assistance to the team are Debbie Harmon Ferry (Linfield title below) and Dave Ostrander (Linfield Institutional Advancement VP).

Photos with this posting show Ray Olson and a silhouette of Ooney Gagen.

Message on June 29, 2015, to Team Durham ... from Debbie Harmon Ferry (Linfield Class of 1990), Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, Office of Institutional Advancement, Linfield College.

Her message:

I arrived back from vacation today to the most wonderful surprise! Ooney Gagen has made yet another terrific gift to the Paul Durham Endowed Fund.

Ooney asked me to pass along his message:

"I am pleased to contribute $15,000 to the Paul Durham Endowment Fund in recognition of the Alumni Service Award to Ray Olson and of our mentor, Coach Durham. Based on what I understand to be the current market value of the fund (appx. $170,000,) this should bring the fund very close to Ray Olson's goal of $200,000. I am confident that Team Durham will use this gift as an inspiration to help raise the fund prior to Homecoming this September.”

Please share this news with anyone who you think would like to receive it. Looking forward to celebrating with all of you at Homecoming, September 11-12, 2015.


Team Durham member Ray Olson (Linfield Class of 1954) message:

I know it won’t be easy for most of us, since we all reached deep into our pocket for the Coach Durham Statue project but Ooney is challenging us to “reach into our gut bags” and donate some more. Most likely some don’t know that the Bob and Janet Harrison Estate contributed quite a large amount of money to the Paul Durham Endowment Fund which brought the fund to over $170.000, a point where the goal of $200,000 is now indeed reachable. That is when I thought wow! two hundred thousand is within our reach. Then along comes Ooney, bless his soul, who is calling for us to make another donation before this fall’s Homecoming so the fund reaches this new goal.

Team Durham is sending this request to all who have donated to the Durham Statue.

For making a donation, Team Durham member Ray Olson will send you one, two or all three of the following DVDs he produced. Donors need to let Ray know by email ( which of these DVDs they want for their personal collections:
  • APPLES DON'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE: The Legacy of Linfield's Paul Durham, 82 minutes DVD.
  • LINFIELD’S PAUL DURHAM: Highlights and Interviews of his Students, Athletes and Friends, 71 minutes DVD. (Note: This is similar, but not identical to "Apples Don't Fall Far from the Tree.")
  • FOUR SPECIAL MOMENTS IN LINFIELD SPORTS HISTORY: In 1998,  Ad Rutschman enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame, Scott Brosius named World Series MVP, Linfield beats Willamette and passes Notre Dame and Harvard for consecutive football winning seasons, and Linfield establishes its Athletic Hall of Fame and enshrines its first "class" -- Coaches Henry Lever, Paul Durham, Roy Helser, Ted Wilson, Ad Rutschman and Hal Smith, DVD.
And, if a donor played on a Paul Durham-coached Linfield football team or teams, they'll get copies of photos from an album his son, Terry Durham, recently discovered.

Thanks for your gifts to Paul Durham’s Endowment and statue.

If we can find Ooney’s address we will gladly send this to him!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Anecdotes from Prof. Emeritus Vince Jacobs about Linfield

Linfield Prof. Emeritus Vincil D. “Vince” Jacobs (photo) joined the Linfield history faculty in 1967. He retired from full time teaching at the college in 2002 and taught online courses for the college until 2014.  Born in Corvallis, Ore., he is a 1954 graduate of Crook County High School (Prineville, Ore.) and received history bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon. He earned his history doctoral degree from the University of Washington.  During his time at Linfield he served as chair of the history department and faculty executive council chair. The Linfield history department inaugurated international travel courses in 1975, when he took a group of students on a tour of Europe. Vince and his wife, Norma, live in McMinnville.

Wildcatville asked Vince for anecdotes of his time with Linfield. They include:

A Linfield grad, Jonas A. (also known as “Stein” and “Steine”) Jonasson was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before he died in 1997. Holding the unofficial title of Linfield historian, his time at the college included serving as history department chair and dean of administration. At his death, he was history professor emeritus.

==”I was hired at Linfield recruited by Stein Jonasson in the summer of 1967.  I had taught at a Lutheran institution, Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1965-1966 and roundly hated it as it was a bastion of Lutheran orthodoxy in the Midwest and I am at best an agnostic.  I resolved never to teach at a religious institution.  But Georgie, the secretary of the Augustana graduate school of history phoned in a panic because Stein kept phoning and asking her to persuade me to apply to teach at Linfield.  I told her to give him my phone number in Seattle where was working on my Ph.D. at the University of Washington (UDub).  He phoned me right away.  

“Stein's effort to recruit me to teach at Linfield was at times amusing and tested my determination not to teach at another religious institution.  It was a successful effort on Stein's part but at the time I had no notion I would stay at Linfield for nearly 40 years.  

“Stein:  ‘Why don't you come down and visit us and let us show you around the college and the McMinnville community?’

“ ‘I'm just not interested,’ I replied.  ‘I do not want to teach at another religious college.’

“Stein: ‘It is true that we are a religious college but it is loosening up a lot.  Can you be more specific?’

‘Well, I'm not smoking right now but if I do smoke, I don't want to break any rules.’
“Stein: ‘Actually, it is just a few steps to a small cafe  and you can smoke there but if you want to smoke in your office no one is going say anything.’

“So the discussion continued and Stein seemed to have an answer for everything, including special hours and dress codes for women.  Time for the coup de grace, I thought.  ‘Also I drink!’

“Stein: 'While it is true that we had our faculty sign pledges, but we don't mind social drinking."  

“I had pretty much run out of excuses, so I agreed to visit.  I visited Linfield twice; the second time with my family, and after receiving assurances that the reservations I had about teaching at a religious institution were not a problem, I signed on - more in the interest of getting out of Seattle than coming to Linfield.  

“My interview with Harry Dillin, Linfield president, went well; I received the salary I wanted and agreed to start in the fall of 1967.  I had completed my residency at UDub and was preparing a prospectus for my dissertation.  I had the good fortunate to have Dr. David Pinkney as my University of Washington doctoral degree mentor - he was president-elect of the American Historical Association and a giant in the field of French history.   I took my family to Paris during the summer of 1968 and did research at the Archives Nationals and Bibliotech National and wrote my dissertation over the next four years while teaching a full load at Linfield.  My Ph.D. was awarded in 1972 and the Linfield faculty moved me quickly into faculty governance.  My dissertation was published by the University of Michigan Press and an attractive brochure was sent out to modern French historians across North America.

“The Linfield which hired me was mired in the old policies and I had to move quickly to help modernize it.”

== “When I first came to Linfield I quickly realized that Linfield was still anchored in the past with the policies and flavors that were very much like Augustana.  Perhaps the worst situation was the place of the faculty in the governance of the institution.  The College seemed to me to be run by various "empires" where people who were close to Harry Dillin were making decisions that were often contrary to the interests of the faculty and who used their influence to decide issues that should have been made primarily by the faculty in the best interests of a modern educational institution.  My wife and I rented an apartment from the College in Dana Hall and discovered that the carpets in the apartment were very dirty.  I went over to Cozine to request that the apartment be cleaned and was told that they wouldn't do it - that we would have to do it ourselves.  It was made clear to me that in order to get any attention on any issue I would have to learn how to get along with the power brokers of the College.

“We were just out of grad school and didn't have any money to do that but somehow managed to put aside enough to rent a carpet cleaner and so the job.  That and a host of other circumstances convinced me that I should plan on leaving after that first year, but instead I resolved to do what I could to change things.  I learned of one situation that gave me hope:  the year before the faculty bowed its neck and demanded that some men’s basketball players be dismissed from the program for shoplifting while on a trip to Alaska to play in games.  They were dismissed. This suggested to me that there was momentum to change the priorities of the College and put the faculty in charge of the governing of the institution.  With the help of Levi Carlile (now Linfield economics professor emeritus), I managed to move into a position of leadership for the faculty and was able, with cooperation of President Bjork, to bring Linfield into the modern world.”  

Cornelius H. Siemens was president of California’s Humboldt State University, 1950-1973. He served as interim Linifeld president, 1974-1975, after the presidency (1968-1974) of Gordon C. Bjork and before the (1975-1992) presidency of Charles U. Walker.  Siemens died in 1978 in California.

==“Corney Siemens was immensely popular with the Linfield faculty during the one year he served as interim president following the resignation of Gordon Bjork.

“I was chair of the Faculty Executive Council for that year and he consulted with me regularly as the College faced important decisions regarding who would be hired as the full time president.  He discussed every decision with me and relied on me to pass the word on to the faculty.  We tried to convince him to stay on as a regular appointee to the presidency but he declined, saying that he was dying of cancer.  He discussed Charlie Walker's credentials and gave him a very high rating for his hire.  We interviewed Charlie and partly on the basis of Corney's recommendation recommended to the Linfield Board of Trustees that he be hired. Charlie proved to be exactly what Linfield needed and was a great president.  After Corney died in California, we mourned his death.”

Photo of Vince Jacobs from 1972 Oak Leaves.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Football time machine: Linfield beats PLU, 17-0, in 1965

 Game played Saturday, Sept. 18, 1965, on Maxwell Field with an 8 p.m. kickoff.

It was first game of the 1965 season for both Linfield and for new Northwest Conference member PLU, which had left the Evergreen Conference to join the NWC. 
While PLU was eligible for all NWC sports championships in the 1965-1966 school year, it was not eligible for the 1965 NWC football title because that season it would play only two conference opponents, Linfield (losing 17-0) and Lewis & Clark (winning 21-20).
PLU Saga student yearbook pages 240-241 for 1966 is source of this photo (click on the photo to see a larger version) from 1965 football season with cutline, “Ken Tetz picks up yardage in opening game loss to highly rated Linfield.” 
The “Lutes opened the season against the powerful Linfield Wildcats at McMinnville, Oregon. The Wildcats breaking open a tight defensive battle with 52-yard punt return went on to defeat the visiting Lutherans 17-0, and snap a six-game Knight winning streak,” says the Saga text.

This photo is amazingly clear. It was taken when football games at Maxwell Field were played at night under poor illumination. Note the white powdered/crushed limestone which the PLU running back kicked up after crossing a yard line.
Who are the Linfield players in this photo? Using the printed program from the game, it appears the Wildcats might be (left to right):
#39 Gary Griffin (LB, Medford)
#61 Tim Brown (G, Medford)
#60 John McCallen (LB, Beaverton)
#50 Pete Taylor (LB, Tigard)
#64 Bob Haack (T, Dallas)
#74 Jack Ostlund (T, Hillsboro)
#78 Jeff Basinski (T, Portland) 

Sunday Oregonian, Sept. 19, 1965, reported on the PLU at Linfield game:

'Cats Blank Lutes;
Win Coach's 100th

By Dick Fishback
Sports writer, The Oregonian

McMinnville (Special) -- Coach Paul Durham called this year's Linfield Wildcats a question-mark team with little game experience at quarterback and some shaky spots elsewhere.

But it might be a little hard to convince a band of thoroughly beaten Pacific Lutheran gridders, who collapsed, 17-0, before the Wildcats Saturday night at Maxwell Field.

It was Durham's 100th career victory at Linfield against 46 defeats and 10 ties and the manner in which it was fashioned couldn't have been better.

For one thing, the victors game up with a stellar second line
quarterback, if he can be called that. Mike Barrow was a scrambling powerhouse, despite his 5-10 stature and 150-pound frame.

The slender Prineville grad completed an amazing 14 of 23 passes for 121 yards, filling the gap created by the absence of the still-ailing Terry Durham, who came in for just one play.

And his surprisingly deft execution helped spring loose Linfield backs, especially shifty LeRoy Fails, who picked 67 yards in 18 carries.

When the pair wasn't furnishing the fire power, lightning-quick wingback Rogers Ishizu and kicking find Tim Kubli were adding fuel.

Ishizu caught seven of Barrow's passes for 77 yards and ran back a PLU punt 52-yards for the winner's first touchdown. Prior to that Kubli, a freshman stroked a perfect 24-yard field goal and later added a pair of extra points.

It was a battle of defending conference champions, Linfield of the Northwest and PLU of the Evergreen. The Lutes' loss ended a streak of six victories (over Linfield), and made their entry against official NWC competition a disappointment.

Penalties Hurt Lutes

Ruinous penalties in key situations for motion, holding, clipping and the like halted the losers time after time. And fine passer Tony Lister was the victim of numerous dropped passes. At that, he completed eight of 22.

Speedy Les Rucker led the Pacific Lutheran ground attack with 45 yards in nine carries. Linfield's offense didn't catch fire until late in the first period and Kubli's field goal capped a march from the PLU 45 with just five seconds gone in the second.

The Lutes drove from their own 24 to the Linfield 27 just after that but the offense died there. With 2:41 remaining in the half the 'Cats added seven more points on Ishizu's romp and picked up their final score in the fourth period on an eight-yard pass from Barrow to Brian Carter.

Pacific Luth: 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 = 0
Linfield: 0 .. 10 .. 0 .. 0 .. 7 = 17

Linf - FG Kubli 24
Linf - Ishizu 52 punt return (Kubli kick)
Linf - Carter 8 pass (Kubli kick)

First downs -- P 12 -- Linf 16
Rushing yds -- P 89 -- Linf 108
Passing yds -- P 86 -- Linf 121
Passes -- P -- Linf
Passes intcp by -- P 1 -- Linf 2
Punts -- P 5-35.8 -- Linf 5-35.4
Fumbles lost -- P 1 -- Linf 0
Yds penalized -- P 50 -- Linf 55

Mike Smithey, a 1968 McMinnville High School and 1972 Linfield grad, said, "I was there, a 14- year-old high school student who had recently moved to McMinnville. Rogers Ishizu was amazing. It was my first Wildcat football game."

Below are pages from printed program below and the Sept. 17, 1965, Oregonian advance of the game. Click on each photo to see a larger version.

The program cover says the PLU at Linfield game was "Homecoming," it was not. On page 2 the program correctly lists the Oct. 23, 1965, game vs. Whitman as the Homecoming contest. (Linfield beat Whitman, 62-16.)