Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Life Lessons with Rutsch

Life Lessons with Rutsch

Slightly rewritten from Spring 2008 Linfield Athletics Newsletter

A video production featuring the teachings of Ad Rutschman is for sale by the Linfield Athletic Office. Produced by the college's communications department, "Life Lessons with Linfield College's Ad Rutschman," features interviews with the Hall of Fame football and baseball coach and professor and many of his former students. For more information, contact Doug Hire, 503-883-2419 or

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Brosius, Linfield keep up baseball winning tradition

Mini pennant lick and stick stickers (they were meant to be licked and affixed to envelopes sent in the mail etc.) sold in the Linfield Bookstore in, appx. 1950s, 19602 and 1970s.

Brosius, Linfield keep up baseball winning tradition

Wildcatville added information to this story. In the NCAA Div III national tourney in Appleton, Wisc., Linfield won its opener, 5-1, over Wisconsin-Whitewater. It lost 6-5 to Trinity and 3-2 to Adrian. Linfield ended the season with a 35-13 win-loss record.

Brosius, Linfield keep up winning tradition

The World Series MVP led the Wildcats to a school record for wins in his first year as head coach

Friday, May 23, 2008
The Oregonian

Scott Brosius, the most valuable player of the 1998 World Series for the New York Yankees, knows something about teams with tradition.

Now coach of the Linfield College Wildcats, Brosius is seeking to rewrite Linfield history while keeping alive a tradition that dates to the days of Babe Ruth.

In Appleton, Wisc., Linfield (34-11) plays today in the opening round of the NCAA Division III national championship tournament, trying to capture its first title. And Brosius, in his first season as head coach, is the fifth consecutive Wildcats coach to have played and then coached at Linfield -- an all-in-the-family approach that began in 1930.

"One of the things that's really hard to explain to other people is the amount of pride that goes with being involved in this school as a player and now as a coach," said Brosius, who hit .332 in three seasons at Linfield before leaving as a 20th-round selection of the Oakland A's in the 1987 amateur draft.

Brosius returned to the McMinnville school in 2002 to get his degree, coached for five seasons under Scott Carnahan before replacing the longtime coach this season.

Carnahan took over in 1984 for Ad Rutschman, who replaced Roy Helser in 1971. Before Helser, the Wildcats were coached by Henry Lever, who began this 79-year string of consistency.

Helser's 1966 team won the NAIA World Series for Linfield's first national championship. Rutschman repeated the feat in 1971. During his tenure as a Linfield coach, Rutschman-coached teams won one baseball and three football national titles. He's the only college coach at any level to have won national titles in both football and baseball

In the 2008 season, Linfield -- which has won or shared 32 Northwest Conference baseball titles -- has recorded its 17th consecutive winning season. The Wildcats have a team ERA of 2.81, the staff still thriving under Carnahan, who is now the pitching coach. The Wildcats' team fielding percentage of .972 ranks second in NCAA Division III. As any tradition-minded baseball man knows, the ability to pitch the ball and catch it translates to wins at any level.

"We've been so strong on the mound and our pitching and defense have been very good," said Brosius, whose team set a school record for wins. "You hear that saying at any level of competition, any level of baseball, that pitching and defense win championships and that has certainly been the case for us."

The Wildcats, No. 8 in the American Baseball Coaches Association poll, worked out in Appleton, Wis., on Thursday in preparation for today's game against Wisconsin-Whitewater (39-8) at 2:30 p.m.

If Linfield overcomes Whitewater's home-field advantage, it will face the winner of tonight's game between second-ranked Cortland State (42-3) and No. 3 Trinity (41-0).

The Wildcats have seen some adversity. Having lost three consecutive games and with postseason hopes on the line, Linfield beat George Fox in the final regular-season game to clinch its first Northwest Conference championship since 2005 and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III regionals.

"There is certainly an attitude with this team that from Day One that said, 'We're going to put ourselves in a position to play for a national championship,' " Brosius said. "This is a mentally strong team."

Brosius, the Northwest Conference coach of the year, said he doesn't view this job as a steppingstone.

"I have a lot of pride with being a Linfield graduate and playing for Linfield because of the way we go about things," he said. "We've done things the right way and so there is a lot of pride that goes with that. For me to have the opportunity to come back and now be the head coach here is pretty special.

"When you leave this school and you've played here, you're a part something that lasts a whole lifetime."

Or, a few lifetimes.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Fete Honors Paul Durham (Sunday Oregonian 5/19/1968)

Sunday Oregonian May 19, 1968

Fete Honors
Paul Durham

 McMINNVILLE (Special) -- The Linfield College clan gathered Saturday night to honor long-time athletic director and football coach Paul Durham and it turned into an evening that Durham likely will cherish among his fondest memories.

Durham soon will depart for a new job at the University of Hawaii and this was the night that his friend picked to show their appreciation for his service at Linfield which produced a continued string of football titles.

"No president at any time at any college could have had the kind of person Paul Durham has been," said Linfield President Harry Dillin. "History will show he is one of the greatest."

Ad Rutschman, the new football boss, commented: "Everything I possess is attributed to athletics and about 90 per cent of that is because of Paul Durham and Linfield."

Durham was presented with many gifts, including a plaque from some of his players and a complete golf outfit from friends and alums. His wife was presented with a set of luggage.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's Ad Rutschman baseball stadium in Hillsboro

It's Ad Rutschman baseball stadium in Hillsboro

Ad Rutschman joins Hare Field 'legends list'

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Hillsboro Argus
Hillsboro, Ore.

First it was Elden Kellar Track, then it was Craig Ruecker Stadium andnow it's Ad Rutschman Baseball Stadium at Hare Field.

The sports facilities at Hare Field have now been named in honor ofthree of the most influential coaches in Hillsboro School Districthistory.

Track - The track was officially named Elden Kellar Track in 1991 inhonor of the long-time Hilhi and Glencoe coach.

Kellar was a state track coaching legend prior to retiring followingthe 1991 season. After starting his coaching career at Madison, S.D.,Kellar came to Oregon and coached five years at Rainier, before takingthe Hilhi job in 1959.

Kellar's boys teams enjoyed dual meet winning streaks of 50 and 49,and between 1963 and 1980, the Spartans posted a boys dual meet recordof 126-10. His 1975 boys team was second (by six points) to SouthEugene at the state meet. Kellar's 1989 Glencoe squad won the boys state title.

Football - Hare Field became the first all-weather field in Oregon,thanks to Craig Ruecker's fundraising for the $2.5 million renovationin 1997.

Ruecker was more than a fundraiser, as he posted a 157-81 recordduring his 22 years of coaching Glencoe football teams from 1982-2003.

His 1986 and 1994 teams finished 14-0 en route to winning the 4A statefootball championships.
Ruecker's Crimson Tide teams reached the playoffs 17 times and won 25of the 39 games.
He coached 11 years at Reynolds before coming to Glencoe, and he'sbeen coaching at Redmond since 2004.

Baseball - Several of his former players have been lobbying for morethan a year to get the job done, but the official request to name thefield in Ad Rutschman's honor came from Hilhi, and it was endorsed byGlencoe.

Hilhi intends to install a new scoreboard for the baseball field withthe wording, "Rutschman Stadium."

Signs at Hare Field's entrances will also be revised to reflect thenaming of the baseball stadium.
Rutschman's accomplishments certainly merit the honor.

Ad was an outstanding four-year varsity player prior to his graduationfrom Hilhi in 1950.
Then following an outstanding career at Linfield College, Rutschman returned to coach Hilhi to state championships in baseball andfootball.

His baseball teams posted a record of 246-79-1, and his football teamswere 58-30-8. He won two baseball state titles and a footballchampionship.

Rutschman became a coaching legend in baseball and football atLinfield after leaving Hilhi. Rutschman was later named the Wildcats'athletic director.

Hare Field opened in 1965 and was named for civic leader and formerstate legislator William G. Hare.

Hilhi's baseball team played the first games at Hare in 1965, and thefirst football game was held Sept. 9, 1966, with the Spartans beatingGresham, 7-0.

Hare Field future signs will note: "Welcome to Elden Kellar Track,Craig Ruecker Stadium and Ad Rutschman Baseball Stadium."

Readers can reach Ron Forbes at 503-214-1110, or e-mail at


Ad Rutschman to be honored on scoreboard

Posted by The Oregonian March 05, 2007 15:29PM
Categories: Breaking News

Hillsboro High School alumni are gathering for a meeting Saturday at 7 p.m. to discuss selecting a baseball scoreboard in honor of Ad Rutschman. Greg Lord, who is heading up the effort, said he wants to gather as many people as possible who were associated with Rutschman from 1955-68, his time at Hillsboro High. He also wants to discuss naming the baseball complex at Hare Field in honor of Rutschman, who later went on to coach at Linfield College in McMinnville. The meeting will be at Hillsboro High School, 3285 SE Rood Bridge Road, Hillsboro. Lord said participants will be asked for a $6 donation to cover the cost of a meal. Those interested may contact Lord a or at 503-880-5377.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Death of "Cactus" Jack Ostlund, long-time Linfield football player

Duyck & VanDeHey Funeral Home
Forest Grove, Oregon

Jack "Cactus" Raymond Ostlund

(December 26, 1945 - May 12, 2008)

Jack Raymond “Cactus” Ostlund, 63, a resident of Hillsboro, Ore., died Monday evening, May 12, 2008.

Photo from McMinnville News-Register, Oct. 19, 1966--"Linfield's 270-pound, 6-4 defensive tacle, is shown here on the sidelines during Saturday's game being looked-up-to by one of the ball wipers..."

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon, May 18 in Hillsboro.

Jack Ostlund was born on Jan. 26, 1945 in Hillsboro. The only son born to Ray and Irene (Nelson) Ostlund. He attended school at Peter Boscow Elementary, JW Barnes Jr. High, graduated in 1962 from Hillsboro Union High School and from Linfield College in 1967.

Marriages to Katherine Lewis and Cindy Armstrong ended in divorce and he married Joanne Anderson in 1995.

Jack had three great loves, football, fishing and his family. Jack started his football career at Hillsboro High under the instruction of lifelong friend Ad Rutschman, went on to play for Linfield College and in 1967 the Dallas Cowboys. Jack continued to play in 24 Linfield Alumni games until 51 and was inducted into the Linfield Hall of Fame in November of 2007. His teammates meant the world to him and continued to support him throughout his life.

Fishing was a passion for him, as a child fishing with Uncle Art was the greatest, when he retired he bought a truck and boat and spent about 300 days the first couple of years on the Columbia and Willamette rivers fishing. His last fish was the biggest he had ever caught weighing in at 45 pounds. Several of his fishing partners had been lifelong friends.

Jack taught for 31 years in the Portland School District, First at Ainsworth Elementary and then at West Sylvan Middle School, summers he worked for the Hillsboro City Public Works Department.

He is survived by his wife; Joanne, a son and daughter-in-law; Jack “Jay” Raymond and Kimberly Ostlund II of NE Portland two step sons and a daughter-in-law; Brian Maslen of Hawaii, David and Alina Wood of Bozeman, Mont., seven grandchildren; Amanda, Walter, Darian, Tanner, Luke, Jack Raymond III, Cael and a cousin; Bob Barton.

The family suggest donations in Jack’s name to the Linfield Athletics Dept.

Linfield football, Sports Illustrated Sept. 19, 1966

Linfield football, Sports Illustrated Sept. 19, 1966

Sports Illustrated
September 19, 1966

Tough little LINFIELD began last season with only seven starters, butthe Wildcats hitched up their hip pads and went all the way to theNAIA finals. This year they have 16, including four All-NorthwestConference players. Quarterback Terry Durham completed 59 of 124passes for 767 yards, most of them to Roger Ishizu (34 catches for 381yards). Tackle Gene Forman is big (255) and fast, as is his defensivecounterpart, Jack Ostlund, 6 feet 4, 260. Everything will be decided,however, when powerful WILLAMETTE comes to McMinnville, Ore. on Nov.5.....

Note from Wildcatville:

--"Last season" (1965), Linfield won the NW Conference title and went onto play (lost to St. John's of Minnesota) in the NAIA championshipgame. In the 1966 season, Linfield finished with a 7-2 record whichincluded a 33-2 win over Willamette.

--You might want to look at this URL and do some searches for other Linfield mentions?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The life of Jeffrey Paul 'Jeff' Durham, who died May 1, 2008

Jeffrey Paul "Jeff" Durham
Published: May 8, 2008 -- McMinnville, Ore., News-Register


A celebration of life for former McMinnville resident Jeffrey Paul "Jeff" Durham of Forest Grove will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at the First Christian Church, 2231 19th Ave., Forest Grove. The Revs. Spencer King and Richard E. Osburn will officiate.

Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Mount View Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Forest Grove. Arrangements are being handled by Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove.

Mr. Durham died at the Jennings-McCall II Assisted Living Center in Forest Grove on Thursday, May 1, 2008. He was 68.

Born in Portland on April 21, 1940, he was the son of Paul H. Durham and Amelia "Litz" (Litzenberger) Durham. As a young boy, he moved with his family to McMinnville, where he graduated from high school in 1958.

He went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in education at Linfield College and administrative credentials from Portland State University.

He married Amy L. Schroeder on June 18, 1960, in McMinnville. The couple settled in The Dalles initially, later moving to Portland, then to Forest Grove in 1966.

He began his career at Wahtonka High School in The Dalles. He then took a job with Centennial High School in Portland. He began teaching history at Forest Grove High School in 1966 and continued there for 22 years.

He served as the varsity football coach at Forest Grove for many years. He led his team to seven consecutive league championships, a state record at the time, and was awarded Oregon Coach of the Year honors in 1976.

He served as athletic director at McMinnville High School for two years before returning to Forest Grove in the same capacity. He retired in 1993.

Following his retirement, he continued to be involved in sports, refereeing both basketball and volleyball. He was an elder with the First Christian Church in Forest Grove and an active member of the Forest Grove Rotary Club. He served as president of the OSAA Coaches Association.

He was an avid golfer who played with a retired teachers group at the Sunset Grove Golf Club. He also liked to travel.

In May 2010, he was inducted, posthumously, into the McMinnville High School Sports Hall of Fame. He joined his brother, Terry Durham, who joined the Hall in May 2008.

"He was a family man and always enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren," the family said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Durham is survived by a son, Bradley "Brad" P. Durham of Portland; two daughters, Kelly L. Drake of Hillsboro and Jill Durham of Cornelius; a brother, Terry J. Durham of Hillsboro; a sister, Cathy A. Devine of Chicago; and four grandchildren.

Contributions may be the Layton Alzheimer's Study at OHSU, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239, or Hospice of Washington County, 900 SW Oak Street #202, Hillsboro, OR 97123. To leave online condolences, visit

JEFF DURHAM, senior member of undefeated Linfield
Football team, will be starting at the split end position
With the offensive unit against Whitman college at Max-
Well field Saturday night at 8:30. Durham is one of only
Two McMinnville high graduates to be members of the Wild-
Cat squad this season. (Photo by John Buchner). Oct. 20,
1961, McMinnville News-Register

Additional information:

>During the time Paul Durham (Linfield coach, athletic director, faculty member) was McMinnville News-Register sports editor, Gordon Gillmouth (McMinnville High Class of 1958 and Linfield Class of 1963) was a N-R sports writer. He covered McMinnville High school sports for the N-R for seven years, three while in high school and four years while at Linfield.

>Below, read about Forest Grove's Jeff Durham Field.

fitting tributeForest Grove announces plans to name its new synthetic turf field after longtime football coach Jeff Durham, who passed away in early May

By Zack Palmer
The Forest Grove, Ore., News-Times, Jun 18, 2008

File Photo / News-Times
Former Forest Grove football coach Jeff Durham

walks off the field after a playoff victory in 1976.

:::Supplemental info, not included in this story: In La Grande on Eastern Oregon State College’s Mountaineer Field Saturday afternoon, Nov. 20, 1976, Forest Grove defeated La Grande, 23-12, in Oregon state Class AAA football semi-finals. La Grande led 12-8 at halftime. Left to right, Jeff Durham of Forest Grove High and Doc Savage of La Grande High, respective head football coaches.:::

When Jeff Durham took over the football program at Forest Grove High School more than 40 years ago, it was in rough shape.

A little over a decade later, when Durham turned over the reins to longtime friend and assistant coach Jeff Basinski, the Vikings had won seven consecutive league titles, appeared in one state championship game and advanced to the quarterfinals four other times.

“He left the program in great shape,” Basinksi said of Durham, who died on May 1 at age 68. “I always joked with him that maybe he left things in too good shape. Seven league titles in a row – the expectations were pretty high.”

But that was Jeff Durham’s legacy – leaving things in better shape than when he started. So it’s fitting, then, that Forest Grove announced plans earlier this summer to name the school’s new synthetic grass football and soccer field after the longtime coach and athletic director.

“There was no question about naming the field after Jeff,” said Forest Grove athletic director Doug Thompson. “There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind.”

The school broke ground on its new facility this spring and it will open in the fall with a dedication ceremony at Forest Grove’s first home football game on Aug. 29. The stadium itself will still be named after longtime athletic booster Dick Hendricks, but the playing surface will forever be Jeff Durham Field.

“It’s well deserved,” Basinski said. “There haven’t been a lot of coaches who have achieved that level of success. From my standpoint, I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor as a football coach.”

After a stint as an assistant coach at Centennial High in Gresham and as head coach at Wahtonka High in The Dalles, Durham moved to Forest Grove and took over the football program in 1967. The Vikings went 0-9 that year. In his first three seasons, the team won just three games.

“The program wasn’t in real great shape when he took over,” Basinski said. “It took Jeff a little while to get things turned around.”

That turnaround began in the early ‘70s, and the Vikings won the first of what would become seven straight league titles in 1973. The pinnacle of that stretch was the 1976 season, when the Vikings went 10-2 and played for a Class AAA state championship. Forest Grove lost the title game to Sunset, but the team’s achievements resonated with Durham.

“Working with the 1976 Forest Grove High School football team has been the greatest athletic experience of my life,” Durham, who was named State Coach of the Year, wrote in the school yearbook.

The Vikings advanced to the state semifinals again in 1978, losing to Roseburg, and the team made another playoff trip in 1979, Durham’s last season as head coach. One of Durham’s greatest joys was coaching his son, Brad, now a Forest Grove assistant coach, on those final two teams.

After coaching, Durham spent another decade as the athletic director at Forest Grove. Even later in life, crippled by Alzheimer’s Disease, he remained a loyal and passionate supporter of Viking athletics.

“Even in the rough times he could remember the team’s record from almost every season he coached,” Thompson said. “He never forgot anybody on his coaching staff. He would have been the first one to tell you that those guys had more to do with the success of Forest Grove football than he did.”

One of Durham’s other lasting marks on the Forest Grove football community was his role, along with Ernie Montano, in building the Little Guy football program.

“Those two set up the youth program in Forest Grove and it became a statewide model with positive reinforcement from third grade on up,” Basinski said.

“He knew that’s when it was going to happen,” Thompson said. “Not when they were sophomores. The Little Guy program was the key to building a strong high school program.”

Durham is survived by his wife, Amy, and their three children; Brad, Jill and Kelly. His funeral was held on May 8.

“There were a lot of old players at the funeral,” Thompson said. “That was great for the family to see all that love and support from the kids whose lives Jeff touched.”

Coach’s comment

This Is What Jeff Durham wrote in the 1976 Forest Grove High School yearbook about his football team’s accomplishments:

“Working with the 1976 Forest Grove High School football team has been the greatest athletic experience of my life.

Here was a group of athletes, dedicated to the idea that willingness to work, sacrifice, great effort and determination could result in a football season more successful than any in the history of the school. This squad was composed of young men who liked each other, worked well together, had confidence in each other, and always were able to do what was necessary to get ready mentally, physically, and emotionally for each game.

This team was made up of great young men, the finest kind of people that anyone could hope to work with. There wasn’t a ‘bad egg’ in the lot. Most of them were tough and rugged individuals, but none of them ‘toughs.’ They proved that young men can be great athletes and still gentlemen.

Our assistant coaches, Larry Binkerd and Jeff Basinski, along with the help of Ron Siegrist, proved invaluable to our season’s success. Their countless hours of hard work on and off the field led directly to our great year.

I’ll remember individually and collectively, players and coaches, for the rest of my life. I owe them a sincere debt of gratitude for giving me the greatest season I have ever experienced.”


Jeff Durham Field at Dick Hendricks Stadium was dedicated at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2008, prior to the Forest Grove-Sandy High School football game.

Speaking of Forest Grove, also in Forest Grove is Chuck Bafaro Stadium, named for the Linfield grad (Class of 1953)/Linfield Hall of Famer.


Jeffrey P. Durham
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The Oregonian, Portland

A service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, in First Christian Church in Forest Grove for Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Durham, who died May 1 at age 68.

Jeffrey P. Durham was born April 21, 1940, in Portland. He graduated from McMinnville High School and Linfield College, where he also earned a master's degree. He taught at Centennial High School and later Forest Grove High School, where he was the varsity football coach. In 1976, he was "Oregon Coach of the Year," and he was an elder in the church. In 1960, he married Amy L. Schroeder.

Survivors include his wife; son, Bradley P.; daughters, Kelly L. Drake and Jill Durham; brother, Terry J.; sister, Cathy A. Devine; and four grandchildren.

Remembrances to the Alzheimer's study at OHSU's Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center. Arrangements by Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt.

Billy Maxwell, long-time Linfield football and basketball scoreboard operator

Note: Slightly edited from this URL

Maxwell, William J. (Billy)
The following data is extracted from Baker County, Oregon Obituaries. February 1976.

Services will be Friday, February 13, 1976, 10:30 a.m. at Macy and Son in McMinnville for William J. (Billy) Maxwell, 73, who died of a heart attack Monday, Feb. 9, 1976. The Rev. Bernard Turner will preside at service, which will be followed by private interment at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Maxwell was born July 22, 1902, at Haines, Oregon the son of J.O. and Nancy Ann Maxwell. He grew up on a farm in the Muddy Creek area and graduated from Muddy Creek high school.

He entered Linfield College in McMinnville, and after his graduation in 1924, he started a long teaching-administrative career at McMinnville high school. Maxwell started teaching math and in 1939 became principal, a position he held 17 years until 1946.

In 1941 Maxwell served as a farm labor assistant for the federal government. He was one of the first to organize work platoons for farm harvest and at one time had 2,900 workers organized and working under this system.

He left the school district in 1946 to become office manager and personnel director for Alderman Farms outside Dayton, and held that position until 1964. Four years later, Maxwell was elected Yamhill County assessor, a position he held for four years.

Maxwell served continuously on the Linfield College board of trustees since 1929, and was an emeritus member at time of his death. He was an active fund raiser for all Linfield athletic events and for many years up to his death was president of the McMinnville Quarterback's Club.

Member of the Kiwanis Club for 41 years, Maxwell also served in the area scouting movement and was honored with the Silver Beaver award recognizing 25 years of service.

Survivors are son, Harold of Petersburg, VA.; daughter, Donna Marie Watkins of Port Orchard, Washington; brothers Glenn and Omer, both of Haines; sisters Myrtle Potter of Baker, Olga Ward of Haines, and Rose Bishop of Las Vegas, Nevada; and six grandchildren.

Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 1976
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor


Memory Lane: Dec. 7-14

Published: December 9, 2003

50 years ago

- “McMinnville High School has entered into an athletic league which includes Tillamook, Eugene, Oregon City, Salem and Corvallis. Principal William Maxwell of McMinnville High School is president.”


Note: J.O. mentioned below is James Oliver "J. O." Maxwell.


Ranch's 19th-century fence preserves story of an early Oregon romance

James Oliver Maxwell's pride in his work attracted Nancy Hand, and the rest was history

By Richard Cockle, The Oregonian staff, Sunday, May 11, 2008

HAINES – J.O., a staunch Baptist, donated land to McMinnville College, later known as Linfield College, and today the athletic field there is called Maxwell Field. The school was chartered as a Baptist college in 1858 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature, and its name was changed in 1912.”


Note: Norm Goss succeeded Billy Maxwell as operator of Linfield football and basketball scoreboards.

Norm Goss has been keeping track of the score for football and basketball almost ever since, first as an understudy to the immortal Billy Maxwell and as the first-team scorer since Mr. Maxwell retired.”

Linfield sports venues means legends remembered forever

Linfield sports venues means legends remembered forever

Slightly edited by Wildcatville

Linfield legends forever remembered

May 9th, 2008
By Lizzie Martinez, Linfield Review copy editor

Most of the men glorified in Linfield athletic legend have passedaway, but their legacies live on not only in the continuing winningtradition of the sports program, but also in the names of thefacilities used by students today to train and compete.

The Ted Wilson Gymnasium, Ad and Joan Rutschman Field House, RoyHelser Baseball Field, Paul Durham Foyer, Maxwell Field and Hal SmithFitness Center all proclaim the names of the cornerstones of Linfieldathletic tradition, Athletic Director Scott Carnahan said.

"When you name something after someone, it's because of the feeling(they) were an outstanding person in that sport, (and) acknowledgingthe work they did," Carnahan said.

What does it take to be honored with an entire building or stadium?Carnahan said longevity and success. For all of these men, it took alifetime of dedication to Linfield students in the academic andathletic milieu promoting success both on and off the field.

Ted Wilson
During his 20-year career as the head coach for the men's basketballteam, he racked up an impressive 324-213 record.

He is best-known for leading the basketball team to 10 NAIA conferencechampionships.

"Ted Wilson was probably the person who started the winning traditionin men's basketball," Carnahan said. "When we built the new building,it was logical we would name it after him."

Just eight years after Wilson retired from coaching, the Health, HumanPerformance and Athletics complex was constructed with a new gym toreplace the former cramped home court in the old Riley Gym,affectionately known as "House of Hustle," for Wilson's teams' styleof fast play. In 1989, it was dedicated as the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Wilson hung around McMinnville, staying involved to a lesser degreewith the athletic program.

He passed away in 1996 from a heart attack on the racquetball courts.

Ad Rutschman
Most players and coaches aspire to win one championship, but thatwasn't enough for Ad Rutschman.

First, as a star athlete at Linfield, Rutschman played football,basketball and baseball, excelling in all three. Known as the "FlyingDutchman," Rutschman was an All-American running back, but eventuallychose to pursue a career as a teacher and coach rather than aprofessional athlete.

As head football coach, he led the Wildcats to three national NAIAchampionships and 15 conference titles.

Rutschman topped his own record, leading the baseball team to sixconference championships and seven national titles. He is the onlycollege coach at any division level to win national titles in bothfootball and baseball.

There was only one place to go after all his achievements. Rutschmanmoved up to serve as Linfield athletic director for a quarter of acentury.

He continues to teach a course at Linfield and to serve as specialassistant to the vice president of College Relations. The field houseis named for Rutschman and his wife Joan, who served as (athleticstickets manager and athletics administrative assistant) for 27 years.

Roy Helser
Having never played high school sports, Helser stepped onto thefootball and baseball fields and basketball courts and found hisplace.

Known as "Lefty," southpaw Helser went on to a 14-year professionalbaseball career with the Cincinnati Reds and later with the PortlandBeavers.

As a coach, he led the 1966 baseball team to its first national championship.He succeeded in turning an unsuccessful team into a perennialconference champion, Sports Information Director Kelly Bird said.

"He was revered by his players," Carnahan said.

To honor his contributions, especially to the baseball program,Linfield named the field after Roy Helser in 1973, the year he retiredfrom his position as athletic director. Helser died in 1994.

Paul Durham
A classmate of Helser's, Paul Durham was a triple-sport athlete,excelling in football, basketball and track.

Competing in the 1930s, he was one of the few Wildcats in history toearn 10 or more letters.

Just a decade after graduating, he returned as the football coach.Durham is credited with starting the winning-seasons record of thefootball team, which now stands at 52 seasons.

He was soon promoted to athletic director. But he didn't let thedemands of the job keep him from doing everything—Durham alsomoonlighted as the sports editor of the McMinnville News-Register forseveral years.

Durham left his position at Linfield to become athletic director atthe University of Hawaii.

He died in 2007. The foyer adjacent to the trophy case in the HHPAcomplex commemorates his contributions to the program.

Hal Smith
If anyone could be in three places at once, it was Hal Smith.

In his 31-year career at Linfield, Smith served as head coach of crosscountry, track and wrestling teams, as well as serving as a professorof physical education and the college intramural director.

His pleasant demeanor prompted the students to nickname him "Happy Hal." In honor of Smith, the fitness center in the HHPA complex isnamed after him.

Several other places around campus feature prominent names as a resultof generous donations.

Maxwell Field is named after the Maxwell family. They donated the land in the 1920s when the college decided to move the field from where Melrose Hall now stands, to its current location.

The Jim Wright Stadium on Helser Field sports the name of a benefactorwho greatly contributed to the construction of the stadium.

All of these men shared a deep respect for Linfield athletics and allof the students who played for them.

They are held in high esteem by the students and alumni of Linfield,Carnahan said.

As a student in the late sixties, Carnahan knew Wilson, Helser and Rutschman.

"They are all models of what we try to emulate," Carnahan said. "Theyare all classy gentlemen; they all did things the right way."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Note mention of Linfield’s Maxwell Field

Note mention of Linfield’s Maxwell Field

In this May 11, 2008, Oregonian story is the following:

“J.O., a staunch Baptist, donated land to McMinnville College, later known as Linfield College, and today the athletic field there is called Maxwell Field. The school was chartered as a Baptist college in 1858 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature, and its name was changed in 1912.:

Ranch's 19th-century fence preserves story of an early Oregon romance

James Oliver Maxwell's pride in his work attracted Nancy Hand, and the rest was history

Sunday, May 11, 2008


The Oregonian


M iles of splintered split-rail fence still crisscrosses the Maxwell Ranch in northeast Oregon, a relic of a long-ago romance between a beautiful girl who lived under a bridge and a frontier cattleman.

James Oliver Maxwell began building this tamarack rail fence in 1880. He was a good-looking bachelor who rose at 4 a.m. daily, hitched up a team, and split and loaded rails before starting his other ranch chores.

He had no family and nobody to pass the ranch on to. But fate took a hand, literally, in the form of 18-year-old Nancy Hand.

Nancy was so poor in the summer of 1886, according to one story, that she lived under a bridge with her mother and five brothers and sisters.

"They were stranded," says her great-grandson, 67-year-old Tommy Moore of Portland. "Her mother was widowed, and they didn't have a breadwinner."

According to family lore, one golden morning, passing by J.O. Maxwell's fenced fields with her mother, Nancy said, "Those haystacks are beautiful. Whoever owns this ranch has a lot of pride."

Her mother said, "That ranch is owned by some old bachelor."

"How old is he?" Nancy asked.

"He's 33 years old," replied her mother.

The teenage girl pondered the vast gulf between their respective ages, and said, "I'm going to marry that man."

"She measured the man's character by the pride in those haystacks," said Tommy Moore.

History fails to record how Nancy and J.O. met. Their granddaughter 90-year-old Alta Rose Moore of Union thinks it might have been in church. J.O. had organized and built the Haines Baptist Church, and they were married there during the first month of 1887.

He ran the ranch, and she took charge of the garden and orchard, the cooking, and a growing tribe of youngsters who ultimately numbered six sons and four daughters. Mondays on the Maxwell Ranch were washdays for Nancy. The work lasted from dawn to dusk.

Joann Bond Boyer, a neighbor and former schoolteacher of several Maxwells, described washdays during an Oregon Historical Society century farm award ceremony in 1980. She wrote that Nancy was a perfectionist who ironed everything from socks to sheets. She used three ironing boards and numerous flatirons that she heated on a wood stove.

"On summer days, it must have seemed hot enough to be standing over hell," Boyer wrote.

During harvest season, meals were eaten at a table that seated 18. Threshing crews were so large that Nancy fed the workers in three shifts per meal at that table. Emptying a 48-pound sack of flour daily wasn't unusual. One rainy autumn, the crews remained for six weeks until the crops finally were in and they had consumed two full-sized beef cows.

"Every woman who grew up on that ranch can bake cakes, pies, cookies and cobblers," said Tommy Moore. "They can smoke and cure meats, make ice cream; they can can any fruit or vegetable, make jams and jellies, make sauerkraut, pickles and sausage, and never look at a recipe."

Nevertheless, 40 percent of everything produced on the Maxwell Ranch was consumed by the 19th century's equivalent of diesel-guzzling farm equipment: 20 draft horses.

Raising 10 children tried Nancy's patience. Son Glen once was pestering his sister Olga as she dried dishes and was cut when he ventured too close to the butcher knife she was wiping. She cried, "Oh, I've killed him."

A weary Nancy is said to have finished washing the plate in her hands before saying, according to the family, "Go ahead, kill each other if you have to."

In 1901, their home burned, and they built an impressive two-story house with a southern exposure and view of the Elkhorn Mountains. It cost $2,000 and still stands, but the house never had an indoor toilet in J.O.'s and Nancy's lifetimes.

J.O., a staunch Baptist, donated land to McMinnville College, later known as Linfield College, and today the athletic field there is called Maxwell Field. The school was chartered as a Baptist college in 1858 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature, and its name was changed in 1912.

In 1917, after 30 years of marriage, the Maxwells' love story ended. Sixty-four-year-old J.O. succumbed to an influenza epidemic.

"It was hard on grandmother when she lost him," said Alta Rose. "But she carried on. She just took over that ranch. She did all the books and the hiring and firing of the men, and the cooking."

Nancy bought a half-interest in the Rock Creek Reservoir and oversaw construction of a dam and a 280-foot tunnel for irrigation water. On Saturdays, hired hands and family lined up, and she wrote them checks so they could go to town, Tommy Moore said.

"She was a gentle, brilliant manager," he said.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, jobs evaporated and money was scarce. The Maxwell clan came home to the ranch. Alta Rose said it wasn't unusual for 30 people to sit down to Sunday dinner. Nancy and her daughters and granddaughters spent all day cooking and washing dishes.

Nancy died on Christmas Eve 1937 at age 71.

Today, four or five miles of J.O. Maxwell's original split-rail fence still stands, says 75-year-old Gerald Maxwell, a grandson of Nancy and J.O.'s and current owner of the ranch with his wife, Farrell. A son manages the farming end while a daughter oversees the cattle.

The Maxwells and kin number at least 200, and there is always something visually striking about family gatherings, Tommy Moore said.

"The women all look like Nancy Hand," he said. "It's amazing what happens when two people fall in love."

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Terry Durham-McMinnville High Sports Hall of Fame

Terry Durham-McMinnville High Sports Hall of Fame

Durham looking forward to Saturday's ceremony

Published: May 6, 2008

Of the McMinnville News-Register

Terry Durham, one of McMinnville High's brightest sports stars in the early 1960's, will join an all-star cast Saturday, May 10 as he is inducted into the Mac High Sports Hall of Fame.

Durham, who graduated in 1963, said his time at Mac High "was a great learning experience" — from academics to the psychology of life. The people — his teachers, his coaches and friends — "made this a great town," he said. "I had a great group of teachers."

One of Durham's finest moments at Mac High came in March of 1962 when the Grizzlies did the unbelievable—upset number one North Eugene in the state basketball tournament at McArthur Court in Eugene. Early on, Mac fell behind by 13 points, and many of the 5,514 fans were betting that North Eugene would handle the Eldore Baisch-coached Grizzlies easily.

But the head and subhead of the News-Register story that appeared in the Friday, March 16 issue tell a different story: Grizzlies Nip N. Eugene; Advance In State—Durham Keys Final Drive. And, with several of his teammates nursing foul trouble, including Big Jack Morrison, who fouled out in the late going, Durham took over.

Here's how News-Register sports correspondent Gene Anderson described the final minute of the March 14 game: "With Morrison on the sidelines and the score 60-59 North Eugene, it was up to Durham, and he came through brilliantly. Thwarted after several attempts to set up a play or shake a player in the clear, he drove down the left side, jumped and banked the ball cleanly through the net with 12 seconds showing on the clock."

And while the Grizzlies added two more points before the final buzzer to win by three (63-60), everyone agreed, including coach Baisch, that without Durham's take-charge performance at the end, North Eugene, not Mac High, would have advanced to the winner's bracket of the tournament.

Durham's time at Mac was well-spent. After a full day of academics, he hit the fields and courts of Mac High, participating in and earning honors in football, basketball and baseball — sports he continued at Linfield College where he also collected a number of honors and awards. He graduated from Linfield in 1967 with a degree in education after quarterbacking the football team, playing guard on the Wildcats' basketball team and competing in baseball under the guidance of Roy Helser.

His performances in Wildcats' athletics were impressive as well: Durham is a member of the Linfield Sports Hall of Fame.

In fact, he was good enough in football to play the 1967 season for Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in the Continental Football League — and he competed for a slot on the Chicago Bears roster in both 1967 and ‘68.

His coaching career started under Linfield baseball coach Ad Rutschman, a period during which he earned his masters.

Durham taught and coached for a few years at the high school and college levels, even assisting his father, Paul Durham, the long-time Linfield football coach. He also served as a graduate assistant for Stanford one season. Then he moved on to other exploits, including officiating. That interest grew into a 24-year career as an NBA official. "It was a great experience," he said of his officiating years. Now, he said, he would like to teach officiating to others.

"There's not a better honor," Durham said of his induction into the Mac Hall of Fame. "Few individuals have such an opportunity."

Durham lives close by in Hillsboro. But the years he spent at Mac High and in the community of McMinnville are etched deep in his memory, he said, and he still has "great friends" who live in Mac.

Like the other inductees, Terry Durham will have a few minutes to talk about his experiences at Mac High and officially take his place in the Mac Sports Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony Saturday, May 10, at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Coach Paul Durham passes away June 22, 2007

Former Linfield football players and head coaches, Paul Durham (l) and Ad Rutschman, July 2004, Hillsboro, Ore.

Sports News
Linfield General Interest News

June 23 2007 Update

Paul Durham passes away

Paul Durham, one of the founders of the modern Linfield College athletic program, died Friday, June 22, 2007, at his home in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Coach Durham (friends and former players had addressed him as "Coach" for 60 years) would have turned 94 on October 18.

He coached, taught and built the athletics program at Linfield for 20 years. Nearly 40 years after he left Linfield to become athletic director at the University of Hawai'i, Wildcat coaches continue to pass on to their athletes Durham's positive values of dedication, sportsmanship and scholarship.

Durham was Linfield's head football coach for 20 seasons, compiling a record of 122 victories, 51 defeats and 10 ties for a .694 winning percentage. (In his final 12 years ("once I got the hang of it," he said), the Wildcats went 90-16-6 (.830), won six Northwest Conference championships and reached the national championship game of the NAIA twice.

His 1956 team started the string of 51 consecutive winning seasons that continues to this day and is the national record at all levels of college football.

Durham was inducted into six athletics Halls of Fame, including the charter class of the Linfield Hall of Fame in 1998. He also was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame in 2001, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, the NAIA Football Hall of Fame in 1969, the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame and the University of Hawai'i Circle of Honor in 1997. He also was nominated for the national College Football Hall of Fame.

He was chosen NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) football Coach of the Year in 1962 and Oregon Man of the Year in 1961.

For three seasons (1949-1952), Durham and Oregon baseball Hall of Fame member Roy Helser were co-coaches of men's basketball. One of those teams won the Northwest Conference championship.

In 1961, Durham's football Wildcats capped the first unbeaten, untied regular season in school history with a trip to the "Camellia Bowl" in Sacramento, Calif. Linfield was the first college from the Northwest Conference to participate in the NAIA football playoffs. The Wildcats lost a hard-fought national championship game, 12-7 to rugged Pittsburg State of Kansas.

Linfield again finished unbeaten and untied in 1965 and defeated Sul Ross State of Texas 30-27 in the NAIA semifinals before losing to St. John's of Minnesota 33-0 in the NAIA "Champion Bowl" in Augusta, Ga.

In the season-opening game of 1967, Durham took the Wildcats to Honolulu, where they upset the University of Hawai'i, 15-13, at rainy Honolulu Stadium before a Honolulu Stadium crowd of about 20,000 - still the most ever to see a Linfield game.

Hawaii was so impressed with Durham and the Wildcats that it hired him away from Linfield in 1968 to direct its athletic program. He guided the ambitious Rainbows from lower-level competition into NCAA Division I.

Durham stepped down as athletic director in 1975 for health reasons but taught in the Hawai'i College of Education until his retirement in 1981.

The foyer that serves as main entryway into the Linfield athletics complex, completed in 1989, is named in Durham's honor.

He was a star athlete at Linfield in the 1930s, competing in football, basketball and track and field, and is one of the few Wildcats in history to earn 10 letters.

Durham graduated from Linfield in 1936 and he received his master's degree from the University of Oregon in 1941. He then coached at high schools in Yamhill and Portland - Commerce (now called Cleveland) and Franklin (his alma mater) - before returning to the college 12 years later to coach football. A year later, in 1949, he was appointed Linfield director of athletics.

Durham was a Renaissance man. Not only did he coach and teach (he taught health classes in addition to the life lessons he imparted on the football field), Durham read widely, sang in choirs and as a soloist, was an accomplished formal speaker, a wonderful story and joke teller (the Honolulu Quarterback Club's weekly meetings were officially opened when he told a joke) with a deep, booming voice."

He was an incredible person whose positive impact reached far beyond Maxwell Field and Manoa for more than 60 years," said Chuck Charnquist, long-time Portland Trailblazers official and former Linfield sports information director.

Durham received a small scholarship to attend Linfield as the nation sank into the Great Depression. He earned a free room by working at the original Macy's Funeral Home in McMinnville. "I shared a bed with another football player," Durham said. "In those days, two guys sleeping in the same bed did not raise any eyebrows.

"Raising a family (sons Jeff and Terry and daughter Cathy) on a small-college coach's salary was a challenge, so Durham augmented his income in many other ways.

During summers -- in addition to teaching classes at Linfield -- he ran the McMinnville city recreation program - overseeing activities in the city park during the day and softball games at night.

"Dodging with Durham" sports column head
Aug. 4, 1961, McMinnville News-Register

And, he was sports editor of the then-daily local newspaper, the McMinnville News-Register. He wrote a popular sports column, "Dodging with Durham."

One observer opined that Durham might have been the only college football coach in America who was never criticized in print by the local sports editor.

He was chosen First Citizen of McMinnville by the Chamber of Commerce and was elected president of the Linfield Alumni Association and honored as Alumnus of the Year.

Durham's deep baritone singing voice was in great demand. He sang in the choir at the First Baptist Church on Sunday mornings and picked up a little extra cash singing popular hymns like "How Great Thou Art" at funerals at Macy's.

Durham's second wife, Kitty Chang, died in Honolulu in 1994.

His first wife, Amelia "Litz" Durham, a former Linfield bookstore employee, died in Oregon in 2004.

"Coach" is survived by three children, Jeff of Tigard, Terry of Beaverton, and Cathy Devine of Chicago, Ill., seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren (with two more on the way) and more friends and admirers than could ever be counted.

Memorial services will be Thursday, June 28, in Honolulu, at Borthwick Mortuary, and Monday, July 2, at Linfield's Ted Wilson Gym starting at 1 p.m.


After Paul Durham’s death, one of the messages online was the following. It’s from  
Carla Atkinson, posted July 18, 2007 at 10:31 a.m.:

Paul Durham was my uncle. I would like to add that besides the wonderful things he accomplished as an athletic director, the family side of Uncle Paul was equally as important. 

"Paul was a Christian man who lived his beliefs in his kindness, words of encouragement to the children in the family, and the manner in which he left everyone feeling good. 

"He was a great son and his parents were blessed by his enthusiasm, talent and great humor every day of their life. He made family gatherings fun with his practical joking and great sense of humor. 

"He sang at my wedding 47 years ago, and has blesed my life by word, deed, and example. 

"Through the year 2006, Uncle Paul sent us monthly cartoons and notes. I have mentored many other children in his name. We miss him.”