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The Hickory Stick

In 1930, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats lost their annual football game with the Northeast Missouri State Bulldogs by a score of 20-7.  In recognition of that resounding defeat, Northwest’s President, Uel Lamkin, sent Northeast’s President, Eugene Fair, a polished hickory stick which would become the trophy of the annual game between the two schools - the president whose team won the game each year would take possession until the next meeting.  President Lamkin got the stick back in 1931 with a 7-0 win, and it has continued to travel between Kirksville and Maryville ever since.

The stick, which came from the farm in Harrison County where President Fair was born, is about two & a half feet long and tapers from a diameter of 1½” to about 1”.  It was polished and lettered in the wood shop at Northwest and lists the scores of all the Northeast-Northwest games that had been played (1908-30), up to the time of its creation.



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