Moray Leon Eby

Moray Leon Eby

Male 1877 - 1958  (81 years)

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  • Name Moray Leon Eby 
    Born 15 Oct 1877  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Nov 1958 
    Person ID I272008475833  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 15 May 2013 

    Father Robert Kirkwood Eby,   b. 11 Nov 1852, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jan 1934, Guthrie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Martha A Rogers,   b. Oct 1855, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1910, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married 1877 
    Divorced Bef 1910 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Per 1900 Census Adair, Adair, Iowa
    Family ID F548625329  Group Sheet

    Family Pearl Nichols,   b. Abt 1882, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1976  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married Jan 1911  Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Biographies For Muscatine County, Iowa 1911
    Children 
     1. Frances Louise Eby,   b. 01 May 1915, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Robert N Eby,   b. Abt 1918, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F246729423266  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Oct 1877 - Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jan 1911 - Muscatine County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
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    Moray L Eby
    Moray L Eby
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    Coe College Eby Fieldhouse
    Coe College Eby Fieldhouse
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    Documents
    Moray Leon Eby
    Moray Leon Eby
    From The Scroll in 1942
    Moray Eby from Cedar Rapids Coe College Cosmos October 26, 1938
    Moray Eby from Cedar Rapids Coe College Cosmos October 26, 1938
    Newspaper Archives

  • Notes 
    • 1910 Census Wapsinonoc, Muscatine, Iowa as Morey L EBY boarding with James and Arabelle McChord
      1920 Census Cedar Rapids Ward 6, Linn, Iowa as Moray L EBY
      1930 Census Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa as Moray L EBY
      1940 Census Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa as Moray L EBY
    • World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
      about Moray Leon Eby

      Name:Moray Leon Eby
      City:Cedar Rapids
      County:Linn
      State:Iowa
      Birth Date:15 Oct 1877
      Race:White
      Occupation: Postal Clerk at US Government Federal Bdlg, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      FHL Roll Number:1642984
      DraftBoard:0

    • MILEPOSTS?DIED: MORAY LEON EBY, 81, coach at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1914 through 1942 with record of 131 wins, 77 defeats, 17 ties, after heart attack, Cedar Rapids. Once called one of nation's 10 best coaches by Knute Rockne, Eby was recently named to NAIA Football Hall of Fame.
    • From http://www.coe.edu


      Eby Fieldhouse

      Eby Fieldhouse is the center of Kohawk Athletics, providing a variety of facilities for competition and intramural use. It is connected to Coe's swimming facility, the Natatorium.

      Eby includes a 100x200 ft. playing floor, a wrestling room, indoor baseball and softball practice facilities, and volleyball and badmitten courts. The "Grotto", an indoor rock-climbing wall, is also located in Eby. Eby also houses a newly renovated fitness center, several classrooms and faculty offices.

      The Moray L. Eby Memorial Fieldhouse was named for Coach Moray Eby, professor of physical education 1941-1943.

    • Eby Fieldhouse Renovation / Expansion

      Established in 1851 as a private coeducational liberal arts college, Coe College?s campus provides an attractive, safe place to live and study while utilizing the most effective technologies for learning.

      http://www.hastingschivetta.com

      Eby Fieldhouse was constructed in 1929 for 150 student-athletes but currently is expected to support 430. This along with increased interest in recreation, fitness and intramurals has caused the college to outgrow the space in the fieldhouse.

      Hastings+Chivetta was commissioned to renovate and expand Eby Fieldhouse. The addition ? which will include a three-court gymnasium, wrestling room, batting cages, locker rooms and an office suite ? frees space in the existing fieldhouse.

      The fitness center will be expanded and the existing gymnasium balcony will now accommodate a meeting space and Hall of Fame. All equipment, interior elements and infrastructure in the existing facility will be replaced including the gymnasium, fitness center, climbing wall, racquetball/squash courts, locker rooms, athletic training room and offices. The classrooms will be renovated to include state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology.

      The new Eby Fieldhouse will be a 83,700 SF facility ? 40,700 renovation and 43,000 expansion ? that will meet the needs of the current campus community and will also serve as an attraction to prospective students.

    • From http://www.public.coe.edu/historyweb

      Moray Eby arrived in Cedar Rapids in 1914 with the intention of working as a lawyer. He had obtained his degree from the University of Iowa in 1900 and assumed this would be his lifelong vocation. However, his other achievements in Iowa City had caught the attention of Coe College. For four years he had played football for the Hawkeyes, and in 1899 was team captain during his junior year. The 1900 team credited much of its success as Conference champions to Eby's hard work.

      After the retirement of George Bryant as Coe's head football coach, Eby stepped up to the position in the fall of 1914. This season produced the infamous "Point a Minute" Football Team. During the 29 years Eby coached the Kohawks, they defeated Cornell a total of 19 times, helping them achieve a record 131 wins, 77 losses, and 17 tying games.

      A special Homecoming issue of the Cosmos was produced in 1921, and, after stories and lists of stats, the article turns to the man behind it all: "The record is splendid, and Coe is justly proud of Moray Eby. He has placed Coe in the front rank of Iowa football. Coe gratefully acknowledges her debt to Moray L. Eby, gridiron mentor without peer, and football genius extraordinary."

      According to Erikson's History of Coe College, "Coe had a very strong team in the fall of 1923 which attracted national attention by holding the University of Wisconsin to a 7 to 3 score. This team won the Iowa State championship by defeating successively, Upper Iowa, Parsons, Dubuque, Drake, Grinnell and Cornell. In the Drake game Jack Pence, the Coe quarterback, made a drop kick at fifty-nine yards."

      Knute Rockne, famed Notre Dame coach, once called Moray Eby one of the ten best coaches in the nation. On November 18, 1958, Eby was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game of football. Only one week after this honor, Eby died at the age of 81. His name has been preserved in the hearts and minds of Coe athletes with the naming of the Fieldhouse after this spectacular man.

      Eby Reflects on Coe?s Greatest Players
      (Information from a Cedar Rapids Gazette article, 12 Nov 1944)

      Since Coe had no football team in 1944 because of the war, Eby was asked to select his all-time, all-Coe team for the 29 years when he coached:

      LE Harold Wernimont (21-23)
      LT Myron Hunter (25-28)
      LG John Finlay (22-24)
      C Ken Allen (27-30)
      RG George Patschke (24-27)
      RT Charles Claypool (31-33)
      RE Arnold Kresensky (14-16)
      QB Ed Hines (28-30)
      LHB Ed Barrows (26-29)
      RHB Glenn Bailey (14)
      FB George Collins (20-22)

      Though Eby coached throughout the 1930s, only one player (Claypool) played in the 1930s, reflecting the initiation of an era when athletic scholarships for large schools drew the best players away from small colleges. The 1928-30 teams lost only to Univ. of Minnesota, Illinois, St. Louis U., and Loyola?and Eby chose four players from that era (Barrows, Hines, Hunter, & Allen). The 1922 team, which was unbeaten and untied, contributed three men: Wernimont, Finlay & Collins. The only position where Eby had indecision was at tackle because of so many good ones, Claypool and Hunter just barely nudging out Bruce West and Eben Gillespie. Eby would not choose the all-time best player, but he did choose Wernimont as captain. According to Gazette article, ?Few members of the squad were less likely-looking than Wernimont when he first reported for football in 1921. He was neither big nor fast, and he needed seasoning. He had played halfback in high school without distinction.? Despite his physical shortcomings, ?Wernimont learned rapidly, however. ?It soon became apparent that I never had to tell him a thing more than once,? Eby recalled. ?He was right up at the top before the season was over. No player in my coaching experience possessed as much football savvy as Wernimont did, unless it was Eddie Hines. Every moment in every game he knew what was going on.?

      Eby felt his top teams were the point-a-minute team, the undefeated outfit of 1922, and the Hines-led teams of 1928-30. ??But I?ll take the all-time, all-Coe team and play anybody, including Minnesota, Notre Dame, and the Chicago Bears,? he confided. It would be a sight for sore eyes if he could.?

      Notes: Gazette article

      Cosmos, 15 Sept ?14: Announces hiring of Eby; has been an assistant football coach at the Univ. of Iowa for last five years.

      Played at Iowa; cpt of the ?99 team. Played end and back field. His only job at Coe: coaching football.

      Eby speaking at pep meeting at Commercial Club during his first season as coach: ?This fighting proposition has just ?got my goat.? No matter how heavy or well trained a squad may be, they have got to fight in order to win, and whenever a team loses, but have fought to the last ditch, they can say that they have not lost in vain.? (Cosmos, 20 Oct ?14)


    • From http://www.coeathletics.com

      Moray Eby
      Inducted in 1973
      In the Category of
      Football Coach 1914-1942
      He began his career at Coe in 1914 with the point a minute team that caught the fancy of sports writers and attracted national attention. Their 330 points in 480 minutes of football was still significantly overwhelming. From 1914 to 1942 Eby's team won 131 games while losing 77 and tying 17. They nearly doubled their opponents scoring with 2,945 points against 1,530. Three times Eby football teams were undefeated and eight times they won conference Champions.





    • 1922 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1922
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Sub Clerk
      Spouse: Pearl Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1922

    • 1924 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1924
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Tchr Coe College
      Spouse: Pearl N Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1924

    • 1926 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1926
      Street Address: 1927 Bever av
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Tchr Coe College
      Spouse: Pearl Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1926
    • 1931 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1931
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Athletic Dir
      Spouse: Pearl N Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1931
    • 1933 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1933
      Street Address: 956 1st Av ne
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Instr Coe College
      Spouse: Pearl N Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1933

    • 1934 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1934
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Dir of atheletes Coe College
      Spouse: Pearl N Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1934

    • 1938 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1938
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Director Ath
      Spouse: Pearl N Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1938

    • 1939 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1939
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Dir Athletics
      Spouse: Pearl N Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1939

    • 1941 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Moray L Eby
      Name: Moray L Eby
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1941
      Residence Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Occupation: Dlr
      Spouse: Pearl N Eby
      Publication Title: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, City Directory, 1941
    • From Carol Baker playa_central@me.com

      I was doing some research on my old alma mater, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and became interested in the origins of the athletic complex named the Moray L. Eby Fieldhouse.

      And then I came upon your family history that listed Moray Leon Eby as a postal worker.

      Friend, Moray L. Eby was so much more than a postal worker. Moray L. Eby, considered one of the finest football coaches of all time, is a legend at Coe College and has a building named after him. There was a lot more to your relative than being a postal worker. Much more.

      Before football scholarships stole all the good players to the big money schools who could afford them, football coaches were distinguished by their talents unlike they are today. Moray L. Eby was a man who revolutionized the game in his day and made Coe College a national contender, beating schools like Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Cornell. He's merely listed as the athletic director for 3 years in the official records, but a little digging into the history shows a 40 year relationship between Coe College and Moray Leon Eby.

      He's the stuff legends are made of.

      Just thought you should know.

      Sincerely,

      Carol Baker
      Coe College Class of 1979

      _______________________________________________________


      Thank you for your input, and obvious love, for Moray Eby. I am his 4th cousin, 3 times removed and was born 77 years after him. I, and my family, did not have the privilege of knowing him and it sounds like we missed a lot.

      May I add to his information, what you wrote about him? I would like people to know your admiration for him.

      Again, thank you for your kind memories.

      Mila Eby Bernethy

      ______________________________________________________

      Of course you can use it! And Coach Eby was inducted into the Intercollegiate Hall of Fame - no small feat for a coach from a Class III Division school. You should be proud. Coach Eby was before my time, but being a Coe alum, I know my school history well.

      I'm also a family history buff among my siblings. If they want to know anything about our family, they come to their baby sister. It's a passion of mine. Was tickled when I saw Coach used to work for the Postal Service. It seemed so minor given his true accomplishments on the gridiron! He became nationally famous for his 1914 "Point a Minute" team, who scored an astounding 330 points in just 480 minutes of play on the field. From 1914 to 1942 his record was 131 win, 77 losses and 17 ties. They nearly doubled their opponents scoring with 2,945 points against 1,530 for the other teams. He earned 3 undefeated seasons and won the conference championship 8 times. BE PROUD!

      Cheers!

      Carol Baker




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