Person:Harry Wright Esslinger

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Harry Wright Esslinger

 Football Player (Auburn) and Coach (HHS)

Born:Oct. 16, 1890, Madison County, Alabama
Died:Nov. 28, 1970, Madison County, Alabama
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL

Notes:

•  "The first of the premier HHS coaches was Harry Esslinger, who came to Huntsville in the early 1920's. Esslinger, an All-Southern and All-American at Auburn (Lettered 1907, 1908, 1909), turned out a series of strong teams, particularly in 1922 when the school's 11-member (no subs) team routed several opponents, including Coffee of Florence by the resounding margin of 82-0. One member of that squad was Paul Styles, who Still lives here." p. 18 - Pruett

•  "The most locally famous group of tennis players played on courts behind the Meridianville plantation of Leslie Cummins and called themselves the 'Hog Meadow Tennis Club.' The Hog Meadow boys never lost a match in competition. Members included Basil Adams, Leslie Cummins, Virgil Uptain, Bill Popejoy, Cecil Fain, Bill Cummings, Jeff Darwin, Milton Cummings, T. T. Lanier, Robert Burkhardt, Junior Lanier, Louis Carroll, John Sparkman, Hubert Williams and Harry Esslinger." p. 25 - Pruett

•  "Huntsville High coach, Harry Esslinger, set a good stage for Jesse Keene, who would later take over in 1932." - Record

•  Played Football for Auburn - Record

•  Married Leila Jenkins (1886-1972) in Auburn, AL in 1909 - Find a Grave

•  Last name sometimes spelled Eslinger (with only one "s") - Editor's Note

•  Son of Thomas Randal Esslinger and Nancy "Nannie" Jane Butler - Find a Grave

•  There was another Harry Esslinger born in Madison County, AL but this one was born in 1877 and was the son of an Andrew Jackson Esslinger (not the one listed here born in 1850) - Information on another Harry


Related Links:
•  Eslinger.org - Family blog

•  Find a Grave - Gene Hill added biographical inform to "Find a Grave" on Dec. 1, 2011
•  GenForum - Genealogical information provided to Gen Forum by Robert N. Grant and posted here on 7/13/2012.
•  Information on another Harry - Information provided by Debbie Grimes 32 (behind an ancestry.com membership wall.)
•  Pruett - "Looking Back: A Sports History of Huntsville", by John Pruett of The Huntsville Historical Review, Volume 9, #1 & #2, Jan-79, of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society.
•  Record - A Dream Come True: The Story of Madison County and Incidentally of Alabama and the United States, Volume 2, by James Record, © 1978, Pages 183 & 559




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