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Warrior memories: Fraser takes over

Dick Trone

Ed Fraser was known by most of the later generations as the owner of Frasers Insurance Co.

This was only a small part of his storied history. Ed ‘Pops' Coach Fraser led Del Norte High School athletics for 19 years. Ed was born in Denver, Colo., in 1901. His family moved west to Ashland, Ore., where Fraser graduated from Ashland High School in 1919. While at Ashland High, the football team he played on never lost to their traditional rival Medford and the basketball teams he played on only lost one game. After high school graduation he went on to the University of Oregon.

While at Oregon, he played both football and basketball. Basketball was his favorite. Mr. Fraser, or Coach, as I knew him, was a journalism major in college. I mentioned in an earlier article that I had the privilege of having him as my eighth grade basketball coach and the important lesson I learned from him, that had an important effect on my own coaching career.

Ed arrived in Crescent City in 1924. He became the business manager for the Triplicate and a partner in our local paper. Later, he took time off and attended college, where he studied insurance.

In 1927, Ed took over as head coach of the Warriors, a position he held until 1946. It was during this time he started Fraser's Insurance Co. In 1932 Ed took over the insurance company that was owned by his father-in-law, Mr. McLaughlin. A couple of years later the name was changed to Fraser Insurance Co.

In 1928, Ed led his first Del No rte High School football team on the field against the Ferndale Wildcats. The headline of the old Crescent City Courier on Sept. 11,1928 read "Ferndale Suffers Crushing Defeat in Football Game. Del Norte Gridders display great form in the opening contest of the 1928 season." The score was 37 to 0. Thus started "Coach" Ed's coaching career at Del Norte. The team said this was the kind of sweet revenge they were looking forward to since wins during the past four years had been few. Old timers from Del Norte will remember well some of the starters from that team. The line had Wendall Moore at left end, Frank Endert, left tackle, Ben Pozzi, left guard, Coy Puter center, William Felterwood, right guard, Bert Yuill, right tackle and Loren Moore right end. The backfield featured Dee Spann, Marshall Griffen, George Koerner and Maurice Enright.

Ed always remembered the most exciting game of his early career, the 1929 game against the Eureka High Loggers. The Warriors pulled off a big upset defeating Eureka 13-9.

As I continue to look back at Warrior history, more will be said about Coach Ed and players from our past.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring. Currently, he is head coach of the South Coast Storm semi-pro football team, formerly called the Siskiyou Savages.

 


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