Broom Hockey

Date in History: 1931

In early 1931, the Jefferson County Union noted that the ten young ladies who composed the Fort Atkinson Blues Broom Hockey Squad were “the happiest group of feminettes in the land.” Apparently since they had taken up the new winter sport of broom hockey, the girls had been creating quite a stir in town.

The team – comprised of familiar Fort names like Bartelt, White, Westphal, Puerner and Fromader among others – had recently defeated the Janesville team and were about to head south to take on the Clean Sweeps of Rockford Illinois. Soon after that game the girls dropped broom hockey for cube hockey, a faster game which used a cube invented by Fort’s dairy entrepreneur W.D. James.

This historic document aired on the radio as an Historic Minute on 03/14/2005.

 

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