Date in History: 1911-1973

Did you know that a Fort Atkinson man is in the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame? Howard “Whitey” Woodin grew up on South Fourth Street and played on the dominant Fort Atkinson High School Football teams from 1911 to 1914. Woodin’s 1911 Fort football team was not only unbeaten – no one ever even scored against them while Fort managed to rack up 187 points.

Wooden later played at Marquette University for three years before joining the Packers in 1922. Playing for the legendary Curly Lambeau, Woodin helped Green Bay to some of its best seasons including national championships in 1929, 1930 and 1931. His outstanding two-way play at defensive end and offensive guard led to his 1973 induction into the Packer Hall of Fame. Unlike today’s well-paid professional athletes who spend their retirement at ease, Wooden remained in Green Bay and worked for many years at Falls Power and Paper Company.

This historic document aired on the radio as an Historic Minute on 09/08/2003.