A Remarkable Tale of Two Trophies

The library has recently received two gifts to the Academy Archives that have an amazing story. Back in May, Susan Wise of Fletcher, NC, the daughter and granddaughter of alumni Denton Belford Wise ‘1932 and Martin Fitzhugh Wise ‘1900, sent an email to the Deans Office, indicating that she had her grandfather’s double handled, award cup for the First Prize, 1 Mile Run, in the Exeter/Andover Dual Meet that took place on May 31, 1899 at Andover. The email was forwarded to Edouard L. Desrochers, Assistant Librarian & Academy Archivist, who encouraged the donor to send the trophy to him to be housed permanently in the archives. The trophy arrived in early June.

In early July, Kathleen Engel, ‘1977, of Cleveland, Ohio sent an email to Jacquelyn H. Thomas, asking if the school would be interested in an old trophy that she had received from her uncle, Phil Campbell (not an Exonian), who had received the trophy from his friend and fellow runner, Ha Ha Torrey, who was an Exeter graduate in the class of 1899. Harry Kimball Torrey had received the trophy for winning Second Place in the Mile Run during the very same Exeter/Andover Dual Meet competition at Andover.

One hundred and ten years after the event, the two trophies have come back to Exeter. Shown below are the trophies, the recipients, the original program for the event, and the story about the event, published in the June 3, 1899 issue of the Exonian. Please click the images to see larger versions.