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Conrad Espew: 1921

Conrad Espew: 1921

1921. Washington, D.C. "Conrad Espew, George Washington University." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size. Anyone out there have an old GW yearbook? I wonder if Espew is really anyone's last name.


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The 1921 George Washington University yearbook shows Clarence Eskew as a member of the GWU basketball team. He played well enough to earn a university letter for his participation on the team. It appears that he attended the school for only this one year. He is not listed in the alumni directory. The basketball team picture does not identify the team members by name.

The basketball season:

January 7 win against William & Mary: 40 to 32
January 10 win against Camp Humphrey: 32 to 20
January 21 loss to Catholic University: 20 to 17
[Note: this should probably be Jan 12]
January 15 loss to Delaware College: 35 to 20
January 18 loss to Georgetown: 26 to 19
January 21 win against Gallaudet 32 to 20
January 24 loss to Catholic University 17 to 12
January 28 loss to John Hopkins 32 to 29
February 4 win against Roanoke College 31 to 18
February 5 loss to University of Virginia 30 to 23
February 11 loss to Gallaudet 34 to 33
February 19 loss to Virginia Polytechnic 30 to 26
February 19 loss to Virginia Polytechnic 25 to 18
February 22 loss to Navy 43 to 9

Overall Record: 4 Wins and 10 Losses

The H.C. Espey who another contributor mentioned is H. Clay Espey and is not Clarence Eskew. Espey graduated from the Law School with an LLB in 1923 and an LLM in 1924. The alumni directory says "atty Southern Blgd, Wash D.C." The yearbook for 1924 lists his activities as Rifle Team 1921-24, manager 1924. G.W. Club 1922-1924 (that was an organization of University Letter Men with the objective to promote athletics on campus) and says "Clay's Key went over without amendment." He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. The 1923 yearbook lists his Rifle Team 1920-23 and says "One of the few hundred percent washingtonians"

The archivist for GWU assisted with this information.

Emolyn C. Espey

I have Emolyn's graduation certificate along with more information.

H.C. Espey

There was an H.C. Espey who graduated from GWU in 1924. A simple spelling error could be the cause of the slightly different last name.

Maybe his first name was something horrible like Horatius or Horemheb and he went by his middle name, Conrad.

There was also an Emolyn Espey who graduated from GWU that year. A Louise Espey graduated in 1926. His sisters or maybe a sister and a wife.

The link to the GWU Wiki is:

1920-1929 GWU graduates

Conrad's socks

The black socks with shorts- I can see him at age 70, telling his wife he's been dressing like that for years, years I tell you! And so he goes out to the mall.

I zabasearched Espew. Not one came up. Who was this man?
And what were the rules for piano-basketball?

[Not just piano-basketball, but player-piano basketball! - Dave]


Clearly a wild and crazy guy!


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