From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Donated by Debra Graden.
(caption under picture: The Logan brothers of Leavenworth are doing their part in national defense by helping the Navy as trainers in the "toughening up" program. The boys are pictures with their father. They are from left to right: James Logan, the father, Lieutenant Roland Logan, Gene Logan and Woodrow Logan.)
Three brothers visited The Times office the other day, all of them athletes and all of them vitally concerned with the nation's war effort. The names of these men are not hard to guess, considering their "family feats" on the local athletic fields. They were Lieutenant Roland Logan of the United States Navy and his two brothers; Woodrow and Gene.
Roland Logan has been interested in the Navy for several years and now is head trainer at the naval preflight school at Chapel Hill, N. C.; Gene, who graduated from Leavenworth Senior high school in 1940, and who has been an assistant trainer for the Navy at Tulsa, Okla., will accompany his older brother to Chapel Hill to become assistant trainer there.
Woodrow, who graduated from Leavenworth Senior high in 1930, will go to Iowa City, Ia., to become an assistant coach at the naval preflight school there. Roland is the only brother actually in the service of the Navy, the other brothers are working as civil service employees for the Navy department.
The three brothers were top athletes at Leavenworth high; Roland was halfback on the football team coached by Clifford Shankland before graduating in 1926. He was also captain of Leavenworth's Northeast Kansas conference cagers. He established many good playing records while on this squad.
Woodrow Logan, call of '30, won fame for the Logan family in athletics while playing for the Blue and White under Coach Vernon Tinkler in 1929 in a game against St. Joe Benton, Logan overtook a Benton player before he could score to win the game for Leavenworth 6-0. Woodrow was interested in other sports offered at the school also.
Last and far from least of the brothers is Gene, who graduated in 1940, and remembered well by younger sports fans. Gene played left tackle for the Pioneers under Coach Wally Forsberg and was a great track and field man; establishing many records in the shotput and weights.
Lieutenant Logan explained the navy's athletic program as "the biggest thing that has ever hit the sports world. The naval officer went on to explain. "The Navy gives the men training in mathematics and physics as well as body-building and strengthening exercises. The Navy instills in the man the will to tight the enemy through the aid of our sports program." He explained that this training could be of great use to the athlete after he leaves the service.
The three men were staying with their father, Frank Logan, 229 Ottawa, until they left for their destinations for national defense.