possible."...Mike Michalske spoke in response to the demand from the crowd. He had not been included in the list of speakers, but some Michalske fan yelled "we want Mike" and the crowd took up the cry. Mike spotted his friend in the crowd, and addressed him thus, "They should have kept you out of here."...Mayor Diener, in calling upon Jugger Earpe, told a little story about the lineman who in revenge for the description of the backfield men as the horsemen had referred to the linemen as the "seven mules". "I am out of mules," said Mike. "Starting at the end," he continued, "you move over and over until you get on top of the ball, and that is the worst place of all. When we move out the backfield moves in, and I'm moving out right now."..."I have played here several seasons," said Jugger Earpe, "and I have always hoped that some time we would win the championship. Now that dream has come true, and this demonstration shows us that it is worthwhile after all."..."It is pretty hard to say anything," said Captain Lambeau. "This welcome is something that we didn't expect, and is a complete surprise. Speaking for the boys I can say that they appreciate it, and the only answer we can make is a championship again next year."..."I have followed football for twenty-five years," declared Mayor Diener, "from the time it was knock down, drag out, three downs for five yards. It is my opinion that Lewellen can kick a football farther than any other man in the world today. We want to hear from him."...Lewellen declared that the reception was a complete surprise to all the boys and had left them almost without words. "But I can say for all of the men that they appreciate it, and we thank you."...The World Champion Packers looked like a gang of school boys lined up at the council meeting. They were completely overawed by the honors thrust upon them by the people of the old hometown. Some of them were near tears as the train pulled into the station...On the train one big fellow was gazing dreamily out at the lights and the crowd, when a companion slapped him on the shoulder, and said, "Cheer up, big fellow, if we lose a couple of games next year, we'll just be a bunch of bums."...Among the most ardent of Packer football fans is Jackie Allen, seven-year old son of Councilman and Mrs. Charles Allen, 1024 Howard-st. Jackie has been keeping tab on the Packers since he was four years old and last night was desolate because a cold kept him from attending the homecoming celebration. When his parents returned they found Jackie had spent the evening trimming a little Christmas tree, the ornaments of which were pictures of Packers. His career is mapped out along these lines - captain of the West high football team, college football and then the Packers...Blanche Schroeder of Green Bay expressed herself thusly today about the Packers: P is for the punt the magic toe made, A is for the ambition of our team, C is for the curves that landed safety, K is for the kick that made the goal, E is for the easy way they made it, R is for the runs that can't be stopped, S is for the slams that never phased them. Put them all together they spell Packers. The boys that put Green Bay on the map...It was announced today by by radio station WHBY that special permission from the federal radio commission had been secured to broadcast the Packer banquet tonight as long as there is something to broadcast. The time limit usually expires at 8 o'clock...A series of blasts from a policeman's whistle caused a premature celebration for the Packers in front of Schweger's drug store on the corner of Broadway and Walnut-sts. It had been planned to shoot off fireworks as the buses bearing the players passed but when the policeman's whistle sounded sharply to signal a motorist, it was taken as an indication that the Packers were approaching and the roman candles, flower pots, sky rockets and other types of fireworks were lit. When the parade finally reached the corner some ten minutes later most of the fireworks were turned out...All of the Packer team members were here for the celebration except Eddie Kotal, Red Dunn and Cal Hubbard. Dunn left the train at Milwaukee, while Kotal got off at Appleton. Hubbard returned here Monday morning, and then left at noon for his home in Missouri where he had been called on some business. Kotal and Dunn will be at the banqet tonight, however...At noon today, it was announced that virtually every ticket for the Packer banquet tonight at the Beaumont had been sold. A capacity crowd is assured...The Packers will probably have several more banquets tendered them by individuals before they leave for the South as three Brown County men have promised them feeds when they return...The crowd had a hard time recognizing the players last night. They "looked so different" in their street clothes...The Northwestern railroad station was decorated with colors of the Packers, blue and gold. Bunting was wrapped around all of the posts and huge signs hung from the canopy and across the road in back of the station. They bore the words, "Welcome Packers", and "Hail to Our Champions". Along the railroad right-of-way from the station to the junction railroad men stood waving red flares as the train pulled in.
400 FANS PAY WARM TRIBUTE TO GRIDDERS
DEC 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The greatest season a professional football team has ever known was climaxed here last night when more than 400 ardent admirers of the Green Bay Packer football squad gathered in the dining room of the Hotel Beaumont to formally welcome their heroes "home". It was just that, a welcome home, even though the players themselves come from Georgia, California, Minnesota, Nebraska and other parts of the United States. It was history repeating itself. It was an homage of a town to its heroes, ever as in the early stages the knights victorious were feasted and feted on their return from foreign combat. The hotel was packed to capacity and everywhere within a radius of hundred of miles, those loyal supporters of the Green Bay team who could not be present, were "listening in" as the program was broadcast on radio station WHBY. Guest were admitted to the dinner room shortly after 6:30 o'clock and when all were seated Rudy's orchestra struck up a familiar tune, "On Wisconsin", and the famous championship team entered the dining room. There were no yellow jerseys and the oft-described pigskin was missing, but the familiar grandstand faces, the tune of the official song and the smile of Jug Earpe recalled vividly the scenes at City stadium this fall. When the cheering had died down for a minute, dinner was served...GIVEN TWO BIG CAKES: Two huge cakes decorated the players' table. One was pyramided into five or six layers and topped by a chocolate football, held on frosted arms. This was presented by the Bohemian bakery. The other, the gift of the Walnut-st. bakery, was decorated in flowers and the players found them delicate tidbits for in between munching. Baskets of russet baby chrysanthemums were used on other tables and on the window ledge back of the speakers' table were baskets of mixed flowers, contributed by Meier-Schroeder and De Clerc. A table was reserved for the wives of the players next to that of the players, and at each plate was a shoulder bouquet, the gift of the Hamilton Flower shop. During the dinner framed photographs of the championship team were given each player by the Stiller company. After an excellent dinner came a dessert that elicited many comments. It was orange ice cream in the form of footballs, those of the players having their numbers written in blue on the top. Milton Smith, president of the Association of Commerce, introduced the secretary, Richard F. Malia, whose duty he said it was to "do the work". Mr. Malia spoke briefly, saying that the occasion was a unique one and therefore the traditional toastmaster was eliminated and he was assuming the position of referee. He added that he would call the plays and blow the whistle if any of the speakers "stayed too long in the huddle." Mr. Malia said that the Beaumont hotel would celebrate its 100th birthday soon, and in its history had sheltered many gatherings of import, but never one like it welcomed last night. "A girl went forth from Green Bay and returned a member of the Chicago Opera company; a boy went out and returned as one of the Four Horseman," said Mr. Malia, "and now our Packers have come back from foreign field, champions of the National Professional Football league. And it is fitting that the greatest celebration possible be held in honor of their return...MAYOR PRAISES SQUAD: Mr. Malia then introduced Mayor John V. Diener who repeated the welcome he had expressed Monday evening when the team arrived in Green Bay. "Several weeks ago I spoke to the team," said the mayor, "and I told them that if they had the intestinal fortitude they would come home with the championship. Well, they have it and we have the championship." Green Bay may be the 241st city in size in the United States, but it is the first city in football." Attorney General John W. Reynolds, who captained the first Green Bay football team at East high in 1904 and who arrived from Madison after leaving his automobile at Fond du Lac and coming the rest of the way by train because of the hard driving, brought greetings from the state of Wisconsin. He said that no matter where he spoke the Packer football team seemed to be a pet subject of conversation. At one county board meeting, he was introduced as being from Madison. He corrected the speaker and later a long, lanky resident of the community came up to him and said, "Just because Green Bay has a good football team, you're claiming that as your home, eh?" Mr. Reynolds brought his talk to a close by saying that it was easy for the fans to cheer when the team was winning, but the true test of loyalty was a community that could stand back of its team and cheer even though the players were fighting a losing battle...DR. KELLY THANKS PLAYERS: During the evening some one said that Green Bay football fans had an unusual knowledge of the operation of the football club. This was demonstrated by the splendid tribute paid to Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the football corporation, when he was called upon to speak. Every person in the dining room was on his feet in a second as the genial director of the destinies of the Packers responded to the invitation to address the crowd. Dr. Kelly in turn paid tribute to A.B. Turnbull, who saw the football corporation through the hard years when professional football did not bask in the sun as it does today. He lauded the efforts of G.W. Calhoin, secretary of the association, for his untiring efforts in "writing publicity, making the public read it and making them like it." Then he came to the team. To Dr. Kelly the team is a composite "child", and as he spoke of his relation with the men, it was readily seen why the men think so much of him. He hesitated a moment and then explained that after the game in New York he had prepared a great speech. After the Bear game he was so busy celebrating he forgot part of it, and now he had forgotten it all. He characterized the team as the cleanest, most wholesome group of men he had ever known, and said their success of the loyalty of every man for the other. No petty jealousies, no selfishness nor envy interfered with the best interests of the team, he said, but instead it was one for all and all for one...HAD NO SINGLE STAR:"We had no single star as Benny Friedman, Ernie Nevers or Red Grange, but we had a whole team of stars playing together," he concluded. In the moments of the greatest anxiety, I felt in my heart that you boys would not fail me. And you never did. And so let me say, as coming from the old man, Good Luck and God Bless You." James Masker, Big Ten officials, followed Dr. Kelly, speaking on incidents of important college games and telling several gridiron stories. He complemented the winning team, but said he would leave the expression of glory for those who knew the subject better and would not speak of the technical end of football because he realized that he was speaking to postgraduates of the games. V.I. Minahan, attorney, was next on the program, giving a brief history of football. He told how legislatures tried to outlaw the game in the early days but failed as the game was truly American and mirrored qualities of the country in that it required strength, sportsmanship and vigor, and therefore was here to stay...SMART HEADWORK WON: "I want to laud the Green Bay players for a quality that has not been mentioned before," he said in conclusion. "It was not only the strong muscles and fleetness of foot that brought this team victory, as other teams have that. It was the brains of every member of this team that brought the championship." A.B. Turnbull, one of the stalwart supporters of the Packer corporation, and its first president, was the last man at the speakers' table, but as he expressed it. "There are 22 men here who will be glad to hear what I have to say." Mr. Turnbull recalled the days when the finances of the corporation were wobbly and uncertain. He spoke of poor gate receipts and rainy days when he would have to go to the dressing rooms between halves and ask the boys to play for half the amount of their salary. They not only played, but they generally won as well. "And now we come to the day when that team has brought to Green Bay the National Professional championship," he continued. "There is no one, I know, that gets a greater thrill out of this occasion than Dr. Kelly and myself. As an illustration of what the fans think of you players, I want to announce that their little Christmas present to you tonight reached the sum of $5,060. The amount may not be remarkable, but it comes with the best wishes of more than 1,000 persons, from all part of Northeastern Wisconsin, and several of the more southern communities."...PLAYERS GET $220 AND WATCH: Here Mr. Turnbull presented each player with a handsome Hamilton pocket watch and a leather wallet containing a check for $220. The members of the team received the gifts with various emotions. Some of the more serious-minded swallowed hard and fixed a steady gaze on the gift before them. Others exhibited more sang froid, but were as deeply touched by the generosity of the sport-loving public. Dave Zuidmuler, who has been breaking in with the team although not under contract, and Bud Jorgensen, property man, were given half-share checks of $110 each. The watches and billfolds were gifts of the Packer football corporation and the checks represented a division of the fund sponsored by the Press-Gazette. Captain E.L. (Curly) Lambeau was the first of the players called on and when his name was mentioned as the next speaker, the crowd gave him the greatest ovation of the evening. It was several minutes before the applause died down and the coach got to his feet...HOPE FOR ANOTHER GREAT TEAM: "I was given two of the greatest thrills of my life last night and tonight by the welcome tendered by Green Bay fans," Coach Lambeau said, "and I know every other member of the team feels the same as I do. When a city responds as it has done to our efforts, I'll say it certainly deserves a championship. It is going to take a lot of hard work, energy and the loyal support of all fans to give Green Bay another championship team next year. Other teams that won the championship always finished in the second division the following year, but we are going to do our best to break that precedent and if the fans are behind us, we think we can do it." The speaker was forced to stop at this time as another demonstration of cheering broke out, indicating the sentiment of every person on that particular point. The team captain paid a warm tribute to his linemen who he said never got the credit they deserved or the publicity accorded the backfield men. He said the Packer line this year was the greatest ever put together on the football field...COMMENTS DUNN'S WORK: "There is one man on the team I wish to accord a particular tribute. He is a backfield man who has not scored a touchdown this season, but who has few equals in the game. He is Red Dunn. Red always stepped out of the limelight when a touchdown was needed and called plays for other men. At times he would shift a halfback to his position and drop into the vacated post and call a signal that resulted in a touchdown with the halfback going over on a play that he would ordinarily complete himself." Lavvie Dilweg and Mike Michalske, who have played 60 minutes in almost every big game of the year, and Red Smith, who has been on the injured list most of the year but who has stayed gamely with the team, also were lauded by the coach. Jugger Earpe was next on the program, and told of his eight-year old emotion to play on a championship team...WORTH WAITING FOR: "It has been a long wait but one worthwhile," the popular center said. "Some of the early years were lean ones as Mr. Turnbull told you earlier in the evening. On those rainy days when they asked us to go for half-fare, things looked dark, but we would look at one another and decide that we could stall the landlady for another week or two. We were not married in those days and could get by a little easier." Jugger told how the players journeyed by automobiles to Milwaukee and Chicago in the early days with their grips and headgears in their hands, instead of riding in special coaches as they do now. He also gave a brief account of the New York Giant game, telling how the players had "all the confidence in the world that they would beat Benny Friedman and his playmates." Lee H. Joannes, treasurer of the Packer corporation, was asked for a few words after Earpe completed his brief message, and responded by thanking all of the fans for the support given, adding that he hoped they would continue to do the same in years to com. Verne Lewellen, district attorney, then was introduced by Toastmaster Malia as the "World's Greatest KIcker - the man with the educated toe" and also received a rising vote esteem and rousing applause...DILWEG GIVES TALK: Lewellen described how, when he first received an offer to play with the Green Bay team, he was told it was the "City with the college spirit" and after seeing the reception at the station Monday night and that of the dinner, he knew it was so. He paid He paid tribute to the directors of the club and his fellow players, lauding Captain Lambeau in particular in taking a group of men who have played under many coaches and many coaching systems and molded them under the "Green Bay System" of coaching. On behalf of the team, Lewellen presented Dr. Kelly with the football used to defeat the Chicago Bears in the final game of the season. The ball was