John Webster Thomas
Date of Birth: February 13, 1900, in Ocheyeden, Iowa
Date of Death: August 19, 1977, in Woodstock, Illinois (77 years old)
The Chicago Tribune - Published 08/21/77
Did you know?
John Thomas was a high school coach in Danville, Illinois from 1924 to 1927.
He served in the United States Army during World War I.
There is an obit in the New York Times, 11/01/58, for Evan A Thomas, saying
that he played for the Providence Steamrollers in 1925. There is also an article in
the Sporting News at the time of his death concerning the Providence Steam Roller
team. The old Roger Treat Encyclopedia lists a Fred Webster of Colgate as playing
for Racine in 1924, and somebody named Thomas (listed as Gene on the yearly rosters,
but with no first name in the alphabetical section) as playing for Providence in 1925 and
1926. In a letter interview, Fred Webster was asked if he ever played pro-football, he
replied that he never played pro-ball. We believe John Thomas did play for Racine under
his middle name, John Webster.
Since John Thomas coached high school in Danville, Illinois from 1924 to 1927 as
mentioned above, it further confirms that he did not play a game with the Providence
Steamroller in 1925, as is listed in the Encyclopedia, and that game is rightfully
credited to Evan Thomas.
1924 Racine Legion (NFL)
Jamestown College, University of Chicago