Standing: Coach Joe Schroth, Steve Morehead, Ronnie Boyd, Bob
Pharis, Jim Ireland, Tom Zurkhammer, Jerry Gehlbach, Koert
Front row: Tom Maurer, Bob Alexander, Marvin Bartman, John
Kurtz, Vern Stanfield, Donald Gehlbach.
Photo and players' names provided by Mrs. Vivian Schroth,
the coach's widow.
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MOUNT PULASKI -- Mount Pulaski
historian Phil Bertoni has come across a photo that he is hoping the
local community will be interested in and also be willing to offer
some more information on it.
The picture, Bertoni believes, was taken in 1954 and is of the
Chester-East Lincoln basketball team with coach Joe Schroth.
was Bertoni's coach from the fourth through sixth grades at Mount
Pulaski. However, Bertoni related that a new principal was
hired that year who felt Schroth was not well enough educated to be
working in the public school system. Consequently, Schroth was
dismissed from Mount Pulaski.
Upon his departure from there, he went to Chester-East Lincoln,
which Bertoni recalls was a fairly new school at that time.
Below is a copy of information Bertoni has on coach Schroth. If
anyone has anything to add to this, they are encouraged to email
firstname.lastname@example.org. LDN will then forward your
information to Bertoni. Please be sure to give your name in your
(Copy of information provided)
Note: Joe Schroth
excelled in basketball and baseball at Mount Pulaski High School in
the 1930's, playing for now well-known and long-ago retired/deceased
Illinois basketball coaches: George Dertinger and Dolph Stanley. Due
to the death of his father in a farm-related accident, Joe took on
responsibilities of both farming and finishing high school, while
continuing his sports.
school graduation, Joe continued farming and even operated a dairy
farm during the war years with his new bride, Vivian Buckles. Joe
maintained his interest in sports, playing independent basketball
with Lincoln and Decatur teams. In 1945, he became the coach at
Mount Pulaski Grade School, taking teams to the state, winning
second in 1949. Joe moved over to coaching at Chester-East Lincoln
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Joe spent many of
his latter years as a crop-hail adjuster and state field supervisor.
Vivian, a graduate of Brown's Business College in Decatur, was
employed by Custom Farm Fertilizer Services as a secretary /
bookkeeper and later held a similar position for many years at
Their only child,
Dr. Richard Schroth, is an executive consultant, professional
speaker and private advisor on technology and business for leading
world-wide corporations. Currently, he is the U.S.
State Department's 2008-2013 Senior Fulbright Scholar for
Information Services. Last year, Richard was one of five recipients
of the Mount Pulaski 175th Anniversary's Casimir Pulaski Awards for
Most Distinguished Mount Pulaski High School Graduates. He resides
with his wife and family in Maryland.
--Text submitted by Vivian Schroth and edited and updated by Phil
Bertoni of the Mount Pulaski Township Historical Society.