Elmo Hudgens was the type of
man that was totally involved in sports. Following
World War II, his guidance turned what was formerly the
Wallingford Boys Club football team into the Seattle
Cavaliers. For 44 consecutive years the Cavaliers played football, almost solely because of Elmo Hudgens.
The mainstay of their existence was Elmo's ability to
develop games against military service teams and small
colleges. He developed a respect from the Northwest
football community that was very deep.
Elmo was the kind of man who
went out of his way to help those who were less fortunate
than himself. He believed in the building of character
and was always making an effort to stretch a persons belief
in himself. His motto was, "A Christian, A Cavalier, A
In 1971, he helped form the
Northwest International Football Alliance. From 1971
to 1980, the Cavaliers compiled a 74-28-2 record claiming
the league title in 1972 under Elmo's leadership. Elmo
Hudgens passed away in 1982, and the Northwest Football
Alliance (NFA) trophy was dedicated to his memory.
Hudgens was a deputy sheriff
from 1945 - 1950. In a humorous event in May of 1945,
an on-duty Elmo raced home with sirens blaring to find the
babysitter watching his 5-year old handcuffed to a chair.
His wife made the call when they couldn't find the key to
free the teenager. A second event in his law
enforcement career involved a roof top prowling monkey that
hopped through an open window of his police prowler.
He was forced to take the monkey to his home when the
sheriff would not allow the animal in the station. On
Nov 1, 1955, Elmo replaced Ed Seil as Issaquah Town Marshal.