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  Legend of the Game

 

Edward "Ted" Stonebridge

 

 

b. March 6, 1913 - d. Mar 11, 2011

 

Issaquah Firemen/Alpines - General Manager

1934 - 1950

When the Issaquah Alpines formed in 1933, a shoulder injury prevented Ted from playing football. Team members nominated Ted to be the manager and coach and using his powers of persuasion in 1937, convinced Han Forster manager of the local Alpine Dairy, to foot the cost of new uniforms for the team in exchange for changing the team moniker from "Firemen" to "Alpines". Issaquah sported a small power-house of a team, and they set a number of records, among them a four-year streak where no other team in their league scored against them.  They lost only four games between 1934-1941.  In 1936 the team lost to a much heavier Wenatchee team in an exhibition game (Issaquah players weighed under 160 lbs.), to Rainier of Seattle in 1938 and twice to Enumclaw in the 1939 championship game and in 1941.  The Alpines won 5-straight league titles from 1933-1937 and two more in 1940 & '41.  Also on the team was Ted's brother Harold and their cousins the Castagno's, Bill, Merv, and Hall of Famer Johnny.

Edward “Ted” Stonebridge was born March 6, 1913 the son of coal miner George Edward Stonebridge and his wife Mamie Morris Stonebridge in Cumberland, WA where they lived until 1927. In 1927 the family moved to Issaquah and Ted reported that this was the same year he got his first new pair of long pants. George Stonebridge bought two trucks and had the contracts to haul coal from area mines to fuel dealers in Seattle. After school, Ted and his brother Harold would join their father at work, shoveling and packing coal. Ted continued in this line of work after high school, hauling coal and wood for many of the local lumber and coal companies. In 1947 he sold the fuel business and purchased the John Fink Chevrolet Company. He operated this business, renamed Stonebridge Chevrolet, for 25 years. Ted moved on to work for the Issaquah School District; he retired from his position as transportation director in 1978. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Ted was 97 years old and living in Issaquah, WA.  He passed away a week after his 98th birthday in 2011

Ted married Mildred Pratt in 1936; after her death, he remarried to Eleanor Johnson in 1964. He has two sons and a number of grandchildren.

 

 

   

Many thanks to Erica Maniaz of the Issaquah Historical Society & Jerry Stonebridge for their assistance.

 
 
 
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