Stuart Forbes

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Stuart Forbes
Biographical details
Born(1876-12-26)December 26, 1876
Cobden, Illinois
DiedJuly 5, 1958(1958-07-05) (aged 81)
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Playing career
1897 Illinois
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899 Arizona
Head coaching record
Overall1–1–1

Stuart Falconer Forbes (December 26, 1876 – July 5, 1958) was an American football player and coach. He served as the first head football coach at the University of Arizona, coaching for one season in 1899 and compiling a record of 1–1–1.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

University of Arizona Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Early years

Forbes was born in Cobden, Illinois in 1876. [1] He was the son of Henry Clinton Forbes and Jennie Forbes. [2] He attended the University of Illinois, receiving a B.S. degree in architecture in 1898. While attending Illinois, he was the editor-in-chief of the Technograph , a fullback on the varsity football team, and a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the Shield & Trident. [2] [3] [4]

Cobden, Illinois Village in Illinois, United States

Cobden is a village in Union County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,157 at the 2010 census, an increase from 1,116 in 2000.

Fullback (gridiron football) Position in American or Canadian football

A fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield in American and Canadian football, and is one of the two running back positions along with the halfback. Typically, fullbacks are larger than halfbacks and in most offensive schemes their duties are split between power running, pass catching, and blocking for both the quarterback and the other running back.

Phi Gamma Delta fraternity

Phi Gamma Delta (ΦΓΔ), commonly known as Fiji, is a social fraternity with more than 148 active chapters and 10 colonies across the United States and Canada. It was founded at Jefferson College, Pennsylvania, in 1848. Along with Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Gamma Delta forms a half of the Jefferson Duo. Since its founding in 1848, the fraternity has initiated more than 195,000 brothers. The nickname FIJI is used commonly by the fraternity due to Phi Gamma Delta bylaws that limit the use of the Greek letters.

University of Arizona

After graduating from Illinois, Forbes moved to Arizona. In 1899, he volunteered as the coach for the newly organized football team at the University of Arizona. [5] Forbes became the first head coach of what would become the Arizona Wildcats football team. [6] During the 1899 season, Forbes coached the team to a record of 1–1–1. [7] The team won its first football game over a Tucson Town team by a score of 5–0. A rematch resulted in a scoreless tie. The team next defeated a team from the Tucson Indian School before ending the season with an 11–2 loss against Tempe Normal School (later known as Arizona State). [8]

Arizona Wildcats football football team of the University of Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats football program represents the University of Arizona in the sport of American college football. Arizona competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12).

Arizona State University Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

Arizona State University is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona.

At the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, Forbes was living in Tucson, Arizona, where he was employed as a draftsman. [9]

Tucson, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Tucson is a city in and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and is also home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area (CSA), with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second most-populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is 108 miles (174 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi (97 km) north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 58th largest metropolitan area in the United States (2014).

Later years

In 1907 and 1908, Forbes was living in Tacoma, Washington, where he was employed as the chief draftsman or structural draftsman for the firm of Russell & Babcock. [10] [11] By 1910, he had moved to Seattle where he was employed as a draftsman with Frank Allen Inc. [12] As of 1913, he was still living in Seattle. [3]

Tacoma, Washington City in Washington, United States

Tacoma is a midsized urban port city and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third-largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population around 1 million.

Seattle City in Washington, United States

Seattle is a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 744,955 residents as of 2018, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. According to U.S. Census data released in 2018, the Seattle metropolitan area's population stands at 3.94 million, and ranks as the 15th largest in the United States. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States and remained in the top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U.S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. Seattle is the northernmost large city in the United States.

At the time of the 1910 U.S. Census, Forbes was living in Seattle with his mother and sister. He was employed as an architect. [13]

As of 1918, Forbes was living in Chicago where he was employed as a supervising engineer for construction quality management at a U.S. government cold storage warehouse. [2] [14]

In 1925, Forbes published a book titled Trail Sketches: Word Pictures of the West. [15]

At the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, he was living in Port Madison, Washington, with his wife Mary L. Forbes. He was employed as the supervising engineer for a building construction company. [16]

In November 1942, Forbes was married to Mary L. Miller by a Justice of the Peace at the courthouse in King County, Washington. [17]

Forbes died in July 1958 at Bainbridge Island, Washington, at age 86. [18]

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
Arizona (Independent)(1899)
1899 Arizona 1–1–1
Arizona:1–1–1
Total:1–1–1

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  1. Sources are not in accord as to the year of his birth. Sources range from 1872 to 1876.
  2. 1 2 3 The Semi-centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois. University of Illinois. 1918. p. 111.
  3. 1 2 James Herbert Kelley, ed. (1913). The Alumni Record of the University of Illinois. University of Illinois. p. 214.
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  8. "1899 Arizona". College Football Data Warehouse.
  9. Census entry for Stewart [sic] Forbes, born in Illinois in December 1873 [sic]. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 1, Pima, Arizona Territory; Roll: 47; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 0049; FHL microfilm: 1240047.
  10. Entry for Stuart F. Forbes. Tacoma City Directory, 1907, p. 337 (chief draftsman).
  11. Entry for Stuart F. Forbes. Tacoma City Directory, 1908, p. 370.
  12. Entry for Stuart F. Forbes. Seattle City Directory, 1910, p. 597.
  13. Census entry for Stuart F. Forbes, age 38, born in Illinois. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1910; Census Place: Seattle Ward 3, King, Washington; Roll: T624_1658; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0089; ; FHL microfilm: 1375671.
  14. Draft registration card dated September 1918 for Stuart Falconer Forbes, born December 26, 1872. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration State: Illinois; Registration County: Cook; Roll: 1452461; Draft Board: 4.
  15. Stuart Falconer Forbes (1925). Trail Sketches: Word Pictures of the West. Christopher Pub. House.
  16. Census entry for Stuart F. Forbes, age 67, born in Illinois. Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1940; Census Place: Port Madison, Kitsap, Washington; Roll: T627_4348; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 18-55.
  17. Marriage Certificate for Stuart F. Forbes dated November 14, 1942. Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004 [database on-line].
  18. Death record for Stuart Falconer Forbes, born about 1872, death date July 5, 1958. Ancestry.com. Washington, Deaths, 1883-1960 [database on-line].