Tracy goes back to reading the Knute Rockne monument. On November 1, 1913, the Notre Dame squad stunned the highly regarded Army team 35–13 in a game played at West Point. Football Coach. On March 31, 1931, the greatest coach of his day climbed into a 12-seat plane in Kansas City. The rest is history: captain as a senior, third-team All-American, joining with quarterback Gus Dorais to form one of college football’s earliest passing combinations. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. The plane crashed into a wheat field near Bazaar, Kansas, killing Rockne and seven others. GREAT NEWS! Tracy has worked here 10 years. The rectangular strip of land that holds the matching tombstones of Rockne, his wife and son has been manicured just so, the grass carved perfectly around a bed of small white rocks sprinkled there by Cashen. He has other interests.  King Haakon VII of Norway, Rockne's birthplace, posthumously knighted Rockne and sent a personal envoy to Rockne's massive funeral.  Grantland Rice wrote, "Mohardt could throw the ball to within a foot or two of any given space" and noted that the 1921 Notre Dame team "was the first team we know of to build its attack around a forward passing game, rather than use a forward passing game as a mere aid to the running game". Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. The memorial is surrounded by a wire fence with wooden posts and was maintained for many years by James Heathman, who, at the age of 13 in 1931, was one of the first people to arrive at the site of the crash. The national champion 1924 team included the "Four Horsemen" backfield of Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Jim Crowley, and Elmer Layden. The email does not appear to be a valid email address. He had stopped in Kansas City to visit his two sons, Bill and Knute Jr., who were in boarding school there at the Pembroke-Country Day School. The Irish went undefeated in two of his first three seasons and won their first national title in his sixth, in 1924. Please try again later. But in 1910 Notre Dame was still a small school trying to find its place on the national landscape, and it required students to do more than go to class. Additionally, few of the major Eastern teams that constituted the power center of college football at the time used the pass. Rockne worked as a lifeguard at Cedar Point in the summer of 1913. , Upon arrival at Highland Cemetery in South Bend, six of his players from the previous year (Marty Brill, Tom Yarr, Frank Carideo, Marchy Schwartz, Tom Conley and Larry Mullins) carried him to his final resting place. Save to an Ancestry Tree, a virtual cemetery, your clipboard for pasting or Print. One thing led to another, and soon he’s planting flowers and laying mulch and using the cemetery lawnmower to get the landscape just right.