However, his great determination, coupled with hours upon hours of a new type of therapy, enabled him to gradually regain the ability to walk and to proceed to run.
It was in the early summer of 1919 when he first tried to walk again, roughly two years after the accident.
Another issue was that the portable lights had to be left behind since there was no way to power them at the new field and thus the team was relegated to playing Saturday afternoons and attendance dropped precipitously.
The old Cayuga County League had by then disbanded and we were playing in the much larger Onondaga county League with 11 man teams.
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Glenn Verniss Cunningham (August 4, 1909 – March 10, 1988) was an American distance runner and athlete considered by many the greatest American miler of all time. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States in 1933.
high classes moved in, Weedsport football had by then morphed from 6 man to 8 man squads. This situation was unsatisfactory for several reasons, not the least of which was the long hike from the high school, over science hill to the old field and back, which ate up a lot of practice time.
As kind of a note aside, at the time the village had acquired a deuce and a half army truck as war surplus.
He was born in Atlanta, Kansas, but grew up in Elkhart, Kansas, to Henry Clinton Cunningham (September 20, 1877 – July 27, 1956) and Rosa Agnes Cunningham (née Moore; December 5, 1882 – March 1, 1961).
Cunningham was nicknamed the "Kansas Flyer", the "Elkhart Express" and the "Iron Horse of Kansas".
Cunningham's legs were very badly burned in an explosion caused when someone accidentally put gasoline instead of kerosene in the can at his schoolhouse when he was eight and his brother Floyd was thirteen. When the doctors recommended amputating Glenn's legs, he was so distressed his parents would not allow it.
The doctors predicted he might never walk normally again.
The death rate fell from the mid-1970s until the arrival of the coalition, but has been going up since 2011.