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Watertown Daily Times – December 12, 1907

Jim Parr, the wrestler, English champion, has a match in Buffalo Friday evening.  His efforts will be to throw Young Gotch and Dave Moir once each in 30 minutes.  These men are among Buffalo’s best middleweights and ought to be a tough proposition for Parr. Continue reading

Many Extremes in Wrestling

Syracuse Journal – March 14, 1907

In the wrestling game there are more extremes than there are in any other form of sport.  Hackenschmidt, for instance, is the strongest and the youngest in the point of years; Dan McLeod is without any shadow of doubt the most graceful of all grapplers; Hjalmar Lundin is regarded as the speediest; Frank Gotch, as the most vicious; Farmer Burns, as the oldest; Tom Jenkins, as the hardiest; Jim Parr, the English champion, as the most original and sensational; Ed Atherton, as the originator and creator of new moves; Harvey Parker, as the toughest of the welters to handle in any manner; Jack Carkeek, the “resurrected,” because he came back after an absence of ten years and is to-day regarded as fast enough for the best of the 175-pound men of the country; Fred Beell, as the world’s wonder for his size and weight; Steurs, the Belgian, as the roughest.  The list might be lengthened indefinitely.

Lundin, the giant Swede, is looked upon as the cleanest of the big fellows.

Beell Throws Parr Twice

The Binghamton Press – November 10, 1905

Buffalo, Nov. 10. – Fred Beell of Wisconsin last night defeated Jim Parr the English wrestler, in two straight falls.  Time 27m 30s and 8m.

Americus Downed Jim Parr Twice

The Washington Times – April 8, 1906

Baltimore Wrestler Got Two Straight Falls.

Was Once In Real Danger

But B. A.C. Instructor Wriggled Out and Few Realized His Position.  Scissors Hold Effective.

BALTIMORE, Md.,  April 7. – Americus, the local light heavyweight wrestler, had little real difficulty in downing “Jim” Parr, the Englishman, in two straight falls tonight at the Baltimore Athletic Club, at which Americus is wrestling instructor.

The men wrestled for a purse and the exhibition was exclusively for club members.  Showy best describes the contest.  Although Parr had a few pounds the advantage in weight, Americus, whose real name is Gus Schoenlein, had the call on height and, incidentally, in age.

Americus Aggressor.

From the call of time in the first bout until Referee Harry Jeffers tapped Americus on the back for the second fall Gus was the aggressor during the greater part of the time.  While Parr was the under man, in justice to him it should be said that at all times he did all in his power to wriggle out of the position.  The local wrestler, however, was far too clever, and Parr was able to escape but rarely.

After sixteen minutes of fancy work Americus secured a half-nelson and scissors hold, and Parr was forced to submit.  After a fifteen-minute rest the men resumed hostilities.  Several times Americus got good holds but employed tactics that usually resulted in the visitor getting away.

Once in Danger.

Only on one occasion was the Baltimorean in danger, but that for such a short time that he was free before the club members realized how close their favorite had been to the mat.

When sixteen minutes was called Gus secured a hammerlock.  He slowly but surely put his opponent down, the official time being sixteen and a half minutes.

William Miller, the old-time wrestling champion of Australia, and now making his home in this city, gave an interesting talk between bouts.

M’Leod Would Like to Meet Winner

The Evening Telegram – February 21, 1905

Another Match May Follow the Gotch-Parr Affair in This City Friday Night.

Frank Gotch, the American champion wrestler, will have to be at his best to score a victory over “Jim” Parr when they meet in their handicap match at Sulzer’s Casino on February 24. Continue reading

Jim Parr Beaten By Hjalmar Lundin

Syracuse NY Evening Telegram – November 25, 1903

Worcester, Mass., Nov. 24. – Jim Parr of Buffalo was beaten last night by Hjalmar Lundin in a mixed style wrestling match in Mechanics hall.  Lundin won the first and third falls at Graeco Roman styles and Parr the second fall at catch as catch can.

Tom Jenkins Won Another Match

The World – December 16, 1902

CLEVELAND, Dec. 16.–Tom Jenkins, the champion catch-as-catch-can wrestler of the world, who is to meet George Bothner, the clever little wrestler of New York, in a bout in the latter city next Monday night, met a tartar in Tom McInerney, the champion of Ireland, last night.  Jenkins won the match but only after he had been thrown once himself.

Jenkins had great difficulty in the first bout in downing the Irishman.  After thirty-five minutes of real hard work, in which the Irishman showed considerable cleverness, the latter had his shoulders pinned to the mat with a full Nelson hold.  The second bout was won by McInerney in a hurry.  He accupied but two and one-half minutes in downing Jenkins.  Jenkins evidently did not like the idea of having a foreigner down him, so when the third bout began he went to work like a Trojan, and after nine minutes’ work and the use of a half Nelson he put the Irishman down and won the match and the $1,500 purse.

The bout has caused Jenkins to begin some active work for his bout with Bothner, for in latter he knows he is going to face a stiffer proposition than McInerney.  His job, to throw the New York four times in an hour, is a hard one, and he will prepare for it.  Jenkins leaves to-day for Buffalo, where on Friday night he will meet Jim Parr, the champion of England, in a bout.

Beell Throws Parr

Broome Republican – February 24, 1906

Utica, Feb. 16. – At the State armory to-night Fred Beell, the Wisconsin wonder, won two straight falls at wrestling from Jim Parr, the English champion, in 26 ½ and 15 ½ minutes respectively.  Harvey Parker, Beell’s manager and Charles Kalser, of Rochester, wrestled on hour and fifteen minutes without a fall, and the contest was declared a draw.  This was Beell’s first appearance in the East, he having given exhibition in Chicago and other Western points.