Jim Parr made short work of Frank Miller, the Flying Dutchman at Fenton’s Theater last night. The English champion caught his man with a crotch and half nelson and had placed both shoulders on the mat in two minutes. Tonight Parr will meet Louis Steinagle, the strong man.
“I can throw a dozen second and third raters in an evening,” said Jim Parr, the English wrestler, yesterday, “and when I meet those five fellows at the Olympic Club next Monday night, I’ll not only throw ‘em quick but I’ll throw ‘em hard.” The five men that will confront Parr include George Winzenreid, champion strong man and nail-bender; Louis Steinagle, the strong man; Larry Huber, well-known local wrestler; Count Alexander, the French champion from Nugent’s baths, and Billy Daw’s unknown.
Parr agrees to throw each one of those men twice in an hour or forfeit the match. It certainly doesn’t look easy. The “big five” promise to keep him mighty busy.
Jim Parr has begun to realize that to throw twice each in an hour five men of the caliber of Winzenreid, Huber and Louis Steinagle, to say nothing of Daw’s Unknown and Count Alexander, will be no easy task and he is awaiting next Monday night’s affair at the Olympic with more or less anxiety. He declares that he will turn the trick, but there are many who believe that he will fail. Parr is training every day and promises to be in good condition for the task he has cut out for himself.
The big five are reported to be ready for next Monday night’s contest. They have all been training fully as hard as Parr and lively times may be expected on North Division Street next Monday night.
A champion weight-lifter and personal friend of Jim Corbett, former heavyweight boxing champion, Louis Steinagle, 74, died Monday in his home, 381 Cornwall Ave. after a long illness.
A native of Buffalo, Mr. Steinagle drove a coal wagon in his youth. After displaying amazing feats of strength, he was hired by a brewery as driver of a “keg wagon.” Although Mr. Steinagle weighed only 156 pounds, he amazed customers by his ability to lift easily full kegs of beer. In 1900 he won a world’s weight-lifting championship.
The Buffalo Sunday Morning News – January 12, 1902
Steinagle Didn’t Go on With the Portageville Wrestler at the Lafayette.
Ed Atherton, the wrestler, stacked up against Mort Henderson, the Rochester butcher, for the second time at the Lafayette Theater last night. The Portageville athlete was scheduled to try it on the Strong Man Louis Steinagle, but Steinagle said Atherton would give him but $6, instead of the $25 announced from the stage, if he stayed 15 minutes without being thrown. So Steinagle didn’t go on. It is also within the realm of possibility that Atherton didn’t want any such direct line drawn between him and Parr as the match with the strong man would give, as Atherton and Parr are booked for a finish match at the Olympic Club next Wednesday.
The wrestling contest to be given by the Tonawanda Athletic Club tonight at the Old Armory in Tonawanda promises to furnish some exciting sport as the bouts arranged for are all of in whirlwind order. There are two championship bouts, both of which have created almost as much interest as the main bout. The first will be between Dick Chase, of the Central A. C. and Bob Tiedeman, for the 135-pound championship of the Tonawandas. The next bout which will be the main preliminary, will be between Kid Filier of Niagara Falls and Alex. Kennedy of the Buffalo Y. M. C. A., at 125 pounds, for the championship of the state. The main bout is between Jim Parr and five heavyweights, as followed: George Winzebried, Larry Huber, Louis Steinagle, Ralph Craig and Billy Daw’s “Unknown.” Daw has bet George Walters 4 to 5 that Parr loses the match. Parr agrees to throw the five men two falls each in an hour. Frenardo brothers, famous comedy acrobats, will give their act between the bouts. The Buffalo delegation will leave at 7:30.
Last night at the Lafayette Theater Louis Steinagle, the champion heavy lifter, and George Winzenreid, the champion nailbender, both men of prodigious strength, met to wrestle for the first fall in their match for the strong-man championship. Steinagle won the fall in 8 minutes. Tonight Joe Leonard, the fighter, will meet his recent foe, Gus Gardner, whom he put out, to wrestle for the first fall in their match to decide which is the better wrestler, best two falls out of three.
IT WILL BE THE MEETING OF COUNT ALEXANDER AND GEORGE WINZENREID TOMORROW NIGHT.
“Yankee” Rogers, or McMilten, performed an unusual feat yesterday at the Highland Park A. C. Gymnasium, while training for his bout with Jim Parr at the Olympic A. C. tomorrow night. To show his bridging strength, he allowed Louis Steinagle, Manager Daw and another man to stand on his breast while bridged. The feat seemed easy for him.
The preliminary between George Winzenreid and Count Alexander tomorrow night promises to be the real feature of the circus.