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
1897Illinois
Position(s)Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899Arizona
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.

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]

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]

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

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]

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

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arizona (Independent) (1899)
1899 Arizona 1–1–1
Arizona: 1–1–1
Total: 1–1–1

References

  1. ^ Sources are not in accord as to the year of his birth. Sources range from 1872 to 1876.
  2. ^ a b c The Semi-centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois. University of Illinois. 1918. p. 111.
  3. ^ a b James Herbert Kelley, ed. (1913). The Alumni Record of the University of Illinois. University of Illinois. p. 214.
  4. ^ The Phi Gamma Delta, Volume 19. 1897. p. 401.
  5. ^ "Arizona's Football History". University of Arizona. October 18, 1999. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Excellence in History: Arizona Quarterbacks Through the Years". Arizona Daily Star. August 24, 2008.
  7. ^ "2016 Arizona Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Arizona Athletic Department. p. 101. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "1899 Arizona". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  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].