Harry A. (Dixie) Fleager, 89, a one-time All-American football player and a salmon-industry representative in 65 years in Seattle, died yesterday. Mr. Fleager, of 1864 Broadmoor Drive E., was born in Sheldon, Ill. He graduated from Northwestern University, where he was an All-American. He played professional baseball in the Midwest. Mr. Fleager came to Seattle in 1906. He won city and Pacific Northwest Golf Association golfing championships. He was an active fan of University of Washington sports and officiated at Husky football games. He also hunted duck and fly-fished. Mr. Fleager is credited with having invented the numbering system for matched sets of golf clubs now used universally among golfers. Previously golfers had designated clubs by name only. Mr. Fleager came to Seattle as a representative of the A. G. Spaulding Co. His connection with the salmon industry began with the Kelley-Clarke Co. Later he became sales manager of the salmon department of the Skinner & Eddy Corp. He served as vice president of the corporation before retiring in 1952. Mr. Fleager was a life member of the Rainier Club and SEattle Golf Club, and a member of the Swinomish Gun Club. He is survived by his wife, the former Margery Gibbs whom he married in 1914; a daughter, Mrs. Leonard Wood, Jr., Hillsborough, Calif.; and two brothers, Clarence E., Oakland, and Samuel B. Fleager, Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Private services will be held at the Bonney-Watson Chapel, followed by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to a favorite charity or Northwest Research Foundation.
(Source: The Seattle Times, October 6, 1971, Page 55)