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Maj John Reinhold Bender
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Birth: May 14, 1882
Clay County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 1928
Harris County
Texas, USA

The Galveston Daily News, Thursday July 26, 1928


Houston, Tex., - July 25 - Funeral services were held today for Maj. John Reinhold Bender, athletic director for Houston Junior College and formerly a noted star on the Nebraska eleven. Bender was on the All-American eleven in 1905. He served in the 360th Infantry during the year, and after the armistice went to A and M as freshman coach.

Maj. Bender is survived by his wife, two sons, John Jacob and William Cassell Bender; a daughter, Margaret Josephine Bender; two brothers, Henry and Gus Bender, both of Nebraska; three sisters, Mrs. Theresa Bening, Mrs. E. E. Trabert and Mrs. Ermingard Hash of Nebraska, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bender of Nebraska.
The Helena Independent, July 25, 1928


Lincoln, Neb., July 24,--(AP)--
John R. Bender, one of Nebraska's greatest football stars, died today at his home in Houston, Texas, according to word received here this evening. Funeral services for the Husker quarterback of 18 years ago will be held Friday at Sutton, Neb. He leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter. With the conclusion of his football days, Bender took up baseball playing and was recognized as a capable man on the diamond.
What is a Billiken? Unmasking SLU's Cool and Unusual Mascot
The uniting of SLU and the Billiken seems to have happened sometime between 1910 and 1911 at the height of Billikenmania.

Each story of the Billiken connection with Saint Louis University stems from SLU law student and football coach John Bender and his remarkable likeness to the image of the Billiken.

One story reports that a St. Louis sports writer decided that Bender resembled the Billiken. Later, a cartoonist drew a caricature of the coach in the form of a Billiken and posted it in the window of a drugstore. The football team soon became known as "Bender's Billikens."
Family links: 
  Pearl J Cassell Bender (1881 - 1966)
  William Cassell Bender (1917 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Sutton Cemetery
Clay County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: 10N-30-05-12
Created by: LeslieG
Record added: Apr 27, 2011
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Maj John Reinhold Bender
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Maj John Reinhold Bender
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Maj John Reinhold Bender
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John R. Bender gave the name "Cougars" as the mascot for the University of Houston in 1927.
 Added: Nov. 21, 2011
Rest in Peace
 Added: Jul. 15, 2011

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