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Evelyn Barksdale "Eva - Elizzie" McCollum Heisman
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1870
Holly Springs
Cherokee County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jul. 4, 1926
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

The woman who caused Coach Heisman to leave Georgia Tech....

From Auburn, Heisman went to Texas briefly to raise tomatoes, investing nearly all of his money. When Walter Riggs, the Clemson University professor, and later its president, founded the school's first football team in 1895, he also served as head coach for the team in 1896 and in 1899. Riggs had played under Heisman at Auburn and urged him out of the tomato fields back into football at Clemson. When he coached at Clemson for the 1901 through 1904 seasons, Heisman enjoyed a 19-3-2 record. His 1900 team had a 6 - 0 season, the first undefeated season in its history. His players tended to be light but full of speed. His plays were written to make the best of that fact. Griessman noted "he would throw five men into a sweep ahead of the man with the ball, a play subsequently copied widely, but Heisman seem to have originated." One of his best-known tactics was that of using a player in one position for more than simply that one position.

Heisman continued to enjoy dabbling in the theater during his Clemson days and while doing so met his first wife, a widow named Evelyn McCollum Cox who was an actress in a summer stock company. She had one son, Carlisle, who would stay close to Heisman long after his mother and the coach were to divorce. Heisman and Cox married in 1903 when Carlisle was 12. Georgia Tech, whose team Clemson had defeated by 73 - 0 in the last game of the season, offered Heisman the position as head coach beginning with the 1904 season. The day after the offer had officially expired, he accepted the post at a salary of $2,250 per year, plus 30 percent of net receipts to coach its athletic teams. Heisman and his new family moved to Atlanta where he would coach the best games of his career and stay through 17 football seasons. It was Heisman's 1916 team that entered the Guinness Book of World Records, as it beat the once-powerful southern team of Cumberland College with a score of 222 - 0. By 1918 Heisman and his wife Evelyn McCollum Cox had mutually agreed to a divorce, and he decided that he wanted to prevent any social embarrassment by letting Evelyn choose where she wanted to live, and then he would choose another city and job. When she decided to stay in Atlanta, Heisman accepted a job as the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania and left Evelyn, Georgia Tech and Atlanta behind.
Family links: 
  Benjamin Franklin McCollum (1843 - 1880)
  John William Heisman (1869 - 1936)
  Willie Capitola McCollum Tuggle (1868 - 1902)*
  Evelyn Barksdale McCollum Heisman (1870 - 1926)
*Calculated relationship
Evelyn Barksdale Heisman
Daughter of Ben. F. McCollum
Sept. 26, 1870
July 4, 1926
Oakland Cemetery
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Davis E. McCollum
Record added: Dec 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102186925
Evelyn Barksdale Eva - Elizzie <i>McCollum</i> Heisman
Added by: Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Evelyn Barksdale Eva - Elizzie <i>McCollum</i> Heisman
Added by: Davis E. McCollum
Evelyn Barksdale Eva - Elizzie <i>McCollum</i> Heisman
Added by: Davis E. McCollum
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