Hans “Buffalo Boy” Oldag

Hans “Buffalo Boy” Oldag

Birth
Lübtheen, Landkreis Ludwigslust-Parchim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Death Aug 1978 (aged 77)
North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York, USA
Burial Wendelville, Niagara County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 75015392 · View Source
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Mecklenburg, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1740-1918
Evangelisch-lutherische Gemeinden Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Name: Hans Hugo Carl Albert Oldag
Birth Date: 2 Mrz 1901 (2 Mar 1901)
Baptism Date: 23 Mrz 1901 (23 Mar 1901)
Baptism Parish: Lübtheen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Deutschland (Germany)
Parish as it Appears: Lübtheen'er
Father: Johann Carl Heinrich Oldag
Mother: Marie Elise Christine Paetow

Hans Oldag qualified for the US team for the 1932 Olympic Marathon when he won the Cambridge-Salisbury, Maryland, qualifying race in May 1932. He competed for the Buffalo Oriole Club. Oldag was born in Germany where he worked as a blacksmith but emigrated to the USA after the 1927 track season. In 1930 Oldag led the Boston Marathon for about 10 miles before dropping back and finishing 57th. He was 15th at the Boston race in 1932. After the Los Angeles Olympics Oldag competed professionally, using the name Buffalo Boy. In his native Lübtheen, Germany, there is a Hans-Oldag-Sporthalle and a small museum devoted to his career.


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  • Created by: Cindy
  • Added: 16 Aug 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 75015392
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hans “Buffalo Boy” Oldag (2 Mar 1901–Aug 1978), Find a Grave Memorial no. 75015392, citing Saint Pauls Evangelical Protestant Reformed #2, Wendelville, Niagara County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Cindy (contributor 46861501) .