New Aquisition – Gurney Godfrey Scrapbooks, donated to ISHOF by, Liz Mader

Gurney Godfrey was a well-known swimmer and diver at the
Buffalo (NY) YMCA in the early

The scrapbooks contain a treasure trove of photos and news articles from
the era, not only locally, but nationally and internationally, with many
original photos and articles of the stars of the day. An example is this studio
photo of Gurney, with his “friend and Pal,” the sensational George Young,
winner of the 1927 William Wrigley Ocean Marathon.

“My grandfather, Gurney J. Godfrey, swam in high school
and at the local YMCA.  He lived in
Buffalo, NY and swam and dived against a lot of Olympic swimmers. He made a
scrapbook of articles and when he died, my mom got the books.  She died in 1993 and I found the books in her
closet. They were in a box and had fallen apart. The box sat in my closet since
then and I decided to donate it to the Swimmers Hall of Fame.  Hope you can use these articles. I also have
some medals.  You will see pictures of
him diving and swimming. My mother said he could have gone to the Olympics
(1928), but he married my grandmother instead. 
He and my grandmother became famous flyfishermen and went all of the
world.  Hope this helps, Liz” 

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