born in 1898,
Dunns Valley, Ontario
Is it just me or does
he resemble the late John F. Kennedy Jr.?
Looks a lot like my first
cousin Chris too.
Nordstrom born October 31, 1901, daughter of Leander
Nordstrom of Finland and Nellie Parnilla
Applin of Sweden.
Everyone called my grandfather
He was a heavyweight
contender in the 1920's, missed a title fight against Jack Dempsey
in 1923 by one fight.
1923, just prior to the
He had a real weasel
for a manager, who sold his contract 3 days before the fight to
a New York real estate agent who knew nothing about fighting. This
new manager told my grandfather to slug it out with Firpo in the
third round, since my grandfather who had closed Firpo's left eye
after only two rounds was winning the fight easily. Firpo was a
slugger. He knocked my grandfather out cold when they went toe-to-toe.
Firpo went on to be the only man to knock Jack Dempsey out of the
ring. Dempsey came back to win the fight but it was "supposedly"
Dempsey's toughest fight ever. Fought under the name Jack McCauliffe
the II. Gramps sparred with Jack Dempsey, Primo Cannerra and even
the young Joe Louis, professionally, after hanging the gloves up
in the mid 1930's.
out "Jack McAuliffe's" career bouts.
and his manager
worked for Ford Motor Company after retiring from the ring. He was
an avid deer and bear hunter, always taking a fall trip or two up to the
Sault. He owned property around Bay City for a time.
Henry died on March 2, 1967
of tubercluosis and prostrate cancer. Ruth died on September 13, 1973.
Henry and Ruth had four children,
George - died at nine months Click
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- my father born January 10, 1927, married Pauline on September 25,
1953 at St. Rita's in Detroit. Died August 18, 1959. John had an identical
- born January 10, 1927.
- born November 8, 1935
Go to the next son in the lineage, John Bussineau