Friday, April 5, 2013

Who is Poe Corn?

When driving around Roswell you'll eventually drive past Poe Corn Park or find yourself going down Poe Street.  Poe Corn is probably one of the more unusual names you have heard, and you'll wonder; Who is Poe Corn?  With a little Internet research, this is what I found. 
Poe Corn was born January 12, 1909, in Roswell, N.M., the 19th of 20 children.  After attending the New Mexico Military Institute, he was a three-sport letterman at the University of New Mexico in basketball, football, and track.  He graduated in 1932 with a degree in Education.  Poe Corn was the head football, basketball, and track coach at Roswell High School from 1932-1949.  His football teams compiled a 102-57-12 record while his basketball squads were 207-93 over that span.  In 1938, Poe started women's physical education in the Roswell Public Schools.  Form 1948 until his death at age 63 on July 31, 1972, Poe served in a variety of roles, as the Roswell Public School's Activities Director, Director of Athletics, and Physical Education Director.  He received numerous accolades for his accomplishments.  One honor was having the Roswell Basketball Tournament renamed as the Poe Corn Invitational Tournament.  
In 1976 the Poe Corn Park was established.  It is adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club, which houses a swimming pool.  The park has a lighted baseball field, public restroom, shady picnic area, and .........
cute playground equipment!
I'm glad we took the time to learn about Poe Corn!  As for the unusual name, there seem to have been a few people with the same name in the Roswell area over the years, and there is still one person in the Roswell phone book today with the name, Poe Corn!