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Haggins, George Washington

(born: 1878  -  died: 1949) George Washington Haggins was born November 4, 1878, in Lexington, KY [source: Ancestry. Kentucky Birth Index has the wrong birth year]. He was the son of Andrew and Luvina Shelton Haggins, and it is noted in the 1880 U.S. Census that the family lived in Pralltown. George W. Haggins had several skills that included his work as a car washer, horse trainer, boxer, and an athletic director. George W. Haggis was living at 419 Perry Street in Dayton, OH, when he completed his WWII Draft Registration Card on April 27, 1942 [source: Ancestry]. It was noted on his registration card that Haggins was 5 feet 11 inches and weighed 215 pounds. He had moved to Dayton, OH, around 1908 [source: p.524 in Williams' Dayton Directory for 1908-1909]. 

During his boxing days, his nickname was "The Human Frog" according to an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, 05/20/1909, p.9. The article mentions a boxing match that Haggins had in Cincinnati, OH. Boxing was a side sport for Haggins, his day job was as a janitor in an automobile factory [source: 1910 U.S. Census]. His wife was Gertrude Haggins and the couple lived on Germantown Street in Dayton. In the 1920 U.S. Census, George Haggins was working as a teamster for a transfer company. He had been a horse trainer as early as 1913 and up to 1919, and he would again be a horse trainer in 1922 [sources: p.564 in Williams' Dayton Directory for 1913-14; p.576 in Williams' Dayton Directory for 1919-1920; and p.596 in Williams' Dayton Directory for 1922]. 

George W. Haggins would have many different jobs, and he and his wife lived at various addresses, all of which can be found in the Dayton city directories. By 1940, George W. Haggins was the athletic director of a boxing facility [sources: 1940 U.S. Census; and p.581 in Williams' Dayton (Montgomery County, Ohio) City Directory 1940]. Starting with the 1933 Dayton city directory, George W. Haggins' job title varies from physical instructor, to physical director, to athletic director. George W. Haggins died July 25, 1949 and is buried in the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio [source: Find A Grave].

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Pralltown (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Entry: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: William's Dayton directory (serial)
NKAA Source: The Cincinnati enquirer (newspaper)

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