A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Robert Leroy BARNUM
Robert "Pete" Barnum attended high school in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he was All-State in football. He also attended West Virginia University, where he was a football letterman. He was referred to as the "king of scholastic football players" in 1921-22 and also played professional football with the Columbus (Ohio) Tigers in 1926, the last year of the team's existence.
According to a Baltimore newspaper, Robert suffered a terrible death, passing away at Baltimore Hospital from burns suffered when he fell into a vat of molten steel at the Sparrow's Point Plant of the Bethlehem Steel Company He checked his fall by grabbing ahold of a ledge but was horribly burned by the heat from the inferno below him.
Some of this information was provided by Mary Ann Stinson, who is a niece of Mr. Barnum; a daughter of his sister Hazel.
The Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) shows the following information for him:
Pete Barnum TB-FB
Barnum, Robert Leroy 5'-10" - 195lb Brother of Len Barnum
West Virginia U HS: Parkersburg [WV]
B: 1 / 17 / 1902, Scottdale, PA
D: 6 / 25 / 1929, Baltimore, MD (27)
1926 Col Tigers - 6 games
He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
| HOME | EMAIL | SURNAMES |
A Research Guide to the Genealogy of the
Barnum/Barnam/Barnham Family Worldwide
- Family History Photos
©1998-2011. The format of this website and all original
statements and narrative included on it are copyrighted and all rights are
reserved. Factual information may be freely quoted for use in private
genealogical research when accompanied by a full source citation, including the
date of acquisition. Click here to view the format
of a citation for an Internet resource. The publication of large extracts from
this site in any form requires prior written consent.
BACK TO TOP