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Norval Baptie ice skating in Cavalier, N.D.
Norval Baptie ice skating in Cavalier, N.D.
TitleNorval Baptie ice skating in Cavalier, N.D.
Date of Original1906?
DescriptionView of Norval Baptie ice staking with a large crowd in the background on an ice rink in Cavalier, N.D.
General SubjectPeople
Sports & Recreation
Subject (LCTGM)People
Ice skating
Personal NameBaptie, Norval, 1879-1966
LocationCavalier (N.D.)
Pembina County (N.D.)
Item NumberPCHS5086
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original19 x 44 cm.
Transcription", Skating rink in Cavalier, Norville Baptie skating" and "Baptie as he appeared skating in Cavalier. (This photo was taken where the Texaco station is now). Norval Baptie was born March 18, 1879, at Bethany, Ontario, and moved to Bathgate at the age of one year. He became a world famous speed skater, set ten professional world speed skating records during his career. In Chicago on March 18, 1918, he set a record of 2:55 4-5' in a 12 lap 1 mile race. He won the world speed skating championship at Montreal, Quebec Feb. 5, 1905- in 1898 he challenged "any two men in the state" for a two mile race on skates. He defeated John Nilsson, the then- world's skating champion on a Bathgate rink on January 8, 1899; it was the first defeat Nilsson had had in three years"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/History"The greatest speed skater of his time, Baptie won over 5,000 races at distances from 220 yards to five miles. He won his first race when he was only 10, on a patch of ice in Bathgate. He was Northwest senior champion at 13 and beat the world amateur speed skating champion at 16. In 1914 he organized the first ice show. … Later, Baptie went on to train U.S. skaters for the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y. in 1932. The former Bathgate boy is the only man in history to succeed in all departments on ice skates - acrobatic, racing, figure skating and production work. At the height of his speed skating career, Baptie would challenge skaters to a race in which he would permit his opponents to employ their normal style and he skated backwards. His expertness on skates even extended to barrel-jumping and in 1928 he shared the world record with Ed Lamy. Both had cleared 12 barrels, approximately 26 feet. In 1942 he moved to Baltimore, Md. Where he managed an ice arena. He remained there until his death in November of 1966 at the age of 87."
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation from page 188 in Heritage 76, Then and Now, Pembina County, North Dakota, 1776-1976. Published by Pembina County Commissioners and the Pembina County Historical Society, Cavalier, ND in 1975.
Information also from page 100 in Proudly We Speak: A History of Neche, Park Center, and Bruce. Printed in 1976.
Repository InstitutionPembina County Historical Society
Repository CollectionPembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection
Credit LinePembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection (PCHS5086)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Owned by Pembina County Historical Society.
Ordering InformationPembina County Historical Society
Address: 13572 Hwy 5
Cavalier, N.D. 58220
Phone number: 701-265-4941 or 701-265-4691
Email address:
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmPCHS5086
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