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Charles Retzlaff signing autograph
Charles Retzlaff signing autograph
TitleCharles Retzlaff signing autograph
Date of Original1931-1936
DescriptionRetzlaff signing paper for man a standing next to him. Other man is holding a Duluth, Minnesota newspaper. Both men are wearing suits.
General SubjectSports & Recreation
Subject (LCTGM)Boxers (Sports)
Suits (Clothing)
Personal NameRetzlaff, Charley (Charles), 1904-1970
LocationDuluth (Minn.)
Item Number2070.539.6
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original17 x 12 cm.
NotesTitle supplied by cataloger.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryCharles Retzlaff was born in Leonard, N.D. on October 28, 1904 and grew up on a nearby farm. In 1931 Retzlaff, the Dakota Dynamiter, began boxing professionally. He began in small bouts in Fargo and Grand Forks, but quickly rose through the ranks to the national circuit as a heavyweight. He moved to Duluth as his career progressed. His crowning moment was on January 17, 1936 in Chicago when he had a title fight with Joe Louis. Retzlaff was knocked out in one minute and twenty-five seconds in the first round, effectively ending his career, and in 1937 he returned to farming in Leonard, N.D. with his wife Ella Retzlaff.
Bibliographic ReferenceTom Hoheisel and Andrew R. Nielsen. Images of America: Cass County. (Chicago: Arcadia, 2007), 121.
Repository InstitutionCass County Historical Society
Repository CollectionCass County Historical Society Photography Collection 2070 (Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo)
Credit LineCass County Historical Society, Bonanzaville, West Fargo (2070.539.6)
Ordering Information (701) 282-2822 Cass County Historical Society 1351 West Main Ave. West Fargo, ND 58078
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdm20705396
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