Dead Men Don’t Win Cribbage Tournaments

In going through family heirlooms, great and small, we came across a small trophy in the form of a cup.

“O. F. D. / Cribbage Trophy / Won By / Hill & Hallen”

I am not sure who the winners are, or what the year was, but my mother told me, years ago, that this was won by her father, Ernie Hill, and his buddy Hallen. My guess is that “O. F. D.” is the Ord Fire Department in my mother’s home town of Ord, Nebraska.

The only way to find out more about this is to search the Ord Quiz, and possibly other local papers working backwards from Ernie Hill’s death in 1933. I know he didn’t win it after 1933, as dead men don’t win cribbage tournaments.

Will I find out much? Possibly not. Will I find out anything? Probably so.

It is all part of the “reasonably exhaustive search.” When one finds a clue, one must follow it where it leads.

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