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Jim Bollhauve was born on August 18, 1929, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Winamac High School, where he lettered in basketball. Mr. Bollhauve served four years in the U.S. Navy and earned his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie, Indiana on the GI Bill. On June 13, 1953, he married Lois Annette Weldy in Winamac, Indiana. They had two daughters, Jane, a 1973 CHS graduate, and Sara "Sally", a 1978 CHS graduate. He has one granddaughter, Aimee, and two great-grandchildren, Easton James (named after his great grandpa) and Paisley.
The Bollhauve's moved to Florence in the summer of 1960, where Mr. Bollhauve taught typing and general business. Over five years, he coached basketball, football, baseball, and track. In the summer of 1965, the family moved to Coolidge and he began teaching at CHS. He coached the freshman football team, and in 1966, he became the JV football coach. In 1967-68, he was moved to the Assistant Varsity Coach, under Coach Alva Hawkins; they won the State Football Championship both years. During this time, he also coached varsity basketball and won the State Basketball Championship in 1970.
In 1976, Mr. Bollhauve became the Head Varsity Football Coach at CHS, losing by only one point in the State Playoffs. In 1977, he again took his team to the State Playoffs...and won! At one time, Coach Bollhauve was the only coach in Arizona to have won a State Championship as a Head Coach in BOTH football and basketball. He was also a nominee for High School Coach of the Year. He devoted many hours with his players both on and off the field, in addition to classroom time and counseling.
In his "free" time, Coach Bollhauve was a huge Notre Dame and ASU football fan. If sports were on, he was watching. He was an active member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, as well as various other organizations, such as the Coolidge Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs. If he wasn't coaching, he still found a way to be active in sports, whether it be officiating, running the chains, keeping the books, or running the clocks at home sporting events.
In November 1980, Mr. Bollhauve passed away very unexpectedly at the age of 51. He was still actively involved with clubs and activities in Coolidge and was still employed by CHS as their Head Guidance Counselor.
Mr. Bollhauve expected his students, players, and children to always strive for their very best, and settled for nothing less. He loved and supported not only his family and friends, but his students, peers, and players. He was proud and happy to serve the community of Coolidge, especially Coolidge High School. As he watches down on all of us, we know he is extremely grateful, humbled, and honored to be considered for this special award. Go Bears!!
Romeo Fields did not have the privilege of attending the formalized education system from 1st grade through 8th grade because of segregation. Romeo attended Borree Corner School, which was an integral part of the Black community. After the US Supreme Court struck down segregation in Brown vs. Board of Education, Romeo and others attended Coolidge High School. During this time Romeo encouraged everyone to keep their eye on the prize and work to obtain an education.
In 1970 Romeo began working for the Coolidge Unified School District as a bus driver and retired in 1995. After two years of retirement, he returned and retired a second time in 2012. Romeo worked a total of 34 years for the Coolidge Unified School District and every day was enjoyable. Although he has retired from formal work, he continues to work within the community and that retirement date has yet to be determined. In addition to working at the school, Romeo was a cotton farmer for 20 years.
One of Romeo’s favorite things to do is support the children at all athletic events. During the day you can find him watching the kids practice and most assuredly you will find him at every home game as well as the games played in other towns. He’s there to support them when they win and provide words of encouragement when the outcome isn’t so favorable.
After leaving school Romeo will say that there are many things that he has accomplished i.e., raising his children, spending time with his grandchildren and now great-grandchildren, but most importantly, he will state that his major accomplishment is giving back to the people and the community he calls home, Coolidge. He has helped numerous people see the value of building and owning their own homes. A testament to his belief was when Romeo built his sister-in-law’s house. He told her to use her income tax refund to pay for the house and after five (5) years she owned a home free and clear and, no, Romeo did not charge her for building it. He didn’t charge her because she is his sister-in-law, but because he could help and when you are helping people there shouldn’t be a fee. The number of people that he has helped, be it cutting the yard, chopping weeds, fixing plumbing, replacing a roof, adding on a room, installing a sprinkler system, painting, putting up a cooler or air conditioning, re-wiring a home, building a fence or building a new home from scratch (which he has built 4) the task is never too small or large for Romeo. When you ask him why he does it, he giggles and says, “I’m doing what I like to do, this is my hobby and they’re paying for it”. Romeo can walk down Douglas Street and know that several of the homes he has built and most of them, he has performed some type of repair on them. One would say that Douglas Street should be renamed Romeo Row to honor the man that has given so much to the people that live on that street and to the people of Coolidge.
One may say a lot of things when it comes to Romeo, but I’m certain that no one will argue negatively that Romeo is what’s good about Coolidge. When you see or speak to him you can see the hands of a man that is strong, caring, and dedicated to serving anyone that needs help. I truly believe that when the Lord calls him home, Romeo will arrive in heaven with a hammer in his hand and a story to tell.
(As told by Court with help from Howard and Mark)
“Boys, what would you rather do or go fishin'?” Those were watched words on the Hanna Farm SW of Coolidge in the 1950s and ’60s. Farming, mostly cotton, was important but it had its place and time and right then, it was time to go fishing.
For the record, Clay Hanna was born on the 2nd of March, 1911 in Burley, Idaho to George Albert Hanna and Mary Elvina Smith. He had two brothers, Herb and George, and sisters, Bernice and Kerma. The 1920 US Census has them living and farming in Tucson; Clay came to Pinal County by way of Marana certainly by 1935 as a solo farmer and had hired hands by 1940 at the ripe old age of 29. Along the way, he worked as a butcher at either or both Boree’s Market, 2 miles West of Coolidge and the Bell Boy Store East of Coolidge. Clay married Margie Lee Storie on March 5, 1950, and adopted her son G. Court in 1953. They had two more sons, Howard Clayton, born July 23, 1951, and Mark Woodman, born January 22, 1954. Mark brought into this world his only grandchildren, Chase Hanna and Lauryn Hanna, just starting their own lives as adults now.
Dad never seemed to tire of the farming life. Indeed he seemed to grow into it with each passing season. If alive today there is no doubt he would stand among the brightest and best Cotton farmers in terms of methodology, stewardship, and production. And he would stand beside the best community leaders. It is wholly fitting that he is represented today in the present company of CHS Hall of Fame inductees.
Dad would never accept singular recognition for the accomplishments in his life. He always believed it was much more than a solo effort. Yet even in so believing, he was often at the very vanguard of leadership by example. His faith in his sons was evident even when they made mistakes so common to youth. As long as it was not a malicious or evil mistake, it was something to be learned from and could be forgiven.
When he joined the Coolidge School Board, becoming its president, that same care and concern for the “kids” was his overriding motivation. From his humble beginnings, growing up through the Great Depression, and reaching only the tenth grade, Clay understood the value of education. Not just book learning, the three R’s if you will, but life lessons; whether on the farm, at a Boy Scout gathering, or chairing the School Board he knew there was more to be taught. When the boys got home from school, it was homework first, then chores than time for play.
Dad passed away on February 23, 1965. Court had turned 18 the day prior, Howard was 13 and Mark 11, and Mom left to run the farm and raise the boys. It is a life story common to our culture certainly but no less painful in its effect. The successes we have had in our own lives are directly attributable to the teachings and parenting of Mr. C.V. Hanna. His life deserves to be the inspiration that it is. Who in this world cannot benefit from the words ….”What would you rather do or go fishin’?”
Charles Patrick Francis McHugh (Chuck) was born July 8, 1927, in Tucson, Arizona to James Alton and Myrtis Davis McHugh. He spent the majority of his childhood in Superior but moved back to Tucson in time to enroll and graduate from Tucson High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. After the Navy, he enrolled at the University of Arizona and studied accounting. He later attended the Hartford School of Insurance. In 1948 he married Jeri Owens and they moved to Coolidge in 1951 to join with two of his lifelong friends as they began the Mahoney Group. That endeavor has grown into the largest independent insurance agency in Arizona.
As a young married couple, Chuck and Jeri, came to Coolidge to settle down and raise their family. Their children include Michael Shannon (Mickey), Brenda Frances, Timothy Blaine, Charles Kevin, and Theodore Lucien. Those 5 children brought 15 grandchildren into the family (and so far) 9 great-grandchildren. After Jeri’s untimely death, Chuck remarried Doris Jean Smith, enlarging his family to 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Mr. McHugh was always looking for ways to be an active part of this community.
He gave of his time and energy to making Coolidge a better place to live. He has served in numerous leadership positions while a member of many clubs and service organizations including the Coolidge Rotary Club, Coolidge Chamber of Commerce, Coolidge Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, Coolidge Historical Society Board, Coolidge Parks and Recreation, the Coolidge Planning & Zoning Commission and the Industrial Development Authority. His service to Coolidge was celebrated twice as he was named Coolidge Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
Chuck has also been an important supporter of our county and the State of Arizona serving on the Pinal County Fair Board, and the Pinal County Town Hall Advisory Board. While serving on the Central Arizona College Foundation, he played an important role in creating the program whereby 8th-grade students & their parents throughout Pinal County can sign an agreement and while maintaining good grades upon graduation from high school, may attend CAC tuition-free. From 1954 to 1974, Chuck served as the Arizona State Little League Director organizing 21 little leagues including the Coolidge Little League. He also joined the local fast-pitch softball team known as the Coolidge Boosters.
He has been an avid Coolidge High School Scholarship Board member, always promoting education. Chuck served as a concerned citizen on two school district committees for the building of our Round House and West School during the ’60s.
Soon after coming to Coolidge, in the mid-1950s, Chuck began announcing at the CHS out of town football games for our local radio station, KCKY. Soon he was asked to announce the home games and did both for a while. Chuck announced the football games while his five children attended and graduated from CHS (nine grandchildren have also graduated from Coolidge High). In 1976 Chuck turned over the announcing duties to his oldest son Mickey McHugh but still attends most of the home games sitting in his reserved seats just beneath the press box.
Alvin Moore is the son of Melvin and Mary Moore. Born in Randolph, AZ on May 3, 1959, he attended Kenilworth Elementary, Coolidge Jr. High, and Coolidge High School. In high school, he excelled in football, basketball, and track and received various recognitions as a sports star for three consecutive years.
After graduating high school in 1978, Alvin received a four-year scholarship to Arizona State University where he studied criminal justice. In 1983, the NFL drafted Alvin Moore to the Baltimore Colts as a seventh-round pick. He continued his football career with the Baltimore Colts for five seasons. Following his stint with the Colts, in 1985, Alvin was traded to the Detroit Lions. He continued his football career in Detroit until 1987 where he was picked up by Seattle Seahawks. He played in Seattle until 1989.
After a successful career with the NFL, in October 1990, the Arizona Boys Ranch/Canyon State Academy employed Alvin as a Youth Supervisor where Alvin molded, challenged, and changed numerous youth's minds and lives. In addition to his supervisory position, Alvin was the football, basketball, track, and soccer coach at the Arizona Boys Ranch. During his time as the coach, The Arizona Boys Ranch track team won many state championships. After sixteen years as a Youth Supervisor, Alvin Moore decided it was time to make a change.
In August 2007, the Maricopa County Detention South East Facility (SEF) employed Alvin as a Detention Officer where he continues to mold and change young men's lives every day. Alvin works with the purpose of molding these young men into productive citizens and responsible adults.
In addition to his professional career, Alvin is a pillar in his community and a devoted husband to his wife of 20 years, Odette Moore. Alvin is a diehard ASU and Los Angeles Lakers fan and the proud father of four children; Mallissa, Alvin, Monique, and Virgilio Moore, and an even prouder grandfather of four grandchildren, Makayla, Marcus, Jason, and Jamie.