Quad Citians spent Thanksgiving 1909 watching football

A large crowd gathered on Thanksgiving Day 1909 to watch Davenport High School and Moline High School compete. (courtesy Davenport Iowa History/Retro Quad Cities Facebook pages)
A large crowd gathered on Thanksgiving Day 1909 to watch Davenport High School and Moline High School compete. (courtesy Davenport Iowa History/Retro Quad Cities Facebook pages)

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Nobody dresses like this anymore to watch football.

Men in three-piece suits and women in long Edwardian dresses filled the stands on this day 107 years ago to watch Davenport High School and Moline (Illinois) High School compete.

The large 1909 Thanksgiving Day crowd was not unexpected as the two teams had a rivalry that drew large numbers of fans each year.

According to the Facebook page Davenport Iowa History, Moline won the game that day five to zero (a touchdown was five points back then).

The biggest winner of all, however, may have been hats, as nearly everyone in the crowd is seen wearing one.

Headgear may not have been as common on the playing field, as helmets and other protective gear were optional back then.

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