Comet Hall of Fame induction week is back – as Charles City schools continue its pandemic era homecoming celebrations. The Comet Hall of Fame is an honor created by the Charles City Community Excellence in Education Foundation and given out to former graduates or staff who show success in high school and beyond – with a focus on volunteer work and life achievement.
The three 2020 inductees that will be recognized at halftime of Friday’s football game:
Truman H. Manship: The football coach for the Comets between 1950 and 1965. Manship coached the only undefeated football team in Comet history. He also was inducted into the Iowa Football Hall of Fame in 1969. Before finally winning the ‘Charles City Man of the Year’ in 1978-1979. Manship died in 1985 at the age of 73.
A.B.F Hildreth: After moving to Charles City in 1856, Hildreth created a newspaper called ‘the Republican Intelligencer’. Hildreth went on to be elected to represent the 54th District in the Iowa Legislature. He was also the president of the Charles City school board for a time. In 1893 he built the Hildreth Hotel and Opera House. He died in 1909 at the age of 93.
Lola Krumm: She served as the elementary band director at Charles City from 1968 to 1983. She was also named the ‘Charles City Teacher of the Year’ in 1979 and 1980. Lastly, she was credited with receiving the ‘Charles City Rotary Leo Lidd Vocational Service Award’ in 1983. She died in 2010 at the age of 92.
2019’s inductees: Gary Schwartzhoff, Greg Brunner, Austin Downey, Mike Duroe, and Ralph Smith.