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P. S. No. 9 of Brooklyn Retains Track Crown as Four Marks FallWilliams continued his education at Alexander Hamilton High School. The Eagle,
Birth was given to the 1929 scholastic indoor track season when P. S. 9 of Brooklyn captured the 27th annual elementary schools indoor track and field championships at the 102d Combat Engineers Armory, Manhattan, yesterday afternoon, with a total of 63 points. During the course of the struggle of youth for medals and fame, four standards caved in under the onslaught and one mark was equaled.
In upholding the dignity of Brooklyn scholastic athletics, P. S. 9 demonstrated that its real strength had taken solid foundation in the running high jump events. The Park Slope youngster annexed three such features. A fourth triumph came in one of the sprints. The future greats from the boro of churches gave further evidence of their greatness by smashing two of the four records and winning 11 of the 23 fixtures.
Frank Scott ably aided and abetted P. S. 9 in retaining its place on the throne by placing first in the running high jump, with a record clearance of 4 feet 9 3/4 inches, erasing a five-year mark of 4 feet 9 1/2 inches from the books. Scott’s mates made a clean sweep of the jump, Witmer Williams, Bernard Valentine and Anthony Martone taking the next places in the order named.
Witmer Williams has been elected to captain the Alexander Hamilton track team [t]his Winter. Williams holds the outdoor novice high jump crown. The Scarlet and Gray trackmen figure to give a good account of themselves this season with such stars as Stanley Sachs, John Buffalano, Alvin Moderacki, Joe Jenardi and William Florio returning for service.Williams was also on the basketball team.
… Tony Kepezensky, The Eagle’s all-scholastic basketball forward, will strut his stuff for St. John’s U. … and Witmer Williams of basketball and track fame will keep Tony company.The Eagle, April 20, 1939, published the names of the 226 graduates in Pratt Institute’s evening classes. Williams was in the School of Fine and Applied Arts’ Pictorial Illustration section.
Miss Swanson FetedWilliams’ army enlistment began April 17, 1943. The Eagle, December 2, 1943, said Sergeant Williams trained as an aerial gunner and graduated from the Harlingen Army Air Field in Texas. He was discharged in 1946.
A miscellaneous shower was given by Miss Elna Gronros, 1579 E. 49th St., on Tuesday evening, to honor Miss Randy Swanson of 831 President St., whose marriage to Witmer Williams of 525 5th St. takes place tonight in the S. E. Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The affair took place at the home of Miss Alice Benson. 453 47th St.
Witmer C. Williams, an artist who lived in Scarsdale, died Thursday at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. He was 77.
He was born July 31, 1917, in La Grange, Ill., to Thomas and Martha Witmer Williams.
In 1941 [sic], Mr. Williams graduated from Pratt Institute of Art in New York City. From 1943 to 1946, Mr. Williams served in the Army Air Corps. He attained the rank of sargeant [sic].
On Nov. 14, 1942, he and Randy Anna Swanson were married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brooklyn.
Mr. Williams worked for the Gimbels Art Department from 1951 to 1969. He was employed by the Adamo Art Gallery from 1969 to 1975. He again worked at Gimbels, from 1975 to 1983.
From 1983 until the time of his death, Mr. Williams sketched many house drawings for residents in Eastchester and Scarsdale.
Mr. Williams loved bowling, his family said, and participated in many leagues over the years.
Mr. Williams was a parishioner of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford, Conn.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Williams is survived by a son, Clark Williams of Atlanta; a daughter, Janet Segerdell of Stamford; two sisters, Dorothea Bulwidas of Boca Raton, Fla., and Margaret Bums of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; and four grandchildren. A brother, Burton Williams, died in 1981.