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The Old Oaken Bucket is the name of the trophy that is annually awarded to the winner of the Big Ten Conference college football game between Indiana University and Purdue University. It is one of the oldest football trophies in the nation. It is symbolic of collegiate football supremacy between the two largest public universities in Indiana which play it at the highest level, NCAA Division I. The trophy was first awarded in 1925 and is one of the most famous football trophies. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (348x646, 53 KB)Image retrieved from IU Alumni Club of Chicago website - http://alumni. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (348x646, 53 KB)Image retrieved from IU Alumni Club of Chicago website - http://alumni. ... Some trophies seen in the London Irish clubhouse at Sunbury in 2002. ... Big Ten redirects here. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... Purdue University is a public land-grant university whose primary campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana on the bluffs above the Wabash River. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Purdue leads the series 53 to 25 with three ties. Purdue won the 2005 contest 41-14. It is no longer much of a rivalry since Purdue has won 9 of the previous 10 meetings, usually in blowout fashion.


History of the Trophy

The concept of a trophy for football games played annually between Purdue University and Indiana University was first proposed during a joint meeting of the Chicago chapters of the Indiana and Purdue alumni organizations in 1925: Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... An alumn (with a silent n), alum, alumnus, or alumna is a former student of a college, university, or school. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...

“discuss the possibility of undertaking worthy joint enterprises in behalf of the two schools.”

During that meeting Indiana alumnus Dr. Clarence Jones and Purdue alumnus Russel Gray were appointed to propose a suitable trophy. At a subsequent meeting in Chicago Jones and Gray recommended some oaken bucket be that trophy and the chapters drafted the resolution that:

“an old oaken bucket as the most typical Hoosier form of trophy, that the bucket should be taken from some well in Indiana, and that a chain to be made of bronze block "I" and "P" letters should be provided for the bucket. The school winning the traditional football game each year should have possession of the "Old Oaken Bucket" until the next game and should attach the block letter representing the winning school to the bail with the score engraved on the latter link”.

Purdue alumnus Fritz Earnst and Indiana alumnus Wiley J. Huddle were appointed to find a suitable oak bucket. They found such a bucket at the then Bruner family farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.[1] Although the bucket might have been used at an open well on the Bruner family farm that had been settled during the 1840s, the Bruner family lore indicates that the bucket might have been used under General Margan's command during the Civil War and might have arrived at the farm after one of the Bruner men returned following completion of their military service. Species See List of Quercus species The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus, and some related genera, notably Cyclobalanopsis and Lithocarpus. ... A water well is an artificial excavation or structure put down by any method such as digging, boring or drilling for the purposes of withdrawing water from underground aquifers. ... Look up chain in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... ... Block letters may mean any of the following : In America, they are simple letters that children are taught to write in first grade. ... Kent Township is one of 12 townships in Warren County, Indiana. ... Hanover is a town located in Jefferson County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. ... // Events and Trends Technology First use of general anesthesia in an operation, by Crawford Long The first electrical telegraph sent by Samuel Morse on May 24, 1844 from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.. War, peace and politics First signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) on February... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert Edward Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Military service is service in an army or other military organisation, whether as a chosen job or as the result of an involuntary draft (in that case usually termed conscription). ...

In accordance with the Chicago alumni organization's resolution, the winner of the bucket gets a "P" or "I" link added to the chain of the bucket. In case of a tie, an "I-P" link is added.

The poem "The Old Oaken Bucket"

The name of the trophy refers to a sentimental poem written in 1817 by an unsuccessful printer and publisher, Samuel Woodworth (1784 – 1842) which begins: Samuel Woodworth was born January 13, 1784 in Scituate, Massachusetts to Benjamin Woodworth and Abigail Bryant. ...

"How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view!
The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood,
And every loved spot which my infancy knew!
...And e'en the rude bucket that hung in the well—
The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-covered bucket which hung in the well.

Although Samuel Woodworth was not from Indiana, the poem exemplifies the sentiment felt by the people of Indiana towards their home state. The poem was set to music in 1826 by G. F. Kiallmark (1804-1887)[2] and memorized or sung by generations of American schoolchildren; it made the poet's unpretentious childhood home in Scituate, Massachusetts the goal of sentimental tourists in the late 19th century. Scituate is a small seacoast town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod Bay midway between Boston and Plymouth. ...

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Samuel Woodworth - "Old Oaken Bucket" (1686 words)
“Far from the beloved habitation,” far from his old home that inspired the verse that reached the heart cords of all the world, "The Old Oaken Bucket," the last visible memory in this city of Samuel T. Woodworth, lyrical poet of the last century, will soon be removed.
The moss-covered bucket, of which the beloved singer wrote, is matched by the green moss of the time stained stone crypt in Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco, where the remains of the printer-poet had lain for half a century.
The poet who sang for the bucket that hung in the well, “the bridge and the rock where the cataract fell,“ died in New York December 9, 1842.
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