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MS064: The Papers of Henry T. Bream (Class of 1924)


Processed by: Ashley Domm '07
Summer 2005

The Papers of Henry T. Bream were a gift to Musselman Library from John D. Bream.

Henry T. Bream was born on November 21, 1899 to Wilson and Lucinda Trostle Bream. After graduating from the Gettysburg public school system in 1918, "Hen" was admitted to Gettysburg College and graduated with the class of 1924. While a student at Gettysburg Hen was a varsity Athlete; lettering in football, basketball and baseball.
Upon his graduation, Bream was offered a teaching and coaching position at Phoenixville high school. In 1926 he returned to his alma mater as freshmen football and basketball coach and was promoted to head coach a year later. Bream continued as head coach until 1952 when he became athletic director and head of the Physical Education department, a position Bream held until his retirement in 1969. Always quick to lend a helping hand "Hen" coached varsity track from 1932 to 1936 and varsity baseball from 1952 to 1956 until those vacancies in the faculty could be filled. During World War II local area high schools were in need of coaches to keep their programs active. Bream coached the Biglerville high school football and Gettysburg high school basketball teams during this time. ms064

In 1927 Bream married Louise Dougherty and they had two children. Henry T. Bream Jr. was born in 1930 and was nicknamed "Timmy." John D. Bream was born in 1934 and was called "Jack." In 1939 Timmy Bream died from infantile paralysis. Henry Bream was an active member of his community serving in many organizations. He was active in the Lions Club, the Elk's Lodge, the Good Samaritan Lodge, and the American Legion just to name a few. Bream also served as a liaison between the College and the community, serving on the Community Chest for many years. Bream was an active member of the St. James Lutheran Church and was President of the men's Bible class. While a student at Gettysburg College Bream was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the Pen and Sword Society. While on the faculty he served on many committees including the financial aid, advisory and curriculum and policy committees. Bream was also on the Board of Trustees as the Alumni Trustee. "Hen" Bream has been elected twice to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, he was an original member of the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor and honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame. "Hen" Bream has also received the James Lynah Memorial Award from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association. Bream has left a legacy at Gettysburg College. Known for good sportsmanship, he spread his philosophy to the young men and women who were under his tutelage. He continued to develop the Health and Physical Education department, establishing the office of sports information and the position of trainer. Bream oversaw the construction of Musselman Stadium in 1965 and the Health and Physical Education building in 1962 which was deservingly named after him upon his retirement. Hen Bream died in 1990 at the age of 90. As the plaque outside of the Bream Physical Education building reads, Henry T. Bream was truly a "Builder of Men."

Biographical Information:
Basic Information:
Date of Birth: November 21, 1899
Deceased: June 17, 1990, age 90 years olds
Place of Birth: York Springs, PA; moved to Gettysburg, PA in 1907
Parents: Wilson and Lucinda Trostle Bream (Stepmother-Mary Hershey Bream)
Married: Louise Dougherty; July 6, 1927
Children: Henry T. Bream Junior (Timmy) born April 30, 1930, died September 4, 1939, John D. Bream, born June 23, 1934 Education:
1906-1918: Gettysburg Public Schools
1918-1924: Gettysburg College, B.S in Business Administration (Had two junior years due to injury, senior year was 1922-1923 but stayed an extra semester, graduating in 1924)
1927: Bucknell University - Rockne - Meanwell School for Coaches
1931-1934: Columbia University, M.A. in Physical Education (1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934 summers) Career Information:
1924-1926: Phoenixville High School, history teacher, football, basketball and baseball coach
1926: Gettysburg College, instructor, coach of freshmen football and basketball
1927-1946: Gettysburg College, Assistant Professor, coach of Varsity football and basketball
1946-1952: Gettysburg College, Associate Professor
1952-1969: Gettysburg College, Professor, Director of Athletics, Physical Education Department Chair
1952-1956: Gettysburg College, Professor, Director of Athletics, Physical Education Department Chair, Varsity Baseball Coach
1956: Scout for Philadelphia Phillies
June 1969: Retired as Chairman of Physical Education Department and Director of Athletics at Gettysburg College
1970: Scout for Philadelphia Philles Minor League Coaching Record:
Gettysburg College football (25 years): 104-69-12, 4 Eastern PA conference titles and 4 shared crowns
Gettysburg College basketball: 298-187: 6 conference titles
Gettysburg College baseball (5 years): 46-24-2
Gettysburg College overall record: 448-280-14; 0.615% winning record Teams Coached:
Gettysburg College football, Assistant Coach, 1923
Gettysburg College basketball, Assistant Coach, 1923-1924
Gettysburg College girl's basketball, 1923-1924
Phoenixville High School football, 1924-1926
Phoenixville High School basketball, 1924-1926
Phoenixville High School baseball, 1924-1926
Gettysburg College Freshmen football, 1926
Gettysburg College Freshmen basketball, 1926-1927
Gettysburg College Varsity football, 1927-1951
Gettysburg College Varsity basketball, 1927-1955
Gettysburg College Track, 1932-1936
1943-1944: Biglerville High School Football Coach
1944-1945: Gettysburg High School Basketball Coach (Did this during World War II to help out area schools)
Gettysburg College Varsity baseball, 1952-1956 Teams played for:
Prior to 1918: Gettysburg Public Schools; football, basketball and baseball (12 varsity letters earned)
1918, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football
1919, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football
1919-1920, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball (out part season with broken wrist)
1920, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football (out most of the season with a broken leg)
1921, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football (played four games then out rest of the season due to injuries of the previous year)
1921-1922, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball
1922, Spring: Gettysburg College Varsity Baseball
1922, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football
1922-1923, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball (played half season then contracted diphtheria and was out the rest of the season)
1923, Spring: Gettysburg College Varsity Baseball
1920s, Schuylkill Valley League football team
1928-1929: Shortstop for Hanover in the Blue Ridge League
1931-1932: Fleetwing Basketball Club Organizations:
Phi Gamma Delta, Gettysburg College
Pen and Sword Society
Financial Aid Committee, 16 years
Commencement Committee, 35 Years
Advisory Committee, 3 years
Curriculum and Policy Committee, 3 years
Advisor to Booster Club, 12 years
Word War II Liaison b/t Gettysburg College and Armed Forces
Community Chest Board of Directors-4 years, President-1 year, Chairman-1 year
Lions Club starting 1928, President 1940-1941
Elk's Lodge starting 1926
Good Samaritan Lodge #226 F&AM starting 1928
Good Samaritan R.A. Chapter #266
Gettysburg Comandry #N.K.T.
Scottish Rite Bodies of Free Masonry, Harrisburg PA
Adams County Shrine Club, President 1 year
Zembo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Harrisburg
Adams County Shrine Club Luncheon Club
President Men's Bible Class of St. James Lutheran Church, 4 years
Board of Directors Gettysburg Country Club, 7 years
Middle Atlantic States Athletic Conference Executive Council-7 years, President-2 years (1962-1964)
Eligibility Committee of Eastern Colligate Athletic Conferences, 3 year term
Principles and Policy Committee of the ECAC
LINAH Award Committee of the ECAC
Special National Collegiate Athletic Association on All Star Selection Committee, 3 years, Chairman
1969: Board of Trustees, Alumni Trustee, Gettysburg College, 12 years
Adams County Alumni Association, President 1969
Pennsylvania Economic Association, 1980s
Albert J. Lentz Post 202 of the American Legion
The American Football Coaches Association
Saturday Night Reading Club
The Robert W. Maxwell Memorial Football Club, 1967
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Member Awards Received:
1958: Alumni Meritorious Service Award
1966: Lambert Cup, Gettysburg College Football Team
Circa 1969: James Lynah Memorial Award from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association
Twice elected to Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame
1978: Charter Members of Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor
1972: National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame Other Information:
1960s: Oversaw building of Musselman Stadium (1965) and Health and Physical Education Building (1962)
1969: Health and Physical Education Building named the Henry T. Bream Physical Education Building
During career at Gettysburg College, establish the office of sports information, established the trainer position and created a training room (1929)
Worked closely with the community, was a speaker at many functions and used for fund raising activities
Known for good sportsmanship philosophy
S.A.T.C. (Student Army Training Corps) while at Gettysburg College, 1918, 3 months

Scope and Content Notes:
The collection of Henry T. Bream consists of 21 boxes. The collection has been divided into 11 series: correspondence, certificates, photographs, publications and addresses, event programs, subject files, notes, miscellaneous files, newspaper clippings, scrapbook items and artifacts.

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