The O’Fallon High School Class of 1918 spotlight swivels around this week to catch Albert J. “Kug” Keck.
“A handsome man is this A.J. Keck, born at Oak Hill, Jan. 4, 1900. He has been the despair of many of the belles in high school, for he has a passion for Marissa girls. Although his physics papers are rather devoid of words, his beautiful writing gives them quite a look of superior knowledge. He is gifted with a charming voice. If you doubt this call central some evening after seven bells. This senior possesses much of the so-called ‘pep.’ This is roused to the highest pitch when playing a basketball game, his most beloved occupation. During lab period the students at his table have been quite frequently entertained with free lectures on love, marriage and friendship.”
Keck was manager of the basketball team and was the second highest scorer (201) after Junior Walter Hartmann (228). O’Fallon’s record was 12 wins, 4 losses that year. They made the regional tournament but fell in the first game to Centralia, which towered over O.H.S. Not one of Centralia’s men was under 6 feet.