Pocahontas native 1st football All-American in Ark.; 1st UA athlete to letter in 4 sports
Phocahontas (Talk Business & Politics) —
The Pocahontas City Hall sits on historic ground. A century ago, Wear Kibler Schoonover’s boyhood home was located on that spot. Schoonover would become the first football player in the history of the University of Arkansas and the former Southwest Conference to make the All-American team.
He’s enshrined in the National College Hall of Fame, the Razorback Hall of Honor, a member of the school’s all-century team, and was one of the five charter members of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Schoonover died in 1982, but he continues to be honored and revered. The city of Pocahontas and Five Rivers Historic Preservation recently dedicated a marker at City Hall honoring his accomplishments, FRHP Vice-Chairman Linda Bowlin told Talk Business & Politics. Schoonover is set to be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame on Oct. 30 at the Little Rock Touchdown Club. The Pocahontas High School football field has been renamed in his honor, she said.
A marker dedication ceremony was held Sept. 29. His daughter, Martha, and several dignitaries from the UA and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame attended.
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