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John O. Barth Quakertown High School sports scrapbooks


Held at: Quakertown Historical Society [Contact Us]Upper Bucks County Visitor Center, 21 N Main Street, Quakertown, Pennsylvania

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John Oexle Barth, nicknamed "Moose," was a coach at Quakertown High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Born in New York in 1903, he received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from State Teachers College at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) and was hired by Quakertown High School in 1927. He coached various sports at the high school including football, basketball, and baseball. In baseball he found his greatest success, at one point coaching four straight championship teams. Six of his players moved into the professional league.

After 26 years as coach, Barth segued to the position of athletic director, spending a total of 39 years in sports at Quakertown High School. He is commonly considered a "founding father" of Quakertown High School athletics. He was inducted into the Quakertown Teacher's Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pennridge-Quakertown Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Barth's parents were John F. and Sophia (Oexle) Barth. He and his wife, Marian R. (Riegel) Barth, had one daughter. He died in 1990.


Fox, George R. "Barth Should Be Remembered." The Free Press, April 23, 1988. Obituary found in collection.

"John Barth, 87, Long-time Quakertown High Coach." The Morning Call, September 26, 1990. Accessed May 24, 2013.

This collection contains scrapbooks created by Barth, mostly consisting of clippings from the high school newspaper and some local newspapers with a few photographs and documents. The volumes relate to Quakertown High School's sports teams; the last volume relates specifically to Barth's legacy.

The collection also features one record book of "The Athletic Committee of Quakertown High School" (established 1920), with committee minutes, team rosters, rules and regulations for teams, and some team statistics.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Quakertown Historical Society directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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