Arthur Trautwein 1926

Arthur “Bus” Trautwein dominated the center position in basketball in Dayton and Southwestern Ohio during the 1925 and ‘26 seasons. He was selected to All Scholastic honors in Dayton, as well as All Southwest Ohio first team. In 1926 he garnered the most points ever made in a season of Dayton scholastic basketball. During his years at Stivers, his teams were State Champion in 1924, Dayton City Champion and runner-up in the Southwest Sectional Tournament in 1925 and ’26. Oh, by the way, he also played third base on the baseball team and was the team Captain in 1926.

After graduating from Stivers, he wanted to be a doctor. Bus enrolled in Wittenburg University in pre-med. During his sophomore year he realized that he would have to abandon his dream and seek employment to assist his mother and brother financially. This was the beginning of a 42 year career with the Fyr-Fyter Company, where he became Vice-President, General Sales Manager and General Manager of a subsidiary company – Wooster Brass. His Stivers teammate, Kenny Stiles (Hall of Fame), joined him at Fyr-Fyter.

Bus never forgot his Stivers roots and his classmates – Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates) and James “Scotty” Reston (famed NY Times journalist). He also met frequently with his basketball coach, Harry Wilhelm long after he left Stivers. He was also an admiring and close friend of Si Burick.

Bus and his wife Lucy Dyer Trautwein (Stivers ‘25) had two sons, Todd and Thad. Todd nominated his dad for this honor. Arthur “Bus” Trautwein passed away in December 1988, six years after his wife Lucy passed away.

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