CLAUDE COCHRANE (1947-50) #59As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Claude Vincent Cochran (1899-1980) was born in Ransom, Illinois. His family moved to Ottawa in Franklin County, Kansas after 1900. His father was a travelling salesman.Claude excelled in his studies and was an outstanding athlete. While in high school, his was involved in track, tennis and basketball. He was chosen for the All-Kansas Conference football team in 1917. In 1917, Claude enrolled in Ottawa University but left in September 1918 at age 19 to join the Army during the last days of World War I. He returned to Ottawa University in 1919 where he lettered in football, basketball, tennis and track. He was Captain of the track team and also of the basketball team. He graduated in business administration in 1921 and earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Kansas. Mr. Cochran went into the insurance business in Kansas City. He also was a Big Eight football and basketball referee from 1925 to 1948. He married Frances Balyeat of Linn County, Kansas. They had two daughters.Mr. Cochran was appointed to the Park Board in 1947. He served until 1950.Mr. Cochran was a Shriner, a president of the Kiwanis Club, in the Advertising, Sales and Executive Club, a commander of the Sanford Brown American Legion Post. He also played golf and was on the Board of Ottawa University and the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

CLAUDE COCHRANE (1947-50) #59As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Claude Vincent Cochran (1899-1980) was born in Ransom, Illinois. His family moved to Ottawa in Franklin County, Kansas after 1900.  His father was a travelling salesman.Claude excelled in his studies and was an outstanding athlete.  While in high school, his was involved in track, tennis and basketball.  He was chosen for the All-Kansas Conference football team in 1917. In 1917, Claude enrolled in Ottawa University but left in September 1918 at age 19 to join the Army during the last days of World War I.  He returned to Ottawa University in 1919 where he lettered in football, basketball, tennis and track.  He was Captain of the track team and also of the basketball team.  He graduated in business administration in 1921 and earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Kansas. Mr. Cochran went into the insurance business in Kansas City.  He also was a Big Eight football and basketball referee from 1925 to 1948.  He married Frances Balyeat of Linn County, Kansas.  They had two daughters.Mr. Cochran was appointed to the Park Board in 1947.  He served until 1950.Mr. Cochran was a Shriner, a president of the Kiwanis Club, in the Advertising, Sales and Executive Club, a commander of the Sanford Brown American Legion Post.  He also played golf and was on the Board of Ottawa University and the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

CLAUDE COCHRANE (1947-50) #59As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Claude Vincent Cochran (1899-1980) was born in Ransom, Illinois. His family moved to Ottawa in Franklin County, Kansas after 1900.  His father was a travelling salesman.Claude excelled in his studies and was an outstanding athlete.  While in high school, his was involved in track, tennis and basketball.  He was chosen for the All-Kansas Conference football team in 1917. In 1917, Claude enrolled in Ottawa University but left in September 1918 at age 19 to join the Army during the last days of World War I.  He returned to Ottawa University in 1919 where he lettered in football, basketball, tennis and track.  He was Captain of the track team and also of the basketball team.  He graduated in business administration in 1921 and earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Kansas. Mr. Cochran went into the insurance business in Kansas City.  He also was a Big Eight football and basketball referee from 1925 to 1948.  He married Frances Balyeat of Linn County, Kansas.  They had two daughters.Mr. Cochran was appointed to the Park Board in 1947.  He served until 1950.Mr. Cochran was a Shriner, a president of the Kiwanis Club, in the Advertising, Sales and Executive Club, a commander of the Sanford Brown American Legion Post.  He also played golf and was on the Board of Ottawa University and the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. #KCParks #FromTheArchives
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