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OLD SETTLERS DAYS: Armstrong named newest Red Coat

June 26, 2013

Don Armstrong was named the newest Red Coat member. Pictured is Armstrong as he receives his coat from last year’s Red Coat member, Dr. John Meier. Post & Mail photo / Joe Shouse

COLUMBIA CITY — Each year, the Tuesday of Old Settlers Days brings past festival presidents to a banquet held for the purpose of naming of a new Red Coat member.

Last year’s newest Red Coat, Dr. John Meier, announced to those in attendance at last night’s dinner that Don Armstrong would be this year’s member to don the prestigious coat.

Armstrong made his way to Columbia City after being named head football coach in 1965.

The former teacher and athletic coach at Columbia City High School led the Eagles on the grid iron for 13 years from 1965-1977 compiling an overall record of 70-54 including a 9-0 mark in 1966.

“This was my second head coaching job,” said Armstrong. “I had dreams of coaching in college, and so I thought I would be here for maybe five years. But I fell in love with this place and it became my home.”

Armstrong will join current OSD President Glenn Snapp, Vice President Kay Fleck and Second Vice President Meir as association officers.

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