Ellis R. Norton

Ellis Norton
Ellis R. Norton
b. 1925


Year Inducted
Ellis R. Norton was born January 31, 1925 in Jamestown, NY. He graduated from Bemus Point High School in 1942 and did post-graduate work in 1943. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Syracuse University in 1952 and 1953, respectively.

Norton served as a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-1945 earning the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Elly was an acclaimed five-sport athlete at Bemus Point High earning multiple letters in baseball, basketball, football, volleyball and golf. He was the captain and best athlete on “Pointer” team that won several league titles and All-Star honors for himself.

Stuart C. Maguire, sports editor of the Jamestown Post-Journal, called Norton the “Red Grange” of six-man football in Chautauqua County. “He has everything the game requires, being a fine ball-carrier, passer, receiver and kicker. In the six-man game, a back must be expert in catching as well as receiving passes. They haven’t found one yet who can throw and catch the ball on the same play, but Norton comes close to that proficiency. Yea, he’s that good,” wrote Maguire.

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