Jesse Binga & H. Binga Dismond | Google Books Finds
During an Internet search I found some articles featuring two family members on Google Books. The Crisis article outlines the history of African-American banking and profiles a few banks from around the nation, the other is an athletic and academic profile of Henry Binga Dismond. I used the Google Books clip feature to obtain the photos and text, this feature is available for public domain books.
DISMOND QUARTER MILER
Henry Binga Dismond the fastest quarter miler who ever attended a western college received his BS at the March convocation and is now at work at Rush. When shall the Chicago undergraduates eager attendants upon track meets look upon his like again.
Dismond is twenty five years old. Born in Richmond Va in 1891, he entered Howard University Academy at Washington D C in 1908. Three years later in Brooklyn he won the point trophy of the Smart Set meet taking the 220 and the quarter. The next two years while working in Brooklyn he ran for the Laughlin Lyceum and was the anchor man on the Lyceum relay team.
In 1913 he was invited by his uncle Jesse Binga a well known banker in Chicago to come west and study medicine and in the fall he matriculated at the University of Chicago. In his freshman year he won the Central AAU quarter mile championship in 48. This record has not been accepted by the National AAU. As a sophomore he won the same championship in 49 flat and the Conference quarter in 49.3 one of his most spectacular races as he slipped at the start was boxed and on the first turn was last ten or twelve yards behind the leader. He went wide into the back stretch and literally ran around the whole field. In California that summer he ran third in the national championships to Meredith and Sloman straight away 47 flat. He offers a good alibi, “I wasn’t fast enough.”
On Washington’s Birthday 1916 he spread eagled his field in the suburban quarter invitation special indoors beating Meredith eight yards in 50. In June 1916, he won the Conference quarter at Evanston in 47.35 putting the western record where it will stand for ten years in all probability. The race was around one turn Dismond ran the first 220 of that race in 23 seconds and romped home about eight yards ahead of his nearest competitor Williams of Wisconsin who also bettered the best previous Conference time.
Dismond has never been beaten in an intercollegiate quarter and has seldom failed to bring his team in first in an intercollegiate one mile relay. His best time for the hundred yards is 10.3 for the two twenty 22 flat for the half 1.57 in a two-mile relay. In four races against Ted Meredith he has finished ahead of that great runner three times all indoors. His ideal distance is probably four hundred yards, he fades a trifle in the last forty. He has never had quite the sprinting speed of Ira Davenport the only Chicago quarter miler of altogether his class nor quite Davenport’s endurance, but his record is better than Davvy’s.
In his two and a half years of competition for Chicago Dismond has made 85.2 points for Chicago in dual meets 34 points in Conference meets and 30.4 points in other meets these including points in fifteen winning relays. He is as a student considerably above the average and as a sportsman without reproach. Few great runners have so steadily regarded their athletic prowess as incidental only or have been more popular among their competitors.