Joe LittleTwig 

Joseph  LittleTwig (Johnson)
Position: E/T
Height: 5' 11'' Weight: 183
Born: 1893,
College: Carlisle Indian


Joe LittleTwig 1924

Photo from 1924 Team Photo

Joe LittleTwig. Born 1893 in Hogansberg, New York. Joe first played football at Catarague Indian School and then at Carlisle College in Pennsylvania.  In 1917, Joe enlisted in the army and served overseas. After the war he joined the Oorang Indians; Jim Thorpe's All Indian Football team at LaRue and appeared in Canton on occasion with the team. He then played with Thorpe in 1924 and 1925 for the Rock Island Independents. In 1926, Joe played with the Akron Indians and the Canton Bulldogs. Joe retired from football in 1927 and joined the Canton police force where he served as a patrolman on motorcycle duty. In 1929, he married Gertrude Hale where Jim Thorpe stood up as his best man. Joe worked for the police force until 1931. In 1935, Joe divorced his first wife and married Winifred. He and Winifred had two daughters Norma Jean and JoAnn. On March 6, 1939 Joe was tragically killed when his automobile struck a tree in Canton at the bottom of Sponseller hill on Waynesberg Road.   Joe Little Twig Joins Canton Police Force in 1930

Photo sent to his first Wife, Gertrude Hale in 1929

Special Thanks Wini Caudell for providing me all of the information and these great photos of Joe LittleTwig and her Grandmother Gertrude Hale. For more information or to contact her, please visit her website.

Picture of Joe with Wife Gertrude and Mother-in-Law Mabel