"1936 Yearbook Art Editor- Jack Caswell"

February 2022

1936 Yearbook Caricature by Art Editor- Jack Caswell
1936 Caricature of Ted Carney by Jack Caswell


1936 Yearbook Art Editor- Jack Caswell
1936 Jack Caswell


Jack Caswell was an outstanding athlete and 1936 senior class president. He also was talented artistically and therefore earned the position of 1936 yearbook art editor. Below are samples of his work that appeared that yearbook, (page 39 and page 40).


1936 Yearbook Art Editor- Jack Caswell               1936 Yearbook Art Editor- Jack Caswell

1936 Jack Caswell's caricatures of fellow students and faculty.


Jack Caswell was a member of the Ilion High School 1935 football team. This team was honored by the Village of Ilion in November, 2000.

Village 'Wall of Fame' ...

Ilion 1935 Football Team
Ilion 1935 Football Team"

The village of Ilion's 'Wall of Fame' induction ceremony and plaque unveiling, honoring the Ilion High School Varsity Football team of 1935, was held November 24, 2000 at 7:30 in the Ilion Municipal Building Auditorium. The 1935 Golden Bombers finished the season with a 9-0 record and outscored opponents 202-20. Team members included: Arthur Barnum, Kenneth Bleau, James Bowers, Sam Bubb, Frank Campbell, Jack Caswell, Richard Daily, James Foreman, Ted Leonard, Robert Long, John Mackin, Joseph Manion, John Morris and Konstantine 'Gus' Panarites. The team was coached by Joseph Bemis. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. See Full Team Image

Outstanding College Athlete ...

In 1937, Jack Caswell enrolled at Northwestern University in Boston. There he was a stand-out athlete. "With his great speed, he is the best climax runner on the Northeastern squad, is in excellent pass receiver, and blocks and tackles with fellows better physically equipped. Caswell is one of the few bright spots in a rather drab Northeastern football setting, this fall." source - November 17, 1939 Utica NY Daily Press 1939 - 4802.pdf fultonhistory.com

1939 Fred Wilson and Jack Caswell

Utica NY Daily Press photo caption - "Two former members of Coach Monty Burnham's Ilion High School track team are establishing excellent records at Ithaca College and Northeastern University, where they are studying. Fred Wilson, pole vaulter of Ithaca is shown above (left) demonstrating to Jack Caswell, crack dash man, the grip used in throwing a discus." source - June 26, 1939 Utica NY Daily Press 1939 - 2625.pdf fultonhistory.com


During World War II, Jack served with the Marines. Later, He was employed with the General Circuits Co., Syracuse as a salesman. He subsequently joined the Remington Arms where his artistic skills were used as an engraver for 17 years. He retired in 1982 from the Remington Arms Company.

Walter Bala, a Remington Arms Custom Shop engraver and checkerer said this about Jack Caswell in an interview with the Remington Society of America.

"Jack Caswell also engraved guns. He was an excellent engraver. When I went over to the checkering, we just could not keep up with the engraving. They hired Jack as he had worked as an engraver at Remington for a couple of years. He went to a salesman's job, then they called him back to engrave."

"Jack didn't need to be taught, he knew how to do it. They worked over there and I was doing most of the checkering. Jack did the complete job from start to finish. He did gold work, too. I'm not sure how he signed his work JC or C."


Jack Caswell died on May 31, 1990 and is buried, next to his wife Camilla, in Armory Hill Cemetery. Jack married Camilla Jarvis on June 1, 1968, in Amsterdam. They shared a special union of 22 years. Camilla (Jarvis) Caswell was also a graduate of Ilion High School with the Class of 1943. She passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at the Folts Homes, Herkimer. Below is the obituary for Jack Caswell from the Syracuse Post Standard, June 04, 1990 and the obituary, posted on findagrave.com, for Camilla Jarvis Caswell.

Jack H. Caswell a memorial service for Jack H. Caswell, 72, of 8 Hillside place who died May 31,1990, at Mohawk Valley General Hospital, will be at 2 Saturday in Ilion Presbyterian Church the Rev. David Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Armory Hill cemetery. The service will be held in conjunction with the Ilion Elks Lodge. There will be no calling hours. Mr. Caswell was a native of Ilion. He previously was employed with the general circuits co., Syracuse. He retired in 1982 from the Remington Arms Co., where he was a gun engraver for 17 years. He was a Veteran of world War II serving in the marines. Mr. Caswell was a member of the Ilion Presbyterian Church and the Ilion Elk Lodge 1444. He was a recipient of the Elk of the year award. Surviving are his wife Camilla, two daughters, Connie Caswell of Boston and Kathy Monaco of Fayetteville, two stepdaughters, Cindy Susi of tribes Hill and Lynne Miller of Ilion, two Stepsons, Jarvis and Scott Lewis, both of West Palm Beach Fla. A sister, Martha Edick, of Placentia, six grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Contributions may be made to Herkimer county hospice. Applegate funeral Home Ilion has charge of arrangements. source - https://newspaperarchive.com/syracuse-post-standard-jun-04-1990-p-55/

Camilla J. Caswell, 81, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at the Folts Homes, Herkimer. Camilla was the daughter of Albert and Johanna (Bogle) Jarvis. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 1, 1968, she was united in marriage to Jack Caswell in Amsterdam. They shared a special union of 22 years until Mr. Caswell's passing on May 31, 1990. At one time she was employed by Beechnut in Canajoharie and later worked as head teller at the Mohawk Valley Savings and Loan, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. Camilla was devoted to her beloved family. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, son Jarvis "Jay" Lewis, infant sons, Scott M. and Victor Jon Lewis, and sisters, Edith McDaniels, Mary Shea, Wilma Danforth, and Roberta Garlock. Family and friends are invited to Camilla's memorial service Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, commencing at 10 a.m. at the Ilion First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Victor McKusick, pastor, officiating. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow the service.source - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15845218/camilla-j-caswell

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