Hall of Fame Inductee - Robert Williams
He enters the Quincy High Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in
track and field in the early 1900's. Attending Quincy High with the
First World War on the horizon, Williams cleared 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches in
the high jump at the state track and field meet, tying him with George
Allen of Clinton and Kenneth Shepard of Chicago Hyde Park. Williams
returned to the state meet the following year and placed third in the
same event. After graduating from Quincy High, Williams attended
Stanford University where he excelled on the school's track team. Later,
Williams served his country in World War I as a balloon aviator over
the skies of France. A celebrated local aviator, Williams was known to
amuse his friends by flying his plane under the Quincy bridge. He was
chosen as one of the city's official greeters when celebrity Willy Post
made a publicity stop in Quincy. In 1936, Williams moved to Hawaii where
he founded the Williams Equipment Company a wholesale business dealing
in sporting goods, commercial food equipment, and non-perishable goods.
His business grew and in 1947 he opened branch offices in Manila and the
Philippines. Robert Williams remained overseas until his death in
November of 1987.
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