A Letter From Adolph Nordquest
by Earle E. Liederman
*This letter was received in 1922.
A brief explanation is necessary as to how and why Adolph Nordquest wrote me the following letter. I think it is the only one I ever received from him, for our personal associations made it unnecessary to correspond; but I recall that, at one time, he went on the road, while I remained in
It was indeed a pleasure to hear from you and I am only too happy to furnish you with brief highlights of Joe and myself.
To begin with we were both born in
In regard to training I am in favor of a varied program; light and heavy exercises, and I also favor a certain amount of running and jumping and other outdoor exercise of a lively nature.
The lifting of heavy weights appealed to me early in my career, as it imparted to my body a degree of muscular development I think I could not have attained by any other exercise.
The program I followed was a strenuous one, which I should not advise for the beginner. He should, I think, first condition himself through the lighter forms of exercise, after which he can gradually take up the heavier forms of exercise within the limits of his strength. The main thing is to have a definite goal in view, and that goal should be the attainment of perfect health and strength.
I shall now relate an incident of an amusing nature. In
After we received our salary for the week we returned to the Terminal Hotel. I was seated in a comfortable chair in the lobby when about 15 men confronted me in costumes resembling Night Riders. They were known as the Bovinians. The leader asked me to join his order and to donate a sum of money for the benefit of the Cattlemen’s Convention then being held at
In 1917 at O’Rourke’s place, Park Row,
In 1917 at
My brother Joe’s strength is phenomenal, I should say it is almost superhuman. At the Police Headquarters in
At the Greek Athletic Club in
Just recently Joe gave an exhibition of lifting at the Sovinta Hall in
One lift performed by Otis Lambert impressed me very much. From a position flat on his back with me doubled up alongside of him, with a 20 pound dumbbell attached to my body, I weighed 200 pounds, he succeeded in lifting the combined weight from the floor with one arm to a standing position, with me and the weight to arm’s length overhead.
Hoping all I have written will suffice for your needs.