Milton Angier, Beardstown’s own Olympian

Though mostly forgotten today, Beardstown’s Milton Angier was really big news in 1920 when he was named to the U.S. Olympic track and field team.

Born on May 28, 1899, Angier displayed athletic talent at an early age. As a University of Illinois athlete, Angier threw the javelin. He was the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) champion in 1920-1921. As a 1920 summer Olympian, he finished seventh in the javelin at Antwerp, Belgium.

He also would take first at the Drake Relays in 1922-1923. He would be inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame in 1967. Known as America’s Athletic Classic, the Drake Relays is one of the nation’s top track and field events.

Angier died on May 3, 1967 in Staunton, Va. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>