Origin of The Blue Devils

Origin of The Blue Devils

Have you ever wondered where Lisbon got their mascot and when we became the Lisbon Blue Devils? I asked the same question when we were talking about different symbols in class.  No one seemed to know the answer, so I turned to social media and anyone that I knew to find out.  After an overwhelming response, and too many people to list, the answer was found.

In the late 1890’s to 1919, Lisbon teams were referred to as the “County Seaters”. Then in the 1920’s, they were just called the “Blue and White”. During the coaching career of Phil Biklemen, the Evening Journal referred to the football team as the “Biklemen”. In 1932, Norman Ward, who was the sports editor of the Evening Journal, was asked by a few members of the team to come up with a nickname for the team.  He started using “Blue Devils” occasionally, and it caught on.  The name “Blue Devils” was not formally adopted by the school or the town. It was just phased in and finally stuck.

Note: The information from this article was found in the book, The History of Lisbon Sports Volume I: Football 1906-1986, written by a former Lisbon teacher named Theodore H. Edwards.