Paffhausen seeks help with Bulldog sports shrine

Scott Paffhausen cannot remember when he started his project that has turned shrine to Butte High School athletics.

He lost track of how many pieces of memorabilia he placed along the hallways around the Ross J. Richardson Gymnasium, the coaches offices and weight room. Those pieces include letterman sweaters, jerseys, singlets trophies, newspapers clips and photos.

“There is over 4,000, I know that,” Paffhausen said. “I quit counting pictures a long time ago.”

Paffhausen also has no idea how many hours he devoted to the project that dates back about a decade.

“You’d have to ask my wife,” he said. “Tons.”

The shrine includes monuments to Butte High’s Gatorade Award winners and legendary coaches. It also includes the Purple Heart awarded to Bulldog star Eso Naranche, who was killed in action in World War II.

Now, Paffhausen, the historian and president of Butte High’s Silver B’s Football Organization, is looking for the public’s help as he looks to add even more pieces of Butte High history.

“I am trying to locate Butte High School football memorabilia for our historical books as well as our display cases,” Paffhausen said. “Butte High has been playing football from 1893 to 2020 and has an illustrious history. I am doing my very best to document that history as accurately as possible.

(Story continues below photos of the sports shrine at Butte High)

“I have taken on this enormous project and would like to locate as much ‘original’ memorabilia as possible,” Paffhausen said. “I’m proud to be from Butte, Montana and think it’s tremendously important to document our history.”

Paffhausen is hoping to collect Butte High football game programs that he is certain are out there somewhere.

“My goal is to find at least one game program for each of Butte High’s squads,” he said. “Anyone who would be willing to donate items or allow me to have them replicated at a local print shop would be greatly appreciated.”

Not only is Paffhausen the School District No. 1 carpenter and in charge of 14 of the district’s buildings, he comes from one of the most successful Butte High sports families.

His father Wayne was a star player and then coach of the Bulldog football team. Scott Paffhausen was a member of Butte High’s 1981 Class AA State championship football team and 1984 Class AA State championship basketball team.

His brothers Todd, Mark and Josh were also standouts and champions at Butte High and beyond. His daughter Jaimee was the pitcher for Butte High’s 2011 state champion softball team. She earned the Gatorade Player of the Year that season.

All of the Paffhausens are on the walls somewhere in the sports shire at Butte High. So, too, are almost every other Bulldog to ever compete in any sport.

Scott Paffhausen adds onto that shrine each year, and he would like to make it more complete.

“I know folks have scrapbooks of their own from their playing days or of family members who have played for Butte High School over the years,” he said. “Any existing historical memorabilia would be great to add to our public displays. For example, we have on public display items such as player’s scrapbooks, letter sweaters and jackets, game jerseys, helmets, photographs, letters, awards, banquet programs, etc. Any items such as photographs or programs can be scanned and replicated and the items can be returned to the people if they wish.”

Any donated items that are not displayed will be turned over to the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, Paffhausen said.

Anyone wishing to discuss a donation can contact Paffhausen at 490-9956 or scpaffer@charter.net. Donations can be mailed to Paffhausen at 2626 Moulton St., Butte, MT, 59701.

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