The Salida Daily Mail, Sept. 8, 1944:
Bill Drain, Pueblo football player whose neck was broken Monday in practice, died this morning. He was playing a practice game at Pueblo Central High. He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Dunlap of Salida Hotel and of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Drain of Salida.
Members of the Salida Spartan grid squad sent a huge bouquet of flowers with a telegram of condolences to Bill Drain. Although they have been bitter rivals on the field, the Spartans and the Central boys of Pueblo have always had the friendliest of relations.