Madeline Schofield, 81, ran sports store

September 12, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Madeline Smith Schofield, whose Highlandtown sporting goods store produced uniforms for the Baltimore Colts, died Sunday of pneumonia at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Ednor Gardens resident was 81.

Until giving up the business in 1998, she had been the secretary and treasurer of Louis J. Smith Inc., a South Conkling Street sporting goods store founded by her father in 1927. The store made uniforms and could produce a football jersey, lettered with the name and number of the player, in less than six hours.

Her store began making Colts uniforms in the 1940s and continued to turn out uniform jerseys until 1984 when the team was moved to Indianapolis.

Her son, William D. Schofield III, said the store was owed money by the team when it left town. "She sued, but the cases were never heard in Indianapolis." said the son, who lives above the former store. "She was the driving force, a very dynamic person."

Born in Baltimore and raised on Conkling Street, Madeline Smith attended city public schools.

In the early 1960s, she started running the family-owned company. In addition to Little League, parochial, high school and college uniforms, her firm sold bats, balls and other sporting goods -- as well as toy electric trains for Christmas gardens.

She supervised the salesmen who called on area teams. She also ran the office and managed seamstresses who made the uniforms.

She was a member of a ladies group associated with the C. Markland Kelly Post of the American Legion.

She was married in the 1940s to William D. Schofield Jr., who served on the City Council in the 1950s. He died in 1989.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Henry W. Jenkins Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two daughters, Alexis Smith Schofield of Baltimore and Faith Louise Eaton of Horseheads, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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