On September 1 of that year, Poage won the first of his two Bronze medals. History doesn’t showcase which event Poage won the first medal in but he competed in the 200 and 400-yard hurdles event.
Poage remained in St. Louis after the Olympics and became a high school English teacher, then moved to Chicago in 1920 and worked in food services before landing a job for the Post Office in 1924. Despite his academic and athletic achievements, Poage worked as a postal clerk for almost 30 years.
After retirement, Poage remained in Chicago. He died there, at the age of 82, in 1962.
In 1998, he was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
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