College: An Informal History 1851-1941
|In December of 1951, The Coe College Courier
centennial edition. Grace Hartzell Douma and Catherine Covert
Stepanek chose to cover the years from 1851-1941.
"Lights gleamed from Williston Hall through the
October dusk, outlining
a group of portly figures picking their way through the campus
Velvet-collared gentlemen of means, these, and well aware of their
roles as Cedar Rapids' leading citizens. It was no light matter,
giving up a comfortable evening at home for the struggling college on
the edge of town, but they were frankly intrigued. The president
of Coe had promised dinner and an announcement of importance to the
President Samuel B. McCormick,
the past few years had clearly shown,
was not a person to make light promises. The city fathers knew an
astute businessman when they saw one, and they had heard rumors of a
large gift he had recently obtained for the college. So this
October 1 of 1901 found them hurrying up the boardwalk to find out what
he had in mind."
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