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Timeline: 1911-1920


  • In memory of Coe founder T.M. Sinclair, the Sinclair family funds Sinclair Memorial Chapel, building dedicated on June 11.

  • The first Colonial Ball, to celebrate the birthday of George Washington; organized by Mabel Lee as an all girls banquet and dance.


  • Year of the 1000% football team; team goes entire season without being scored upon.

  • Coe holds its first annual Homecoming, for the Coe vs. Cornell football game (which ends in 0-0 tie).



  • The west wing of Voorhess Hall is completed, designed to be-and remains-an all female residence hall.


  • William Jennings Bryan speaks at Coe.

  • Successful completion of $1,000,000 endowment campaign.


  • A pipe organ is built and installed in Sinclair Memorial Chapel with gift from Mrs. Caroline C. Sinclair.

  • President John Marquis attempts to resign in June after being elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Home Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church; he agrees to remain president, making as many trips to the campus as he can.


  • The east wing (along 13th street) of Voorhess Hall is finished. 

  • Helen Esther Roberts, a freshman from Strawberry Point, passed away in Voorhees Hall, a victim of the Spanism influenza epidemic.


  • Leander Clark College, under financial strains, consolidates with Coe College.

  • First appearance in the Cosmos of "Teasing the Cat," a humorous verse column by ScOoP.


  • In January Coe reopens after a four-week vacation; school forced to close due to coal shortage.

  • Harry Morehouse Gage is appointed as Coe's 6th president.


Forward: 1921 to 1930
Back: 1901 to 1910

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