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Timeline: 1921-1930


  • Coe's wireless radio station is temporarily inoperative because of winter storm.

  • Girls Glee Club enjoys two-week performance tour through Iowa and Illinois.


  • Fall class has almost 400 freshmen, largest incoming class in the history of the college.  Coe is the largest liberal arts college in Iowa.

  • Students select the mascot name Kohawk, suggested by Coe's German Professor.


  • Deaths of Dr. Burkhalter, President of Coe's Board of Trustees, and George Douglas, a Coe Trustee since 1892.

  • Baseball team champions of the Midwest Athletic Conference.


  • The poet Edna St. Vincent Millay gives a poetry reading at Coe; her bobbed hair has immediate impact on female students' hair styles.

  • Coe football team plays Wisconsin eleven on Randall Field; game ends in a 7-7 tie.


  • The Women's Athletic Field and Field House are dedicated (November 21st).  Present at the ceremony are Coe's three Physical Directors for Women: Charlotte Poyneer, Mabel Lee, and Ethel Ryan.

  • Mrs. George B. Douglas is elected to the college's Board of Trustees, the first woman to hold that position.


  • Professor Stanley Vesely is appointed band director.  Under his direction, ROTC military band marches in several U.S. Presidential inaugural parades, beginning with Herbert Hoover in 1929.

  • Death of Colonel W. G. Dows, long-time member of Coe's Board of Trustees; Dows had attended Coe Collegiate Institute in the 1870s and later provided substantial financial assistance to the college.


  • Coe's first literary magazine, the Caravan, is founded.

  • Kohawks lose to Notre Dame Football team, 28-7.


  • Robert W. Stewart, a 1886 Coe graduate and CEO of Standard Oil of Indiana, donates $200,000 for the construction of a new library in honor of his sister, E. Belle Stewart (a member of Coe's first graduation class in 1884).

  • Death of James Good, secretary of War in President Hoover's administration.


  • The Men's Gymnasium, now called Eby Field House, is completed; 1600 people attend first athletic event, a Coe-Cornell basketball game on February 15.

  • Coe's first president, Rev. Stephen Phelps, dies on March 4 in Council Bluffs.


Forward: 1931 to 1940
1911 to 1920

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