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Timeline: 1931-1940


  • Coe's fifth president, John Marquis, dies on July 5t in New York City.

  • Stewart Memorial Library is completed.


  • Coe and Drake student debate broadcast on radio.  Cosmos rated as the best college newspaper in the state of Iowa.

  • Fall registration: 713 students at Coe (406 men, 307 women).


  • Coe Band travels to Washington D. C. to appear in Roosevelt's Inaugural Parade.

  • Coe wins Midwest Conference Track Title.


  • Coe's 45-voice a cappella choir, directed by Paul S. Ray, receives favorable reviews from critic for the New York Times.

  • 98 degrees awarded to seniors at spring commencement; 20 more degrees awarded at tend of summer session.


  • Coe begins fall term with 615 students.

  • Coe students perform Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest in the Little Theatre.


  • E. A. Ross gives commencement address, celebrating his own 50th anniversary as a Coe alum; 110 students in 1936 graduation class.

  • The Cosmos reports that Prof. Leroy M. Coffin has walked over 80,000 miles during his 20 years on Coe's faculty.


  • During the summer 4 faculty and 13 Coe students went on Coe's annual geological expedition into the Rocky Mountains.

  • New faculty at Coe includes Eleanor Taylor in the Music Department; she will also continue as organist at First Presbyterian.


  • Plans revealed for new athletic field for track and football; to be located between library and men's gym.

  • At commencement, cornerstone laid for Green Hall, the college's first residence hall for men.


  • Presbyterian ministers from the Iowa Synod request that Coe abolish the compulsory military drills for male students.  Board of Trustees replies that "the national defense is an obligation which rests on all male citizens."


  • Dora Hamblin chosen as Cosmos editor, 50th anniversary of the college's newspaper.

  • Straw poll: Coe students overwhelming for Wilkie over FDR.


Forward: 1941 to 1951
Back: 1921 to 1930

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