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Fifty Years Back: Washington State University in 1963

The WSU Bowling Team

Oral histories of WSU emeritus faculty

Observatory To Be Ready Soon, 1952
The Jewett Observatory and its refracting telescope was completed.

Bowling at WSU.

Geology Field Trip
Jean Gleason Witt '43 tells about a memorable and rainy geology field trip to Idaho mica mines in 1942.

"Pete" Peel: Early Days Skier for WSC 1946-1950
Mary Alice "Pete" Peel skied for Washington State College, then went on to the U.S. ski team.

Thirty-two dollars for tuition and a top-notch education
Clarence Schuchman '38 paid thirty-two dollars and some odd cents for tuition at WSC, and took away some great experiences as a music student.

My best and toughest journalism professors at WSU
Pat Caraher '62 tells the story of being a journalism student at Washington State, and the professors who shaped his career.

A Century of Greek Life - A brief history of fraternities and sororities at WSU

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WSU Meats Lab New and Unique - HillTopics, 1970
In 1970, WSU opened its meat lab, which still operates today and produces the excellent Cougar Smokies sausages.

My Recollections of Sam Mompongo
WSU Professor Emeritus Al Harrington tells about Sam Mompongo as a student from Congo in 1963, who later went on to found WSU Memorial High School in the Congo.

Growing Up on College Hill - Marge Muir remembers Greek life and being a kid on campus in the 30s and 40s.

Memories of Rush 1963, by Gail Tustin Bacon

The Greatest Athlete in Washington State History
Is Carl Dietz the finest athlete in the history of WSU?

Remembering Murrow's visit
by Dennis Cresswell '62

for the record... video: Gina and Sue '78 tell how they met as freshmen at Kruegel-McAllister Hall, and have remained good friends.
This fall, history students fanned out around Martin Stadium before some home football games and recorded the WSU memories and stories of alumni. Read more about for the record....

Entryway sign linked to university’s early days
Many WSU graduates and soon-to-be grads pose for photos next to the sign at the university's main Stadium Way entry in Pullman. But most people don't know the sign has a link to another, much earlier, WSU gateway. See a slideshow of historic photos and postcards at WSU Today.

The Pakistan Connection
S.M. Ghazanfar '68 recalls the long-standing ties between WSU and Pakistan, back to the exchange program under the leadership of President C. Clement French.

Learning Economics
Dr. Robert Fearn recalls how Monopoly entertained economics students in the 1950s.

Washington State College memories of Charles Gaines '16 and Hazel Gowdy '17
A photo album

After we ran the story about Xerpha Gaines, we received a note from Jeri Archer, Xerpha's great niece, wondering if we would be interested in a collection of photographs found in the belongings of her grandparents, Charles D. Gaines '16 and Hazel Gowdy '17.

Bryan Rocks
Does the ghost of WSU's first president, Enoch A. Bryan, still sit in his Bryan Hall rocking chair? Dick Uthmann '60, '71 tells his experience with the chair in 1957.

'More WSU ghost stories'
The Legend of the Black Cat
A College Ghost
Campus Legends and Ghost Stories

My Story at WSU - Robert Berney '54, '60

Wazzu Guys' Trips
Ron Kingsbury '69 tells old stories of WSU life in the 1960s.

My WSU Story - Mary Skidmore Johnson '40

Cougar Country '67
Jim Hoggatt '67 and friends showed up in the Husky section at the 1967 Apple Cup with a "This is Cougar Country" sign.

Adventures in Chemistry
Bob Axworthy ('48, '49) recounts his times at Washington State College, and their explosive effects.

Notes of WSC 1940
By Ken Wise '42

Unstoppable Rueben Mayes
On a raw, wet fall afternoon in Eugene, Oregon, in late October 1984, Rueben Mayes’ feet carried him to what was at the time the greatest accomplishment of any NCAA running back. By Jason Krump.

Featured photos

Greeks having fun at community event. 2001. Photo by Shaun Hudson.

WSC pharmacy students in 1912.

Dad's Day at WSC, 1958.

Carlton Lewis, WSU's first African American student body president, in 1970. From HillTopics, October 1970.

The Paper Trail

Original documents, photos, and videos from WSU's past.

Installation of Nature Boy on the Holland Library
Cover of Alumni Pow Wow, November 1949, featuring this caption: "A smiling workman, the 30-foot sandstone figure gracing one corner of the new Ernest Holland library, plus light and shadow combine to make an interesting cover photo this month. Students have dubbed the 40-ton ornament "Nature Boy". "

Cartoon of Helen Compton
Comic of Helen Compton, wife of Washington State College president Wilson Compton, directing a bird building a nest. From Fo Paws magazine, March 1949.

The Victory Team of 1926
W.S.C. football surprises the conference.' Photos and stories from 1926 issues of The Alumnus magazine.

Vanished places: Silver Lake and the Tanglewood
by Trevor Bond, WSU Libraries-Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

WSU Highlights by Decade
Highlights in WSU history from 1890-2000. Originally compiled by Bob Smawley '52.

This is WSC - narrated by Edward R. Murrow
A 1952 movie introducing Washington State College, narrated by Edward R. Murrow.

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