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10 things you didn’t know about UW history (Part 2)

Drum roll, please.

Here are the remaining five things you probably didn’t know about UW history. See the first five here. Remember, the UW Alumni Association’s interactive timeline launches Sept. 23. Enjoy!

5) Hook ’em, Dawgs
From 1908-1916, the Huskies were a football juggernaut, going 58-0-3 under head coach Gil Dobie. Everywhere they went, UW fans brought with them an item that symbolized the might of Husky football: the hook. Introduced by yell leader Bill Horsley in 1911, the 10-foot-tall oak hook was carried to each UW football game as a symbol of the Huskies’ dominance. Eventually, the hook (pictured above) was fitted for chains and guarded by members of the “W” club. But no one knows what became of it.

4) Banned from campus
The UW Alumni Association was banned from campus in 1928. When Regents appointed by Governor Roland Hartley fired UW President Henry Suzzallo in October 1926, tempers flared across campus and students called for a strike. The UWAA and others tried to oust Hartley through a recall initiative, but the effort failed to get the required number of signatures and two years later UW officials told the association to leave campus. The ban lasted six years until 1934.

3) Logging on
Long before the Tyee, the UW’s student yearbook was called “The Log” because it was carved out of, you guessed it, a log from an alder tree. The year was 1894 and students were invited to write their names on the log’s pages, which were small rectangular pieces of wood housed inside the carved-out center of the log. This was used for only one year, as the yearbook became a traditional volume that could be carried around, autographed and kept on a bookshelf. “The Log” is housed in the Special Collections Department in the basement of Allen Library.

2) UW in Chehalis
In 1858, the Legislature passed a bill locating the new Territorial University of Washington in Lewis County, provided that 160 acres were set aside for a campus. The land was never donated, however, and in 1860 the Legislature relocated the UW to Seattle, which was described in one account as a “drab, unattractive village which could count only 20 families and unmarried men to bring the total to some 200 inhabitants.” The UW opened one year later as the Denny, Terry and Lander families—you recognize those names, right?—procured 10 acres for a campus downtown, approximately where the 5th Avenue Theater is located today. The UW moved to its current location in the U District in 1895.

1) Frosh Pond
Originally named Geyser Basin for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Frosh Pond earned its moniker through obvious means. On a fine autumn day in 1909, a group of well-organized UW sophomores battled a contingent of bewildered freshmen near Denny Hall. The second-year students captured a number of freshmen, then wondered what to do with them. One bright mind thought of Geyser Basin, and the hapless prisoners were marched to the pond and tossed in. A tradition was born and Geyser Basin became Frosh Pond for all of time.

Check out Part 1 of the 10 things you didn’t know about UW history.


2 Responses to “10 things you didn’t know about UW history (Part 2)”

  1. Min. W.D. Patterson wrote:
    August 31, 2010

    Let’s also talk truthfully about Item #4 in another context “Banned from campus” briefly?

    Little does anyone know that back in 1861 when the University of Washington was founded blacks were banned from attending (or equivalent) and had any black got caught with a book the legal punishment would have been death.

    Let’s see how many people are willing to begin talking about a subject matter that would evidence the ultimate launching of the much needed healing process to begin at this academy and then spread across a nation?

    Then, pause for a moment of reflection and then fast forward this through recorded history at Suzzallo Library to present day. This act should prove for an explanation and understanding as to precisely why blacks are yet treated unfairly and more often than not invisible at the University of Washington. Especially, if one is an advocate for justice and inclusion, not equality.

    We (blacks) do not desire to be equal because God did not create us to be equal to each other but rather in His likeness as equal to God Himself. The latter statement is opinion and NOT to be mis-represented by respected feeble mindsets!!!

    ~an eyewitness account

  2. Dell Patterson wrote:
    April 10, 2011

    Sorry Charlie…there are some things that are best kept when left quiet and hidden from sight. “Out of sight, out of mind,” as the saying goes.

    Unfortunately, as sad as it may sound, there is NO NICE WAY to TALK about something ugly! Let’s face the facts?

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