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WKU’s pool (built in 1931) was open to the public from 5:30 – 6:30 pm for $.15 per visit

wkupoolDate Built – 1931

Architects – Brinton Davis

Contractor – J.U. Schickli Construction Company

History: The pool was adjacent to the Health & Physical Education Building now known as Helm Library on the site of the current Cravens Graduate Center & Library. “It was located in a lovely spot, although the overhanging trees created a problem in keeping the pool clean. Used for both classes and recreation, the pool was reserved during the 5:30-6:30 hour for the Bowling Green public. Admission was fifteen cents with discounts ranging up to twenty swims for two dollars when payment was made in advance. ‘A warm soap bath,’ ‘regulation cotton suits,’ and rubber caps were required. ‘Spitting, blowing the nose, spouting water are forbidden.’” [Harrison, p. 102]

The pool was heated and had underwater lighting. It was 60′ x 120′ in size and the depth ranged from 3 to 7 feet. The pool was removed in preparation for the construction of Cravens Graduate Center & Library in 1970.

February Out of the Box

Beta Gamma Sigma - photo collection inventory

The Elevator

The Elevator

Elevator - read the latest WKU news ca. February 1914

Faculty Senate Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 1979

Honors Program - collection inventory

Junior American Dental Hygienist’s Association - 1992 scrapbook

Letter Henry Cherry to George Cherry, 8/12/1927 re: WKU Talisman and the political climate in Kentucky

Libraries Update 2/1989 – newsletter created by WKU Libraries

Newman Center Dedication Program, 1968

Rodes-Harlin Hall - building history and sources

Teachers Side of the Case - poem by Miss Lincoln ca. 1920

Thomas Meredith Calendar File - collection inventory

January Out of the Box

 

Parking

Parking

Basketball program 12/12/1961 WKU vs Northwestern Louisiana University

BUWKY 1/1939 – college humor and poetry

Elevator 1/1914 – catch up with the classes of 1908-1913, read about basketball and the Training School 100 years ago

Gary Ransdell Reading File – collection inventory for presidential papers

Parking – WKU Archives records related to our favorite topic

Personnel File 1/1989 – lists new employees 25 years ago

Phi Alpha Theta – collection inventory for student organization papers

Rural Training School – building history, records and photos

Women’s Basketball – collection inventory of WKU Athletic records

Health Clinic Reports

It’s flu season again.  Regardless of the time of year the WKU Clinic sees patients all year round.  In January 1964 the Western Clinic administered the following:

  • 51 allergy immunizations
  • 50 doses of insulin
  • 92 respiratory system treatments
  • 19 gastro-intestinal treatments
  • 7 nervous system treatments
  • 9 bones, joints & muscle treatments
  • 49 accidents
  • 15 eye, ear, nose, etc. treatments
  • 17 wounds dressed
  • 39 consultations
  • 1 case of scarlet fever
  • 3 cases of red measles
  • 18 infirmary patients
  • 36 students advised to see a physician

The entire year’s reports are available to researchers online at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1852/

Stay warm and healthy!

Pig in Class

Forsythe & Pig

Belmont Forsythe
with Socrates-Kruger

During the school break between the summer and fall semester of 1939 I obtained Socrates-Kruger from my father’s farm in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was six weeks old. He became well trained and responded very obediently while on hiis pig’s leash. Socrates-Kruger soon became a campus celebrity as he accompanied me to class and around the campus (he was always fastened to the outside doorknob of the classrooms. I was firing a coal fed furnace at a boarding house on State Street, Socrates-Kruger stayed with me in my basement room which ws located next to the coal bin. He continued to get into the coal bin, and therefore needed a bath everyday. After six weeks of enjoying his celebrity status he was returned to my father’s farm when in 2 years he joined his ancestors, Socrates & Kruger. He is pictured here in front of H.H. Cherry Hall. Belmont Forsythe, AB ’40.

Socrates-Kruger was named for the Greek philosopher and General Paul Kruger of South Africa.

Check out KenCat for more images of WKU students and alumni.

December Out of the Box

Athletic Media Relations Photos collection inventory

BUWKY Dec. 1942

BUWKY Dec. 1942

BUWKY, December 1942

Christmas - lots of information regarding Christmas celebrations at WKU

College Heights Herald, January 1929

Diddle Arena Dedication Program 50 years ago

John Minton Swearing In listen to the audiotape and read along

Registrar’s Degree File collection inventory

Schneider Hall building history with links to documents and photos

Snow read about and see images of snow covered WKU campus through the years

Thomas Meredith WKU’s eighth president 1988-1997