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1869

1870

1869

The Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad connect at Promontory Point, Utah, improving transportation throughout America.

1875

A dedication ceremony is held for the newly-organized Weatherford High School Association.

1876

Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.

The Compromise of 1877 ends the Age of Reconstruction.

WEATHERFORD COLLEGE

150 years

of history

1877

 

1880

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1885

The Masons sell their school building to M. C. Brown, who in turn leases it to the Methodist church.

The school is renamed "Cleveland College" in honor of President Grover Cleveland and begins teaching college-level courses.

1890

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1889

The Masons sell the building to the Weatherford District of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; the name is changed to "Weatherford College."

1893 

1893 

1877

The Eiffel Tower is built.

1886

A tornado destroys the building, and Mr. Brown advises the Phoenix Masonic Lodge he is unable to continue payments on his note.

1889

 

1877

The Yukon Gold Rush begins.

1896

1894

Coca-Cola is first sold in bottles.

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1894

WC's main

building, later

known as

"Old Main,"

is completed.

 

1900

1902

The institution temporarily ceases offering college courses and the name is changed to "Weatherford College Training School for Boys."

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1903

Weatherford College football team.

1905

WC's first orchestra

is established on April 11, 1905 

 

1910

1896

Wilbur and Orville Wright make four brief flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with their first powered aircraft. 

1903

1908

The first Model T Ford is completed in Detroit, Michigan.

1922

September 1, 1922

WC's Thalian Club

is founded with 22 charter members.

1922

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1913

The City of Weatherford purchases the school's property for the benefit of the Methodist Church, allowing the college to keep its doors open.

1912

1920

August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants American women the right to vote.

1920

1921

Weatherford College is reorganized as a junior college, and adds college courses that can lead to an associate of arts degree.

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1923

The first edition of the college's yearbook,

The Oak Leaf, is published. 

WC fields a baseball team for the first time in the spring of 1923. The program only lasted for a short time until it was re-established in 2003.

1925

The newly-completed

gymnasium opens.

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1926

Student newspaper, The Coyote, is published for the first time.

1927

1930

1929

WC's Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, begins operations.

April 26, 1929

WC student Morene Pritchard wins the state oratorical contest.

1929

The New York Stock Market crashes, sending the United States into an unprecedented economic depression.

1931

The Coyote football team wins its first state championship.

 
 

1936

The Turing machine is first proposed by Alan Turing, becoming the foundation for theories about computing and computers. 

1940

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1938

A new WC policy is passed requiring instructors to have a master's degree or at least five years' teaching experience

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1939

The three branches of the Methodists unite; thus, Weatherford College becomes property of the United Methodist Church.

1939

The first television broadcasts begin.

1936

1940

 

December, 30, 1940

The newly-constructed College Library opens.

1941

Pearl Harbor is attacked on

December 7, 1941.

1941

 

December, 30, 1941

WC football is suspended because of World War II.

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1943

WC merges with Southwestern University of Georgetown, TX.

1947

 

WC football returns.

1949

 

The WC board votes to allow African-American students to attend the college, night school classes only.

1950

1949

The proposal to create the Parker County Junior College District is passed in a county-wide election, making WC a public institution for the first time.

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1950

 

The college's first Ex-Students Association is formed in the spring of 1950

May, 12, 1950, Vernon D. Parrott is selected as WC president.

Fall of 1950, WC plays its last season of football.

1950

June, 25, 1950,

The North Korean military begins the Communist-led invasion of South Korea.

 
 

1959

Army Master Sergeant Chester M. Ovnand and Army Major Dale R. Buis become first two official American casualties of the Vietnam War on July 8, 1959.

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1957

WC is accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

1960

1927

1970

1971

July 1, 1971, The 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18,

is ratified.

1965

 

A Parker County special election to build a new campus passes, 926 votes to 170.

1963

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas.

1968

1964

July 2, 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act.

1970

1968

 

September 16, 1968, Classes meet for the first time at the new campus.

The board approves a bid of $165,000 from W.M. West, III, of Dallas to purchase the original campus on South Main Street.

1969

August 15-18, 1969, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair is held in New York State.

Neil Armstrong lands on the moon.

 

1970

 

The Doss Student Center opens in January.

November 15, 1970,

Dr. E.W. Mince is named president

of WC.

1975

The federal government offers property from Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells to the college.

1974

Richard Nixon becomes the first and only U.S. president to resign from office.

1975

1980

 

1980

 

The board votes to build a 96-bed dormitory.

1967

 

The first Alumnus of the Year Award is given to Zoe Switzer McCrary.

April 29, 1967, A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new campus.

1983

Researchers begin to assemble the "network of networks" that will become the modern Internet.

1985

1987

 

1990

1991

Operation Desert Storm begins.

1996

The first Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers event is held.

Parker County voters approve a $9 million WC bond to build a fine arts center and technology building, and to fund other improvements.

2000

1994

The college celebrates its 125th anniversary with the opening of the Memorial Plaza Amphitheater.

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1998

April of 1998, The new Fine Arts Center opens, which would later be named the Marjorie Black Alkek Fine Arts Center.

1999

The Coyote basketball team advances to the NJCAA Final Four, finishing third in the country.

2001

September 11, 2019, Terrorists take the lives of 2,977 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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2003

The first baseball game at Roger Williams Ballpark is held, spring 2003.

Fall of 2003, Coyote Village, WC's student housing complex, opens.

2010

2007

WC's Cody Tew and Tarleton State's Matt Robertson win the team roping title at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

2007

Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone at the Macworld convention.

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2009

The WC cheerleading squad wins the Co-Ed Intermediate category at the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.

2008

November 4, Wise County voters approve a branch campus maintenance tax to fund a new WC campus between Bridgeport and Decatur.

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2011

WC opens its Education Center at Granbury.

2012

The first intercollegiate softball game in WC history is played at the new Stuart Field.

2012

The new Academic Building opens.

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2013

The WC Foundation celebrates the success of the "The Time is Now for Your College" campaign, which raises $2.4 million.

The Don Allen Health Science Building opens.

 
 

2020

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2019

Celebrating 150 years of history at Weatherford College.