Category Archives: Hawkeye History

A look back at what was going on in Iowa City and at the UI way back when.

Iowa Homecoming History: Forever Herky

This vintage image of a sharp-dressed Herky the Hawk appeared in a 1948 issue of Iowa Alumni Review and his likeness also adorned that year’s Homecoming badge. Over the years, this copyrighted emblem of university sports has appeared in many venues and doing many things—an enduring symbol of Hawkeye spirit.

In 2012, Herky will no doubt play another starring role in…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1939

During Nile Kinnick’s Heisman-winning season, Minnesota was threatening to derail the Hawkeyes’ season in their Homecoming matchup on November 18.

It took a touchdown pass and interception by Kinnick at the end of the game to seal the 13-9 Iowa win. Fans screamed themselves hoarse, and the celebration was so great it made an impression on the administration. UI President Eugene…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1953

The Dramatic Art Guild won the grand prize for their “Showboat” float in the Homecoming Parade on October 23, 1953.

The next day, following Iowa’s 19-13 win over Indiana, fans gathered for the ceremonial burning of the Corn Monument. Students writing for the Hawkeye yearbook noted that “Homecoming at SUI would never be complete without the corn monument, a football victory,…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1935

Tensions were running high between Iowa and Minnesota prior to the 1935 game, due partly to unnecessary rough play by the Golden Gophers the previous year. Iowa governor Clyde Herring said, “If the officials stand for any rough tactics like Minnesota used last year, I’m sure the crowd won’t.” To calm the fans down, the governors of both states decided…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1935

Tensions were running high between Iowa and Minnesota prior to the 1935 game, due partly to unnecessary rough play by the Golden Gophers the previous year. Iowa governor Clyde Herring said, “If the officials stand for any rough tactics like Minnesota used last year, I’m sure the crowd won’t.” To calm the fans down, the governors of both states decided…

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Tuesday Trivia Answer: July 17, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia question (“Which UI building does this Hawk call home?”) is: the Field House.

Opened in 1927, the University of Iowa Field House has seen countless events take place within its walls. During basketball games, Iowa fans could feel the building shake with excitement. The wrestling and swimming programs also had great runs of success while housed…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1922

Some 26,000 spectators watched Iowa defeat Minnesota 28-14 during the Homecoming celebration in Iowa City. Though the wet field couldn’t stop the Iowa attack, muddy roads did stop the fans on their way out of town. Local historian Irving Weber, 22BA, recalled the mess that resulted:

“Ten thousand people reportedly had driven to Iowa City for that game, under threatening clouds,…

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Tuesday Trivia Answer: July 10, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia question (“What former UI art professor painted these famous works?”) is: Grant Wood.

Grant Wood was a faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Art From 1934 until his death in 1942 at age 50. Born in Anamosa, he studied art in both America and Europe, eventually adopting a Realism-influenced style seen in his most…

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Hawkeye Homecoming Centennial

The game of football had seen some significant changes just before the first Homecoming contest was held against Wisconsin on November 23, 1912. The length of the field was changed from 110 yards with no end zones to 100 yards plus two 10-yard end zones. In addition, teams now had four downs to advance the ball instead of three, and a…

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Tuesday Trivia Answer: June 26, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia question (“This is a view from which UI building?”) is:

Seashore Hall.

As several astute commenters have pointed out, the building served as the original University Hospital from 1897-1929. After the hospital moved to the west side of the Iowa River, the structure was converted to classroom space and renamed East Hall. Finally, in…

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