Class of 1902 Banquet with Boxer


Class of 1902 Banquet with Boxer


A photograph taken on November 24, 1899 of the Pacific University Class of 1902 at their first "Annual Banquet," with the original Boxer statue displayed on the table. The statue was a bronze Chinese incense burner in the form of a qilin. In later years, it would be the inspiration for the university's Boxer mascot. The Class of 1902 stole the statue from the university's chapel in Marsh Hall about a month before this photograph was taken. Here, the students are sitting around the table surrounded by symbols of their school spirit and of their pride in their class, including: the Boxer statue, which was then known as "The College Spirit"; a Pacific University '02 banner; a Class of 1903 banner (probably stolen from that Class); an upside-down banner (also probably stolen from the Class of 1903) that reads, "Best wishes for Victory '03, Wilcox and Day will keep the Ball a Going"; and striped canes that symbolized their rivalry with the Class of 1903. This is one of the earliest known photographs of Boxer. This image was scanned from a photograph album belonging to Mary Bailey Clarke, who was in the Class of 1903.

Date Created

Nov. 24, 1899


Pacific University


Forest Grove, Oregon





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