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From normal sch g Cont. from page 11 All records, the library and related materials are lost. 1913-The legislature over- rides Governor Lester's veto of the Normal School Appro- priations bill and planning goes ahead for a new admini- stration building today's Showalter Hall. 1914--Principal Showalter's title is changed to "Presi- dent.,' 1915-With the opening of fall term, the first student government group is organ- ized. 1916-Monroe Hall, the first dormitory, opens. The State Normal School Journal, the first student newspaper, be- gins publication. 1917-Major legislation now requires high school gradua- tion for admission to the state's Normal Schools and adds extension courses. 1918--Academic year switches to the quarter sys- tem. First three-year diplo- ma is awarded to Anna Quig- ley. 1919-Work begins on the second dormitory facility, Senior Hall, which will open the following year. The 1920s 1920--The campus has now grown to 20 acres, residents of Senior and Monroe Halls are paying $6.00 a week room and board. 1921-The Normal School's first four-year diploma is awarded to Hazel Tormey. 1922-A survey shows there is now a need for a men's dorm; work starts on Sutton Hall. 1923--Largely financed by penny and dime donations, the giant Kimbal organ is dedicated. It still can be heard today, in the auditor- ium of Showalter Hall. 1924-The Associated Stu- dents, tracing its beginnings back nearly a decade, writes and adopts a new constitu- tion. 1925-Authority for the Nor- Benjamin P. Cheney mal Schools to grant degrees is vetoed by Governor Hart- ley. 1926-Noah Showalter re- signs as president; Richard T. Hargreaves inaugurated. There is still no tuition, but various fees are charged. 1927-Room and board fees now average $26.50 a month. The Normal dedicates a new athletic field at a cost of $5,000. 1928-.Amid much specula- tion, plans are made and an architect employed to design a dining commons for the campus, taking food service out of the dorms. While trust- ees were prepared to issue a quarter-million in bonds for the effort, no construction was ever started. 1929--The President's House is completed on cam- pus. Cost: $20,000. The 1930s 1930--W.B. "Red" Reese makes coaching debut at Che- ney Normal, launching 34 year career. 1931-As the Normal contin- ued to realign departments and divisions and modify course offerings to meet the needs of students and the community, the Division of Biology became a separate entity at the school. 1932-The Depression didn't spare Cbeney or the Normal; faculty and staff salary cuts ranged from five to 10 per- cent. 1933--The legislature passed and Governor Clar- ence Martin, a Cheney native, signed a bill allowing the state's Normal Schools to grant bachelor's degrees. 1934--The Normal is accred- ited by the American Associa- tion of Teacher Colleges as a four-year teacher's college. 1935--Planning was started for construction of a new Training School (now Martin Hall). 1936-Even with the Depres- sion, there were still jobs for versatile teachers. The Placement Office of the Nor- mal was finding about 500 positions a year. 1937--Governor Martin signs legislation changing the school's name to Eastern Washington College of Educa- tion. 1938--With $123,477 from the Public Works Administration (PWA), the College pur- chases land and begins plans for a new library (Har- greaves Hall). 1939--Ralph E. Tieje is named President of the Col- lege following the death of Richard Hargreaves. The 1940s 1940-The Training School Building - completed in 1908 - was demolished after having been declared a fire hazard. The building had been used for offices and storage since the completion of Martin Hall - located across the street. 1941-Enrollment of male students begins a sharp de- cline, as the United States enters WWII. 1942-Both the departments of political science and socio- logy are formed with the beginning of fall quarter. 1943-Football is discontin- ued for the duration of the Field trip Professor Albert Kertsch end class on a botany field tdp near today's Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. Photo circa 1915. Fieldhouse fire war. The campus now covers 40 acres. 1944--Academic program changes and modifications continue, with librarianship now under the Division of Languages and Literature and the English Department adding a philosophy pro- gram. 1945-EWCE obtains a num- ber of trailers to house mar- ried ex-GIs and their families Three major fires 1891, followed bY Fieldhouse. The Naval Station as many men pus under Bill. near the site of anka CommonS. are in residence. 1946-Football sumes in the influx of studentS college and buildings-are campus. They son Hall, Football Varsity football, as it