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Around the Columns

The way it was

Terry and Colleen Fletcher of Fulton, Mo., are alive with the Homecoming spirit. Knowing the party of the century — 100 years of Homecoming, 1911–2011 — is happening Oct. 15, 2011, in CoMo, they shared some postcards from what appear to be early Homecoming activities with MIZZOU magazine this week.

The Fletchers are not MU graduates, but they are Tiger fans. Longtime friend Mable Bigelow of Green Valley, Ariz., gave them the postcards. Mable and her late husband, Guy Bigelow, had received the postcards from a relative who is a Mizzou graduate.

What is exciting about this find is that several of the postcards are new to MIZZOU photographers Rob Hill and Nicholas Benner. Hill and Benner spent the summer of 2011 researching photos for the fall issue of MIZZOU magazine devoted to Homecoming’s centennial. Many of the images used in the fall print and online magazine came from University of Missouri Archives, the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Savitar yearbook and the alumni magazine’s photo files.

Thanks to the Fletchers and the Bigelows for bringing them to the magazine team’s attention.

As a bonus for Homecoming parade goers Oct. 15, members of MIZZOU’s advisory board and magazine staff members will hand out newly printed postcards featuring photos from past Homecomings.

(This story was updated Oct. 20, 2011, to clarify timeframes.)

1911 homecoming

At the base of the Columns, alumni gather by class year for a morning parade. Class years date to 1873.

1911 homecoming

Taking the field: The Tigers take to Rollins Field, near what is now Stankowski Field.

1911 homecoming

Hold ’em: From the back of the postcard in flowing cursive: “Mo holding Kans on Mo. One yard Line, 3 Down, Last half of Game.”

1911 homecoming

Victory to the Tigers: Spectators watch the MU-KU game from the stands lining Rollins Field. Missouri wins 3–0. The Tigers beat Kansas by that score in 1913.