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1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is signed into law, granting women the right to vote.

Cottey Presidents:
Virginia Alice Cottey (1884-1922, 1923-1929)
Dr. J.C. Harmon (1922-1923)
Dr. Mary Rose Prosser (1929-1933)

Cottey College, c. 1927
Cottey College, c. 1927.
Neale, Rosemary, and Main halls.

Tornado damage in Nevada square, 1920 Tornado damage to a building on the Nevada square, 1920.



March 12: A tornado strikes Nevada, damaging multiple buildings in the town square, but Cottey is left unharmed. The girls gather in Rosemary Hall, then down in the basement gym.

Vera Dies

May 15: Student Vera Neitzert is severely burned in Main Hall during a chafing dish party, and dies two days later in Amerman Sanitarium.

Students Expelled

Two boys are caught visiting girls on the second floor of Main. Virginia Alice Cottey puts the girls on a train home that night.

Cottey Joins College Organization

Cottey joins the American Association of Junior Colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa

Cottey becomes a charter member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for junior colleges.

Neale Hall, c. 1926 Neale Hall with the original third story, c. 1926.


No Suites for Neale

The Board of Trustees votes to postpone building a dormitory on the third floor of Neale Hall.


Harmon Becomes President

Dr. J.C. Harmon is appointed president of Cottey College. He resigns a year later.

Hermann the Duck, 1947 and 1965 Representations of Hermann from the 1947 and 1965 yearbooks.


First Senior Skip Day

The first officially recognized Senior Skip Day takes place.1

Duck Mascot Adopted

The senior class adopts Hermann the Duck as their mascot, beginning the "duck tradition" at Cottey.1

First P.E.O.-Cottey Stunt Night

P.E.O. hosts a stunt night in Rosemary auditorium to raise money for their Educational Fund. This marks their first partnership with Cottey.

Neale Hall pool, c. 1940s Neale Hall pool, c. 1940.


Neale Hall Finished

Neale Hall is finished, housing the gymnasium, domestic science facilities, science labs, classrooms, and swimming pool.

Alice Withdraws Offer to Church

V.A.C. Stockard withdraws her offer to donate the college to the Southern Methodist Church after they fail to make a decision.


Cottey College Given to P.E.O. Sisterhood

V.A.C. Stockard donates Cottey College to the P.E.O. Sisterhood on the condition that the organization endow the college with $200,000 (nearly $2.5 million in 2009 dollars). The college itself is worth $300,000 at this time.

First Local P.E.O. Scholarship

The first local P.E.O. scholarship given to a Cottey girl is presented by Nevada, Missouri chapter DW.

Stockard is Woman of the Year

March: V.A.C. Stockard is named Missouri's Woman of the Year.

Missouri Hall, c. 1910 Missouri Hall, c. 1910.


Missouri Hall Purchased

Missouri Hall (the former Cockerill mansion) is purchased by the Missouri Chapter of the P.E.O. for use as Cottey faculty housing.


Prosser Becomes President

Dr. Mary Rose Prosser is appointed president of Cottey. Alice has nothing more to do with the general management of the college.

Works Cited:
  1. "Cottey Class of '24 Meet for 50-Year Reunion." The Nevada Daily Mail [Nevada, MO] 28 Mar. 1974: 3. Google news. Web.
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