A May Day pageant was one of OAC's traditions in the early 20th century. The queen and king of this May Day celebration were Marie Cathey and Charles Watts, seen in the center of the photograph. The pageants were typically held on the lawn to the southeast of the Administration Building (Benton Hall).
McKay was a 1917 graduate of Oregon State and served as its student body president. He served as governor of Oregon from 1949 to 1952, and also served as mayor of Salem (1933-35), state senator (1935-1949), and U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1953-1956). Colvig attended Oregon State in the early 1910s, and became well known as the voice of several Disney characters.
Line of cadet officers at parade rest with sabres. Columns of Benton Hall in background, stucco wall finish dates photo to after 1899. The uniforms in photo are of the pre-1908 style with soft campaign hat designs. Belted tunics with unexposed buttons. Possibly on graduation day waiting for commissioning.
Willi Unsoeld exhibits a rappelling position. Unsoeld earned a BS in physics at Oregon State in 1951. He helped to establish the OSC Mountain Club. He taught religious studies at Oregon State in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1963 he became part of the first group of mountain climbers from the U.S. to scale Mt. Everest. Unsoeld died in an accident on Mt. Rainier in 1979.
The Orange Owl was a college humor magazine published from 1920 to 1928 by the Orange Owl Chapter of the Hammer and Coffin National Honorary Society at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC). The magazine includes humorous and satirical pieces as well as cartoons and pen sketches created by students.