2012 Trivia


Question 8: 

This ESU department has one of the oldest and longest

running programs in the State of Kansas. Name the department and the



(Oldest) The Department of Communication and Theatre, a

unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

(Longest continuous running) The program, Summer Theatre.

_ 1913 the department was known as the Department of Public

Speaking and Expression, the head of this academic program was

Professor Franklin L Gilson. He organized the Gilson Players in


_ 1926 the department was reorganized and named Department of


_ 1955 the department inaugurated the first Summer Theatre

program in Kansas.

The information in this question and answer comes from the ESU

Theatre Handbook, which can be found online.

Question 7:

 Welch Stadium on ESU campus, when did it open and who

is it named in honor of?


Opened in 1937, the first football game was played on

Armistice Day, November 11, 1937.

Dedicated in 1960 to honor Francis George Welch, long-time coach and

athletic director. Welch lead the Hornet football program from 1928 to

42 and again from 1946 to 54, winning 115 games, making Welch the

longest winning coach in ESU football history.

Question 6: 

What is the name of the Lake on the ESU?


Wooster. "Lake Wooster began as a picturesque ravine. Dr.

Wooster used to admire this ravine an dream of it as a place where he

could carry on water research. He and his students used to bring in

stones and plants from field trips and arrange them along the stream.

Eventually a dirt dam was constructed and a lake appeared."

From The Bulletin, January 20, 1962

Named for Lyman Child Wooster. Wooster supervised the Kansas

educational exhibit for the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. Wooster

became professor of biology in 1897, later professor of geology at KSN.

He lived in Emporia until his death at the age of 97, in 1947.

Question 5: 

Are there any buildings still standing from original Kansas

State Normal School (ESU) campus? What is the oldest building on



No, the first two campus buildings burned to the ground

October 26, 1878. Plumb Hall, erected 1916.

Question 4: 

The early days for Kansas State Normal School (ESU) were not

always easy, which of the following mishaps and/or disasters threatened to close

the school:

A. Grasshoppers

B. Appropriations for teachers training shut off by the legislature

C. Entire faculty dismissed with the exception of the President

D. A big land sale swindle and embezzlement

E. Tornado and torrential downpour

F. Drop in enrollment

G. Fire


All of the above.

A. 1874 Grasshoppers, the effect on the area, forced salaries down by as

much as eighteen percent.

B. March 1876, the legislature shut off all appropriations for teacher train in

Kansas. Which resulted in two other Normal Schools to cease being State


C. June 1876, the entire faculty was dismissed except for President


D. 1877, Plans were made to sell the school's endowment lands, but an agent

with EP Bancroft had sold portions of the land, collecting payment for his

own use. Funds totaling $6000.

E. April 13, 1878 a tornado tore off two-thirds of the roof from the main

building and half the roof from the smaller building. Then the torrential

downpour that followed dumped ed water from roof to basement.

F. 1878, enrollment dropped to 90 Students

G. Saturday October 26, 1878, Kansas State Norma School (both buildings)

burned to the ground.

Question 3: 

How many different names has Emporia State University had and

what years did these changes occur?


4 Names:

Kansas Normal School 1863 to 1923

Kansas State Teachers College (KSTC): 1923 to 1974

Emporia Kansas State College (EKSC): 1974 to 1977

Emporia State University (ESU): 1977 to present

Question 2: 

The 20 - acre track of land secured for the Kansas Normal School

was part of an Indian Reserve, which tribe was it reserved for?


The Wyandotte Indian Reserve, commonly know as Floats, this

particular reserve was number 25. It was one mile square which would be from 6th

Avenue to 18th Avenue and from East Street to West Street. The Wyandotte

Indians did not live on the land it was simply reserved for them.

In 1863 the land was owned by Giles E Filley of St. Louis, manufacturer of

the Charter Oak cookstoves. Mr. Filley gifted the land to the State of Kansas for

the Normal School.

Information on the Wyandotte Reserve was provided by Land Surveyor

Steve Brosemer of GeoTech, Inc.

Question 1:

 Emporia State University was first called Kansas Normal School.

When was the school established? Where were the first classes held?


In Old Stone, on the second floor, at 7th and Constitution.

The following is a quote from the book "History of Emporia and Lyon

County, Kansas" by Laura M. French:

Tuesday Night at the Museum. Please join us October 09, 2011,

7 P, ."Howe- lo- ween", at the Richard Howe House, 315 E Logan Ave,

come sit around the fire and tell historically scary stories, bring

flashlight, lawn chair and blanket.

"C. V. Eskridge, a representative in the Legislature of 1863,

introduced a bill in the House providing for the establishment of a

State Normal School in Emporia. The bill was presented in the

Senate by Perry B Maxson, and it became a law March 3, 1863. A

commission to select a site was appointed by Governor Carney, and a

20 - acre tract was secured. The school opened with eighteen

students, February 15, 1865, in the upper room of the newly erected

Emporia public school building the Old Stone. There was no

furniture, and the equipment consisted of a Bible and a dictionary.

Seats were borrowed from the Congregational Church. Lyman B

Kellogg, a young graduate of the Norma University of Illinois, was

the principal, and only teacher. From this small but significant

beginning has grown a magnificent institution, the Kansas State

Teachers College of Emporia. The first class to complete the course,

two in number, was graduated in 1867. these graduates were Mary

Jane Watson and Ellen Plumb."