William Jennings “Wee” Coyle photograph collection, circa 1900-1953  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Coyle, William Jennings, 1888-1977
Title
William Jennings “Wee” Coyle photograph collection
Dates
circa 1900-1953 (inclusive)
Quantity
95 photographs, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
1960.1821 (accession)
Summary
Photographs of William Jennings “Wee” Coyle. Also includes photographs of University of Washington athletics, events, and activities.
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Jennings Coyle was born on March 18, 1888 in Sutter Creek, California. He moved to Seattle where he attended Seattle High School and joined the football team in 1904. He attended the University of Washington where he became well known as captain and quarterback of the football team. At that time (1910) he was the only quarterback to play four years without losing a game. He also lettered in baseball and track, and is honored in the University Hall of Fame in all three sports.

In September of 1917, at age 29, Coyle graduated from officer’s training camp at Presidio in San Francisco, California. Throughout his career he was a successful lawyer and businessman. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Washington State from 1921-1925 for the Republican Party. As a Seattle resident, he served for 15 years as the manager of the Seattle Civic Auditorium. He died in 1977.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 95 photographs (including 1 album) depicting William Jennings “Wee” Coyle and team members at Seattle High School; Coyle and team members from the University of Washington including sports, fraternities, activities, and events; Coyle after graduation from officer’s training camp; portraits. The collection chronicles Coyle's sports career starting in high school and on through college, and his later career as Lieutenant Governor of Washington State.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

William Jennings “Wee” Coyle Photograph Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Seattle High School, 1904-1907Return to Top

44 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1:  Football team
Players left to right: Smith, German, McDougall, Shorts, Palmer, Coyle.
1904
1/2
2:  Football champions
Players left to right, inset: Palmer. Top row: ____, Shorts, Morehouse, Ike Dowd. Center row: Rey Ross, Frank Moron, ____, Paul Jarvis, Dave Lewis,. Bottom row: Glen German, Coyle, Jack McDougall, Jay Smith.
1904
1/3
3: Coyle in football uniform
1905
1/4 1905
1/5 1905
1/6
6: Football champions
Left to right, top row: Mattson, Pollock, Beck, Westover, coach, Frost, Babcock, Smith, Bragdon. Center row: H. Lewis, Henry, Thayer, D. Lewis, Coyle, Belford. Front row: Stillwell, Burke, Barto.
1905
1/7 1906
1/8
8:  Track team
Left to right, top: Coach Fletcher Lewis, Paul Tarris, Silas Deglar. Top row: Neal Ellis, Bill Henry, Dwight Hartmon, ____, ____, Brailey Gish, Frank Coyle, Russel Wayland, Jud Thompson, Joe Barto. Middle row: ____, Sumner Osborne, Thompson, Walter Stroll, Milt Randolph, Walter Yott, “Wee” Coyle. Next row: Dave Lewis, Myron Arenson, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____. Bottom row: Harry Ross, Tom Gillis, Frank Fitts, Al Smith, Bill Cook.
1906
1/9
9:  Football team
Left to right, top row: Bill Henry, Buck Evans, Joy Smith, “Wee” Coyle, George Rogge, Royal Pullen. Middle row: Floyd Galloway, Russell Mackey, Shirley Treen, Harry Gillis, Herb Jones. Bottom row: Fred Gepner, Roscoe Pike, Ernest Maguire, William O. McKay, Bever Prestley.
1906
1/10
10: Coyle in football uniform, captain and quarterback
1906
1/11
11: Coyle in track uniform.
1906
1/12 1907
1/13
13: Relay team champions at Pullman.
Left to right: Coyle, Livingston, Stotalphia, Gish
1907
1/14
14: “Wee” Coyle in baseball uniform.
1907
1/14
15: “Wee” Coyle, captain, in football uniform
1906
1/15
16: Russell MacKey portrait, football player
1907
2/26
68: Seattle High School album
28 photos
Photographs of Coyle, sports team members and high school friends.
1905-1907

Other High Schools, circa 1900-1906Return to Top

3 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/16
17: Tacoma High School football team.
1905
1/17
18: Yakima High School team.
Sixth from right is “Wee” Coyle. Front is Ten Million.
1906
1/18
19: Track meet at YMCA park, 13th and Jefferson
Third runner from left: West
circa 1900

University of Washington Athletics (football), 1903-1911Return to Top

22 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/19 circa 1903
1/20 circa 1904
1/21 circa 1904
1/22
23: Frank Babcock portrait, football player, tackle
circa 1905
1/23 1905-1908
1/24 circa 1906
1/25
26: Denny Field during a football game
1908
1/26
27: Penny Westover portrait, football player
1908
1/27
28: Charles May (left) and “Wee” Coyle (right) playing football
circa 1908
1/28 1909
box-folder:oversize
3/1
30: Football, championship game against University of Oregon on November 27
Melville Mucklestone with the ball. Wash- 20, Oregon-6.
1909
3/1
31:  Football game at Denny Field
Caption on verso: Mucklestone carrying ball. Coyle is on extreme right. 1909 Denny Field.
1909
3/1
32: Football team
Left to right, top row: Patton, ____, Fartheringham, ____, Rusty Callow, Galloway, Flint, Sparger, Cahill, Coyle, Wand, Pike, Eakins. Middle row: ____, Pullen, Presley, SIegler, Beck, coach Dobie, manager Zedmick, Swarra, Griffiths, captain Grimm, Grimm, ____, Diether, Sutton. Bottom: Wand, Hosley, ____, ____, ____, Cook, ____, Ohnick, Shiveley.
1909
Box/Folder
1/29
33:  Football team, Pacific Coast champions
Left to right, top: Dobie, Zednick, Patton, Sutton, Seeler. Next to top: Husby, Eakins, Pullen, Presley, Husby, Griffith, Polly, Harry Grimm. Next to bottom: ____, Pike, Wand, Cahill, Coyle, Sparger, Hosley. Bottom: ____, Ohnick, Cook, Deither, Fifield, ____.
circa 1910
1/30 circa 1910
1/31
35:  Football game
University of Washington versus University of Oregon at Denny Field.
1909
1/32
36:  “Wee” Coyle in football uniform, quarterback
Only quarterback in the history of football to play four years without loosing a game.
circa 1910
box-folder:oversize
3/1
37: “Wee” Coyle being tackled in a game against University of Oregon
1909
3/2
38: Football game of University of Washington against University of Oregon at Denny Field
Far left: “Wee” Coyle. Carrying the ball: Melville Mucklestone. Third from right: Max Eakins. Fifth from right: Charles May. Sixth from right: Fred Sparger.
Cropped section from photo 1960.1821.31.
1909
Box/Folder
1/33
39: “Wee” Coyle in football uniform, captain and quarterback
1911
box-folder:oversize
3/2
40: Football game on Thanksgiving day, at Denny Field
1911
3/2
41: Football game on Thanksgiving day, at Denny Field
1911

University of Washington Athletics (baseball), 1900-1912Return to Top

7 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
42: Jimmy Clarke portrait, pitcher
1908
2/2
43: “Wee” Coyle in baseball uniform.
1909
2/3
44:  Baseball team
Left to right, top: Ten Million, Ernie Maguire, Dode Brinker, Leo Teats. Middle: Mert Hemingway, Butch Belford, Jimmy Clark, “Wee” Coyle. Bottom: Lockwood, Tracy Baker, Fred Hickenbottom, Jim Sturgis.
1909
2/4
45:  Baseball team
Top right: “Wee” Coyle.
1910
2/5
46: Baseball team
Top right: “Wee” Coyle.
1910
2/6
47: Gene Beebe portrait, baseball player
1912
2/7 circa 1900

University of Washington Athletics (other), 1900-1910Return to Top

6 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/8
49:  Track team
Left to right, top: Kinnear, Wendell Simonds, Fred Smith. Middle: Clyde Cameron, ____, David Dalby. Front: Max Harrison.
circa 1900
2/9
50:  Four oared crew team.
Left top: Pullen. Lower left: Lantz.
1903
2/10
51: Bert L. Suiyer, crewman.
1909
2/11
52: Burwell Bantz, discus thrower.
circa 1900
2/12
53: Men’s crew, two photos of launching shells
Junior Day, May 1.
1909
2/13
54: Women’s crew, two views of women rowing
Minnie Dalby (Coyle) in turtleneck sweater. William Jennings Coyle married Minnie Dalby.
circa 1909 or 1910

University of Washington Fraternity, 1903-1908Return to Top

2 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/14
55: Phi Delta Theta Chapter, group photo
Second from left in third row is David Dalby.
circa 1903
2/15
56: Phi Delta Theta group photo.
Left to right: Westover, Paulson, Thayer, ____, Mohr, Siever, Diether, Denny, Wand, ____, Burke, Coyle, Estep, ____, ____, Sieler, Hartson, Mullen, Jenson, ____, McKindley, ____, ____, ____, Tegtmier, Durham, ____, Chittenden.
1908

University of Washington Events and Activities , 1900-1910Return to Top

7 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/16
57: Orchestra, group photo.
Left to right, top: Dr. Alfred Strauss, ____, Elsie ?, ____. Bottom: Herbert ? Seiler, Professor Myers, ? Hoover, and David Dalby.
circa 1900
2/17
58: Pushball event
Sophomores and Freshmen fight for the ball.
1909
2/18 circa 1910
2/19
60: Junior Day, great traffic jam of canoes either before or after the canoe war
circa 1910
2/20
61: Junior Day, canoe war down by the old shell house
circa 1910
2/21
62: Junior Day, students in canoes on Lake Washington
circa 1910
box-folder:oversize
3/2
63: Student activity, human chain around the hook in Denny Field
circa 1910

First Officer Training, 1917Return to Top

2 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/22
64: William Jennings “Wee” Coyle portrait, age 29
Taken after graduation as Second Lieutenant from First Officer’s training camp at Presidio, San Francisco, California.
1917
2/23
65: William Jennings “Wee” Coyle portrait
Taken on return from Officer’s training camp in California.
1917

PortraitsReturn to Top

2 photographs
Arranged roughly chronologically
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/24 undated
2/25
67: “Wee” Coyle portrait
Office in the Olympic Hotel. Manager of the Governor’s conference in 1953. Pictures on the wall of President Eisenhower and Governor Langlie.
1953

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Athletic fields--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Baseball players--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Denny Field (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Football players--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Fraternities & sororities--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Government officials--Washington (State)
  • Track (Sports)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington--Football
  • University of Washington--Rowing
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington
  • Seattle High School
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints