Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II was a con artist and gangster in the Old West. His most famous scam, the prize package soap sell racket, earned him the sobriquet of "Soapy", which remained with him to his death. Although he traveled and operated his confidence swindles all across the western United States, he is most famous for having a major hand in the organized criminal operations of Denver and Creede and Skagway, from 1879 to 1898. In Denver, he ran several saloons, gambling halls, cigar stores, auction houses that specialized in cheating their clientele. In Denver, Smith began to make a name for himself across the country as an infamous criminal. Denver is where Smith entered into the arena of political fixing, for favors, he would sway the outcome of city and state elections, he used the same methods of operation when he settled in the towns of Creede and Skagway, opening businesses with the primary goal of stealing from his customers, while making a name for himself. He was killed in the shootout on Juneau Wharf in Skagway.
Jefferson Smith was born in Georgia, to a family of education and wealth. His grandfather was a popular Georgia senator and legislator, his father was an attorney. The family met with financial ruin at the close of the American Civil War. In 1876, they moved to Texas, to start anew. In Round Rock, Jefferson began his career as a confidence man. Smith left his home shortly after the death of his mother in 1877, but not before witnessing the shooting of the outlaw Sam Bass. In Fort Worth, Smith formed a disciplined gang of shills and thieves to work for him. Soon, he became a well-known crime boss, the "king of the frontier con men". Smith spent the next 22 years as a professional bunko man and boss of an infamous gang of loyal swindlers, known as the Soap Gang, which included famous men such as Texas Jack Vermillion and "Big Ed" Burns; the gang moved from town to town. Their principal method of separating victims from their cash was the use of "short cons", swindles that were quick and needed little setup and few helpers.
The short cons included the shell game, three-card monte, rigged poker games, which they called "big mitt". Some time in the late 1870s or early 1880s, Smith began cheating crowds with a ploy the Denver newspapers dubbed "The prize soap racket". Smith would open his "keister" on a busy street corner. Piling ordinary soap cakes onto the keister top, he began expounding on their wonders; as he spoke to the growing crowd of curious onlookers, he would pull out his wallet and begin wrapping paper money, ranging from one dollar up to one hundred dollars, around a select few of the bars. He wrapped plain paper around all the bars so that none of the money could be seen, he appeared to mix the money-wrapped packages in with wrapped bars containing no money, sold the soap to the crowd for one dollar a cake. A shill planted in the crowd would buy a bar, tear it open, loudly proclaim that he had won some money, waving it around for all to see; this performance had the desired effect of enticing the sale of more packages.
More than not, victims bought several bars before the sale was completed. Midway through the sale, Smith would announce that the hundred-dollar bill yet remained in the pile, unpurchased, he would auction off the remaining soap bars to the highest bidders. Through manipulation and sleight-of-hand, he hid the cakes of soap wrapped with money and replaced them with packages holding no cash; the only money "won" went to shills, members of the gang planted in the crowd pretending to win, in order to increase sales. On one occasion, Smith was arrested by policeman John Holland for running his soap-sell racket. While writing in the police log book, Holland had forgotten Smith's first name and wrote "Soapy"; the sobriquet stuck, he became known as "Soapy Smith" all across the western United States. He used this swindle for 20 years with great success; the soap sell, along with other scams, helped finance Smith's criminal operations by paying graft to police and politicians. He was able to build three major criminal empires: the first in Denver.
In 1879, Smith arrived in Denver for the first time. By 1882, he had built the first of his empires. Con men moved around to keep out of jail, but as Smith's power and gang grew, so did his influence at city hall, allowing him to remain in the city, protected from prosecution. By 1887, he was reputedly involved with most of the criminal bunko activities in the city. Newspapers in Denver reported that he controlled the city's criminals and underworld gambling, accused corrupt politicians and the police chief of receiving graft from him. In 1888, Smith opened the Tivoli Club, on the southeast corner of Market and 17th Streets, a combination saloon and gambling house. Legend has it that above the entrance of the stairway leading upstairs to the gambling games was a sign that read caveat emptor, Latin for "let the buyer beware". Smith's younger brother, Bascomb Smith, joined the gang and operated a cigar store, a front for dishonest poker games and other swindles, operating in one of the back rooms.
Other operations included fraudulent lottery shops, a "sure-thing" stock exchange, fake watch and bogus diamond auctions, the sale of stocks in nonexistent businesses. Because of bribes, some of the police officers patrolling the streets would not arrest Smith or members of his gang. Other officers feared Smith's violent anger. Smith or one of his men would be arrested. Friends, at
Occidental Park (Seattle)
Occidental Park referred to as Occidental Square and Occidental Mall, is a 0.6 acre public park located in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle, Washington. Created in 1971, it consists of the Occidental Avenue S. right-of-way between S. Washington and S. Jackson Streets, plus half a city block between S. Main and S. Jackson Streets; the Seattle Waterfront Streetcar bisects it, running along S. Main Street; the park is in the heart of Seattle's largest art gallery district, several galleries face onto Occidental Mall. The Downtown Seattle Association began "activating" the park with summertime seating and activities in 2015 under a public–private partnership bringing events to be hosted in the park. Occidental Park is the starting point for the "March to the Match", a parade of Seattle Sounders FC supporters to Century Link Field prior to each home game. Occidental Hotel Media related to Occidental Park at Wikimedia Commons Occidental Park
Hotel Seattle known as Seattle Hotel, was located in Pioneer Square in a triangular block bound by James Street to the north, Yesler Way to the south, 2nd Avenue to the east, just steps away from the Pioneer Building. It succeeded two prior hotels, a wooden and a masonry Occidental Hotel, it was built in 1890 from the ashes of the Great Seattle Fire and served as a hotel until early in the 20th Century. By the time neighboring Smith Tower was completed in 1914, the Seattle Hotel had become an office building, it was demolished in the early 1960s and the site is now home to the Sinking Ship, a multistorey car park. Before the Seattle Hotel rose in 1890, there was the Occidental Hotel; the first Occidental, which opened in 1861, was a wooden building. Twenty years on September 26, 1881, it held a memorial service for President James Garfield, who had died five days earlier from injuries sustained when he was shot in July. In 1883, the wooden structure was torn down and John Collins built a bigger, grander one in the same location.
It lasted just four years, before burning down in the Great Seattle Fire on June 6, 1889. The second Occidental Hotel, like the Seattle Hotel, was triangular-shaped; the Seattle Hotel was a triangular-shaped building, with its narrow face located at the junction of James and Yesler. It stood five stories high and for much of its existence bore the inscription "1890" above the fifth-story window, signifying the year it was completed. Abandoned by 1961, the Seattle Hotel was torn down and replaced with a parking garage, derisively called the "Sinking Ship" as part of the initial stages of an urban-renewal plan that would level all the old buildings in the district; that was as far. The old hotel's demise kicked off a preservation movement spearheaded by the likes of Alan Black, Victor Steinbrueck and historian/author Bill Speidel which led to a revival of the Pioneer Square district. By 1970, with its buildings refurbished, a historic district area including the Square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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William E. Boone
William Boone was an American architect who practiced in Seattle, Washington from 1882 until 1905. He was one of the founders of the Washington State chapter of the American Institute of Architects as well as its first president. For the majority of the 1880s, he practiced with George Meeker as Boone and Meeker, Seattle's leading architectural firm at the time. In his years he worked with William H. Willcox as Boone and Willcox and with James Corner as Boone and Corner. Boone was one of Seattle's most prominent pre-fire architects whose career lasted into the early 20th century outlasting many of his peers. Few of his buildings remain standing today, many were destroyed in the Great Seattle fire including one of his most well known commissions, the Yesler – Leary Building, he designed a house for Henry Yesler as well as many of Seattle's earliest brick buildings, some still standing in the Pioneer Square district. William E. Boone was raised there, he moved to Chicago as a young man and worked in construction as a carpenter for a railroad company before becoming involved with building design in Minneapolis around 1853.
In 1859 he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where he resided for twenty years as a builder-contractor. He first visited the Puget Sound region in 1870 where he appears in the 1870 United States Census as residing in Olympia, Washington. While there he designed several small structures in and around that city and oversaw the design and construction of the federal prison at nearby McNeil Island, Washington, he returned to Seattle permanently in 1881 where he Tacoma. In 1883, he formed the partnership of Boone and Meeker with George Meeker of Oakland, thought to have remained in Oakland for the majority of their partnership. In Seattle, Boone designed commercial buildings, being responsible for most of the city's earliest brick buildings. In 1883, his design was chosen for Henry Yesler and John Leary's business block at the corner of Front Street and Mill Street; the design, based on San Francisco's original Phelan Block featured high Italianate and Second Empire detail and a prominent octagonal turret.
It was described by local newspapers as Seattle's "finest building and symbolic of the city's new metropolitan character." Boone and Meeker located their offices in the new building. Boone planned a four-story addition to the Yesler – Leary Building but as Seattle's first building boom began to wind down in 1884, these plans were shelved; the building was built by Boone in 1888 but only at three floors and in a more subtle style. At the same time as the Yesler – Leary Building, Boone was preparing plans for a new residence for Henry Yesler. Completed in 1884, it was categorized as Eastlake style but combined elements of Victorian, Queen Anne and Eastlake; the home was Seattle's largest home at the time. During 1884, Boone and Meeker shifted their focus to Tacoma, selected as Northern Pacific Railway's West Coast terminus over Seattle, prompting a building boom there while Seattle's waned. There they designed several other commercial and residential structures. By 1887, Seattle's economy began to rebound and construction activity was picking back up.
Boone and Meeker resumed their position as the city's leading architectural office with several large commercial projects. By the late 1880s, architectural trends in the Northwest were catching up with the east coast, moving away from the decorated Italianate buildings clad in stucco and cast iron and more towards rusticated stone and exposed brick; this was reflected in one of the firm's first projects of 1887, the Toklas & Singerman Building at the Southwest corner of First and Columbia Streets. The following year, Boone oversaw the construction of one of Seattle's first modern office buildings, the Boston Block at Second and Columbia. Massive in size and unadorned, it reflected the influence of the Chicago School on Boone; the Boston Block housed the city's first passenger elevator and was one of the few buildings in downtown to survive the great fire in 1889. In 1888 the firm submitted two different designs in a bid for Seattle's first two brick school houses; the school district wound up choosing both.
Boone and Meekers first buildings in 1889 included the Ramona Hotel at 1st and Seneca Street and the I. O. O. F. Building in Belltown, one of his earliest surviving designs. Following the destruction of his offices in the Yesler – Leary Building in the Great Seattle Fire, Boone moved the firm's offices into the Boston Block, undamaged. By 1890, Boone was entering his 60's and his designs were becoming dated, his partnership with Meeker was dissolved in 1889 and he was once again a solo architect. The building boom following the great Seattle fire attractED many younger architects with fresh ideas such as Elmer Fisher to the area who soon replaced Boone as Seattle's top architect. Boone was still a respected architect in the city and continued to work, designing such buildings as the Marshall – Walker Building in Pioneer Square and the massive New York and Occidental Buildings, both which were replaced by the Dexter Horton Building in 1922; the New York Block was credited to the short-lived firm of Boone and William Willcox from 1891 to 1892 but the design is credited to Boone.
Boone moved his offices into the New York Block following its completion. These buildings displayed a more simplified design along the lines of Romanesque Revival architect
Elliott Bay is a part of the Central Basin region of Puget Sound in the U. S. state of Washington that extends southeastward between West Point in the north and Alki Point in the south. Seattle was founded on this body of water in the 1850s and has since grown to encompass it completely; the waterway it provides to the Pacific Ocean has served as a key element of the city's economy, enabling the Port of Seattle to become one of the busiest ports in the United States. The Duwamish people lived in the vicinity of Elliott Bay and the Duwamish River for thousands of years and had established at least 17 settlements by the time white settlers came in the 1850s. Among the earliest white settlements was by the Denny Party at New York Alki, in the present-day neighborhood of Alki in West Seattle, however after a hard winter they shifted across Elliott Bay near the present-day Pioneer Square, which became Seattle. Over the years the city expanded to cover all of the waterfront on Elliott Bay and codified it as one of its fairways.
The bay was named during the Wilkes expedition after an uncertain namesake. Candidates include members of the expedition: ship's chaplain Jared Elliott, ship's boy George Elliott, midshipman Samuel Elliott; the last has been deemed the most namesake. Commodore Jesse Elliott has been proposed as a possible source of the name; the bay has been referred to as Duwamish Bay and Seattle Harbor before the US Board on Geographic Names settled on the name "Elliott Bay" in 1895. A local legend says that the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet, which peaked in the early 20th century, was so-named by a Seattleite who looked out over Elliott Bay and remarked that the activity resembled that of mosquitoes. Two notable sinkings related to the Mosquito Fleet occurred in the bay: the Dix in 1906, taking with it dozens of lives, the Multnomah in 1911; these commercial passenger services faded as automobiles and ferries rose in popularity. The last remaining model of the Boeing 307 ditched into Elliott Bay in 2002 during a final test flight from Boeing Field to Everett.
The craft, named the Flying Cloud, had been the subject of an eight-year restoration project meant to ready it for display at the National Air and Space Museum. Despite the incident, the aircraft was again restored, flew to the Smithsonian, was put on display. West Point and Alki Point are the headlands into Puget Sound recognized as the northern and southern entrances of Elliott Bay respectively. A line drawn between these two points demarcates the bay to the east from the open sound to the west. More the bay has been defined as being east from a line drawn from Duwamish Head north to Magnolia Bluff; the Duwamish River empties into the southeastern part of the bay. This area was extensively modified by human development in the 20th century to channelize the river and fill in tideflats to create Harbor Island, once the world's largest artificial island. West of the river delta the land juts north into the bay at Duwamish Head. To the east running north and northwest is the heart of Seattle, the Alaskan Way Seawall, the Central Waterfront, Smith Cove.
Elliott Bay is home to the Port of Seattle, which, in 2002, was the 9th busiest port in the United States by TEUs of container traffic and the 46th busiest in the world. Cruise ship business, serving Alaskan cruises, became important in the 2000s; the bay is home to Colman Dock, the main Seattle terminal of the state's ferry system, the largest in the country. Sailings depart from Seattle to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton; the Seattle–Winslow route is the most used in the state ferry system in terms of number of vehicles and passengers transported. The King County Water Taxi, a passenger ferry, runs across the bay, connecting Downtown Seattle with West Seattle and Vashon Island. Two marinas are in Elliott Bay; the larger of them is the owned Elliott Bay Marina, in the Magnolia/Interbay neighborhoods at Smith Cove, with 1,200 slips. Bell Harbor Marina, operated by the Port of Seattle, is in the Central Waterfront along Belltown. Up to 70 vessels can be moored there. Numerous piers extend into the bay along Seattle's Central Waterfront.
Piers 57 and 59 house tourist destinations, including the Seattle Great Wheel and the Seattle Aquarium. On Pier 67 is The Edgewater Hotel. Pier 86 is a major grain shipping terminal operated by the Louis Dreyfus Group. Grain is carried to docked cargo ships by passing over Elliott Bay Trail and a narrow shoreline park, which features a public fishing pier near Smith Cove. In the cove is Terminal 91, which has served a variety of purposes over the years, including storage for imported automobiles and fish, most became a dock for Alaskan cruise ships. To the south, in West Seattle's Seacrest Park, is another public fishing pier and a dive site; as a prominent aspect of Seattle's geography, the bay has been referenced in media. The Real World: Seattle, the 1998 season of the MTV reality television series, was filmed on Pier 70 on the bay; the fictional Elliott Bay Towers, home of Frasier Crane on the TV series Frasier, are named after the bay. In Season 3 of the Seattle-set crime drama The Killing, suspect Ray Seward is incarcerated in the fictional Elliott Bay Penitentiary.
A simplified map of Elliott Bay is used as the "Maps" icon in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Smartphone Operating System. Microsoft has its headquarters in the Seattle metropolitan area. Elliott Bay has been a focus for environmental concern. Urban and industrial development along its shores, on the banks of the Duwamish River that leads into it, have caused concern over the levels of contaminants entering the water. On the southern shoreline are
Alki Point, Seattle
Alki Point is the westernmost point in the West Seattle district of Seattle, Washington. Jutting out into Puget Sound, Alki was the original white settlement in what was to become the city of Seattle. Part of the city of West Seattle from 1902 to 1907, Alki was annexed to Seattle along with the rest of West Seattle in 1907; the Alki neighborhood extends along the shore from both southeast and northeast. To the northeast it continues past Alki Beach to Duwamish Head, the northernmost point of West Seattle. Alki Point marks the southern extent of Elliott Bay; the Duwamish called it "Prairie Point". The name refers to prairies near the point that were maintained through seasonal burning by indigenous cultivators, it was a place of native occupation as well as colonial reconnaissance well before 1851. Other names for the point include Battery Point, Me-Kwah-Mooks Point, Roberts Point; the Denny Party landed at Alki Point November 13, 1851, platted a settlement of six blocks of eight lots. The original name of the settlement was "New York Alki," "Alki" being a word in Chinook Jargon meaning "eventually" or "by and by."
The name "New York" may have been chosen because it was the state of origin of several of the settlers. However, the next April, Arthur A. Denny abandoned the site at Alki for a better-situated site on the east shore of Elliott Bay, just north of the plat of David Swinson "Doc" Maynard; this site is now known as Pioneer Square. Charles C. Terry, who owned the land, some others held on at Alki for a while, but most joined the others in Pioneer Square. Terry gave his claim to Maynard in 1857 in exchange for his Pioneer Square holdings; the Stockade Hotel was photographed by early Seattle photographers Asahel Curtis and Theodore Peiser. The Alki Point Lighthouse dates from 1913, replacing the United States Lighthouse Service's post light from 1887 and Hanson's lantern-on-a-post from the mid-1870s. From 1925 to 1936, a ferry route across Puget Sound connected Alki Point with Manchester, Washington on the Kitsap Peninsula. Well into the 20th century, Alki was reachable from most of Seattle only by boat.
Alki today is reminiscent of a Pacific Northwest beach town, with a mix of mid-century bungalows, medium-rise waterfront apartment houses, waterfront businesses, a thin beach, a road with a bike/foot trail running several miles along the water. This section of West Seattle is bounded on the northwest by Elliott Bay, its main thoroughfares are Alki Avenue S. W.. W.. W. Admiral Way. There have been summer concerts at Alki Beach since the early 1900s. Today, the beach plays host to the Seattle Music Fest every August, a three-day music festival that plays host to emerging Northwest artists and selected national and international headliners. Denny Monument is located at Alki Beach, it has the names of the first Seattle colony listed on it. The third side of the monument gives the names of the adults composing the first Seattle Colony: "Arthur A. Denny and his Wife. John N. Low and Wife. Carson D. Boren and Wife. David D. Denny. Charles C. Terry", on the base, "New York Alki", the name first given the settlement.
The fourth side says "Erected by the Washington University State Historical Society, 13 November 1905", on the base, "Presented by Lenora Denny." Alki Beach is the principal tourist attraction at Alki Point. It features sand, saltwater and unique local restaurants, it is not a popular swimming beach, owing to the cold waters of Puget Sound. It offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle from all points. Alki Beach is a place to "people watch" or get a tan, it provides a casual environment for people to gather and hang out. There is access for wheelchair roller-skaters. In the summer months, Alki Beach becomes crowded on weekends. Alki Beach is famed for its biking and walking trail, which provides a picturesque view of nearby Blake Island. Tourist attractions include the miniature of the Statue of Liberty, the iconic Alki Point Lighthouse and the Birthplace of Seattle monument; the main commercial strip in West Seattle, uphill from Alki Beach, California Ave SW provides five-and-dime shops and diners that recall earlier decades.
Alki Point Lighthouse is a historic landmark built in 1913. Though the property is not open to the public, the tower is available for touring on summer weekend afternoons when the lens can be viewed. Despite its normal inaccessibility, it provides the tourist with the feeling of an authentic beach town and contributes to the overall picturesque. A scale replica of the Statue of Liberty at Alki Beach was donated by Reginald H. Parsons and the Seattle Area Council of The Boy Scouts of America in 1952; the statue may allude to "New York-Alki", the name of the 1851 settlement at Alki. Many tourists mourned the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center at the site. Alki Beach has been a venue for summer concerts every August since the early 20th century; the local music scene draws locals alike. Live music can be found at Kenyon Hall which features a Wurlitzer theater organ; the Historic Admiral Theater presents live performances on occasion. Bun
Washington Huskies football
The Washington Huskies football team represents the University of Washington in college football. Washington competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference; the team is led by head coach Chris Petersen. Husky Stadium, located on campus, has served as the home field for Washington since 1920. Washington has won seventeen conference championships, seven Rose Bowls, claims two national championships recognized by the NCAA; the school's all-time record ranks 20th by win percentage and 19th by total victories among FBS schools as of 2018. Washington holds the FBS record for the longest unbeaten streak at 64 consecutive games, as well as the second-longest winning streak at 40 wins in a row. There have been a total of twelve unbeaten seasons in school history, including seven perfect seasons. Washington is one of four charter members of what became the Pac-12 Conference and, along with California, is one of only two schools with uninterrupted membership.
From 1977 through 2003, Washington had 27 consecutive non-losing seasons—the most of any team in the Pac-12 and the 14th longest streak by an NCAA Division I-A team. Through the 2017 season, its 390 conference victories rank second in conference history. Washington is referred to as one of the top Quarterback U's due to the long history of quarterbacks playing in the National Football League, including the second-most QB starts in NFL history. Dating back to Warren Moon in 1976, 14 of the last 19 quarterbacks who have led the team in passing for at least one season have gone on to play in the NFL. Ten different men served as Washington head coaches during the first 18 seasons. While still an independent, the team progressed from playing 1 to 2 games per season to 10 matches per season as the sport grew in popularity; the school used a variety of locations for its home field. Home attendance grew from a few hundred to a few thousand per home game, with on-campus Denny Field becoming home from 1895 onward.
The 1900 team played in-state rival Washington State College to a 5–5 tie, in the first game in the annual contest known as the Apple Cup. Gil Dobie left North Dakota Agricultural and became Washington's head coach in 1908. Dobie coached for nine remarkable seasons at Washington. Dobie's career comprised all of Washington's NCAA all-time longest 64-game unbeaten streak and included a 40-game winning streak, second longest in NCAA Division I-A/FBS history. In 1916, Washington and three other schools formed the Pacific Coast Conference, predecessor to the modern Pac-12 Conference. In Dobie's final season at Washington, his 1916 team won the PCC's inaugural conference championship. Dobie was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 as a charter member. Following Dobie's tenure, Washington turned to a succession of coaches with mixed results. Claude J. Hunt went a cumulative 6–3–1 highlighted by the school's second PCC championship in 1919, Tony Savage 1–1, Stub Allison 1–5; this era concluded with the team's move from Denny Field to its permanent home field of Husky Stadium in 1920.
Washington athletics adopted the initial nickname of Sun Dodgers in 1919 used until 1922, before becoming the Huskies from 1923 onward. Enoch Bagshaw graduated from Washington in 1907 as the school's first five-year letterman in football history. After leading Everett High School from 1909 to 1920, including consecutive national championships in 1919 and 1920, Bagshaw returned to Washington as the first former player turned head coach in 1921 overseeing the program's second period of sustained success. Bagshaw's tenure was marked by 63–22–6 record and the school's first two Rose Bowl berths, resulting in a 14–14 tie against Navy in the 1924 Rose Bowl and a 19–20 loss to Alabama in the 1926 Rose Bowl, his 1925 team won the school's third PCC championship. Bagshaw left the program after his 1929 team had a losing season, only the second such season in his tenure. Bagshaw died the following year at the age of 46. James Phelan succeeded Bagshaw for the 1930 season; the Notre Dame graduate guided the Huskies to a 65–37–8 record over 12 seasons.
His 1936 team won the school's fourth PCC championship, but lost in the 1937 Rose Bowl to Pittsburgh 0–21. Phelan guided the Huskies to their first bowl game victory, beating Hawaii 53–13 in the 1938 Poi Bowl. In years, he became the first former Husky head coach to take the same role in professional football. Phelan was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973. Following Phelan, Washington fielded a succession of teams under four coaches without either great success, or failure. Washington participated in one bowl game and tallied no conference championships during this period with an overall record of 65–68–7. Ralph Welch played at Purdue under head coach James Phelan, whom he followed to Washington to become an assistant coach in 1930. In 1942, Welch was promoted to succeed Phelan as Washington's head coach and served until 1947, compiling a record of 27–20–3. World War II limited both the 1943 and 1944 seasons of the PCC, reducing team participation from ten team down to just four.
Welch's 1943 team accepted the school's third Rose Bowl bid, but lost to PCC champion USC 0–29 in the 1944 Rose Bowl. Welch's first five teams all fielded winning records. Howard Odell joined Washington in 1948 from Yale. In his five seasons from 1948 to 1952, he compiled a record of 23–25–2 with two winning seasons. John Cherberg, a Washington player and assistant from 1946 to 1952, became head coach in 1953, he compiled a 10 -- 18 -- 2 record before being removed due to a payoff scandal. Cherberg went on to become Washington state's longest se