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Yards of adhesive tape were employed to protect the pants of Pole Scrap participants each fall, as members of the Monmouth College freshman class battled to remove the class colors of the sophomore class from the top of a telephone pole. 1940 photo by Paul Kobler ‘30.

In the days of class warfare at Monmouth College

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Large crowds, including townspeople, gathered each year enjoy the intense action of a Monmouth College pole scrap. 1940 Photo by Paul Kobler ‘30.
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At left, two freshmen team up to restrain a sophomore, as one of their classmates attempts to climb the pole. 1940 photo by Paul Kobler ‘30

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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