History mystery


We would love to know what is going on in this photo, which appears to be from the 1950s or early 1960s. What’s up with the chair? And the vests? And what about that snake?

Courtesy University Archives

Courtesy University Archives

Tell us what you know, and send information to:
Och Tamale, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave., P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373-0999 or email ochtamale@redlands.edu.

In response to our photo from the University Archives in the fall 2017 issue of Och Tamale, we received emails: Sally Bauman Trost ’70, identified the three “yell leaders” as, from left to right, Jim Pearce ’69, Lew Hastings ’68, and Ron Gault ’69; Warren Swanson ’68, a fellow KZZ brother to the three, also correctly identified the equestrians.


In addition, we received this note from Gault himself:

“I always look forward to opening the Och Tamale and reminiscing about the wonderful years I had at the U of R. To my surprise, in this edition I noticed the photo on page 50 of myself and two other cheerleaders in the History Mystery space.

“This shot was taken in the fall of 1967 and shows, from left, Jim Pearce ’69, Lew Hastings ’68, and myself, Ron Gault ’69, who were Redlands cheerleaders the year of 1967–68. We entered the stadium of each home football game in some goofy fashion, in this particular game by renting horses to make our entrance. It was the homecoming game that year.

“We also rode the horses in the homecoming parade that afternoon, and Jim Pearce’s horse spooked in the parade and ran away, with Jim clinging on desperately, back to the local stables we rented them from. We thought he was lost forever, but he managed to remount and join us for the game that night.

“Missing from the photo is our fourth cheerleader, Fontaine Davis ’70, probably leading the group as he always did. We are all members of KZZ fraternity. Sadly, Jim passed away several years ago from cancer. The rest of us still keep in touch.

“This night was one of so many memorable ones at the dear (and I mean this sincerely) old U of R.

“U of R—thanks for the memories.

“Rah, rah, sis boom bah!”


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