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Lower Columbia Junior College was established at Longview, Washington in September, 1934, as a public junior college through the initiative of a number of citizens residing at Longview, Kelso and neighboring communities.

The following highlights were collected from scrapbooks and other memorabilia.
See also: Community Effort Built LCC And Inspired Its Mission,
excerpted from the Winter 2010 Class Schedule.

Brief Highlights from the 1930s

May 1934

College proponents led by Kiwanis President Harvey Hart held a meeting at the Monticello Hotel to gauge support for a college. 150 people participated.

Summer 1934

The Longview Business and Professional Women led fund-raising efforts to raise $5,000 for a junior college. Tag sales, ukulele performances, a Fourth of July parade and street dances were held.

September 1934

Lower Columbia Junior College (LCJC) was officially established.

October 2, 1934

LCJC officially opened with 53 students attending classes in three classrooms at R. A. Long High School. The cost of tuition was $50 per quarter.

January 18, 1935

The first issue of the Lower Columbian student newspaper was published.

January 1936

E. J. (Ned) Berwind became the acting President of LCJC. In the Fall of 1934 LCJC was granted accreditation from the University of Washington.

1937

Dr. David Livingstone Soltau became President of LCJC. Classes were moved to the first floor of the Longview Public Library.

1939

Enrollment increased to 152 students. The LCJC Lower Columbians won the Washington State Junior College Basketball Championship.

First Board of Regents

from 1935-1936 Catalog

  • Paul F. Miescke, Chairman
  • F. M. Dallam, Kelso
  • Mrs. C. A. Korten, Longview
  • E. E. Lincoln, Kelso
  • William Stuart, Kelso, Member of School Board, Kelso
  • Fred S. Vaughn, Longview, Member of School Board, Longview
  • Ray Hatch, Longview
  • Guy L. Anderson, Longview
  • Mrs. G. N. Campbell, Kalama, Regent-at-large
  • Martin Stenerson, Treasurer
  • Horace S. Taylor, Secretary

First Advisory Board

  • M. A. Werthheimer, Honorary Chairman
  • J. M. McClelland, Longview, Chairman
  • Guy L. Anderson, Longview, Secretary
  • Ray Hatch, Longview
  • Edgar Reid, Kelso
  • E. P. Stamm, Cathlamet