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Portland Mayor George L. Baker presenting letter to Oregon Agricultural College debate team

Photograph showing Portland Mayor presenting a letter to Robert Kerr, a member of the Oregon Agricultural College transcontinental debate team, as five others watch. The photograph was taken outside Portland City Hall on Sunday, May 22, 1925. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 13 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, March 22, 1925, under the headline “O. A. C. Debaters Given ‘Bon Tour.’ “ The photograph had the following caption: “From left—Earl W. Wells, coach; Lindsey S. Spight, publicity agent; Mayor Baker; Frank E. Andrews, president Portland Chamber of Commerce; Robert Kerr, Frank De Spain and Blair Stewart, debaters.” The photograph accompanied a story headlined “Debate Team to Leave Today For 10,000-Mile Trip / Oregon Aggie Men Given Formal Farewell Saturday by Mayor Baker and Business Men.” The Oregonian newspaper, in its coverage of the send-off, reported that the letter the mayor gave to Kerr was a greeting from Baker to the mayor of Portland, Maine. The debaters were to deliver the letter at the end of their tour. Oregon Agricultural College is now Oregon State University. See related image No. 371N0132 and 371N0133.

Portland Mayor George L. Baker presenting letter to Oregon Agricultural College debate team

Photograph showing Portland Mayor presenting a letter to Robert Kerr, a member of the Oregon Agricultural College transcontinental debate team, as five others watch. The photograph was taken outside Portland City Hall on Sunday, May 22, 1925. A nearly identical photograph, image No. 371N0131, was published on Page 13 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, March 22, 1925, under the headline “O. A. C. Debaters Given ‘Bon Tour.’ “ That photograph had the following caption: “From left—Earl W. Wells, coach; Lindsey S. Spight, publicity agent; Mayor Baker; Frank E. Andrews, president Portland Chamber of Commerce; Robert Kerr, Frank De Spain and Blair Stewart, debaters.” The photograph accompanied a story headlined “Debate Team to Leave Today For 10,000-Mile Trip / Oregon Aggie Men Given Formal Farewell Saturday by Mayor Baker and Business Men.” The Oregonian newspaper, in its coverage of the send-off, reported that the letter the mayor gave to Kerr was a greeting from Baker to the mayor of Portland, Maine. The debaters were to deliver the letter at the end of their tour. Oregon Agricultural College is now Oregon State University. Also see related image No. 371N0133.

Portland Mayor George L. Baker presenting letter to Oregon Agricultural College debate team

Photograph showing Portland Mayor shaking hands with Robert Kerr, a member of the Oregon Agricultural College transcontinental debate team, after presenting him with a letter at a sendoff for the team. With Baker and Kerr are (from left) Earl W. Wells, debate coach; Lindsey S. Spight, publicity agent; Frank E. Andrews, president of the Portland Chamber of Commerce; and Frank De Spain and Blair Stewart, debate team members. The photograph was taken outside Portland City Hall on Sunday, May 22, 1925. A similar photograph, image No. 371N0131, and a story were published on Page 13 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, March 22, 1925. The story was headlined “Debate Team to Leave Today For 10,000-Mile Trip / Oregon Aggie Men Given Formal Farewell Saturday by Mayor Baker and Business Men.” The Oregonian newspaper, in its coverage of the sendoff, reported that the letter the mayor gave to Kerr was a greeting from Baker to the mayor of Portland, Maine. The debaters were to deliver the letter at the end of their tour. Oregon Agricultural College is now Oregon State University. Also see related image No. 371N0132.