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Linfield to unveil victory bell

Linfield College will unveil a newly restored piece of its history during Friday’s homecoming activities.

The Victory Bell will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, in Riley Hall.

The steel bell was cast in 1859 by Naylor, Vickers and Co. in Sheffield, England. It was shipped to McMinnville, where it hung in the city’s education building until 1883, then moved to the newly built Pioneer Hall.

The bell rang for more than 100 years. It signaled athletic victories and successful college fund drives. The sound carried throughout McMinnville. 

But in 1961, a crack was discovered in the side of the bell, and it was silenced. It was removed from the bell tower in the early 1970s and placed in storage.

The bell was rediscovered this spring by Jeremy Odden, a Linfield sophomore working part-time as an archives technician. And the college decided to have it restored.

n The mission of the Linfield College Archives is to collect materials that document the college and the surrounding local history.

The Archive is open and online with a growing number of resources compiled by students educated in historical research, preservation and archives management.

To view images online, go to

For more information, contact college archivist Rachael Woody at 503-883-2734 or

Linfield to unveil victory bell

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