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The Burning Bronco

One of Boise Junior College's early traditions was the burning bronco, nicknamed Elmer.  BJC president Eugene Chaffee described Elmer in his book An Idea Grows: A History of Boise College(page 47):  "He began as a wooden or paper mache semblance of a horse and after each Homecoming game was cremated."  President Chaffee quoted the 1937 college yearbook, "From his ashes rises the spirit of new conquests and victories."


Elmer before burning, October 2, 1936
(Les Bois yearbook 1937, p. 53)
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