This logging pose of Dode Bercot was taken in 1925, the year after the Monroe Union High School mascot was changed from the Panthers to the Bearcats in his honor in October, 1924.
The local southpaw logger won over 100 main event bouts—45 by knockout—and took the Pacific Coast Lightweight Championship in the later 1920s.
A boxing injury left Bercot blind in one eye but he fought for seven more years before retiring in 1933 to become the first game protector on Whidbey Island, a position he held for 30 years.
Monroe Historical Society Photo 1449. If you know more about this picture, please contact the Monroe Historical Society at (360) 217-7223.