Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1908

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girls whose visits were not quite finished by 10 o’clock, so the lights disappeared to the accompaniment of stifled shrieks and closing doors. Many and varied were the pictures of girl life to be seen about the hall, but as I think back, one of the most vivid of these is a Saturday morning picture. The pump stood on a raised platform hack of the hall, and about this platform I see a group of girls trying to start their charcoal irons. There were irons in all stages. Some with a few burning kindlings tenderly watched over; others smoking like steam engines as they were swung back and forth in the hope that an additional breeze might induce the charcoal to burn. Still others, with charcoal glowing brightly, were being borne triumphantly away to the improvised laundries indoors. Sundays? Yes, dear, our Sundays were indeed days of rest and gladness. We went to church and Sunday school in the mornings, but in the afternoons we read and rested, and took time to know each other. On pleasant days we roamed among the hills, or strolled beside the river, learning Nature’s ways, as only she could teach us. In the evenings we sometimes met in the parlor and talked or sang until the l oys came, then those who were not interested in some particular boy slipped quietly away, leaving the others to enjoy themselves, just as boys and girls do now. Ah, yes, those were happy days, child, and the friendships we formed there have held fast and true through all these years of separation and change. I know that the school life you are just entering will mean much to you. Remember that our lives arc what we make them, and my hope for you. dear, is that your days may he as busy and happy as were ours in Mt. Vernon Hall. Sara E. Dunn. One hundred three

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Mt. Vernon Hall. A story of Mt. Vernon Hall as told by a white-haired lady to her grand-daughter in the year 1950. 'fell you of my home when I was in college? Indeed 1 will, child, but remember that, though schools now are better than they were then, school life is not so very different after all. for human nature is ever the same, dear, and we worked and played then just as you do now. Mt. Vernon Hall was a brick building standing in the center of a sloping lawn. This lawn was large and beautiful, with its soft, green grass and great maple trees. To the east we could see the college buildings with their background of gigantic oaks, while to the northeast, and far around to the north, against the purple background of the bluffs, gleamed the river, looking like a slender blue-ribbon as it wound back and forth on its journey to the Southland. The woods came close to the hall on the west, and there, on pleasant days, the giris loved to wander and talk, or dream of the hazy but beautiful future. The hall made a home for nearly one hundred girls, and a busy, happy life we led. On school days all was hurry and bustle from morning till night, hut after supper for half an hour there was a sound of many voices, and the tap at a door with its answering “Co-me” could be heard in ali directions. Then woe unto the one who tried to study! For visitors were sure to come, and books must be instantly thrown aside. I wonder if the girls now obey the study bell as we did then! Such a scampering and laughing as there was, until all were safely “home,” then for the rest of the study period quiet settled down upon the hall, and all was peace. At the close of the evening we had another fifteen-minute period for play, and you may be sure that that time was never wasted. There were always some Hundred (wo

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Glimpses of Faculty Homes. It would be a very pleasant experience for students if they could visit the members of the faculty in their homes. It would be a pleasure and a profit for both students and instructors and would bring them in closer touch with each other. It would be a source of inspiration to us as students, for it is only bv exchanging thots that we are able to get the most and best out of life. But for a large student body this is impossible, so let us view for a short time a panorama which goes on in the faculty homes. We visit Prof. Brownell on a clear, frosty .morning and find him out on the bleak hillside milking the cow. He is absorbed in deep contemplation of the morning sun and reasoning that it is colder in winter than in summer because the rays fall more obliquely and are spread over a larger area. The piping voice of little Sam breaks in upon his musing and these words come to his startled ears: “Why, papa, you forgot the milk pail.” Let us next visit the home of Prof. Howie. We find him in the back yard sawing wood. Great drops of perspiration stand out on his brow and the muscles of bis brawny arm contract and relax in harmony with the action of the saw. He straightens up, then goes at it again, whistling a tune which sounds very much like "Everybody Works But Father.” Drcusy Clarence looks out from the upstairs window to see what causes all this commotion, while the savory odor of coffee and cakes spurs Prof. Howie on to renewed efforts. He thinks with satisfaction of the three or four pound? avoirdupois which be has just lost at the wood pile. We will next pass to the home of Prof. Gregg and find him in the act of shoveling coal into the furnace room, which at that moment abounds in “pulveru-lcr.ce." Between acts he may be found in his laboratory, making a piece of apparatus to be used for testing the variable tension of a frog’s heart under different electrical stimuli. Hundred four

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