Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1912

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1912 Edition, Page 100 of 234
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Page 100 text:

JUiUmttatbeati SCttcrarij Swictit "CTIir Haying iif the tanp” (Bjr I.onlw V. Menra, Author of "The lllll of Peril.") The clay was ideal for an out-of-door fete. The sunlight was softened by cooling clouds and deep foliage and the usual student body was that day blessed, as by a benediction, with the presence of the aged. The past and the present were singularly brought together, and. as is rarely the case, the young generation, represented by the Philoinatheans, was alive to its own historic significance. It had come into its own. as it were, when it proudly realized the Philo Society to be not only the oldest literary organization in the'Peru Normal, but the first of its kind in the state. Moreover, it was. on this day. May 19, 1911, taking the first step in the marking of historic sites in Peru. Yet, only as the years go by, will those participating Philoinatheans realize how remarkably events conspired to make that act a notable one. The first president of the school, and his wife. Doctor J. M. McKenzie, of California, were present to tell of the first Commencement, held here under the open skies in 1870. Representing the first graduating class was Mrs. Anna Moorhead Joy of Peru. Two members of the original Board of Education were present. Dr. J. F. Neal, and Mr. D. C. Cole, both of Peru, while the presiding officer upon this occasion, Wilson E. Majors, was made president of the Philoinathean Society in 1868. when that organization was first incorporated. The program occurred upon the campus in the forenoon. Miss Bernice O'Keefe, president, opening the exercises. The address accompanying the presentation of the stone appears in Chapter VIII, "The Hills of Peru.” The program closed with a song, “A Farewell Glee,” the words and music of which were composed by Professor Perry Martin for the First Commencement, 1870. As a matter of record, this sketch will include the facts concerning the procurement . of the stone, which geologists know as a pink Sioux Quartzite bowlder. On April 14, 1911, the president of the Philoinathean Society appointed the following committee to scscurc an appropriate marker for the site of the First Commencement exercises: Miss Louisc'Mcars, William Dclzcll, Elmer Christenson, John Wear and Miss Mabel Swanson. The prevailing sentiment for the marker was in favor of a rugged bowlder, to be found if possible in Ncniaha County. After some three days of driving over flic country, the chairman of the committee. accompanied by Professor H. B. Duncan-son, chanced upon this large stone lying in a ravine, on the farm of Mrs. Anna Gipson, six miles southeast of Peru. At a cost of fifty dollars for transportation, this bowlder was brought to the Normal Campus to occupy, as nearly as possible, the spot where the First Commencement exercises were held. M. C. I.KKI.HU. ADVISKIt .Yfnctp-fico



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