Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1915

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1915 Edition, Page 205 of 284
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fore the great holiday, that all pervading feeling of surprise, which is an accompaniment of the Christmas season, was in the air. The girls came down the steps carrying mysterious looking bundles. They left these in the post office in charge of Mrs. Santa Claus. Age was no barrier to admittance, so all entered. Girls of kindergarten age played and romped while their ciders gathered around the fireplace and in groups, envying their youthful levity, and remembering their childhood days. The teacher of Punkin Center, District 23, gave a program. The children sang and recited songs and stories appropriate to Christmas to the satisfaction of their fond parents. Christmas dainties were next in order, after which sketches were made of Santa Claus. The results were certainly a credit to Peru Normal, and great promise of future artists were discovered. During the evening, pop-corn balls and apples were passed. Toward the close of the evening Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, aided by several of the young ladies, presented each happy maiden with a Christmas card from Miss Clark and a parcel post package. Shrieks of hysterical laughter greeted the disclosed gifts. The girls showed their love and esteem for the Y. W. Adviser by giving her a chair; flowers were given Miss Branson and Miss Morris, the visiting Y. W. C. A. Secretary. With “15 rails’' for Miss Clark. Miss Branson, Miss Morris, and Santa Claus, another of Peru’s happy evenings passed into memory. GUjrifltmaa ICntBtmjtmt, % 10. (£. A. Well, we were all there. At any rate the hall was full of girls with needles, thimbles, thread, bits of cloth, and plenty of cheerfulness and “pep." (A favorite word in Peru, by the way). We just played we were little girls again and from our bits of cloth fitted out complete wardrobes for twenty cute little dolls. A splendid program helped the time to pass all too swiftly as our nimble fingers flew. Mrs. House sang two selections of rare beauty; P cssie Ertcl played the piano with great sympathy and sweetness; Hazel Johnson read in her charming way; at last, but not least, was a talk by Miss Morris, our student secretary, who told us of her recent experiences among the normal schools of the state. Dainty refreshments added to the sociability of the afternoon. Our work held a deeper significance than mere fun, for we were helping Santa get ready for Christmas. Don’t you suppose a wee bit more of Christmas cheer came to those little orphans in the Mother’s Jewel’s Home as the result of our kensington? jHnmit Urnum ©jmt Ktnusr On February 22, the halls and parlors of the Girls’ Dormitory were gorgeously arrayed in the national colors to remind everyone that Mount Vernon Hall was having a birthday, this date commemorating the thirty-fourth anniversary of the establishment of the Hall. Up to this time, not much though had been given to the significance of the name. In spite of the inclement weather, reception invitations were answered by One liuudrcd ninety five

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(gymnasium “iKiiT fartu All ladies, young: and old. of the school, including: faculty members, were invited to this very unique party by the girls of Miss Koch’s gymnasium classes. That accounts for the fact that about two hundred fifty little girls and “boys” (survivors of large turkey dinners), assembled in the “gym" on Thanksgiving night. November 27. to have the time of their “young" lives. As it would have been highly improper for these young hopefuls to be unchaperoned, the women of the Faculty were assigned this pleasant (?) task. There was not a dull moment during the entire evening. Each little tot entered into the games with childish energy and glee. Those who seemed somewhat shy and backward, as little Miss Davis and Young Bodwcll, were finally encouraged to take part and do their best when allowed to be leaders in such games as “Looly Loo,” “Farmer in the Dell,” “Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow,” and others suited to young minds. Just before the “party part” the youngsters were initiated into the intricacies of the maize dance, which they executed exceptionally well, considering their extreme youth. The dance ended in a march which led the children up into the balcony, where bananas, apples and oranges were awaiting them. Anyone witnessing the rapid disappearance of the fruit might fittingly have observed the truth of the statement, that “children are always hungry.” Of course, the pleasure of the evening would not have been complete without the Virginia Reel; and the children gayly tripped through its measures until the lights blinked. fHt. Iter non Entertains To the Peru girl students who found it impossible to spend the fall vacation at their homes, came this little note: “The lassies of Mt. Vernon will be at home to their little schoolmates, Saturday evening. November 7, from 8 till 9:30.” Promptly at 8 came lisping four-year-old Eloisc with Sister Betty, happy Mary and bashful Jessie, all in their party best. They were led to the parlor by a little Mt. Vernon lady, where they were made to feel at home by their hostess, Miss Cleland, by the cheering words of Grandmother O’Neil, and the untiring efforts of all the little Washingtons. Our kindergarteners, Paulic and Kathic, soon had them playing skip and tag, squirrel in the tree, button-button, and other games equally appropriate. After a stately (?) march through the long halls of the old mansion to beautiful strains of music, the little ones were served to apples, pop-corn, candy hearts with “I love you,” delicious red and white stick candy and all-day-suckers. They then departed for their homes where they informed their waiting mammas that nothing could be quite as pleasant as their first party. IH. (E. A. (Gljrtstmas Party On the evening of December 5. in the basement of the library, gathered a happy throng of young ladies. Although there was still a number of days be- Onc hundred ninety-four

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four hundred students, Faculty members, and other friends. Upon their arrival they were surprised to note that the girls were missing, and in their places were stately, snow-crowned Colonial dames in polonaise. Much querry was heard among the boys concerning the exact reason why so many peaceable ladies should have been obliged to wear bits of black court-plaster. However, there was such a show of jolly comradeship among the hostesses that no fears were of long duration. Tile guests were received by the preceptress, Miss Cleland. and the Misses Pauline Ranncy, Monita Logsdon, Gladys Anderson, and Daisy Johnson. The only formal entertainment consisted of a piano duet by the Misses Gertrude Fleck and Gladys Chancy, a piano solo bv Miss Clcora Eng, and a violin solo by Miss Elizabeth Freeborn. Most of the rooms were open, and the visitors were escorted through the entire building to sec how the ninety-four girls live. In spite of the institutional furniture, each room reflected the distance individuality of its occupants. Some of the young women had shown remarkable ingenuity in converting Mr. Gilbert’s wooden boxes into daintily-draped bookcases, shelves, and dressing-tables. Others had actually made beautiful finished pieces in the manual-training shop here. Some one has said that we find what we are looking for in this world. This has nothing to do with the remainder of the story, but Professor Gregg certainly found the required number of good dictionaries; as for Professor Howie’s search for candles—space docs not permit further elaboration. Those who had supposed that the "Dorm” inhabitants were an imprisoned, disconsolate lot had their minds quite disabused of that idea after observing the delightful family spirit between them and their charming little chaperon. The most popular resort was the music room where punch bowls occupied a long table beautifully decorated with tiny silk flags and red carnations. It was presided over by the Misses Mary Jane Davis, Musetta Ball, Hilda Grosshans, Alma Moscly, Minnie Thompson, Emma Sundell, Phoebe Davis, and Emma Frolmcr. A. Ray Scott and Professor Smith tied for first honors in doing justice to the punch. The lights blinked before either would retire in the other’s favor. This sad old world will never know which was the greater man. ffimptunt uf draining utearljers fur g rnturu Last spring, when the present Senior class were Juniors, an event took place which made 11s wish (for the first and only time) that we too were Seniors. So when on March 6, 1915, the training teachers of the Faculty held a reception for the Senior class, we considered ourselves fortunate and happy indeed, and could scarcely wait for the long anticipated treat. In spite of stormy weather, we dressed in our prettiest and sallied forth. Our training teachers most graciously received us as we entered the gymnasium, which they had completely transformed with flags and bunting. After being presented to the teachers in the receiving line, whom, of course, we had never met before, each Senior was decorated by having a paper pinned on his back, bearing some such name as actor, doctor, nurse, guardian, jitney, etc. Mrs. One hundred nincty-sfx

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