Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1915

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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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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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Crawford saw to it that each name fitted the person so placarded, and the latter was to guess his profession from the hints and conversation of his friends. A unique spelling contest proved highly exciting to the. onlookers as well as the participants, and Dean Rouse was constantly obliged to command silence. There were 26 on a side, each one representing a letter of the alphabet, and as Mrs. Crawford pronounced the words, each side endeavored to be the first to juggle the letters into place. Miss Koch then took charge of the Grand March, which was very creditably completed, due to her excellent leadership. Following this we were divided into groups of sixteen, each group forming a circle, and played games under the supervision of Miss Koch. The games included folk dances and those of educative value which we might use as teachers. We were mighty glad to be seated for refreshments after our strenuous exercise; and it seemed rather queer, yet pleasant, too, to be so delightfully served by our highly esteemed teachers. As a fitting conclusion to the good time, two flashlights were taken of the entire company, after which we yelled for our teachers and our school, sang the color song, and went home. iflt. Tlrnunt JJartij “Arc you going to the ‘dorm’ party Saturday evening?" asked a Sr. of a certain Jr. “Sure,” was the reply. "This is the 011c opportunity outside of shirt-tail parades, that 1 have of going to the dorm, and most assuredly I’ll embrace it.” This Jr. did not find himself alone in representing the male section of his class for besides the Jr. boys, there were the upper classmen also, with expectant and gleaming faces. Of course, the strangeness of the place, which had taken on a gala-day attire—flowers, red decorations and subdued lights—had much to do as to the radiant faces, but the thrill of realizing that you arc a guest at a Ladies’ Dorm—ahem!—is enough to make anyone’s countenance glow like old Sol. Talk about a reception! Miss Cleland and her girls certainly did “receive.” I11 the reception line were “Cassius" who is “our boy" in dorm parlance, Miss Cleland, Miss Burgess, and Miss Gunderson. From here the guests were escorted to the dining room which had been cleared of tables and other unnecessary “impedimenta.” Here such games as charades, “Slide, Kelly Slide,” “Spell Down,” and similar games interested the ichabods. Pres. Hayes succeeded in suggesting the most interesting charade. This is it! Pin a piece of paper with the word “sage" on it. below the knee, which represents “sausage bologna.” Refreshments consisted of ice cream, home-made candy, and wafers. Partners were secured through the matching of red and green bells. It is to be doubted if Solomon himself could have recognized some of the “matchings” as bells, but it turned out alright, as those who failed to match had the privilege of going out in the kitchen and "eating with the cooks." It appeared that some of the guests were very fond of eggs, as such articles were found on the persons of Mr. Long and Mr. Klima. One hundred ninety-seven

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