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The Philomathean Literary Society is the oldest organization of its kind in Nebraska. It was first organized as a literary society in 1867—the year that the school became a state normal with Wilson Majors as President.
The word Philomathcan means “Lovers of Learning”—which has been and is the motto ol every Philomathcan. The society was organized for the purpose of literary advancement, and of acquiring a practical understanding of parliamentary rules. Because of the high standards set by the charter members, a great responsibility rests upon the present supporters of the organization.
When the society was first organized, there was a membership of twenty. This year we have an enrollment of eighty-eight of which sixty-three are life members. The officers consist of two advisers and three trustees, a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, literary critic, and reporter. Meetings are held every two weeks. The meetings this year have been especially fine. The musical numbers and literary selections given have shown what remarkable talent and ability we have among our students.
The first social event of the year was the reception for new members, which was held in the Training Building October 6. The reception was on a very informal basis and did much toward making the new members feel that they were really a part of the organization which they had joined.
One of the most enjoyable events of the year was the Christmas party. This consisted of a splendid program and games. When the merriment was at its height, Santa appeared with
his toy sack, and what a good time all the Philomathcan boys and girls had playing with the
gifts Santa brought them.
The most important event of the year was the celebration of the fifty-fifth anniversary,
which was held February 8th in the High School Assembly. The meeting was an open-ses-
sion and invitations had been extended to all old members of the society, students, town’s people and members of the faculty.
The feature of the evening’s program was to bring back to mind the history of the Philomathcan Society. There were seven different periods represented, the years being as follows: 1867; 1S80; 1890; 1900; 1910; 1920; 1923.
Before the introduction of each period, the pianist played a soft prelude to invoke the spirit of the Philomathean Society to appear. The “spirit” wore a quaint gown that might have graced some pretty girl of 1S67, when the society was first organized. In a charming manner she introduced the representative of each period and spoke of the interesting things dene by the society at that time.
Many old members were there to enjoy the reminiscences of former days. Those who were not there in person, were there in spirit for many letters and telegrams were read during the evening. Many were from such well-known people as Judge I.ytton, J. W. Crabtree, H. C. Fi I ley, W. T. Davis, and E. L. Rouse.
Other people whose names appear upon the early records, who have gained worthy positions of prominence are: T. J. Majors, Dr. Geo. Howard, M. C. Lcflcr and many others. We also have a good representative of Philo in our faculty. These arc: Mr. Delzcll, Miss Foster, Miss Palmer, Miss Gocklev, Miss Rhinehart, and Mr. Schocnikc.
The last two members named were our advisers this year, and they have done much to make us feel that the spirit of learning is generated and nourished by the Philomathcan Society, by the love of doing. As long as this spirit exists, this society shall be as it always has been—a power for good.
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Some fifty odd years ago an organization that was known as the Everett Literary Society was founded. In the beginning its numbers were small but with the passing years it has grown until now it is one of the most active and successful groups on the campus. Its programs arc delightful in their content, its entertainments arc enjoyable to the last and ever follow the aim and purpose of the society.
Its great success of this year has been due to the competency of those in charge together with the intense interest of all its members and their cffoits to make it worth while.
Particularly of interest to the society and the school was the operetta. "The Isle of Chance”, which was given on the sixteenth of March in the high school auditorium. This was one of the means of revealing tc others the ability to be found in this group.
Never in its history has a greater amount of talent existed among its members. There arc enough who arc skillful with musical instruments to compose a very good orchestra of which the society is and can be justly proud. The music which it provides is well worth hearing and many an evening’s program throughout the year has been made complete with its aid.
Among those individuals who have contributed in making the society a success arc Birdie Baldwin and Vivian Rowe whose voices arc ever pleasing. Vera Buckles and (lencvicve Hobson whose readings
have been a delight to all and Mrs. Bessie Church. Ethel Lindahl and Dorothy Wade who arc exceptional
pianists, and to Miss Bcrniccc Peters who has given her time unselfishly to the society.
But not all of the time has been spent upon programs or entertainments for the social hours have not been forgotten. No Everett will ever forget the good times he has enjoyed at the Everett parties.
The society has done much to enrich the lives of its members and make their college life worth
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