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THE 1934 PERUVIAN
Shaking his head from side to side the Bobcat read the clippings he'd cut from "Peds," picked up from passers-by as they cast their remarks and jibes, and we copied them down as he read.
A new degree has been granted on the campus this year—P. A. was awarded Winter, Coatney, Nabors and Norwood.
A Pedagogian ad: Any old bottles, horns, or pictures—especially pictures will be heartily accepted and proper settlement made.—Adv. Deluxe Picture Snatcher Corporation, John Samuel Fostetti, president.
Knows Aue Hears Aue Sees Aue
Mrs. Dunning: "Bonita, it's time for all freshmen to come in."
Shrader: "Just a second."
Mrs. Dunning: "And if I'm not mistaken there’s already been a third and a fourth."
Mr. Nabors (coming upon Marjorie Young playing the clarinet): "What was that piece you just played?"
Marj.: " 'Drink to Me Only v ith Thine Eyes.' "
D. J.: "That must have after the drink!"
With a tear in his voice he read on:
Headlines from the Peru Pedagogian: DEBATE HELD
IN CHAPEL Stately court ceremony followed by Dancing and Judging of costumes. -------------perhaps Monday?
QUEEN OF HEARTS Waldo and Shumard on the affirmative. Whiting and Johnson negative.
Perhaps the "Peek" of a "Doig's" life isn't so bad after all, and the Bobcat took time out for another of his aesthetic sighs.
Page 140 text:
Sixty-Seven Years at Peru
in a building previously used as a saloon, now standing Just south of the present Post Office. Later classes were also held in a private home, which stands just across the street north of Peterson’s studio. The records give the average attendance for the fall term as about thirty.
When the fall term was completed, the work on the new building had progressed far enough for classes to be held there: so the winter term began in January in the building on the hill. The hardships suffered by the pupils, many of whom lived in the school building, were many, and Mr. McKenzie later spoke of them as "martyrs" to the cause of education!
While the spring term was in progress the Methodist Church held its annual conference, at Omaha, and tho new, school was offered to it with all its land and property. But after considerable discussion the conference decided not to accept the school as its charge. This left the trustees and all interested in the school wondering and worrying as to its fate, for it could hardly hope to survive without aid. The outcome was that it was decided to turn the project over to the state legislature at its first session, with the understanding that it would become the state university.
Colonel T. J. Majors and Major Daily were elected to represent the county in the first legislature, and through their efforts, and the efforts of others, the school was accepted—but as a normal school, for it was judged wiser to place the state university at Lincoln, than in a small village. The bill was introduced by Colonel Majors and Major Daily and was approved on June 20. Three thousand dollars were appropriated to complete tho building and begin the normal school operations. T. J. Majors became the special protector of the school throughout his long career as a legislator.
A board of education was appointed by the state to take charge of affairs, and much credit is given by all who write of Peru history to its board of education. In early years the personnel of the board was almost entirely local, and if this article were intended as a tribute, much could bo said of the labors of such people as D. C. Cole.
At tho time it was established there were but approximately twenty normal schools in the United States, and there were but two west of the Missouri River. For thirty-eight years Peru was the only normal school in the state, Kearney Normal being established in 1905 and Wayne and Chadron since.
Twenty sections of land were given the new school by the first state legislature as an endowment, the land being located near the capital. During the summer months the building was finished and furnished by means of the three thousand dollar appropriation—plus another thousand dollars raised by the public spirited citizens. The fall term began in October, with thirty-two pupils enrolled in the normal school proper.
It began with a teaching staff of just two people: in fact Mr. J. M. McKenzie and Mrs. C. B. McKenzie were not only the instructors, but the janitor and preceptress as well. A young man from Michigan, Perry M. Martin, soon was employed to help, however. The increase in size of the school's staff from these educational pioneers to the present faculty is indicative of the growth of the school.
When it opened, the school's curriculum was necessarily very limited and extra-curricular activities wore not yet general. Tho subjects studied were constrained to what was held in that day to be "substantial" material. The development of the present curriculum has come about haltingly but gradually, and would occupy considerable space in any detailed history of the school.
Much might be said of the records which have been left of early student life. Wealth was never in evidence, and the students were naturally earnest in their desire for education. The democratic spirit which is the precious heritage of the campus today was brought into being. Regulations were extremely strict, as befitted the times and occasion, but who can say that the life of the students was dull?
The first graduation exercises of the new school were held in the spring of 1870, when two students. George Elliott Howard, later Dr. Howard, and Miss Annie Morehead, later Mrs. Annie Morehead Joy, completed the normal course. The exercises were held in the open, in a grove of small oak trees. The site of these exercises is now marked on the campus by the "Philo" rock. These first graduates proved the worth of the school.
Soon after this Mr. McKenzie resolved to resign his position because of a chanco for advancement, and the trustees began searching for a successor. Tho terms in office of the men who have held the chief position of responsibility in the school, stated as mere dates, are unattractive, but they form the foundation upon which a real knowledge of the school's history may be built.
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THE 1934 PERUVIAN
The Bobcat walked out of his cage, sat down, flicked an ear and yawned. You'd yawn too if you had to look at what he does day after day, year after year. Peru collegians are queer, almost as queer as Peru faculty.
Licking a paw he remarked, "Things don't change. Why, back in 1913 somebody asked in the 'Normalite' how many hours of credit one got for attending the Mount Vernon lectures.
"You should read the poetry of 1910"—and with an aesthetic sigh he caught a tear on the tip of his tongue and began,
" 'May I print a kiss upon your lips?
She nodded her sweet permission,
So they went to press,
And I rather guess They printed a whole edition.'—
Just like they do on that bench by my cage today."
Again the Bobcat flicked his ear. There must be something bothering him—something in that ear. Scratching it thoughtfully he suddenly thrust his paw inside and brought forth a book all bound in Blue and White—such a huge book and such a little ear; but, oh, what it must have heard!
"My record of 1934 to pass on to ’35," he cried and began to read in a wailing
"By Their Words Shall Ye Know Them"
"Ladies and Gentlemen . . ."
"Gentlemen on the front row, please."
"You'd better quit using your book as a pillow."
"Pardon the personal reference, but . . ."
"When I was in Whichita . . ."
"I'll grant you that"—though.
"It makes my Susie seem so inadequate."
"I have two announcements."
"There'll be a college dance. This is the first one we've been able to have without anything on."
"The Training School band will now give its dress rehearsal without the dress." "Here comes Heck."
"We will continue from this point tomorrow."
"Convocation is now dismissed."
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