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THE 1934 PERUVIAN
AUXIER BARISAS BISGARD DAVEY
DEWEY FILLEY GAINES GAINES
GRUBB HAUSER KIMSEY KUWITZKY
McCann MULLEN NORWOOD PACE
PAYNE PENNEY ROHRS SHRADER
SLEPICKA SPEEDIE TROYER VAUGHN
WAGGONER WANDS WINTER WRIGHTSMAN
Everett Literary Society
CHARLES PENNEY . . . Vice-President
MARGARET WINTERS . Program Chairman
CHARLES PENNEY .... President MARGARET WINTERS . . Vice-President
LAWRENCE WANDS . . . Secretary
EVELYN DAVIS . . Program Chairman
P. H. NORWOOD. Adviser
Five years after the Philomathean Literary Society was established coincidentally with the school a rival society was organized, the Everetts. To enable the student to learn how to express himself in public, and to give the listeners something both interesting and valuable was the original aim of the initiators of the society. The competitive spirit first given voice in debates between these two societies has continued through the years. This rivalry, however, has never been an antagonistic one. and this year, as last, the members of both united in a Philo-Ever-ett dance in the high school auditorium.
The original activities of music, dramatics and debate have through the progress of the school become centered in the various departments and the fraternities. Therefore, the society now attempts to fill the position of a social organization.
Carrying out the society's present aims of work, play and study, several unusual programs have filled the Thursday night meetings. A most enjoyable, humorous debate and a broadcast given by the new members are especially worthy of mention. General programs by talented students and faculty members have proved most satisfactory.
Peek's Peaksters assisted by other Everett members arranged a very successful convocation program.
Eighteen new members have been received as Everetts during this year. Sixty-three years of such activity as has been shown in the endeavors of the Everett Literary Society can be boasted by few societies in western colleges.
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Philomathean Literary Society
LEWIS THOMPSON . . . . President
DORIS DEAVER .... Vice-President
DANA SCHNEIDER . . . . Secretary
MARJORIE YOUNG . . . . Treasurer
ROLAND STEPHENSON . . President
JEANNE SLINKER . . . Vice-President
CLAYBORN MORT . . . . Secretary
DOROTHY CAWTHORNE . Treasurer
MISS GRACE PETERSEN. Adviser
The first organization in Peru holds a history rich in memories and traditions. The Philomathean Literary Society was organized soon after the establishment of the school as a state institution and has continued active down to the present time. Its founding was due in a large measure to Perry M. Martin, one of the school's first instructors, and Wilson E. Majors, a student. Wilson E. Majors then became the first president. When organized the society had twenty members representing the best talent of the new school.
In 1870 when G. E. Howard, later Dr. Howard of the state university, was president, the society was incorporated under the laws of Nebraska. This charter now hangs in the faculty room and furnishes one of the bits of atmosphere that makes traditions for the school. Philomathean is probably the oldest society of its nature in the state.
Philomathean is defined as meaning "lovers of learning." and the group has clung to its high ideals of learning by expanding into every field of intellectual activity which is popular. At the time of its inception the society filled a large place in the student's education now taken by the curriculum and other activities.
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Philomathean Literary Society
Philomathean has many times in her history made contributions to the school. The Philo rock, which adds such delightful atmosphere to the school, is an example. This rock was brought to the campus and dedicated in May, 1911, to mark the site of the first graduation exercises of the normal school in 1870. when two students received diplomas.
In 1928 J. D. Graves of Poru presented to the organization the quill pen which was used by the governor of Nebraska in signing the bill which transformed Peru from a private to a public school. This pen is now on display in the administration office.
Also in 1928 the society received the money for the Liberty Loan bonds which it had purchased during the war, and part of this money was put into a perpetual student loan fund, to which contributions have since been mode. Money was also given to make the final payment on the electric bell system which is now in use.
Many of the original purposes of Philo are being filled by the newer organizations—dramatic, musical and forensic. It is believed, however, that a literary society still has a place and a program to present. The social functions have expanded during recent years as others of the activities have declined, thus filling a neod for more social life. This year a dance was held jointly with the Everett Literary Society.
The Philo convocation program this year was notable. It was a review of the different activities of the group, as represented by the various talents of the members.
The success of the society throughout the year has been due in a great part to the untiring efforts of the adviser, Miss Grace M. Petersen, who has given advice without making it mandatory that the society accept as final her opinion.
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