University of California Berkeley - Blue and Gold Yearbook (Berkeley, CA)

 - Class of 1912

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T HAS always been the purpose of the BLLE AND GOLD to present by word and drawing a reflec- x tion of current college life to catch and fix upon the printed page the lights and shadows of the campus. This year the editors have undertaken to cover a larger field than usual. The completion of the first half-century of University history with the appropriate and inspiring celebrations of Jubilee Week (May. 1910) brought under review the whole grand development of the University from its crude beginnings to its present position of greatness and power. Therefore, it seemed fitting to make the growth of the University a special feature of this book. We have been led to extend our field back to the period of foundation and to draw our material not merely from the college year now closing, but also from the past fifty years of University life. Although the BLI E AND GOLD is no place for a connected history of the University, it has been our aim, through the medium of personal reminiscences, to review the past for the gratification of those still among the living who contributed to making the University what it now is. as well as for the pleasure and the inspiration of the present genera- tion of students. The edi tors of the Class of 1912 are deeply sensible of the honor to themselves and to the class in being able to record the friends and officers of the University who have contributed the special articles: Dr. Samuel H. Willey. " Professor George C. Edwards, ' 73. Mr. Charles S. Greene. ' 80. Professor Leon J. Richardson. Mr. Benja- min J. Weed. ' 94. Professor Henry Morse Stephens, and President Benjamin Ide Wheeler. 11



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The College of California There were some young men who came to California in the early years as " explorers " to report conditions as they might find them. In fulfilling their duty a few of them became so interested in the opening country that they remained, and devoted their lives to the beginning of institutions most needed in every new country. A college, or University, was the thing in view in the educational field. But first a preparatory school was necessary before the former could be attempted. Early in 1853 Dr. Henry Durant arrived in California, anxious to take part in the work of establishing a school for young men who, in a few years, would be seeking a liberal education. Oakland was then what its name calls for, a " land of oaks, " but with very few inhabitants. Land titles were uncertain. " Possession " was regarded as the main thing. The men in possession sometimes met together in those days, to gain acquaint- ance as a measure of self defense. To such a visiting as this Dr. Durant came one day. Taking off his hat, he explained to the company that we wanted " ground on which to build a school, a school which might develop into a University in time. To this they all gave their hearty consent and told him to make his selection of a site, and none of them would lay claim to it. That was a great point gained. With the advice of friends the four blocks and the included streets lying- between Twelfth and Fourteenth Streets and between Franklin and Harrison Streets was the area set apart for pur- poses of education. A good fence was put up around it, and I do not remember that the title was ever disputed. A building in which to open the boys ' school was first commenced by Dr. Durant, but the construction being delayed on account of lack of funds, " jumpers " planned to go into the unfinished building and get first possession. Dr. Durant, learning their intention, immediately took possession of an enclosed room and slept there. Next day the " jumper " came and made a show of force in order to get possession of the property. 12

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