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Organized in 1807 "The Best is Yet to Be”
The Browning Club was organized in the year 1897. Several students in the Type Studies Class, wishing to spend more time on Browning, received permission from President Albcc to organize a Browning Club. Permission was given for the use of a classroom for the meetings, and for the use of the gas without pay. Should its life be shorter than a semester, however, twenty-five cents for each meeting should be charged.
The first meeting of the club was held in the spring of 1897, ami since then it has held regular sessions twice a month up to the present time.
It first consisted of fifteen active members from this school and fifteen associate members, most of whom were citizens in this community. Then about 1916 it became a girls' society exclusively.
The aim of the society has been the study of Robert Browning’s work. The society has accomplished the purpose for which it set out. It has given its memliers some idea of the dramas and longer poems of Browning. Its aim is purely literary, and it is the only society of its kind in the school.
With the adoption of a four year course no student ranking lower than a sophomore will be eligible for admission.
Whether the assigned work is the monologue, the lyric or the drama the chief interest has been to discover Browning’s message, which appears to vary with the individual group. Each mcmlier is responsible for a substantial contribution to the club. Skill in organizing material and in directing and leading a group in a special study is thus acquired by the members of the club.
Meetings last one hour, from seven to eight and arc held at the home of Miss Ellen Peake. Union Street. Parliamentary drill is one feature of Browning meetings. New members of Browning must pass a "mental and physical initiation". Mental initiation consists of a parody on Browning. This year Edith Richards’ poem was unanimously chosen as the
best. Physical initiation this year was under the direction of Miss Peake, who surprised
the girls by having the ordeal take the form of eating ice cream and cake. This year the
study of the “Ring and the Book" was the major study.
The most permanent value in such study is the breadth of vision and of sympathy and the knowledge of life that comes from contact with the universal truths expressed by Browning. From time to time favorite passages are memorized. Some of the most popular selections arc:
“Ah. hut a man’s reach should exceed his grasp Or zv hat's a heaven for?”
Andrea del Sarto
"If you yet simple beauty and naught else You yet about the best thing God invents."
Fra Lippo Lippi
"Yc?w seen the world The beauty and the wonder and the power.
The shape of things, their colors, lights and shades.
Changes, surprises, and God made it all!"
Fra I.ippo Lippi
“H’hy stay we on the earth Unless to grow?"
“All sen-ice ranks the same with God,
With God. whose puppets, best and iworst,
Are zee. there is no last nor first."
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Cowan O’Connell Johnston Burke
Curran Schlcgel Christensen io»»c
Niquettc Smith Bohn Sutherland Fling
First Semester Dorothy Sutherland Mildred Bohn Mildred Bohn Mary Curran
President . Secretary Treasurer Historian
Second Semester •DoROT H Y SUTH ERL A N D . Mildred Bohn . . Mildred Bohn
. Mary Curran
FACULTY ADVISER Miss Peake
Mildred Bohn Florence Burke Dorothy Niquettc Sylvia Sader Margaret Schlegel Alberta Schultheis
Dorothy Smith Elizabeth Zorn Mary Curran Erna Gosse Pearl Johnston Bessie O’Connell
Dorothy Sutherland Marian Fling Cecelia Christensen Edith Richards Virginia Cowan
• Honorary Members
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Kennedy Bonman Hermsen Meyer Pivonka Becker De Young Burton Charettc Rubcrg Muranki Kronzer Sitter Brennan Verkuilicn McCormick Kebh Pa ska Kczertee Kennedy Peerenboom Kennedy TurilT Novitski
Bent Donovan Monahan Ackerman Novitski De Young Gleason
First Semester Donald Gleason . Frank Novitski . Florence Burke . Gertrude DeYoung Rukben Charettk Jed Kennedy
President . Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Marshall .
Second Semester Donald Gleason . John Wrage Florence Ackerman Gertrude DeYoung Rueben Charette Constance Foley
Joseph F. Novitski Eva J. Van Sistinc
Florence Ackerman Gladys Andrews Richard Becker Leona Braun Eleanor Bode Louis Bosnian Anna Bee Brennan Isabel Brennan Florence Burke Robert Burton Agnes Busch Emerine Conto Lucille Curry Amelia Christoff
Eleanor Dclgoff Gertrude DeYoung Marian DeYoung Norman Dorschner Rose Donovan Mary Effenberger Lois Englebert Grace Englebert W. L. Farm Constance Foley Mark Foley Viola Flood George Gricsc Elizabeth Gilboy
Miss E. J. Van Sistinc
Edward Hall Miss Crowley
Agatha Goggins Donald Gleason Olive Gorman Amy Grady Helen Hardgrove Helen Heffernan Mildred Heffernan I olita Hermsen Bertha J. Hicbsch Clifford Hutchinson Sarah A. McCormick Eunice McCoy Doris Meisncst L. G. Meyer
Katherine Moeller Grace M. Miller Lucille Morrow John Muraski Louise Nabbctcld Margaret Nebel P. J. Nebel Ceil Hoolihan Margaret Kelly Helen Kelsch Katherine Kennedy Jed Kennedy Hugh Kennedy Elizabeth Kczertee
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