Maryville College Bulletin ALUMNI NUMBER VOL. XXVI APRIL, 1928 NO. 4 THE OLDEST LIVING GRADUATE The earliest Maryville alumnus yet living is Rev. Calvin Alexander Duncan, D. D., of the Class of 1871, now^ residing in Alamogordo, Ne->v Merico. He graduated fifty-seven years ago, and was then in his twentieth year. Dr. Duncan was born on the Duncan place, a mile south of the Coir lege, on a farm that has been in possession of this family ever since pio- neer days. He was one of the Thirteen original students with whom Profes- sor Lamar opened the post-bellum work of the College on Wednesday, Sep- tember 5, 1866. He graduated from the College in its first post-bellum class. He then served his Alma Mater as a tutor for two years — 1871-1873. Later on in life he was ekcted professor of Greek but declined the posi- tion. The year after his graduation, or fifty-six years ago he was elected a director of the College by the Synod of Tennessee, and so is the senior director as well as the oldest alumnus of the institution. In 1876 Mr. Duncan gi-aduated from Lane Theological Seminary after three years of study there. He was ordained to the ministry by the Presby- tery of Kingston, on April 12, 1878. He served as pastor of the Jonesboro, Tennessee, Presbyterian church for the next fifteen years (1877-1892.) In 1892 he began a long period of service as Synodical Superintendent for Ten- nessee. He was afterwards pastor of the Harriman, Tennessee, church for a number of years; of the Magdalena, New Mexico, church for three years; and now of the Alamogordo, New Mexico, church, of which he is still the active pastor, for five years. This extraordinary life-service is still going on, and bearing rich fruitage. In a recent letter Dr. Duncan said: "My health is quite good, and to prepare two sermons every week and preach them is an ever-increasing joy to me. I count it an honor of a very high order to be a member of the Board of Directors of Maryville College. I wish I could be of greater service to the College.; The best service I can now render is to love the dear old College, and in my heart be loyal to her." John P. Duncan, Esq. and Mrs. Jennie Duncan Ci'awford, both of Mary^ ville, are brother and sister of Mr. Duncan. Entered May 24, 1904, at Maryville, Tennessee, as second-class mail matter. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of pDstage provided forin section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, anthorized February 10, 1919 THE ALUMNI The Alumni office is seeking, in this Bulletin, to give a real message to all the Maryville family, both young and old. If we compare the present- day college, with its improved facilities and equipment and its seven hun- dred fifty students, to the small group of students and meager opportuni- ties of Dr. Duncan's day, we might be tempted to a belief in material growth as the true criterion of progress. We know, however, that the real success of any educational institution lies in the ideals and standards with which its graduates are imbued. Measured in this way and by these standards, the younger generation finds much inspiration in the life-story of some of the earlier graduates. The hard circumstances of those days made strong, virile character and Ihe consecrated lives of such men as Dr. C. A. Duncan, Dr. E. A. Elmore, Dr. S. T. Wilson, Dr. J. A Silsby, Dr. J. G. Newman, Dr. W. E. Graham, and countless others, whom we might mention, make us almost long for a re- turn of those days, when hardships tested and made men. What should be the lesson for us in the lives of such men as these? Do they not challenge us, who have had a less difficult struggle for an education to hold fast the character principles which they exemplified? Just how much these high principles, which Maryville has always taught, mean in the life of our nation and of the world can never be meaj- ured. So often, letters come to the college office telling how much the character training received here has meant to them when the trials hava been hardest. So we are sending you this little letter from home as a personal mes- sage to all the college family from their Alma Mater. May old memories be revived, old ties, perhaps, renewed, and the real ^'Maryville Spirit" kindled anew in all of our hearts, A MARYVILLE NONAGENARIA^N In 1875, Rev. Solomon Zook Sharp, M. A., who had been serving for eight years as principal of an academy in Maryville called the Masonic Institute, became the head of the Normal Department and Professor of German in Maryville College. He served the College most efficient'.y for three years, or until 1878, when he resigned to accept the presidency tr* Ashland College. His students were his enthusiastic friends and thought that there could 'not be a better teacher than was he. President Wilson, a student of Professor Sharp for three years, has received the following very interesting letter from his former teacher: Fruita, Colo., Dec. 21, 1927 President Wilson, Maryville, Tenn. My dear President: I forgot the initials of your name; hence I address you as above. Do you remember reciting Latin, German, Botany, and Geology to a teacher by the name of S. Z. Sharp. Well, he is the one who is writing this letter.' In 1878 I left - Maryville to act as president of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, In 1881 I was called to fill that office in Mt. Morris College, III., the oldest college in the northern part of the State. In 1887 I was chosen to found McPherson College, Kansas, and to act as its president. This is now one of the foremost colleges in the State, with fine buildings and equipment and large attendance. The Campbellites having more colleges in Missouri than they could support, offered Plattsburg College for sale, which was bought by the church to which I belong, and I was elected its president. It was well sus- tained, but the climate did not agree with my wife's health, and I had to take her to a drier climate. In 1902, I took her to the semi-arid section of western Colorado, to Grand Valley. This is a wonderful fruit country. Apples, pears, plums, apricots, cherries, and small fruit are produced in abundance. To have something to engage my time I bought a fruit farm and engaged in raising fruit. I also took charge of a small congregation which I served until the beginning of the World War. Lately I sold my fruit farm and bought a stock farm and leased it to a stock man, which gives me leisure. Yet I frequently officiate in funerals and last summer I preached regularly to a community congregation. I seldom hear of Maryville, but am told that Maryville College is doing grand work. This is my ninety-second birthday. I am hale and hearty. I should appreciate a letter from you. With kindest regards and best wishes, I remain Yours sincerely, S. Z. Sharp. PRESIDENT WILSON'S BIRTHDAY On the occasion of President Wilson's seventieth birthday, February 17, he was presented a radio by the Senior class, a camping outfit by the student body, an electric lantern by the faculty, and a purse of Four Hundred ($400.00) Dolla,rs by the towns people. This, of course, came as a total surprise to Dr. Wilson, and gave him much joy as an evidence of the devotion of the school and tov/n. The editor of the Maryville Times also published an editorial on that day, entitled "Maryville's First Citizen." This editorial was so true an estimate of the life and character of Dr. Wilson that we have asked for the privilege of publishing it in the "Bulletin." MARYVILLE'S FIRST CITIZEN An Appreciation by the Editor of The Times Without our naming him, you who have read this caption have already called his name in your thought. There can be only one first citizen and there is no one in Maryville who will deny him this honor. And tomorrow, Feb. 17, he will celebrate his birthday. When you read this caption, unconsciously you spoke the name of Dr. Samuel Tyndale Wilson, and there came before your eyes, the face of this man, whose hair is now white as the driven snow, but behind whose dreamy eyes there is a mind as active in the interest of Maryville College as it was when he ascended to the presidency of the College in May, 1901. Tomorrow Dr. Wilson will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of his birth, and beloved as he is by the citizens of Maryville, many visitors will call upon him and wish him many happy return^ of the day. Yes, unquestionably Dr. Wilson is Maryville's First Citizen. For a half century and more he has been building for and with Maryville, and for forty-nine of these years he has been actively identified with the College, Coming to Maryville in the autumn of 1873, when a lad of fifteen years, he entered the senior preparatory class of the college, and was graduated with a baccalaureate degree in 1878. He then spent three years in Lane The- ological seminary in Cincinnati, and was, for the next two years, a mission- DR. SAMUEL TYNDALE WILSON ary in Mexico. His health was undermined in that climate, and he was com- pelled to return home. In May, 1884 he was elected professor of the English Language, in Marjn^ille College. In June, 1891, he was eiected dean of the College, and ten years later was elected president, and is now completing his twenty-seventh year as head of this institution. Thus for more than a half century Dr. Wilson has been connected with Maryville College, for though he was away five years, those who know him, know that he was even then working for the College, hoping to attract others to it. During the past quarter of a century, Maryville College has had its largest growth, both in a material way and in the increase in number of students. Its growth materially and in enrollment have also m^eant a raising of standards. Maryville Collage is an A-1 College, and is recognized as one of the best liberal arts schools in the entire south. And to Dr. Wilson must be given the lion's share of credit for the school's growth. Dr. Wilson is a man of vision. He builds for the future. The work of the present is done by him with Christian devotion, knowing that under his administi'ation there is being laid anotlaer foundation stone for a great- er College upon which his successor shall build, as he has been so ably assisted in his building by the splendid and unselfish work of the four preceding presidents of this institution, for in its history of 112 years, the College has had only five presidents, and in these 112 years in fact the lives of three men, covering these years have been determining factors in the making of the College. Dr. Anderson, the founder, had associated wfth him Prof. Thos. J. Lamar, who was the second founder of the college, re- establishing it after the days of the civil war. And Prof. Lamar, in the final years of his connection with the College, was associated with Dr. Wilson, first as student and then as professor. In these years of connection with Maryville College, Dr. Wilson has witnessed the introduction of every kind of athletic game that is now so popular in colleges. Interesting indeed is his recital of stories incident to the organization of the first football and baseball teams in the College. About the only game now played at the College that was played in his early student days, is the game of "snap," which is one of the features of the opening of school in the Fall. There is no student in the College, no member of a ball squad, who finds more delight in winning a contest than does Dr. Wilson, but games must be cleanly played, and contests fairly won, else he does not call them victories. He is the type of man who believes that a college team is yet a victorious team even though it has the smaller score, if the team mem- bers play their best and play clean. Nothing little, nothing unfair, can win the approval of Dr. Wilson, and the high ideals which have characterized his life, as well as the lives of others connected with the College, have in- spired hundreds of boys and girls to play the game clean while in college-j and then to play the game clean after they have gone out into places of leadership and influence in this nation and in other nations. Dr. Wilson's life has been a benediction not only to the College, but also to the community. He has rejoiced with the people of this town in their successes, and he has sorrowed with them in their disappointments. He has united in marriage many of the young people, he has opoken words of consolation in many homes into which death has come, he has cast a flower into many graves when he has been called upon to say the last rites at a funeral. Dr. Wilson is a friend to every one, and every one considers it an honor to be called a friend by him. We want to join with thousands of others in extending felicitations to Dr. Wilson on his seventieth birthday, and extending too our con- gratulations upon the noble life he has lived. We rejoice becausa of the high ideals he has held up before us the younger business men of Mary- ville, the words of kindness and encouragement he has so often spoken to us, and the thoughtfulness he has in so many ways and at so many times, shown us. As we heard Dr. Wilson recite Sunday night the story of his decision to accept Christ as his Saviour, fifty-two years ago last Sunday, in the first February meeting at the College, and as we reflected upon his con- tribution to Christian education and to society and civilization, we could not keep from our mind this thought, that if he had not so wisely decided then, what record now might have been left behind him, and who would have done that service of forty-nine years for Maryville College, which he has done? But his decision is a challenge to every young man to decide, and his life is another proof of that scripture which says "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." Maryville is proud to claim Dr. Wilson as her First Citizen. LIBRARY Unless you have been on College Hill within the past four years, you will have to have a new introduction to the Lamar Memorial Library when you come again. Within this time, the books have been moved from the old building to the first floor of Thaw Hall, where a reading room, 180 feet long by 60 feet wide, brilliant with sunlight by day and electric light by night, has been equipped with an ample supply of modern library furniture, and where stack rooms have been provided, adequate to house the accessions for years to come. The books and pamphlets have been catalogued by the rules of the American Library Association and have been classified by the Dewey decimal system, so that the resources of the library are easily available for the rapidly increasing number of readers. More than thirty-five thous- and pieces of reading matter were issued to teachers and students last year from the charging desk. In addition, more than one hundred current magazines and other periodicals were in open racks within the reading room. Nearly four thousand dollars are available each year for buying books. With additions from this fund and with donations from the alumni and other friends, the Library is rapidly acquiring a stock of both refer- ence and circulating material that contributes immeasurably to the work of the College and to the general culture of the students. LETTERS FROM ALUMNI Novmber 25, 1927. My dear Mrs. Proffitt: To say what the influence of dear old Maryville has meant to me is almost an impossibility. I cannot, even at this far-off date, fully appraise that value. Still this much can be truthfully said : Whatever I am, or am yet to be, must be largely attributed to Maryville College. Not wholly: for mother's keen insight and fore-thought must always have a large share in shaping my life. Yet the College made possible her ideals and am- bitions, in so far as they have been realized. Yes, my thoughts do often turn to Maryville. Never a week passes, I am sure, without my thought resting for a little while upon the College. This is true not only of my student days, but quite as often of my work there as a teacher. Those fine students who came to me for instruction during the years of 1893 to 1903 are to this day an inspiration to me. I wish they all could have been such! And I often see some of those students here. Recently, John Mitchell came into my church service. That is ever a new joy. As to hardships in my student days, they all seem to me as nothing now. Indeed, I reverently rejoice in the memory of them. Had I been able, as a boy, to go to one of the great colleges or universities, I probably should have done so. But such was not possible; nor do I now know that if it had been, I should be the better off for that reason. Probably not. Who can tell? I cannot. All in all, I have had many good days, and expect to have many more yet, but none better than those I spent at Maryville from 1881 to 1888. Nor could I be where I am today, but for the dogged drill I gave myself there, both in the Latin and in the Bible, during the years of 1893 to 1903. A thousand times, when I have been writing The International Sunday School Lessons for the Philadelphia Inquirer, during the last year, have I thought of my Bible work in the PVeshman Class there; and have praised God for that long-past effort. Mirabile dictus! Semper fidelis Maryvilleni Collegio Sum. John Grant Newman, : (Class of 1888.) November 15, 1927 My dear Friends: I am one of those fellows that dislikes to write in general and almost hates to write about himself. There are several good reasons for this, the principal one, that there is nothing notable or interesting to write about myself. After my gratuation in 1914 I went to Union Theolop'jcal Seminary and Columbia University in New York; then was an assistant pastor at the Jan Hus Church, New York City and finally went overseas and for 18 months served as a Y. M. C. A. secretary with the Czechoslovak Legions in France, Italy and Slovakia. Those were the days of real work. Being the only Y' secretary with the 28,000 soldiers I had plenty to do. My work was somewhat different from the usual Y. M. C. A. work for I had no huts or canteens and with the exception of writing paper and good humor had no other supplies whatsoever. Yet without false pride I can look upon these days as the days of real and blessed work, work that was fully appreciated both by the legionnaires and even more by countless thousands of prisoners of war who were concentrated in dozens of terrible camps. In December 1918 I went with the Czechoslovak army to Slovakia and stayed there for 11 months. I was the first Y. M. C. A. worker in this new republic and also have the honor of establishing the first two Y. M. C. A. centers there, in Trencin and Bratislava. In 1920 I was called by the Bohemian Presbyterian Church at Hopkins, Minn., and ever since am located there. This is the church I wished to serve. A small country church but with great possibilities, located in a beautiful country settled by progressive fanners, thus givitig me an opportunity for quiet and constructive work. Here also I have learned tha; one cannot accomplish much without an helper and advisor. So in 1921 I married the best girl in Minnesota and ever since the Good Lord is giving us increase in everything but salary. The church membership was mof6 than doubled (from 142 to 304) and in our own family we received an ad- ditional membership of 150 per cent, in the most welcomed gifts of threa bright and beautiful daughters: Florence, Helen and Evangeline. Besides my family and church work I am very much interested in beekeeping and this year my bees produced over two tons of honey. Thus i am trying to make this world better and sweeter. Although I have my own hom.e, yet I never will forget that Mary- ville College was my first real home in The United States. I came there as a foreigner not knowing English, without money and friendless, but Mary- ville gladly and generously gave me all these and even much more. There under the patient instructions I soon learned enough English to understand, and with the aid of "self help" opportunities I was able to meet all my ex- penses and in the body of thousands of students I found nothing but friendship, sympathy and willingness to help. No wonder that after five happy years it was just as hard for me to part with Marj'ville as when leaving my old home. But Maryville College gave me more than merely an education or joy of pure fi'iendsl-ap, Maryville gave me a new outlook into real and use- ful life, the outlook of unselfish Christian service. 1 came to her with my own dreams and plans for wealth and fame but under the unselfish leader- ship and service of Christian instructors soon I have learn that true wealth and fame is not in gold or praise but in unselfish givju;2,- of oneself to make this world better and happier; and from the examples and influence of fellow students I caught a vision of broader friendship and was in- oculated with missionary spirit. The names of Dr. Wilson, Miss Snodgrass (now Mrs. F. Proffitt) Miss Mary Alexander, Miss Green, Prof. Gilling- ham, F. Proffitt, E. Walker, Dr. Lyon, Major Ben Cunningham, Charles and Helen Silsby, G. H. Douglas, Miss May Swanner, Charlotte Landes, Cross brothers and many others always will be dear to me and in the depths of my heart many times I thanked the Good Lord for guiding my steps to dear old Maryville. This is already too long an epistle. So I close in best wishes to all and in sincere invitation to any of you to drop in and visit us in God's Great Noi-thwest. Ludvik Burian, CHICAGO MARYVILLE CLUB Thursday, December First marked a red letter day in the annals of the Maryville C^ouege Lluo of Chicago, Learning tnat Jr^resident fciamuel T. \Viison would De in Ciiicago on tnat date, tne oflicers of the club sent out a call for tne clan to asaemoie and twenty-four Alumni and former stu- dents of the college gathered m lor a banquet at the Central Y. M. C. A. building. After the singing of "Alma Mater' until it resounded above the clamor of the Loop and even arowned out tlie leverberations of Mayor Thompson's war on King George, Dr. Wilson brougnw a message that came from the depths of his neart. ±ie told of his connec^-ion with tne college of more than fifty years as student, teacher and Presiuent. He recounted the amazing gTowth of the college in every way, teiln-g of the ever-lifting standards, of the increase in the student body, of Vne growing prestige, of the improvements in grounds and buildings and of the tremendous increase in endowment. His vivid descriptions brought up thronging memories of their student days in the minds of the former students, and when he had finished, all joined in a resounding "Howee How" and heartily pledged themselves to a renewed loyalty to their beloved college. Then the group spent a social hour together, renewing old acquaintances and making new acquaintance with those whom they were meeting for the first time. The club plans to hold frequent meetings in the future as occasion permits. Any alumnus v/ho locates in or near Chicago should report that fact to Dr. Ralph W. Owen, at Presbyterian Headquarters, 77 West Washington St., or Mr. Blaine Duggan at the offices of the Illinois Central Railroad, and they will receive invitations to all meetings. The following were present at the banquet. President Samuel T. Wilson, '78 Rev. Ralph W. Owen, D.D., '13. Director of Religious Education, Chicago Presbytery. Chicago, HI. Beulah Greer, Church Extension Board, Chicago, 111. J. Paul Barker, Student, McCormick Theol. Seminary, Chicago, 111. R. C. Samsel, '07. Dean, Dept., of Law, LaSalle Extension School, Chicago, 2408 Grant St., Evanston, 111. A. R. Felknor, 310 Marion St., Oak Park, 111. Mrs. A. R. Felknor, (nee Hattie B. Lester, '13.) John J. Myers, '27. Student, McCormick TheoL Seminary, Chicago, III. Mrs. Beatrice Walker Pitt, Chicago, III. Mrs. Estelle Walker Prichard, Office Bd. of Foreign Missions, Chicago, 111. Charles Irwin Beech, Student, McCormick Theol. Seminary, Chicago, III. J. S. Georges, '20. Instructor, University of Chicago. 5538 Ingleside Ave., Chicago, 111. Mrs. J .S. Georges, (nee Nancy Lee Bost.) Miss Mildred L, Campbell, '20. Teacher of History, Rockford College, Rockford, 111. Wade Haggard, '17, Principal^ Senior High School, Rockford, III. Rev. Tom Fred Campbell, '09v General Secy., The Iowa Christian Endeavor Union, Fairfield, Iowa. C. E. Damiano, '21, Investigator, Eng. Dept. The Western Electric Co., 3859 Washington Blvd., Chicago, 111. J. H. Turner, '18, Attorney, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, 111. Misis Mary Hamilton, '23 Teacher, Sewing, Winnetka H. S., Winnetka, 111. ReVv L. E. Bond, '15, Senior, McCormiek Theol Sem., and Pastor Presby. Church. Itasca, 111., Box 171. Mrs. L. E. Bond (nee Kate Hill, '15.) M. B. Duggan, '12, Rate Expert, I.C.R.R., Chicago, Homewood, 111. O. L. Duggan, '12, Chief Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Denver, Colo. Mr. Harold H. Pitt, Mrs. M. B. Duggan and Mrs. Wade Haggird, v/ho had not been students at Maryville, but had their college degTees conferred on them by marriage, were also among the guests of the evening. MARYVILLE COLLEGE ALUMNI IN AND NEAR CHICAGO, DECEMBER, 1927 Chicago Allen, Miss Ruth, 2322 Commonwealth Ave. Dawson, Horace, 1508 Marquette Building. Domiano, Carl E., 3859 Washington Boulevard. Franklin, Miss Katherine, 2150 W. North Ave., care Association Home. Franklin, Mr. and Mrs. Sam H., 239 Waller Ave. Georges, Joel S., 5538 Ingleside Ave. Hammontree, Homer A., D. L. Moody Memorial Church, Clark and ■ LaSalle Streets, at North Ave. Harvey, Robert S., Chicago Theological Seminary. Hyden, Prof. John A., 6128 University Ave. Johnson, Charles R., McCormiek Theological Seminary. Lloyd, Glen A., 134 South LaSalle St. McAnulty, Alice, 6314 North Irving Ave. McTeer, Wilson, 1014 East 61st St. Meyer, John J., McCormiek Theological Seminary. Owens, Rev. Ralph W., 77 West Washington St. Schmidt, Carl B., 2010 Kenilworth. Tracy, J. E., 701 N. Michigan Ave. Turner, J. Haskew, 160 N. LaSalle St. ILLINOIS Armstrong, Othel, Decatur Bond, Lester E., Box 171, Itasca Callahan, Dr. George B., Waukegan Campbell, Rev. F. A., Rochelle Campbell, Mildred, Rockford College, Rockford Duggan, M. Blaine, Homewood Felkner, Mrs. Hattie Lester, 310 Marion St., Oak Park Grimes, Esther, Mattoon Haggard, W. Wade, Rockford High School, Rockf ord Hamilton, Mary M., 733 Elm St., Winnetka Hinkle, Rev. A. Garland, Prairie City Irwin, Rev. R. B., Decatur, R. D. 3 Johnson, John Thomas, 207 North Gregory St., Urbana ': Neal, Josephine, Ashton Samsel, R. C., 2408 Grant St., Evanston Indiana , ' Ferntheil, Rev. H. H., Decatur Henry, Rev. John P., Spencer i Henry, Rev. S. E., 3339 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis Jordan, Rev. Herbert J., Garrett • Belden, Mrs. Lena Pardue, 1745 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Indianapolis Payne, Rev. G. M., Winchester Iowa Campbell, Rev. T. F. Fairfield ■ Stockton, John R., 117 North 12th St., Cedar Rapids \ Yourd, W. J., Clinton ! Wisconsin Jones, Rev. B. S., Richland Center Nobles, Rev. and Mrs. H. M., Beloit Rogers, Rev. J. E., D. D., Waukesha Wilson, Rev. W. C, 1004 High, Racine. CLASS REUNIONS An effort has been made for several years to encourage the ten year class to return for a reunion at commencement. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Liberty Class of 1918. Rev, Herbert J. Jordan of Garrett, Ind., is very much interested in working up a reunion of the clas^i. We are publishing a complete list of the names and addresses of all graduates of that year. Won't you write Mr. Jordan and try to bring every member of the class of '18 back to Maryville in June? This is the twentieth anniversary of the class of 1908. We are also publishing their names and addresses. We suggest that, if you can come back this year, you will write Mrs. F. L. Proffitt, Maryville, Tennessee The four members of the fifty year class of 1878 are all living and are as follows: Mrs. Nellie Bartlett Cort, Hollister, Mo. Dr. J. A. Rogers, Waukesha, Wis. Dr. W. H. Taylor, New Market, Tennessee Dr. S. T. Wilson, Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn. CLASS OF 1918 Supt, Roy R. Anderson, Box 158, Lenoir City, Tennessee. Miss Margaret Bassett, Newport, Pennsylvania. Mrs, Deck C. Williams (Miss Zeora Brocklehurst). Webberville, Mich. Mr, Alton D, Bryson, 662 Farmington Ave,, Hartford, Conn, Dr. Finis G. Cooper, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Mr. Horace Dawson 1508 Marquette Bldg., Chicago, Illinois, Rev. Harry H. Ferntheil, Decatur, Indiana. Mrs. G. R. Stovall, Huntland, Tennessee. Mrs. Genevieve G. Cross, 719 Princeton Ave., Birmingham, Ala. Mrs. Elizabeth H. Murphy, (in care Mr. D. P. Bennett,) Rowes Run, Pennsylvania. Rev. Herbert J. Jordon, Garrett, Indiana. Mrs. A. F. Kiefer, 141 Maynard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Glen A. Lloyd, 130-134 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois. Rev. O. H. Logan, Bluefield, W. Va., Miss Mary Miles Kanazawa, Japan. Miss Eleanor D. Moseley. Rev. Andrew Richards, 2 West 122nd St., New York, N. Y. Mr. Frank H. Scruggs, Sanford, Florida. Mrs. O. H. Logan, Bluefield, W. Va. First Lieut. Robert L. Taylor, 13th Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks, T. H. Mr. J. Haskew Turner, 160 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Ben. Ed. Watkins, Oteen, N. C. Mr. A. H. Webster, Harriman, Tenn. Mr. D. C. Williams, Webberville, Mich. Mrs. C. C. White, Box 1278, Bisbee, Arizona. CLASS OF 1908 Miss Mary Victoria Alexander, 419 West 121st Street, New York, N. Y. Rev. Theron Alexander, Crystal River, Fla. Miss Alice I. Clemmens, Maryville, Tenn. Dr. Edward Lamar Clemens, 903 S. 49th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Prin. Hunley Roy Easterly, Coal Creek, Tenn. Mr. James F. Evans, Harriman, Tennessee Rev. E. M. Ewers, M. D., American Presbyterian Hospital, WeihsieYi, Shantung, China. Miss Nellie Ruth Franklin, 1086 Linden Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Sara Goddard Scott, 2215 Harrell Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. Miss Almira Jewell, Maryville, Tennessee. Mr. Percy H. Johnson, 4818 N. Haskell Street, La Canada, California. Mrs. Flora Jones Skelton, Miss Marguerite McClenaghan, 132 Mercer Street, Princeton, N. J. Mrs. (Anna Magill) A. W. Magill, Grand Island, Florida. Mrs. Florence Moore Overton. Mr. Christopher R. Rankin, Wichita, Kansap. Mrs. Estelle Snodgrass Proffitt, Mary^'ille, Tennessee. Miss Emma G. Waller, Maryville, Tennessee. CLASS OF 1898 Miss Faye Caldwell, New Market, Tennessee Mr. Frederick S. Campbell, 2 Sierra Madre Hotel, Sierra Madred, Calif. Rev. Wilson A. Eisenhart, Terrace Drive, Atlanta, Ga. Prof. Horace Lee Ellis, Maryville, Tennessee. Rev. Carl H. Elmore, Englewood, New Jersey. Rev. Pliny B. Ferris, D. D. 30 E. 4th Street, Chillicothe, Ohio. Mr. Samuel A. Harris, 1211 Linden Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee. Judge Samuel O. Houston, County Court House, Knoxville, Tennessee. Mrs. John Grant New man, 4642 Hazel Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mr. Reuben Powell, Grassy Cove, Tennessee. Prof. J. W. Ritchie, R. F. D. No. 1, Flemingten, New Jersey. Mr. Elmer Bruce Smith, 201 McKinley Street, Cherrydale, Virginia. Mrs. Horace L. Ellis, Maryville, Tennessee. Mr, John E. Biddle, (deceased) Greeneville, Tennessee. DR. ROBERT E. SPEER VISITS COLLEGE On January 7th, the Moderator of the General Assembly, Dr. Robert E, Speer, visited the College and addressed the students and many of the town people at chapel service. Perhaps no other man of this generation has exerted so strong and so beneficent an influence over Presbyterian young people as has Dr. Speer. We feel a deep sense of gratitude to him for his presence and for his soul-stirring message. THE 52ND ANNUAL FEBRUARY MEETINGS The February meetings have through many, many years been an integral part of the life on College Hill. No one, who reads this bulletin, can ever forget the impressions and the life determining influences of the meetings during his four years as a student. Indeed, if we were to attempt to measure the influence exerted by these periods of quiet thought when young men and women are brought face to face with life's mo».t important decisions, we could find no end to our task. This year under the leadership of Rev. Ralph W. Lloyd, '15 of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the college has enjoyed one of the most helpful and decisive series in all its history. Mr. Lloyd's own beautiful and consecrated life, coupled with his rare ability as a thinker and speaker has left an indelible influence on all the young people in the college. His presentation of the Gospel message, with the call to high thinking and definite Christian stand- ards has won the whole student body to a higher plane of life. IMPROVEMENTS The amazing and rapid development of the College has, for many years past, made it necessary for the administration to expend almost every cent of income upon the provision of teaching force and of housing facilities. The College could not be carried on without teachers and buildings. Other things could wait, and so they had to wait in spite of their great desirability. Last summer there was a happy concurrence of events that made it possible for us to realize several long-prayed for improvements. And so the summer was an exceedingly busy one to the business management; but it was at the same time a very happy one. Hope long deferred had made the heart sick; but now hope realized made the heart full of good cheer. The chief improvements took place in the two dormitories, Baldwin and Memorial halls. At the time of their erection in 1870-71. they were among thfe best dormitories in East Tennessee; and nobly have they served many successive generations of students in the fifty-seven years that have elapsed since their erection. It was a great relief to anxiety when, in 1911 tire escapes were built into these dormitories. For twenty years, however, the college authorities have been seeking special gifts that would provide for the installing of the Sprinkler System, in order to remove all danger from fire. However, it was not until last summer that a gift became available for the installing of the long-desired Sprinkler System. The name of the kind donor is withheld from the public by special request. The second great improvement took place in these same buildings. Ever since their erection these two dormitories have had inadequate light and ventilation on their third floors. Last summer, thanks to the same generous donor, these faults were eliminated, and the third floors were made the brightest and lightest and freshest rooms on College hill. The windows were increased to three times their former size, and thus the sunlight and fresh air were admitted in a cheery and life-giving deluge. The opportimity was also taken advantage of to build closets into Memorial hall and to refloor with hardwood, and to replaster the third floor of Baldwin and all three floors of Memorial. Now the choicest rooms on the hill are these third-story rooms of these old dormitories. A third improvement was made possible by gifts and pledges of local donors and of the college classes of 1926 and 1927. This improvement was the completion, during the vacation, of a twenty-four foot concrete street extending from Court street to the front of the old Lamar Library. It is in itself a great convenience and comfort, and, still more, it is a prophecy and, in a way, a pledge of other coming concrete streets in coming days. Our big classes, like those of '26 ad '27, have reached the size and the ability to put their enthusiasm and their gifts upon the scales to tip them toward im- provements that otherwise could not be reached. Everybody is happy over the concrete street, and hopes for its extension. A fourth improvement was the rebuilding of the Pearsons Hall kitchen that was damaged by fire in May of last year. The new floor is of concrete. A fireproof storage room was also built. Another large window was opened in the kitchen wall. Minor improvements were the laying of a concrete floor in the old bowl- ing alley at Bartlett Hall; and the providing of a reception room, with its furniture, in Carnegie Hall. The cost of these various improvements amounted to forty thousand dollars. And now we are hoping for other substantial improvements for next summer. DEATHS The death of Dr. Edgar A. Elmore, on May 12, 1927 brought deep sorrow to all who knew him. Connected as he had been, through practically his entire adult life, with the College Directors, his loss is greatly mourned Rev. R. C. Jones died on November 26th, 1927, at his home in Mary| ville. Mr. Jones was for twenty years a missionary in Siam, and returned to America on account of failing health. He lived eight years after his return, during which time, he did splendid service in rural church work in Blount County. The sympathy of all the Alumni goes out to his stricken family. Mr. J. E. Biddle, of Greeneville, Tennessee, died on December 31, 1927. He was a member of the class of 1898. His life was one full of ^ood deeds. Miss Zorada Mathes of the class of 1891, died June 1927. The sym- pathy of all the Alumni goe« out to her family. Rev. D. A. Clemens died at Caldwell, Idaho, on December 14th, 1927. He was of the class of 1885. The work done by Rev. Clemens can not be given too worthy a credit. The Alumni wishes to extend its sympathy to the bereaved family. ^^ Rev. R. A. Bartlett died March 1, 1927. He resided at Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. He was of the class of 1884. Rev. Bartlett's life was that of Christian service. Our sympathy goes out to his bereaved family. MARRIAGES Ruth Allen, '23, married Reed Stephens Drummand, January 5, 1928, at Chicago. Robert Roy Baker, '11 married Mary I Graves, on September 26, 1927 Mary Elizabeth Bassel, '23, married Robert Leroy Belt, '20, Jan. 8, 1927. Claudia Bogart, '19, married Robert Craig Badle Parker, at Hampton, N. J. on June 21, 1927. Dorothea Estelle Bogley, '26, married Thomas Underwood Greene, at Gaithersburg, Maryland, June, 1927. Salmon Brown, '26, married Lillian E. Croyle, at Washington, D. C, on July 21, 1927. Walter D. Buchanan '27, and Roberta Rossiter Creswell, '27, Sept. 14, 1927. Lucille Cawood, '12, married James Thomas High, at Washington, D. C, on December 27, 1927. Willie Orletta Cooper, '26, married A. H. Marshall, February 5, 1927 Helena C. Farrar, '25, married W. A. Packard, 1927. Sam Horace Franklin, Jr., '24, and Dorothy Brownell Winters '25, at Chicago, April 29, 1927. Lee Roy Herndon, '22 and Lois Ruth McCulloch, '26, September 6, 1927. Henrietta Forbes Jackson, '24, married Charles C. Calloway, June 25, 1927, at Birmingham, Ala. Charlotte Louise Messier, '21, and Kenneth Lawrence Carr, at Meadow, Tenn., August 18, 1927. WON'T YOU PLEASE If you change your address drop a card to the Alumni office, giving your new address? Write to the Alumni office asking for any information you may wish or giving us news items of any kind? Organize Maryville Clubs, if you live where this would be possible? Tell worthy High School seniors in your town about MaryvUle? Accept our thanks for your dues?