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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 17, 1953)
Colorful Campus, Student And Lincoln Scenes Illustrate Early Period In University History
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POPULAR CAMPUS ACTIVITY . . . Replacing Ivy Dav for "All
University Dandelion Day," these busy coeds industriously attack
dandelions which infested the lawns of the campus around Uni
versity Hall in 1911.
EARLY DAYS IN LINCOLN . . . This is the way Lincoln looked when the University opened
its doors to 20 collegians and 110 Latin School students. University Hall (upper left) was located
in raw prairie grounds. " ( .
1885 STUDENT SCENE . . . University Hall provides the back
ground for the class of student attending the Medical CoHerelB
1885. Two colleges were already in existence at this time: The
College of Literature and the Industrial College.
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VOL. 52 No. 83
Voice of o Great Midwestern University
The year 1869 was a memorable
one in the history of Nebraska,
then a vigorous, expanding new
Only fifteen years previously
Nebraska had been admitted to
the territorial government of the
t.. tiM itOQ ic nruinn;l V Ng-
braska had been granted state- Fifteen students registered fori 1872 but for the first two years
JlO tKl. I a l IliC OUlftgC Ui o i oiuvuu ,
Ant? four vears previously the ture for the fall ssmester of 1874.primary reason for this as Robert;
Ana lour jecus t'V ' rru. .t ,..j tki rra..,fnrH 4nnrn jlicm nrnfpssor.i
Civil war naa enaea, j rv-.i cvh n hi hnnk "Thpse Fiftv
chlrArt nation leaminE 01 urc wi' ... -
Lincoln. i The college was es,; .lished b Years," was that the place to learn
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fuesdoy, February 1,7, 1953
First Aq Classes Met
With Only 15 Students
happen at nu
Originally the University was
not located in Lincoln.
A charter was granted by the
Territorial Legislature in 1855
for a University at Fontenelle.
Three years later, the Univer
sity opened under the sponsor
cMn f the ftanirressional Asso-
0Ugr v - a
was the first scnooi
Charter Day Named
For. Legislative Act
v, r,f Ahraham Lincoln I ihe couege was es; insnea Dy, iears, was uidt ujc Via w " elation, it was uie iirst bciwwi
The Domilation of the state was! an act of th state legislature in farming is on the farm according, jn the state to offer training past
' .V. inn nnn. 4V,, nf T.in- - M l"e piupiicta 111 ioiu o. , the bleb scHOOl level.
no more uian iuu,uuu, w.-v . - - ua Am-,v!!
tural College were very dark from;
the enrollment standpoint. Onlyj
nno full timp instructor was hired'
to tutor the students. Professor S.
f iR. Thompson was the first instruc
tor and later became tne nrst aean
of the college. He was assisted in
teaching by Professor Samuel
Anehpv whn was also a teacher
on the down town campus,
In 1877 the Ag College
Someone thumbine throueh the
records of Nebraska's legislature
has brought to hgnt mat on eD
ruary 15, 1SP9 the University of
Nebraska was born as a piece
of Darier. This "instrument in
the high school level. writing" was named a charter,
However, in 1865 the building from the Latin "chartula," and
was destroyed by fire and was Uv,e dav thus became Charter Day.
never rebuilt. Since that time the University
The present University was has jjacl 84 chances to celebrate
created by the state Legislature
in its first session, granting ub
coin as the new location.
coin a mere 1.000. tZvirZ flf 'If A
Thousands of Sioux, winneoago.l Ulj JJ
f enri rtv Indians roamed
the plans of Nebraska. The pony, II ff I
express which had been routed I A C I If I If A
through Kearney had been dis-jIClIO Xl kllW
continued but 8 years previously.
Lincoln then had been desig-! M P
nated as the capital site only two:ri fT fQ .
vears before, after a bitter polit- mm'
ical controversy whicn saw tne i went to school, the . ,a77 fhp Aa MpEe was' .!
removal of the capital rrom , alked thcy liked it." jQeA -ith other colleges of the Founded Wltll
Omaha. This statement was made by: iftr int0 the lndustrial Col-. w Wl -
iV ..... j - ;ail. i. Aa.y. . -, p I II II
Diu j-fomiotir Saturrlav KPh I ' ..... I niu I Mnil
Mr. 'Dale attended college . Of" ' v
as a freshman and sophomore in ?tuwafa Intimately associated with the
1898-99. Dale added, "No one', f "Kt WtradiUons and hi of the Uni
University of Meorasiia. n """ihad a car in those days so every- :d one-half miles east of the.versity is a buUdmg no ionBei
it f ciiH an institution shall; ,it,i r hirwl a hark, but a.n? one.:nalx n1"65 eaM ol "lcL.oi A hnildinff. in fact.
K ffir1 in tthe inhabitants Oil ,,1,, nrhn hiroH a hacki "1VC,! . '...Wiv, fr Ifi vpars constituted the
the state the means of acquiring . considered snobbish." L-SpIS fncfuded thp"" basic' only evidence of the University of
a thorough knowledge of the vnr- Daie went on to add the onlycarly..?","! bafflNebraska.
ious branches of literature, other means of transportation was, -""'j old University HaU.
: 4v.o orfc" Lv-.4 4-., h iH were quiremetits oi mauiemaucs, bouk ,nimM in
mkiic, ".,... j - --irppninB. Dhvsoloev. French ana "-."".7..iiw,,i...
Lincoln, witn no siaewain " very nice to use, out mey were : f"r r'. "flotror7omv and believe risrs 01 78 years oi .f v
,1 , J imaM j ...i A c. Latin, logic, astronomy anu ueueve . i .om nf Nphraska.
"n Tn T at it or not, the Constitution or tne hr itten: the
aiirn Ippislature Dassed a
stating "that there shall be estab
lished in this state an institution
under the name and style of The
University of Nebraska. The ob-
She succumbed in 1948 to the
Lincoln, witn no nue , j.very nice to use, dui mc . wic astronomy and believe rl'
-t- il ,..,ior' a Hcsienatedl j ...t,n onin a nn; dls-;Laiin, logic, aiiroiiomy aiiu ucweve
I n il y nciu wcii..... " 1 1 ii 1 1 v luuu i 1 1 1 1 fc"n " " . 4kA f'nnctitntmn at inp
the site of the University. The since they.did not stop at" V '' S.toTy tlu major I 3
many points on tne campus. , f t d to the puuaozers iCvC1Cu c ,
i V I It'll a2nCU o uvu j fiffnnn c-turloriTC njAiir TrlP . .
.-lmTne. urae rftUT TVr? TIC.
a TuiicA Pmmr Idler DUt It
"From the first, the pioneer, ja, function that was in vogue; e ofiers 15 major fields of; Universit;
f Nphra;ka were not .,....: ,ut r Dalf. reolied thatiV ,ese Ullc" lo 1 went down.
. 4 v- enrKorf ftn'v in j - ,-oA hv thp Uni-lsluay- ' But in tl
I UtILCilL IU IQanCtS suuiiwii-"
... a 4 IHl. I .. ... ...
the activitits .ne preseiu. s,c yersity or local Dusmes.sineu cr
4 -. nuAnfiirprc find .i . - i .ciAne Hp noted
University Hall crumbled and
But in the annals of Nebraska
her birth, including the present
Feb. 15. Has the University made
use of all those chances? Has the
dav called forth similar celebra
tions each year or has it naa its
line and downs?
These trends or cycles oi cnar
ter Day may be summarized for
those who do not care to reaa
farther? First' the students had
rontrol of the dav. lost that con
trol to. the faculty, got it oacK,
lost it aeain.
Thp Hav rosp to irreat heights as
a holiday about 1898, with track
meets, military arms, ana mia
winter commencement exercises.
Thereafter it tobogganed down
the curve until the Fiftieth Char-
ter Day of the school was not even
celebrated. Then the aiumni
brought it back to a place on the
Some ten years went by after
1369 before the University did any
serious Charter Day celebrating.
Of course, when its birtn certifi
cate was passed there were no
were not cnl adventurers ,lui the bie social occasions, ne huicu --- --- . . - ntai ula"",u'"6- , . ,
ZZle? dreamers. Wej&ity dances W ltffl onet. .Si .iKJJM.
picture them... the pioneers ... jn the story of the ow "XnnaTHo Teres. The latest of, ' ?" """ 1, e
He noted from 320 acres
But in tne annais oi ieorasn.a
the coUege has grown ihis she remains prominent,
cres to nearly 4,000 t standing.
JIK V-Al t Mivill www- -
as engaged in useful labors hut
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) NU Grads
brary up until about lauo. are he Agronomy building,
He said that the attendance at;th Meats Taboratory and the En-
all dances was very good, and mat gy insect0ry. The Agricul
al students who were able to g;turai College is directly respon
made every effort to be there. ible for four substations over the
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University, the contract was let
for the construction of U Hall for
$128,480, which was $28,480 above
the authorized appro priation.
Eventually the entire cost was
hnildinps and nn fannltv mem
bers. Every second year since that
time the legislature has oeen in
formed that much the same condi
tion still exists.
On another occasion the bur
lesque entertainment brought a
dispute between performers and
enmp mpmhprs rf thp auriienee. A
high point was reached when the
hecklers umped up and started
for the stage, but the performers,
annarentlv ready for such emer
gency, went out an upper story
wmaow. mis enaea tne evenings
entertainment and other student
Droerams because the faculty took
charge of further Charter Day
Somehow the students began to
crpt thpir fineers back into the
Charter Day pie in the 1890's. It
was still a holiday lor tnem witn
sports continuing to get some oi
the limelight. Track meets with
contests in fence vaulting, high
kicking, and potato races become
parts of the Charter Day activi
ties. Vnr nhnnt five vears no men
tion can be found in the Daily
Nebraskan that such a thing as
rhartpr Dav ever occured. The
once great occasion was so well
overlooked that in is 13, tne uoia-
en anniversary of the University s
founding, there was only one par
agraph published saying the cele
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Charter Day, the eighty-fourth
since the estaoiisnmeni oi
University, will be celebrated py
the Lincoln Alumni Club at its
annual charter Day Dinner Feb.
27 at 6:30 p.m. in the nUion.
Paul Harvey, nationally jmowu
news commentator anoa
...in ha thp fpatured sneaker at
the Charter Day Dinner. Harvey,
now 35, has been in raaio sine
he was 15 years oia.
His recent rapid rise in radio
broadcasting followed his now-
famous obituary oi j-ranKun jjer
ano Roosevelt on April 13, 1945.
tem received over 10,000 requests
for reprints of that broaacasu
Last year, at the annual Ameri
can Legion convention, Harvey
was awarded the first Legion
award for "militant American
ism." Sponsored by a local depart
ment store, Harvey may be heard
daily at 12:00 p.m. on raaio sta
tion KFOR. He also has a Sunday
The annual Builders Award will
be presented at the dinner by the
Board of Regents. This award is
given to the person, not neces
sarily an alumnis, who has con
isIv contributed to the
growth and spirit of the Univer-
.Tnninr anil Spninr class Officers
have been invited by the Lincoln
Alumni Club to attend tne dinner
as special guests.
Walter E. Muitzer, aean oi me
college of arts and science, will
present a review of University
accomplishments for 1952, and
projected plans for 1953.
Deadline for maiung reserva
tions with the Alumni Office is
made every effort to dc inere ible for four substations over "eb ht tQ $152ooo because of
Dale added that only bad thing. state. They are located at North. e"ch s and amendments in
was that all the girls had to be,piattCt valentine, Scottsbluff a1 the original specifications.
4 -nHipm hecause of the dis
. J n0A fhal
iinmc invoiveu. t;-
In 1873 the first graduating
there were no established rest
class of the University of dence halls on the campus at tha
braska walked aown
torium aisle of U Hall to receive
their diplomas from Chancellor
Allen R. Benton.
in by 11 pm. witn no excuses Crawford. Besides tnese various
for "late minutes." (substations the college operates ex
He oointed out that seeing tnat perimentai iarms ai union, navc
T,rp returned to their homes' lock and in Cass County.
at the appointed noum w
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fliris vi x v ri i tx l
theC,Grand Hotel or in private monthly meeting Wednesday in
homes. "This was a good dis-iLove Library auditorium at 7:30
. ti. wa t VioH a nnrrvl
tance to wain, v, d
atTfast walk more than once,MP
tv.1 eaid that Ellen
Dr. S. J. Fuenning, director of
ci4t, the University Student Health
Lumber naa to De snippea io
Lincoln in wagons over wretched
roads a distance of 65 miles. A
large brick plant was established
to manufacture the l,500,oou
hrirlrs that were to COmDOSe the
imposing three story building. The
hnildinff. surmounted with a tower
WlgMto He a Franco-Italian type of
Amidst some editorial criticism,
the cornerstone was laid a month
later at a festive ceremony pre
sided over by the Masons. A orass
band was imported from Omaha
and the Governor and Attorney
General made speeches. In the
UN Catalogue Stresses Low
Cost For 1889 Education &
It cost $5 to matriculate in the! library, steward's office, society
. !i7j ioon nrv, TT;.,or.ei4ir hallc onri 90 Iprture and recitation
university m ioov. ic uuitii"j ..u. - - -
J . 1 : -ioon VnVM.ict-1 wall tiroc
catalogue announcea tnat year ruuuo i oj i,1""" ""-j
of '89 had become alumni. Memor
ial Hall for gym and the Chemis
try laboratory (now Pharmacy
hall) comprised the remainder of
VS2fr-Wnf some students could- get through
because oi , , , lVlo .ire vpar
cnhnni nn less than $175 a year
although the extravagant youths
might spend three times as much.
rsnlifhno trtub eand faciWies- ne U"
cents to $1.50 with no trouble ana; ,n4.nii i- nnn volumes.
the student clubs offered Doara:"-' -
for as little as $2 weekly. Two of five authorized depart-
. . j.j'ments had been established in
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T4 . hicinrlcal day ior
James Stuart Dales and William
KJ neuv iwr - ; ' i n, fiaia indi t . . , . - -
Stater became the .rcn and she was'which is a specialty dealing wito n and
!n7 ASS?!hi- VTe?$ Her office hcalth of young p le JXSS&
the University w hue ne i , Kround and only the bray functions of the physician, iasted from i0 n.m. to 4 am
tcred law in lacom-, , t o th students darea to '-'nurse 8nd lab technician will be
t0c- filial eraduation'even on business. Dale odtecuS8ed and pictures related to
Since that initial Kraauai,u"j . . I,. r,lMo ,iii h chmun.
exercise, many University .-
and women have gone forth to
become prominent not only in
their fields of ftudy but also in
The class of 1888 produced Ros
coe Pound, now Dean Emeritus
.I., xi t ow school. Jn
oi uie jjiv4iiu - ,
nn i.!. .!4 r ahIm Pmind. crao-
ualed to become one of the nations
foremost authorities on .nKi
literature. , , .
T.i r T,,Kfn oraduated
from the University in 1893 and
in World War 1 was me uc..u..
of the United States Armies.
The class of 1895 claims among
. its graduates Willa earner,
known authoress and Edward c
Q Elliott, president of Purdue Unl-
Edith Abbott, class of IS"1.."
now Dean of the scnooi oi
jit t. .4 n.i..i ttnlversitv. in
nui viuioi ...... ,
i oaa 4V.. miiitirv a pain claimea
a University graduate for the Rear
Arfmimkhin in the U. S. Navy,
fm. n C4 (inlaw
vau nf wnnior. Chancellor
of the Oregon State System for
. i . AA1 iAd.
Higher Education, is a iw --
. 4V. TTnlvprKllV. nuui
uaw ui mis w. .4
Bryan Rohde, a former student at
4u tt-i.....4 n later u. o.
Minister to Denmark.
uated to become the designer of
the world's longest extension
bridge, the Oakland Bay Bridge in
San Francisco, California
(Continued on rage I, Col. 4) 'the subject will be shown
lasted from 10 p.m. to 4 aJn.
In spite of the optimism or mat
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18 men and six women. The Hes
nprian. Rpmi- monthly student pa
per, spoke politely of the feminine
An nniiinnff renorter for the
nsciwrian asked the senior men
their ambitions (coeds of '89 were
not expected to nave amoiuons;.
One of the seniors, -i. a. Auen,
eairl "I intend to studv law. I am
a democrat. I believe in free trade
The class of 1899 wouldn't rec
ognize their university in the mod
ern world oi 19DJ
NU In 1898
n irqr 9 new Burlinetoa depot
was built in Omaha with 28 state
ly Doric columns. Twenty-four or
those columns now stand on Vine
St. between the University Sta
dium and the Coliseum.
The story of how they got from
the depot to the campus started
in 1930, when Burlington officials
AaMAoA -that another new station
Alley weig IC tuiv.few v. u...v-. - . ,
erature, science and arts; the sec-1 was needed. No provision lor we
,j an inHiictrial rnllpite I rirpian nillars was included.
which included agriculture, prac- It was suggested that perhaps
tical science, civil engineering and the University could use them. E.
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meunanicai ai u. ; t. cuiucii, , aa . .
Scripture reading, singing and Agreed and the columns De given
1889. They were the college of lit-
prayer was held in the University
chapel each morning dui atxena
ance was voluntary.
Modern events have cnangea
4a 4V.M einAi-iT
1J 4ic m-iiwi . .
Arrangements were made witn
the State Railway Commission for
free transportation or me piuars
tt:. ..,,, TIoll larcrp Dmnihiis Artlbus dedicated
Ullivciauj 4 " - J
enough for the chancellor's office, I literature and all the arts.'
aspects of the University but the columns could not be found,
words on the University of Ne-, puroad officials 'immediately
braska seal still contain the same uatt' for the 18.000
EtiAliri fearM columns, which
to' -. jA fpt tall and 28 Inches
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An Airplane View Of The University-1953
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7rv ivn vmv The University has rrown irora one cuuuins v i . . -- ii. ti.,.io
Jn oLh wUh i tit'al enrollment today of 7,000. Darin the 81 year, of operation, about 285.000 students have studied at the University
Finaiiv thev were discovered
in an old Omaha stone yard.
Before re-erection, they lay at
4V aAaa nt th ramtws for SV-
. SnWged between the depot and
tne campus. . r-
Now, they are covered with Ivy
and serve as a rendezvous for
moonstruck couples. Nevertheless,
they are considered tropnies oi
culture, anl are attractive sset
to our campus.
Not Always So
Typical pranks of students
didn't originate with the new gen
This is proved by an excerpt
from a report given by Allen R.
Benton (chancellor of the Uni
versity from 1871-1876) to the
Board or Regents.
The report said, "Hauling a
the state eacitel to
the campus, oiling the weU, paint
ing the rool oz u naii, raiuinj
the skeletons in tne museum, en
ticing donkeys to the third float
and the common practice of slid
ing down the banisters' were
among the pranks pulled In -the
"quiet" days of the University.
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