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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1937

Journal Of George N. Pray Describes

Early Life Of Campus

Colleg-e Presented -
ColegePrsened Outline Of University History
Compiled By Wilfred Shaw
Student Of Nature Offers
Insight Into Custons Of (Continued from Page 17) chapel, completed, as well as four ad-
jacent houses for the Faculty. (The
Class Of 45 present Campus selected. The Rev. President's house is the only, one of

Henry Colclazer appointed Librarian,'
the first University officer chosen.
June 21 - Eight branches of the
University authorized, five of which
were eventually established. July 17
- Dr. Asa Gray elected Professor of
Botany and Zoology, the first ap-
pointment to the Faculty. He never
served, however, though he bought a
°ollection of 3.700 volumes in Europe
for the Library at a cost of $5,000.j
1838 - Regents borrowed $100,000
from the State to build the necessary
buildings and establish the branches.
1839-Governor Mason vetoes bill
designed to lessen University's reve-
nue from the sale of State lands.
1841 - July - George Palmer Wil-
liams appointed to the chair of Math-
tm~ir d~r Natural Philosnnhy. the

these four residences that survives.)
August - The Rev. Joseph Whiting
appointed Professor of Languages.
September - The University opened
its doors to a class of six students.
1842 - Abram Sager appointed
Professor of Botany and Zoology.
1843 - The University building
named "Mason Hall" in honor of the
boy Governor of Michigan, Stevens
T. Mason, who had just died. Ap-
propriations for the branches of the
University discontinued.
1844-Andrew Ten Brook, after-
ward Historian of University and Li-
brarian, appointed Professor of Phil-
osophy. Legislature permitted Re-
gents to apply depreciated treasury
notes and State scrip received for

1846 - Silas H. Douglas appointed
Professor of Chemistry. Louis Fa-
squelle appointed Professor of Mod-
ern Languages. Contest with Greek'
letter fraternities over existence of
Chi Psi Lodge, a log building east of'
the Campus, the first fraternity house
in America.
1847 - Eighty-nine students en-
1849 - Members of the Greek let-
ter fraternities forced to resign. Med-
ical School organized. First Medical
building completed. South wing of
Old University Hall built.
1850 - October - Fraternities re-
instated. Medical Department opened
with 90 students.
1851-April 8 -Regents made
constituent part of State government
under Organic Act of new Constitu-
1852 - December 22 - Henry
Philip Tappan inaugurated as the
first President of the University.
(Previous to this time members of
the Faculty has acted annually, in
turn, as President).

gineering established in connection
with Department of Physics. (Har-
vard was the only other school in
America having a course of this
kind). Henry Simmons Frieze ap-
pointed Professor of Latin.
1857 - Andrew D. White appointed
Professor of History and English

Literature, the first Chair of History
in an American university. Old Chem-
istry building erected, the first chem-
istry laboratory erected in America.
1859 - October - Law School op-
ened with 92 students, with faculty
composed of Judge James V. Camp-
(Continued on Page 22)


was opened in October, 1920. In istry. Finished writing a composi-I
choosing the 79 residents of this house tion but was not called upon to read.
preference was given to freshmen and ,The celebration and the 4th all the

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firLZst proessor t sre i theUiver- iicsale of University lands, in payment 1853- Alexander Winchell became
first professor to serve in the Univer-
sity. Salary $500 and his house. The of debt to State. Professor of Physics, later Geology.
first University building, now the 1845 - August 6 - First class of 1855 - Detroit Observatory erected
north wing of old University Hall, in- nine students graduated. On same result of gift of $15,000 by citi-
cluding dormitories, classrooms, and day Society of the Alumni formed. zens in Detroit. A course in Civil En-
talk today. In the evening I attendedUniversit Publications Show
the meetings of the society. Discus-
sion on the influence of the cheap- i
ness of literature. Long And Varied Background
1July 7th. We attended the Satur-
day exercises, got a lecture upon loud
I laughing from Professor Whiting, in Although the Gargoyle, Contempo- as its main mission in life champion-
which of he said v that mindit. waw some very rary, Michiganensian and The Daily ing of the cause of co-education, was
short-lived. In 1882 the Argonaut,
cute caricatures of Tutor Beach got seem a far cry from the early pub- the organ of opposition to the Chron-
up by some dissatisfied Freshman, lications out of which they have icle was started. Eventually these two
and then I went to my room and grown, when the facts of these stu- were consolidated, but they died out
read and wrote till noon. dent efforts of the so-called "gay in 1891.
August 5th. It was a gloomy, wet nineties" and before are examined, it Daily Published In 1890
day and rained nearly all day. I will be noted that they were leaders It was in 1890 that The Daily, which
wrote and read nearly all day in my in their own day. is now recognized as the best student
snug and retired little bed room. I It was in 1857 that the first real newspaper in the country, was first
copied my piece on letter paper. It student paper, elaborately named the published. In the same year the In-
took up just seven pages closely writ- Peninsular Phoenix and University lander, a literary magazine which had
ten. Parmelee got his piece today Gazetteer, was published. In this a very spasmodic career terminating
and has been grumbling that the Pro- semi-annual four-page paper, the in 1918 was also begun.
fessor crossed out the best part of it first page was devoted to lists of Uni- In 1893 Wrinkles, the first student
-not because it was not good and versity officers and members of secret humor paper, was published. It was
true-but because he was afraid that societies, and among the news items popular until 1905. The Gargoyle
because it was true it might offend were to be found several connubial came into being shortly after this
some. notes. The following November an time, although there was a lapse
A t T y d l eight-page monthly more simply en- during which there* was no humor
foAugust 9th. on a vsit duia titled the University Phoenix and also magazine on campus. Chimes, the
Clar'sacation.avisitdrnMiaf-ilisting members of secret societies literary magazine which preceded
fectionate good-bye and when rdid came into being. Contemporary came out in 1919.
so I bade farewell to everything that Unite To Form 'Ensian The Michigan Technic, engineer
is dear to me on earth. I was sad In 1859 the inner ring of fraterni- journal, enjoys the distinction of be-
and lonely today. I did not study ties had their own paper, the Palla- ing the oldest departmental journal,
any. In the forenoon we rehearsed dium, which by 1860 had developed as it was first published in 1885 and
our pieces in the library. In the af- into a booklet containing, among is very much in evidence today. The
ternoon I was down to the printing other things, a "Freshman Song" and Alumnus, started in 1894, is especially
office nearly all the afternoon. After very little of a literary nature. In distinguished in that it is one of the
tea I made out my reports as Treasur- 1891 the Palladium absorbed the Cas- oldest graduate journals in the coun-
er and Librarian of the A.N. Society. talian which was published by the try.
At the meeting of the society Fish independents and Res Gestae, the law
was elected President in place of Col- annual, in a combation which, i
lins, Welch, Vice-President in place 1897 was to become the Michigan-
of Pray, Clark, scribe in place of ensian.
Hoffman, Hall, treasurer in place of In the meanwhile, numerous other
Pray Pray reelected Librarian and publications, most of which had
Rawls reelected Editor a rather short careers, were being used
as expression, in most cases, of the
August 14th. This was a great day feud between the students and fac-
in our lives. The time passed heavily ulty and the students and Regents
and slowly away; nothing was said which was an active issue of concern
or hardly thought of but the exhibi- at that time. The Independent, a
tion. Nearly all the day was spent in quarterly which lasted for four is-
.rehearsing and preparing for it. Eve- sues, took up this matter quite thor-
ning came and the people began to oughly, as well as delving into the
pour into the church long ,before hostilities between the societies and
dark and soon it was filled to over- independents. The Chronicle, despite
flowing and the time so long awaited the fact that it also was largely con-
had arrived. The Exhibition went cerned with the student-faculty feud,
off very well. A happier lot of fel- was one of the best college papers in
lows never breathed than we were the country.
after it was over. A heavy load was The Oracle, started in 1869, was a
off our minds. The pieces were con- sophomore publication which took
sidered excellent, better than last
year all things considered, except
Goodrich's and Lawrence's. Some
thought they were not so good. After PI PES
exhibition the class had a feast in
our room in the University but I CIGARS H O T
was not at it. I started for home as
soon as the exhibition was over. CIGARETTES
September 25th. Today com- CIGA ETTE
mences another term at the Univer-
sity and is the first term of the Senior TOBACCOS
year with me. We were called to-
gether at 9o'clock and the classes All of the Finest Brands
arranged and lessons given out. There I
were several newcomers among us Enjoy a good sinoke SERGE
among others Prof. Ten Brook who
has lately been appointed Professor of from the GABARDINES
Moral Philosophy and the philosophy TROPICA
of the human mind and also a new
tutor, a graduate of Yale-Smith by CITY CIGAR STORE
name. Professor Ten Brook (or Ten
Breeches as Irving has It) took charge 106 East Huron
of our class and instructed us to fur-
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