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PAGE 'EIGHT

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1953

SNEAK PREVIEW:
Spring Weather Arrives
DaysAhead of Schedule

ANN ARBOR 80 YEARS AGO:

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Class

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1373

Pro vided Little Rest

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By DIANE DECKER

Spring came to Ann Arbor a
full 10 days early yesterday with
a burst of lamb-like March wea-
the;.
At least a dozen brave couples
headed for the arboretum at noon,
blankets in hand, presumably to
enjoy the sunshine. However,
they were chased out less than
there hours later when clouds be-
gan to obscure the sun.
ALTHOUGH THE unseasonable
weather was shortlived, it gave
Local Tavern
Owners Split
On Bar Rule
Local tavern owners last night
expressed mixed opinions on a
supreme Court ruling which will
prevent women from working as
barmaids in large cities.
The Court yesterday upheld an
eight-year-old law forbidding bar-
maids to work in cities with pop-
ulations of more than 50,000.dIts
opinion stated that "bartending
by women is a practice giving rise
to serious moral and social prob-
lems."
* s* s.
FEW, IF ANY, local taverns em-
ploy barmaids. But, although Ann
Arbor with its 47,767 population is
unaffected by this ruling, a num-
ber of bar owners and male em-
ployes had much to say about
women behind bars.
"If she's pretty she'll have a
crowd of men around the bar,-
but chances are she won't 'be
able to handle them," one bar
owner said.
"After years of working with
both bartenders and barmaids, I
can safely say that when it comes
to speed and working under pres-
sure, the woman just can't com-
pete with the man," another pro-
fessional bottle tipper chimed in.
SL To Present
'Lady Vanishes'
"The Lady Vanishes," one of
Alfred Hitchcock's most famous
glms, and "Country Hospital," a
Laurel and Hardy comedy, will be
shown this weekend by the Stu-
dent Legislature Cinema Guild.
The movies will be shown at 7
and 9 p.m. today and tomorrow
and at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Ar.
chitecture Auditorium.
The feature stars Michael Red-
grave and Margaret Lockwood.
Its plot concerns a woman who
vanishes from a train speeding
through Europe on the eve of;
World War II. Although a train-
ful of people see her vanish, no
one can explain the disappear-
ance.

students a preview of what is to
come. The first day of spring has
always been a big one at the Uni-
versity.
In 1950, the Board in Con-
trol of Intercollegiate Athletics
picked March 22 to launch an
unsuccessful call for a hike in
the allocation of student fees
to athletics.
The preceding year, State of-
ficials began a one-man grand
jury investigation into alleged em-
bezzlement of Washtenaw County
funds on the day of Spring's de-
but. Circuit Court Judge James R.
Breakey, Jr., served as the one-
man grand jury.
The Student Legislature chose
the same date in 1951 to announce
the passage of a new constitution.
The revised document made few
major changes but did provide for
placing referenda on all-campus
election ballots.
HOWEVER, Spring hit the Uni-
versity harder last year than ever
before on record. The sound of a
trumpet in West Quadrangle set
thousands of students off on a
seven-hour riot, first in the no-
torious round 'of college panty-
raids.
While University officials and
city police looked on in dismay,
crowds of men and women stu-
dents rampaged through dormi-
tories, fraternities, sororities and
theatres, at last becoming so dis-
turbing that President Harlan H.
Hatcher personally asked them to
return to their residence halls.
His plea proved ineffectual, and
the riot was only brought to a
halt by a steady rain which be-
gan at 1:15 a.m., well, after the
opening day of spring was past.
'U' Food Research
Described in Life
The University's research on
preserving food with gamma radi-
ation is described in a two-page
picture story in this week's Issue
of Life magazine.
University scientists are using
the nation's largest experimental
gamma ray source, $50,000 worth
of cobalt-60, in the work at the
Fission Products Laboratory. The
research is part of the Phoenix
Project.
Engineers Elect
Council Officers
Officers elected this week to the
Freshman Engineering Council in-
clude Frank Beattie, '56E, presi-
dent; Gilbert Hitchcock, '56E, vice-
president and Michael Weinberger,
'56E, secretary.
Bill Diamond, '56E, David
Graf, '56E; John Powell, '56E and
Kent Shoemaker, '56E, were also
elected to the Council, govern-
ing body for the freshman engi-
neering class.

For Lng-Suffering Loca I Res iden ts

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By MIKE WOLFF
There were few luxuries, but the pace was slow and varied diver.
sions somewhat eased the pain of study for the 78 men who survived
four years at the University to become the Class of 1873.
At the beginning of its freshman year, the class was composed of
110 full-fledged freshmen and 12 pursuing selected studies.
TO MAKE UP for their heavy diet'of Greek and Latin, several
students ambushed Ann Arbor's police force after ripping up a plank
sidewalk at one of their frequent "civic improvement meetings."
According to the class history (published by Clarence M.
Burton-founder of the Burton Historical Collection in Detroit
the police squad consisted of a goat-bewhiskered individual named
Peebles and two or three deputies.

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Peebles and his men dutifully followed the students through the
main entrance to the campus on State St. only to be met with a
barrage of gravel from a nearby clump of bushes.
* * * *
AT THE END of the freshman year a few left school, but the
largest drop in membership occurred in the spring of 1871 when the
faculty excused 47 for the balance of the year and many parents
extended the sentence indefinitely.
The mass dismissal occurred after the class took an after-
noon off to attend a traveling circus.
The junior year was apparently dull, with little happening besides
the hoisting of a tremendous banner bearing the words "Junior
" Brigands" on the tower of then-
.,,.new University Hall.
* * *
APART FROM graduation, 1873
was notable chiefly for the rooster
in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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STREET SCENE-State St. in 1873 marked the boundary between the Ann Arbor of paved streets, sewers and water pipes and the
University campus, which had to do without such luxuries. This northward view from the corner of State and South University shows
the spires of the Methodist Church in the background.

SPRINGTIME-Sunday strollers, several in top hats, pose for
pictures along the Diag under the then numerous shade trees.
This view is from the corner of State St. and North University.
The Law Bldg. and University Hall can be glimpsed through the
trees on the left.

AERIAL VIEW-The northwest corner of campus was the site of University Hall (right) and the
Law Bldg. University Hall was completed in 1872. Its leaky tower, a source of great discomfort to
students in rain-famous Ann Arbor, was replaced in 1896 with a smaller round one. The structure
was finally torn down in 1951 to make room for the Angell Hall addition.

The rooster was provided by a
freshman as an added attraction
at a sophomore public speaking
program held in the Church.
* **
THE BACKDROP for these car-
ryings-on bore little resemblance
to the Ann Arbor of today.
In the early seventies there
were only 6,500 inhabitants.
There were no paved streets,
sewers, water pipes or gas east
of State St., according to a rem-
iniscent passage in the class his-
tory.
In winter the streets were filled
with sleigh loads of cordwood, for
little or no coal was used for fuel.
Students, who lived almost exclus-
ively in rented rooms, spent much
of their time chopping wood for
their only means of warmth-the
wood stove.
PRESIDENT James B. Angell's
domain was a 40-acre square of
rand surrounded by a five-foot
picket fence.
The campus had nine build-
ings including the President's
Mansion, a two-story "labora-
tory," and a two-story law de-
partment.
The Class of 1873 played base-
ball on an athletic field situated
where Waterman Gym now stands.
In deep center field stood a monu-
ment erected as a memorial to
deceased professors.
The first football, a large, round
rubber affair, appeared on campus.
in the fall of 1871. Students en-
gaged in a home rule game made
to suit the players whose number
was, unlimited.
For those who feel urged to
further explore the history of Ann
Arbor, the "Class of '73" and sim-
ilar material may be found in the
Michigan Historical Collection, lo-
cated in the basement of the
Rackham Bldg.
The pictures shown here were
collected in a "memory book"
by Charles R. Wells, president
of the Class of- 1873.
Wells went into partnership
after graduation with William
L. Clements (of Clements Me-
morial Library fame) in the
Bay City Industrial Works.
His pictures were supplied by
H. Seger Slifer, Chi Psi fra-
ternity national executive sec-
retary.

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HEY THERE-..'
Don't forget
to head
for
114 E. William St.
Between Main and
Founrth Ave.
PHONE 7191
Sundays Noon to 7 P.M.
OPEN
Daily 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. We have ICE CUBES
ENGINEERS, MATHEMATICIANS

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AND. PHYSICISTS
YOU HAVE
A DATE

LAW SCHOOL-Until completion of University Hall the lower floor of the Law Bldg. housed the
University's president, steward and library.

LANDMARK-The old Presbyterian Church stood on the south-
west corner of Huron and Division Sts.

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TODAY
Bell Aircraft representatives will be here to discuss
with you the engineering opportunities in all fields
now available with this leading pioneer in the
challenging fields of GUIDED MISSILES, SUPER-
SONIC AIRCRAFT, ROCKET MOTORS and

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