Will Be Celebrated
The class of '72, under the generalship of Dr.
Cessna and Dean Stanton, is planning a big reunion to
celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary at
Commencement. They are inviting members of the
classes of 1873 and 1874 to meet with them, and many
of the old guard have expressed their intention to
respond to the roll call next June.
'77's Will Be on Hand
Prospects are bright for a big reunion of all the
living members of the class of 1877. J.W. Doxsee of
Monticello writes that he has favorable replies from
a number of members and he is sure there will be a
large representation on hand for the gathering.
A Message from the Seventies
Kiowa, Wash., March 29, 1917
Mr. Ward M. Jones,
My Dear Mr. Jones:
The students of the late seventies will no doubt be
glad to learn of the Misses Minnie and Ida Beach, the
former having almost completed the course with the
class of '79, and the latter, I think, a member of
'82. I had not heard of them since '79 or '80, till
last autumn, when a new teacher came to our local
school, named Mrs. Beach - a widow. On talking with
her I learned tha ther late husband, who had been
drowned two or three years ago at Gray's Harbor, on
the western coast of Washington, was a younger
brother of Minnie and Ida Beach.
Minnie Beach Ex-'79, is now Mrs. Capron, of Glasco,
Cloud county, Kansas. Her husband is a brother of
Miss Ella Capron, who was a student at Ames in '79.
Miss Capron, by the way, married a lawyer, and last
fall they were living at La Porte, Ind. One day her
husband took a train for Chicago, and an hour or so
later was found dead in the car seat. The widow soon
afterward moved back to Sioux Falls, S.D., which had
been their former home. Minnie Beach Capron has three
grown children, all graduates of their local high
Ida Beach Botsford lives at Hereford, Texas (in the
Panhandle), where her sons are engaged in the cattle
business. She has four children, the youngest having
recently been married.
Both the Beach girls after marriage had experience in
homesteading - Minnie in western Kansas, and Ida near
Pierre, S.D. - with the customary hardships, both
suffering from drought and both later going into
stock raising. I have heard that both are in
comfortable circumstances now.
H.D. Harlow, the old proctor of the '70's and early
'80's, recently sold out his dairy herd at Spokane,
Wash., giving in a newspaper interview as his reason
the cutting of prices by the big concerns to drive
the little fellows out of business. He said he had
made money with his dairy some years back, but that
there is nothing in it now. Harlow has a good
greenhouse and market garden in the outskirts of
A.G. Admans, Ex-'74, whose home is at Long Beach,
Calif., has been for some time at Parker, Arizona,
developing a copper mine which he and some friends
have owned for a good many years. At last account he
was negotiating a sale of the property to the
T.H. Illes, Ex-'74, is said to be living at Meeker,
S.G. Isaman, Ex-'74, is in quite feeble health at his
home in Lewiston, Idaho, where he has lived for
Yours very truly,
W.M. Scott, '79
'82's Laying Their Plans
Through the enthusiastic efforts of Nellie
(Merrill) Wheeler, the members of the class of 1882
are being mobilized for a reunion at Commencement to
celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary. The
following are excerpts from some of the replies:
"I am in receipt of your letter of February
12th, in which you suggest the propriety of a reunion
of the class of '82. I note your inquiry if I could
be at Ames at that time. I am aware as a matter of
loyalty to my alma mater it would be my duty to be
present at the Alumni Association meeting and
especially if there is to be a reunion of the
surviving members of the class of '82 effected. June
is usually a very busy month for me. The best I could
do at this time is to say that if there is to be a
reunion of the surviving members of the class of '82,
I will attend at that time if I can arrange my
business affairs to make it possible."
W.D. Atkinson, Parsons, Kansas
"The effort to hold a reunion of the class of
'82 has my full support. I have planned for several
years to attend the reunions, but have been
disappointed. I trust that I will be able this year
to again visit the old college and shall be pleased
indeed if I can meet all or at least a goodly number
of the members of the class of '82."
D.T. Stockman, Sigourney, Iowa
"I wish I could write you that I am heartily in
favor of a reunion and would be there to help make it
a success. I almost envy you your task of writing to
the members of the class; at least I would like to
peep into the replies you receive. I would be glad to
help toward a class reunion, but at this writing do
not think I could possibly be present."
Nellie Coe Lorbeer, Claremont, Calif.
"I agree with you as to the desirability of our
class getting together at Commencement time. I think
we have been very negligent in this matter. I regret
that I cannot give an absolute promise of my
presence. I hope, however, it may be possible. I hope
that a large number of the class of '82 may find it
possible to attend the reunion."
W.W. Dudley, Indianola, Iowa
"I shall certainly be glad to co-operate with
you in getting together as many of our classmates as
possible for a reunion. I will try to be there myself
and induce others to come if I can. I am in favor of
a reunion and if I can do anything to aid you, I am
at your service."
O.C. Peterson, Chicago, Ill.
"By all means have a reunion. If I were well, I
would surely be there. How I would love to go back. I
would love to know where all of the Seventeen left -
live and their views."
Della A. Neal, Hamilton, Pa.
June 5 and 6 are the dates.
Ames is the place.
25th reunion is the occasion.
Roll call by Gen. Lincoln on the morning of the
Anyone absent will be sent to the president.
Expulsion from a '92 reunion for five years will be
Those neither tardy nor absent will get to go to the
class breakfast, attend the president's reception and
hear ex-President Taft.
On account of the good behavior of the classes of 91
and 93 during the last two years of their college
career, they will be allowed to join us, and
greetings as loud and as long as greeted them on the
nights we wrested the class pictures from them, will
be given them.
Make your plans NOW.
Don't forget the DATE.
Be on the GROUNDS when the band begins to PLAY.
By order of the committee.
Jennie Morrison Beyer
Estella Blaine Spence
Kittie B. Freed
Louis B. Spinney
No-Eyes Laying Their Plans for
a Big Reunion
The class of '97 have their plans well under way
for a big "Come Back" June 5th and 6th, to
ceelebrate their twentieth anniversary. Some of the
replies have come from members of the class who have
never attended a reunion, but they are planning on
being back this year for the celebration. Here are
some of the messages:
"My wife, son and myself are planning on
attending the reunion this year and unless something
happens to prevent, we will be there."
George C. Dana, 2311 Washington Ave., Racine, Wis.
P.S. - C.A. Bergeman was married nearly a year ago
(Mar. 30, 1916)
"I do expect to be present at the Alumni Meeting
this year. I am an ear, nose and throat
Dr. Margaret (Jones) Monahan, 30 N. Michigan Ave.,
"I will do my best to be at the '97 reunion in
Frank W. Bouska, American Association of Creamery
Butter Manufacturers, Chicago
"I am surely planning to be there with you and
do not intend to allow even business to interfere
with my coming. We are all, of course, more or less
busy, but we should not forget our old school and the
sincere friendships developed while there. It will do
us all good to pause for a few moments in our busy
vocations and renew acquaintances - talk over old
times - and see each other after the long and stormy
journeys we have made."
Carl LeBuhn, manager of the Massachusetts Mutual Life
Insurance Co., Davenport, Ia.
"I am particularly desirous to attend the June
reunion and will certainly do so unless prevented by
unforeseen causes. I would say that I am a country
lawyer and about as busy as a No-Eyes '97 should
W.C. Garberson, Sibley, Ia.
Charles C. Helmer, now of Carroll, Ia., and senator
from the Forty-eighth district, writes from Des
Moines, where he is busy in legislative affairs:
"I entered school with the class of '97, was out
a year after my first term, and dropped back into the
class of '98. In my senior year I quit school and was
in the service during the Spanish-American war. After
I was discharged from the army Inentered the State
University and took a law course. Under the
circumstances, I am hardly eligible to be classed as
a member of the class of '97. I have always been
sorry I did not complete the course at Ames, although
it would have delayed me a year in getting through
the law department at the State University. I had
many good friends who were members of the '97 class,
and I am glad to know that so many of them are
prospering and successful."
George L. Sterns, who is manager of the Thief River
Falls, Minn., exchange of the Tri-State Telephone and
Telegraph Co., says: "I will be there unless
some unforseen thing prevents." Mr. Sterns has
been actively engaged in the independent telephone
field for nearly twenty years and has made good.
You, the members of the class of 1902, do you
realize what this year brings to you? This spring
marks the 15th anniversary of that glorious time when
life seemed to hold out such bright prospects for the
future, when there was a feeling of a race well run
and the goal within sight, when there was sadness at
the thought of parting, but an eagerness to be up and
doing and to bring to realization those day dreams of
the past. It marks the 15th anniversary of that
commencement when the sheep skins were received from
the hand of our dear Dr. Beardshera, the last ones he
was ever permitted to give. It recalls the old dining
hall with its baked potatoes and cod fish, the class
victories lost and won, and the thought that XANHO
was at all times at the top, even to the top of the
derricks at new Engineering Hall.
Do not these recollections bring back a longing to
visit the old school once more, to look into the
familiar faces and grasp the warm hands of old
classmates, and to talk over old times with those
comradeship we used to enjoy. Fifteen years is a good
while as human life is measured and many changes have
occurred in your life and your alma mater's. Have you
had successes or failures, joys or sorrows? Have your
ambitions been attained. Come back this spring at
Commencement time, compare notes with the others, and
get a new inspiration for the future. And above all,
let your old school show you what changes have taken
place in her. She, too, has had her ups and downs,
but all for the good, and her growth has been
Those of you who haven't been back since 1902 will
need a guide to prevent your being lost (these will
be furnished by the local alumni), as the old
buildings are now in the decided minority, and the
campus has been wonderfully improved. The faculty has
increased three fold, but there are many old faces
that you will enjoy seeing again. The alumni
association is now established on a firm footing
under the new order of things and you will get much
out of the annual business meeting.
The '03's and '04's know what the '02 enthusiasm used
to be. Let us all turn out enmass this year and show
them this enthusiasm has not decreased. At our tenth
anniversary there were not as many out as there have
been other years. Let's make a record this year.
Everyone boost for it and make a special effort to be
there and we'll all feel greatly repaid after it is
Three cheers for our 15th reunion! We'll all be
Yours for a big time,
M.P. Cleghorn '02
Naught Sevens Making
It is very much desired that all members of the
1907 class make an effort to be present at all of the
Commencement week exercises. While the number of
local alumni is not large, yet our spirit runs high
and even though we have been out of college ten
years, we have not forgotten our classmates. We would
very much like to hear from each and every individual
member of the class as to what he or she is doing and
also to receive the good word that all are going to
return to Ames in June. It might be well to add that
a letter is being sent to each individual member of
the class. Probably two or three letters will be sent
within the next few weeks. Miss Gertrude Herr of the
Mathematics Department has been appointed local
secretarty. All communications should be addressed to
'12's Have Plans Well Under Way
The 1912's have their reunion campaign well under
way. The first issue of their paper, "The
Wendigoes War Cry," appeared about the twentieth
of March. Other issues will appear from time to time
and will contain news from the members of the class
who are planning on coming and other items of
interest. The '12's have started their campaign