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President Hobbs Retires
With the commencement exer
cises this morning President
Ilobbs officially retires from office
as the executive of Guilford Col
lege. At such a time il is only fit
ling that we should review liis
long period of service af this in
stitution and his connection with
flic State's educational growth.
We recognize fully how inade
quate any summary of his labors
may be, for who can fell the
depths to which his influence has
permeated, who can estimate the
number of Ihose whom he lias en
couraged and inspired?
In 187(5 when Dr. Ilobbs came
to Guilford the institution was
known as New Garden Boarding
School, which was housed in a
single building, Old Founder's
Hall, a two-story brick structure.
This building was heated by open
fireplaces, lighted by oil lamps,
and water secured from a nearby
well. The farm was entirely neg
lected; one horse and one cow be
ing the only occupants of the old
The faculty consisted of three
teachers and flie studies embraced
Latin as far as Vergil, Geometry,
Grammar and lJhetoric, Ancient
and United States History. Ele
mentary Physics also was taught,
but most attention was given to
the three H's and Geography.
Since that time what a trans
formation has occur ml. From
this feeble beginning fliere has
evolved, through the efforts of Dr.
Hobbs, from the humble little
Boarding School a college modern
in equipment and powerful in in
fluence. One by one new buildings
have been erected as the growth
of the institution demanded
King Hall INTO, Arclulale 1885,
Memorial 18!)7, Y. M. C. A. 1801,
New Garden 1007, Library 1000,
New King Hall 1000, Cox 1012,
and the new Meeting House 1012.
The farm of three hundred acres
has been greatly improved, and
the dairy supplies all the milk and
butter needed for the boarding de
partment. The campus, naturally
beautiful, has received special at
tention in recent years and its at
tractiveness has been greatly en
Phenoniinal as has been the in
crease in material equipment un
der the presidency of Dr. Hobbs,
the changes in the curriculum and
standard of scholarships have
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GUILFORD COLLEGE, N. C., JUNE 2, 1915.
On Saturday evening, May 29th,
Miss Hhoades presented Miss Ber
tha Browning Fox in a pianoforte
recital. Slie was assisted by Miss
Gertrude Ilobbs, soprano, Miss
Beatrice Crouch, contralto, Mr.
Powell 11. Mendenhall baritone,
and members of the College Chor
us. Miss Harriet E. Crutchfield
assisted at the second piano. The
program was given as follows:
Summer is Icumen In.
( Example of English Music of
the time of Chaucer)
Summer is Icumen In.
(Example of English music of the
time of Chaucer.)
Summer is icumen in
Lhoud now sing cuccu
Groweth sed and bloweth med
And springeth the wod enu
Robin M' Amie.
(Example of French music of the
Chorus —A Cappella.
Scherzo (the theme in imitation)
Prelude in E Minor Mendelssohn
If I But Knew Smith
(Regarded as a "perfect song")
Impromptu in E Flat Schubert
Corn Song Coleridge Taylor
(Example of the dignity that
can be given negro music by cul
tivated musicians of the race.
Words by Paul Lawrence Dunbar,
American; music by Coleridge Tay
Etude in C Sharp Minor Chopin
(A highly poetic composition
created to serve as a study in
Had a Horse, a Finer No One Ever
Saw. (Sung by the Hungarians
after their defeat by the Turks on
Mohacs field, 1526; still sung by
The Skylark Tschaikowsky
The Nightingale in a Garden. .Kullak
The Nightingale's Song Nevin
To a Wild Rose MacDowell
To the Spring Grieg
Soldier, Soldier, Come From the
(Words from Kipling's Barrack
Beatrice Crouch, Powell Mendenhall.
Capriccio Brilliant, Opus 22,
Bertha Fox, Harriet Crutchfield.
The recital was a great success,
due to the variety of the program
and the splendid talent displayed.
Miss Fox rendered her numbers
in a most composed and delightful
manner. She possesses remarka
ble musical talent and has become
very efficient in piano playing.
The vocal numbers were all excel
lently rendered, the duet of .Miss
Crouch and Mr. Mendenhall being
At the commencement exercises
in Memorial Hall this morning at
10 o'clock President Hobbs an
nounced that next year W. 1).
Brinton, a graduate of Haverford
and Harvard, who has taught
mathematics at Pickering College,
Ontario, will have the place of
Prof. A. W. Hobbs, who will re
turn to Johns Hopkins to con
tinue his studies.
Mark Balderston also a gradu
ate of Haverford, who has studied
at Harvard, and taught at Lafay
ette College, will fill the place of
Prof. Ardon, who is to continue
his studies at Rice Institute, Tex.
The following scholarships and
prizes were awarded:
Bryn Mawr scholarship to Mary
Haverford scholarship to J.
The Marvin Hardin scholarship
to Mary Ina Shamburger.
Honors were announced as fol
Junior Special Honors: Laura
Davis, Hope Hubbard.
Freshman Honors: Maleta Ma
Prize for best essay on College
Patriotism to Clifford B. llin
YVebsterian Oratorical Prize—
Fred H| Morris.
Websterian Improvement Prize
—II. L. Tremain.
Philoinatliean Oratorical Prize
Philoinatliean Oratorial Prize
Henry Clay Oratorical Prize —
Roger C. Riser.
Henry Clay Improvement Prize
Zatasian Oratorical Prize—Eu
Zatasian Improvement Prize—
Diplomas were presented to the
Bachelor of Arts: Rob't Brown,
Maude Culler, liurtie Dix, Blanche
Dixon, Mary Doan, Kathryn Dor
sett, Mabel Edgerton, Gladys
Highfill, Louetta Knight, Alma
Lassiter, Cleta Patterson.
Bachelor of Science: Carl Stew
art, Denismore Wood.
The Senior class was particu
larly honored by having as the
speaker of the day President Isaac
Sharpless, of Haverford College.
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College History Play
On the afternoon of Alumni
Day the Guilford College history
play was presented under the au
spices of the Senior class. Owing
to the inclement weather the pro
duction was made iu Memorial
Hall, instead of on the campus as
had been arranged.
The play was planned and writ
ten by Miss Josephine L. Uhoades,
the faculty music director, to com
memorate the twenty-seventh an
niversary of Ihe rechartering of
New Garden Hoarding School as
The ten episodes were written
from a wealth of manuscript and
other historical records in the
vault of the library, and are his
Space will permit only the
briefest summary of the episodes:
Episode I.—The coming of the
Friends in 1750.
Episode II. —The purchase of ground
for New Garden Meeting House and
Burial Ground 1757 to 1781.
Episode 111. —The Yearly Meeting
of 1836—how the Board School Com
mittee made its report to the Yearly
Meeting and how the members of the
Meeting manifested their interest and
support in the Boarding School.
Episode IV.—Jeremiah Hubbard be
fore President Jackson.
Episode V.—Nathan Hunt Receives
Draft from George Howland for the
Boarding School 1837.
Episode VI. Addison Coffin; the be
ginning of Emigration to the West
Episode Vll.—Jonathan Cox agrees
to take the School as a private enter
Episode Vlll.—Francis T. King en
courages the people after the Civil
Episode IX.—Discussion: Recharter
ing the Boarding School as a College
1887. How Francis King suggests
chartering the Boarding School as a
College; how Joseph Moore recom
mends the same; how the College and
Founders Hall are named; and how
Dr. Nereus Mendenhall states the ob
jection of some Friends to the pro
Episode X.—Guilford College. Pro
cessional: Hail, Guilford. 1. Alma
Mater. (Adapted from the statue "Al
ma Mater" at Columbia University.)
2. Handmaids of Alma Mater. (Adapt
ed from the panels of Boston Public
Library.) They are: Literature, His
tory, Science, Art. 3. Characteristics
of President Hobbs. They are: Gen
tleness, Loyalty, Inspiration, Scholar
ship. 4. Spirit of Benevolence. 5.
Spirit of Consecration. Epilogue
(spoken by president of Senior class
and Father Time.) Recessional.
This play depicting the growth of
our College was the unique figure of
commencement week. Too much cred
it cannot be given to Miss Rhoades for
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