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Z 541
Number 2.
Miss Anna Butner Has
Lived At Salem For
52 Years
Fifty-two years at Salem seems a
very long time to those of us who
are expecting to spend just four
years here. But fifty-two years is
how long Miss Anna Butner has liv
ed on Salem’s campus.
All of the upperclassmen already
know “Miss Anna,” for they have
seen her m.any,. many times as she
worked among her flowers in diff
erent spots on upper campus; even
the new girls may already recognize
her, but probably they, like many of
us, will know her by the affection
ate ‘ ‘ Miss Anna ’ ’ which she is al
ways called.
On Septembr 19, 1886 (52 years
ago last Monday), Anna Butner came
to Salem from her home in Bethania,
to be a “dining-room girl.” For
three years “Miss Anna” waited on
tables and helped thing to move
along just right in the kitch
en and dining room. And, shall 1
let you in on a secret? Well, Mrs.
Jones (Hollywood), who was in chap
el the other day, says that she re
members many times when “Miss
Anna” used to slip little things out
of the dining-room to the girls when
they were hungry in the afternoon.
When “Miss Anna” first came to
Salem, the enrollment of students
’was just past the 100 mark. Of
course, Salem was then an Academy,
and “Miss Anna’s” grandmother
had been an early teac.lier here. The
dining-room was as big then as it is
now and in the same place, but not
nearly so full; and the faculty din
ing-room was divided into little mus
ic rooms.
After her dining-rooiu days, “Miss
Anna” became a house-girl for six-'
teen years. During that time her
duty was to keep things clean, for
the “room companies” which used
to exist here.
Then, for 20 years, she was house
keeper, and her job was “to see
after everything.” Since 1925 “Miss
Anna” has been “retired,” but she
says that she doesn’t feel much like
it. She mends all of the bedding
from the infirmary and all of the
curtains (except the student ones),
from various campus buildings. Her
countless lovely flowers alone would
be enough to keep a less energetic
person busy, but “Miss Anna” still
has time for “everything that comes
around.’ ’ She used to have a gard
en of her own where the library
now stands, but two years ago it was
sacrificed to the new l)uilding; and
now “Miss Anna” does all of her
gardening in the college gardens.
Her flowers brighten the corners
in nearly every building on the
campus — Alice Clewell, Louisa
Bitting, Main Hall, Office Building,
iiibrary. Sister’s House, the dining
room, and -frequently chapel. She
usually cuts all of the flowers and
arranges the ones for Main Hall and
the Sister’s House. Winter is her
least busy season of the year, for
then she takes care of juat the things
in the hothouse. She lives here all
year except for occasional week-ends
\'ou would think, wouldn’t you
that “Miss Anna” would have very
little spare time, but since last No
vember she lias finished four beau
tiful afghans. She is now working
on a fifth one — vivid shades of
orange, green, yellow, and brown —
and she’s planning to crochet an
other as soon as the present one is
Over the easy chair in “Miss
Anna’s” sitting room hangs a pic
ture of that Salemite as she sits
every evening at work on lior bright
afghan, and the picture looks iis
natural and unposed as “Miss
Anna” herself.
Salemites Crash Stage Door
To Interview George Hall,
Mrs. Hall, Dolly Dawn,
And the Boys
Two aspiring young Salemites
crashed the stage door of the State
Theatre last Monday evening with
hopeful intentions of interviewing
orchestra leader George Hall and
his vocalist Dolly Dawn — and to
their very great surprise found
themselves warmly received. Not
only did they succeed in breaking
through the barriers to chat inform
ally with George Hall, but also they
met Mrs. Hall, who turned out to be
a very jolly sort of person, became
quite chummy with Dolly Dawn, and
as a special privilege wefe allowed
to see the evening performance from,
backstage! — all of which led them
to say that orchestra leaders are
Off-stage, dressed in sport shirt
and smoking his after-dinner eigar,
Mr. Hall seemed quite like an ordi
nary person, in spite of his mustache
and make-up. His likes and dislikes
(Continued on Page Five)
Miss Jane Leibfried Receives
Scholarship To Woman’s
Medical College In
Miss Jane Leibried of Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania, graduate of Salem Col
lege, has been awarded a full tuition
scholarship for this year by) the
Woman’s Medical College in Phila
delphia, where she has been a stu
dent for the past year. The scholar
ship was given her for her outstand
ing record in her studies, character,
and personality. '
Miss Leibfried is a graduate of
the Moravian Preparatory School
and attended Moravian College for
Women. She completed her colle
giate work at Salem College in the
class of 1937. This past year was
her first in medical college.
Student Goveriunent Asso
ciation To Sponsor Dance
In Honor of New Students
You may admire those who are
brilliantly sarcastic, but yon can’t
love them.
The Student Government Associa
tion will open the year’s social ac
tivities with a formal dance in hon
or of the new students in the gym
nasium on Saturday evening, Octo
ber first at eight-thirty. The entire
student body is cordially invited to
attend. Music will be furnished by
Claude Little and his Rhythmaires
who have played here for several
previous dances. The invitations
are being issued this week. If any
one wishes to invite a guest for this
dance please get in touch immediate
ly with some member of the invita
tion committee which is made up of
the following girls: Kate Pratt,
Martha McNair, Margaret Holbrook,
Marian Johnson and Josephine
Dr. Rondthaler Speaks At
First Expanded Chapel
Students Delighted With
Visit of Alumnae
•\11 campus activities got under
way this week and for the time
this year an entire week of chapel
programs was carried out. The first
8:30 chapel was on Tuesday morning
with Dr. Rondthaler as speaker.
Muc-li to everyone’s delight a loyal
iilumna of Salem was present also
— Mrs. Mattie Woodell Jones from
Hollywood, California. She is a
member of the class of ’91.
'‘If you girls think you know hap
piness,” she said, “you should know
the supreme happiness that 1 feel
at this moment — baflk at Salem, 1 ’d
always wanted my daughter to come
to school here, .but since I have no
girls, my sons have promised me
that my granddaughters will come
and learn to love Salem as I love it.’ ’
The Thursday morning program
was primarily for the Freshmen and
new students. Mr. McEwen, head
of the department of education and
psychology, spoke on adajrting one’s
self to the life at college, lie laid
stress on establishing favorable at
titudes toward the subjects being
studied and toward the faculty, and
on forming habits that will help rath
er than hinder progress. Ho said it
was necessary that a student adjust
herself to the different physical con
ditions on a college cnnipus, and to
become accustomed also, to the dif
ference in the ways of studying and
teaching as comimred to the high
school methods. Last ho gave some
important note making aids
To get the most out of a class
“one should,” ho said, “enter into
the classroom with an attitude of
willingness and of co-operation.”
(Continued on Page Five)
President Speaks About
Early History of
Election of Queen and Court
To Take Place in Middle
of October
Maiy Turner Willis, of Now Bern,
K. C., chairman of May Day for
1939, announced the following heads
of sub-committees:
Vice-chairman: Virginia Bruce
Davis, Danville, Va.
Nominating: Grace Gillespie,
Tazewell, Va.
Tea Room: .Tano Alice Dilling,
Gastonia, N. C.
Publicity: Madeleine Hayes,
Music: Helen Savage,
Wilmington, N. C.
Costumes: Mary Thomas,
Knoxville, Tenn.
Dances: Francos Klutz,
Salisbury, N. C.
Flowers: Forest Mosby,
Waynesboro, Va.
Properties: Katharine King,
Leaksvillc, N. C.
Program; Jessie Skinner,
Elizabeth City, N. C.
Dresses; Kate Pratt,
Winston-Salem. N. O. ,
The members of these'sub-commit-
tees will be announced later. Al
though May Day is a long way off,
plans are now being made for it.
The members of these sub-eonimit-
tees will be announced later. Al
though May Day is a long way off,
“Seeing Double” is sometimes a
profitable experience, Dr. Kondthaler
told Salem College students at the
first expanded chapel of the year. It
is well, he said to observe what is
outwardly visible in a community
and also to observe the invisible or
historical back ground.
Dr. Rondthaler took his listeners
back with him one hundred and sev
enty-two years, to a cold Monday
morning, January (i, 17(i(i, when
twelve pioneer men stood on a spot
now two and a half blocks from Me
morial Hall to hew the first tree of
a town dreamed of and already map
ped out. Their first act in that
dense forest was to open the word
of God, by lot, believing that they
would be divinely guide| to choose
a fitting passage. The chapter to
which tliey o|>ened was Lsaiali 37:35
— “I will defend the city saith the
Lord.” Upon hearing these words
they began to prepare for building.
By Wednesday there was sufficient
clearage to erect a rough shelter, the
beginning of the town SaJem. Salem,
named by Count Zinzendorf moans
Peace. ’ ’ The town was located on
this site because of its googrftphical
advantages, topography, and the
slope that provided warm sun on
winter days. Many springs were
The Continental plan was followed
for the laying out of the town. Ac
cording to the Kurojvean village fash
ion the buildings woro to surround a
sjuare, the heart and center of the
The oldest surviving of these
buildings is the frame one across
from the square, and was built
within a year and a half of the first
rude 8helt;or. This wtts thp CQl'toy
of the youthful industry. The next
oldest is the Kister’s ITouae, now
Hsied as a teacher’s dormitory. The
old church house, of which the Louisa
Hitting Building is a reproduction,
was built in 1770 where Main Hall
now stands. It for this reason
that Main Hall has the date 1770 on
its cornerstone. This early church
included the home of the pastor and
the first school for girls, which wan
opened in 1772.
In 17^1, said Dr. Kondthaler, tho
peace of the tran(]uil little commun
ity was interrupted by six thousand
Hedcoats under command of Corn
wallis. These soldiers, marching
through from Charleston demanded
recourses of every kind and stayed
for three days.
Ten years Inter, continued Dr.
Rondthaler, Salem had another visit
which was prolonged three days. In
1791 George Washington made his
long journey southward and arrived
in tho town one May morning. In
his personal diary as well as in his
correspondence ho wrote of the joy
and appreciative interest in what he
Boturniug to the present. Dr.
Rondthaler encouraged the students
to live a vigorous present, apprecia
tive of the past. Were these pion
eer men misguided, he asked, when
they oi>ened thei word of God and
found written: “I will defend this
city to save it for roy own sake,
saith tho Lord.”
plans ftro now bing miMlo for it The
election of tho court and the queen
will take place in the middle of Oc

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