September 28, 1956
A Slight Centennial
By Jeane Smitherman
Shave a hundred years off Salem
Academy and College history . . .
return to the days when gentlemen
signed a flourishing “Esq.” to their
names . . . when ladies were en
laced in corsets, and then puffed
out in billowey blouses, sweeping
skirts, and bustles . . . return to
the days when Indian Territory was
open for settlement . . . when
Southern tempers were growing
warm . . . and Salem girls came to
school in great family carriages . . .
Salem would not be changed
much from the 19S6 year; for we
would still have:
Payment of fees—Mr. Babington,
“Esq.” will be sorely pressed in
sending both his daughters to
Salem . . . The total cost, includ
ing board, tuition, clothes (!) and
laundry, is 250 dollars per year
for each girl. Of course, Helen
may not be able to remain be
cause of her unseemly short hair.
A foreign student'—Christy Menzel,
who in this year of 1856, rode all
the way from Indian Territory to
come to Salem . . .
Construction in progress-—This is
the year we remove ourselves into
Main Hall, complete with the
gymnasium in the basement . . .
Faculty advisers—the students are
divided into little “families” of
several girls who are supervised
by “Tutoresses.” Tutor Africa
has become a favorite with Deep
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Nights out — Lu Adams, Beth
Goodwin, and Gay Lynn Smith
are the envy of their less adven
turous classmates. They have
wheedled and cajoled Tutoress
Austin to accompany them on
three w'alks to the cemetery after
Class and registration difficulties—
Puddin’ Van Avery and Sis Brid-
gers visciously vying for the last
vacancy in Tutoress Byrd’ early
afternoon Embroidery Class . . .
Ann Luttrell.and Betsy Geurrant
clashing over Tutor Cosby’s as
tronomy and Tutor Campbell’s
Taxidermy . . .
Boots Cahoon and Bebe Johns
on the outs with Tutor Shewmake
because he insists they should be
in the Painting Class rather than
the Monochromatic Drawing
Course . . .
Tutor Sandresky pulling his
handsome beard because Rosemary
Laney gave up pinaoforte for les
sons on the melodeon under Tutor
Nancy Jean Carroll causing Tutor
Peterson great loss of joviality and
weight by threatening to register
for Guitar lessons under Tutor
Heidemann . . .
We would have all these things,
but we couldn’t have:
Tom’s, the post office, the stu
dent center, bridge games in Cle-
well basement, ... a music build
ing with an elevator in it to get
Abbye Davis lodged between third
and fourth floors . . . Dr. Gramley
censoring all our mail . . . Heavens,
let’s get back to 1956, and lock our
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Looking back over the past cen
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produces some giggles from Mary
Avera, (left), and the Babington
twins, Helen and Robin. Even
though the lace shirtwaists and
bustles of "the good old days” may
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