North Carolina Newspapers

Vol. 14, No. 1
October, 1948
Dr. and Mrs. McGregor, and Dr. and Mrs. Bell shake hands with old
and new students at the annual reception honoring the new faculty
and Students.
Mrs. Quillen Sketches
Life of Famous Husband
By Charlotte Roth
The tall woman in navy blue
with the friendly brown eyes
graciously acknowledged the in
troduction. She sat on a small
sofa in the corner of the Inn lob
by, over near the clock. Your re
porter sat down on the sofa, too,
wondering just how she should
begin. However, Mrs. Quillen
kindly set her at ease by herself
beginning the interview.
Robert Quillen, one of the coun
try’s foremost newspaper col
umnists, was born in Syracuse,
Kansas, on the Colorado line. He
came by his profession honestly—
his father owned several news
papers throughout the West, and
as a boy, young Robert worked in
the print shop. Mrs. Quillen re
calls, with a twinkle in her eye,
how he quite precociously printed
small magazines of his own!
A South Carolinian herself,
from a little town called Fountain
Inn, the authenticity of which
she has always had difficulty con
vincing acquaintances, Mrs. Quil
len has known her husband since
she was 8 years old. He went to
South Carolina at the age of 19,
just out of the Cavalry, in re
sponse to an item in a trade journ
al advertising the need of a print
er to start a newspaper in Fount
ain Inn.
During the period of his first
marriage, he adopted a red-headed
daughter, Louise, familar known
to many readers in “Letters From
a Bald-Headed Father to His Red-
Headed Daughter.” When Mr.
Quillen and his second wife, Mar-
celle Babb, the charming lady of
the interview, were married in
1922, they moved across the street
to their new home. The first sum
mer after their marriage, they
bought a summer home here in
Montreat and have lived here every
summer since.
It was during the First World
War that Robert Quillen began
to get a national reputation, by
his paragraphs which the Literary
Digest footed. Once they quoted
24 in one issue. When the Pub
lishers Syndicate consulted the
Digest as to the best paragrapher,
they promptly suggested Robert
Quillen. During this time, he also
wrote occasionally for Collier’s and
The Saturday Evening Post,
“small town stuff.’’ For the
Baltimore Evening Sun he con-
Continued on Page 3
13 New S.P.S. Members
And Guests To Be Feted
Miss Webb Heads
School Faculty Again
Mrs. Bumgarner, whose home
is in Greensboro, N. C., is the
housemother for the Montreat
School this year. She graduated
from Women’s College of the
University of N. C. with B. S. and
M. S. degrees. Formerly she has
taught Home Economics in high
school. Listed among her likes
we found; photography, orches
tral music and the beautiful scen
ery and mountain here in Mon
Teaching freshman and sopho
more English and Algebra is Miss
Hillman of Blacksburg, Virginia.
Her majors in Virginia Polytectnic
Institute, where she graduated
with a B. .S. degree, were math
ematics, and science, but her fav
orite pastime is listening to class
ical music.
Continued on Page 4
Misses Hoyt and Dubose
Are College Deans
New names and new faces greet
ed our arrival at Montreat this
year. Why, it hardly seemed like
the same place—but yes, there
was Miss Hoyt, smiling a wel
come; and after further invest
igation, we see that many of last
year’s faculty are back — Mr.
Miller, Misses Miles, Woodhouse,
Watkins, Anderson, Dickinson, and
Grier, Mrs. White, Dr. Reeves, and
Dr. Kennedy.
But let’s get acquainted with
the newcomers. They look like
very nice people.
First, there’s Miss Lucile Du-
Bose, our new Dean of Women..
She’s originally from Nashville,
Tenn., but she has worked all over
the United States and in Africa, do
ing religious work. Miss DuBose
did her graduate study at Biblical
Seminary in New York, at Col
umbia University, and at the
Hartford Foundation.
Continued on Page 6
Hylton, Washburn, and
Roth Are Re-appointed
to New Positions
Cordie Hylton, a Sophomore who
plans to major in journalism, and
who was last year’s Feature Ed
itor, is back on the Staff as News
Editor. Margery Washburn step
ped from the position of Humor
Editor to that of Feature Editor;
and Charlotte Roth, former Club
Editor, took Margery’s place as
Humor Editor. These are some of
the results of the recent try-outs
conducted by the S. P. S. in its
annual fall campaign for new mem
Other new members are: Barb
ara Gladstone, High School News
Editor; Meldonia Coley, College
Sports Editor; Charlotte Hisle,
High School Sports Editor; Char
lotte Burgess, College Club Ed
itor; Lizabeth Wilson, High School
Club Editor; Joan' Guthrie, Art
Editor; Ruth Lucas, Exchange
Editor; Janet Bound, Vickie Sam-
burg, Jerry Ford, Typists.
At the beginning of the year,
Mary Anne Phillips was elected to
represent the High School as As
sociate Editor.
Miss Watkins, Mrs. White and
Miss Barrett are the new fac
ulty advisors for the Staff.
Athletic Board Ready
For Another Year
The High School Athletic Board
met September 18, to choose the
new board, and that night at their
party, they were proud to an
nounce as new members: President,
Elizabeth Cox; Vice-President,
“Liz” Wilson; Secretary, Martha
Brown; Treasurer, Charlotte Hisle;
Assistant Vice-President, Jean
Hart; Cheerleader, Ji Ji Landon;
Co-Hikers, Dorothy Dabbs and
Cynthia Waddell; Tennis, Rita
Buckner; Soccer, Kay Lowery;
Basketball, Gerry Hoffman; In
door Sports, Bobby Thompson and
Ann Steppe; Chickasaw Tribe
Continued on Page 4

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