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Tom Marshall's The Burro '03

THE ALUMNI
BY CLARA FERRIN '01

The sun had dropped behind the Black Hills and the evening breeze cooled his heated head. His canteen was tied to the saddle and he raised himself seeking to crawl to the horse but he could not move. He makes no murmur but that look in his eye changes, he is far away. He sees himself hurriedly, expectantly passing through the streets of his home town. Now a vine covered cottage draws near, it shelters that for which he had strived and suffered these years-ages they seem to him.

The gates click behind him, he is rushing up the gravelly pathway toward the door which hides from his sight the priceless treasure he calls his own. Ah! the knob turns, it is opening, does open, he sees-

They found him with his watch charm open beside him.

To look back over the happy experiences we have met with, however small they may have been, gives a peculiar, indescribable pleasure. Especially is this true of incidents connected with our college life.

It is with the hope of giving this pleasure to some of our friends and classmates that we endeavor to recall a few incidents in the college life of the members of the Alumni and also to tell what they have done since they left their Alma Mater. As yet our membership is small, for in all we are but twenty-eight, still we go on our way rejoicing in the belief, however true or false it may be, that what we lack in quantity we make up for in quality.

To Mercedes Anna Shibbell, Mary Flint Walker and Charles Orma Rouse, the class of '95, belongs the honor of being the first graduates of the University of Arizona. From their motto, "In Struggle, Reward," we may judge of their trials: but it is safe to say they maintained their dignity as seniors until the end, and were justly rewarded by receiving the first degree conferred by our University.

The year of 1896 passed without any graduates, but in 1897 the names of Clara C. Fish, George Ojeda Hilzinger and Mark Walker, Jr., were added to the list of graduates. Terpichore presided over this class and the genius of its members broke forth in song. The first college song of our University was produced.

Sung to the tune of "Ta, Ra, Ra. Boom De Aye," its verses told of the moral, physical and mental attribute of the student body. From the graduation of this class also dates the organization of the Alumni Association.

Pride filled the hearts of the class of '98, for were they not the largest class yet graduated from the University? That mighty number 4! Even in their motto "Gravior quo Paratior" they tell us with what confidence they march forth from their Alma Mater. The members of this class are Hattie Ferrin, Minnie Ruth Watts, John D. Young and Malcom Gillett.

Robert L. Morton, the class of '99, was well called Robinson Crusoe, a monarch of all he surveyed. "E Pluribus Unum" is his well chosen motto. Thus far the classes had chosen gold as one of their class colors. The class of '95, silver and gold; the class of '97, crimson and gold; the class of '98, purple and gold, so this lone Sun following the seeming precedent and striving to carry out the oneness of his class chose gold.

The members of the class of 1900 were Ida C. Flood, Florence R. Welles, Charles P. Richmond and Samuel Wesley McCrea. Mr. McCrea was not a resident student, but having obtained the necessary credits his degree was conferred with the class of 1900. He has since taken a degree at Stanford University and written several valuable papers on the development of education in Arizona.

The literary ability of this class was marked. If an address or oration of especial importance was required either Charlie or Ida were called upon. All three took prominent parts in debates and organized the Lescha Literary Society. which lasted until they graduated. "Quanti est sapere," was their motto. To the energy and ability of Charles P. Richmond we also owe the beginning of our college paper. He was connected with the paper both as business manager and editor-in-chief. He was military instructor and captain of the cadets and won a gold medal in competitive drill.

The class of '01 fondly called themselves "Torchbearers of the Twentieth Century," but were often recognized as the "Naughty-Ones," They began their college career with a class of twelve, which dwindled away until the great day came but three were left -- George M. Parker, Clara Ferrin and Rudolph Castaneda to prove true their motto, " Finis Cornat Opus." Both of the young men were captains of the cadets. George Parker was the avowed leader of athletics. Whether in tennis, baseball or football he always came off with honors. Was this the reason of his popularity with the girls as well as with the boys?

Rudolph had not much time to devote to athletic sports for we are told a more interesting subject occupied his spare moments. By his fellow students he is often fondly remembered as the hero of the pillow fight.

The class of 1902have the distinction of being the largest class yet graduated from our University.

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