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Tom Marshall's The Burro '03


Portraits of Delta Phi fraternity members

0NE memorable evening in May, nineteen hundred, sixteen students of the University of Arizona found themselves seated about a banquet table in the Hotel Orndorff. It was not a chance meeting for the, gathering had long been planned and awaited. The arrangement had been thoroughly looked after and the speeches responding to the various toasts had been carefully prepared. The long college term was almost over. Promotions to higher classes were a probability for some but only a possibility for others. In a few days the students would depart for their homes, some never to return, but ere this parting day should arrive these sixteen collegians must meet about this festive board. As we see them, in imagination, prepared to feast on the banquet spread before them let us pause and consider the changes time's flight has wrought. Of these sixteen students Whipple is the only one now attending the University. While some have graduated like Wakefield, Parker and Richmond, others found themselves unable to complete their courses and obtained positions in the Territory and elsewhere and have already shown the results of university training.

As we see them we turn and look at the years to come. We see some struggling upon the lime-barred field in glorious endeavor to keep the red and blue unsoiled by defeat.

We see others upon the track establishing records that shall stand and perhaps fall but at any rate shall spur others to greater feats. There are still some who not of athletic mould may on the forum uphold the honor of their Alma Mater and prove that the intellect is carefully nurtured and, fostered.

Again we turn and see the revelers. A cosmopolitan gathering, yet a representative one, and one in which the University might well be proud.

They met primarily to eat and to rejoice and exult over the past trials but they also were there as representative men of the student body to discuss phases of college life that should be developed, ways and means whereby the lives of the young men attending the University could be made more pleasant. Among those called upon to voice his opinion was Ross M. Russell, of Phoenix, and in a few well- words he advised the organization of a fraternity. The speaker's remarks were attentively followed and his suggestion was cordially received and when the last toast was drunk and the sixteen had arisen from the table in the minds of most if not all of them there lingered the hope that in the following fall an organization such as suggested by Russell would be a reality.

So it was in the fall of nineteen hundred a number of the students of the University of Arizona met together and adopted a constitution and by-laws and formed the Delta Phi Fraternity. The men who signed the constitution as charter members were: G. M. Parker, W. T. Olney, J. N. Robinson, N. J. Roberts, R. M. Russell, C. F. Day, M. Blumenkranz, H. E. Castaneda, E. J. Hollingshead and W. D. Whipple, the latter being elected president.

Inexperience in fraternal work and formalities was soon overcome and the fraternity was soon hard at work. The student body soon began to regard a membership in the Delta Phi as one of highest honor and that opinion has never wavered. In this first year of its existence the fraternity initiated as members Bard L. Cosgrove, Kirke T. Moore and Allen C. Bernard. In May the first annual banquet was given and was the scene of much rejoicing over the work accomplished during the past year. All the speeches and remarks showed a united brotherhood and a confidence in the future of the fraternity.

When college opened in the fall of 1901 ten members of the Delta Phi Fraternity had returned. Parker had graduated, Robinson had gone to Los Angeles to take a course in a business college, while Olney had such a lucrative position at Solomonville that he did not care to return to college. At the first meeting Kirke Moore was elected president. On the evening of November first the first annual ball was given by the fraternity and was a success in every respect. Shortly before Christmas F. H. Bernard, E. E. Jones and J. W. Gebb were admitted to membership and in March R. Cadwell and M. H. Calderwood were initiated. The evening of May 30th saw the twelve resident members of the fraternity seated at the second annual banquet. A happy, contented band, satisfied with the year's work done by the brotherhood and looking forward to the new year with hopes. Dull care flew to seek another habitation while wit and jollity held sway until time for oratory and council.

Three of the brothers in the Delta Phi did not return in the fall of 1902. Blumenkranz had graduated, Allen Bernard had followed in the footsteps of Robinson and had gone to attend a commercial college in Southern California, while Cadwell was in the employ of a Bisbee firm. Bard L. Cosgrove was elected president of the fraternity. In January the following were elected to membership: W. K. Sietz, T. S. Chapin, L. M. Rosenberg, Z. Pearce, C. C. Olney, E. S. Stafford and R. W. Moore. On the evening of February 6th the second annual ball was given by the fraternity. The new dining hall was profusely decorated with bunting and the colors and emblems of the brotherhood. The floor was in fine condition, Fiske's orchestra never played more divinely and when the last notes of "Home Sweet Home" had been played a notable success had been scored by the fraternity.

At the present time there are seventeen members of the Delta Phi Fraternity in Tucson: Cosgrove, Holtingshead, Day, Whipple, Allen Bernard, Kirke Moore, Ernest Jones, J. W. Gebb, F. H. Bernard, Calderwood, Sietz, Stafford, Rosenberg, Rov Moore, C. C. Olney, Chaplin and Pearce. Of those not in Tucson but whose names are on the membership roll, N. J. Roberts is at Benson employed in the Southern Pacific freight office, H. E. Castaneda is managing a hotel in the same town, J. N. Robinson is at present assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Clifton, W. T. Olney is the book keeper of the company store at Metcalf, near Clifton, and M. Blumenkranz is the assayer and surveyor of the Shannon Mining Company at the same place, Russell is the foreman of the vanner room at the Cananea mines in Mexico, R. Cadwell is foreman of the telephone department of the Douglass Improvement Company at Douglass. Parker is at the University of California and will graduate this year. We leave them a band of young men organized for mutual pleasure and benefit, and bound together by ties of mutual confidence and fraternal regard. Stronger than ever before the Delta Phi Fraternity of the University of Arizona looks back on its past history proudly, yet unassumingly, and awaits the pages that future shall write confidently and serenely.

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