Scenes Near South Hall from Tom Marshall's photo album 1899-1903.
Originals are 3" x 4" sepia colored prints.
George Edison Philip Smith came to the University in 1900. He was a department head until 1944, and part-time to 1955. In the later 1960s he wrote an essay recalling how he had come to the University to teach surveying.
"On the first Saturday forenoon my class in surveying, some 25 students, was taken out east of the campus to become acquainted with the use of the surveying instruments. I was coaching a group learning to use a hundred-foot tape when I backed into a cholla bush and hundreds of cholla needles penetrated the cloth and stuck in my flesh. A couple of the boys accompanied me to the dormitory and helped pull out the needles. After that I learned to be wary of cacti and rattlesnakes."
Smith was put in charge of the second floor of South Hall, he continues his essay, "At the south or rear end of the building there was a large woodpile replenished by the Superintendent of Grounds. I, like the students was expected to take the ax, prepare an armful of wood and carry it to my room where indeed, I found later was very much needed for Tucson's winter nights can be very cold. Of course I had charge of the second floor. At seven o'clock the students must be in their rooms. Many of the boys were from ranches and most of the boys were in the Preparatory Department as very few students were of the college level."