Friday, November 23, 2012

Nadine's Diary, "Boys Were Here"

Friday Nov. 23.  Went to breakfast.  In school.  Boys came home from dinner with us.  Will and I took a walk as usual after dinner.  Came home.  Boys were here.  Stayed all night.  I did not go to bed.
Henry Baker Brown 
*The president of the Northern Indiana Normal School in 1894 was Henry Baker Brown, who held that position from 1873 until 1917.  During his tenure, the name changed to Valparaiso College and then to Valparaiso University.  From the article linked above:
Believing that God ordained the virtues of thrift and sobriety, Brown cultivated an ethos of hard work and discipline on campus.  Classes began at 6:45 a.m., formal dress was required of all students, no matter how poor, and students could be instantly dismissed for gambling, visiting a saloon, or even unexcused absences.
Clearly there was a way around the dismissal for unexcused absences, as Nadine and her friends skipped more than a few.  I wonder what he would have made of her escapades, had he known!

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