Bulletin: Hardin-Simmons Ex-Student Roundup, July, 1940 Page: 1
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Entered as Second Class Matter, June 19, 1915, at the Postoffice' at Abilene, Texas, Under Act of August 24, 1912.
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Volume XXVI Harry H. Hayes, Editor JULY, 1940 Frances Edmonds Palm '25, Asst. Editor
Ex Banquet Greatest in H-S History
Club Elects New Officers
At a recent meeting of the Pan-
handle Hardin-Simmons Club, Mary
Giartner '31, was elected President
for 1940-41. Other officers are:
Wayne Middleton '22, vice-president,
and Bertha Gartner '31, Secretary-
Twenty-two exes attended the meet-
ing, which- was held at Amarillo.
Those registering were: Mary Gart-
ner, Pampa; Bertha Gartner, Ama-
rillo; Rev. J. P. McBeth, '25, Dumas;
Rev. J. H. Dean, '36, Stratford; Rev.
Win. H. Bateman, '30, Childress; Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Mobley, '17, (Aileen
Welborn, '01), Amarillo; Mr. and
Mrs. J. Wayne Middleton, '22, (Mavis
Harrison, '22), Amarillo; Mr. and
Mrs. John Kenyon, (Murl Lockhart,
'19), Amarillo; Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
Vineyard, (Alice Nicholas, '20), Ama-
rillo; Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Norman, '19,
(Edith Mayberry, '19), Amarillo; Mr.
and Mrs. H. B. Fain, (Lela Holt, '18),
Amarillo; Rev, and Mrs. J. Perry
King, '20, Clarendon; Mr. and Mrs.
Malcolm Mayfield, '13, (Ethel Cathey,
Bad weather kept a large group
from attending from nearby towns.
Plans had been made to accommodate
more than fifty exes. A check for
five dollars was received by Dr. Rich-
ardson to be placed on the organ
Graduate Club Organized
The "Graduate Degree" class of
1939 was host for an informal coffee
at the home of Mrs. J. D. Sandefer
in the first meeting of the organiza-
The H.-S. U. Graduate Club is made
up of all students who have received
M. A. or honorary degrees from Har-
At the initial meeting Mrs. Hyman
Harrison was elected president and
Mrs. Gib Sandefer was chosen as sec-
retary. Mrs. J. D. Sandefer was
made sponsor of the Club.
Gerald Jarvis '38 and Wm. Earl
Ragsdale '35 are both employed by
the State Board of Health in Austin.
Gladys Palmer '32 is Home Demon-
stration Agent with headquarters at
Port Lavaca, Texas.
Climax of the annual alumni ban-
quet, of record breaking attendance
Saturday, June 1, 1940, at the Hilton
Hotel in Abilene, was the launching
of a movement to erect a building on
the Hardin-Simmons campus as a me-
morial to the late President J. D.
In acknowledging the tribute to the
memory of her distinguished husband,
Mrs. Sandefer pledged "half the pro-
eeeds of an insurance policy, at his
express direction, as a gift to the
Plans for the observance of the
Semi-Centennial celebration in 1941-
1942 were discussed and approved by
the ex-students. Jubilee plans include
a series of pilgrimages'and gatherings
during the anniversary year.
Dr. C. E. Adams, '15, Abilene,
chairman of the Semi-Centennial Com-
mission, was master of ceremonies.
DM. Truett Walton, '20, superintendent
of schools, Ranger, was toastmaster.
Mrs. H. A. Pender, '11, president of
the ex-student body, Abilene, was one
of the principal speakers.
The large banquet hall of the Hil-
ton was filled to overflowing with
additional tables having to be set up
in the adjoining mezzanine. Repre-
sentatives from the first graduating
class in 1895 through the 1940 grad-
uating class were present.
To the accompaniment of music by
the Cowboy Band and the University
Orchestra old friendships were re-
newed and new ones made among the
exes during an informal hour pre-
ceding the banquet proper.
The program follows:
Master of ceremonies, Dr. Clinton
E. Adams, '15.
Toastmaster, W. T. Walton, '20.
"Our University," Dr. R. N. Rich-
Recognition of reunion classes.
Semi-Centennial Commission report,
Dr. Clinton E. Adams.
Board of Trustee Report, Pres. J.
D. Sandefer, Jr., '20.
Miss Virginia Sheridan, Harpist.
Joedene Propst, Tenor.
Miss Marijohn Melson, Singer and
H.-S. U. Orchestra, Herbert M.
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Dr. Richardson To
Stay At H-SU
You probably suffered some un-
easy moments, along with the present
student body and other exes, as the
news that Dr. Richardson was to leave
H.-S. U. circulated. With the an-
nouncement of his intention of stay-
ing. on at H.-S. U., exes and students
are rejoicing in his choice. Dr. Rich-
ardson has, and is rendering an in-
valuable service to the University and
exes are happy he has chosen to re-
main. At least three major univer-
sities were offering him positions.
Dr. Richardson is teaching during the
first summer term at Oklahoma Uni-
Dr. White Declines
Dr. W. R. "Bill" White, pastor of
the First Baptist Church of Okla-
homa City, recently advised that it
would be impossible for him to ac-
cept the appointment as president of
lardin - Simmons University due to
matters of extreme importance which
could not be cared for in his home
Dr. White's message said in part:
"This has been the most difficult
decision of my whole public life. Your
offer to me of the presidency of H-SU
greatly impressed me. I was strongly
inclined in your direction. I felt that
it was a significant challenge to ser-
vice. I am convinced that H-SU is
on the threshold of a mighty future.
"Subsequent to your election, facts
and factors appear on a scale which
I did not foresee, making a most
thorough reexamination the part of
"Therefore, after prolonged, prayer-
ful consideration, I have come to the
conclusion that it is imperative that
I remain in my present position."
The editor had great difficulty in
placing a Mrs. Horace Carpenter of
Sweetwater until he learned that she
was the former "Nig" Hunt '29. Mis.
Carpenter is secretary to the general
manager of Western Windmill Co.,
of Sweetwaterp and an official of the
Nolan County H-SU Club.
Do Your Part-Send a Good Student to H-SU This Fall
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