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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 20, 1946)
Graveyard Not Ghoulish;
Some Epitaphs Foolish
By E. Z. SMITH
Digging up a story on the University’s backyard cemetery
promised to be a grave undertaking, but it wasn t entirely a
I learned, for instance, that the oldest grave is that of Wil
liam Augustus Bushnell, who died 85 years ago, on Jan. 23, 1861.
; Into those 85 years has been crowded the entire history of the
. University of Oregon, and to a large extent, the history of
J^ugene. Oregon had been ad
mitted to the Union only two years
before the late Mr. Bushnell was
interred, and it wasn’t until 18
years later, in 1879, that Deady
Hall, the first Univei-sity building,
There are records of amusing
epitaphs on the more ancient
graves in the eastern U. S. graves
Mated in the 1700's, but apparently
! xhe pioneer who settled in Eugene
j,n the middle 1800’s was more con
i cerned with getting through the
.Golden Gates than with thumbing
inis nose at posterity.
The older epitaphs usually in
clude quotations from the Bible, or
Ian etching of half-open gates. In
the case of the deceased pioneer, it
: is quite clear where he went. On
his headstone is engraved, “Gone
Home,” and there's a hand with
the index finger pointing upward.
Another, sure of his own reser
vation, wrote a preemptory “Meet
They weren’t all sure. One says,
perhaps in sad contemplation of
sdme scarlet deed, “I have turned
everything over to the Lord. V\ hat
rh<j>ie can I do?"
One lugubrious aunty didn t re
veal where she was going, but
found cold comfort in the fact that
.she’d have lots of company:
“Remember, friend, as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, you soon shall be.
Prepare for death and follow me.”
After that disquieting encounter,
19th & Agate •
I was pleased to run across a grave
marked simply and cheerfully,
“Tootsie, July 15, 1918.’’
Many of the early settlers were
never quite weaned away from
their midwest and eastern homes.
A number of tombstones note
something like this, “Born in Cal
laway Co., Mo., died in Lane Co.,
Sept. 9, 1881.”
Many were proud of their cross
country expeditions, “Crossed
plains in 1849. Came to Eugene,
1858.” Some weren’t happy here
and wanted to be spirited back
home, “From West to the East,
if the Lord so deems it.”
Some found Eugene an exciting
place in which to live, and die,
“A. M. Z., Murdered' by J. E. M„
Apr. 27, 1876.” Tragic death came
in another form and was noted on
the gravestone, “Benjamin and
Joseph Theimer. Drowned, Aug. 5,
Hundreds of students pass
through the cemetery every day,
taking the short cut to John Straub
for meals, but_ so far their im
moderate conversation and disre
gard for propriety has not given
rise to any complaints.
UO Phi Beta Kappa
(Continued from page one)
Other executive positions will
be filled by C. J. Sullivan, assistant
professor of philosophy, Dr. Phillip
Souers, English department head,
and A. H. Gropp. research assis
Students elected to Phi Beta
Kappa have been selected on the
basis of outstanding achievement
in the pursuit of integrity and
idealism of scholastic endeavor.
Qualifications were not deter
mined on grade point averages
alone but on general course distri
bution throughout the University
in accordance with the high ideal
of Phi Beta Kappa, a liberal edu
The spring elections will be held
in the latter part of April or dur
ing the first of May, Mrs. Helen
Soehren, secretary-treasurer, said.
At that time honor averages for
seniors will be considered and those
with the highest achievements in
tellectually will be selected for Phi
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Chemists Will Inspect
Government Test Plant
Graduates and faculty members
of the University school of chemis
try will take part in the tour of the
government aluminum test plant
near Salem next Saturday. This
tour of inspection is a feature of
the November meeting of the
American Chemical socigty, which
is held at the state capital.
Those attending from Oregon's
department of chemistry are: Dr.
Pierre Van Rysselberghe, professor
of chemistry; Dr. John*McGee, re
search associate in chemistry; Dr.
Donald F. Swinehart and Dr. Hans
Heymann, both assistant profes
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visiting research associate; Roy
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The United States civil service
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The fields of choice include: ar
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raphy, mathematics, metallurgy,
physics, and textile technology.
Applicants must take a written
general test, and must have had
four year college course, with ma
jor studies in the particular fields
they apply for. If experience or oth
er school amounting to four years
college credits is possessed by any
applicant, passing the test will be
Applications for this examina
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students who expect to complete
their studies by June 30, 1947. Per
sons interested may obtain addition
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The new vets dorm will be open
Ashes to Ashes
and Dust to
Dust — If
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Today and Tomorrow
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