Independence enterprise. (Independence, Polk County, Or.) 189?-190?, June 18, 1903, Image 1

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ommencement Week.
Annual Commencement Exercises Were Held
At Monmouth This Week.
abbi $. Wise, of Portland, Delivered tbe Address.
Lerciscs Were Exceedingly Interesting and of a High Order
of Merit.
HucTNPriil Y'r.
. t B ti II 1 1 U I finilla
cfoirnt of the Oregon htate
O.l. ...... I Uu mM lnl.l Ma.
Tb "majority" year ia
i lucci'nnful one in many
The student body ha Wn
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tat, industrious ana loyai.
Uwti littlo mcknes. but one
br of thu faculty lowing any
ttnJan uniiHUnlly umali tium
,.f the to.l-iitK. No epidemic
UK fever or contagi ju !-
ban occurred, and tho imlu
it climate of I'olk county re
I an important asset of tho in
ith r-Kr! to tho work anil
lard of tho Normal Bchool at
mouth, it may bo said to its
ttbat it does not cater to the
of student attracted
eluding Wallowa, Union, Baker
and Umatilla in the extreme north
eastern part of tho Htate, and liar
nry, Lake and Klamath in tho
Southern part. Of the present
graduation clans, four are residents
of I'olk county, three ol Lane, two
of Washington, two of Yamhill
and one each of Wasco, Gilliam,
Union, Marion, Umatilla, Benton,
Tillamook, Linn, Lincoln and
Multnomah. Twelve of the 22
graduate are teachers of some ex
perience and hold either state or
fimt grade county certificates. The
majority of tho class have already
accepted appointments for next
The propped for next year is ex
ceedingly bright. Tho mail has
already brought notice ofanura-
next year,
by the: her of new students for
4 jr,Mwr'
I T7-
j if
ise of short courses and easy
ViinationH. There is no effort
e to draw student except such
intend to become teathers or
a thorough scholastic train
the academic studies in
H ill a Leaehnr' certificate.
Monaiouth school still remains
Inly state normal that confines
to the preparation ol teachers
! exclusion of business courses,
furuental music, college pre-
lnry courses and the like. No
1 this is the reason for its
fS hold upon the state at large
?ti high standing with tho edu-
r of the stato.
total enrollment for the
i't year is 214, (5!) boys and
I'fls, none of whom were enter-
the Training nnnrtment.
o l
tal would be nearly doubled
enrollment of the Training
"iment. about 200. were in
while an unusually large number
of old students have signified their
intention of returning. The new
catalogues are being distributed
this week and other preparations
are well under way looking to an
active summer's work for this
mi 1. 11 lorTina Kpn-
BChOOl. 1H8 mil l"i"J '"b" '
tern ber 22.
The District Attorney."
A a fitting nrelude to com
tnencement, the Normal Dramatio
(Muh nut on the boards at the
b intensely interesting
drama, "The District Attorney."
The play illustrates in a dramatic
way the public and priyate work
ing of the political ring in New
York City, and its plot compols at
throughout. The stage
setting, beautiful drop curtain and
setting, "i- - nf
electric footlights were worthy of
the play, and completely
the chapel to a theatre. The sale
... uuuUfc iWj "f""" 0f reserveu seats ---
k. aa .1 .i, , .1 i,0f olmost every per-
1. .o u jiio 1,11 Buiui) nuici iceill'lllnl. ou i - - 5l'U
l. im . - . . I . ooz-ni-mi one. ine
t- ine catalogue for this, son present u YT fu'
wnwh io ... i j:..ju...j rnanei who wh""
" io nj UD uto tl 1 iru YTU . v r
"eek, shows that tho Mon
h chol is not n. local institu
five other
punties being represented, in-
full and
there were many ' i
Some idea of the and 'ence can be
had by the financial result which
reached 125.
W. II. Rutherford, ss the district
attorney, made a decided hit. He
acted and looked the part of the
honest lawyer to perfection and
shone particularly in hia fierce con
flict between love, friendship and
the promptings of a kind heart on
one side against stern duty on the
E. S. Evenden, as Mathew P.rain
erd, a prominent millionaire mem
ber of "tho rine." was all that
could be desired. The exposition
of tho passions of hate and avarice
and ot fear and exultation left
little to be desired. He was a fine
old villain.
J. B. V. Butler, as Gen. Ruggles,
editor and reformer, sustained tie
high reputation which he has.
earned In former plays. The char
acter seemed to have been cast es
pecially for him and he delighted
Comparisons are odious, especial
ly among such players as appeared
in this play, but we may be in
dulged in saying that Wm. Metz
ger, as Wellington Gridley, would
have done credit to the best pro
fessional troupe.
A. C. Hampton, as Pierson, the
convict; H. H. Belt, as Daniel Mc-
Grath, the boodler; G. N. Mur
dock, in the double cast of Holt,
tho athlete, and Corrigan, and in
fact, all deserve much credit.
As to the ladies, Miss Boatman,
ait Grace Brainerd, was charming.
She has an enviable reputation in
matters of this kind which she
fully sustained on this occasion
Miss Edith Owen, as Madge Brain
erd, sister of Grace, was charming,
and could not well have been im
proved upon. She and Gridley
were the lovers and "all the world
loves a lover." This audience was
no exception.
Miss Vernon, as Helen Knight
portrayed a high order of dramatic
talent. It was impossible not to
believe that she was terribly in
earnest. Miss Paldanius, as Elise,
made a charming maid.
Baccalaureate Services.
The audience which greeted Rey.
D. V. Toling, of The Dalles, Sun
day morning taxed the capacity of
the chapel. The sermon was elo
quent, eane and practical. Self
stud, self realization and self com
munion were the key words. The
musio under the direction of Miss
Hit-inns was especially good, in
cluding the voluntary and prelude
by Mrs. Babbitt, who also played
the accompaniments. Anthem
and response by quartette com
posed of Mrs. A. F. Campbell and
Mrs. J. M. Powell ana juessrs.
Ressler and Powell; a .beautiful
solo by Miss Higgins. in which her
voice was never heard to better ad
vantage; and two familiar hymns
in which the audience heartily
joined. Prof. Buckham, Ber. Wig'
more, Rev, Allen and Dr. Thomp
son assisted in the services. The
decorations in cut flowers and ferns
were simple and elegant. The
stago was occupied by the members
of the faculty, the senioi class and
visiting clergymen.
Cloning Chapel Kxerclsefl.
Monday morning at 9 o'clock the
school assembled in the chapel for
the last time this year as a body.
The students assembled and march
ed in by classes, the seniors lead
ing. It was very gratifying to see
what a large number had remained
to enjoy the commencement festivi
ties, probably 125 being present on
this occasion. A few visitors and
townspeople were also present.
The program was carried out as
follows: Hymn by school, "Lead
Kindly Light;" scripture and
prayer, rrolessor jsucitnam; song
by school, "Come, Come Away."
President Ressler then introduced
his frieDd. Mr. Nash, of Portland,
who delighted the students with a
talk on "Classic Music." which he
illustrated by playing on the piano
selections by Schubert, Schumann
and Chopin. His artistic playing
was deeply appreciated by facu.ty
and students. Mr. Ressler and
Miss Higgins then sang a duet en
titled "At Parting." The presi
dent then gave a short resume of
the year's work, commending many
features and pointing out how im
provements maybe made another
year in certain matters. Ho then
announced plans for the future
growth of the school and wished
all a pleasant and profitable vaca
tion. The students then marched
out to music and the faculty went
into executiye session.
Class Day.
The following program was well
rendered by the senior class Mon
day afternoon:
Overture, by orchestra; AddresB
of welcome, Estella Robbins; Ora
tion." Heroes of Science," .Squire
Whitman; Vocal solo, Miss Hig
gins; Oration, "Col. John Laurens,
Patriot," Orrin Byers; Oration,
"Cecil Rhodes, the Man and His
Work," Robena Smith; Vocal duet.
Miss Higgins and Mr. Ressler;
Oration, "The Homeric Age " Greg
ory Ziegler; Class song, Crystol
Laughlin; Presentation of class
gift, Mary Wetherbee; Music by
1, Daisy chain march; 2, plant
ing of vine; 3, presentation of
spade, by Mollio Petre; 4, flag
song; o, "Kequiescai in x ace; o,
farewoll song.
The class gift is an engraved
copy of the famed Sistine Madonna
by Raphael, artistically framed
and making a choice - addition to
the growing number of beautiful
pictures presented by former
Old Students Reunion.
Rain prevented the carrying out
of the promenade concert in the
grove on the campus. However,
the energetic committees of the
Freshman and Junior classes
quickly changed the plans and the
exercises were held in the chapel.
There was a short formal program
as an introductory, consisting of
vocal and instrumental music, an
ddressof wjlcotns by Prof. Ress
ler and responses by several former
students. The remainder of the
evening was ppent in renewing old
acquaintances and exchanging ex
periences since school days, inter
spersed with marches, games, etc.
The Lucas orchestra furnished ex
cellent music.
The Class Itreakfast.
Perhaps the June commence
ment will include no daintier fea
ture than the breakfast given by
President Ressler to the graduating
class. In response to invitation!
received several days beJore the
seniors repaired to the pleasant
home of Mrs. Cattron at 9 o'clock
on Tuesday morning, The dining
room was charming in its decora
tions of roses and sweet peas so
charming that one almost forgot
his physical wants in the gratifica
tion of his aesthetic. However,
the strawberries were so delicious,
the salad so appetizing, the chicken
so tender, the ice cream eo tempt
ing and the laughter and jollity so
contagious that for two hours the
flowers were but an unconscious in
fluence. At about 11 good morn
ings were said, happy hearts passed
through the gate and the benior
breakfast was a delightful memory.
The Begents Meeting.
The president of the board of re
gents. Judge Schofield, of Cornelius,
called the board to order at 2 P.
M. Tuesday, the following addi
tional members being present: A.
Noltner, Portland; Secretary Dun
bar, Justice Wolverton and Dr.
Calbreath, Salem; S. B. Eakin,
Eugene; Judge Flynn, Albany; and
J. B. V. Butler, Monmouth. The
absent members were Gov. Cham
berlain and Supt. Ackerman, Sa
lem; 0. A. Paxton, Portland; Ben
jamin Young, Astoria.
Among other important business
transacted was the election of fac
ulty, all the present . members be
ing chosen except Mrs. French,
teacher of biology and chemistry,'
and Miss Higgins, teacher of draw
ing and masic, both of whom re
signed. Mr, W. H. Mahoney, who
has been a critic in the Training
Department during the past year,
was selected for the position va
cated by Mrs. French. The suc
cessor of Misa Higgin3 is Miss
Dorothea Nash, formerly teacher
of drawing and music in the Agri
cultural College at Corvallis. and
for the past three years a student
in England and Germany. Before
going abroad Miss Nash was recog
nized as one of the most gifted
pianists among the younger musi
cians of Oregon, and with the study
and prestige of foreign residence,
she will at once take rank with the
leading musicians in the state.
The salary of the secretary and
librarian was raised $200 and a
number of appropriations allowed
fnr lihrarv. aDDaratus and repairs
and improvements. The old ofli-
.f j ' i j
Cer8 01 ine DOara wero re-eieuieu. ,.i-.v
Field Sports.
Tha ruin interfered somewhat '"X A
with tVA order of exercises for. va'i&ol
T,.oJii nflornnnn it hincr neCeS- .Iro
sary to cut out the track and neld;, B9l a
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