Women celebrate “Hanging of the Greens” at Dimmitt Hall. Dimmitt Hall had several Christmas traditions, including a Christmas tree party, a formal dinner and hanging of the greens. According to a booklet on Dimmitt Hall from the 1950’s, “The Sophomore girls arise early the last morning before the Christmas holidays to hang holly on each door and awaken the house with caroling. The girls eat breakfast at 6:30 clad in house coats and pajamas.” Today “Hanging of the Greens” is a campus wide event that also includes a Yule log service, decorating a Christmas tree and singing carols.
With the Morningside football team heading to the playoffs, we thought it would be fun to take a look back. This photograph from the 1949 Sioux yearbook shows members of the football team participating in some calisthenics. It was captioned, “Coach Pritula works us over.”
Good luck Mustangs!
1949 Sioux p. 68
By: Christie Vos
Lillian Dimmitt at a social function, possibly the annual Birthday Dinner, given to honor Miss Dimmitt and to commemorate the birthdays of all the women living at Dimmitt Hall. Date unknown.
Miss Dimmitt was born February 10, 1867, in Danville, IL, the daughter of a Methodist preacher. She attended Illinois Female College and Illinois Wesleyan University. She earned an M.A. from Columbia University in 1913, and also spent time at the American School of Classical Studies
She came to the University of the Northwest in February 1893 to replace a faculty member who resigned. That term she would be teaching Physical Geography, third year German, Latin and Greek. She continued on during the school’s transition to Morningside College. She became Professor of Latin in 1897 and Dean of Women in 1916. She continued in that position until 1940 and continued to teach into the 1960s.
The college named the women’s dormitory Dimmitt Hall in 1948.
Lillian Dimmitt died September 11, 1965, at the age of 98. Her home became the Lillian E. Dimmitt Alumni House.
Morningsider Fall/Winter 2005 p.17
Morningside College: A Centennial History p. 28-29
Morningside College cheerleaders, 1945-46. Photo includes Donna Severson, Maralyn Wood, Charles Ferris, Margaret Johnson, and John Riebhoff. According to the 1946 Sioux, “A group which deserves a lot of credit for adding color and enthusiasm to our football season are our six peppy cheerleaders. These Morningsiders were elected by the student body to lead the college yells…”. Missing from the photo was Ann Barrett.
Source - 1946 Sioux p.100
This week's photo is of the Hawkeye Literary Society Annual Banquet, held Monday, February 28, 1916, at West Hotel. After a seven course dinner, society president Lewis Bleakley introduced alumni B.W. Riner. A series of toasts were made by various members of the society and a solo sung by Richard Burroughs. “The evening closed with old “M.C.” and a rousing “KiYi” “(Collegian Reporter - March 1, 1916 p.6). The event was chaperoned by Miss Dimmitt and Miss Fischer. Individuals pictured include B.W. Riner and his wife, Richard Burroughs, Axel Beck, Harry Whyte, Lewis Bleakley, Miss Dimmitt and Miss Fisher.
Morningside College had a number of literary societies. These groups were important to the intellectual and social life on campus and the members often became leaders in their communities. The groups often sponsored debates on important topics of the day. These groups declined in membership as sports and other activities took their place.
The HJF library archive has programs from several such events. At the 1918 banquet held at the Martin Hotel students dined on such delicacies as Canape of Goose Liver, Consomme a la Royale, Broiled Breast of Chicken on Toast, Mixed Beans in Butter, and Medicis Ice Cream.
This photo shows M Club members escorting United States Vice President Charles Fairbanks and Morningside College President W. S. Lewis from Main Hall ca. 1907. Fairbanks gave an address to the students earlier that day on the importance of character. The visit was part of an attempt for Fairbanks to regain favor in the Methodist Church after serving cocktails at his home during a presidential dinner (Orwig, 65). "Already nicknamed 'Buttermilk Charlie' for his advocacy of buttermilk instead of hard liquor, Fairbanks had a brand new moniker after the affair--'Cocktail Charlie,'" (Purcell, 257). You can find more information about Fairbanks as well as the "Cocktail Incident" below.
Students pictured include Percy Brown, Jacob Wendell, Silas O. Rorem, Ray Chapman, Edwin Brown and Frank Heilman.
More information can be found in the October 22, 1907 issue of the Collegian Reporter on the newly released Digital CR Archives. For more information on the Digital CR, click here.
Morningside College: a Centennial History. Timothy Orwig
Charles W. Fairbanks - Wikipedia
Vice Presidents: A Biographical Dictionary - ed. L. Edward Purcell