Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: education

Thursday, October 31, 1912

Vice-President Sherman has died, but this will not affect the election. In the case of a Taft victory, a vice-president will be chosen by the Republican national committee (most likely).

Here is a strange story. A man in Ohio stole a razor from a barber after having been shaved. The barber struck him a blow with his fist, and the man staggered out to the sidewalk and fell dead. The police found the address of A. J. Woolman, of Urbana, in his pocket; this led them to believe that the dead man was Woolman. The Urbana chief of police received a telegraph to that effect and telephoned Mrs. Woolman to break the news to her, but Mr. Woolman surprised him by answering the phone. The dead fellow is now believed to be John Dillon, formerly of the Twin Cities, but Mr. Woolman never heard of him and can’t explain why Dillon should have been carrying his address.

And finally, a girl is enrolled in engineering at the University. Her name is Dorothea Clayberg, and she has been elected vice-president of the freshman class in the engineering school.


Thursday, October 3, 1912

Mrs. John Norton Pomeroy, of 1109 West California avenue in Urbana, is probably the only woman in the Twin Cities who has the right to vote in the presidential election this year. She maintains a legal residence in California, which extended the right of entire suffrage to women recently, placing it “in advance of the states in the effete east.” She would have to travel to California in order to vote.

Yesterday afternoon, three hundred freshmen went on a rampage in the Natural History Building and broke things. They were trying to get a look at a board on which seating assignments for physical training lectures had been posted. The same thing happened last week, only this time even the lists of names were torn up. “This will necessitate the making of new ones, which is a hard task.” Dean Clark arrived and quieted the men. On Tuesday he warned the freshmen against the painting of class numerals on sidewalks and buildings. (Rival freshmen and sophomores apparently do this by custom.)

There are 4,050 students at the University of Illinois this year, of whom 889 are women.

U of I Library School Class of 1912

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