Rodes Kirby Myers son of W.H. and Helen (Kirby) Myers was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 29, 1900. He attended Ogden College from 1916-1919 and taught there in 1920 and at Morganfield High School in 1921. Myers went on to study law at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky where he obtained his LLB in 1925.
Rodes Myers followed his father into politics and served in many capacities including state representative 1934-1939 and 1945; state senator 1948-1950 and lieutenant governor 1939-1943. He died March 10, 1960.
He appears in this photo with other members of the Ogden College Orchestra in 1917. They are sitting l to r: Joseph Jones, Horace Huddle and Thomas Wright. Standing l to r: Douglas Potter, Thomas Rogers, Foreman Gibson, Raymond Gilliam, Rodes Myers and Joseph Tobin.
The University Archives holds a partial scrapbook created by Rodes Myers during his time at Ogden College. Items are pasted over pages of a State Board of Health Report for 1908-1909. There are many articles about Myers’ participation on the Ogden debate team and other activities. The scrapbook
has been scanned and is now available for researchers through TopScholar
Juanita Hood Stockton, class of 1954, attended WKU between 1950 and 1954. During her time here she created two scrapbooks which were donated to University Archives. In late 2009 the scrapbooks consisting mainly of photographs were scanned and then taken apart in order to better preserve the images. Ms. Stockton included images of herself and friends such as Rosemary Scholl, Reed Johnson, Barbara Marsh and Nancy Slocum. There are images of couples preparing for Military Balls, Valentine’s Day dances, Beech Bend Park, Fountain Square Park, Hilltoppers Lunch, the Senators Club and in the dorms.
This week pdf files of those scrapbooks have been made available through TopScholar: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/stu_alum_papers/. Individual images which have yet to be identified are also available through KenCat – search using Juanita Hood Stockton. Check out these sources to see a slice of campus life from the early 1950’s and help us identify some people.
Clara Ramsey DeWilde was a pretty typical WKU student in 1945. Born in Russellville, Kentucky in 1926, she was 19 when she came to Bowling Green. She lived in West Hall and created a scrapbook of photographs of her time on the Hill. These include friends on campus, Halloween in the dorm, a trip to Mammoth Cave and family.
This scrapbook was loaned to University Archives for digitization in 2007. It is now available to researchers via KenCat by searching DeWilde [http://wku.pastperfect-online.com/35749cgi/mweb.exe?request=ks]. This is only one of many examples of Student/Alumni personal papers found in the University Archives.
If you have personal papers documenting life on the Hill please contact the University Archivist at email@example.com.