In their Junior year the Class of 1922 put on “The Second Annual Anti-Homesick Treatment,” the fourth portion of which was a “grand opera” that tells the story of a new student caught between the Spirit of Homesickness and the Spirit of the Institution. In order to defeat Homesickness the Institution calls forth the Spirits of Friendship, Hard Work, Loyalty, Knocking, Class and Beauty. For the incoming freshman we give you the Testimony of the Spirits:
Hard Worked Students:
We study hard both by night and day
And that’s the way we always play
But since no labor we ever shirk
We must just here get at our work
Spirit of Homesickness
Right here methinks I’ll take my stand
Some new student may happen by
I’ll grab the poor thing by the hand
And teach her how to say good bye
I’ll try to get her good and blue
And get her ready to skidoo
My mission is where’er I roam
To get ’em blue and send ’em home
My home I love so dearly
Is far away from me
I begin to feel so queerly
What can the matter be
What can the matter be
I feel so gloomilee
And I fear some frightful illness
Has seized a hold of me
Edgar Bryant Stansbury, son of Emmet and Mable Stansbury was born 1906 in Corbin, Kentucky. He attended Shepherdsville high school and came to WKU in 1926 where he played basketball and football. Upon graduation Ed coached in Greenville and Lancaster, Kentucky high schools, married and attended Peabody where he received his master’s degree. Returning to WKU in 1935 Stansbury became assistant coach to E.A. Diddle. After World War II he returned briefly as athletic director in 1946-1947. Stansbury returned to the air force in 1947 and later worked for Honeywell. A lifelong WKU supporter, he died in Largo, Florida in 2009 at the age of 103.
He left his personal papers and photographs to WKU Archives. This is a photo of Ed Stansbury aboard the Regent Sun touring the Panama Canal in 1988. He and his wife Edith enjoyed many cruises during their retirement years.
Summer is quickly drawing to a close and thanks to our student worker Jack, we have quite a lot to show for our summer. He has been diligently scanning scrapbooks, photographs, negatives and original documents. Here’s a taste of some of the new old items now available on TopScholar.
1980 WKU Football Scrapbook
Bowling Green Business University Scrapbook
College Heights Herald, Vol. 54, Nos. 1-21 [the remaining numbers will be available soon]
College High Basketball Scrapbook 1946-47
Concerns Presented by Faculty Senate
Cook Twins Scrapbook
The Fourth Estate, Sigma Delta Chi publication
Gary Ransdell Installation negatives
Kelly Thompson Chapter, Public Relations Student Society of America records
Lady Toppers Basketball Press Releases, 1992-93
Phi Alpha Theta Petition
Progress Report of the Faculty Participation Committee
ROTC 1942 Notes
Stickles History Club Minute Books, 1924-1957
University Senate – Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
Vietnam Moratorium Correspondence
Voices, publication of the Western Writers group
Western Players Scrapbooks 1934-1960
WKU Advertising Club newsletters
Thank you, Jack!
Elizabeth Curd Tucker was born February 9, 1863 near Glasgow, Kentucky. She attended Glasgow Normal School graduating in 1880 when she delivered the valedictory speech at commencement. The Glasgow Normal School was the first incarnation of what has become Western Kentucky University. In 1975 her daughters donated Mrs. Tucker’s scrapbook to University Archives.
The bulk of the scrapbook is made up of newspaper clippings of poetry and articles regarding education and sermons. There are Glasgow Normal School commencement programs and drawings by her son Charles and an unidentified artist in the scrapbook as well. The following articles are of particular interest regarding the Glasgow Normal School:
The scrapbook has been digitized and is now available on TopScholar.
Beulah Collins Ellis attended the Southern Normal School and kept two autograph books. The first book has a padded cover of brown cloth and is in fragile condition. The majority of the autographs date to 1902 and 1903. Mrs. Ellis’ daughter Lena wrote in the book in 1922. Of special note is an inscription by Edgar Cayce:
“To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day. That you will be true to others. Your friend, Edgar Cayce, BG, September 17, 1902”
The Kentucky Library & Museum also holds papers regarding Edgar Cayce and his activities in Bowling Green.
The second autograph album dates from 1904-1907 and is autographed by natives of Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Tennessee.
Both books have been scanned and are available on TopScholar. These and other records are available for researchers in the Kentucky Library & Museum.
Anna Fisher of McHenry, Kentucky attended WKU and graduated in the Class of 1932. This scrapbook includes unique items not found elsewhere in the University Archives collections including a homecoming poster for WKU vs University of Louisville football game and game program for WKU vs Cumberland College, 1928.
Anna Fisher went on to teach at Bunker Hill in Equality, Kentucky. A scrapbook she kept during those years “Memories of Bunker Hill School, 1929-1930” is also available in the Kentucky Library Call # SBK166. Ask to see it in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room of the Kentucky Building.
Check out this and similar student/alumni collections in TopScholar.
Donnie Love's Autograph Book
Miss Donnie Love, a native of Horse Cave, Kentucky attended Southern Normal School about 1890. She received a teaching certificate and began teaching in Edmonson County by the age of 16. Her autograph book is now in University Archives and has been scanned for viewing online. There are 53 pages of autographs including this notation by Donnie Love herself inviting friends to write in her book.
The book is available online through TopScholar.
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