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There was a Chowan Senior of 1920, who had a Dream.

In this dream, behold she stood before the old gate of Chowan College, even as
it was in the Early Days, as early as 1867. And lo before the gate she saw three
Flaming Figures.

"Who are you?" said the Senior.

"We are," they replied, "the Pioneer Virtues which have made Chowan possible."

And the one who had a calm brow and the Eye of a Seer said, "I am Vision."

And the second, who was Full-Armed and of Heroic Mien, said "I am Courage."

And the third, who was of a Tender and Noble countenance, said "I am Loyalty."

Then said the Senior in Great Admiration. "I realize that you have made Chowan

But even as she spoke the figures seemed to cloud into a mist before her eyes.
And in a twinkling there stood in their place three Young Girls, dressed in the
fashion of Olden Times, even as far back as 1867. And they smiled upon the
Senior of 1930, and then turned to enter the Old Gate by the Swinging Door in the

But the Senior said, "Please stop. I feel that you could tell me much about
the first days of Our College, for I feel that you possess the three Pioneer Virtues
which made it possible, and that you could give me a new understanding and a
better love for Old ChoAvan, since you knew and loved it long before I did."

And they smiled again, and one of them said, "Ask us about it."

And lo the Senior awoke from the Dream.

But she did ask them about it. She found that the three young girls were now
three dear Old Ladies. And it was more than a pleasure to talk to them of their
College Days, and to glimpse the Intellect and the Spirit that was theirs. It was
like being once more in a Dream.

And from this Inspiration it was decided that —

With reverence and affection we dedicate this
1930 edition of the Chowanoka to the three
oldest living graduates of Chowan College —

who was Dora Askew, of the class of 1867

who was Betty Mitchell, of the class of 1869

who was Pauline Mitchell, of the class of 1869


May we, and those who follow after us, be

worthy to follow after them, and may our lives

and our influence not fall too far short of theirs

in gentleness, and strength, and cheer, in Vision,

and Courage, and Loyalty.

I hope that the dear girls ot the class of 1930 will never lose their

vision of the highest things. It was that which led us to Old Chowan

in those far-off Pioneer days. It has never left us. May it never leave
these newest alumnae.

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May the Class of 1930 not only see but
have the courage to follow the vision
that Chowan College holds before them.
That took courage in those earliest days.
I am sure it still takes courage.


That the girls of 1930 may be loyal
is my wish, that they may stand by
their vision, and go on with the start
they have made, and that their Alma
Mater may stand, and go forward, witli



The Senior was particularly eager to hear of the Activities these Dear Old Ladies
had participated in when at Chowan. She guessed from only a Brief Contact with
their sweet and loyal natures that whatever the Form of Said Activities might
have Been, they had been entered into with Fervor and carried on with Enthusiasm,
that there had been much joy in them. She knew that such things did much to
Round Out their lives while Knowledge was being instilled into their Minds. For
these lives crowned with years, bespoke wholesomeness and broad sympathies.
These were Shining Personalities which gave forth nnicli radiance in their sphere.
What were the Pioneer Doings at Old Chowan that had contributed thereto? The
Senior wondered just what shape these early Student Activities took, as far back
as 1867.

But behold it seemed that the Outstanding Characteristic of the same was that
they were Extremely Simple, and that there were very Few of Them. The Senior
listened with mingled Astonishment and Amusement, but with a deepening interest
to the Descriptions that the Old Ladies gave.

Those far-off Days seemed very strange, drcam-likc indeed.

But perhaps those Few Plea.sures of Olden Times were as much enjoyed as the
Many of Today.








"Well," said Mrs. Mitchell reminiscently, "we were very young then, when we
were at Chowan, and I don't suppose we appreciated it as we should. But we
enjoyed it, and loved it, I know that."

"There isn't mucli to tell," said ili-s. Vann, smiling, "except that we enjoyed our
lessons ever so nnicli, and always loved our teachers."

The simplicity of their statements was both amplified and emphasized by Mrs.

"What did we do ^ Why, we studied, and had our classes. — No, we didn't have
any literai-y societies ihen. — No, we didn't have any B. Y. P. U. work. We went
fo cimrcli on Sunday. Yes, sometimes we went dowiil(j\\ii other times. Tliere was
a <lrug store, we could get sodas. — Athletics^ Oh, no. Xot like you have now.
What fun did we have? Well, we had our friends, ;nid our folks would send us
things from home, things to eat nminly. We always liked that. Wasn't the college
food good? Oil, 1 guess so, but \\c didn't think so at that time. You know college
girls. We were always hungry. Ob, yes, we were always sim))ly perishing. So it
was nice to have these feasts in our rooms witli our friends, after we got our boxes
from home."

"Did we enjoy our friends? Oh, yes, we had good times together, just talking
with them and visiting in their rooms. Especially our darlings. — Who were they?
Why, <iur \erv best friends, the ones we loved the most. What do you call them


you suppose? Well, I don't believe I've heard that word.

What did we do for our darlings? Why, we loved them, and did little things for
them, and sometimes we got to .sleep with them. That was a treat, of cotirse."

"Yes, indeed, the Brown Lady story happened right while I was in school.
Ah, I thought you'd be interested to hear that. Yes, I graduated in the year 1867,
and it was that spring term that the girl who later appeared as the Brown Lady
dic(l. Xo, I must not tell her name. But 1 I'enu-niber it was bad weather and her
family could wii come after the body for several days. A little funeral service
was held at the college. It was one of President McDowell's (Miss Eunice's
father) older daughters who suggested that they dress the girl in her brown dress,
just one of her good dresses, so she would look more natural fo her mother."

"You say it's all so interesting? But really I haven't told you anything — "

But they wevp. interesting, those Pioneer Doings, just because of their delightful







And lo ! As the Senior dreamed she realized that the Scene in which the Pioneers
of Chowan Carried On their Simple Activities was still unmarred. Improvement
had served only to enhance its Traditional Beauty. She realized that we have all
they had and our Many Improvements also. The Senior recognized these Antique
touches which have given Chowan so much of Charm and Grace. The same Old
Trees still stand, and the shrubbery, much of it, remains undisturbed since ISGT.

The Grand old Piano and the Rare old Tables which have stood on the Parlor
for so long remain in their places. They seem to hold volumes of rich lore in
their fine old depths. The Yellow Ivories still ring out true tones, and many
new modern designs in silver and pottery grace the Old Tables.

The deep wooded hill with its Majestic Pine and Beech and a quiet little ravine
remain untouched by man's hand. The swinging wooden gate still stands guard
between the driveway and nature's woods — shutting out, as it were, everything that
would change them. And as the Senior walked through the unjiretentious gate, she
seemed to feel herself in the world of 1867. And she was glad that these scenes
had remained Unchanged. The connecting link between these Pioneer Spirits and
herself se;emed stronger as she realized that their setting was also hers.






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And the Senior tlioiiglit it woulil be PlcasMiit that after the three old Ladies
Lad given her this lievelation of the Past, tliey should Visit Chowan and receive
a Revelation of the Present. So the visit was arranged.

And a lievelation it was indeed! It seemed as if the Dream continued, save
that the Senior's jihiee was taken hy the Oldest Alumna, who, a school girl once
more, saw the Thi'ee Flaming Figures of thi' Pioneer N'ii-tin's. And she who had a
calm brow and the eye of a seer rent aside I be Veil of the Years and showed a
Glowing Vision of the Chowan of 1930.

The Oldest Alumiui was most interested in the l*ers(]iinel of the ('oUege, namely
those who liii|uirted Knowle<Igv and those who sat at their feet, that is to say, the
]• 'acuity and the Students.

.Vnd the first were noble and strong of heai't and head and hand. And they
who sat under them were many more than in the Early Days, and were of Varied
Interests and Potentialities and Ages.

The youngest of them were Somewhat Tender, and Timid, and, as the woidd
would say, Unsophisticated, Init they had a mind to work. And she who I'alled
herself Vision was tlu' light unto their eyes and ihe bim]i unto their feet.

The next (jf those who sat were more (^'om|iose<l an<l had a mind to hght and to
conquer. An<l tipon their shields was emblazoned the emblem of her who calhcl
herself Courage.

And again, there were still others who sat and awaited the time of their At-
tainment. Soberness and Seriousness had b( en adde(l id their ]iorti(in. And the
influence of the tender and nolde-conntenani-ed Loyalty was upon them.

Miireovei', ihe wise ones waxed exceedingly glad as they expounded the learning
of the land, for those who sat undei' tlieni wi re eager to be filled.

lint what the Oldest Alumna remai'ked above everything was that they All,
those who taught and those who learned in ibis .Modern Age, were Comrades. And
it was Something delightful to behold the Fellowship and tlii' Understanding
between them.





Poarb of ^bministration

Mr. W. B. Edwakds President

Miss Valerie M. Sohaible Secretary to Faculty. Dean, and Registrar

Miss Eixice MiDowell Dean of Wome7i. and Lihrnrifni

Mrs. Johx M. Seweix Bursar and Secretary to the President

Miss Jemmie Bexton Secretary to the himt

Miss Liccie Payne Dietitian

Mrs. Mattie Taylor Assistant Dietitian

Miss Lou Williford Nurse

Dk. L. M. Futrell College Physician

Mk. J. G. Liverman Superintendent of (hounds

JfaruUp for 1929=30

Miss Blanche Banta German and Latin

A.B.. Genrsi'tnwn College: A.M.. Columbia University

Ml!. Mark J. Benyunes Orchestra and Instrumental

Miisicil Conservatory, Malaga, Spain

Miss Jane B. Browx Psychology and Education

A.B., George Wasliington University; A.M., Columliia University

Dr. W. R. Birreix Bible and Greek

A.M.. University of Seattle; D.D., and Litt.D., Lanier University

Miss Bertha L. Carroll English

A.B., Meredith College; A.M.. Cornell University

Miss Forrest DbLano Voice and Theoretical

B.Mus.. Kno.\ Conservatory; Pupil of Margaret Lawson Mulford ; Student of .lane E. PetersoTi

Miss Willie D. Halsell History and Political Science

A.B., Mississijjpi State College for Women; A.H.. Vanderbilt University

Miss Sarah P. Kelly Science

A,B.. A.M., Greenville Woman's College; University of Georgia

Miss Virginia Martin Instructor in French and Education

A.B.. Chowan College

Miss Inez Matthews Piano

B.S., Piano Diploma. Chowan College; Peahody Conservatory

Miss Liccie Payne Home Economics

B.S.. Georgia College for Women; A.M., George Peabody College for Teachers

Miss Valerie M. Sciiairuc Mathematics

A.B.. Coker College; A.M.. University of North Carolina; University of .South Carolina

Miss Irene V. Ulmer Expression and Physical Education

Curry S.hool of Expression; Student of Robert N. Hiskman: .Student of Mrs. E. C. Lounsbury

Mrs. E. B. V.wohan Instructor in Art

Chowan College; Columbia University

Miss Maky E. Whitney : French and Spanish

A,B., Adrian College; A.M., University of Michigan





]\[i{. W. B. EmvARDs




Miss Valerie M. Schaible











Miss Eunice McDowell
Dean of Women




Miss Blanche S. Banta, M.A.

Shelbyville, Ky.

German and Latin

Prof. Mark J. Bf.nyunes

Murfreesboro, N. C.

Orchestra and Instrumental

Miss Jane B. Bruwn, M.A.

Washington, D. C.
Psycholoyy and Education

Dr. W. R. BuRRF.t.r., D.D., Litt.I).

Murfiee.sboro, N. C.

Bible and Greek

Miss Bertha L. Cahroll. M.A.

Winterville, N. C.


Miss Forrest Dfi.a.vo, B.M.

Kewanee, 111,

Voice anil Theoretical

Miss Wii.i.iE D. H.u.sEi.r,, M.A.

Itta Bena. Miss.
History and Political Sciemc






Miss Sarah P. Kelly, M.A.

Darlington, S. C.


Miss Virginia Martin. B.A.

North Emporia. Va.

Iiistnirtor Freiirh and EiJuvutlon

Miss Ink/. Matthews. B.S.

Windsor, N. C.


Miss Liccie Payxe. M.A.

Clermont, Ga.

Home Economics

.Miss Valerie M. Sciiaible, M.A.

Hartsville. S. C.


Miss Irene V. Ulmer, B.E.

Savannah, Ga.

E.fiiycss-ioii ami Physical Education

Mrs. E. B. Vaighax. B.A.

Murfreesboro, N. C.

Instructor in Art

Mlss Mary E. Whitney. M.A.

Indianapolis, Ind.

fioiiiance Lanc/uagcs



Junior ;^ong

I cannot wrifi' a put'ni ;
I cauiiot sing a song ;
But there's one thing I
Praise the Class of 'JJl.

an ill) all day Inni;-;

I praise it for its pi-csent

I praise it for its j)ast —

Yes, praise it long as lireatli shall in nie last.

Praise the Class of '31.

It is to nie a guiding star;
I'll cherish it forever.
Help one, classmates, to sprcai
Praise the of ';il.

its fame the wmdil over.

Myktle Jenkins.


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3muoi Class (Officers

Ai;xKs Lassiter President

FLcrHKxc K Bkxthall Vice President

(iKHTiu'iiE Stexceu Secretari/

Mary "VVhiti'ield Treajiurer

lIiL.MA Wakii Tea III II nil M a no 1/1' r

Mis.s WiLLiK D. Halsell Faculh/ Ad riser








Florexce Bexth.vll
Rich Square, N. C.

JIaky Chaney
Crantord. N. J.


Como. N. C.

Hazel Edwards
Red Oak. N. C.

Elizabeth Fitchett
Sunbury, N. C.

FiiANiES Fleetwood
Severn, N. C.

Ai-UE Harris
Seaboard, N. C.

JIyktle Jexkixs
Potecasl, N. C.

Agnes Lassiter
Rich Square, N. C.



^optomore Class; ^oem


We were freshmen all last year
We worked liard and won diir i^oal.
Our [larciifs held us iu<isl dear,
As pareuts did in days of old.


And now we are sophomores
We work hard to do the same.
We see if, hear it, and know
We will always win the game.


Oh, how we long for days
To show tiu' Avorld what we are,
We'll do our hest along life's way,
To spread our fame both near and far.



^opfjoniorc Class! Officers

Catherine Tl-knek President

Jemmie Benton : Vice President

Maggie Boone Secretary

Mary Stanley Treasurer

Miss Valerie M. Schaible FacuUij Adviser


Jejimie Bexton
T iipical Sophomore



Jemmie Bextox
Alma Belch

MAiiGiE Boone

Lyda Jaxe Brooks
estelle coley

AnniE Mae Cooke


D(ik(jtiiv Ci:aiii)Ock
TiiKKKSA Davis

Francks Fk.hgi'Son
Helen Flythe

Myra Gi.oveb

Edna E.vri.e Harret.l
Myrtle Hiiff
Alice Miller



i h lil]l])](. K

Catherine Tri{.M:i;

Makv Stanley

Mae Turner

Virginia Stanley

Marion Woodard

Mildred Taylor

IRMA Leigh Wynne

Raba Taylor







JfresJjman $ep

(Tune: "Jingle Bells'")

rroslimau Class! Freshman Class! always in the lead.

For you see each one of lis tries her best to please.

We're never rough, we're never tough.

We're always (jnite the same.

Ijut iic\ci-liiilcss \M' must confess wc like uur I- Vcshiiian name.

l)ear ('lidwaii! Hear ('iidwaii! we pledge nui- best to you.

For VDii we'll \\(ii-k with all nur might to prove that we are true.

We'll always work, and never shirk.

We'll do the best we ean.

And tell tlu' world that dear Chowan is the best sehool in the land.

Class; of '33

Wc'i'i the (dass of thirty-three,

And j'ust a wee bit bright you must admit,

Just a lively bunch you see.

And we are very sure to make a hit.

When Chowan Freshman we became

We tried to meet ea(di eare with just a grin,

And soon wide-spread became our fame.

But everyone remembers how, at first, she's been.

Thanks to our Chowan Mother dear.
We know no other college in the land
Would steer us through our Freshman year
And leave us such a bright and jolly band.
We love our teachers every one.
Although they give us twenty pages at a time,
Everyday we have our little fun,
Whiidi thev think sometimes to be quite a crime;


We are working, working hard
To some day take the Sophomores' high place,
They'd better hurry, get on guard.
For we're right here to run them quite a race;
Shakespeare says, "a candle small
Send.s far into the world its tiny beam,"
And We'll be ready at every call,
HoAvever truely verdant we may seem.


jFreiSfjman Class (IDfficers

Hannah Mae Clinard President

Doris Lawrence Vice President

Rhodes Holder ....Secretary

Mary Mills Treasurer

Miss Forrest DeLano Faculty Adviser


Doris Lawhence
Mary Mills

Maywood Modlin
Cathaline Myers
Same Mi'Keei.
Eunice Oveubv

Marguerite Pav.xe

Mary Pierce
Nellie Sample
Mary Seymour
AxNA Spiers

Fa. N.N IE Stephenson
Jay White

Martha Williams



And it sceiiird tli;if the Drciiiii (if llic Oldcsi Aliiiiiiia cdiit imic(l. And \'isiiiii
showed hrr the Pi'i-sinmrl iif tlic ('h(i\v;iii iif I'.I.'SO, the Faculty and Students who
were ('uniradcs, in Action.

Hut h<'h(dil tiicrc wci-c far more different Activities than in the Pioneer Times
when the Ohlest Alumna was a )'iiiiiii/ (lirl. for these Young Girls were Enthusiastic
AV.U'shipiiers of the Ideal of All-Aronnd I )evcloiinient.

And they also deli.uhlcd their souls and whelled iheir int(dlects in Yerhal Man-
ner thronjih the uieclium id' Dehate, and of Iv\|iiis:tion, and of l)raniatic endeavor.
And they were not content with the use of the lauiiuage of their own iiali\e land
alone, lint exercised their ^"el■satility in the Mani|iuhition of the tongues id' other

Xiir wei'e they unmindfid of the aesllictic Art. and Music, and all things Heauli-
ful held their ]n-ii|ier jdaces in the lives of those \\ ho were congregated there.

E\en so were ihey ei|ually active in aci|ua inting themselves with the Wisdom and
Joys of things Spiidtiud, Yes, verily tliis side of their mitures waxed strougi'st
and held sway over the doings of their hands and the workings of their minds.
.\nil out of this there grew a vSystem of Uovernnu'nt among them. ^Vnd they all
worked Together for the good id' the others of them.

As ihey woi-ked so did ihey [day. The same spirit of Fairness and ( 'oiiperatioii
was among them as they strove for the ]ilace of iirominence on the held of .Vthletic
Comhat. It could not he said of them that they wei-e physically unfit.

.\nd they who saw and heai'd were not ashamed of the accomplishments of their
cliildi'en for frei|Uently did these acipliring ones giM' to the I'ress record of their
activities. So often as these things were Spread .Vhroad did those who knew
Keuuirk, and advisedly so, ujion the Merit of them, as well as upon the merit of
those who were the authors thereof.


The Club is without form: it has no officers and no fixed nieuibersiiiii, and the
attendance varies. Anyone — teacher or student — who will read to the assembled
group something Avhieh she has written is privileged to attend a meeting. Essays,
poems, stories, plays, diaries, autobiographical chapters, letters, editorials, news
accounts, and translations from classical and modern languages are presented.
The Club intends to encourage voluntary writing and to provide an appreciative
audience for those members of the College community who write spontaneously.
It does not analyze or criticize except in a very informal way. Members of the
Club are not trying to teach each other; they are trying to find out whether they
can interest each other.

Among those attending one or more meetings this year are:

Alma Belch
Jessie Helen ISi-lch
Miss Carroll
Addie Mae Cooke
Edna Earle Harrell

Mildred Hintou
Isla Poole
ISTellie Sample
Mary Stanley
Miss Whitney



Mafu LouMartivv



Chowanoka Staff Officeks

Cliotijnninn ^taff illembers




Myhtle Huff


Jessie Helen Bel(
Eva Ho(;(iAKi)
AciNKs White
HlL.MA Wakii

MiLDKEU Pipkin
ViKciNiA Stanley
T HELM A Freeman


AniiiE Mak Cooke


Alice Hakkls


^latfjenian ^ong

Raise a song of exultation,
Alatheiiiaiis, proudly we
Lift up her royal banner,
Bidding all the world to see.
Alathenians, truth and honor
Alathenians, worth and power,
We, her loyal daughters.
Sing aloud her praise.
Alathenians !

None so true to Alma Mater,
JSTone so quiek to heed her call,
Ever Mindful of her welfare.
Loyal daughters one and all.
Alathenians, truth and honor,
Alathenians, worth and power.
So in singing Alma Mater's praise
We hold her memory dear.
Alathenians !




Rachel Albrittox Censor

EirJiA Gay Stephenson Pianist

Thelma Freeman Critic

Marion Woodard Doorlceeper



^latfjenian Hitcrarp ^ocietj)

Motto: T-Fe (SeeZ: Truth and Wisdom. Coloes: Yellov and Whita

IsLA Poole President

Maey Bkitton Vice President

Florence Benthall Secretary

Jemmie Benton Treasurer


^latf)fnian ^ocietp 23flj> ^peafeers

JsLA Poole and Gay Stephenson Dehaters

F'axxie Stephenson Alternate

Mary Stanley Reader

^lattjcnian i^ocietp iWarsb^ls

Thelma Freeman Senior Marshal

Emma Gay Stephenson Junior Marshal

Virginia Stanley Sniilinniorr Marshal

Fi.oren<'e Benthali Assistant J iinior Marshal



],nc;ili;iii, Liic:ili;in, (lui' dwii ilcjir Lncaliaii,

^'(iiir clc:ir luiiiir fdiTvci- wr'U l(i\c and adoi'e.

Ydiii- liri,i;|]t liiilif sfill sliiiiiiiu',

Will shiiir tlirou.nli tlic ages;

The li^lit ydii have nivcii will lirislitcii niir way.

All, Lupaliaii, Liicaliaii, diir nwn drar l.iiraliaii,

Vniii- dcni- iiaiiir f(i|-c\cr we'll hiyc and adnre.



Hucalian ^otittp^aii

Eva IIoooard (Icnrral Critic

LrciLLE Davis Literary Critic

Ji'ANiTA ViCK - Pianist

Alice Miller Doorkeeper

HucaUan ^ocietp 0Uittt^

Motto: We MuJ,-i' Litjiil to Shine Colors: Green and White

Mildred IIi>fTON Preside nt

MoNTiNE Ward ...Vice President

Myrtle Jenkins ...Secretary

I.viiA Jane Bro(iks Treasurer





Hucfllian ^ocietp Bap ^pcafecrs

Mary Lou Martia- and Keba Mills Dchafcrs

Nellie Sample AUcrn^tu

Myutle Huff Eeadar


ilucalian ^ocietp jWarsfjals

Maybellb Honeycutt Senior Marshal

EussELL Wahd Junior Marshal

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