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the ranks of Sigma Phi Epsilon on March 26,
1960. Fifty-one undergraduates and alumni
were initiated as Tennessee Delta was
launched by initiating teams from Kentucky,
Kentucky Wesleyan, Florida State, and Ten-
nessee. Grand Officer C. Maynard Turner,
District Governor Richard R. Panther, Ex-
ecutive Director Richard Whiteman, and
Province Director Charles J. Hartmann, Jr.,
officiated for the national brotherhood.

Initiation services began early Saturday
morning at Trinity Methodist Church and
lasted until 4:30, with a short lunch break.
The charter was presented to the new chap-
ter at 7:30 p.m. at the installation banquet
in the James L. Robb Gymnasium.

On hand were Dr. Ralph Mahoney, presi-
dent of Tennessee Wesleyan College; Dr.
Robert Mildram, dean of the College; Alfred
J. Houts, chapter counselor; and J. Neal
Ensminger, a founder of Eta Iota Tau. On
the menu was ham, potatoes, green peas, and
cake decorated with the Greek letters S <> E.

President Dean Best served as toastmaster
and welcomed those gathered there and read
congratulatory letters and telegrams. J. Neal
Ensminger gave a brief history of Eta Iota
Tau and welcomed the new chapter on behalf
of the alumni. Dr. Ralph Mahoney expressed
a welcome for the College, while C. Maynard
Turner presented the charter to Dean Best,
Randall Miller, and President Mahoney.

The banquet was concluded with the in-
stallation of officers by Province Director
Charles Hartmann, Jr. These officers are:
Randall Miller, president; Richard Gal-
beraith, vice-president; James Brown, con-
troller; Lynn W. Brandon, historian; and
Mortimer Trew, secretary.

The Installation Dance was held in the
James L. Robb Gymnasium. At this event,
President Dean Best gave chapter sweetheart
Nan Perry, Zeta Mu Epsilon, a sweetheart

The following Sunday morning, members
of the new chapter went in a body to the
First Methodist Church in Niota, where the
Tennessee Wesleyan College Choir gave a

Those initiated:


Gary Dean Best, Friendsville; Harry B. Mc-
Clurg, Mentor; Mortimer Lawrence Trew, Dent-
ville; Louis N. Guariniello, Passaic, N.J.; Harry
Stutzman, Lykens, Pa.; Alfred Jack Houts, Ath-
ens; Richard Walle, Athens; Fred Gooden, Friends-
ville; David Holtackers, Denville, N.J.; Ricky
Perachio, Trumbull, Conn.; Randall Miller,
Magnolia, Ky. ; Richard Galberaith, Lakeland,
Fla. ; Lynn W. Brandon, Manchester; Donald
Yarbrough, Etowah; Gene C. Ballew, Ross-
ville, Ga. ; Charles C. Guinn, Etowah; John
Alise, Butler, N.J. ; David H. Lovelace, Chatta-
nooga; Donald B. Jones, Sufferin, N.Y. ; Charles
R. Ketron, Knoxville; Allen R. Douglas, Madison,
N.J.; James Walter Brown, Denville, N.J.; David
F. Morton, Friendsville; D. 0. Gillikin, Staten
Island, N.Y. ; Charles E. Fannon, Kingsport; Sam-
uel Nesbitt, Jr., New York, N.Y.; Walter Allen
York, Knoxville; Joseph F. Burger, Riceville; W
Allan Best, Mansfield, Pa.; James Lynn Sanders
Athens; Fred F. Fuller, Elmira, N.Y.; Roy H. Sel
lers, Athens; Founta Lee Love, Jr., Athens; Ron
nie Ervin Edwards, Athens; J. C. Miller, Madison
ville; Franklin G. Kennedy, Athens; Roger B
Wentworth, Athens; Wallace D. Hitch, Athens
Hebron R. Ketron, Knoxville; M. C. Smith, Cleve
land; Paul M. Starnes, Chattanooga; W. E. Deal
Athens; Archibald W. Reeser, Jr., Athens; Wil
liam B. Yates, Athens; Carl B. Honaker, Athens
Robert F. Buttram, Athens; Billy McCoy Orr
Hendersonville, N.C. ; David E. Dodd, Rossville
Ga.; Harry D. Vistal, Athens; Thomas F. Howard
Knoxville; Founta Lee Love, Sr., Athens.

History of the College

Tennessee Wesleyan College has always
been related to the Methodist Church. It was
organized as Athens Female College in 1857
under the sponsorship of the Holston Con-
ference of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South. In 1866 the institution was transferred
from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
to the Methodist Episcopal Church and char-
tered under the title of East Tennessee Wes-
leyan College. The following year the name
was changed to East Tennessee Wesleyan
University. In 1886 the name was changed to

A wintry view of the Merner-Pfeiffer Library,
one of the College's most imposing buildings.

Ralph Mahoney, president of the College,
greets Sig Ep Executive Director Whiteman.

Province Director Hartmann
installs new oflScers (from
left) Bellew, Perachio, Yar-
brough, Holtackers, Trew,
Brandon, Brown, Galberaith,
and Miller (president).

Grant Memorial University, and in 1889 to
U. S. Grant University, with divisions in
Athens and Chattanooga. The name was
changed in 1906 to The Athens School of the
University of Chattanooga. In 1925 the school
was separated from the University of Chat-
tanooga and given independent status with a
charter issued by the State of Tennessee. The
title of the institution was revised to con-
tinue the tradition of its early history and has
been known since 1925 as Tennessee Wes-
leyan College.

Although organized as a college of liberal
arts the institution operated as a junior college
from 1925 until 1954. On May 11, the trustees
approved a senior college program.

On December 4, 1958, Tennessee Wesleyan
College was recognized by the Southern As-
sociation of Colleges and Universities as a
fully-accredited senior liberal arts institution.

The student body numbers about 500 resi-
dent students, 211 men and 189 women, and
there are about 50 faculty members. A new
men's dormitory was opened in September,
1958, and there are plans for a fine arts
building and a girls' dormitory. The admin-
istration has provided Sigma Phi Epsilon with
a chapter room which has been furnished by
the group.

History of Eta Iota Tau

Eta Iota Tau was founded at Tennessee
Wesleyan in the fall of 1928 by Neal Ens-
minger of Athens and Earl Henry of Copper-


The group at Valdosta State College, Val-
dosta, Ga., was installed as Georgia Gamma
of Sigma Phi Epsilon on April 2.

On April 9, Sigma Tau Alpha local frater-
nity at the West Virginia Institute of Tech-
nology, Montgomery, W.Va., was installed as
West Virginia Epsilon.

On April 16, Virginia Epsilon at Wash-
ington and Lee University, absent from the
campus since 1940, was restored to the roster
of national chapters with appropriate cere-

On May 7, the colony at Michigan State
University, received a charter as Michigan
Epsilon, as the Fraternity's 153rd chapter.

Illustrated stories of these charter events
will appear in the September Journal.

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hill. They founded the new order for the pur-
pose of developing significant personal and
social relationships among selected men on
the campus.

The principal ideals set forth were har-
mony, integrity, and tenacity. Integrity, be-
cause it is essential to both personal well-
being and social effectiveness. It was set
forth that individuals and organizations must
possess courage and perseverance, and that
harmony is gained through respect for the
dignity and worth of each person. The colors
of the organization were red and black and
the flower was the American Rose.

Eta Iota Tau continued a steady develop-
ment during the 1930s. With the approach of

Newly initiated members, undergraduates and alumni, form a heart at Installation Dance.

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war in the early '40s, fraternities suffered
considerably. Eta Iota Tau was the only
social fraternity to survive the crisis. In No-
vember, 1958, when the fraternity celebrated
its 30th anniversary, many of the chapter's
169 alumni returned. In 1956, the members
began an investigation into national frater-
nities and when William E. Rogers, governor
of District 12 of Sigma Phi Epsilon, visited
the College to inquire concerning the atti-
tude of the College toward social fraternities,
he was referred to Prof. Jack Houts, chair-
man of Panhellenic board of control, and to
Prof. William McGill, chapter counselor to
Eta Iota Tau.

On the basis of information received from
the national headquarters concerning the
alumni corporation and the local chapters,
members of Eta Iota Tau began a careful
and extensive revision of organization along
the lines of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Visits were
paid by Province Directors Richard Allen
and William Grother, the former attending
the Founders' Day banquet in November,
1958. When the College was accredited as a
senior institution on December 4, 1958, the
members of Eta Iota Tau were installed as a
Sig Ep colony. Officers were: Dean Best,
president; Harry McClurg, vice-president;
Mort Trew, secretary; Richard Swett, con-
troller; Donald Jones, corresponding secre-
tary; James Steele, historian. Professor Jack
Houts was chosen chapter counselor. After
approximately one year of extensive, elabo-
rate preparation and training, the colony
submitted a formal petition for charter in
March, 1960, which was accepted.

The new chapter has an active member-
ship of 33 with 4 pledges. Included in their
membership are the vice-president of the
Student Council, president and vice-president
of the Junior Class, president of the Sopho-
more Class, president and vice-president of
the Freshman Class, president and vice-
president of the Student Christian Associa-
tion, president and vice-president of the
Wesleyan Roundtable, five writers for the
school paper, seven members of the student
council, and president, business manager, and
assistant business manager of the College

One brother is the past holder of a full

Two father and son pairs initiated are
(from left) Charles R. and Hebron Ketron
and F. T. Love, Sr. and F. T. Love, Jr.

tuition scholarship granted by the college
and second place winner of the William Rule
Essay contest for two consecutive years. One
brother is a member of Alpha Beta honorary,
three brothers are members of the Alpha Psi
Omega drama, and three brothers, out of
four male students of the College selected for
such an honor were chosen for Who's Who.
Three brothers were elected Senior Superla-
tives, and three were chosen sorority sweet-
hearts, while one is mascot of a sorority.

The school no longer participates in varsity
football, but three of the brothers were pre-
viously on the team. Five brothers played
varsity basketball, two played on the tennis
team, and six varsity baseball. The chapter
ranks first of the two fraternities on campus
in scholarship, well above the all-men's scho-
lastic average.

Who Has Best Paper?

EDITORS of chapter newspapers who
wish to enter the Benjamin Hobson Fray-
ser competition for the best active paper
published during the 1959-60 term should
send at least one copy of any one issue
published during the term to the Editor
of the Journal, at 744 Lake Crest Drive,
Menasha, Wis.

Papers will be judged and the winner
announced in the Journal.

The Frayser Award for the 1958-59 term
was won by the chapter at Marshall Col-
lege for the excellence of its newspaper,
Sig Epic.


Si^ Ep Hats in the Political Rin^

In Florida, John M. McCarty, Florida, '41
is out in front in race for state Governor.

In Florida, D. Milton Ladd, George Washing-
ton, is in the race for a Congressional seat.


POLITICAL aspirations of new and veteran
Sig Ep lawmakers are bursting out all

In Florida, John McCarty, a well-known
alumnus of the Florida chapter, '41, has en-
tered the race for the governorship — a post
once held by his chapter brother and blood
brother — the late Dan McCarty.

E. V. Fisher, Florida, '30, who has served
his native state as commissioner of motor
vehicles (1953-55) and director of the out-
door advertising division of the State Road
Department (1955-59), has announced his
candidacy for the office of Secretary of State.
A participant in varsity basketball and base-
ball for his alma mater and active in campus
politics, he saw military service in World War
II as a major in the Transportation Corps. He
served for 20 years successively as deputy,
chief deputy, and interim tax assessor for
Volusia County.

The third Sig Ep who recently announced
his candidacy for an important public office in
Florida, though not a native Floridian, is D.
Milton Ladd, George Washington, '28, former
right-hand man to J. Edgar Hoover in the
FBI. He is the Democratic candidate for Con-
gress from the Fifth District, and now lives at
Geneva, Fla.

John McCarty's father was a citrus grower
and insurance man. His paternal grandparents
came to Fort Pierce from Iowa in 1886. Grand-
father C. T. McCarty was a pio"neer citrus
grower and developed the "McCarty Grape-

He is the youngest brother of Dan Mc-
Carty, who was elected governor in 1952 and
died in office September 28, 1953. Another
brother, also a Sig Ep, is Brian, appointed
to Central and South Florida Flood Control
board and has served five years.

John McCarty was in active duty in the
Field Artillery, USA, from 1942-46. In Pa-
cific Theatre was Commanding Officer 292nd

Men to watch are McCarty, Ladd, and Fisher in Florida;
Bedford Black and Malcolm Seawell in North Carolina; Joe
Holt in California; Rennebohm in Wisconsin; Conrad and
perhaps Vic Anderson in Nebraska; and Belton in Oregon

Joint Assault Co. (Jasco), an amphibious
combat outfit with Field Artillery, Signal
Corps, Naval and Air Force personnel. He
was given battle stars for Guam, Philippines,
and Okinawa campaigns; also a bronze star
medal. He started as a shavetail and finished
war as major.

At Florida, John McCarty earned varsity
letters in football (played end) and basket-
ball. He was president of the student body in
1940. Tapped for Florida Blue Key, a top
campus honor. His name is in University of
Florida Hall of Fame.

Dan McCarty was governor of Florida, but
John knew — and still knows — his program
from A to Z. That is why, during the difficult
days of Dan's illness in '53, John was able to
obtain legislative support for the McCarty
program — because John believed in it.

Ladd for Congress

D. Milton Ladd was born in Fargo, N.D.,
October 30, 1903, where he was educated in
the public schools. In 1921 on graduation
from high school he accompanied his father
to Washington, D.C., when the latter, formerly
president of North Dakota Agricultural Col-
lege, was elected to the United States Senate.

In Washington D. M. Ladd worked in his
father's office and was clerk of the Public
Lands Committee of the Senate while attend-
ing George Washington University night
school. There he took three years of chemistry
and then enrolled in law school from which
school he graduated in 1928. The same year
he was admitted to the District of Columbia
bar and also to practice before the United
States Court of Appeals. In 1941 he was ad-
mitted to practice before the United States
Supreme Court.

In 1928 Ladd was appointed to the FBI,
and later was placed in charge of the FBI
offices in New Orleans, St. Louis, St. Paul,
Chicago, and Washington, D.C. In 1939 Ladd

In North Carolina, Sig Ep grand officer Bed-
ford Black runs for Congressional seat.


In Florida, E. V. "Gene" Fisher, Florida,
is leading candidate for secretary of state.

In California, popular Congressman Joe
Holt, has announced plans to leave House.

was promoted to assistant director in charge
of the identification division and the techni-
cal laboratory. In 1941 just prior to Pearl
Harbor he was made assistant director of the
security division where he was in charge of
all espionage, sabotage, subversive activities,
and plant protection investigations. Also dur-
ing this time he was a member of the Inter-
departmental Radio Advisory Committee,
representing not only the FBI but the De-
partment of Justice.

He also served on the Interdepartmental In-
telligence Conference, and the Intelligence
Advisory Committee which committees co-
ordinated the intelligence work of the entire
government and kept the President, Secre-
tary of State and other top government lead-
ers briefed on world affairs. In 1949 Ladd was
again promoted to Assistant to the Director
of the FBI, which position he held until he
retired March 1, 1954. In this position he not
only had charge of the Security work but also
all criminal investigations handled by all 52
field offices of the FBI. For the last 15 years
he handled liaison work with Congress and
the top officials in the other government de-
partments, testifying before Congressional
committees, and representing the FBI on com-
mittees and conferences with the Attorney

General, Secretary of State, and other top
governmental officials.

He has served as a consultant for George
Washington University on research project
"Population Migration" 1955-56. He has
served as president of Foundation of Ameri-
can Research from 1955 to date and was ad-
ministrative director of the Commission on
Government Security March, 1956, to June,

Bedford Black for Congress

No political contest in the nation is likely
to be more avidly watched, for interest and
color as well as for the consequences the
outcome will have, as that of Sigma Phi Epsi-
lon's own national board member, Bedford
Worth Black, Wake Forest, '40, the 'Cabarrus
County, N.C., crusader.

The 42-year-old freshman state representa-
tive announced his candidacy for the U.S.
House of Representatives in the May 28 Dem-
ocratic primary. In announcing his candidacy
Bedford Black told the press:

"In 1952 Robert L. Doughton, a truly great
man, retired as the Ninth District congress-
man after serving for 40 years. The present
congressman (Alexander) was elected to fill
that vacancy.


In North Carolina, Malcolm Seawell, North
Carolina, has hat in ring for governorship.

In Oregon, former state legislator Howard
Belton, Oregon State, is State Treasurer.

"I have watched and waited for that to
happen; in my opinion it has not happened.

"It was with this foremost in my mind that
I asked the people of my home county, Cabar-
rus, last Friday, in paid advertisements, if
they thought I would run for Congress.

"The response to this 'open letter to the
people' by mail, telephone, and in person was
such that I feel that with their help I can
conduct a campaign in all of the counties of
the district and be able to present my pro-

"I therefore announce my candidacy for the
Democratic nomination to the Congress of the
United States, representing the Ninth Con-
gressional District.

"If I am nominated on the Democratic
ticket and elected in November I shall owe
no obligation except to the people."

Black was credited with pulling one of the
most spectacular political upsets in the state
in the 1958 election for State House of Rep-

He defeated a veteran House member and
former speaker in an election marked by con-
troversy. The first official tabulation of the
votes showed him and his opponent tied.

Black won in the recount, but not until a
hot controversy over handling of the ballots

had died and the atmosphere was settled.

Black is considered a political rebel in a
county allegedly dominated by the political
influence of Charles Cannon, owner of Can-
non Mills and the bulk of the property in un-
incorporated Kannapolis.

Although his previous political campaigns
have not mentioned Cannon by name, politi-
cal observers consider him a non-Cannon man
who upset the norm by defeating Bost.

An attorney, his 1958 campaign was his
first active entry into politics.

A graduate of Wake Forest College and of
the law school at Duke University, he is an
Army Air Corps veteran. A member of the na-
tional board of Sigma Phi Epsilon, he has
served as Grand Secretary as well as district
governor and is regarded as the greatest spark-
plug of Sig Ep activity in North Carolina that
the state has ever had.

Seawell for Governor

In North Carolina where Black is running,
Malcolm B. Seawell, N.C., '32, resigned as
attorney general of the state to become can-
didate for governor of the Tar Heel State.

Since his graduation from the University of
North Carolina Law School 25 years ago, Sea-
well has served his state devotedly in several


important capacities. After working briefly
for the Institute of Government in Chapel
Hill, Seawall became a staff member of the
State Parole Commission for three years. His
next move was to establish a private office in
Lumberton, where he was quickly elected so-
licitor of Lumberton's Recorder's Court. Dur-
ing World War H he was called to Washing-
ton to serve on the staff of the Secretary of
War. Immediately after the war Seawell or-
ganized an effective campaign and was elected
mayor of Lumberton. Next, Governor Cherry
appointed him Ninth District Solicitor, and it
was through this position that Seawell de-
clared open war on the Robeson County Klu
Klux Klan, which resulted in the banishment
of that group.

Following three years' service as Superior
Court Judge, he was appointed Attorney Gen-
eral in 1958, a job he held until February.

Brother Seawell is basing his campaign on
four vital issues: overhaul of the state's ju-
dicial system, increased welfare benefits, and
increase in the quality and scope of the edu-
cational system, and, not only maintaining,
but extending the phenomenal industrial
growth which North Carolina has experienced
under the able leadership of Governor Luther

Says N.C. Delta Historian Jim Noyes about
his chapter brother:

"Malcolm Seawell, besides being nationally
known and an obvious help to any chapter,
has been a devoted alumnus of N.C. Delta.
He has visited us whenever in the Chapel
Hill vicinity and given precious time to come
back to his old chapter and help us rush.
He is a prominent man who possesses a mag-
netic personality, a remarkable sense of duty,
and an overshadowing desire to uphold the

Holt Will Leave Congress

Congressman Joe Holt, Southern California,
the youngest member of the United States
House of Representatives, has announced he
will leave Washington when his term expires
next year. He will be only 36 then and will
have served eight years. The Los Angeles
press has widely voiced the possibility that
Congressman Holt may become a candidate
for mayor of that city.

In Congress, Holt has gained a wide repu-
tation as an outspoken fighter for his District
and for sound government. He made several
trips outside the U.S., notably to the Far East
and to the Soviet Union to observe conditions
at first-hand.

In Congress he has been recognized as a
leader in the younger contingent in the House
of Representatives, served as Whip of the Cali-
fornia delegation, and currently is secretary
of the Republican Policy Committee.

In addition to the Education and Labor
Committee, he also serves on the Military
Operations Subcommittee, and recently was
named by the California Congressional Dele-
gation to meet with officials of the Mexican
Government on methods to control narcotics

Within his district, Holt has been responsi-
ble for obtaining funds to complete the Val-
ley's flood control system, succeeded in per-
suading the federal government to turn over
the Birmingham Hospital property to the Los
Angeles Board of Education for junior and
senior high schools, and was instrumental in
creating many new recreational facilities. His
actions led to tighter safety controls over
aircraft, to prevent accidents, and he has
helped to maintain a steady flow of contracts
to local defense plants.

Holt made his original decision to run for
Congress while he lay in a hospital in Korea,
recovering from a battle wound. An enlisted
man in the Marines in World War II, he was
a Marine lieutenant in Korea.

He says: "By coincidence, I entered Con-
gress when President Eisenhower came to the
White House. Now I shall be leaving Wash-
ington simultaneously with him. To know him
as well as I have been privileged to, and to
work with him on many mutual legislative
goals, has been an additional great experi-

Holt's statements to the press revealed no
political plans but left no doubt that the
youthful lawmaker missed "the community
and the people I love so much" and planned
to return to them.

Rennebohm in Wisconsin

Former Governor Oscar Rennebohm of Wis-
consin gets into the news every two years


when election season rolls around. In Febru-
ary the Milwaukee Sentinel's capitol reporter
stated that a move was being pushed by lead-
ing Republicans to place Rennebohm on the
ticket for the gubernatorial post from which
he retired in 1951 having served four years.

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