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Frank Wittmer, Chicago, 111.

Sergeant '15.

Although "Frank" has been with us only
for two years, he has the largest collection
of nicknames. Samples are "Pete," "Dago
Frank," and, because he happened to win
a bathrobe once, he was dubbed "Bathrobe
Pete," which gradually changed to "Bath-
tub." "Frank" is always ready for some


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Harry Wohlert, Lansing, Mich.
Corporal '14. First Sergeant '15.

"Harry" is another one of the quiet
members who seldom mixes up in the class
tussels. He takes to every branch of ath-
letics. Putting the shot and pitching ap-
pear to be his favorites. One of his aims
at Concordia is to have the cleanest room
and thereby gain the Sunday evening priv-

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SALUTATORY : Erwin Umbach
LATIN ORATION: Frederick Sievert






TO BE a Secimdaner is one of the joys most lower classmen
long to experience. They see him walking about proud as
a peacock and think his life is a bed of roses. But what a
mistake ! If they would only consider the tortures of one Hebrew
hour and then remember that the poor Secundaner must under-
go three such every week, they would probably be satisfied with
their own position and do all in their power to remain in the lower

classes. 2007952

Besides Hebrew, however, the Secundaner must Bear quite
a number of hardships. It is true, he is exempted from all house-
cleaning, but all this work is placed under his supervision, and
he must see to it that it is done every day. Again, he receives
many privileges, but for these he must bear a good part of the
responsibility for the student body's conduct. He participates
in Prima and Secunda meetings wherein all protests to the faculty
arise and where minor offenders are made to answer for their
misdeeds. Thus he faces the faculty for the studentbody, but
also helps the faculty supervise the conduct of the studentbody.
He does not perform any fatigue, but let him be found commit-
ting some misdemeanor, and the loss of a privilege or two usually
follows. Despite all this, however, the lot of the Secundaner is a
happy one, for he enjoys the confidence of the faculty, and is
looked up to with respect by the lower classmen whom he treats
as a big brother treats a younger brother. In the military de-
partment he usually ranks as a non-commissioned officer, and
can be depended upon to work very hard, for the officers for the
following school year are selected from out of his class.

The class of 1916, the present Secunda, has been at Con-
cordia for five years. During this time, it has shown itself effi-
cient in several respects, but especially in athletics — with the ex-
ception of basket ball. Several members of the class were on the
varsity nine last fall, and its class teams have always proved
strong. At the last field meet, it was second highest in number
of points scored. Its octette is probably the best at college at the
present time and has already given a number of concerts. Purple
and maize are the colors of 1916.







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THE Tertia year is probably the best year at Concordia'.
Some of that respect which can be fully realized only in
Prima and Secunda is enjoyed, for the members of this
class serve on a number of committees for the first time. Two
or three, who have shown a studious disposition, usually find a
place on the "Directorium," and two are also elected to the "Frass
Committee," where they have the honor of cooking the coffee for
the two luncheons on field day. Quite a number are also pro-
moted to the rank of corporal in the battalion, while one or two
may even gain the rank of sergeant. House-cleaning has no
terror for the Tertianer excepting once a week when he must
clean the windows of his room. He may get fatigue, however,
which usually results from being absent from chapel too often
on Sunday evenings or for smoking.

In Tertia, the most class spirit is usually developed. While
the classes usually choose their colors during the Quarta year,_ it
is in Tertia that they select their pennant and their class pin.
Every possible occasion of showing them is then utilized.

During this year, the student also begins to establish friend-
ships among the good citizens of the fair city of Ft. Wayne. For
some reason or other, the Tertianer receives the impression that
he must learn to "mix" more with other people, if he does not
wish to be handicapped in later years. Being an enterprising
young man he seeks to attain success in this direction, and often
proves only too successful.

The class of 1917 at present enjoys the name of Tertia. It
has some excellent baseball and basket ball material, and several
of its members have already won a place on the varsity teams.
At the last field meet, the first time it has really taken part in
the big events, it scored eight points, a good showing. In or-
ganizing a literary society and an octette, it was not very suc-
cessful, but has elected an "Annual" staff which has already
begun its work.






QUARTA is the name of the class which is at Concordia for
the third year and which corresponds to the sophomore
cla ! s of the American colleges.
A member of Quarta or Quartaner, as he is usually called,
is probably the "chestiest" person about the whole college. He
has just graduated from the baby classes, Sexta and Quinta, and
of course considers himself far above these lowly beings. There
are also quite a few privileges which he enjoys that are not grant-
ed to the lower classmen. He may stay out until ten o'clock one
Sunday evening once a month. In many ways he enjoys little
advantages over the lower classes, and he is relieved of a part
of the house-cleaning duty. This all helps to make the station
of a Quartaner more enjoyable than that of a Sextaner or Quin-

On the other hand, the Quartaner is usually the one who has
the most fatigue work to do. He is always getting into conflict
with the rules and regulations since he is more or less handi-
capped by the "Flegeljahre," and the necessary punishment fol-
lows. It is the Quartaner who "dumps the cans" nearly the whole
year around, as he simply cannot refrain from enjoying a for-
bidden smoke now and then, and a week at the cans is meted out
for each offense.

The Quarta class also takes great interest in athletics. In
this year, they compete for the first time in the big events on field
day, and also form some good class baseball and basket ball
teams. Now and then, a member of this class succeeds in getting
on the varsity nine or even on the basket ball five, although this
occurs very seldom. Most of the time, they have to content them-
selves with good class teams.

The present Quarta, class 1918, is composed of forty-two
members. It has an especially strong basket ball team, and the
whole class has made itself famous by a well-organized rooters'
club, whose rooting and cheering was one of the features at all
the big basket ball games.


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Q UINTA is the second year class. It is usually one of the
large classes, since many students who were prepared for
admission with advanced standing enter this class.

The rights of a Quintaner are about the same as those of a
Sextaner. He has to do the same work as the "sexty" and has
about the same privileges. He must be present at chapel at eight
o'clock Saturday and Sunday evenings unless he has been excused
by the director for special occasions.

One of the chief difficulties under which a Quintaner usually
labors is an inclination to imagine himself far above the poor
Sextaner. At the beginning of the school year, when the new-
comers roam about with homesick faces, it is the Quintaner who
secretly enjoys seeing someone in the plight that he was in a
short year before. This is his chance to show that he is acquaint-
ed here, and that he knows everything so, that the poor "sexties"
are awe-stricken at the thought, that one year at college will
cause such a change in them. Aside from this, however, the
Quintaners are usually those that are most friendly to the new-

The studies of Quinta are about the same as those of Sexta,
only more advanced. They also have to prepare their lessons
under the supervision of a professor.

Athletic activities are limited in Quinta as a rule. Of course,
the usual class baseball and basket ball teams are organized. The
main object is to beat Sexta as badly as possible. Two cases are
also on record of Quintaners who made the varsity team in base-
ball. On field day, very few "Quints" compete in the big events.
In the Sexta and Quinta races, however, they take part and
usually overwhelm Sexta.

The present Quinta, the class of 1919, is the second largest
class here, and at present numbers forty-five members. Its most
noteworthy accomplishment has been the forming of plans for
the publishing of an annual upon their graduation.



TO SEXTA, the life at Concordia may at first not appear so
agreeable as life at home, for the feeling of homesickness
which every newcomer experiences casts a sombre pall
over all things. Everything is new and strange and so different
from home, but after a few weeks the "Sexty" gets used to his
new surroundings, and begins to enjoy himself. In the matter
of privileges, he stands behind the other classes, but in many
other respects he is much better off. After drill, he may spend
his time as he pleases, for the daily lessons assigned to Sexta are
not difficult, and can easily be prepared in the two hour study
period in the evening, when he is under the supervision of one of
the faculty. His fellow students in the other classes, however,
must often spend their spare time preparing Latin, writing com-
positions, or learning Greek vocables.

After the Sextaner has been here for a few weeks, he is re-
ceived as "Sunday guest" into one of the Lutheran families of
Fort Wayne. This family is kind enough to invite the student for
dinner every Sunday, and also to do his weekly washing for him.
In this way, the student is not entirely cut off from all home life,
and many a homesick "Sexty" has had a good reason to bless the
kindhearted matron who has taken him into her home, and treated
him as a son. For about fifty years, the Lutherans of Fort Wayne
have done this for the students, and it has proved one of the great-
est blessings the students have enjoyed.

All classes look alike when they come here in Sexta. It is
impossible to foretell who will discontinue his studies, who will
fail, and who will graduate six years later. And so it is with the
class of 1920. They are a likely bunch of youngsters who ought
to give a good account of themselves. This much, however, is
certain, as a Sexta they have been successful, and have given
promise of future great deeds.










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The Military Department

FOR a long time before the plans were finally carried out
the faculty had considered the possibilities of introducing
the military system at Concordia. But it seemed as if there
were no hope of ever accomplishing this. Finally in the year
1907, after a long deliberation, the faculty, together with the
board of directors, resolved to ask the government to send a man
to Fort Wayne to inspect conditions here and to report to the
Department of War at Washington as to the advisability of de-
tailing an officer of the United States Army to this college and
thus introducing a military department. The appeal was made
and, shortly after, Captain Crain of Fort Sheridan, 111. arrived
and inspected the college. His report was very favorable, and
the faculty was notified that an active officer of the Army would
soon be detailed to take charge of the student body here. Upon
special recommendation of Senator Beveridge, Captain I. W.
Leonard was detailed to Fort Wayne to assume the post of pro-
fessor of military science and tactics at Concordia.

But converting a number of raw and totally inexperienced
recruits into a well-drilled battalion is by no means an easy task.
When Captain Leonard arrived, he had all possible difficulties
to contend with. No one here had any experience in military
matters. Captain Leonard found it impossible to do much satis-
factory work with the whole studentbody, so he proceeded to
instruct first of all a few upper classmen, who in turn, as officers,
were able to instruct others. The studentbody as a whole was
inclined to oppose the new system, because a small portion of the
recreation period was taken and devoted to military drill.
Through the combined efforts of the commandant, the director,
and the faculty, however, order was soon established, and condi-
tions began to improve. Very soon, the students realized the
benefits that might be derived from a military training and a
lively interest was gradually awakened. For four years, Captain
Leonard remained here, and his work during that time was
crowned with such success, that when he was again ordered back
to the Army, he had formed one of the most efficient and best-
trained battalions in the state.

After the departure of Captain Leonard, Captain C. E.
Reese took up the duties of commandant. Under his able leader-
ship, the military department flouished more and more. He
kept charge of this department for nearly three years. First


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Lieutenant L. M. Purcell was appointed his successor, but un-
fortunately, after having been with us only a few months, he
was called back to active service on account of the troubles in
Mexico. Since January, 1914, Captain G. L. Byroade, a veteran
of the Spanish-American War, is acting in the capacity of com-

The whole studentbody is formed into a battalion of four
companies, a band, and a signal corps. During the four drill
periods every week, the various drills as laid down in the Infantry
Drill Regulations of the Army are thoroughly gone through.
Occasionally, this period is made still more interesting by the so-
lution of field problems. A march of several miles in the country
with advance and rear guard, a sham battle, or extensive field
maneuvers are then undertaken, and the regular fifty-minute
period is drawn out to about an hour and a half. During the last
eight years, the battalion has also taken part in the annual Decor-
ation Day parade from the Court House to Lindenwood Cemetery,
a distance of several miles. Judging from the applause received,
it has always made a good showing on this occasion.

To arouse still more interest in military matters, an annual
military tournament and an indoor festival are held. These
were introduced by Captain Byroade, and have become extremely
popular among the people of Fort Wayne, but still more so among
the students. The program usually consists of a parade, company
drill, competitive drills, wall scaling, an equipment race, relay race,
and several others. Our last military tournament was held
March 12, 1915. The battalion and company drills were executed
with the utmost precision. The competitive drills as well as the
different races proved very interesting and were enjoyed by the
participants as well as by the spectators. An exceptionally good
record was made in wall scaling, when the three men represent-
ing the band scaled a ten-foot wall in seven and four-fifths sec-
onds. Handsome prizes, offered by various merchants of Fort
Wayne, were given to the winners of the different events.

m Another occasion of special interest is the annual inspection,
which usually takes place about the middle of May. Preparations
are made to have everything in the best possible condition by
the time the government inspector arrives. On this day, the
whole forenoon and part of the afternoon are spent at drill. After
a personal inspection of the whole battalion, its equipment, and
the various buildings, the inspector makes out his report con-
cerning conditions here. So far these reports have always been


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The Athletic Committee

llnnemeier daschner schumacher

H. Fischer, '15
A. Daschner, '1.5
A. Gremel, '17
K. Hexrichs, '17

Wearers of "C"


E. Wilson, '16
W. Brommer, '16
T. '18

F. Laxkexau, '17

E. Metzdorf, '17
O. Heixitz, '16
H. Treskoav, '18
H. Keixath, '15

W. Rehm, '15
A. Daschxer, '15


C. Luerssex, '16


H. Schilf, '17
A. Gremel, '17



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T CONCORDIA, as at any college, athletics form a promi-
nent part of student-life. They are the best mode of rec-
reation and almost every student participates in some
game or other. He may take no interest in a certain
s-port, but among the many which are practiced here, he
will find one over which he will become enthusiastic.
Since the great American college game, football, has been
forbidden for years, the national game of our country,
baseball, finds the most admirers. Not only is the sport-
ing page eagerly scanned to find the batting average of
"Scoops" Carey, or to see, if "Goose" Wambsgans is making good with
Cleveland, but the students also enjoy playing tne game among themselves
or with other amateur or college teams. To give everyone an opportunity
to play, the students, years ago, formed three leagues among themselves —
the Juniors, the Brotherhood, and the League, each composed of four
teams and playing a schedule every spring and fall. On the large, spa-
cious campus, room was found to lay out three baseball diamonds.

A youngster who enters college here and desires to play baseball
usually joins the Juniors and is assigned to one of the teams. He either
has played no baseball at all or his knowledge of the game is very lim-
ited. As the organization, however, is formed mostly of novices, this
is not so great a disadvantage, for with a little application and ability he
can soon outclass the other players. After a season or two in the Juniors,
he is drafted into the Brotherhood, where he finds a more finished style
of play and a number of expert players. If he has ability, he will im-
prove rapidly and be drafted to the League, which is composed of the
successful and unsuccessful candidates for the varsity team. Here he is
always given an opportunity to win a place on the varsity, but must
show great ability before he is successful in this. This whole arrange-
ment, therefore, is similar to the system employed in professional base-

At the end of the school year, an Athletic Committee, usually con-
sisting of seven members, is elected by coetus. This committee elects
the business manager for the following year and formerly also elected
the captain, but during the last year this was changed, so that now the
captain is elected immediately after the close of the season by the mem-
bers of the team. The business manager schedules the games for the
varsity, has charge of the athletic fund, and is official groundkeeper.
The captain attends to the playing management and helps the coach
select the varsity from th? squad of candidates.

Perhaps the most interesting games to the student are the inter-
class games. These are usually played at the end of the spring and fall
season and arouse intense class rivalry. Prima usually carries off the
honors, but several classes have proved champions before their last year.


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Baseball Record, Spring 1914

THE record made by the baseball team in the spring of 1914
was an exceptionally good one. Of the six games played,
five ended in victory. It was the first year Concordia had
the services of a coach, for Captain Byroade, the first man who
has undertaken this task, did not assume his duties as military
instructor here until mid-winter. After his arrival, a report was
circulated that, besides having been a good athlete himself, he
had at different times coached athletic teams. When asked by
coetus to assist our players he readily consented and much of
the success of the team is due to his efforts. The varsity which
he selected consisted of the following players: W. Schlueter,
pitcher and captain; W. Dorn, catcher; H. Fischer, first base; A.
Daschner, second base; A. Gremel, third base; E. Wilson, short-
stop ; W. Dau, left field ; E. Metzdorf , center field ; K. Henrichs,
right field ; F. Schumacher and H. Keinath, utility. After the sec-
ond game, Metzdorf took Dorn's place behind the bat, and the
latter went to center field. Every man played his position well
especially Pitcher Schlueter, who acquired an average of ten
strike-outs to a game during the season and also proved a reliable
fielder and heavy hitter. Wilson led the batters with an average
of .440 and also covered much ground as shortstop.

The schedule was opened on April 18th with a defeat at the
hands of the Huser All Stars. Everything went in favor of Con-
cordia until the seventh inning when the All Stars, assisted by
several costly errors, scored eight runs. Schlueter pitched fine ball
striking out thirteen men. Wilson gathered four hits three of
which were good for two bases.

The next game on April 25th, however, showed the real met-
tle of the team, for through good pitching and errorless fielding
they defeated the fast Western Gas team by a 5-0 score. Several
times the visitors had men on bases, but fast playing always kept
these from scoring. The Concordians made ten hits, Schlueter,
Gremel, and Daschner each having two to their credit.


The game on May 2nd proved another victory for Concordia,
this time at the expense of the Mazda Electrics. The score was
tie at two until the seventh inning when the Concordians gained
the lead. Schlueter and Dietrich, the opposing pitchers, each re-
tired nine men on strikes.


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On May 16th, the team took its annual trip to Culver, Ind.
As our baseball and basket ball teams are not permitted to visit
any other college than Culver, and as this is restricted to one trip
a year, the trip is naturally looked forward to with much delight
by the varsity. Their enthusiasm also seems to communicate
itself to their playing, for in the last eight years they have won
as many victories from Culver. This spring was no exception,
for while the Concordians were piling up a total of five runs, Cul-
ver's only chance of scoring was spoiled through a fast double
play when the latter had three men on base. In the evening the
victorious players were met at the station by the student body and
escorted in triumph to the college.


On May 23rd, the Fort Wayne Printing Co.'s fast team tried
to stop the varsity, but met with no success. Both teams scored
in the fourth inning, but after this the Concordians held the
visitors down, while they themselves gained a lead of three runs.
Heavy hitting featured the game, Dau and Fischer starring in
this respect.


The season was closed successfully on June 20th by a 33-2
victory over the seminary of Springfield. Springfield was
hampered by the absence of two of their regulars, but the manner
in which the varsity overwhelmed them proved a surprise. But
for a little loose playing in the fourth inning, it would have been
another shutout for the Concordians. They made up for this slip
however in the second and eighth innings when they amassed a
total of twenty-seven runs. Among the twenty -four hits gathered
off the opposing pitchers, were four homeruns, one triple, six
doubles, and thirteen singles. Schumacher played right field and
made a good showing.

The Record

C. C 5 Huser All Stars 10

C. C 5 Western Gas

C. C 3 Mazda Electrics _ 2

C. C 5 Culver M. A

C. C 4 Fort Wayne Printing Co... 1

C C. 33 Concordia Seminary 2

C. C 55 Opponents 15




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FALL 1914

The prospects of a winning team in the fall were not very

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