1947: Students Sell Blood to Defray Expenses of Injured Grid Star

Middletown, Ct., Dec. 20–(UP)–Coming to the aid of an injured football player, Wesleyan students today are ready to sell their blood to meet the mounting hospital expenses of Stavros Demopoulos.

Laid up in Hartford Hospital with a spinal injury, Demopoulos is faced with at least six more months of treatments, with an expected medical bill of at least $9000.

Ten students a week are pledged to sell a pint apiece, bringing in a total of $250. A college spokesman said that since most of the 1000 students show “a great enthusiasm for the move,” and since each can donate every two months, Demopoulos is assured of more than enough to pay his hospital bill.

From The Boston Traveler (Boston, Massachusetts), Saturday, December 20, 1947.

1829: Methodist College

A committee from the New York and New England Conferences of the Methodist E. Church met at New Haven last week for the purpose of deciding upon a site for the College for said church and people. The committee determined upon Middletown, in this state, in preference to Bridgeport, Troy, or any other place brought into notice. They are to make a report to the different conferences in May next, by whom the report may be confirmed or rejected. But unless some very strong inducements should be held out from other places, it is believed that the conferences will coincide with the committee, and the college be located at Middletown. The people of that place, we believe, made a tender of 20 or 25,000 dollars, together with the buildings erected for Capt. Partridge’s military academy, should the college be located there.

From the Norwich Courier (Norwich, Connecticut), Wednesday, December 16, 1829.

1959: Frat Withdraws In Race Protest

Middletown, Conn., Dec. 3 (AP)–Wesleyan University’s Sigma Nu Fraternity today withdrew from its national organization. The action, a local chapter official said, was in protest of the national’s “white only” membership requirements.

The decision was applauded by University President Victor L. Butterfield, who said:

I am glad that all Wesleyan fraternities are now free of clauses discrimination against students for reasons of race or color.”

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Friday, December 4, 1959.

1887: Between President and Student

Middletown, Conn., Dec. 2.–Ex-President Beach, of the Wesleyan University, and Howard Hawxhurst, of the Senior Class, became involved in a struggle this afternoon which is the talk of the town to-night. Hawxhurst has been found several times skating on President Beach’s private pond, although he had been ordered off. This afternoon Dr. Beach met him there, but when the student was told to leave he refused. Thereupon Dr. Beach grabbed him and endeavored to force him off. He was only able, however, to drag him to the edge of the pond. At the conclusion of the encounter Hawxhurst was still on the pond, but his coat was badly torn. Both sides are now talking of legal measures.

From the New York Times (New York, New York), Saturday, December 3, 1887.

December 1 – Middletown 366


Powder Mill Blown Up

Middletown, Conn., Dec. 1.–On Friday last, the Powder Mill, in this town, belonging to Daniel Rand, Esq., was blown up. Fortunately the accident occurred whilst the hands were gone to dinner, and no lives were injured. It is not known what occasioned it.–There were only about 25 kegs of powder in the works at the time, the whole of which was destroyed, together with the building, which was blown to atoms–one part of the roof being thrown across the stream, about ten rods; and the other part in an opposite direction about the same distance. A loose board was blown high in the air, and lodged on a hemlock tree, some distance from the mill. This is the second accident of the kind which has happened to that powder mill within a few years. The loss to Mr. Rand will not probably exceed $500 or $600.–Sentinel.

From the Spectator (New York, NY), Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1830.


Students to Rally

Middletown, Conn. (AP)–A group of Wesleyan University students and residents of Middletown will begin a week-long nonviolent demonstration Friday night to rally support for general disarmament.

From the Herald and News (Klamath Falls, Oregon), Thursday, Dec. 1, 1960.


1925: Wesleyan Opens an Outing Clubhouse

Middletown, Ct., Nov. 27–Wesleyan university has opened an outing club on the west bank of the Connecticut river four miles below Middletown. This club, called “The House in the Field,” made its formal opening Wednesday afternoon and evening when 10 undergraduates and three professors gave a party there.

The club house is located in the village of Laurel and was secured largely through the efforts of Dr. Edgar Fauver and Prof. William G. Chanter, who have been advocating the establishment of such a place for some years.

The house will be under the direction of the Wesleyan University Christian association and under the particular control of E. L. Hubler, ’27, of Gordon, Pa., chairman of the committee in charge of the club.

From the Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), Saturday, November 28, 1925.

1896: Trinity Beaten By Wesleyan

A Game That Was Witnessed By More Than a Thousand

Middletown, Conn., Nov. 15.–Over 1,000 persons witnessed the Wesleyan-Trinity game yesterday. Wesleyan scored the first touch-down in three minutes on long runs around the ends and double pass plays. Henry of Wesleyan and Langford of Trinity were put off for slugging, and Yale and Stirling substituted. Wilson kicked both goals. Trinity, by successive short runs, secured two touch-downs and goals in this half.

The second half was characterized by sharp tackling by Wesleyan, and Rymer’s series of gains through Trinity’s end. Wesleyan secured two goals, and, by sharp work, Trinity prevented her gaining two more goals when the ball was on the one-yard line. Rich of Trinity was injured, and Beecroft substituted. The line-up:

Trinity. Position. Wesleyan.
Rich, Beecroft Right end Young
Langford, Capt. Right tackle Williams
Ingalis Right guard Sibley
Lord Centre Wade
Cogswell Left guard Hayes
Sutton Left tackle Henry
Ellis Left end Young
Clasebrook Quarter back Wilson (Capt.)
Little Right half back Raymond
Woodle Left half back Rymer
Burchard Full back Wing

Score–Wesleyan, 24; Trinity, 12. Umpire–Judd of Yale. Referee–Dr. Farrand of Wesleyan. Timekeepers–Grodon and Hubbard.

From the New York Times (New York, New York), Monday, November 16, 1896.

1945: Prof Contends Athletes Have Better Grades

By Lou Black

Middletown, Conn., Oct. 29.–(AP)–Prof. Hugh G. McCurdy of Wesleyan claims today that the stout-hearted lads who do or die on the athletic fields are better students than the boys who confine their exercise to hitting the books.

To prove his point, the professor tosses out the results of an investigation of records of Wesleyan athletes from 1926 through 1940, and by golly he’s convincing.

He sums up his survey by asking two questions:

  1. Do non athletes win more scholastic honors than athletes?
  2. Does intercollegiate sport take so much time and energy that the players do not have enough left to excel scholastically?

His answer to both, of course, is an emphatic “no.”

The be-spectacled, slight McCurdy, associate professor of physical education and coach of soccer, swimming and tennis here, reveals that the knights of the gridiron, hills and dales, and gyms are heroes, too, in general scholarship and Phi Beta Kappa competition.

The best marks are turned in by the cross-country and soccer boys, with golf, swimming, tennis, track, football, baseball, basketball and wrestling not too far behind.

Soccer and golf turn in the best material for Phi Beta Kappa keys with swimming, cross country, track, baseball, football, wrestling, basketball and tennis somewhat off the pace.

The professor, who discloses his results in the current issue of the Wesleyan Alumnus, offers no explanation why cross-country and soccer is so stimulating to the brains.

That’s a fact, and so is it fact that Wesleyan, a member of the “Little Three” with Amherst and Williams, has a fine athletic record.

From the Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona), Monday, October 29, 1945.


1893: To Boycott the Girls

Wesleyan University Boys Object to the Fair Sex as Students.

Middletown, Conn., Oct. 24.–When Wesleyan university first opened its doors to young ladies there was no opposition among the young men. The young ladies, however, have so increased in numbers that the boys begin to feel their influence in college affairs, one effect of which is the decline of football, as the girls are not experts at kicking.

Twenty-five percent of the freshmen class this year is of the fair sex, and the ratio in the whole body of students is as one to five. The first evidence of the feeling of the boys was the name “quail,” which signifies a female student at Wesleyan. Webb Hall, the dormitory of the young ladies, is known as “Quail Roost.”

But this is not all. The boys have organized the “P. D. Q.” society, the object of which is to put down the “quails.” The society is secret, and has now only about 100 members, but every young man in college is expected to join.

The method adopted by the “P. D. Q.” society is similar to the boycott. The college girls will not be invited by the college boys to any entertainments. Any college boy seen in the company of a “quail” will be summarily treated. The “quails” are to receive no consideration whatever.

From The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, North Caroline), Friday, October 27, 1893.

1936: President Franklin Roosevelt Visits Middletown

White House Surprised at Middletown Complaint on Change in Presidential Party Route, by Arthur C. Wimer.

“… Stephen Early, secretary to President Roosevelt insisted today that the White House was not responsible for any last minute changes which might have been made in the route followed by the President’s party through Middletown.

Mr. Early appeared surprised at reports that thousands of persons, many of them school children, had failed to see the President in Middletown because his automobile party had failed to move along High and Upper Washington streets as originally announced. He appeared surprised also at reports the trip down those two streets had been abandoned out of fear that Wesleyan University students might stage a Landon demonstration.

Mr. Early said if any change had been made on the [route] through Middletown it had been made by stateĀ or local officials and not by or at the instruction of White House staff. …” From the Hartford Courant, Oct. 25, 1936.

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