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1848 - Cover of First Minute Book of Alpha and Grand Chapter
1848 - Cover of First Minute Book of Alpha and Grand Chapter
Cover of a leather minute book used by the Alpha and Grand chapter to record minutes and documents of Phi Gamma Delta from the first organizational meeting on April 22, 1848 through meetings in 1850.
1852 Convention - First General Convention
1852 Convention - First General Convention
News clipping recounting the 1852 Convention. This was the first general convention of Phi Gamma Delta. It was held in Public Exercises Arthur's Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Twenty five delegates attended. The news clipping is from The City Post (Pittsburgh) on Tuesday August 10, 1852.
1856 - Marquis Lewis Brock (DePauw University 1856)
1856 - Marquis Lewis Brock (DePauw University 1856)
Marquis Lewis Brock (DePauw University 1856) DAR (DePauw Alumnal Record) #136: "A.B. 1856; A.M., 1859. Born, July 21, 183_ White County, Ind. Tutor in Indiana Asbury University, 1856 [to 1858]; instructor in Illinois Institute for Education of Deaf and Dumb, 1858-59; founded the Deaf and Dumb Institute of Arkansas, 1859 instructor, in the Pennsylvania Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1870-75; instructor in Illinois Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1875-1903. Married, 1871, Miss Elvira Gage. Died, February 23, 1903, Jacksonville, Ill." Initiated 1855 into Arcanus Decem. Initiated as graduate, June 28, 1859, when he returned to receive his master's degree.
1856 - Oliver Hampton Smith (DePauw University 1856)
1856 - Oliver Hampton Smith (DePauw University 1856)
Oliver Hampton Smith (DePauw University 1856) Minister. DAL (DePauw Alumnal Record) #142: "Teacher, Maryville Missouri, A.B. [1856]; A.M. 1859. Born June 2, 1831, in Harrisburg, Indiana. 1859, principal Thornton Academy; 1864, principal Danville Academy; 1866, president Rockport Collegiate Institute; 1873, superintendent Jeffersonville Public Schools; 1883, presiding elder, Little Rock District, Little Rock [Methodist Episcopal] Conference; 1886, transferred to the Missouri Conference, and served the Cameron and Trenton stations; 1889, elected president Maryville Seminary and founded that institution. Married, December 27, 1857, Miss Elvira Allen." Initiated April 1858 as a graduate (although that is not noted in body of the chapter minutes). Asbury Board of Visitors 1864, 1869, 1871. Worked in newspapers, including Danville Union and Greencastle Banner. Regular visitor to the chapter. Died January 4, 1920 in Greenville; obituary, The Phi Gamma Delta, 42-4 (February 1920), pages 515-516. Smith's brother-in-law Walter Allen (1882) joined Phi Gamma Delta at DePauw.
1856 Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio
1856 Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio
Newspaper article referencing the 1856 Convention. Image misidentifies the Convention as the "8th Ekklesia". The 2nd Convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio at Burnet House on August 16-17, 1856. The Convention had four chapters in attendance., In a folder devoted to the 1856 Convention
1858 - Charles Franklin Springer (DePauw University 1858)
1858 - Charles Franklin Springer (DePauw University 1858)
Charles Franklin Springer (DePauw University 1858) DAR (DePauw Alumnal Record) #161. "Lawyer. A.B. 1858; A.M.. 1861. Born, August 10, 1834, Sullivan, Ind. Member of Constitutional Convention of Illinois, from Madison county, 1870; lieutenant-colonel and colonel One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, 1864-65. Married, October. 1867, Miss Adelaide Isbell. Died, November 13, 1871, Edwardsville, Illinois." Son of Rev. Thomas B. Springer, Morgan Co. Illinois. Initiated September, 1856 after the founding. Helped reestablish the chapter, June 8, 1857. Chapter treasurer June 8, 1857 to July 1, 1858. Read law in Edwardsville; admitted to the bar 1859. Brother of William McKendree Springer, initiated into Beta Theta Pi at Asbury in 1856. Charles Springer in his Union Army uniform.
1858 - Gonzalvo C. Smythe (DePauw University 1858)
1858 - Gonzalvo C. Smythe (DePauw University 1858)
Portrait of Gonzalvo C. Smythe (DePauw University 1858) DAR (DePauw Alumnal Record) #160: "Physician. A.B. 1858; A.M., 1861; M.D., 1863, Rush Medical College, Chicago; the ad eundem degree, M. D., Long Island College, Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, 1870. Born, October 31, 1836, Putnam county, Ind. Professor of principles and practice of medicine, Central College of Physicians and Surgeons, Indianapolis, Ind., 1879-85; dean of same; elected president Board of Trustees, Central College of Physicians and Surgeons, Indianapolis, 1888; president, Indiana State Medical Society, 1890-91; engaged in practice of medicine and surgery, Greencastle, Ind., 1863-97; author of "Medical Heresies." Married, February 28, 1860, Miss Margaret Allen, who died, February 10, 1870; married, January 16, 1872, Miss Janie F. Black, who died, November 14, 1874; married, February 17, 1876, Miss Jennie Hartley. Father of 1647, and Winona and Roxana. Died, February 9, 1897, Greencastle, Indiana." Initiated February 24, 1870. The minutes state, "The report from Dr. Smith [sic] being favorable Chapter met for his initiation. He was introduced and made acquainted with the spirit of our Order, Prof. Ridpath conducting the ceremonies. . . . Dr. Smith walked majestically down the street with a Delta badge upon his bosom." His sister Hannah Roxana Smythe had married John Clark Ridpath (Depauw 1863) in 1862.
1858 - Jesse Squire Gathright (DePauw University 1858) - BACK
1858 - Jesse Squire Gathright (DePauw University 1858) - BACK
Jesse Squire Gathright (DePauw University 1858) - BACK Born 1835, Louisville, KY. Initiated 1854 into Arcanus Decem. Initiated September, 1856 after the founding. Departed Indiana Asbury during the disturbance of 1856. Attended the University of Virginia in 1857 and died March 21, 1858. In UVA Special Collections' copy of Schele de Vere's Students of the University of Virginia: a Semi-Centennial Catalogue, someone penciled in "typhoid epidemic?" next to his entry. Chapter minute April 8, 1858 "between the two preceding meetings a committee was appt . . . to draught resolutions, expressing regard of the Fraternity for late deceased Jesse S. Gathright." Brother of Josiah Baker Gathright (1860) and Richard O. Gathright (1862).
1858 - Jesse Squire Gathright (DePauw University 1858) - FRONT
1858 - Jesse Squire Gathright (DePauw University 1858) - FRONT
Jesse Squire Gathright (DePauw University 1858) - FRONT Born 1835, Louisville, KY. Initiated 1854 into Arcanus Decem. Initiated September, 1856 after the founding. Departed Indiana Asbury during the disturbance of 1856. Attended the University of Virginia in 1857 and died March 21, 1858. In UVA Special Collections' copy of Schele de Vere's Students of the University of Virginia: a Semi-Centennial Catalogue, someone penciled in "typhoid epidemic?" next to his entry. Chapter minute April 8, 1858 "between the two preceding meetings a committee was appt . . . to draught resolutions, expressing regard of the Fraternity for late deceased Jesse S. Gathright." Brother of Josiah Baker Gathright (1860) and Richard O. Gathright (1862).
1858 - Jonathan Birch (DePauw University 1858)
1858 - Jonathan Birch (DePauw University 1858)
Jonathan Birch (DePauw University 1858) DAR (DePauw Alumnal Record) #156. "Lawyer. A.B. 1858; A.M., 1861. Born, June 8, 1834, Fountain county, Ind. City attorney for Greencastle, 1866-75; major, Sixty-third Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry; professor of law, DePauw University [1881-82, 1884-91]; engaged in practice of law, Greencastle, Ind.: elected trustee DePauw University, 1888 [to 1903]; mayor of Greencastle, 1894-96. Brother of 63. Married, February 7, 1871, Miss Marietta E. Jones. Father of 1342 and 1591. Died, April 9, 1906, Greencastle, Ind.; buried, in Forest Hill cemetery."Member of Arcanus Decem. Initiated June 8, 1857. 1860 census shows him as an attorney, living with family of Charles Douglas Jones (DePauw 1871) in Covington. Wounded at Resaca GA.
1858 - Jonathan Birch (DePauw University 1858)
1858 - Jonathan Birch (DePauw University 1858)
Jonathan Birch (DePauw University 1858) DAR (DePauw Alumnal Record) #156. "Lawyer. A.B. 1858; A.M., 1861. Born, June 8, 1834, Fountain county, Ind. City attorney for Greencastle, 1866-75; major, Sixty-third Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry; professor of law, DePauw University [1881-82, 1884-91]; engaged in practice of law, Greencastle, Ind.: elected trustee DePauw University, 1888 [to 1903]; mayor of Greencastle, 1894-96. Brother of 63. Married, February 7, 1871, Miss Marietta E. Jones. Father of 1342 and 1591. Died, April 9, 1906, Greencastle, Ind.; buried, in Forest Hill cemetery."Member of Arcanus Decem. Initiated June 8, 1857. 1860 census shows him as an attorney, living with family of Charles Douglas Jones (DePauw 1871) in Covington. Wounded at Resaca GA.
1859 - Orion A. Bartholomew (DePauw University 1859)
1859 - Orion A. Bartholomew (DePauw University 1859)
Orion A. Bartholomew (DePauw University 1859) DAR (DePauw Alumnal Record) #164: "Lawyer. A.B. 1859; A.M., 1862. Born, September 4, 1837, Belleville, Ind. Private Company A, Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry; first lieutenant, Seventieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; lieutenant-colonel Fifteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; colonel One Hundred Ninth United States Volunteer Infantry; brevet brigadier-general; prosecuting attorney and mayor of Chariton, Ia.; president Elliott Fuel Company, Minneapolis, Minn. Brother of 254. Married, January 16, 1866, Miss Mary J. Smith, Hendricks county, Ind. Died, September 17, 1919." Initiated May 21, 1859.

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