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Florida A and M University
ROGER McLEOD, Editor-Business Manager
LEVI JOHNSON, Managing Editor
Special Credits: Cover Design and Artwork, E. O. Minior; Division Page Design, E. O.
Minor; Division Page Artwork, Dorothy Williams, Margaret Knowles, and Levi Johnson.
Color Photography, Page Nine, Francis H. Mitchell; Page 12, James Walden and Horace
Jones, Jr.; Page 13, James Walden; Page 16, Horace Jones, Jr.
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ARTISTS AND LYCEUM
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
H. MANNING EFFERSON, Dean of the University
"He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his
age, doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion."
The appointment of H. Manning Efferson as Dean of the University of Florida A and M, effective July 1, 1957, marked
the accomplishments of well-chosen objectives for the former Dean of Administration.
Dean Efferson, who joined the Florida A and M faculty in 1923 as an instructor of mathematics and science, secretary of
the YMCA and assistant dean of men, served as dean of administration from July 1, 1950, to June 30, 1957.
He has held several successful positions during his long and successful career at A and M, among which are director of the
.-...summer school, 1934 to present; head of the department of mathematics, 1925-1945, assistant dean of arts and sciences, 1934-1946;
dean of arts and sciences, 1946-1948; administrative assistant, July 1, 1948; July 7, 1949; and acting president, July 7, 1949-April 1, 1950.
He came to Florida from one year's experience as head of the mathematics department and athletic coach at Snow Hill
Dean Efferson was graduated from Atlanta University in 1922 with an A.B. degree and from Columbia Teachers College with
the M.A. degree in 1928. He has done additional study at Columbia University, Teachers College, the University of Minnesota, and
the University of Iowa.
Honors received include an LL.D degree from Edward Waters College and a Certificate of Meritorious Achievement from
Dean Efferson holds membership in numerous professional, civic and fraternal organizations.
Thus, in recognition of his many past contributions and with confidence in his future achievements, the RATTLER Staff proudly
and humbly dedicates the 1958 RATTLER to H. Manning Efferson, Dean of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
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J. R. E. LEE, JR., Vice-President
r"No individual is honored as an individual. His life takes on
dignity as the causes to which he attached himself takes on dignity."
J. R. E. Lee, Jr., recently appointed Vice-President of Florida A and M University after thirty-odd years in the role of
Business Manager, has spent the major portion of his life planning and implementing programs, projects and the many diversi-
fied activities associated with Florida A and M. He has been identified with this institution since 1924. As a school official;
as a public figure on the local, the state, or the national scene; as a citizen; and as a father he has been consistently active in
affairs which have as their ultimate goal the economic and social improvement of the individual and the group.
Early in life J. R. E. Lee, Jr., possessed the compelling urge to do things on the grand scale; he owned the imagination which
enables him to see the latent possibilities in a nebulous idea. This probably, in part, accounts for the fact that he fulfilled the
responsibilities of the business management of Florida A and M University not only satisfactorily but, in the opinion of his peers,
brilliantly from 1924 to 1957. During this early period, J. R. E. Lee, Jr. served as an irreplaceable assistant to his father with the
business interests while J. R. E. Lee, Sr., concerned himself primarily with the academic features of this fast growing institution.
Both father and son received commendation from Dr. Booker T. Washington.
Not content with innovating projects on the local scene: for example, the Orange Blossom Classic and the FAMU Credit
Union, he projected his genius for creativity on the national scene. The American Association of College Business Officers acclaims
him as its founder and former president. Here again is found the motivating factor of self and group improvement compelling
,4 him to develop this medium for the mutual improvement of business management institutional officers.
College is hearing some of the nation's :
great speakers, in this case, Mrs.
Anna Arnold Hedgeman, Assistant to
... So This Is College ...
are on their way to college, where a world of opportunity and
enriching experiences awaits them. For some of these youngsters
this departure marks the culmination of years of careful planning
and ever-growing anticipation. For them college represents a sort
of "open sesame" which will lead onward and upward to a finally-
achieved goal, known, for want of a better word, as success. For
College is taking time to make a "point." others this departure is only one in a series of leave-akings, each
one ending al point of n o return, known, for want of a beer
'women wave fearful goodbyes to parents, relatives, and friends
word, as failure. The degree to which eah of these builders of
tomorrow akes advantage of the opportunities and profits by
the experiences provided for him will determine the extent of
his success in college. More important still, the degree to which
each of these privileged young men and women succeeds in
making of his college career a really meaning ful re entu a into
the joys of learning and living will determine, in large measure,
his success in the world outside.
College i even means mail from home.o oe i seie le in ec
oneSadly enough, many of these young hopefuls will spend four
or five years on the college campus and still not know what col-
lege really is. Only when it is too late will some come to aof
realization that they should have seen with more observant eyes,
that they should have listened with more questing, inquiring
minds, that they should have lived ing to learn and made of learning
an adventure whose ever expanding horizons beckon with im-
perious and insatiate hands.
legeTo those, then, who are embarking upon this new sea of
adventure called college and to those who, alas! will never know
what is all about, these pages are dedicated.
College is a student body, a group of young minds and intel-
lects groping for a means of unravelling some of the complexities
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College is spending long hours in "Science Hall."
College is the traditional line of march.
College is an interne teacher
College is a teacher at the blackboard.
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that surround them. It is within that student body, composed of
all sorts of people, that the real business of living takes place.
Living "on his own," in many instances for the first time, the col-
lege student finds that he must make choices between what is
good and what is bad, what is worthwhile and what is unimpor-
tant, what is relevant and what is irrelevant. A college is a small
world. Within its portals come the best and the worst of men.
Here implacable enmities are made, old loves are discarded for
new ones, and lasting friendships and lifelong comradeships are
Such a matrix must have competent direction. It is for the
purpose of giving guidance and helpful direction that the college
community has an administration. To guide and instruct, but not
to control this vitally important service the administration
Then there are the class meetings and the long hours spent at
the library. But how else is the student to learn, to be intellectu-
ally alert so as to meet as many of the day's pressing needs as
possible? Only through such media as class meetings, library
studies, and research can the developing mind be assured of
accuracy of fact, plausibility of reason, and opportunity for
In addition to formal instruction as a form of the media by
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College is a lovely co-ed in the springtime.
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College is attending church on
College is work-aid which affords job
opportunities to many students.
College is the unexpected-like snow in Florida,
College is gaiety at a formal dance.
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which the student learns, lyceum programs certainly can not be
overlooked. What better way to know and gain an appreciation
of the finer, more cultural side of life than through the various
lyceum presentations of music, drama, literature, art? The college
community that can never boast of such enlightening entertain-
ments as operas, dramas, and other artistic forms is not at all well
rounded; therefore it cannot produce well-rounded alumni.
It has been said that each college president needs a bicameral
institution: academic and extra-curricular. For what college stu-
dent has really lived who has not enjoyed and participated in
some of the forms of extra-curricular activities? There are num-
erous out-of-class experiences which may prove almost as reward-
ing as the in-class ones. For example, there are organizations,
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College is a student body, faculty, and staff of some 3,000 persons.
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athletics, band, school publications, and countless others. What
more could any student ask?
He who says college is four years of blood, sweat, and tears
only is very much in error. Truly blood, sweat, and tears have
their places; but they are more than equally balanced by the joys,
pleasures, and the satisfaction of knowing that a job-a good,
worth while job-is being done. A unique world that, because of
its similarity to the perplexing world outside, is not in reality so
unique, an open door to opportunity and advancement; an en-
vironment where order and rightness prevail only because they
always win over chaos and wrong-this is college.
College is study in the library.
College is a course in Anatomy and Physiology in "Science Hall."
College is all the color and pageantry that
accompanies a Saturday afternoon football
College is a colorful gathering of the student body.
College is "Miss FAMU's" float in the traditional and colorful Orange Blossom Classic parade.
College is beautiful co-eds atop the Silver Anniversary float in the 25th Annual Orange Blossom Classic parade.
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College is Beautiful co-eds atop the Silver Anniversary float in the 25th Annual Orange Blossom Classic parade.
GEORGE W. GORE, JR., Ph.D
President of the University
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President Gore plants a tree during Arbor Day Observance on South Campus.
President Gore is host to many persons during the school year. In the photo above he is shown with several of the persons who played key
roles in the Seventh Annual Guidance Conference held during the month of February. Seated, left to right, Mrs. Wilhelmina Rutledge, Jack-
jonville; Dr. Benetta, Washington, D. C.; Dr. Gore; and Mrs. Anna Arnold Hedgeman, New York City. Standing, left to right, J. H. Davis,
Knoxville, Tennessee; Dr. B. L. Perry; J. R. Larkins, Raleigh, North Carolina; L. P. Clark, Cincinnati, and James B. Jones, Pine Bluff, Ark.
J. R. E. LEE, JR.
EDWIN M. THORPE
Director of Admissions-Registrar
B. L. PERRY, JR.
Dean of Students
E. M. CALHOUN
Associate Dean of Students
EDWIN F. NORWOOD
Director of Extension Services
CHARLES J. SMITH, III
Director of Public Relations
C. M. LANDERS
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Dean of the University
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H. R. PARTRIDGE J. LUTHER THOMAS
Business Manager Director of Libraries
WARREN H. SHIRLEY
Associate Dean of Students
EVELYN M. HENDERSON
M. G. MILES
Director of Student Activities
GRACE C. BLACK
Administrative Assistant to the President
R. L. ANDERSON
Director of Student Health
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FIRST ROW Eileen Donalson, Barbara McRay, Agnes Phillips, Ethel Edmonds, Helen Davis, Beverly McGowan, Vivian Middleton. SECOND
ROW Davidson Hepburn, Alvin Bryant, Charles Williams, Herbert Williams, Miles Austin, Marvin Davis, Addison Carey, George Daniels, Robert
Joseph, Herbert Wingate, Jesse McCrary, Robert Johnson, John Hall, Herbert Cobb, Ronald Bailey.
From the time of its establishment on Florida
P -A and M University's campus on March 14, 1928,
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to accomplish these aims: to express the general in-
t erest of the student body, to promote a harmonious
student-faculty-administration relationship, to pro-
vide for full student participation in student govern-
ment, and to stimulate growth among students
toward progressive citizenship.
March 14, 1958, marked thirty years of successful
service by the SGA fo the Florida A and M family.
It has devotedly served as a meeting ground of
faculty and students. Through the efforts of its rep-
resentatives, the Association assures the students a
voice in the government of the school. The primary
fnuction is to give student opinion a means of
Among other functions of the Student Govern-
ment Association are the supervision of student elec-
tions, the extensions of hospitality to visitors, and,
service as chairman of Homecoming activities.
Mr. President Davidson Hepburn
FIRST ROW Shirley Trotman, Inesta Beasley, Phillis Eppes, Willie Anderson, Lucille Walker, Sylvia Hammond, Dorothy Mount, Bobby Thornton.
SECOND ROW Cornell Gibson, Charles Robinson, Richard Bright, Luther Donaldson, Charles Howard, George Allen, John Perry, Harvey Jefferson,
George Williams, Robert Flakes, Lorenza Collins, Caleb Stewart, Theodore Hunter, Alphonso Carter, Oscar Wilson, Clifford Taylor.
HONOR COURT: FIRST ROW Jesse McCrary, Mildred Bethea, Norman Carey, Ethel Edmonds. SECOND ROW Lorenza Collins, Cornel'us Grant,
Members of the Electorial Committee handle the voting.
In the recent student elections the Rattler Party won
over the newly-organized Famuan Party with all of its
candidates being elected to office. The victory came after
a hard struggle between the two parties.
The number of registered voters perhaps exceeded
that of last year's elections but the number of persons
who exercise their right to vote fell far short of last year's.
One thousand and thirteen students voted in the elections
of last year with less than 650 voting this season. How-
ever, the decrease in the number of voting students has
been attributed to the students not having been informed
that they were registerd voters as of their school registra-
tion date of February.
Elects for the coming year and Orange and Green and
SG Day are: Clifford Taylor, President, SGA; Fred White,
Vice President, SGAi Frankie McIntosh, Secretary, SGA;
LaKay Beasley, Miss FAMU, Bettye Edwards, Junior At-
tendant to Miss FAMU; Annette Madison, Sophomore At-
tendant; Ira C. Robinson, Editor of FAMUAN; George Dan-
iels, Editor of the Yearbook; Alfonso Carter, President, SG
Day; Colbert Woolfork, Vice President, SG Day; Robert
Kemp, King of Orange and Green Day; and Hallie Rob-
inson, Queen of Orange and Green Day.
The polls were almost empty twenty-five minutes before closing.
Many people voted during the early part of the day.
Voting machines were used to insure an accurate tally of votes.
Taylor and Kemp, two successful candidates, are pleased with the results.
President Gore extends the hand of welcome at freshmen reception.
With hope and enthusiasm, more than seven hundred fresh-
men students scended the clay hill on which the Florida Agri-
cultural and Mechanical University is located.
The whirl of activities began on Sunday, September 15,
with general assembly in Lee Auditorium. At this assembly the
freshmen learned all about the physical examination which
was coming up. At 8:30 p.m. of the same day the "frosh"
enjoyed a coke sip hour at the student union building.
During the next six days there were other assemblies, but
"Man! for this I'll go and come again!"
"Frosh" enjoy tasty ti
always, too, there were the social activities. Some of them
included the movie on Monday, the Freshmen Orientation Ball
on Tuesday, Freshmen Choir rehearsal on Wednesday, visitation
of the president of the University and his family at Sunshine
Manor on Thursday, movies again on Friday, and the Welcome
Ball on Saturday.
Listed on the calendar's week of freshmen activities were
physical examinations, placement tests, campus tours, and other
such activities designed to assist the members of the Class of
'61 to adjust to their new home.
d-bits at reception. "Gee, I think I ate too much!"
And the night was filled
with music provided by the University Quartet.
"Golly! Believe I'll
try some of this!"
So many new faces make the SGA President dizzy. Two members of the orientation committee
A charming representative of the Class of '61
"Gee, college is fun!"
A freshman co-ed smiles prettily for the photographer.
"Shh! you musn't miss a word!"
They don't know the Alma Mater yet, but they are learning.
Members of the orientation committee chat with a
new member of the family.
"Did the upperclassmen really say that?"
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A campus "Wheel poses with a freshman.
A campus "Wheel" poses with a freshman.
"Gee, this sure looks tasty!"
And a good time was had by all.
President and Mrs. Gore chat with freshman while SGA president looks on.
Her Highness stands, poised and charming.
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Getting ready for the big event.
"In like a lion and out like a lamb." That was Home-
coming as enjoyed by the Florida A and M alumni, fac-
ulty, student body, and friends.
The weekend began Friday evening, October 18, at
7 p.m., when Miss FAMU, Charlotte Carter, a lovely
senior coed from Jacksonville, Florida, an enchanting pic-
ture in white lace, was crowned by Davidson Hepburn,
After the Friday night movie, the traditional Rattler
Strike was held at Bragg Stadium. At the Strike, "venom
talks" were given by Dr. George W. Gore, Jr., president
of the University, "Jake" Gaither, coach; and Horace
Goode, president of the Alumni Association.
Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., amid the rush of in-
coming cars, the parade, led by the band, left the campus
and toured the downtown area and Frenchtown.
Saturday afternoon 10,000 excited fans watched the
Rattlers defeat the Morris Brown College Wolverines in
the first game played in FAMU's new Stadium. At half-
time the famed "Marching 100" thrilled onlookers with the
uniquely performed Latin-American Pageant.
The final score was 27-0 in FAMU'S favor.
Everybody's getting into the act!
"Programs for sale!" Miss Freshman-a picture of severe loveliness
Even they are ready for the Wolverines.
Mamie Andrews, Miss NAACP, stands pertly on her float.
Marlene Gray adds a touch of beauty for first prize.
"Ride 'em, Deltas, for the Omegas!"
A "Harem" of beauties,
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featuring Miss A Phi A
Miss FAMU and her royal float
Dr. and Mrs. Gore greet citizens in the illustrative parade.
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The judges are making final decisions.
"Big Wheels" view the traditional slaughter.
The ROTC Drill Team functions in perfect alignment.
Charming little Queens, smile prettily at photographer.
Colorful decoration graces front of Diamond Hall.
The "First Ladies" of Homecoming.
They're stepping it up!
They're stepping it up!
The Scabbard and Blade Color Guard await the activities.
"Who made that touchdown?"
"Well, what d'ye know they did it!"
"Little Green ones" are
happy over games' results.
MISS FAMU, CHARLOTTE CARTER
A very attractive and jovial young
lady, affable LaKay Beasley reigns as
Junior Attendant to Miss FAMU. Ma-
joring in Psychology, she is a resident
of Tallahassee, Florida. She is a mem-
ber of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
"TRES PETITE" is our description of
charming Bettye Edwards, who is
Sophomore Attendant to Miss FAMU.
An English major from Tallahassee,
Florida, Bettye is a member of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority.
Unleasing a devastating running and passing attack
led by Al Chavis, Lewis Johnson, and David Latimer, the
Florida A and M University Rattlers rolled to a 45-6 vic-
tory over the Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats in the
third annual Florida Classic.
Prior to the game, the largest parade in Florida Classic
history marched down the streets of Jacksonville. The
bands of Stanton High, Gilbert High, Bethune-Cookman
College, ard Florida A and M University provided eager
onlookers with high steps and ear-soothing music. Later
the Zeta's entertained the FAMU Alumni and friends at
the lovely Zeta House.
14,000 anxious and chilled fans watched the Bethune-
Cookman College Band execute some intricate steps and
heard it play sweet music during the pre-game show.
Then the spectators watched an exciting first half wherein
the Wildcats held the scores at a narrow margin. There
were a series of explosions in the second half, however,
that resulted in a 45-6 victory for the Rattlers. The BCC
Wildcats accomplished a feat that had not been accom-
plished by the Morris Brown and Fort Valley teams .
FAMU's opponents prior to the Florida Classic game: the
Wildcats crossed the Rattlers' goal line.
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A charming attendant LaKay Beasley.
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A petite beauty in the parade.
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Pert Betty Edwards attendant.
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Miss FAMU and all of her lovely court
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Miss BCC reigning supreme
Two pretty FAMU misses smile charmingly. Bethune Cookman's Alumni enters beautiful float in parade.
Miss BCC adds poise to an elaborate float creation.
The "way out" drum section holds forth.
"You're doing a wonderful job!"
They're really enjoying the game!
Dr. Foster talks with parade viewers.
Dr. and Mrs. Gore and Dr. Woodson are greeted by Mayor High of Miami.
Twenty-fifth Anniversary---Orange Blossom Classic
The "Magic City" of Miami found itself in a national spot-
light during the week-end of December 13-15, 1957, when it
was the scene of one of the mosts pactacular gridiron events ...
The Silver Anniversary Celebration of the Orange Blossom
The history-making week-end began on Friday, December
13, when as the clock struck high noon a "street full
of bands" began one of the longest and most beautiful parades
of all times. These bands represented many of the high schools
and institutions of higher learning in Florida. To add to the
scenic beauty, the Queens of all the schools that have been
opponents of FAMU in Orange Blossom Classic play were at
Miami for the 25th anniversary celebration.
Prior to the game, the Florida A & M University Marching
Band performed one of the most spectacular pre-game shows
ever witnessed. The entire show was dedicated to J. R. E. Lee,
Jr., Vice-President of FAMU, and founder and chief developer
of the Orange Blossom Classic.
39,000 suspense-filled fans looked on as the FAMU Rattlers
downed the Maryland State Hawks 27-21. It was not an easy
victory, however; Johnny Sample and other powerful Hawks
saw to that. But the dynamic force of such Rattlers as Lewis
Johnson, Al Chavis, David Latimer and other members of the
Rattler squad proved to be too much for the Hawks. The
Rattlers emerged the victor and national champions of Negro
Celebrities at the game included Joe Dimaggio, Evelyn Cun-
ningham, Archie Moore, and Dennis Jefferson, winner of the
Pittsburg Courier's "Most Outstanding Player" award.
"We just love these Florida oranges!"
"Ha! Miami's a little colder than we thought!"
Buses unload in front of the Sir John Hotel.
But, everybody was happy and chilly.
Oh .h.h.h, those "bare" closets!
"I wish they'd hurry and get there."
A perfect couple "Al" and Francis.
Orange Blossom Classic
Time out for cupid's relaxation.
Gee, if they only had their bathing suits ... !
Well, there's enough for all three .
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Miss FAMU and her beautiful court grace an elaborate float.
Miss Maryland State accompanied by eight other lovelies.
Dr. and Mrs. Gore enjoy the elaborate parade.
The Sir John Hotel becomes headquarters for parade viewers,
Spectators were everywhere! Even on telegram poles!
Something funny happened but what?
Everybody just everybody got into the act!
Spectators' view parade from seated comfort.
The Nursery school with wise little ones.
Are they really disabled? such pretty girls!
The ROTC Drill Team at their best as usual.
The Marching "100".
Floats, floats and more floats!
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Spectators await parade as it moves slowly in the downtown section.
The Cheerleaders are ready for the great event.
Time out for a radio broadcast.
Orchids for my lady?
Wonderful Winnie representing the FAMU seniors.
A semi-circle of unending loveliness.
Miss FAMU and her attendants. Beauty for "all" to see.
The girls enjoy a little "Breathing spell."
Three cheers for a dedicated person.
Dr. Foster gives explicit directions.
"This must be it!"
The percussion section is "way out."
"We're ready for the game!"
A diligent member.
Behind the scene--the projection room.
Hey, watch the movie!
Jailed, No, just selling tickets.
Friday Night Movies
The Friday Night Movie is one of the standard features
of social activity on the campus. The films are of such
varied selection that every movie-goer is satisfied. For
the Sherlock Holmes-addict, there is mystery for the "var-
mints," there are westerns; and even the Tom-and-Jerry
fans leave Lee Auditorium on Friday night happy and
Student assistants are assigned to sell and receive
tickets each Friday night. Usually, the ticket takers keep
an account of the number of fellows who bring dates and
those who come "stag".
The University tries to secure the latest movies, espe-
cially academy award winners, for the students' enter-
tainment. Two such movies shown this school year were
Anastasia and The King and I. Each movie is proceeded
by cartoon, by news from around the world, and, during
the football season, by scores and bird-eye views of the
nation's top games.
A pretty ticket seller.
Bobby Kendrix wow 'em again. Smooth harmony was provided by The Victorias. Our best MC Lorenzo Brown.
The Student Union Social Board
Presents "A Page Full of Stars"
The Florida A and M University Student Union Social "
Board is dedicated to the task of providing wholesome, I A
enjoyable recreational experiences and activities for the
FAMU student body. In this connection, the Social Board,
under the directorship of Harvey Jefferson, presented "A
Page Full of Stars" on November 2, 1957.
With Lorenzo Brown as master of ceermonies, the pro-
gram began at 8:00 p.m., and the "stars began to shine".
Lucious Wyatt's Combo provided some very rhythmic
music and the Peridos gave 'way with some very harmon-
Rose Jones, another "star", rendered extremely melodic
versions of "Henderly", and "Sometimes I'm Happy".
Then a vocal group that called themselves the Victorias
led a captivated audience "To The Isles" and later gave a
unique version of "You Send Me".
Included on the program were such promising enter-
tainers as Laurastine Walton, Eugene White, Geraldine
Rolle, Warren Dawson, Aida Porterfield, Arthur Taylor,
Arthur Hector, Jr., and the Victorias. Bobby Kendrick Red hot notes by the "Modern Jazz Masters."
terminated the show with a rollicking version of Ray
Charles' "Hallalujah". Thus ended a a night that had
been filled with music and entertainment.
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Eugene White provides cool harmony. Gerry does the "twirl away." Arthur Hector croons about "Carol."
Assuming the role of true army men 518 cadets of the
ROTC unit at Florida A and M University assemble on the
field every Thursday for drill and inspection.
Cadet officers have the responsibility of the unit in their
hands, and they have the spotless reputation for having an
almost unbeatable record of efficiency and accuracy in per-
forming their respective duties.
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Johnson is in full charge of the
unit and finds the task a great and profitable learning experi-
ence for him.
The cadets receive training from a staff of four Regular
Army Officers and seven Regular Army enlisted men as-
signed for duty at FAMU. The ROTC is commanded by Lieu-
tenant Colonel Daniel Day.
Major Bailey performs in his capacity.
Cadets pass inspections quite favorably.
The brass is outshining the sun!
Cadet White is a road guard. Cadet Colonel Johnson discusses a A very select group stops to
problem with Captain Calhoun. smile at the camera.
A select Regimental color guard before the U. S. Army School building.
ROTC Summer Camp
Fifty ROTC cadets from Florida A and M University
attended ROTC summer camp at Fort Benning, Georgia, June
12, to August 2, 1957. The FAMU cadets, along with 1,229
others representing various southern colleges and universi-
ties (and the University of Puerto Rico), had and made use of
the opportunity of putting into practice the theories of ROTC
Many thrilling episodes occurred for the cadets during the
summer session. For example, Cadet Ronald Bailey served
as one of the ROTC color guards; Cadet Gonzales Johnson,
outstanding cadet from FAMU and Lt. Colonel of the univer-
sity branch of the ROTC, rated 35th on the list of cadets.
Delta Platoon, under the leadership of Captain Leon Cal-
houn and Master Sergeant Charles Banks of FAMU, was
awarded top honors during summer camp. Captain Calhoun
served as platoon leader for Delta, and M/Sgt Banks was the
Six members of the Florida A and M ROTC staff attended
summer camp at Fort Benning, two others were assigned to
Ford Belvior, Virginia. Receiving training were Lt. Col.
Daniel Day, Professor Military Science and Tactics; Lt. Harold
Webb, Capt. Leon Calhoun, SFC John Hannah, and M/Sgt.
Charles Banks. Captain William Walker and SFC Fred Bentley
were assigned to Fort Belvior, Virginia.
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Bailey and "Porky" meet in tennis match.
Cadets form a gunnery team.
Andrew Greene coaches University of Miami student.
Cadets are received by Colonel M. A. Kreidborg.
These cadets learn to handle weapons skillfully.
"Gee, this sun is sure hot, Gib!"
"Dig 'em in the throat!"
Cadets enjoy "chow" in the field.
M. G. Miles, Director of Student Activities.
Program Director Martin plans for student entertainment.
This secretary enjoys her office in the SUB.
Secretary Foster-secretary to the Director of Student Activities.
The Florida A and M University students' dreams of
someday boasting of one of the finest, most modern
Student Union Buildings in America have come true. A
part of the dream materialized last school year when the
first wing of a planned two-wing center was completed
and opened for student occupation. This school year the
second wing was completed and utilized.
In addition to the cafeteria-recreation room facilities
of last year, there have been added a spacious patio, an
extension of the recreational areas so as to allow space
for dancing at the Saturday night socials, an elaborate
post office, offices for student officers as well as admin-
istrators, and an attraction spacious conference room for
student organizational meetings. Then, too, there is the
attractively decorated lounge and one of the most beau-
tiful bookstores in the South.
The SUB, as it is known to all students, has become
the meeting place for all students during their leisure time.
Officers of the Director of Student Activities, the Pro-
gram Director, the Student Government Association, and
all other campus-wide organizations are included in the'
Student Union Building.
The SUB is open every day from eight in the morning
until eleven at night to provide wholesome entertainment
for all FAMU students.
The Student Union Social Board is responsible for
providing activities to meet the needs of all.
"Must make sure I have enough." He has "the habit," but the SUB can always
supply his needs.
Oh! Those tasty hamburgers!
"Well, it's about time for me to make this class." Relaxation on the patio is relaxation to the utmost!
"Don't worry; your girl will soon arrive." "Man! Dig those sounds!"
Student leaders at the Student
The tasty morsels served at the SUB are worth waiting for.
The SUB one of the centers of student activity.
Those SUB chairs must be steady!
"Man, dig those crazy sounds
"Man, dig those crazy sounds!"
"That'll be 29 cents, please."
"Gee, this should be good!"
Watching television in the SUB is a favorite student pastime.
"I see a money order!"
"Just one more cup of juice; I've only had ten."
Alpha frat members idle away a moment in the SUB.
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Preparing to move out.
The Marching 100"
One of America's Outstanding Marching Bands
Under the student leadership of three capable and talented
young men of the student body-Bertram Wilson, head drum-
major; and Benjamin Groomes and Eugene Baker, assistant
drum-majors-the 132 piece University Marching Band thrilled
thousands of spectators this year and many others during its
many performances. In addition to performing during all the
home games in the new stadium, the band appeared in the
Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida; at North Carolina A and T
College; and in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The band
has also appeared in many parades, among which was the
Parade of Bands held in Tallahassee.
The high-stepping, fast-marching band is under the inspiring
baton of William P. Foster who is ably assisted by a group of
This year the band did a series of thrilling and spectacular
shows including "Pageant of the Blues," "Salute to the ROTC,"
"Pageant of Opera," and "A Visit to Latin America." Variety
and the FAMU Band are practically synonymous. The hand's
yearly schedule is extremely diversified.
During the spring, the band is divided into two units: the
Varsity Band and the Symphonic Band. There is no wonder
why we say that the Marching "100" is one of America's most
outstanding bands; it is.
And the drums beat!
Director William Foster smiles with
satisfaction a job well done.
A color bearer proudly waves the
Orange and the Green.
Drum major and assistant drum majors take "ten."
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Boy,. dig that elevated stepping!
"Hold it! In this Band perfection is not enough!" FAMU stands out, even in the Parade of Bands.
"The Big Four."
The famed percussion section.
member of the "100" chats with pals.
LER editor McLeod in perfect form as usual.
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arching "100"-steps in perfect alignment.
They're cheering boys on and on and on and They put everything into it! The Pep Squad entertains the spectators.
School spirit is an integral part of Florida A and M
University, and the students responsible for maintaining
and stimulating this spirit at FAMU are the cheerleaders.
Homecoming weekend without the initial pep rally in
Lee Auditorium is inconceivable. The leaders of the
rally are, of course, the cheerleaders. The traditional
Rattler Strike, too, is very influential in stimulating school
spirit. Here, too, the stimulus behind the stimulation is
the cheering squad. It is sweet music to the ear to hear
the FAMU cheerleaders lead out with such familiar songs
as Florida, Could've Gone Another Way, and the beloved
Sparking all the football games with their yells, the
cheerleaders stimulate enthusiasm and arouse spirit at all
of the FAMU pep rallies proceeding the games. This
enthusiasm is carried everywhere the Rattler Eleven goes.
This year's cheering squad journeyed to Jacksonville to
cheer the Rattler's victory over the Bethune Cookman
College Wildcats, and throughout the year they were the "Strike, Rattlers, strike!!!"
inspiring force at all home games.
"Chop them down and smooth 'em out!"
The Pep Squad gets into formation for the photographer.
The Editor of the
As an untiring and persevering editor, Roger
McLeod deserves recognition for his faithful efforts
on the 1958 Rattler. Roger devoted more than sev-
enty-five hours every weeks to the Rattler, desiring
only the best for the FAMU family. He feels, though,
that all would have been lost had it not been for his
two executive editors-Betty Udell and Wallis
A senior sociology major from Palatka, Roger
deserves a great deal of credit for the success of
last year's Rattler on which he worked diligently.
During 1958, Roger was a consultant at the Inter-
scholastic Press Workshop in Florida.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity proudly boasts of
Roger as one of its most outstanding members. Roger,
of course, feels that this and his many other FAMU
affiliations have contributed to any success that he
may attain in any endeavor.
Planning a career in the United States Army,
Roger, who enters as Second Lieutenant, feels that
his years at FAMU and many hours in the Rattler
office were among his most fruitful and interesting.
The Staff of the
The staff of the 1958 RATTLER deserves recognition for
its untiring efforts toward the completion of the "history-
making" yearbook. Of course, there were times when
editor, McLeod, felt that he had not one friend in the
world. Then, things would begin to happen-pictures
would suddenly come in, copy would sail in, and dead-
lines would majestically be met! Naturally, the editor
suffered, but underneath it all, he was particularly proud
of most of his staff of twenty-eight members who worked
hard and long toward their individual tasks which con-
tributed to the ultimate success of the RATTLER.
SThe RATTLER yearbook is written for the purpose of
revealing to the campus and communities the many phases
of campus life and the definite progress at Florida A and
M University. The staff also wish to encourage more
school spirit and stimulate interest in the University
Board of Publications
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1958 Rattler Lensmen
Inasmuch as the ultimate success of any yearbook
depends upon the photography which graces its pages
and the photographers who take these pictures, we wish
to give recognition to our four diligent photographers
who contributed much time and talent to the 1958 edition
of the "Rattler".
We owe a million thanks to James Walden who did
most of the ingenious shots of the sports section and the
organizations section. Of course, the striking originality
of Leander Calhoun was more than enough to make a
successful fetaure section. Unusual campus shots were
furnished by Edward James.
Horace Jones, University photographer provided the
staff with a capable collection of color photos and many
unique shots of the modern campus buildings.
Again, we salute the Rattler four who gave their will-
ing assistance to us throughout the moments of rage and
The members of the RATTLER feel, sincerely in their
hearts, that "Sputnik" could not have had any more im-
pact on the peoples of the world than the 1958 RATTLER
has on its readers.
OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION
VOL. 26, NO. 5 FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL & MECHANICAL UNIVERSITY, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA JANUARY 15, 1958
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Under the editorship of Eldred K. Waters, the
Florida A and M University FAMUAN Staff
worked unceasingly to present the students with
news relating to themselves and to campus life.
The alert reporters were ever on the watch for
any bit of news which would interest the student.
The competent copy readers, proofreaders, typ-
ists, and staff critics labored untiringly so that
the news would be printed in an entertaining yet
informative fashion. Much time, effort, and hard
work went into the production of each month's
The monthly editions of the newspaper were
chacterized by informative interviews, sports cov-
erages, editorials, and features. Picture spreads
added to the effectiveness of the publications. The
staff strived to make the FAMUAN representative
of the typical college newspaper.
Remus Allen, News Editor
Ezell Pittman, Exchange Editor
William Thompson, Managing Editor
Lorenza Collins, Sports Editor
Gloria Barr, Reporter
Published by the Florida A and M University Interscholastic Press Association
VOL. 6 MARCH 1, 1958, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA NO. 1
EIGHTH ANNUAL WORKSHOP HELD AT FAMU
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The official photograph of participants, consultants, discussion leaders, and resource persons, at the eighth annual press workshop.
Consultant Cliff MacKay of the "Afro-American" confers with
a representative of Booker Washington High School, Miami.
Some eighty young junior journalists from all over Florida
gathered on the campus of FAMU to participate in the Eighth
Annual Interscholastic Press Workshop, February 27 through
High schools represented included Central Academy High,
Palatka; Howard High, Ocala, Booker T. Washington, Miami,
New Stanton Senior High, Jacksonville; Middleton High, Tampa,
University High, Tallahassee and Mays High, Goulds.
These young journalists had the opportunity to work with some
of the nation's best known newsmen.
At the opening session Thursday morning Charles J. Smith,
III, brought official greetings to the entire body. Greetings were
also brought by Dean H. Manning Efferson and Dr. Darwin Tur-
ner, head of the English Department at FAMU. Mr. Smith is direc-
tor of the workshop.
The first business session consisted of a panel: "The Publica-
tions at FAMU." Many inspiring points were brought out regard-
ing the entire publication department.
Thursday afternoon special discussion groups on the special-
ized aspect of publications were conducted. Students were able
to work very closely with the visiting consultants. Many new ideas
were discussed relative to writing articles.
Friday the students were given assignments to cover special
news stories for the "Workshopper," a six-page paper published
by the participants at the workshop.
Workshop consultants Russ Cowans, sports editor, The Chicago Defender; Robert Ratcliffe, managing editor, The Pittsburg Curier; Calvin
Adams, reporter, St. Petersburg Times; Alice Dunnigan, chief, Washington Bureau, Associated Negro Press; Cliff MacKay, editor, The Afro-
American Newspapers; and Francis Mitchell, associate editor, Jet.
Students preparing articles for "The Workshopper."
This dramatic photo shows two participants at work in the
late hours of the evening. Cliff MacKay is looking on.
Eunice Peterson in her first "snow."
Rattler photographer, Edward James,
even got into the act.
Bettye and Wallis-Say where are your skiis?"
Snow In Florida
Who was it that said there is a state in the Union called
the "Sunshine" State? Was it not indicated that Old Sol
never held its brilliant rays of warmth from the inhabi-
tants of the alleged Sunshine State? Well, undoubtedly,
someone got his statistics fouled up because that one-
forty-eighth part of our Federal Union known as Florida
witnessed one of the most shocking, breath-taking, excit-
ing occurrences in her history-it snowed! And this time
it really snowed! No Yankee could look down his nose
and smirk at the absence of that age-reducing stimulator
of activity had he been in Florida on February 12, 1958,
when for miles and miles there was nothing but bona fide
northern snow! Acres of it! The students of FAMU, as
other Floridians, were simply aghast at the wonder of it.
Snowballs were hurled from one side of the campus to
the other; snowmen became regular residents.
Sputniks may sail around the world and man may
purchase an estate on the moon, but none will cause more
activity than did the snow in Florida.
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.AKA's fountain is a symbol of beauty.
AKA's fountain is a symbol of beauty.
Rattler editor trying to choose between
Henrietta, Eunice, and his snow-girl.
Sunshine Manor stands tall in the midst of snow.
Snow, snow, snow-snow everywhere!
Henrietta wants to see if it really is real.
Henrietta wants to see if it really is real.
"I would not believe it if I didn't see it."
An exciting scene-snow and beauty!
MISS GWENDOLYN HESTER
MRS. AREATHA JONES
MISS FRANCES DINKINS
MISS PHYLLIS GREENE
MISS PATRICIA GRIFFIN
MISS RUTHEL BLAKE
MISS MARY WHITE
MISS MARY JANE LAWSON
MISS DOLORES TRAINER
MISS MARJORIE GILMORE
MISS ELNORA WESLEY
,:. MISS EUNICE PETERSON
MISS BETTYE HOLIFIELD
MISS DORIS BROOKS
MISS MARTHA JACKSON
MISS MARY BASCUM
ALONZO VEREEN has been one of the
principal reasons why the Rattlers have been
undefeated through the year; he has been
one of the squad.
COLONEL DANIEL DAY has the reputation
of heading one of the most efficient and
smoothly-run ROTC departments in the
South or in America, for that matter.
EMMETT BASHFUL has devoted much time
and many late hours to the task of promot-
ing meaningful experiences for all students.
M. G. MILES has successfully undertaken the task of providing and
directing student activities that have been both entertaining and
cultural in nature.
HORTENSE STOKES is one of the principal figures who have as
their task the tedious function of managing the business affairs
of the University.
DOROTHY MOUNT has been president of the YWCA
for the past two years. She is also active in many
With gratitude for their outstanding contributions in
various aspects of University life, the 1958 RATTLER awards
citations to eleven persons from the administration, faculty,
and student body.
Citations were awarded to M. G. Miles, director of student
activities; to faculty members Daniel Day, Emmett Bashful,
Hortense Stokes, and William Foster.
Student recipients were Alonzo Vereen, Dorothy Mount,
Ethel Edmonds, Roger McLeod, Bettye Udell, and Ronald
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ETHEL EDMONDS has maintained one of the highest averages on
the campus. She is an Alpha Kappa Mu and Kappa Delta Pi
member, among other things.
WILLIAM FOSTER has devoted much time and effort as head of
the department of music. His directing ability with the baton
is nationally known.
BETTYE UDELL, along with exhibition of high scholastic
ability, has been active in extra-curricular activities.
RONALD BAILEY is an integral part of the ROTC. He
has achieved scholastically, and he is president of Alpha
Kappa Mu Honor Society.
ROGER McLEOD is a member of the Florida Intercollegiate Press
Association and is editor-in-chief of the 1958 RATTLER. He has
worked with student publications for several years.
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The beautiful and exquisitely apportioned Orange Room of the University Commons was the setting for the Who's Who Banquet.
A 1958 Who's Who talks with a real Who's Who.
The beautiful and exquisitely apportioned Orange
Room of the University Commons was the setting for the
candlelight banquet held in honor of Florida A and M
University's students selected inclusion in "Who's Who
Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
The principal address of the evening was delivered by
President George W. Gore, Jr., who challenged the honor-
ees to be included in future editions of "Who's Who in
America." "That is the wish that Fam-U has for you,"
Other speakers included Mrs. Gore; Hansel Tookes, a
"Who's Who" honoree during his under-graduate days at
Fam-U who gave "reflections"; Dr. B. L. Perry, "Excel-
lency in Scholarship"; and Miss Edna M. Calhoun, "Char-
acter is Important." The Rev. M. G. Miles, director of
student activities, served as toastmaster.
Administrative officers present included: J. R. E. Lee,
Jr., Charles J. Smith,III, J. L. Tatum, H. R. Patrfridge,
Lt. Col. Daniel E. Day, and Mrs. Anne Foster.
The menu for the occasion included: garnet cocktail
in pepper cups, fillet mingon, duchess potatoes, fresh cut
string means, tossed vegetable salad with avocado garnish,
hot buttered rolls, coffee, and baked Alaska en flame.
"Who's Who" honorees for 1957-58 include: Luevonne
Mims, Alphonso Carter, Gonzales B. Johnson, Ronald
Bailey, Francis Greene, Norman Carey, Willie George
Allen, Beatrice Mitchell, Leonard Bowie, Gloria G. Barr,
Davidson Hepburn, Dorothy Mount, Beazelle Morris, Ethel
Edmonds, Josephine Brodie, Betty Sutton, Charlotte Car-
ter, Katherine Cummings, Joy F. Bradley, and Marlene
Ambassador Daniel Chapman of Ghana is shown chatting informally with three
FAMUANS during a reception held in his honor during a March visit.
Ambassador of Ghana
Daniel A. Chapman, ambassador of Ghana, South Africa,
spent a three day visit on the picturesque Florida A and M
University campus in March where he and his wife were the
houseguests of President and Mrs. George W. Gore, Jr.
His stop here was the first in a four of the state. An Oxford
graduate, Ambassador Chapman became the Ghana ambassador
to the United States last December.
While here, he saw Florida State University and spoke at
a Florida A. and M. University assembly and at the Charles
Winterwood Theater. He also delivered an illustrated talk on
his country which is about the same size as Oregon and has a
population comparable to that of Florida.
Accompanying the Chapmans' was Robert O. Mensha, a
1952 graduate of Florida A and M, who is currently press
attache' for the Republic of Ghana.
In his talks, Ambassador Chapman pointed out that Ghana
is the source for 20 per cent of America's imports of cocoa.
He was cocoa was the country's largest single source of income.
A former head of civil service for his country, Ambassador
Chapman also said that while Ghana has made rapid strides
in most fields, especially education, the country is badly in
need of schools.
He said a U. S. research team has been sent to Ghana to
survey the country's foreign aid needs.
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Mrs. Daniel Chapman shakes hand of FAMU co-ed during reception. Others in line include Miss. Cleopatra Love, Sylvia Hammand, President and
Mrs. Gore, Ambassor Chapman, Dr. Zelma George, Broadway star and Cleveland personality; Dr. Charles S. Morris, Los Angeles minister, and S.G.A.
President Davidson Hepburn.
Dr. W. A. Bisson, '22, Founders' Assembly Speaker.
Dedication of four buildings, constructed at a cost of
$2,045,000, highlighted traditional Founders' weekend observ-
ance at the Florida A and M University, March 7-9. During
the 1957 observance the university dedicated two buildings the
Structures dedicated were Perry-Paige Agriculture and Home
Economics Building, $1,250,000; University Commons, $250,000;
Guest House, $145,000; and Student Union, $500,000. During the
dedication the order of services was a dedicatory prayer fol-
lowed by the passing and receiving of keys and emblems. The
ribbons were then cut and the doors unlocked. The welcome
addresses were given by the following persons, Miss A. D.
Vinson, Guest-House; Mrs. Matthews Waters, University Com-
mons; Harvey Jefferson, Student Union Building, and Mrs. G.
W. Thomas, Perry-Paige Building.
The Agriculture and Home Economics Building is named in
honor of the late B. L. Perry, Sr., former head of the depart-
ment of agriculture and long-time faculty member of A and M,
and the late Miss Ellen O. Paige, who joined the home econ-
omics faculty in October, 1887, the year the school first opened
its doors. Miss Paige served continuously until 1925. She re-
joined the staff in 1938, serving for an additional period of a
Founders' observance began formally Friday, March 7, with
traditional Founders' assembly. Speaker for the occasion was
Dr. W. A. Bisson, class of "22", director of Bisson's Clinic and
Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
The traditional visit was made to the graves of the Found-
ers whose remains rest in Tallahassee.
Sunday evening at 6 Mrs. Lucille G. Coleman, principal of
Arlington Elementary School, Jacksonville, delivered the Foun-
Mrs. George W. Gore, Jr., gives dedicatory prayer at Guest House.
ders' vespers message. A reception in the Student Union Build-
ing followed with many students in attendance.
Benjamin Luther Perry was born Jan. 8, 1888 in Union
Springs, Ala. He was educated at Tuskegee, Ala., receiving the
diploma in 1912. He was employed as instructor in agricul-
ture at Hungerford Academy in Eatonville, from 1913 to 1918.
During this period, he was elected mayor of Eatonville.
While mayor, he was responsible was the installation of ele-
tric lighting facilities in the village of Eatonville. He was
offered employment at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
College in the department of agriculture in 1918.
He served as head of the department of agriculture from
1922 to 1947. He continued his education at Iowa State Univer-
sity in Ames, Iowa, and there he received his Master's degree
Miss Ellen Olga Paige was born in Apalachicola, Jan. 10,
1866, and attended the public schools of Franklin, Escambia and
Leon Counties. Upon completion of her public school work,
she studied home economics at Simmons College and Columbia
She was awarded her first certificate to teach in Franklin
County on September 15, 1884, and, during October 1887, came
to Florida A and M University (then the Colored Normal School)
as the first home economics teacher. Leaving A and M in 1925,
she went to Florida Normal and Industrial Institute and taught
home economics until 1929, when she returned to Florida A and
M as matron for girls and served until her retirement in 1939.
Florida A and M honored her with a testimonial bouquet
at her retirement, and, in 1948, gave her an award of recogni-
tion for more than sixty years of service to the youth of Florida.
The Retired Teachers of Leon County awarded her a certificate
of merit in 1955.
Bettye Edwards, Sophomore Attendant to Miss FAMU, cuts ribbon to
President George W. Gore, Jr., passes key to H. R. Partridge.
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Harvey Jefferson, President of the Student The Rev. E. A. Spearman, University President George W. Gore, Jr., presents keys to the
Union Social Board, gives welcome to Stu- Postmaster, gives dedicatory prayer. Rev. M. G. Miles, Director of Student Activities.
Davidson Hepburn, President of the Student Government Part of the large throng that witnessed the dedicatory service.
Association, cuts ribbon to entrance.
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