Sterling College: When did you graduate from Sterling College? 1934
SC: What courses of study did you Major in? Music
SC: What activities were you involved in while on campus?
I was involved in the choir. But we didn’t have a combined choir— the girls and boys sang and toured in separate groups.
We didn’t have sports teams. We were just a small college; so small we talked about closing the school. We didn’t have more than fifty or one hundred students. We didn’t play football or anything—that football field was a bunch of sand burs. The only thing there was Cooper Hall and down the street were Campbell Hall and then the gym, Wilson, and Spencer. Although, Cooper had a steeple at that time. It blew off once and we had to put it back in place.
SC: What residence hall did you live in?
The boys all had to find places of their own. I lived with a family in town. When I was a sophomore, my grandma went to the college to keep a house for my cousins and me. It was pretty close to the college.
SC: What are you doing now?
After college, I taught a little bit. My dad was ready to leave the farm and so that then opened up the opportunity for me to farm. I farmed the rest of my life until ‘76 when I retired. Farming went well for me. I married and raised a family.
SC: Do you have children? What are their names? Did they go to Sterling College?
I have two children, Alyce and Wayne. Neither of them went to Sterling.
SC: Where do you live?
Now I live at the Rice County District Hospital, Lyons, Kansas. We have a church—we just had a communion service. That’s where I came from today.
SC: How did your experience and time at Sterling College shape you?
Sterling College had good instructors and good teachers. I took piano lessons from Leo Lawless and I even played a recital one time. I can’t image doing that now!
SC: Do you have any children or relatives who attend or work at the College now?
SC: How are you remaining involved on the campus?
I was in the parade at Homecoming this year and have attended Alumni Banquets during homecoming in the past.