Professor C. William T. Penland received his B.A. in 1920 from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in Biology in 1925 from Harvard University. Except for a period of military service during World War II, and a semester in South America, he taught at Colorado College continuously from 1922 until his retirement in 1968, serving on the faculty longer than anyone else in the institution's history. An avid mountaineer, Dr. Penland was particularly well-known for his studies of the fungi and algae of Alpine tundra. His interview includes descriptions of the low faculty salaries, the Biology Department and Forestry School, the appearance of campus and Colorado Springs, President Duniway's administration, and the Alpine Laboratories of the Carnegie Institution (located three miles up the Cog Railway.) He talks about his extracurricular activities: mountaineering, hiking with Saturday Knights, Round Table Club, and searching for new plants.
Earl H. "Dutch" Clark, (CC class of 1930) who graduated from Colorado College as a biology major, remains CC's most famous athlete. A Pueblo, Colorado native, he became the first football player from the state of Colorado to be named All-American in 1928. He is a charter member of the Intercollegiate Football Hall of Fame, Rutgers, the National Professional Football League Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He was chosen as an all-pro quarterback for six consecutive years. Following a career as a professional football player (Portsmouth Spartans and Detroit Lions) and coach (Detroit Lions, Cleveland Rams, Detroit University), he later worked at the Michigan Tool and Die Company.
Grace Brannon arrived in Colorado Springs with her parents in 1916 and attended Columbia grade school and Colorado Springs High School. As a student at Colorado College, she majored in romance languages (CC class of 1927). Mrs. Brannon describes the importance of social and athletic activities during her time as a student at Colorado College, including: attitudes towards sex (1920's), the Bruin Inn, Minerva Society, cars, alcohol, dances, clothing, athletics, homecoming, and Colorado College songs. She talks about memorable professors: Charles Latimer, Rebecca Hartness, Robert F. Snyder, Ralph J. Gilmore. Administrators whom she remembers were: Manly Ormes, President Charles Mierow, Mabel Barbee Lee. She reflects on her work as an alumni trustee from 1958 to 1964. Other interests discussed are the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party.
Julia Frances Hassell Lipsey (CC class of 1917) was a life long resident of Colorado Springs; her father operated the Hassell Ironworks and was known for his fine wrought iron fences. Prior to attending Colorado College, Mrs. Lipsey graduated from Cutler Academy in 1913. She married John J. Lipsey in 1924, and with him operated a small antiquarian book dealership, later specializing in books on Western history. She discusses college life for women in the early part of the 20th century.
Dorothy Mierow was the daughter of the late Charles C. Mierow, who was Professor of Classics at Colorado College and President of the College from 1925 to 1934. When he returned to Colorado College to reintroduce classics in the mid-fifties, Dorothy Mierow returned with him. She served as lecturer in geography in 1955 and then as curator of the Colorado College Museum from 1956 to 1962. After that time, she lived in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer, and later as a regular faculty member in the geography department of the Prithvi Narayan campus in Pokhara, where she established a museum library in memory of her parents. Ms. Mierow recalls life on campus during her childhood and her father's presidency including the construction of Shove Chapel, the Forestry School and many faculty members including: Albright, Drucker, Parker, Blakely, and Malone.
Jackson F. King (CC class of 1927) majored in economics, and then went on to a successful career in investments and banking. While a student at Colorado College, he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, the business manager of the student yearbook, the Nugget, the treasurer of the senior class, and voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates. He was also employed at a theater on Pikes Peak Ave where he ran the motion picture projector. He talks about fraternity activities and student life. He recalls professors Jacob Swart, Ralph Gilmore, Lewis Abbott, A.P.R. Drucker, Dean of Students Charlie Brown Hershey, and President Mierow.
William Riley (CC class of 1957) graduated as a psychology major. As a student at CC, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, editor of the student newspaper, The Tiger, and a member of the football team. He received an M.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1959. Riley describes freshman hazing, dress codes, homecoming, and fraternity activities. Mr. Riley describes the campus under Presidents Gill and Benezet along with Colorado College's lifelong influence and his business life in Tacoma, Washington.
Dr. William Drea was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 5, 1885. Dr. Drea arrived in Colorado Springs in 1917 as a tuberculosis patient, having been a faculty member of the Harvard Dental School before becoming ill. A dentist and a radiologist, he was a lecturer on X-ray in the physics department at Colorado College from 1922 through 1960. From 1928 through 1952 he was also Associate Research Director at the Colorado Foundation for Research in Tuberculosis. At the time of his interview, Dr. Drea was 91 and still a frequent visitor to Tutt Library. He was known for his lively conversation and keen sense of humor which made him a favorite among the library staff. He always wore a fresh cut flower in his coat lapel. He describes Colorado College faculty and administrators: Professor Cajori, Manly Ormes, Louise Kampf, Professor Tileston, Presidents Duniway and Mierow, along with memories of the Cragmor Sanitorium.
A graduate of Colorado College (CC class of 1925), Professor Howard M. Olson taught physics at Colorado College between 1925 and 1969. He completed graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley. Olson remembers: Professors Tileston, Lovitt, Sisam, Daehler, Swart, Boucher, Wright and Presidents Duniway and Mierow. In his interview Olson also talks about classwork, fraternities (Pi Kappa Alpha - engineering), dances at the Broadmoor, Bruin Inn, his teaching philosophy, students during the late sixties, and the building of Olin Hall.
The Colorado College yearbook, published 1900-2007, was known as The Pikes Peak Nugget from 1900-1941 and The Nugget or Colorado College Nugget afterward. Year on cover differs from title page in some years.
Helen Jackson, born in Colorado Springs in 1890, gave this interview at the age of 87. Her father, William Sharpless Jackson, was a close associate of General Palmer, and he served on the Colorado College Board of Trustees between 1874 and 1917. Her brother, William S. Jackson, Jr., served as a trustee for 50 years between 1925 and 1975. One of seven children, Miss Jackson was the daughter of William S. Jackson, Sr.'s second wife, Helen Fisk Banfield, and a great-niece of his first wife, the writer Helen Hunt. Miss Jackson graduated from Cutler Academy in 1907, received her B.A. at Vassar in 1912, and an M.A. from Colorado College in 1915. She taught school for many years at the Dudley Road School in Massachusetts, before returning to Colorado Springs around 1942 to become custodian of the Jackson family home at 228 East Kiowa. When the home was torn down in 1961 and reconstructed at the Pioneer Museum, Miss Jackson became the interpreter of its history to thousands of museum visitors, especially area school children.
William D. Copeland (CC class of 1919) served as instructor in English and secretary of the College from 1920 to 1935. He later served as president of Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, vice president of Lake Forest College in Illinois, president of Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, and pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Polson, Montana. Copeland gives his impressions of Colorado College both before and after World War I, including memories of Presidents Slocum, Duniway, Mierow, and Davies. He talks about the effects of the Depression,"straight-laced CC" in the 1920's, athletic teams, fraternities, and the San Luis School. Faculty mentioned in the interview: Cajori, Schneider, Parsons, Blum, Parrish, Hills, Howe, Hulbert, Gilmore, Strieby, and Okey.
Fern Pring Corley came to Colorado Springs in 1907, attending Garfield Elementary School and Colorado Springs High School. Corley (CC class of 1922) majored in chemistry. Her father, William J. Pring, was a pioneer rancher in the Pikes Peak region, and her husband's father, Mr. W. D. Corley, built the Corley Mountain Highway, now called the Gold Camp Road, on the roadbed of the old Short Line Railroad to Cripple Creek. Mrs. Corley describes student life at Colorado College including tuition, the Bruin Inn, student jobs, football, women's sports, freshman hazing, pranks, campus buildings, literary societies and Monument Valley Park. Included in the interview are descriptions of her early childhood in Colorado Springs, her family's early history in the area, and her husband's businesses.
Professor Ormes (CC class of 1926) taught English at Colorado College from 1952 to 1973. He was also well known and highly regarded as a mountaineer, raconteur and author of several books, including A Guide to the Colorado Mountains, Colorado Skylines, Pike's Peak Atlas, Tracking Colorado's Ghost Railroads and Railroads and the Rockies. Born in Colorado Springs in 1904, Ormes was the son of Manly Ormes, former head librarian of Coburn Library, Colorado College. Ormes recounts his memories of growing up around Colorado College and his adventures in the nearby mountains.
Professor Otis Barnes taught chemistry at Colorado College from 1925-1962. He was active in the formation of the athletics policy at Colorado College, and also, along with his wife, endowed the Barnes Chemistry Scholarships for Colorado College chemistry majors. Barnes discusses the department, the curriculum, the faculty and the effect of WWII on the campus. He provides a brief history of the hockey program, including star players at the time and the involvement of El Pomar and the Broadmoor.