Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 3 (Dec. 1910)
Richardson, W. D.
The 1911 football season, pp. 118-120
THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE pends upon your individual effort. The alumni are capable of accom- plishing great things for the uni- versity. Will they open the way so that' the light may shine into every home, and brighten the life and work of every citizen to the largest extent and thus enable the university to attain its highest ideals? THE UNIVERSITY IN THE 50's BY JUDGE ELBERT O. HAND, '59 the class of 1859 were graduated twelve stu- lents, the largest class 5aaduated in any class previous to that time. ['he North and South halls, used for dormi- tories and recitation rooms, were the only buildings on the campus. Chancellor -Lathrop, the head of the university until 1859, was fruly one of nature's noblemen, courteous, affable and dignified and deeply interested in the prog- ress and welfare of every stu- dent, known to them all and each student well known to him. His cordial greetings were always sought for and ever granted with the utmost pleasure and gratifica- tion. He was a model of a per- fect gentleman. In teaching, his style was very clear and persua- sive. He taught a class in politi- cal economy, and his presentation of the subject of Trade was so logical and reasonable that the student who entered the class as a high protectionist rarely failed to leave it as a free trader or mod- erate protectionist. In those early days it was very difficult to get from the legislat- ure sufficient money to pay the expenses of the university. At each session, some member from some far off rural district,- desir- ing to air his oratorical abilities, considered it perfectly safe to make a raid on the university, as it had few defenders. It was sneeringly called the "Madison High School,"-and the question was asked with a good deal of ore rotundo, why should the state of Wisconsin be taxed to educate the youths of the City of Madi- son? Chancellor Lathrop found it necessary to keep close watch of the legislature at each annual ses- sion, to secure the sums neces- sary to keep the university alive; and he and his good wife, who was the better politician of the two, were frequently seen at the capitol begging and beseeching for more funds. During the 50's the necessary expenses of the student were very much less than at present. A boarding establishment was es- 116
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