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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

The state of the University: undergraduates,   pp. 9-10

Alumni,   pp. 10-11

Page 10

     If the Cap Times can move
   without missing an issue we
   should be able to too .... We'd
   have our problems, of course. It'd
   take an hour or so to move our
   new, powerful two-pencil pencil-
   sharpener. But if the Cap Times
   can do it, it'd be un-American of
   us not to try.
   Please let me know what you
   think of this proposal at your
   earliest convenience.
                  (Name on file)
   Traditionally, the two campus
 publications have been bitter rivals.
 In 1945 a Cardinal editor sent an
 Octopus editor an alarm clock on
 April 1.
   When the present was received in
 the Octopus office, then located on
 the third floor of the Union, the
 recipient mistook the ticking for a
 time bomb and jumped through a
 window. The following year the
 Octopus moved to its present loca-
 tion in the quonset hut next to the
 Union-on street level.
   In 1946 the Octopus staff kid-
 napped the Cardinal staff as a pub-
 licity stunt for a "Crime and Hor-
 ror" issue. Since then the feud has
 brewed quietly, the Octopus devot-
 ing one issue each year to a biting
 "Cardinal take-off."
   Closed-door conferences are sched-
uled to work out a possible basis
for a consolidation. It is doubtful
whether the doors will ever be
Supreme Court Loss
  WILEY Blount Rutledge, '14, as-
sociate supreme court justice ap-
pointed by FDR in 1943, died Sun-
day, Sept. 11, in Washington. The
death left Mr. Truman with his sec-
ond court vacancy in less than two
months-a situation almost unprece-
dented in US history.
  On the bench, Justice Rutledge
succeeded James F. Byrnes, who va-
cated his seat in 1943 to take the
new post of Economic Stabilization
  In last July's Wisconsin Alumnus
he was guest author of "Two Cen-
turies of an Idea," an article evalu-
ating the cooperation and progress
of the State and University of Wis-
  The nomination of Justice Rut-
ledge, former dean of the Univer-
sity of Iowa and Washington Uni-
versity  (St. Louis) law   schools,
brought hearty responses f r o m
Western congressmen who had felt
their section neglected in past court
appointments. He had previously
been associate justice of the US
court of appeais for the District of
                                                 ---apstat T.imes lphoto.
THIS SEMESTER BEGAN the 50th year that Mrs. Cora Bradford (left) has
housed University students in her three-floor home at 613 N. Frances St.
she advises her daughter, Irene, who now takes most of the details from Mrs.
Bradford's shoulders, as she fills in the cards to send to the successful
cants for rooms.
Oldest Housemother
  IF A HOUSE could talk, the
Bradford house at 613 N. Frances
st., two blocks from   the Union,
would provide plenty of yarns for a
local story-teller.
  On the approved list at the Uni-
versity housing bureau longer than
any other campus rooming house, it
has sheltered hundreds of students
in its pleasant rooms. Almost leg-
endary professors have been    its
  Mrs. Cora Bradford, who has
owned the house since 1900, shares
its distinction: she is the oldest
housemother on the Wisconsin list.
She was "Ma" Bradford to the boys
who first filled her house at the turn
of the century; she is now, at 87.
still vitally interested in every girl
who lives with her.
  The house goes back to shortly af-
ter the Civil war when four rooms
were built on the lot. And now you
can't throw a feather in the area
without hitting some place a cam-
pus great has lived. Take the odd-
numbered side of Frances street
from the lake end: at one time or
another Moses S. Slaughter, spirit
of the 1896 Latin department, lived
at 633; Frederick Jackson Turner,
nationally famous historian, at 629;
and Alexander Hohlfeld, top influ-
ence in the popular German depart-
ment from 1901 to 1937, at 621.
  Across the street Charles Sumner
Slichter, a distinguished mathemati-
cian and one-time Grad school dean,
occupied  636; President Charles
Van Hise of the "golden age" a gen-
eration ago, 630; and a young pro-
fessor, Edwin B. Fred, now the Uni-
versity's 12th president, number 610.
  On the corner where the Gamma
Phi Beta house now stands lived
young Max Mason, submarine spec-
ialist of World War I, who later left
for the University of Chicago and
points east and west. Other tenants
of the area have included 1900 Eng-
lish Prof. Henry Lathrop, Dean
Harry Richards of the Law school,
and Prof. William Rosenstengel, a
foremost German educator.
  Some say that even the squirrels
in the neighborhood are of high in-
tellect. They have learned to nibble
their way through screen doors, to
remember where cooky jars are
kept, and to knock down the jars so
the covers fly off.
  IT WAS A GREAT DAY for the
neighborhood when    Charles Van
Hise of 630 was elected to the presi-
dency of the University, and a day
Mrs. Bradford remembers well.
  "The students, a big crowd of
them for those days, marched down
the street to the Van Hise house
with the University band leading
the way. They were carrying ban-
ners and singing at the tops of their
voices. Van Hise was pretty popular
with them, I recollect."
  "The Frances street cabal," to
quote from' the Curti-Carstensen
history of the University, "including
Turner, Slaughter, Van Hise, and

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