1908: Alpha Tau Omega installed


A New National Fraternity at Ames. Alpha Tau Omega Establishes Iowa Gamma Upsilon Chapter

On Saturday, March seventh, the National Fraternity of Alpha Tau Omega established its Iowa Gamma Upsilon Chapter with the organization heretofore known at the Iowa State College as the “Black Hawks.” The installation ceremonies were carried on by alumni and undergraduate members from Nebraska, [Minnesota], Wisconsin, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Simpson College, and Wooster University in Ohio. After the banquet, held at Adam’s hall, the fraternity and its visiting brothers and guests enjoyed a dance at Smith’s hall. The dance was chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Stanton.

The installation of Iowa Gamma Upsilon Chapter began at ten o’clock Saturday morning, the ceremonies being in charge of Dr. John Van Der Vrees, Chief of Province III, University of Kansas, and Caroll Smith, of St. Louis. The charter members, in the order of their initiation, were G.K. Swift, P.L. Reppert, H.R. Baker, W.E. Keeney, Frank Dragoun, F.W. Shreiber, Platt Wilson, R.W. Crum, E.B. Rhine, H.E. Bemis, L.F. Prior, and J.J. Clyde.

Visiting members of the fraternity at large who assisted with the installation were, J.R. Kaley, of Nebraska, Julius Frelin, W.C. Smiley, Kenneth Sischo, and Harry C. Reid of Minnesota, Obert Sletten, J.H. Voskueliler, Frank W. Kenburg of the University of Wisconsin, Glen Morris Paul M. Lobaugh, Roy O. Roberts and H.C. Luther, of the University of [Kansas], O.A. Maupin and Chester C. Miller of the University of Missouri, Jesse E. Marshall, Roy Holmes, Foss O. Heaton, Fred O. Arnburg, J. William Billingsby, Bert Harris, Robert Plulps, Hubert Porterfield, Horace Chambers, Merrill Holmes, M.O. Beebe, Roy Jenks, F.O. Osborne, and Everett Olive of Simpson, E.E. Bickenbach and W.B. Harrison of Wooster University, Sherman W. Finger of Chicago, W.N. Jordan and George B. Deakin of Adrian, Michigan, and D.S. Krindencir of the University of Colorado.

The banquet was served at five o’clock at Adam’s hall. Henry’s orchestra of Des Moines furnished music for the occasion. W. N. Jordan of Des Moines acted as toastmaster, and the following most enthusiastic responses were made,

“Alpha Tau Omega,” Dr. John M. Van der Vreis.
“The Black Hawks,” R.W. Crum.
“Our New Fledglings,” Geo. B. Deakin
“Reminiscences” D.S. Kruidenier.
“Future of Gamma Upsilon,” H.E. Bemis.
“College Life,” J.R. Kaley.
“Baby no More,” Julius O. Roehl.
“Jay Hawk to Ex-Black Hawk” R.A. Roberts.
“What Alpha Tau Omega Expects from Gamma Upsilon,” O.H. Maupin.

Impromptu speeches were also made by Billingsby of Simpson, Voskuehler of Ohio State, Finger of Chicago, W. B. Harrison of Wooster; and Smith of Illinois. During the banquet, songs of Alpha Tau Omega were sung.

Officers of the local chapter were installed by Dr. Van der Vreis as follows: G.K. Swift, W.M., E.B. Rhine, W.C., R.W. Crum, W.K., H.E. Bemis, W.K.A., H.R. Baker, W.S., P.L. Reppert W.V., Platt Wilson, W.S.

The I.S.C. Student, “Black Hawks Get Charter,” 9 March 1908.

Issue: 9 March 1908

In spring 1907, the fraternity moved from a home on Burnett Street to the corner of Burnett and 8th Streets (called State Street in 1907).

Greek Community Re-establishing at Iowa State

Court upholds fraternity ban (1894)
Fraternities (re)approved (1904)

ORIGINAL TWO: Delta Tau Delta (1911) | Pi Beta Phi (1906)

NATIONAL FRATERNITIES: Acacia (1909) | Alpha Tau Omega (1908) | Beta Theta Pi (1905) | Kappa Sigma (1909) | Phi Gamma Delta (1907) | Phi Sigma Kappa (1911) | Sigma Alpha Epsilon (1905) | Sigma Nu (1904) | Theta Xi (1909)

NATIONAL SORORITIES: Alpha Delta Pi (1911)

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