1909: Kappa Sigma installed


Local Gamma Alpha Organization Becomes a Chapter of the National Kappa [Sigma]. Alumni Present at the Installation

On Jan. 21 the former Gamma Alpha society was taken into the national fraternity of Kappa Sigma. The Gamma boys were granted [their] charter on the 7th of last December but delayed installation until this term on account of the numerous examinations at the close of the semester.

The initiatory services began at 2 p.m. and lasted until 11 p.m. after which a seven course banquet was served at the chapter house. Visiting Kappa Sigmas from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska responded to toasts. Several of the Alumni of the local chapter also gave short talks. Mr. J. W. Hook, ‘05, acted as toast master. On Friday the day was spent in looking over the school, and the evening a smoker. The visitors were one and all deeply impressed with the magnitude and grandeur of the campus and the buildings and voted it a wonderful school, capable of great things.

Kappa Sigma was founded in 1867 at the University of Virginia. It is today, the largest fraternity in the world in point of chapters. In [Gamma Lambda], the local organization, it establishes its 75th active chapter. Such men as H. H. McClure, William Grigsby McCormick, Dr. John C. Boyd, President Lyon G. Tyler of William and Mary’s, President W. D Gibbs of New Hampshire Agricultural college, and many others grace its membership. The IX district includes Iowa, [Minnesota], Nebraska, and North and South Dakota. Mr. W.H. Herrick of Cherokee is district grand master.

The I.S.C. Student, “Kappa Sigma Gets Chapter,” 1 February 1909.

Issue: 1 February 1909

Gamma Alpha was one of the first clubs to appear when the ban on fraternities was lifted in 1904. In spring 1905, the club is listed as residing at Mrs. Miller’s, but I’m not sure who Mrs. Miller was — several people in the area had the name. In fall 1906, the fraternity was located at 223 Stanton (an apartment building today) in a house that was new. A year later Gamma Alpha moved to a house in “Ames” — aka east side of Squaw Creek. Two years later, it relocated to 203 Sheldon, at the West Street entrance to campus and the house once occupied by Noit Avrats — later Phi Gamma Delta. It, now as Kappa Sigma, moved again in 1911.

Ames Evening Times, “Kappa Sigma,” 6 January 1916.

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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