Board and Dress 457
night banquet; sometimes with purchased and sometimes with stolen
fowls or other dishes.
The dress of the students of this period is also a matter of interest.
At first no great attention seems to have been paid to wearing apparel,
as might be expected of students who were going to a manual labor
institution. But even in the first years, according to Major J. M.
Crenshaw, the boys dressed as well as average people. The ordinary
every-day dress of the students of the period of the Institute was
simple, consisting of a sleeved jacket and a pair of "trap-door" usually
brown trousers, a cap and a pair of boots, or brogans, a shirt and a
woolen scarf around the neck in cold weather. No other underclothes
than a pair of drawers were worn, except by invalids and older men;
stockings were usually woolen and knit by sisters and mothers at
home. Clothes were also homemade for the most part. The professors,
however, dressed as their station demanded, Wait and Armstrong
wearing "fashionable hats, big at the top," but they were too
expensive for the students.20
Neatness, however, if not elegance, in dress was insisted upon.
According to the statement of a student of the first year, Mr. A. G.
Headen of Pittsboro, on Saturday afternoons every student was
expected, in fine weather, to appear bathed and neatly
20 Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 305. Statement of Major Crenshaw: "The boys
dressed as well as the average people. Their clothes were made at home and their
garments were cut short in order to save cloth and money also, and so it was not
customary for the students to wear coats provided with long coat-tails. Usual color
of clothes was brown. Woolen scarfs were worn around the neck."
The following is from the article of D. R. Creecy, student 1839-41, Ibid., 313.
"As to the way the students dressed in those days, I do not believe there was an
overcoat in the College, unless the President or some member of the Faculty
brought them from the North when they came. The boys wore mostly home
materials; their mothers and sisters supplied them with good, warm, knit stockings
for the winter. Many of the boys sported in "trap-door" pants. The first pair of the
present fashion I wore were white, which caused me no little embarrassment in the
company. Generally boys in full dress wore glazed fur or cloth caps that covered all
their heads, not as at the present time. They also wore short jackets, pants, reaching
to the shoe soles, no vest, very rarely collar or cravat. I think all had shirts, however.
No such thing as flannel underwear was ever dreamed of. Boots and brogans
prevailed "
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