212 History of Wake Forest College
time succeeded Mr. Hilliard. It seems that for the Spring term of
1882-83 one or more classes were taught by Mr. W. F. Marshall, a
member of the senior class.5
In the beginning of the scholastic year, 1882-83, the faculty began
to make regulations to prevent the formation of secret fraternities
other than the Literary Societies among the students. The trouble had
been going on for a year, and in his report in June, 1882, President
Pritchard had brought the matter to the attention of the Board of
Trustees. As the story of fraternities in the College is told with some
detail in a later chapter, the reader is referred to that.
It was at this period that the Trustees and faculty showed their first
interest in the physical training of the students. At their meeting at
Warrenton, November 15, 1882, the Board of Trustees had voted to
withdraw the Old Athletic Field from sale, and ordered it to be fenced
and planted in shade trees and kept as a play ground for the students
of the College. It was, however, neither fenced nor planted in trees.
The students had already begun to use it for baseball and probably for
football. The latter was introduced at Wake Forest not later than
September, 1882, not the American college game as now played, but
a rude approximation of the Rugby game with much rushing and with
the ball advanced only by
kicking.6
Clubs were organized and match
games played in the fall of 1882 and 1883, but before the next year
football had lost its popularity and the students
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5
Minutes of the Faculty, December 8 and 22, 1882.
In giving an appreciation of the work of the year, the editor of the Wake Forest
Student, June, 1883, says: "We were left with only six members of the faculty. The
work seemed to be too much for the number who were to perform it, but they soon
showed us otherwise. The classes were soon divided out, the exercise work
distributed, and we have gone on. We are led to the conclusion that no period in the
history of the College has been more noted for the cooperation of the faculty and
students, and this has been a useful factor in the efficiency of the year's work."
6
The following from the Wake Forest Student, II, 89, October, 1882, gives the
first reference to football in the College: "The exciting game of foot-ball is popular
with the students now. A club has been organized and handsomely uniformed. They
challenged the rest of the students to a match game, and the game was played. The
result was a victory for the club, by a score of 5to2."
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