56 History of Wake Forest College
Some of the property had to be reassembled. On the disbandment in
1862, the Euzelians had left their library in charge of J. B. Brewer and
Edgar Purefoy, and a library key had been given to Miss Jemmie
Purefoy, later Mrs. W. O. Allen, and to her likewise had been
entrusted the gowns belonging to the Society; she was thanked for her
care and bought the gowns since the Society had no present use for
them; the Philomathesians likewise disposed of their stock of gowns,
and gowns were not again used in the College until late in the first
quarter of the next
century.11
The Philomathesians had entrusted the
care of their Hall to Professor W. G. Simmons and Mrs. J. H. Foote.
After the reorganization, February 23, 1866, the Society thanked Mrs.
Foote for her care in keeping the Hall in order, and also Professor
Simmons "for removing books from Hall (to keep the Yankees from
getting them)"-corrected to read "for safe
keeping."12
It took some
time to change their lamps from "fluid-burning" to "kerosene
burning," and lamp chimneys were constantly breaking and burners
wearing out; there were chairs to be repaired, and possibly a few new
chairs to be bought, if Mr. Purefoy could find any to match those in
the Halls on his trips to New York; there were also a few necessary
draperies and curtains to be supplied, and the Euzelian Society was so
extravagant one term as to employ George, the college servant, to dust
their Hall at a stipend of three dollars, after failing to secure him for
two dollars; there was paper-some of it "Confederate paper," that is,
brown or blue cheap paper-to be bought, and a few postage stamps; a
few books for the libraries were also bought, very few. In general the
Societies got along with very little money in those years. Surprising
as it may seem to us, the young men of that day assembled in
unheated halls and had no expense of fuel. Beginning with 1868 the
Societies began to issue invitations to their Anniversary occasions and
the commencements, although finding the expense somewhat
burdensome; the Philomathesians keeping
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11
It seems that the gowns of the Phi. Soc. were borrowed and not returned. A
minute of August 24, 1866 reads: "To communicate with ladies who borrowed
gowns asking their return or material to make new gowns."
12 Professor Simmons had obtained from the "Yankee" Commander in Raleigh a
guard for his home, and in his home the books were safe.
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