256 History of Wake Forest College
Wake Forest students and community and always did a thriving
business at times of commencements. On record are many ex-
pressions of appreciation of the table fare and hospitality of the Wake
It remains to be said and should be said that the
Trustees were only a small portion of those for whom the members of
the faculty and some other citizens of Wake Forest provided
entertainment at the commencements; they had to find room in their
homes also for the visitors-fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, cousins,
nieces, aunts, and other relatives, and lady friends of the students-and
for numerous friends of their own. In the homes of some of the
professors, for instance, Dr. W. G. Simmons, as many as twenty or
thirty were housed and fed. Of course, there were not beds for so
many, but in the warm days of June nothing better was desired or
expected by the younger men than a pallet on the floor. The serving of
tables for so many was no easy matter, and it had to be done by shifts,
sometimes as many as three. And when it was all over the hospitable
professor had often spent an amount equal to one tenth of his salary,
and his wife was worn out, and appalled by the house-cleaning in
The students, however, provided at their boarding houses
for the meals of their relatives and friends, and frequently tendered
payment for their lodging, which was nearly always refused.
The members of the faculty also had other interests in the annual
meetings of the Trustees. Until the close of President Taylor's
administration they were informed by the president's report to the
Board, which was read and discussed in full faculty meeting, of many
of the important matters on which the Board
“The pleasure of the occasion was greatly enhanced by the unbounded
hospitality of the citizens of the College Hill." Editorial in Biblical Recorder, June
3, 1868.
“The number of visitors is large, but all are bountifully fed. The fried chicken
eaten here this week would have staggered a Methodist Conference. Every table
groans under a vast and varied abundance." Ibid., July 3, 1872. Editorial report of
"We cannot recall the commencement week without recalling the hospitality of
the Wake Forest homes-gracious and bountiful." Ibid., May 30, 1906.
5 Statement of Professor L. R. Mills who was speaking in particular of Dr. and
Mrs. W. G. Simmons.
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