308 History of Wake Forest College
Fry and Stephen McIntyre. After two or three weeks Mr. Fry left, but
Mr. McIntyre remained for the entire term of ten weeks, the sole
student. Professor Gulley was living in Franklinton, and did not move
his family to Wake Forest until September, 1895, until which time he
drove in a buggy the ten miles from Franklinton, three times a week,
to hear his classes. From a financial viewpoint the teaching the first
year could not have been very remunerative. "Three months' work for
$20 is not very much as a means of making money, but it was time
well spent," said Gulley in his report to the Trustees, May, 1904. It
was of the same kind in some of the years of the World War; the
enrollment was only ten each in the summer of 1917 and that of
But as a rule, the enrollment in the summer school was
progressively larger. In 1895 it was eighteen; in 1900, twenty-three;
in 1916, fifty-one. Then came the war, which robbed the school of
most of its students, and following it another climb in enrollment,
reaching fifty-one again in 1926, in 1927, 78. It owed part of its
popularity to the fact that "special attention was given to preparing
young men for examination on the course prescribed by the Supreme
Court of North Carolina." It opened early in June and continued until
the Supreme Court examination, usually the last week in August.
Among the many students attracted by it were often graduate students
of other schools of law who desired the comprehensive review of the
law courses prescribed by the Supreme Court and offered by Dr.
Gulley. In the summer of 1910, the attendance was forty-three, of
whom eighteen were graduates of other institutions. The value of the
course was proved by the success of students who took it in passing
the Supreme Court examinations. As a rule nearly all applicants from
Wake Forest passed the examinations; and the same was true of those
who took the course in Law in the regular session and came up for the
Supreme Court examination in February.
At the close of the second summer school, in 1895, the first
8 “The result has been," said Dean Gulley in his report to the Trustees in June,
1919, "that the teachers have not made a dollar a day for work in the good old
summer time'."
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