22 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
highway bridges and hauled the structure to Wake Forest, where the
tiny house, about ten feet square, was relocated in a collard patch
growing on college property. Jack Wilson ordered a Sears, Roebuck
chicken house and braved a cold winter in it. Eli Galloway and Alex
McClellan erected small prefabricated houses near the heating plant.
The big new development, which was to remain a Wake Forest
feature for thirty years, was trailers. In the spring term of 1946 four
student families towed small mobile homes to Wake Forest, E. C.
Calvert and R. L. Russell setting theirs up behind Simmons Dor-
mitory, and Frank Ausband and Lewis Taylor finding space in the
back yard of Professor Rea. Within a year the veterans had brought
in sixty trailers, most of them clustered around Gore Gymnasium.
While the small units provided cooking and sleeping quarters, most
of the occupants relied on the gym or other permanent structures for
bath and toilet amenities.
The GIs were welcomed home to Wake Forest with love and
respect. When the resurgence began, Old Gold and Black said of the
veterans, "We here reiterate our cognizance of the things for which
they fought and assure them of our awareness of the sacrifices many
of them made…. They are welcome here." And at a March 1946
meeting of the Veterans Club, President Kitchin complimented the
members for their exemplary attitude toward the college, for adding
intellectual stimulus in the classroom, and for providing more poise
and equilibrium to the student body.
In truth, there were few of the men returning who did not feel
right at home on the campus. On many dark and dangerous nights in
far corners of the globe, returning to the college of their younger
years was a sustaining dream. Decades later Prof. D. A. Brown
recalled that immediate postwar period as the time he had most
enjoyed teaching. "That was some bunch of fellows," he said ad-
The shortage was not in housing alone. Except for the addition .of
the Music-Religion Building, only the classrooms that had served
prewar Wake Forest were available; often the teaching spaces were
not large enough to accommodate the crowds of students assigned to
them. A paper shortage and a truckers strike had made textbooks
scarce, and there was a lot of sharing. Perhaps worst of