Members of The Quills, a literary club, gather in Anna Mann in the 1920s.
[My father] brought me home on Thursday nights for choir practice, then
took me back [to campus]. And I remember one night it was so foggy we
couldn’t see a thing. I had to hold my head out the window and
look down so we wouldn’t hit the curb as we were going along. And
he stayed all night in my dormitory room. He had to, because he just
couldn’t go out alone and go back to Vancouver in that dense fog.
But nobody knew about it, and he got up early in the morning and went
—Martha Powell Wilson ’25
Old Dorm Block around 1940
[Campus Day] was a day that they used to take all the mens’ dorms
out—all their beds and dressers and everything—and put them
on the lawn, out in front of the dormitory. It was a prank that they
played on the men.
—Margaret McGowan Mahan ’24
I’ll tell you a little bit about Anna Mann. After we got through
hashing, we’d get through with dinner by 6:30 or so, and clean
up and so forth, and go back to the dorm. Then a lot of times there would
be a student who could play jazz on the piano, and we’d have a
little time and we would dance until 7. . . . Those are the songs that
I remember now. If I hear somebody play “Bye, Bye, Blackbird,” and
stuff like that, I remember it. There will be a band up here that comes
and plays for all us old folks once a month. We thoroughly enjoy it.
They’re almost as old as we are, and they come and play the songs
we used to like. I know we did that in Anna Mann.
—Vera Smith Jackets ’28
The Central Dance Committee meets in Anna Mann in 1935.
Archival research by Lisa Silverman
Historic photos courtesy of Special Collections,
Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library
There really wasn’t [adult supervision in the dorms]. It was all
sort of an honor system. You could stay out as late as you wanted to.
. . . if a man or a boy came to the house for something people shouted
out, “Man in the house!” . . . We had a terrible snowstorm
and they had to close the school, because the
buses couldn’t run. So they declared open house in the dorms. The fellows
could come visit or vice versa. That was when Monopoly was a brand-new game,
and you could have the boys over, and we played Monopoly until doomsday and had
so much fun.
—Jane Wilson Falkenhagen ’37