DSU Timeline: 1891-1900

1892

  • In November, the Oyaka, a monthly newspaper written by college students was first published. The name was derived from the Lakota meaning 'messenger or herald'.

  • The Students' Christian Association was organized. Meetings were held weekly on Wednesday evenings.

Oyaka_1892.jpgThe Oyaka Newspaper (click to enlarge)

 

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1892 Commencement Program (click to enlarge)

 


1893

  • Class of 1893 gave up commencement plans for a memorial service for William E. Hammer & Gay Pye, deceased members of their class. On the eve of commencement week they had both drowned. Mr. Hammer had been editor-in-chief and founder of The Oyaka.

 


1895

  • The catalog stated that the three-year Elementary Course was extended to four years and the first year Elementary courses was extended to one and half years.

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Class of 1895 invitation to Commencement Exercises, January 15, 1895 (click to enlarge)


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1895 Mid-Winter graduates

 

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Fourth Mid-Winter Commencement State Normal School - January 15, 1895

 


1897

  • 2,000 ash and elm trees were planted on campus by townspeople. Provisions were made for the care and watering of the trees. The first summer school session, which was eight weeks long, was introduced.

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State Normal School, Winter 1897

 


1898

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1898 Drawing Class in front of Beadle Hall

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Art Marsland (above) was the mail carrier and custodian.

  • Original heating plant erected at a cost of $4,000.

  • The construction of a new dormitory building had commenced at an expense of about $30,000.

 


1899

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Class of 1899

 


1900

  • State Normal was continuing to grow. Tuition was raised to $6.00 per semester. The total cost of tuition, room and board, and book fees was now $116.90 for a 9-month period.

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Madison, Summer 1900