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BOARD OF EDITORS.
A. D. Olphant, '10, Euphradlan.
B. J. White, '09, Euphradi.p.
J. H1. Brown, '10, Euphradian.
J. A. Marion, '09, Clariosophic.
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T. K. Vaisney, '10, Clarlosophic.
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W. S. Hutchinson, '09.
COLUMBIA, S. C., MARCH 18, 1900.
THE LIVING ALUMNI
Carolina's past is glorious. The
men she has produced have made, not
only the history of South Carolina, but
also that of the United States. She
has every right to be proud of her
sons and to call them, as did the Ro
man matron Cornelia, her jewels.
But the past is the past. George
McDuffie, Richard I. Manning, Wade
Hampton, and a host of others have
reflected honor on old Carolina and
departed. They were graduated be
fore the war, when South Carolina
was the first State in the Union. We
have no doubt that they loved their
Alma Mater, and the liberal appropria
tions which the old college received
then show that those in positions of
power had a keen eye for her material
During the fifteen years following
the Civil War, Carolina's star was on
the wane, but in i88o it rose again and
has continued to rise up to the present
time, when it is now well on its way
to the zenith.
Prosperity smiles upon the Univer
sity. And whom have we to thank?
Why the alumni who have been grad
uated since i88o. They have stood by
us as did those old historymakers of
ante-bellum days. They have been as
loyal to us as any body of men could
It is needless to say that Carolina is
proud of the sons which she has pro
duced since her reopening in i88o.
They have taken prominent posit-ons
in all the walks of life and been an
honor to her.
The object of this issue of The
Gamecock is to tell in part wvhat some
of them have accomplished. This is
sue was gotten up on such short notice
that it wvas found impossible to obtain
the 'records of many of the most prom
inent alumni, and only such data has
been used as was conveniently to be
had. The short sketches are not in
tended to be biographies, but merely to
give some idea of what various alumni
have accomplished since they left their
Alma Mater and went out into the
world. Many names have not been
mnentioned and, we only wish that spaze
lIad been available to speak of each
and every alumnus who has left the
SONS OF CAROLINA
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Mr. Coker has been professor of math
ematics at* Winthrop College since
William C. Coker graduated in
1894, taking the B. S. degree. He
was employed in the Atlantic National'
Bank of Wilmington, N. C., 1894
1897. In 1897 he entered Johns Hop
kiis University, where he took work
in the departments of biology and geol
ogy. He took the Ph. D. degree in
19o1. He studied botany at the Uni
versity of Bonn, in Germany, 19oi
1902. He is now assistant professor
of botany at the University of North
Carolina. Mr. Coker has published a
number of britannical papers.
Francis Le Jau Parker was gradu
ated in 1896, taking the A. B. degree.
He went to the University of Chicago,
where he took the B. S. degree in
i9oo. He pursued his studies in Johns
Hopkins University, where he took
the Ph. D. degree in 1901. He was
assistant professor of chemistry at the
South Carolina Military Academy,
1896-1901. He is now professor of
chemistry and physics at the College
Charles Heyward Barnwell, who
was graduated with the A. B. degree
in 1887, was a member of the Clario
sophic Society. After graduation he
was private secretary to President
John M. McBride, of South Carolina
College. He was adjunct professor
of modern languages at the Alabama
Polytechnic Institute from 1889 to
1892. He did graduate work at H-ar
vard University from 1892 to 1894,
taking the A. M. degree in 1893. Pro
fessor Barnwell had the chair of Eng
lish at Hollins Institute, Virginia,
from 1894 to 1897. He returned to
Harvard and did graduate work there
in 1897-1898, having the Ph. D. degree
conferred on him in 1898. He was
instructor in English in Western Re
serve University, Cleveland, 0., from
1898 to 1899. Since 1899 he has been
professor of English at the University
of Alabama, and is now dean of the
David Franklin Houston, who is to
be our commencement orator in June,
was graduated in 1887, taking the A.
B. degree. He was tutor in Latin and
Greek in South Carolina College, 1887
1888. He was superintendent -of the
Spartanburg schools from x888 to
1891. Mr. Houston entered Harvard
in 1892, and was president of the
Graduate Club, 1893-1894. In 1894
he was elected professor of political
economy at the University of Texas.
Later he was made president of the
University of Texas. He was a mem
ber of the board of visitors to the
United States Military Academy in
1900. He has published a critical study
of Nullification in South Carolina. He
is now president of Washington Uni
versity, St. Louis, Mo.
Andrew Charles Moore, who is our
acting president, was of the famous
class of 1887. He was a meniber of
the Clariosophic Society. Professor
Moore was superintendent of the Spar
tanburg Graded Schools in 1888. He
organized and was the first superinten
dent of the Camden Graded Schools,
1888-1890. He was principal of the
City High School, Birminghamn, Ala.,
1800o-I89R. Whieteaching :., l..
mingham he was made elder of the
Central Presbyterian Church. He was
State treasurer of the Y. M. C. A. of
Alabama. In 1898-1899 he was a
graduate student, in the University of
Chicago. As a recognition of his tal
ent he was made Fellow in Biology in
the University of Chicago, 1899-i9oo.
In 1goo he was appointed assistant
professor in botany at the same uni
versity. From ioo to 19o5 he was
assistant professor of biology, geology
and mineralogy in South Carolina Col
lege, and was raised to regular profes
sor of these subjects in 1904. In 1901
he was a student at the Biological
Laboratory, Woodhall, Mass., and was
assistant instructor in 1902-1903. Pro
fessor Moore was elected to the chair
of biology at the University of South
Carolina in 19o6, which position he
Henry C. Davis was graduated in
1898, taking the A. B. degree. After
graduation he taught one year in Fair
field County, and one year in Beaufort
County. In 1901 he taught in the
Lancaster Graded Schools with Pro
fessor Baker. In 1902-1903 he did
graduate work at the University of
Chicago. While there he was appoint
ed assistant professor at Washington
University. He returned to the Uni
V versity of South Carolina as assistant
professor of English. He studied at
the University of Chicago last year
on leave of absence.
Alumni in Agriculture
E. McIver Williamson, '83, took a
special two-years' course in agricul
ture. After graduation, he went back
to his farm to apply the methods he
had learned at Carolina. Mr. William
son is known all over this section as
the originator of the Williamson
method of raising corn. He is one of
the foremost theoretical, as well as
practical, farmers of this State. He
has a splendid farm in Darlington
Robert Pickett Hamer, '85, is an
other eminently successful farmer who
received his literary education at Car
olina. He has been, since graduation,
a farmer, merchant and manufacturer.
For ten years he has been a member of
the executive committee of the State
Agricultural and Mechanical Society,
and held tht! presidency of the organi
zation in 1903-1904. Mr. Hamer has
also been a member of the board of
trustees of the University since 1904.
Paul Vernon Moore, '94, is an agri
culturalist of note from the upper part
of the State. Mr. Moore won a thous
and-dollar prize and many medals with
his agricultural exhibit at the Charles
ton Expo&'Gon. Mr. Moore had charge
of the/Jouth Carolina exhibit at the
Jamestown Fair. He is now presidlent
of the Good Roads Association of
S. T. Donaldson, '88, and J. H.
Donaldson, '89, are twvo extensive rice
growers and cattle raisers of Geoige
town. S. T. Donaldson was State
chemist for a number of years.
James Lucas McIntosh of Doves
ville and Robert Ervin Jamesi of Dar
lington, are two very successful farm
ers who attended Carolina for two
Good fellowship was simply over
flowing at the last studentbody meet
Edwin Orenville Selbels
(Vol. II Hemphill's "Men of Mark in
Edwin Grenville Seibels, son of Ed
win Whipple Seibels and Marie J.
(Smith) Seibels, was born at Colum
bia, S. C., in September, 1866.
Mr. Seibels' first schooling was ob
tained under Mrs. Frank Ehnore;
later he attended Capt. Hugh Thomp
son's Academy; his course here he fol
lowed with a course at South Carolina
University, from which institution he
was graduated with the degree of B.
E.. in 1885. His college course cost
him little struggle, although he paid
his own way.
His life work began when in Sep
tember, 1880, he assumed charge of his
father's insurance office. His original
desire was to be an engineer and work
was offered him in connection with the
Panama Railway, but circumstances
took him instead into insurance. Since
that time- he has been constantly con
nected with this business. From Sep
tember, 1886, to January, 1887, he was
special agent for a fire insurance com
pany; in the Southern field from 1887
to 1888 he was a member of the firm
of E. W. Seibels & Son; from 1888 to
1892, special agent of various com
panies; from 1892 to 1898, general ad
juster of fire losses; in 1898 he be
came Southern Manager of the Glens
Falls Insurance Company; in 9oo lie
was appointed manager of the Roches
ter German and of the New Hamp
shire Insurance Company, with the
Glens Falls Company. Since that
date lie has had the management of the
Milwaukee Mechanics, the American
Insurance Company, of New Jersey,
and the Royal Exchange Assurance
Corporation; he also manages a large
foreign marine insurance business. In
addition Mr. Seibels has held the office
of president of the Tree and Park
Commission of the city of Columbia.
He was president of the South Caro
lina University Alumni Association,
and promoted the movement for the
establishment of an endowment fund
for the college by the alumni associa
tion, and is the president of the board
of trustees of the alumni fund. He
was elected a member of the State leg
islature in 19o8.
He was the first president of the
Clariosophic Society to be elected from
the junior students. He is president
of the South Carolina Club and of
other social clubs; he is also a Mystic
Shriner in the Masonic Order, a mem
ber of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fra
ternity, the Columbia Club and the
Mr. Seibcls is a gold Democrat and
His md.Vict to young Americans is:
"Be straightforward. Help others
whenever an opportunity presents it
self. Don't tell your business, but never
do anything in business you could not
On the 25th of February, 1892, Mr.
Seibels was married to Miss Dorothy
Newton, granddaughter of Conmmo
dore John Thomas Newton and of
Commodore Eben Farrand, of the
Mr. Seibels lives in Columbia.
Mr. J. H. Cooper is ill in the in
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