History of Tufts College, 1854-1896

Start, Alaric Bertrand
1896

THE THETA DELTA CHI FRATERNITY AND THE KAPPA CHARGE. IN 1846 six students of Union College, Schenectady, New York, decided to band themselves together and form a fraternity. These six men were William G. Akin, Abel Beach, Theodore B. Brown, Andrew H. Green, William Hyslop, and Samuel F. Wile. They associated with themselves Robert L. Dodge, Theodore J. Fonda, Jesse D. Fonda, Francis E. Martindale, Newton B. Sherman, and Abram Walrath; and on June 5, 1847 the Alpha Charge of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity was established. Of the twelve men whose names are recorded above only four are now living,- Messrs. Beach, Dodge, Green, and Martindale. While the policy of the fraternity was, from the first, one of judicious extension, the Alpha Charge, retaining the government in its own hands, exercised a close restrictive supervision over every charge which it chartered. At first this oligarchical government worked well; but as the organization grew in size a democratic tendency began to show itself; and while no friction took place, the feeling that the fraternity should be governed by some sort of general representation rapidly gained ground. At length, in 1867, the Alpha Charge, owing to the decayed condition of Union College, was dissolved; and in 1868 the annual convention vested the government in a Grand Lodge, consisting of one graduate and two undergraduate members, the same to be elected annually by delegates from the charges assembled in convention. Up to the present writing the existence of Theta Delta Chi has been, on the whole, calm and prosperous. The Civil War dealt the only serious blow which it has received; but this was serious indeed, as the fraternity was especially strong in its southern charges. The names of many of the noblest of southern gentlemen are to be found upon the rolls of the extinct charges of William and Mary College and the various southern universities, which flourished before the war as never since. Many gallant officers and soldiers of both North and South were Theta Delts, the honor roll of the fraternity being very large. A great number of important civil posts were also held by members of the brotherhood during those stirring times. Within the last few years the fraternity, hitherto strictly conservative (that is to say, confining itself to the eastern colleges), has been carefully feeling its way westward, and has instituted charges at the Universities of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Theta Delta Chi publishes a quarterly magazine, the "Shield," which is at present edited by Clay W. Holmes, of Elmira, New York. The present officers of the Grand Lodge, elected at the convention of November, 1895, are Carl A. Harstrom, President; B. F. Mansfield, Secretary; and J. H. Morse, Treasurer. The Kappa Charge of Theta Delta Chi was established at Tufts College in the year 1856 by Augustus E. Scott, who was a member of the Zeta Charge at Brown, and entered the class of '58 at Tufts in its Sophomore year. He associated with himself Winsor B. French, Obed C. Turner, and William E. Gibbs, of the class of '59, and Elmer H. Capen, Horatio McIntire, Elam Porter, Benjamin K. Russ, and Oscar G. Sawyer, of the class of '60. Of these all but Messrs. Turner, Porter, and Sawyer, are now living. Kappa enjoys the distinction of being the oldest charge of the fraternity which has had a continuous existence; and there has never been a year since its establishment when at least one of its members has not been honorably graduated. To this charge was due the revival of the "Shield" in 1883. The magazine had been dead for some years, but under the editorship of Edwin A. Start, '84, and the business management of E. W. Powers, '81, it sprang into new life, and has since held a place in the front rank of fraternity journalism. At the outbreak of the war Kappa contributed liberally to the Union forces, and among the names upon the roll of honor are those of General W. B. French, '59, who with his regiment was the first to gain the heights of Fredericksburg; Judge J. W. Hammond, '61; General J. C. Graves, Chaplain W. A. Start, and E. H. Richards, '62; Captain L. E. Monroe, who was killed while leading a desperate charge before Petersburg on July 30,1864, and J. B. Brewster, '63; Captain A. C. Fish, S. J. Hill, and E. Fitzgerald, '64; J. M. Baker, W. C. Ireland, and W. E. Savery, '65; E. D. Howe and E. A. Perry, '67; and Roland Hammond, '68. O. G. Sawyer, '60, served as war correspondent for the New York " Herald." Kappa has always held a place of honor in the fraternity, and has been represented upon the Grand Lodge by H. H. Eddy, '76, as Secretary in 1875, and as President in 1877 and 1878; by R. H. Eddy, '80, as Treasurer in 1879, and Secretary in 1880; and by F. E. Kimball, as Treasurer in 1891. In 1893 a commodious house was erected for the charge at No. 123 Packard Avenue, from designs by the Boston architect, J. P. Rinn, and now forms one of the centres of social life on the Hill.

THETA DELTA CHI:FOUNDED AT UNION COLLEGE IN 1847. Charge Roll. Active. BetaCornell University1870 Gamma DeuteronUniversity of Michigan1889 DeltaRensselaer Polytechnic Institute1853 Epsilon DeuteronYale University1887 ZetaBrown University1853 EtaBowdoin College1854 ThetaKenyon College1854 IotaHarvard University1856 Iota DeuteronWilliams College 1891 KappaTufts College1856 LambdaBoston University1877 Mu DeuteronAmherst College1885 Nu DeuteronLehigh University1884 XiHobart College1857 Omicron DeuteronDartmouth College1869 Pi DeuteronCollege of the City of New York 1881 Rho DeuteronColumbia College1883 Sigma DeuteronUniversity of Wisconsin1895 Tau Deuteron University of Minnesota1892 PhiLafayette College1866 ChiUniversity of Rochester1867 PsiHamilton College1867 Chi DeuteronColumbian University1896 Extinct. AlphaUnion College1847 GammaUniversity of Vermont11852 EpsilonCollege of William and Mary1853 Theta DeuteronMassachusetts Inst. Technology1890 MuUniversity of North Carolina1857 NuUniversity of Virginia1857 OmicronWesleyan University1857 PiWashington and Jefferson College1858 Rho ProteronUniversity of South Carolina1859 RhoWashington and Lee University1870 SigmaDickenson College1861 TauPrinceton College1863 Upsilon University of Lewisburg1866 Upsilon DeuteronWabash College1879

KAPPA CHARGE OF THETA DELTA CHI:ESTABLISHED IN 1856. Resident Graduates. President ELMER H. CAPEN, D. D., '60, Rev. W. A. START, A. M., BURSAR, '62, Professor CHARLES E. FAY, A. M., '68, Professor WILLIAM L. HOOPER, A. M., '77, Instructor EDWIN A. START, A. M., '84, Instructor FRANK E. SANBORN, S. B., Instructor THOMAS WHITTEMORE, A. B., '94, SAMUEL W. MENDUM, A. B., '85, FRED A. TAYLOR, A. B., '86 (D. S.), FRED S. WALKER, A. B., '94 (D. S.), CLARENCE L. EATON, A. B., '95 (D. S.).

Undergraduates. CLASS OF 1896. DANIEL BAXTER HAYWARD, CHARLES GILBERT JORDAN, REGINALD KENT MARVIN, GUY CLIFFORD PIERCE. CLASS OF 1897. HORACE AMOS DAVIS, JOHN WELLINGTON KNOWLTON, CARLETON ALBERT PERRY, ROLLIN BREWSTER SANFORD, ALARIC BERTRAND START, WALTER GEORGE ROWBOTHAM, FRANKLIN BATES WILLIAMS. CLASS OF 1898. IRVING REED BANCROFT, RALPH LYMAN BURBANK, JAMES FRANK DONALDSON, SAMUEL PAUL CAPEN, WARREN STEWART CLARK, ROLAND HAMMOND, JR., EDWARD DUNBAR JOHNSON, FREDERICK EDWARD TOWN. CLASS OF 1899. IRA RICH KENT, FRANK WARREN KNOWLTON, ERNEST GILMAN MARBLE, CHARLES REMINGTON MARVIN, WILLIAM MADISON MASON, EDWARD WELLINGTON RICH.

 
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Published by the Class of 1897. The original contains appendices with a directory of alumni, the college catalog, and the college charter. These were not included in this addition.

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