Campbell Hagerman Days
1906 - 1908

Marjorie kept two types of diaries.  One was "A Line A Day" in which she faithfully recorded her daily events in one or two lines.  Each of her small diaries contains five years of entries and I presently have transcribed over 350 typed pages of her entries.  For more significant events she also kept a scrapbook/journal which would expand on her daily entries.  It also contained photographs, invitations, programs, dance cards, calling cards and notes from admirers.  The information for this section is taken from her scrapbooks/journals which are two thick 5½ " x  8" books.


Campbell-Hagerman College
Lexington, Kentucky


Monday, September 17, 1906

School opened the 17th of September. Camilla Thays and Corrine Errett were the first girls I met.  Came with them from Cincinnati. Mr. Duff and Miss Sandusky met me.  Was awfully glad to see Prof. and Mrs. Hagerman and Virgie (their daughter Mary Virginia) but everything seemed strange not knowing any of the girls.  Miss Sweeney was the dearest thing and she made me feel right at home.  Bess Sparks, my room mate didn't come till the middle of the week.  The first night I was here I slept with Ebbie Bond and I liked her fine. Was crazy about Ida Wise and Margaret Lillard.  Didn't get to know Alice Van Zandt or Mildred Wellington until later but was crazy about them when I did.  Minnie Bryant came on Sunday and she's the cutest thing ever.  I liked Mat Hays and Laura Clay very well.

Pledge to Chi Epsilon Chi

The second Saturday after school opened Fan Sparks came over and Margaret Lillard, Mildred Wellington and me pledged. We were initiated three weeks later.


"Tonight as the clock strikes twelve you will awaken from your troubled slumbers, rise from your couch and meditate on the 'morrow until fifteen minutes past the midnight hour. You shall then read Hamlet's soliloquy with graceful gesticulations with both hands and feet.   Before retiring, your coarse mane must be rolled up in paper so that in the 'morrow every strand of hair on your head will be curly. Beware that not a straight hair be seen!!

At seven p.m. this evening come to Miss Wine's room and there receive a stimulant, also at 9 p.m. and twelve p.m. They will help to carry you through the 'morrow.  On the morning of your initiation, appear in a gym suit, one white stocking and one black, your curls tied back with stout cord, a small bag filled with stones and a heavy veil covering your faces.

You will all repair to the room of Miss Wine at midnight and there carry out your instructions. Let not a word of this ever pass your lips!!!

Beware! that on the morrow you are able to swear on the scriptures that every instruction from the beginning has been carried out!" 


It quickly becomes apparent in Marjorie's journals that her social life has precedence over her school life.  While there are a few entries concerning her day to day school activities, there are many describing her social life.  While at the college it appears those in charge encouraged the girls to take advantage of the concerts and theatre that Lexington offered. 


We all went to see Ethel Barrymore Thursday night in "Her Sister" and she was perfectly grand, don't know when I have enjoyed anything so much.


Walked with Ida and we had the time of our lives.
We were all crazy about Ethel Barrymore.


Walked with Ebbie. The play was great but I wept buckets.  It was late in beginning so the curtain was put up and we watched them set the stage. 


Ida took me. It was perfectly dandy and Lillian Russell is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Her company was splendid and I'm crazy about the whole thing.

"A man may go by short cuts or by wandering paths and he arrives just the same but for a woman there is only one way and that's the straight and narrow one."

"Pity is God's common sense."

"When one woman kisses another nine cases out of ten it often means mischief but when a woman kisses a man, nine cases out of ten it makes mischief whether she means it or not."
                                                                                                                          Ethel Barrymore

On holidays Marjorie stayed with school friends living in the Kentucky area.  These were very social events with receptions, dinner parties and dances packed into the three or four days she was visiting.  Her descriptions of events offer a view of an eighteen year old young woman in a privileged society in 1906 and perhaps portrays an end of an era.  Etiquette and manners were very important and there were 'rules' to be followed but they still managed to party with gusto.  Dances started at 8:00, an intermission and supper at midnight and more dancing until 4:00 am.  After the dance they had to go to the livery stable to hitch up the horses for the carriage ride home.  The young men gravitated to where the women were staying and they entertained themselves by conversation, singing and playing games.  There were always chaperons present, usually the parents and young and old seemed to mix with ease.  This was also an opportunity for Marjorie to mix with men and each one would be "handsomer, cuter or funnier" than the last.


Mt. Sterling, Kentucky Trip
November 29 - December 3, 1906

For Thanksgiving of 1906 Marjorie stayed with her school mate, Mary Cobb Stofer at the Stofer home in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Mary Cobb, as she was known, was the daughter of Silas Stofer and Martha (Darnall) Stofer. 

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 29, 1906

Had to get up real early as my train left at 8.  Miss Larkin and Alice went to the depot with me.  I got to Mt. Sterling about 10 and Mary Cobb was at the depot with the carriage to meet me.  We drove up to the house and left my suit cases and then went for a dandy drive.  It was real cold but I was awfully glad to see the country.  Met quite a number of Mary Cobb's friends.  Arabella Bogie, a XEX, Garnet, Pelina, Judy and some others.  We were nearly frozen so went home about 12, then I got dressed.  We all sat in front of the grate and Jack, Mary Cobb's brother, came in.  Mr. Stofer is lovely and he certainly is a grand man.  Mrs. Stofer came in after and she is awfully sweet.  About 12:30 the guests began to arrive.  Dr. and Mrs. Thompson (Mrs. Stofer's sister), Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stofer and their dear little boy John.  Mr. and Mrs. John Stofer and Henry and Harry Ringo (good friends of Mary Cobb's).  We had the grandest dinner and lots of fun.  Mr. John Stofer is just fine and I like Jack awfully well only he is rather hard to get to know.   After dinner the older people left us and we fooled around.  Mary Cobb played for us and I like the Ringo boys awfully well.  They left at 5 and Jack went down to a dance at Winchester.  Mary Cobb and I went down to see Dr. and Mrs. Thompson and they are both lovely and have such a pretty house.  We left at 7 and spent the rest of the evening talking to Mr. and Mrs. Stofer.  Went to bed about 10 . . .


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The following month Marjorie travelled to Indianapolis to spend Christmas and New Years with the Shepherd's who were old family friends of her father's, Andrew Henderson.  In a letter from Andrew to Marjorie it is apparent that there was some kind of problem back in Minnesota which prevented Marjorie from going home for Christmas.   

Indianapolis Trip
Christmas & New Years
December 22 - January 2, 1906


Saturday, December 22, 1906

Marie Purvis staid all night with me and we got up about 6.  We just tore around getting dressed and the men came for our trunks.  Mrs. Freeman gave us our breakfast and we drove with Professor Hagerman to the train.  Alice and Mildred went with us.  Professor went to Cincinnati with us.  Alice and I sat together and Mildred and Marie.  It was a very uneventful trip and we slept off and on.  The train was awfully crowded and we were an hour late getting into Cincinnati.   Mildred's aunt met us.  She and Alice and Professor took Marie and I to a restaurant for dinner.  We didn't have time to spare on account of our train being late so we left the Professor and went down to our train, the "Big Four."  We had lots of fun coming here. Marie is the dearest kid and we enjoyed ourselves watching some college boys who kept passing thru' the train.  I got here at 3:30 and Ruth was at the train to meet me.  Marie went on to Chicago.  I sure was glad to see Ruthie and she is still the same dear kid.  We talked a blue streak coming home on the car and she told me Elmer and Ned weren't coming home.  I sure did feel bad.  I was awfully glad to meet Mrs. Shepherd.  It's the first time I remember meeting her.  Mr. Shepherd came in later and I was very glad to meet him and also Hoyt.  I combed my hair up a little and got washed and then went down in the kitchen and talked to Mrs. Shepherd.  Maureen Waldorf came in for a minute and she is a dear.  I was awfully glad to meet her after hearing so much about her from Ruth.  We had dinner at 6 and just when we were through the front door opened and in walked Ned and Elmer.  I never was so surprised and certainly was glad to see them.  Elmer especially, he is just as sweet as ever and sure can have me.  We got the boys their dinner and then sat around and talked.  Ned is the funniest thing and I like him fine.  Never knew him very well before.  Mrs. Shepherd is just too sweet for words and loads of fun.  We all helped do up the dishes and then sat and talked till about 12.  I have just lost my fool head over Elmer.  He is such a peach.  Ruth doesn't believe I'm crazy about him but if I just had a little encouragement I'd show her a thing or two.  My trunk came and I got my music out.  Played two or three pieces for them.  Ruth and I had a good old talk when we got to bed and it seemed like old times . . .


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In February of 1907, Marjorie spent  four days at Margaret Lillard's home in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.  Margaret was the daughter of Roger H Lillard and Mary (Burrus) Lillard.  

Lawrenceburg Trip
Washington's Birthday
February 21 - February 25, 1907


The Lillard House - 1906

Thursday, February 21, 1907

Mr. Duff took Margaret, Ida and me to the train at 8 o'clock and we surely were the happy three and I believe I was the most excited.  Mr. Duff left us at the train and John B. Moore, Mr. Sampson and Bert Painter came and got on the train with us.  We left about 3:15 and arrived in Lawrenceburg about 4:00.  Mrs. Lillard and Jessie May were at the depot to meet us and then we drove uptown.  Margaret saw loads of people she knew and we met Mr. Ernest Ripy, Mr. Fidler and Forest Ripy.   We had so many suit cases in the carriage Mr. Fidler ordered a carriage and took Ida and me out to Margaret's while Mr. E. Ripy drove the others out.  Mr. Fidler is the nicest thing and we had loads of fun because he is so funny.  I never did drive so fast and it only took us about ten minutes to drive out.  Mary Louise was waiting for us and a dandy grate fire.  We all got warm and then sat around and talked. Mrs. Lillard in undoubtably the sweetest woman and I am perfectly crazy about her.  Mr. Lillard came in later and he is a Beta so that would be enough said.  Jessie May is the dearest girl and Mary Louise is just as cute as can be.  The boys left about 6 and then we had a perfectly delicious supper, everything tasted so good.  Immediately after we went upstairs and dressed for the dance.  Jessie May helped us as she wasn't going.  The boys came for us at 8.  Margaret went with Forest Ripy, Ida with Eddy Mountjoy and I went with Raymond Trent.  We got to the dance and met everybody.  I never did have such a good time anyplace in my life.   Raymond was the sweetest thing and I am perfectly crazy about him.  We got a rush to a finish but that wasn't at all unusual because all the visiting girls get a rush.  Raymond was perfectly grand to me and I had a dandy programme.  The hall looked very attractive and I met loads of other people.  We had refreshments about 12 and then danced till three thirty. Got home about 4 and we all three slept in one bed so we could talk over the party.  I certainly had one of the best times of my life and I was crazy about everybody but Raymond comes first in everything . . .





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Father's Visit
Easter 1907

Thursday, March 21, 1907

Father arrived Thursday morning the 21st of March and I certainly was glad to see him.  Never was quite so happy and never realized how awfully much I loved him till he stepped off the train, and he hadn't changed a bit.  Came directly up to the school and he met all the girls.  Was so pleased with everything and liked the girls so much, especially Alice and Mildred.  Thursday evening had the Senior Reception and it was a grand success. Mildred and I served punch all evening but we had a good time nevertheless.  I went out to supper with Hubert Carpenter and I got real crazy about him.  Liked him best of all the new boys I met.  Saturday afternoon ten of us went to the ball game and had a real good time.  Saw all the boys to talk to.  We did something every afternoon and it seemed so good to be on the go, especially with papa.  He took Minnie and me out to play golf one Saturday afternoon and we enjoyed it so much.


Marjorie and Dr. Andrew Henderson


Minnie Bryant and Marjorie Henderson


Wednesday night papa took Ebbie, Margaret and me to see Maude Fealy in the Illusion of Beatrice.  It was perfectly splendid but of course Margaret and I had to cry at the sad parts.

Friday afternoon, altho it rained, Mildred, Mrs. Warford, papa and I drove out to Haggin's Farm.  It certainly is a most wonderful sight and we enjoyed so much looking at the beautiful thoroughbred horses.  On the way home we stopped in at Col. Dangerfield's house and met his son Foxhall.  He is terribly attractive and Mildred and I both fell in love with him.  Saturday afternoon papa and I went alone to the game as none of the girls were allowed to go.  Minnie was there with Ethelyn Egbert and we had a real good time.  Talked to George Goodwin, Toby Smith, Billy Gordon and Bradley Johnson. Russell came over and chatted with us for a while and I only saw Billy Alden to wave to.   

Easter Sunday Mildred went to church with papa and me and afterwards we met Alice and Ida and went down to Norman's Exchange for dinner. They didn't serve a very good dinner but we spent all of our time laughing so it didn't make a difference.   Never did laugh so hard and we had the whole dining room laughing with us.

Papa left Monday morning April 1 and I never did hate anything like I did to see him go.  It just seemed as if I couldn't stand it but I managed to. Couldn't keep the tears back tho' when the train pulled out.  However it won't be long till June and then we will all be together again.

In late April, Marjorie spent Spring Break once more at Mary Cobb Stofer's home in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky

The Second Mt. Sterling Trip
April 26 - April 29, 1907

Friday, April 26, 1907

Mildred, Alleyne McCabe and I went down to the train at 5:45.  Our train was a little late so we had to wait.  McCord Taylor and James Bryant were at the depot and we talked to them.  Our train left about 6:30 and it took us about two hours and a half to get there.  It was an awfully tedious trip and we were pretty well tired out.  Mary Cobb and Jack were at the train to meet us.  We drove home and had tea.  Mr. and Mrs. Stofer had gone to church and we missed them but they came home about 9.  It did seem lovely to see them and everything looked so natural.  About 9:30 Mrs. Thompson came up and I certainly was glad to see her.  She wanted me to go home and stay all night with her so Jack took us down.  He came in and talked to us for a little while and then we went to bed . . .


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Friday, May 17, 1907
School Year End Party

Miss Sweeney came for us about 5 and we all went down to Aubries.  We had a perfectly grand dinner and it was so lovely that we were all together. The table looked lovely decorated in violets and white and the girls looked awfully sweet and pretty.  Miss Sweeney gave us the grandest talk I ever heard.  Those attending: Miss Sweeney, Alice Van Zandt, Ebbie Bond, Mary Hill, Margaret Lillard, Bernice, Ida Wise, Minnie Price and Mildred Wellington.

Marjorie's Junior Year at Campbell-Hagerman ended a week later and Marjorie returned home for the Summer.  In September she began her Senior Year.  Entries are quite scant in the second year and once more focus around her trips and social events.  She graduated from Campbell-Hagerman College on Wednesday, May 27, 1908.

Campbell-Hagerman College Senior Year

Got back on Thursday, September 18th and I was mighty glad to get here being some tired after my trip.  All the girls were over at school so I had to sit around and wait for them to come over.  Talked to Miss Larkin and she certainly is a dear.  Jessie May was the first one of the girls to come over and I went over to chapel with her.  Saw dear old Camilla, Miss Warford and met Fanny Van Zandt.  She is a peach and is the dead split of Alice.  All the girls came over at 1 and I sure was glad to see them all, especially Margaret and Mildred.  All the girls came in my room and we had a good old chat.  My but I miss the old girls tho'!  Dear old Ida and Min.  Don't see how we'll get along without them.  Corinne is the sweetest thing and I sure am glad I'm going to room with her.  It didn't seem any time before I got into the usual pace of work and didn't seem as if I had had any vacation at all.

 Miss Sweeney is just as sweet as ever and Mary Hill came back the following Saturday.  The following week Ebbie came to see us and Minnie was here for a while.  She's a pippin that girl and I reckon she'll make things hum in Washington.   Madge Tyler is so much sweeter than I thought she was going to be and I think she'll be a great help to us this year in the fraternity.  We pledged Jessie May Lillard, Fanny Van Zandt, Beulah Johnson, Sally Mountjoy and Mary Cobb Stofer.

On Thursday evening went to a reception at the First Baptist Church and all the cute little "Bibs" were there.  Had a good time tho' as Hubert Carpenter and James Meng were there and Billy Alden and Duncan Bell came later.


Marjorie Henderson, Sally Beatty, Fanny Van Zandt,
Corinne Errett, Mary Hill and Beulah Johnson
Steps of Hagerman Hall

The Second Lawrenceburg Trip
November 27 - December 1, 1907

Wednesday, November 27, 1907

We left here Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock. Margaret, Jessie May, Fanny, Corinne and I.  It certainly was a lovely party and I never was quite so excited.   We had to wait at the depot about half an hour and in that time we changed our college caps for our hat.  Mr. Will Lillard was at the depot so we had a chaperon all the way.

When the train pulled in Jessie May and I seated ourselves in the "smoker" and were having a big time when Attila walked in.  Sure was glad to see the boy.  We all went back in the coach and saw Mr. Earn Ripy and Corinne introduced us to her cousin "Ike" Reed.  He was awfully cute and proved to be quite the life of the whole party.

I never did go thru' such a trip as the one we had.  On account of a wreck along the line we had to stop every five minutes and when we got to Versailles they told us we had to get out and wait for the six o'clock train to come from Lexington.  We were some peevish but had loads of fun as we went uptown and bummed around.  The boys bought us ice cream and coffees so we were a heap better natured than we might have been.  We had to wait in Versailles till seven o'clock and when the Lexington train came found Bacon Moore on it.  He was perfectly lovely and added greatly to the fagged out bunch.

We finally got started but it took us till eleven to get to Lawrenceburg and we were due there at four.  It certainly was an awful disappointment but we made the best of it.  I was so excited when I got to Lawrenceburg I didn't see a soul at the depot but Mr. Lillard.  He bundled Bacon, Attila, Fanny, Margaret and I into a carriage and drove us up to Mrs. Meriwether's.  She was having a reception for us and by the time we got there everybody was about ready to leave.

I never did receive such a welcome but I was such a sad looking mess, in fact we all were so we shot upstairs first chance.  We fixed up our hair the best we could and then all of us went down.  Everybody stood around the stairs as we came down and you really would have thought we were some wonders.  I never did enjoy anything so much.   We went into the parlor and formed the receiving line with Margaret at the head then me, then Mildred, Corinne and Fanny.  It sure did seem dandy to see all the people I had met before and I was glad to meet some that I have always been so interested in as Allen Bond and Sidney Johnson.  All Margaret's kin folks were there in their glory.

The people left shortly after we got there but the boys were to take us home.  Bacon took me out to supper but I couldn't eat a thing as I was so excited.  Will Dowling and Frank Ripy buzzed me while I was eating and that Frank sure can go some. Raymond was the only one of my old pals not there and I certainly did miss him.  They wanted some music after we had supper so I played for Margaret to sing and then we chatted for a while before going home.  Harry Carpenter drove me home and at first I was rather nervous as he was such a pill and liked to scare the wits out of me last year but we got along famously.

Everything looked the same as ever at the Lillard's and Mr. and Mrs. Lillard are undoubtably the loveliest people I have ever known.  They certainly are an ideal family and if only I could be like Jessie May and Margaret I'd be contented . . .


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While Marjorie's father, Dr. Andrew Henderson (his story here) was practising medicine in St. Paul he befriended Dr. Dwight F. Brooks, who, in partnership with his brother Anson Brooks and M.J. Scanlon, were principals of Brooks Scanlon Lumber Company in Scanlon, Minnesota.  They asked Dr. Henderson to become the physician and surgeon for the mill.  Marjorie's family moved to Scanlon while she was in college.  In the two years following graduation Marjorie spent her time between visiting old school friends is the South and establishing herself in her new home in Scanlon, Minnesota.  

AFTER COLLEGE 1908 - 1909

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