“18’s Back” was the doubly significant and extremely
accurate orange and black message which rode around the village
of Oberlin attached to the rear of all of the “Eighteen’s” Fords
and Packards. From the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Gulf coasts
they assembled, until 1918 had 78 members to answer roll call.
With them came, of course, wives or husbands, or rumors of such,
and adorable babies. Some of the youngsters did not choose to appear
in person, but at least they sent their pictures so there was quite
a family gathering.
Orange silk handkerchiefs with black picot edge, worn in leather
wrist straps by the girls and in upper vest pockets by the men,
formed the rather attractive insignia which server to separate
the sheep from the goats on all but special occasions, when any
possible doubt was removed by the addition of orange and black
crêpe paper hats.
Tuesday was the great day. In the afternoon the class, with varying
emotions, saw themselves as they used to be, and after the 500
feet of precious film was back in its box they agreed that even
Earl Parks could still be recognized. Tuesday evening came the
special banquet served on the porch at Grey Gables, and that night
1918 ventured forth again into the world of competition with its
float, courageous men forming the van and rear guard and generous
women the central idea. The demonstration won great applause but
not the banner so that the real excitement of the evening was furnished
by the 1918 ladies who fell backwards off the top row of the bleachers
and were put together again by the rather new 1918 doctors.
The presentation of the Henry Burt Hudson Memorial Scholarship
Fund, with its formal acceptance by President King in the name
of Oberlin College at the alumni banquet Wednesday noon, was the
crowning event which concluded the fifth reunion.
In memory of “Red” Hudson, athlete, scholar, and well
loved classmate, who was burned to death in the flames of his falling
aeroplane in France in 1918, the class gave to Oberlin College
$2500. From this fund a scholarship, now amounting to $125 and
to be increased to $250 during the next five years, will be awarded
each year to the Junior man who is recommended by the College Committee
on Scholarships and is elected by vote of the Men’s Senate.
It was a glorious reunion, and the class wants to thank not only
those of its members who were particularly responsible in helping
to make it so, but also its friends, among whom Billy Ament, Azariah
Root and George M. Jones deserve most special mention.