Recently, former professor Jo McCormick donated a scrapbook she found at an auction or flea market (she doesn’t remember exactly where) that has Defiance College content. The business card glued into the front says Charles David McMillin, and the name is echoed on the above page from the scrapbook, on the athletic game tickets. We can’t find McMillin in our alumni directories, but there is a Charles McMillin listed as a freshman in the student roster of the 1915 academic catalog (which would be listing the student registered in the previous year).
Since the one ticket is dated 1914, it’s probable that the above photo of a baseball diamond is from the same year.
The scrapbook also includes many other photos, none of which are identified, unfortunately. This is one of them, possibly members of McMillin’s class in 1914?:
There are also some amusing hand-drawn caricatures, photos of bands, general candid student photos, and a page of decaying organic matter which might have been the remains of a cigar. There are no plans to digitize the scrapbook in the near future, but the original can be viewed in the Pilgrim Library’s Archives.
Another new addition to the archives is a set of glass lantern slides, depicting college buildings and scenes such as May Day, all undated. We don’t know where they came from; Institutional Advancement found them in a storage area. It was difficult to get a good scan. This is the best I could manage without having the proper equipment:
The typed label on the other side reads” “Defiance Chapel with Service Flag, Slide No. 14.” This is apparently the auditorium in old Weston Hall, where chapel used to be held. Notice the Red Cross flag on the balcony to the right, which makes me wonder if the image is from the World War I era.
Note the company name printed on the side of the slide: Kansas City Slide Company. Walt Disney worked for the KCSC early in his career, around 1920. There’s no evidence Walt worked on Defiance College’s slides, but it’s fun to think about an association, a sort of “six degrees of separation” between DC and Disney.
We currently don’t have the equipment to properly digitize these glass lantern slides, but hope to in the future. Schauffler College’s archives, curated by Defiance, also contains a large collection of glass slides waiting to be digitized.
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