Appalachian State University Historical Photographs

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Appalachian State University Historical Timelines
General Events: 1910-1919


1910: The school day starts at 8:45 each day, for five days during the week. Day is broken into ten periods of thirty minutes each. Chapel exercises are from 11:30 to 12:00. During the summer term an hour break is given at noon. There are no classes on Monday, which is a designated laundry day for women.

1910:  Lovill Home is fitted with bathrooms.

1911: Science Hall, the first specialized academic campus building, is completed.

1913: Library hours are increased to two hours a day and offers 5,000 volumes, two daily papers, and twenty monthly magazines. Miss Bettie Stephenson becomes first librarian.

1913: The Book Room provides students with textbooks at wholesale prices. Campus no longer provides books directly.

1913: Young women now have grounds for croquet, tennis, and other games, located behind the Administration Building.

1913: The Athletic Association is first mentioned in the “Dew Drop,” for men’s athletics. Membership is $.25 per year, and it manages baseball games, a track team, and other sports.

1913: An Audubon Society for the study of birds and a Teacher’s Club for the discussion of literary and other subjects are first mentioned in the “Dew Drop.”

1913: Alumni Association begins charging a fee of $.50 to attend annual banquet held at commencement.

1914: In addition to linens, women are expected to bring a counterpane, a spoon and a glass to school. Women do their own laundry in the campus laundries, while men pay $.50 to $1.00 per month for laundry service.

1915: School maintains 16 regular faculty and 6 assistants. Enrollment reaches 556.

1915:  New River Light & Power is founded with state approval, owned and operated by Appalachian Training School. Power plant is built on Edminsten (Old State) Farm two miles south of campus, and provides electricity for the first time for Appalachian Training School and six customers in Boone, NC. Electricity and water systems are installed in all campus buildings.

1916: A flood destroys attempts to lay railroad tracks to Boone.

1917: United States enters World War I.

1917-1921: Spanish Influenza pandemic.

1917-18: Enrollment drops to 390, 181 in summer school only.

1917: Students in dormitories are expected to work for one period each day in order to keep costs at $10. Women work in dormitory, while men work on grounds, for a total of twelve hours per month.

1917:  Two-year Manual Arts Program is established.

1917: An Industrial Arts building is constructed south of campus, including the manual arts program on the second floor, and the college’s first gymnasium on the first.

1917: School attends a War Savings Rally at the Boone Courthouse during summer term, and an address was given by Major Dupont of the French Army.

1917: Each student is required to spend a period each day in the library, to study, read, or do research. A record is kept of attendance, and students are graded on the work they do during the library period.

1917: The first basketball game is played in new gymnasium in November; intercollegiate sports were not allowed.

1918: With the Act of March 19, 1918, the U.S. establishes Daylight Savings Time to save electricity during wartime along with several other allied countries. It is repealed in 1919 and became a local matter of whether to maintain or dismiss the practice.

1818: B. B. Dougherty named chairman for War Savings Stamps Campaign. School holds various patriotic programs. Male teachers were sent out to sell stamps in other parts of the country.

1918: In October, an Influenza scare hits Boone, NC. The Appalachian Training School campus is put under quarantine against Spanish Influenza, students are restricted to campus, and entrances are closed to visitors. Church services in the town are suspended temporarily. A few mild cases of sickness among students are reported, but all recover within a few days. Student population is limited because of the war and influenza scare.

1918: A narrow gauge railroad to Boone, NC, is established by the Linville Branch of Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad, known as the "Tweetsie" Railroad, in October. It ran from Johnson City, TN, to Boone.

1918: On November 7, word arrives that World War I has ended. Boone and campus celebrates.

1918: On November 11, word arrives that World War I has ended. Appalachian Training School celebrates again, with Chapel service and a parade.

1918: Student body pledges $200 to United War Work Campaign on November 14.




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