Fifty Years of Fraternal
By Charlie B.
Fraternity reaches its fiftieth anniversary, past and current members
prepare to celebrate five decades of brotherhood and accomplishments.
The festivities will take place during Ag Roundup, September 7-8,
2001, creating an excellent opportunity for alumni and friends to
renew friendships, share memories, and get a glimpse of the future
Roundup is always a highlight of the academic year. It will
be even more exciting with the celebration of FarmHouses fiftieth
anniversary, said Mike Richey, 71. I hope all
the FH alumni will make a special effort to attend.
Since 1951 more than 750 men have passed through the doors of FarmHouse
as active members. During these years, FarmHouse has fostered a
bond of brotherhood among these men, providing them with a new family
apart from the ones left behind when they came to college.
62, remembers his time in FarmHouse as a time of personal
growth. I had brothers and a house mother who cared about
me. It gave me recognition on campus and taught me personal responsibility,
leadership, and fiscal management. FarmHouses motto, Builders
of Men, has been a guiding principle throughout my professional
career. I still maintain contact with many FarmHouse brothers and
consider them some of my closest friends, he said.
also has provided members the opportunity to become active in campus
and community-wide activities, and has emerged as a respected leader
among organizations on campus.
has gained recognition on a broader scale by winning the 2000 FarmHouse
International Chapter Achievement competition.
Came to Campus
M. Seath, an Iowa State FarmHouse alumnus, had been chair of the
University of Kentucky Dairy Department a scant two years when he
was contacted in the spring of 1950 by Harold K. Wilson, his former
college roommate. Wilson, who was serving as executive secretary
of FarmHouse fraternity, encouraged him to help start a FH chapter
In April of 1950, an assembly of six faculty and ten students met
with Joseph Ackerman, the National President of FarmHouse, to discuss
founding a Kentucky chapter. Among the faculty in attendance were
former Dean of the College Charles Barnhart and former Associate
Dean for Instruction Stanley Wall, both FarmHouse alumni. After
the initial meeting, the group voted to proceed.
hard work and dedication of these faculty and students, the Kentucky
chapter, the twelfth FarmHouse group to be chartered nationally,
was established on May 12, 1951.
support and commitment of faculty, alumni, and current student members
have developed FarmHouse Fraternity into the organization it is
today. Many of its members have gone on to high-level positions
within academic institutions, the business world, and personal endeavors.
Call Me Mom
House mothers are a part of fraternity living, but the ten women
who have served at FarmHouse through the years have especially
endeared themselves to the residents. Most of the young men have
never lived away from home before, so the house mothers serve
as their second mom.
I feel like I was put here to love, comfort, and encourage young
men during their college years. I would not trade my 16 plus years
1951-61 Josephine Urmston
1961-62 Eunice Nelson
1962-64 Katharine Dennis
1964-66 Adelaide Heilborne
1966-72 Scottie Arnold
1972-74 Helen Kellogg
1974-75 Ella Smith
1975-79 Elizabeth Unsworth
1979-80 Goldie Herb
1980-86 Elizabeth Unsworth
1986 to Present Lea Coatney
Anniversary Weekend Schedule
12 - 4 p.m.
Golf Outing Location TBA
2 - 4 p.m. Campus Tours/Founding Fathers Gathering Maxwell
Street Presbyterian Church
6 - 10 p.m. Banquet University Student Center
Enjoy an evening
reliving 50 years of FarmHouse memories, highlighted with special
alumni speakers representing our chapters past, present, and
8 - 10 a.m.
Coffee Reception E.S. Good Barn
Game Chapter House Tours/Live Entertainment
lots to do under the big Roundup tents. Be sure to join us for lunch
and entertainment before the UK vs. Ball State football game. Youll
be in good company, too, as 1,800 other Ag alumni and friends gather
for Roundup. The FarmHouse group will be seated together at the
meal and game. Information about purchasing tickets will be mailed
to you in early August.
had brothers and a house mother who cared about me. It gave me recognition
on campus and taught me personal responsibility, leadership, and
fiscal management. FarmHouses motto, Builders of Men,
has been a guiding principle throughout my professional career"
Farmhouse Locations Throughout the Years
Transylvania Park & Euclid Avenue (1950)
Conn Terrace (1951-55)
Rose Street (1955-58)
Aylesford Place (1958-73)
Hilltop Drive (1973 - Present)