Life - Then and Now. A Trip Back in Time
By Grace Correll
all heard of the good old days.
Have you ever wondered what made them so good?
Just for fun, we decided to take a look back at those times, and
how things have changed in 50 years at the College of Agriculture.
We wanted to compare the life of a student in the year 2002 with
that of a student from over 50 years ago. We found that while
much has changed, some things have remained the same.
We drew upon
the five decades of wisdom of Dr. Jim Kemp 48,49;
Dr. Bill Moody, 56,57; Bob Culton, 51; and Charles
that rang true for all these men was that it was a time of war
for our country, with World War II and the Korean War raging then.
Because of the war, some students education was interrupted
or delayed because they were called into military service.
Bridle Horse Show, 1955
The year 2002
finds our nation again at war, but this generation has a choice
as to whether or not to enlist in the armed forces, unlike generations
As Jim Kemp
recalls, When I graduated from high school, I just stayed
home and farmed until Uncle Sam called because anyone who was
able was expected to serve.
Moody echoed the expectation that all young men would serve in
the military. All male students were required to take two
years of basic ROTC when I was in school, he said.
their stints in the military, the graduates of the 1950s typically
were a little older than an average college student, and a large
portion of their education was paid for with the GI Bill.
In 1946 Kemps GI bill paid for tuition and books and supplied
him $90 per month in spending money. Of the other three, some
received a little scholarship money, and all of them had some
type of part-time job.
A-a-a-h-h, yes, those wonderful student jobs. These four were
employed on and off campus, earning wages that these days would
seem, well. . . modest. Kemp was paid $.70 an hour at a construction
company that built the Cooperstown Apartments, an on-campus housing
complex. Bob Culton and Charles Butterworth were both employed
off campus: Culton worked for Sears and Roebuck for a whopping
$.50 an hour, while Butterworth earned double that rate per hour
at a Greek restaurant.
Members of meats judging team from mid 1950s. Clockwise from
top left: Bill Moody, Oliver Deaton, Doug McDonald, Doyle Oliver,
and Paul Rogers.
All of the
men learned many lessons from those jobs during school
lessons they took with them into their future careers. Butterworth
was once berated by a manager for not handling a small problem
himself. He (the manager) said any time something happens
that you can take care of promptly without going to someone else
for help, take care of it! I learned responsibility without complaining
and do not try to put blame on someone for trivial matters that
can be taken care of with minimum effort without getting someone
else in trouble, Butterworth said.
successful entrepreneur, said one of the best lessons he learned
from his college education was that if you didnt know an
answer to something, that the answer was out there; you just had
to find it yourself. My college experience gave me a lot
of self-assurance, he said.
and John Kuegel in uniform in 1956, their last year in college
Bill Moody, working towards his M.S. in 1957.
They all found time for fun, too. They were active
in many of the same clubs and organizations that we have on
campus today, including AGR, FarmHouse, Alpha Zeta, Block and
Bridle Club, and the various judging teams.
Butterworth may have had a little too much fun on a train ride
back from the Great Lakes Bowl that the Wildcats played in the
train I learned a new card game called black jack. That was my
first experience with gambling. I lost some money, but did not
have much money to lose. The lesson taught me that tis more
blessed to win than lose, and money is too hard to earn to take
a chance on losing it just because someone can add up to 21,
One recurring theme through all the generations was best described
by Moody, who not only was a student at the College but also served
on the faculty for 37 years.
on graduation day (B.S.)
College of Agriculture cares about its students, faculty, and
staff. The faculty and administrators always took an interest
in the students and made them feel welcome. That hasnt changed
over the years, he noted.