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Ada Rice: 1920

"To induce a bachelor maid to acknowledge a quarter-century milestone is indeed a feat worth noting. In the present instance, however, the "victim" is not the least bit sensitive in the matter of time or of age.

"I could sum up my work of the last twenty-five years in one phrase--as did a certain bachelor-man of our class to whom we wrote for data concerning himself. He sent back only one line: 'Farming consecutively since 1895.' So I could say 'teaching consecutively since 1895.' But that does not tell the whole truth--although it is true as far as it goes. I have not had a single year's cessation from duties of the classroom since graduation. That is nothing to boast of, however, for I presume that Dora and Nora, and Horta and Flora, have not had a single year's freedom from housekeeping in that time. Nor do they wish it. We each chose our loves and our professions, so why boast of 'standing pat.'

"But to begin at the beginning. The fall of '95 found me in a country school: a bare, curtainless, barnlike room, with fifteen pupils of all grades depending upon me to urge them along the prosy path of knowledge. The following three years were spent in the Randolph graded schools. In that vicinity I found a number of ex-KSAC-ites who made my stay in that village very pleasant. In 1899 attendance at KSAC had so increased that assistants to the professors were needed. Accordingly, the 'powers that be' decided to entrust the preparatory students to my tender mercies as instructor in English. A few terms later, I was transferred to the department of English in the college proper where I still work.

"In 1912, after two years of hard study in summer vacations at two different universities and during the school year at KSAC, I was given the master's degree.

"My summer vacations have not all been devoted to grinding, however. One delightful summer was spent in historic New England; several were spent in the mountains of Colorado, and a part of one vacation in California. In 1909, in company with Bird E. Secret, '92, I made the 'grand tour' of Europe. Aside from the regular sights, the trip included mountain climbing in the Jura mountains, in company with Professor and Mrs. J. D. Walters and daughter, Mrs. Hilda Emch and Mr. Emch, and visits to friends in England and Wales.

"Contrary to the general opinion, a teacher of English has little time to add to her laurels in personal accomplishments. To only one book can I claim authorship, that of 'Literature and Character,' written for the use of the Child Conservation League.

"I prize my membership in three societies, The American College Quill Club, The Kansas Authors' Club, and the Phi Kappa Phi. Outside of professional circles I devote some time to the interests of the Daughters of the American Revolution,--the only place in which I enjoy 'looking backward' more than twenty-five years.

"The last few years I have added home duties because of my mother's serious illness and partial paralysis. My friends say I am a good cook, but they cannot say much for my housekeeping. I have tried many times to be in two places at the same time, and to do two things at once but without success. I still claim 917 Osage Street as my residence and I shall be glad to welcome you one and all to my home whenever you come to Manhattan."

Source: KSU Class of 1895. The 'Ninety-Fivers: Brought Down to Date. (Manhattan, Kans., 1920- ) v.1
Any typographical errors are the result of retyping.