A Clarkson Mosaic - page 104

Twenty-Fifth Year
The Treaty of Peace with Germany was signed in August. On November 11, the body of the
unknown soldier from the war was placed in a tomb at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. The first
radio broadcast of the World Series games was aired. Albert Einstein received the Nobel Prize
for his theory explaining the photoelectric effect. US bread prices returned to five cents per loaf
for the first time since the war. The US had nine million automobiles. Arthur Hamilton set the
world's parachute record, safely jumping 24,400 feet. Charles Paddock set a new world's
record of 10.4 seconds for the 100-meter dash. The Catholic Archbishop of Ohio condemned
the new shimmy dance as a sign of a serious moral crisis in the country. Penn State graduated
its first woman engineer. Two Canadian biochemists reported the discovery of insulin. Sacco
and Vanzetti, found guilty of murder, were sentenced to death. General Billy Mitchell and
fellow aviators proved that air bombs could sink a battleship.
• Hill Campus • Sophomore Rules
• Business Administration • Football
• Alumni Appeal • Football by Radio
• Commencement • New Equipment
• Frederica Clarkson Prize • Scarlet Fever
• Log Jam Lifesaver • Spring Ducking Parties
• Hockey: Walker • Baseball Season
• In the News • Freshmen Banquet
Hill Campus.
The April Integrator reported a meeting of the Potsdam Business Men's
Association on March 1 that heard a proposal from Prof. Wilson to raise:
... sufficient funds to buy the Clarkson estate across the river; to transform it into a campus which would stand
without equal; to erect new college buildings; and to enlarge the college sufficiently to accommodate a thousand
students. A Clarkson on the hill has been the dream of every student that ever attended Tech.
He proposed further, that to raise money to put Clarkson on the hill, Clarkson should
sell the town campus to State Normal. Rufus Sisson, Jr., was head of the Chamber of
Commerce which was approached with the idea of bonding the village for $250,000 for this
move to the hill. These men wanted the Clarkson estate to go to the College, and were hopeful
of helping the school move across the river to a campus on that estate. Even though this plan
did not succeed, it was instrumental in motivating the Clarkson family to donate all its holdings
to the College. People in the Village of Potsdam supported the proposal to the best of their
abilities. For example, some promised to contribute a dollar a week from their wages for five
years, when that weekly salary averaged only $12. This campaign was started in 1922, and
within five years the sum of $261,039 had been raised.
Then, in 1927, Miss Annie Clarkson, a niece and heir of the Clarkson sisters, gave the
property to the College. In reaction, the talk of "Clarkson on the hill" became a chorus, and the
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