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Herrick Hall House Government Meeting Minutes



Herrick Hall House Government Meeting Minutes


This text is the first entry in a book of meeting minutes taken by the Secretary-Treasurer for Herrick Hall at Pacific University that covers the time period March, 1914 to September, 1928. This entry was taken on March 20, 1914.

The meeting minutes entry describes the meeting being called by chairman Miss Davies. Her full name is Hazel Mary Davies and in March, 1914, she was a junior from Astoria, Oregon. After graduating from Pacific University, she became a public school teacher in Astoria, Oregon.

The student government for Herrick Hall at this time dealt with setting house rules with the Constitution and By-Laws, hosting dinners and dances for large events, holding fundraisers, and having officer elections. Some of the rules set in the constitution that were passed and revised in this entry describe study and quiet hours, usage of musical instruments and soft shoes, the setting of reception hours and rules, speaking with the dean or matron about leaving the hall, and rules regarding guests, room cleanliness, the missing of meals, lights, penalties, and the fines for missing meetings.

The original all-female dormitory was first built in 1883 and was called Ladies Hall. During the second university president Reverend John Russell Herrick's tenure, he spent much of his four years as president away from the university, but in that time, he was able to accomplish many things including raising $16,000 to build Ladies Hall. The first year the building was put to use was in 1884. It was renamed after President Herrick in 1887. The first Herrick Hall completely burned down on Sunday, March 11, 1906, from chimney sparks on the roof. A combination of women's fundraising and the Carnegie Foundation donation of $10,000 allowed the second Herrick Hall to be built in 1907. Until 1958, it was still an all-female residence hall. Herrick Hall burned down a second time in 1973.






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